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Toulon’s Christmas Celebration
All Evening - 5 to 7:45 p.m.
School band and chorus per- festive beverage at Catalpa
formances on Main St. Grove
State Bank of Toulon serving Also open for the evening is
refreshments the Pregancy Center and Off
Door prizes at Connie’s
Drop off boxes will be avail-
Toulon Rehabilitation & able to collect non-perishable
Health Care Center has items for Toulon Food Pantry
musical entertainment, door
prizes and more. Special events
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Home-
Tanner’s cider & donuts, door made chili & soup at Con-
sCN photo prizes, gift and crafts from A nie’s
rev. Wayne mcLeod, chair of the toulon Library Board, thanks Eldon Ham and wife nan Few of My Favorite Things,
and children Carla and Brandon for their $25,000 commitment to the new toulon Library at a Gentle Touch and Harley Redi- 6 p.m. - Santa arrives at Con-
reception given in honor of the Hams at the present library. ger at The Hair Works nie’s
LaFayette Library board
Relay 4 Life booth with 6:30 p.m. - Donation pre-
refreshments & ornaments sentations at State Bank of
fundraiser at the Bistro Toulon
fires long-term employee Leezer Agency has hot
mulled cider, cookies, door
prizes, Toys 4 Kids gift tree
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Danny
Blakey performs Christmas
music at Bistro
Due process not followed; Rashid reinstated Toulon Market Grand opening 7:45 p.m. - Wreath auction
By Amy Beaver to her hiring by the Senior Works Murphy presented a written and Toulon Bucks Drawing
firstname.lastname@example.org Program. A representative for statement signed by five mem- Dad’s Pizza charity dinner at News Room Bistro
In a special meeting around the program had approached her bers of the board that stated that to benefit Toys 4 Kids tree
November 17, members of the Ira and after some reluctance, Rashid the prior action did not follow the Bid on a decorated wreath –
C. Reed Library Board met to re- agreed, as long as she could be rules of due process and was not Door prizes, cookies and proceeds will benefit Toys 4
move 10-year library director Mar- placed at the Ira C. Reed Library, valid. The five members that sup- drinks at Farmers Insurance Kids tree and Toulon Christ-
cine Rashid. Rashid was informed according to Rashid. ported the statement were Barb and Keller Williams Realty mas baskets
of the board’s decision on Novem- As director, Rashid had made Shambaugh, Pam Murphy, Betty
ber 19. many proposals for grants and is Harris, Cindy Shipman and Russ Happy Tails has door prizes $400 in Toulon Bucks to be
Board members present at currently working on a grant from Schier. Board member Bethany Pe- and refreshments given away – sign up at each
the special meeting were president Bill and Melinda Gates for new terson stated to The News she had business open during the
Cindy Shipman, Robin Bartley, computers. not been notified of the emergency Watch football and enjoy a celebration
Bethany Peterson and Russ Schier. It has been a good working rela- meeting. Members Robin Bartley
Other library board members, Barb tionship for many years. The libary and Russ Schier were not present.
Shambaugh, Pam Murphy and receives its main employee without “There is a procedure we need
Betty Harris, told The News they
were not notified of the meeting.
Board member Bethany Pe-
using its own funds and Rashid is
compensated for her work.
Peterson stated that board
to follow when there is a problem,”
said Pam Murphy. “The problem
needs to be worked out and no
Where in the world?
terson said Rashid was charged members have contacted the Se- other option available before such
at the special meeting with highly nior Works Program about their action is taken.”
inappropriate behaviors. Peterson concerns but had received no re- “In this case,” continued Mur-
did not detail the accusations. sponse. phy “due process was not followed,
Rashid has been director of Rashid had contacted her rep- so we will be looking at this issue as
the Ira C. Reed Library for 10 years resentative from the Senior Works a full board during a regular meet-
and is paid not by library funds but Program. The program would ing.”
through the Senior Citizens Ex- have moved Rashid to another The December meeting of the
perience Works Program. Rashid area in which to work, according board is scheduled for this Wednes-
works an average of 20 paid hours to Rashid. day at 5 p.m., but vice president
a week, which was recently cut In an emergency meeting held Murphy will not be addressing the
down by the Senior Citizens Expe- by the Library board’s vice presi- issue at that time.
rience Works Program to 18 paid dent Pam Murphy, four members “Our president is currenty un-
hours a week. of the board voted to reinstate available so we will wait until she
Rashid had volunteered for Rashid to her position effective on returns to discuss this issue in full,”
the library at least five years prior Monday of this week. said Murphy.
