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.

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.

City sells Pin Oak

wyomingThe City of Wyoming opened bids for the sale of Pin Oak Apartments at their May council meeting.  Bids came from local investors as well as investors from Morton, Peoria and other surrounding towns.  Six bids were received ranging from the low bid of $65,000 to the high bid of $156,000.  The council accepted the high bid from S & S Property Management of Peoria after a brief executive session.  Closing on the property is expected within the next 30 days.
The council is again at full capacity after the mayor recommended appointing Dave Lindahl to fill the vacant 2nd ward seat that nobody ran for in the most recent election.  The council approved the appointment and Lindahl was sworn in by city attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher.

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.

Toulon Mayor declines to appoint police chief


The Toulon Police Department is once again without a formal chief after Toulon Mayor Larry Hollis declined to appoint anyone to fill the position last Tuesday night.
Hollis stated he had talked with Stark County Sheriff Jimmie Dison who told Hollis that the mayor could be the chief. Dison later told The News he was misquoted, but rather he stated in most municipalities the mayor does handle the scheduling.