Meaker pleads not guilty
- Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 16:27
- Written by John A. Ballentine
In court Friday for a preliminary hearing, Kendra E. Meaker followed the proceedings concerning her case without emotion. Public defender Robert McBride represents Meaker in court. Both listened as Judge Stuart Borden said that the full psychological report from Dr. John R. Day had been received by the court.
McBride immediately made a motion, “for it to be sealed.” There was no objection from States Attorney James Owen. Therefore, Borden ordered the fitness report sealed and stated, “I find the defendant fit for trial.”
McBride then waived the preliminary hearing and probable cause hearing, which were accepted by the court. At this point, Borden asked the defense to enter a plea and McBride simply said, “We plead not guilty.”
State Bank of Toulon breaks ground on new facility in Galva
- Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 16:24
- Written by Jim Nowlan
The State Bank of Toulon broke ground Monday to construct a new banking facility in Galva for its Galva Banking Center.
President and CEO Douglas E. Parrott says the 4,500 square foot building, to be built at 210 SW 2nd Ave, just south of the Subway store, will bring together the latest in design and technology to enhance the customer’s banking experience.
“We made a commitment to the Galva Community in 1996 to provide community banking service with local decisions” said Parrott, “and feel that a new facility will allow us to grow and be a real community partner for many years to come. We are very proud to be a part of Galva and believe the residents will be very proud of the new facility that is being proposed.”
County tax levy mistake will cost you extra this year
- Last Updated on Friday, 23 November 2012 22:13
- Written by Jason Musselman
Stark County will have to do a bit of extra work to recover tax money they expected, but never received.
County board Chairman Michael Bigger explained at the county board meeting on November 13 that last year the board had approved an increase in the tort liability fund, but that the increase was never entered by the County Clerk’s office.
Bigger said the amount, which is roughly $35,000, would have been used to pay 5 percent of some employee’s salaries under the risk management heading.
However, without the funds, the county is short roughly $4,300 to pay the insurance bill due in December.
County board approves budget
- Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2012 16:20
- Written by Administrator
In the last official business of the current members, the county board passed the 2013 budget Friday morning in a special meeting.
In other business, the board also approved the appointment of Jason Musselman to Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Director for Stark County. Musselman will take over for Fred Sams who is stepping down from the position on Jan. 1, 2013.
The board also approved a transfer of funds from the indemnity fees account to the tort liability fund to cover the upcoming insurance bill.
Collins vows to block park project, despite its approval
- Last Updated on Saturday, 24 November 2012 20:55
- Written by Jason Musselman
In a meeting lasting over three hours, the Toulon City Council had plenty of discussion, but very little action.
The main agenda item was the tabled motion from last month on the TIF budget and how the 2012 funds should be used.
In October, Misty Turnbull made the motion to continue with the city’s previously approved $70,000 for the city park this year and prior commitments (such as Stark County Economic Development) and then use the remaining balance toward a storm sewer project at the public library.
The remaining uncommitted funds would go toward the library storm sewer totaling $5,298.80.
“How you vote is up to you, not me,” said Mayor Rick Collins before a lengthy speech on his position against the park.
“It’s foolish, it’s irresponsible… no purchase orders placed [for the park] will be approved by my administration until all $210,000 is vetted,” threatened Collins prior to a vote.