Bradford approves windmill settlement
By Amy Beaver was been in savings with the school This is an increase of $1,700 from
email@example.com district in anticipation of the return last year primarily because of the
The Bradford school board ap- of the money. The board will pay new roof. The board approved a
proved a settlement agreement with approximately $36,000 a year per a snow removal bid from Mr. Harper
the owners of the Bureau County settlement agreement. This is only for $175 per snow. The board ta-
Wind Tower farm for overpayment 40 percent of the whole tax amount. bled the approval of the levy until a
of tax. The board will pay $109,000 The board feels that the settlement later time. The board approved the
without interest over a period of was in their favor. Illinos Library Grant for a few hun-
three years. The Bradford board In other business, the board dred dollars. The grant will be used
has been in litigation over the tax approved the audit as presented to for new books. The board approved From left to right in back are Penny and Vicky Coats. in front,
rate, which was initially assessed the board and appointed Jan Sears a salary increase for Kristin Atchley left to right, is kate and addie Coats. the Coats went to Wash-
at 100 percent in Bureau County to the negotiations committee. in the amount of $2,500. ington D. C. to tour the Capitol and to visit friends of the girls.
until the state passed a wind tower The board approved the renewal The next regular board meeting they were there during the week of July 20, 2009. they are the
tax recommendation. The money of property insurance for $33,468. will be on December 15 at 7 p.m. daughters of Claude and ruthi Coats of Wyoming, iL.
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Social .................... 2
Toulon man dances for charity
Editorial .................. 4
Commentary ........... 5
School ............. 6 & 12
Obits ..................... 11
Legal ..................... 13
Courthouse ............ 14
Sports ................... 16
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CONTACT Toulon native and Peo- and neglected children in Central Illinois Region. He
PuBLISHER/EdITOR ria Area businessman, Kyle Peoria County through the has served on numerous
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AROUND THE COUNTY December 3, 2009 • Page 3
And the Babe appeared
in Milo Township...
By Lynda Newton Dunn God’s creatures, costumed arms.
firstname.lastname@example.org as cows, lambs, and even a The angel hovered si-
It was rumored that scentful skunk on a magical lently, wings still supporting
there was to be no room at night were drawn to this spot after another year of growth,
the inn, but inside of Grun- from the shining star that still beautiful. …some day
loh’s Milo horse barn, an shown over Milo and Grun- on a resume, “I was the an-
empty stable with waiting loh’s barn. gel…”
manger was found. The star was also cos- Different on this night
A young Joseph and tumed, high among the high- in Milo from the original
Mary and a costumed don- est bale of hay, leading the cast and appearance, was
key solemnly walked from shepherds to their place in the audience, coated, some
the tack room straight to the awe of the babe in the man- with hats, and more still with
hay covered tableau, taking ger, shepherds with unusual cameras, seated on bleach-
their places, with all of the clothing, wavering staffs and ers of hay bales. All adoring
dignity of the burgeoning short attention spans. the children of Boyds Grove
season upon them. Three resplendent gift Methodist Church Christ-
Purity and faith, hope bearing wise men, stiff and mas Pageant.
and peace, shone from sore from riding their cam- It was magnificent. It
young Mary’s face as she re- els so many miles, bowed in should have been televised.
trieved the swaddling babe reverence to the holy babe, It was inspirational. SCN photo
from the manager, fear- swaddled and cradled in Start the season, the real Jesus in the manger, in the year of our Lord 2009, Boyds Grove
ing for his safety as more of Mary’s protective and loving Reason for the Season. Methodist Sunday School Christmas Pageant
Stark County teens participate in Freedom House contest
Today’s teens are often counties at all participating John Hartman, Blackhawk
stereotyped as being self- schools and sponsor busi- East College Art Professor,
centered, disrespectful and nesses plus the Galva Arts and Marge Mowers, a Galva
uncaring where societal is- Council, the YMCA in Ke- artisan with a proficiency in
sues are concerned. Free- wanee, Community Center etching, served as judges.
dom House, however, was in Geneseo, Kewanee Li- The contest was ini-
recently privileged to wit- brary, Kewanee Hospital and tiated in October, which
ness just the opposite. Hammond-Henry Hospital was National Domestic
“I was greatly im- in Geneseo. Anyone else Violence Awareness Month.
pressed by the caliber of the interested in displaying the For further information
artwork we received in our posters can call Stephanie about Freedom House, its
recent poster contest and Cartwright, Special Projects violence prevention educa-
even more impressed by the Manager and poster con- tion programs or any of its
messages the students por- test committee member, at services, call 815-872-0087
trayed,” said Roger Hawk, (815) 872-0087, Ext. 224. or (309) 852-4008 or visit
Freedom House Board of Diane Gibson of Galva also www.freedomhouseillinois.
