Leitch, LaHood lament on Illinois’ state of affairs
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 17:47
- Written by Jim Nowlan
State Rep. David Leitch (R-Peoria) and state Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) gave a sobering report to the Stark County Farm Bureau Board this past week in Toulon about the dismal state of affairs in state government.
“The state is not well governed,” Leitch said bluntly. He illustrated by noting that the state is not aggressively investigating income and residency requirements for Medicaid eligibility and thus is probably paying a billion dollars more in benefits than necessary.
LaFayette rehires water department employee
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 17:37
- Written by Administrator
The LaFayette village board of trustees voted Monday evening at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting to re-employ Shane Milroy, of Kewanee, as their water department supervisor.
The board had been looking for a water department supervisor because of Milroy’s retirement last year. Now, a renewal of services with Milroy will be more expensive.
Bradford swimming pool rates to increase
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 17:26
- Written by John A. Ballentine
Village’s Trick or Treat hours set
The Bradford village board has decided that rates will increase next year for use of the village’s swimming pool. Those rates will be for all passes and other charges.
The $1.50 charge will be $2, the fee of $2 to $3, individual pass from $55 to $65, family pass $100 to $150, parties $55 to $60, (plus $11 per hour for lifeguards), and lessons will rise from $25 to $40 per week.
Committee to discuss naming gymnasium
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 18:57
- Written by Doug Hampton
A number of people attended the September Stark County School Board meeting to ask the board to consider naming the high school gym after long time teacher Mr. Glenn Buchert.
Buchert, or “Mr. B.”, as he was often referred to, started as a teacher in 1964 at the former Toulon Township High School, which through consolidation became first Toulon-LaFayette High then, part of Stark County High School. Buchert moved into the position of guidance counselor in 1991. Buchert suffered a stroke in 2009 and passed away in 2011.
Stark enrollment up slightly this year
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 18:17
- Written by Doug Hampton
The Stark County School Board passed the annual budget at their September meeting. According to Superintendent Jerry Klooster, “No significant adjustments have been made (to the tentative budget), except that projected tort expenses were updated to reflect the increase in worker’s comp insurance costs.”
Klooster also stated that, “As of today, I am projecting that we will end the year with about $3.3 million more in annual expenses than in annual revenue in our four operating funds. Some causes for the shortfall are a.) A projected reduction in general state aid b.) Projected reductions in Title grant funding c.) An increase in technology costs and special education tuition, and d.) the increasing costs of general operating expenses.