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Divelbiss sentenced to 26 years prison in attempted murder case

In a negotiated plea during court this morning, Friday, October 17 Robert Divelbiss, of rural Bradford, pled guilty to attempted murder while discharging a firearm and was sentenced to 26 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections effective immediately.
   Divelbiss attempted to kill his brother-in-law Steven Chesser at their rural Bradford residence almost two years ago on October 224, 2012 after an argument ensued.

Owen to continue psychiatric treatment

John William Owen, 21, of Bradford, currently residing at the Chester, Illinois, Mental Health Center appeared Friday in Stark’s Circuit Court before Circuit Judge Thomas A. Keith.
In a court review session, the court received a June 17 report of a psychiatric fitness evaluation concerning Owen and the said report pronounced Owen unfit to stand trial.

LaFayette purchases new snowplow

lafayetteA resolution to purchase a snowplow for the Village of LaFayette was passed Tuesday evening, September 16 by the board of trustees.


In a special meeting held, President Greg Bartley read the resolution as follows: “Resolution to purchase truck snowplow and borrow funds from The State Bank of Toulon for such purchase.

County board approves waiving permit fees

The Stark County Board held a special meting on September 23rd to vote on a resolution waiving commercial building permit fees.
The resolution waives the fees for a six month period for any business that “provides full-time employment for not less than ten individuals.”

School Board approves budget with one change

bradfordAt the September board meeting, Bradford School board member Jan Sears thanked and recognized Janet Rouse and Deb Kelly for their quick reaction when a student was injured.
Two parents were at the meeting to ask questions of the board.  One asked if there had been any positives or cuts with the 5th grade coming over to the junior building for some classes.  Dr. Lotspiech said that things were going well and that math had been the only issue as far as time spent on it.  She said all of the students are still getting the level of instruction needed.