Directors’ member. “The served on the organizing com. For those in need of
students cared about the is- Freedom House Executive Director Connie Doran (back left) congratulates the committee; Freedom House services, call the Freedom
sue, that of both domestic award winners in Freedom House’s recent Domestic Violence Awareness Poster Executive Director Connie House crisis hotline at (800)
violence and teen dating vi- Contest. Shown are Hannah Roe (seated, left) of Orion HS, honorable mention; Doran served as a featured 474-6031. All services are
olence, and they were will- Katie Elliott of Cambridge HS, honorable mention; and Sue Youngstrom, Cam- speaker with Roger Hawk at free and confidential.
ing to make a stand through bridge HS art teacher; with Doran, Katie Schlicksup of Stark County HS, second the awards’ breakfast; and
their drawings and photog- place; Kala Koehler, Orion HS art teacher; Daniell Scheiterle of Stark County
HS, honorable mention; Beth Russell, Galva HS art
“They should realize
teacher; Mary Snyder of Galva HS, first place; Lisa
the impact their work will
Jacobs, Stark County HS art teacher; and Jenifer
have on their peers, on those
Kieser of Stark County HS, third place.
suffering from violence and
on those who care and don’t poster will be made into Federal Savings and Loan
know what to do to help,” a billboard and displayed in Kewanee. Scheiterle, Roe
Roger continued. “They’re throughout the entire and Elliott received Liberty
making more of a difference month of February as a re- Uncirculated Silver Dollars
than they’ll ever know.” minder that violence affects from the State Bank of Tou-
The Henry/Stark Coun- everyone and that Free- lon. All bonds and gifts were
ty Domestic Violence Poster dom House offers services donated by the respective
Contest Awareness cam- to help anyone suffering in institutions.
paign was announced at silence. Teens are no excep- The State Bank of Speer,
the beginning of the school tion. We’re here for them, Muselman Investments,
year and was open to all too.” Ltd./Kewanee McDonalds,
9th- through 12th-grade stu- Snyder was awarded a and Key Outdoor Advertis-
dents. Winners and partici- $200 savings bond from the ing sponsored the purchase
pants were honored Nov. 17 Community State Bank of of the billboard.
at an awards breakfast, held Galva, in addition to a rib- Snyder’s billboard will
at the Kewanee McDonalds, bon and certificate for her be placed on the east side
a sponsor of the event. Rog- first place and Best of Show of U.S. Route 34 and Illinois
er Muselman of Muselman finish. Schlicksup received Route 78, one mile north of
Investments, Ltd., donated a $100 savings bond from Illinois 91 in Kewanee dur-
the cost of the breakfasts to Central Bank in Geneseo, ing the month of February.
all involved. a ribbon and certificate, Her poster and those of the
Winners included and Kieser received a $50 other winners will be dis-
Mary Snyder of Galva High savings bond from Union played in Henry and Stark
School, first place; Katie
Schlicksup of Stark County
High School, second place;
Jenifer Kieser of Stark Coun-
ty High School, third place;
and Daniell Scheiterle of
Stark County High School,
Hannah Roe of Orion High
School and Katie Elliott of
Cambridge High School,
“Our intent in this con-
test was to promote aware-
ness of domestic violence
and teen dating violence,”
said Susan Carlson, Free-
dom House Legal Advocate
who initiated the contest
and served on the orga-
nizing committee. “Mary’s
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EDITORIAL The Stark County News • countyenews.com
County Watch — Bill; harvest thoughts; Phil; paranormal
By Jim Nowlan And ’most everybody suicide recently up north down in the mouth, don’t want checked out. Let’s paranormal team to visit,
email@example.com (as we might say in rural Il- of us in LaSalle County. be afraid to talk about de- just say I’m highly skeptical, call Joanne Bridges at 309-
linois) turned out for Bill. We haven’t had one here in pression, even suicide. You personally, but who am I to 686-1057. You can Google
Hundreds paid their The Debolt-Kidd Fu- awhile, yet we all need to be never know. say. “Guard Paranormal” to find
respects Friday at the visita- neral Home was literally aware of those who might If you would like the the group’s website.
