County seats new board, retains chairman and vice

The new Stark County Board was seated last Tuesday night, which meant saying goodbye and thank you to Dr. Thomas Schwerbrock and Andrew Jackson. New member Alan Curry could not be present due to a family reason.
Chairman Coleen Magnussen presented both outgoing board members with plaques thanking them for their commitment and service.

Bradford man faces multiple traffic charges



A Bradford man termed by Stark County Circuit Judge Thomas A. Keith in setting bail as, “A risk to the community,” made his first appearance in Stark’s Circuit Court Friday.
Brandon Scott Cheatham, 23, was charged with a Class 4 felony, aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, stemming from an alleged incident that occurred on November 27, along with five other traffic offenses.

Felony identity theft charged against Rynearson

Anthony Edward Rynearson, 38, of Kewanee was charged Friday in Stark County Circuit Court with aggravated identity theft, a Class 2 felony.
Rynearson is accused of using the personal information of a Toulon resident, namely the date of birth and social security number, to obtain a Capitol One credit card valued at less than $300, on August 1 of this year.

Bradford Christmas Walk great success



I always look forward to going to Bradford, a town with a strong sense of community and lots of fun people.
There was a huge golden full moon rising from the horizon as I arrived, beaming enough light to brighten the street without the attractive luminaries that stood guard along the main street.


Toulon Council pares back proposed tax increase


 At its regular meeting Monday, the Toulon City Council voted to trim a proposed property tax levy increase from 26 percent to about 7 percent, reducing the proposed levy to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) by $30,000.
The proposed increase for the IMRF was to begin funding the early retirement incentive package for longtime superintendent of streets and water Shane Milroy, who retired at the end of 2013.