A Look Back at 2014

Kirk to headline Lincoln luncheon-1-23-14
Piester resigns from LaFayette village board
Bradford hires another part-time police officer
The Stark County board has initiated talks with Henry County with hopes of joining that county’s 911 system.

The News hosts candidate forum Feb. 26
Children are the Big Winners at Parents Club Dinner/Auction
Toulon’s energy rate to change in May

Stark 100 approves “As-Is” agreement for Bradford high schoolers


The Stark County School Board approved a new two-year intergovernmental agreement for consideration by the Bradford School District.  Supt. Klooster said that, “We have served as teachers, coaches, and supporters of Bradford High School students and their families since 2002. We believe that we have honored the trust provided to us by the parents of Bradford students to provide their students a quality educational experience consistent in every way with the experiences we provide to all District 100 students.  We care about and respect our Bradford students and we look forward to our productive relationship with Bradford continuing for many years to come.”
Bradford School Superintendent Dr. Ellin Lotspeich had attended a board meeting earlier in the fall asking the Stark County board to consider some alternative options in the way tuition is charged to the Bradford District.  The agreement approved by Stark County continues to figure tuition as it has been in the past.

Beard to appear in Marshall-Stark courts

Robert L. Beard, 32, of Toulon, will be appearing in both Marshall County and Stark County courts the first full week of January next year for the cases involving his alleged burglaries in each county.
A scheduling conference is set for January 5 in Marshall County for burglaries he allegedly committed there.
On January 9, a bench trial is set in Stark County for the burglaries he allegedly committed, here.  Depending upon what occurs in Marshall County, the bench trial could be rescheduled.

Cheatham hires private counsel; bond reduced despite concerns


Brandon S. Cheatham, 23, of Bradford, made an appearance Friday in Stark County Circuit Court with his recently hired attorney Martin DeWulf, of Kewanee.
Cheatham is accused of a Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing/attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, DUI with a blood alcohol test of 0.24, disobeying a stop sign, and speeding 80 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone and 100 m.p.h. in a 55

Toulon Council discusses grocery store agreement


A proposed agreement between the City of Toulon and Stark County Ventures, LLC, to provide $310,000 in city tax increment financing (TIF) toward the rebuilding of the Toulon grocery store, has been bouncing back and forth between the City’s TIF counsel and John Leezer and the management committee of Stark County Ventures (owner of the store building that burned to the ground months ago).
City staff reported to the Council that the agreement in negotiation is presently in the hands of John Leezer, who is to get back to the City, so there was no action to be taken by the Council. The News thinks that a sticking point is the liability the Stark County Ventures group would have to the City if the grocery store failed.