tion for Toulon Postmaster packed this past, chilly Fri- be seriously depressed. Phil Sharkey is a know-
Bill Franklin, who died un- day, with the waiting line Dave McClure of Otta- er of all things Toulon, and
expectedly this past week. snaking up and down all wa in LaSalle reminds of us probably Stark County. Now
Bill was a quiet, friendly, available space. Others this in an email that is cir- of Miami and Chicago, Phil
helpful fellow who always sat in observance, chatting culating. He tells the story grew up on Franklin Street
had a big smile for a greet- quietly, chuckling now and of a happy-go-lucky 70-ish in Toulon. He responded
ing—the perfect small town then in a remembrance of farmer who recounted for to the query by Eldon Ham
resident. Bill. Dave how he almost com- as to when the Dr. Thomas
And the small town re- As LaVon gazed out mitted suicide in the 1970s. Hall historical doctor’s of-
paid its appreciation and among the crowd, she must As he worked in the fields to fice was moved to its pres-
love for Bill by turning out have felt the warmth radi- bring in the crop, the finan- ent site next to the Toulon
in huge numbers to let ating toward her and the cial numbers weren’t work- Library.
Bill’s wife LaVon know they Franklin family. Warmth ing out. “I’m sure it was 1944-
shared her grief, and that that helps instill the strength Fortunately, the farmer 45,” declared Phil over
they were there to support needed in a time of unex- received a call from a dear the phone in his booming
her any way they could. pected grief. friend just in advance of his voice. “My Dad (Dave Shar-
The visitation is not planned demise. The two key, the county highway su-
exclusive to small towns, Farmers do a lot of talked; both had problems, perintendent) took movies
of course, yet I think small worrying, at the mercy of but the talking let the farmer of the move.”
communities can be at their weather and the markets, know he wasn’t alone, and
best in providing support as they are. And farmers are rational thinking returned Joanne Bridges of
through this ritual. alone with their thoughts a to the farmer as a result. Peoria is one of the area
“Everybody knows ev- lot, alone in the glass cage We are always surprised paranormal seekers. Amy
erybody” is a characteristic atop their combine. It’s easy when we read of a suicide— Beaver’s recent story on the
of small towns, and cer- to become depressed when “I never would-a guessed.” topic generated lots of com-
tainly everybody knows the you’re alone, controlled by Talking is the best med- ments from readers.
postmaster. He or she is one factors beyond your con- icine. That’s what I’m doing So Joanne wonders if
of our links to the outside trol. here. And if you see a friend any readers have possible
world. There was a farmer or neighbor who might look paranormal activity they
Farming Matters - be counted
By Jake Anderson communities are fairly rep- to help us spread the word to for unlawful disclosure is
resented.” their families, friends, and a fine of up to $250,000 or
Often times we feel that Semlow points out neighbors.” The message imprisonment of up to five
rural areas are overlooked that census data also drives is simple: The 2010 Census years, or both.
and/or forgotten about. To the engine of good public is easy and confidential. It Illinois Farm Bureau
make sure that rural Illinois policy. The takes only encourages its members to
is not overlooked or forgot- census data about 10 complete the 2010 census
ten about, the Illinois Farm influences minutes to as quickly and accurately as
Bureau (IFB) has become an how trillions answer just possible. Farming and ru-
official 2010 Census Partner, of dollars 10 questions. ral populations are shrink-
working with the Census will be spent It is one of ing, but are no less vital to
Bureau to help ensure that over the next the shortest the nation’s economy and
the Census Day, April 1, will 10 years. question- security. That’s why it is
include a full and accurate Census data naires in his- so important that Illinois
count of rural Illinois. guides plan- tory. By law, farmers and rural commu-
“Getting complete and ning for new the Census nities complete the census
accurate census data is crit- hospitals, Bureau can- to ensure their fair share of
ical to rural Illinois,” says job train- not share political power, local fund-
IFB’s Kevin Semlow. “Cen- ing centers, respondents’ ing and needed services.
sus data is used to deter- schools, so- Jake Anderson answers with The 2010 Census will
mine how many seats each cial services, grants and anyone, including other arrive in mailboxes in
state will have in the U.S. other programs essential to federal agencies and law March. The official Census
House of Representatives, rural communities. enforcement entities. All Day is April 1. For more in-
as well as the boundaries of “It’s easy for farmers to Census Bureau employees formation on the 2010 Cen-
legislative districts. We are see the importance of the take an oath of nondisclo- sus, please visit www.2010.
partnering with the Census 2010 Census,” says IFB’s sure and are sworn for life census.gov.
