High School Gym to be named for Mr. Buchert

The Stark County School Board voted unanimously at their October meeting to rename the gym at the high school the “Glenn Buchert Gymnasium”.  
A special committee had been established at the September meeting to discuss the request by numerous members of the community and previous students of the teacher.  Board member Skip Turnbull chaired the committee and reported on the discussion of the meeting.  Turnbull read the recommendation to the board, “In order to pay tribute to Mr. Glenn Buchert for his years of service and selfless devotion to the students of the Stark County community as a teacher, sponsor and counselor, we are recommending that the high school gym be renamed the “Glenn Buchert Gymnasium.”

Investors vote, Toulon grocery store to be rebuilt


 Thirty shareholders in Stark County Ventures, LLC attended a meeting at the State Bank of Toulon this past Thursday and voted unanimously to proceed to rebuild the Toulon grocery store.
Peoria architect Mark Ackerman presented the shareholders with design sketches of the exterior and interior of the project, which will cost between $420,000-470,000.


Toulon approves grocery store TIF funding




The Toulon city council held its monthly meeting Monday and approved TIF (Tax Increment Fund) financing of the new grocery store to be built in Toulon.
In a majority vote, the council allocated up to $310,000 over a 10-year period TIF payments, or $31,000 per year, to Stark County Ventures, LLC.

Pin Oak issue continues for Wyoming Council

wyomingAfter learning that the city engineers of Snarr Giffin and Associates would be dissolving their business, the Wyoming City Council heard from and hired Farnsworth Group at a special meeting in September.  Engineers Gary Davis and Justin Reeise from the company addressed the council at their regular October meeting giving them an update on the projects currently in the works.
They also discussed the wastewater treatment seasonal disinfection requirements and how to proceed with requirements of the Illinois EPA.  Farnsworth will be making contact with the EPA to find out what options there are for a city the size of Wyoming.
The council reviewed two quotes received for a new Stihl HT131 Telescoping Pole Saw.  After reviewing the bids, the council approved purchasing the item from Bartonville Hardware Company at a cost of $580.

Divelbiss sentenced to 26 years prison in attempted murder case

In a negotiated plea during court this morning, Friday, October 17 Robert Divelbiss, of rural Bradford, pled guilty to attempted murder while discharging a firearm and was sentenced to 26 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections effective immediately.
   Divelbiss attempted to kill his brother-in-law Steven Chesser at their rural Bradford residence almost two years ago on October 224, 2012 after an argument ensued.