One Eleven Coffee brightens up downtown Wyoming


The work being done on the buildings to become One Eleven Coffee has been the cause of a lot of activity in downtown Wyoming over the last several months.  The blue tarp covered work area that had been in place caused a lot of curiosity and when it came down, the change to the buildings at 111 and 113 North Seventh Street was an amazing transformation that has brightened up the downtown area. 
The work done on the front of the buildings has been a great improvement alone.  They have been given a nice clean look and they fit in nicely with the architecture of the 19th Century buildings of the downtown area. 

Domestic battery/assault case receives probation

A Wyoming man arrested this past February by an Illinois state Police SWAT team and local law enforcement pled guilty Friday in Stark’s Circuit Court.
Peter A. Hawley, 37, received a sentence of one year of probation in exchange for his negotiated plea of guilt for domestic battery and aggravated assault with a shotgun.

Lock down discussed at board meeting

During the May Stark County School Board meeting, Superintendent Jerry Klooster talked about the lockdown held the previous Friday while law enforcement was looking for a suspect who had made general threats of violence, though not specifically toward the school.  Klooster said, “As you know we were on lock down much of Friday.  Although it was hectic, the principals, teachers and secretaries all did a great job keeping kids safe and keeping parents calm.  I want to say a big thanks to these folks and to all our parents for their patience and understanding during a stressful day.”
Board member Ann Orwig reported that the education committee had met earlier in the month.  According to Supt. Klooster and High School Principal Bill Lamb, the district can continue to offer dual credit science and English at the high school, but because of new teacher requirements, they can no longer offer dual credit math.  Students will still have the option of taking dual credit math at Black Hawk College East Campus or online.  Lamb also said that plans are in place that will give junior high students an art and music option for next year.

Group signs lease with grocery store operator


At a meeting this past week of shareholders in Stark County Ventures, LLC, chair John Leezer reported that a 10-year lease to operate the new Toulon grocery store had been signed with Chad Patel of Wyoming, who also operates the Wyoming Super Valu store.
Leezer and grocery store construction manager Skip Turnbull reported that work on the new half-million dollar project on Main Street was coming along nicely and will be completed in time for re-opening by November.

New Principal hired for Stark County Elementary

The Stark County School Board announced Monday night that they have hired Jenna Bibb as the new principal of the elementary school in Wyoming.
Bibb, from rural Chillicothe, is currently a 5th grade teacher at Wilder-Waite Grade School in Dunlap where she has served as summer school lead teacher.