Bureau to make sure that Kevin Semlow. “That’s why to protect the confidential-
Illinois farmers and rural we are asking our members ity of the data. The penalty
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COMMENTARY December 3, 2009 • Page 5
This ‘N’ That
A column dedicated to thought provoking non-essential information
Letters in the News
Marcine was one who cared Letter to the Editor: me this year and for that I
By Rich StJohn a lot. She went beyond The Toulon commu- am grateful.
firstname.lastname@example.org The LaFayette Library the call of duty to make nity lost a great citizen on He will be missed by
The last 15 years the La this library what it is today November 24, 2009 with all and especially by his
IS IT DECEMBER ALREADY?
Fayette Library has seen a and The Alliance Library the death of Postmaster Bill grandfather, mother, sister,
Afraid it is and where did 2009 go? The various cities,
lot of growth. Computers System recognized and Franklin. wife and children. He was
towns, and villages in Stark County are all decked out in the
and high speed internet awarded her for her efforts. My late husband a hero and they are hard to
Christmas atmosphere. This is the only part of winter that
were added through grants Unfortunately, there worked with him for sev- come by in today’s world.
I enjoy. It can warm up on January 2 and remain that way
which cost the library are people that are miser- eral years and admired his We’ll miss you.
until the next Thanksgiving.
nothing. Wonderful selec- ably spiteful and jealous dedication to his job and
By the way, we still say Christmas around here. That’s
tions of new books, DVDs, and will happily step on his treatment of everyone. Dorothy Reed
what the season is about.
and video tapes were also someone to get to the next He went the extra mile for Toulon, IL
added as well as beautiful rung on the ladder. That is
children’s books and Read- exactly what happened. A
Toulon has its annual Christmas Celebration this com-
ing Monday night, December 7. This annual event always
attracts a crowd and this year looks like it’s a good one.
ing Programs with parties
few of the Board members
took it upon themselves
Santa will be here to take requests, although his location
is a little different. Santa will still be at Connie’s Country
Most of these things
were non-existent before
(coincidentally as the Holi-
day Season approaches) Up
Marcine Rashid came to to fire her and place false
Kitchen but not upstairs. The Bistro will also be buzzing
the La Fayette Library. She allegations against her. The
and drawings and the wreath auction will be held there at
has spent many hours over other Board members were
the evening’s conclusion. Make sure to visit the various
the years working with peo- not consulted and no vote To the beginning of a happy holiday
merchants to sign up for drawings.
ple from other libraries and was taken. History teaches season. Remember to Shop Stark
WANNA SHOP AND NOT PAY?
the Alliance Library System us that bad attitudes and County!
to learn how to write grants hatefulness take prece-
We all want that, but for the next three weeks, the Wyo-
for the betterment of the li- dence over common sense
ming Area Chamber of Commerce with support of Better
brary. She has spent hours and this situation demon-
Banks is having weekly drawings of Wyoming Chamber
helping the local kids do strates this as well.
member businesses. (See ad elsewhere for details). Simply
their homework with the Marcine is 79 years old
shop these merchants and put your receipt in their draw-
help of the new comput- and for all of her years of
ing boxes. The Chamber draws three (3) names each week
ers. Her determination dedication and hard work
and the lucky winners are reimbursed for that receipt up to
and persistence is what she now is left without a
$100. This started last week so 12 lucky people will get back
makes the library what it is job. Her salary was not
all they spent on that visit to the member merchants.
today. She was there rais- even paid with library
By the way, if you are not a member, this is the time to
ing funds when no one was funds and now several
join. The dues for 2010 are now due and payable by 1/1/10.
interested in helping. She very generous benefactors
Only $50 per year and is a great investment!
was there looking for ideas, have withdrawn future
grants and opportunities donations to the library
when no one else had time. as well. They didn’t hurt
Don’t forget the ‘Shop Stark County’ program. This is
Over the years she has re- her, though, they hurt the
a great plan for investing in your home community. Sim-
cruited people to sit on the library. Her experience and
ply spend $7 a week of money you might spend elsewhere,
Board and many of them talents will be appreciated
and the goal of $1,000,000 will be reached. If you shop in
have stepped up to the elsewhere.
Wyoming you might even win back the amount spent. So
plate with the same passion Proverbs is a rule to
let’s all do our little part and shop at home as much as pos-
for the library that she has. live by based on common
She has always been there sense we all should use
to help, teach and motivate. in every facet of life. This
MORE SALES TAX?
