Straight line winds make a path through county

storm1Just over a month after experience record rainfall, residents from Wyoming to Bradford and everywhere in between have to once again clean up after Mother Nature.

At 8:34 p.m. on Monday afternoon, a quickly strengthening system entered Stark County from the southwest. According to radar images, a slight rotation was occurring within the rain wrapped system. It was at that time that local officials prompted the National Weather Service to issue the first severe thunderstorm warning.

The first wave produced about dime sized hail and minor damage despite its torrential rainfall. It was the second wave an hour later that did the most damage.

Just after 9 p.m. the second warning was issued and the punch that it packed was dangerous to say the least.

Widespread damaged occurred from Sharkey Highway, to the north end of Wyoming, to Castleton, and on into Bradford.

Bank robbery suspect: It was just a joke

williamsIn a rare Sunday morning hearing, Judge Thomas Keith in his first Stark County Circuit Court preceding found probable cause to charge Joshua Allen Williams, 28, of Toulon with Financial Institution Robbery, a Class 1 felony.

According to the criminal complaint and sworn testimony from arresting Deputy Eric Peed, Williams entered the State Bank of Toulon on Saturday, May 4, just before 11:15 a.m.

With a plastic bag over his head, he proceeded to tell one of the tellers to present him all the money in the drawer. After the teller refused, Williams tore a hole in the bag and said he “wasn’t very good at this” and left.

Williams returned to the bank around 12:15 p.m. and was identified as the suspect and arrested.

In an initial interview with Deputy Peed, Williams stated it was “just a joke” and he was “trying to play a prank on the tellers but it went wrong.”

Senator Kirk Staff to Host Mobile Office Hours in Stark County

A member of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s (R-Ill.) staff will be available to meet with constituents on May 8th in Woodford, Marshall, and Stark Counties.  Staff will be available to provide assistance regarding federal issues on Wednesday, May 8 at the following places and times.
Stark County
WHERE: Toulon City Hall, 122 N. Franklin Street, Toulon, IL
TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Plans for this weekend? Fifth year of Morel Mushroom festival expanded to two days

morelWyoming – This Saturday and Sunday (May 4th & 5th) is the 5th Annual Mushroom Festival/Auction and Outdoor Show in Thomas Park at Wyoming, IL. This annual event promises to be the best ever with many activities and vendors of all kinds. The traditional Mushroom Festival has expanded to two (2) days this year to offer more variety. With the long winter and wet spring, this is an ideal time to get out and enjoy.
Saturday is largely dedicated to our traditional Mushroom Festival and the Fred Howard Mushroom Auction. New this year is the Wyoming Lions Club hosting a biscuits and gravy breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Of course the famous mushroom soup will again be featured along with many food vendors offering a big variety of cuisine. Other exhibitors offer a variety of things that you will find interesting and irresistible. The mushroom event draws people from throughout the Midwest from mushroom sellers and mushroom buyers to just folks that like to see the auction. The auction begins at 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 11 a.m. This day is always enjoyable as proven by its continuation and growth.

Wyoming Council article clarification on donation to Fall Festival

wyoming Wyoming City Alderman Dan Hardman requested that a clarification be made regarding one of the items in the article regarding the April Wyoming City Council meeting.  In the article, it was stated that Rich St. John reported on the progress of the Morel Mushroom festival to be held the first weekend in May and asked the city to consider making a donation to the event as they do for the Fall Festival.  
Alderman Hardman clarified that the council has not made a monetary donation to the Wyoming stop of the Fall Festival in the past.  The city has assisted at Thomas Park by providing barricades, extra patrols and assistance with the garbage.  Peggy Gray, chairperson for the Wyoming stop has never requested a donation from the city.  She in fact holds