She showed her pride and verse says it all:
Stark County is seeking a ½ percent sales tax increase
thanks to all of them for Pride goes before de-
via the ballot in February. Although more taxes are never
all of their efforts time and struction, a haughty spirit
favored, this plan should garner your support. As known,
time again. before a fall.
the county is in financial straits and this small amount will
There are very few Proverbs 16:18
aid that problem. The tax increase is earmarked for the
people that take time to
Sheriff’s department which is a major county expense but
care about small towns and Lorie Sherbeyn
necessary. This rate increase still keeps us competitive with
what they have to offer-- LaFayette, IL
neighboring counties, so unlike Cook County, we should
especially these days-- but
have no erosion of business. Sales taxes, unlike others, are
also shouldered by out of town visitors as well; couple this
with new businesses and the necessary funds might be ful-
ly reached. This column supports this.
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SCHOOL The Stark County News • countyenews.com
Know your Rebels America
By Kasey Main
“Student” means an
Leaders of America). She
is now one of the officers
of the club. The FCCLA in-
individual studying in a volves; as you may guess Fourth grade students at Bradford and Stark County
school, college, or uni- giving members the neces- Elementary schools celebrated “America Recycles Day” on
versity to gain knowledge sary skills to become great November 24. This recycling holiday is observed in Illinois
for the life ahead. But the leaders. Like my father al- on November 15 every year. America Recycles Day is cele-
word student has a greater ways told me, be a leader brated to educate people on the benefits of recycling, and it
meaning, especially in Stark not a follower. also encourages people to reduce the amount of trash that
County High school. A high Taking part in FCCLA they generate, reuse items rather than disposing of them,
school isn’t composed of is a good choice because, and buying products made from recycled materials when
just students, but more like- to me, the only person who possible.
ly friends if you give them can lead your life in the right Fourth grade students learned recycling facts and par-
a chance and get to know direction is you. So what ticipated in several recycling-related trivia questions. The
them. better way to do that than students made a bird house using small milk cartons.
One such person is by becoming a better lead- This event was co-sponsored by the Stark County Farm
Kayla VanWassenhove, a er? In this club you get to be Bureau and the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation
included in a lot of activities District (SWCD). Jake Anderson of the Farm Bureau and
which the members get to Jannifer Powelson of the SWCD worked together to present
direct. These activities also recycling information.
help members have better Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling are great ways to
organization skills. save energy, money, landfill space, and natural resources,
What’s real fun about SCN photo in addition to reducing the amount of air and water pollu-
FCCLA is that every year a tion caused by not reducing, reusing, and recycling.
number of dedicated FC- to spend with friends. The ing TV or listening to some
CLA members get to go on thing she likes doing with tunes. Kayla is a fan of Tay-
a trip to Chicago! Mrs. Da- her friends is going to mov- lor Swift, who sings country
vis who is the sponsor of the ies. in case you are not familiar
FCCLA here in Stark County Speaking of movies, with her. Her friends recom-
High School says, “People she prefers romance es- mended Taylor to her.
need to spend time in Chi- pecially “Walk to Remem- In the summer she’s a
cago for the experience.” ber,” because it’s sad in the helpful hand with bailing
Kasey Main And right she is, the more beginning but has a good hay for her grandpa. Anoth-
17 year old senior at Stark you experience, the greater ending. In other words, love er job she does is babysitting
County High School. Kayla your knowledge. conquers all! for more spending money.
is the daughter Phil and Su- As Treasurer of the FC- Kayla and her friends Kayla is planning to
san VanWassenhove. She CLA, Kayla keeps track of may also get a bite at Moni- attend Black Hawk East to
has a brother Cole and a sis- money which is important cal’s Pizza, the place where further her education and
ter Susan. when you’re planning a trip the food tastes real good. become a veterinarian. A
The VanWassenhove or activity as well as funding. Kayla finds strawber- good choice for a career,
family lives in Osceola. “I wanted to do something ries a real treat too. Kayla I might add. Who doesn’t
There’s no better way to en- with friends,” was Kayla’s also likes to socialize with want to be around adorable
lighten a family household motivation for joining the friends by you named it - pets all day? She has a fun
than having tail wagging FCCLA and what better rea- texting! Not just texting, but future ahead of her.
furry creatures. This family son can there be? on the phone as well. Another column is over
has five pets, consisting of Kayla has also played Another way for her and done. As always, I took
cats, dogs, and even a horse basketball for three years to keep touch with friends pleasure in writing this and
which lives at Kayla’s grand- as center, which is a great is by going shopping. The I look forward to writing for
pa’s farm. way to stay active. This year, store of her choice is “Amer- you next week!
For four years Kayla Kayla decided to relax and ican Eagle.” When she is
has taken part in the FCCLA focus on her goals ahead. not too busy, she enjoys Pictured are Stark Elementary School students hold-
(Future Career Community It also gives her more time lounging back and watch- ing their milk carton bird houses.
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OBITUARIES December 3 , 2009 • Page 11
William A. Franklin
Toulon – William A.
“Bill” Franklin, 54, of rural
grandmother, Mary Frank-
a musician, playing guitar
and piano with the band, www.countyenews.com
Toulon, Illinois, died at 5:10 Bill Franklin was the Whitewater, and also with
a.m. on Tuesday, November Postmaster in Toulon for Blakey’s Trailriders. He
24, 2009, at his residence. served as a volunteer fire-
Bill was born October fighter with the Toulon Fire
27, 1955, in Kewanee, Il- Department for 20 years,
linois, the son of Delmar and attended the Toulon
“Deb” and Elizabeth “Betty” United Methodist Church.
Cinnamon Franklin. He Funeral services for
married LaVon M. Truelove Bill were at 11 a.m. on Sat-
on September 22, 1979, in urday, November 28, 2009,
Toulon. at Toulon United Method-
LaVon survives, along ist Church. Rev. Paul Wier
with two sons, Tony Frank- officiated. Visitation was
lin, of Indianapolis, Indiana from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday,
and Curtis (Kristin) Frank- at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral
lin, of Hudson, Illinois; Home. Pall Bearers were
daughter Emma (Daniel) Anthony Nicholson, Rick
Mullin, of Mt. Pleasant, Bill Franklin Pruess, Andy Yedinak, Steve
Iowa; his mother, Betty, of the past nine years. Prior Frakes, Danny Blakey, Tim
Toulon; a sister, Debbie to becoming Postmaster, Schroeder. Burial was in
(Fulvio) Franklin-Zerla, of he was a clerk in the Tou- Toulon Cemetery.
Toulon, Illinois; and his lon Post Office for 24 years. Memorial contribu-
grandfather, Graham Frank- He owned and operated tions may be made to his
lin, also of Toulon. Franklin Small Engine Re- church or to the Toulon
He was preceded in pair in Toulon since he was Public Library.
death by his father and his 14 years old. Bill was also
Edith M. Martin
Princeville – Edith M. of Speer, Illinois, and Ber- keeper for Hemmer Feed &
Martin, 91, a resident of Ap- nadine Cambron, of Peoria, Farm Service, Speer for 20
ostolic Christian Skylines, Illinois; two grandchildren, years. She was a member
Peoria, Illinois, formerly of of the Apostolic Christian
Princeville, Illinois, died at Church and was active in its
2:15 p.m. on Monday, No- quilting group and choir.
vember 23, 2009, at Apos- Funeral services were
tolic Christian Skylines. at 10 a.m. on Saturday, No-
Edith was born on April vember 28, 2009, at the Ap-
8, 1918, in Speer, Illinois, ostolic Christian Church.
the daughter of Daniel and Ministers of the church
Mary S. Kuntz Streitmat- officiated. Visitation was
ter. She married Eli B. Mar- from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday,
tin on January 21, 1940. at Hammitt-Hott Funeral
He preceded her in death Home, and also from 9 to
on February 14, 1949, in 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the
Princeville. Also preced- church. Burial was in the
ing her in death was a son, Edith Martin church cemetery.
Richard L. Martin, and two Eric (Lanette) Martin, of Memorial contribu-
brothers, Russell and La- Watertown, Wisconsin, Kas- tions may be made to Ap-
Vern Streitmatter. sandra (John) Verhusen, ostolic Christian Skylines,
Surviving is one son, of Vail, Colorado; and one Inc, 7023 NE Skyline Drive,
Greg G. (Sandra) Martin, of great-grandson, Brady E. Peoria, IL 61614.
Chillicothe, Illinois; two sis- Martin.
ters, Gladys (George) Neal, She worked as a book-
David L. Henderson
Mandan, ND - David He was involved in the con- made his home; daughters,
LeRoy Henderson, 69, of struction of many draglines Sheila (Mike) Rumbold, of
Mandan, North Dakota, for surface coal mines Wyoming, Illinois, Santha
died at MedCenter One in throughout the United (Duane) Swanson, of Bow-
Bismarck on November 12, States. He was most proud man, North Dakota; and
2009. Funeral Services for of his work in Cumberland sons Lonnie (Lori) Wertz,
David were held on Novem- Ohio on the “Big Muskie” of Fargo, North Dakota and
the world’s largest dragline. Scott Walker, of Seattle,
ber 15, 2009 at the Peace Lu- Across
theran Church in Scranton, He worked for Modern Washington; three sisters, 1- Tee, e.g.; 6- Crew needs; 10- Impersonator; 14- Coherent light beam; 15- Applaud; 16-
North Dakota, with burial Machine/Industrial in Bis- Ann Johnson, of Chicago, Il- Acting part; 17- Licorice-like flavoring; 18- I could ___ horse!; 19- Ball game; 20- Sewage;
held on Monday, Novem- marck where he often trav- linois, Fae Pierce, of Tucson, 22- Exclamation to express sorrow; 23- Accent; 24- Part of RSVP; 26- Gibbet; 30- Time
ber 16, 2009 at the North eled to perform dragline Arizona, Jane (Leonard) spans; 34- Get the better of; 35- Electric fish; 36- French vineyard; 37- Circular band; 38-
Dakota Veterans Cemetery maintenance. David was an Pierce, of Bismarck, North Embed; 40- ___ impasse; 41- Drunkard; 42- ___ account (never); 43- Mass of eggs; 44-
in Mandan, North Dakota. avid reader, fisherman and Dakota; three brothers, Je- Proclaim; 46- Folium; 48- Advanced degree?; 49- Othello villain; 50- Mongolian desert;
David was born on July enjoyed hunting with his rome Henderson, of Back- 53- Outweigh; 59- Med school subj.; 60- Winglike parts; 61- Waggish; 62- Nothing more
20, 1940 in Bowman, North family. You could often find us, Minnesota, Bill (Judy) than; 63- Like some orders; 64- Chou ___; 65- American football measure; 66- Slaughter
Dakota, a son of Maurice him under the hood of a car Henderson, of Lisbon North of baseball; 67- Peruses;
and Gladys (Erickson) Hen- doing mechanic work for Dakota and Dale (Doreen)
derson. He graduated from friends. He was a friendly Henderson, of Scranton,
Scranton High School in and fun-loving man who North Dakota; one grand- Down
1959. After graduation Da- always had a good story to daughter, Brooke Rumbold; 1- Deli side; 2- Mandlikova of tennis; 3- Egyptian goddess of fertility; 4- Breather; 5-
vid entered the US Navy, tell. five grandsons, J.R. Mercer, Canopy site; 6- Vast seas; 7- Winged; 8- Appraise, charge per unit; 9- Scantily; 10- Wild
where he served on the USS He was preceded in Erick and Nickolas Rum- sheep of Asia; 11- Wading place; 12- First name in scat; 13- Whistle blowers; 21- Excla-
Oklahoma City. death by his parents and bold, Conner and Chase mation of surprise; Solutions for 11-26-09
After serving in the one nephew, Todd Pierce. Swanson; and many nieces 25- Apr. addressee; 26- Furze;
Navy, he became a welder He is survived by Lin- and nephews. 27- Negatively charged particle;
for various coal companies. da Wertz with whom he 28- Slow, musically; 29- Pull laboriously;
30- Green shade; 31- The number system
Dan E. Webster with base 8; 32- Speak in a slow manner;
33- Traditional portion of Muslim law;
35- “Hold On Tight” band; 38- Incipient;
Darrington, WA – Dan ents, Ted and Janet, of Tou- death by his significant oth- 39- Vane dir.; 40- Big galoot;
Eugene Webster, 45, of Dar- lon, Illinois; two brothers, er (Cheryl), a sister (Cheri 42- Thunder Bay’s prov.;
rington, Washington, for- Justin (Shelly) Webster, of Jo), and his grandparents. 43- Burn without flame; 45- Conjunct;
merly of Toulon, Illinois, Kewanee, Illinois, and J.R. Graveside services will 46- Tabs; 47- Turkish title;
died at his home on Sunday, Webster, of Humble, Texas; be accorded at a later date. 49- Author Calvino; 50- Malodorous;
November 29, 2009. a sister, Shelley (Rob) Lar- Memorials may be made 51- Draft classification; 52- Roseanne, once;
He was born on De- son, of Arlington, Washing- to the Toulon Methodist 54- ___ Bator, Mongolia;
cember 12, 1963 in Gales- ton; three nieces, Alexis, Church.
55- “Rule Britannia” composer;
burg, Illinois, the son of Ted Sarah Jo, Jaime Lynne; and
56- Vincent Lopez’s theme song;
and Janet Webster. one nephew, Bryce.
57- Dressed; 58- Some Ivy Leaguers;
Surviving are his par- He was preceded in
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SCHOOLS The Stark County News • countyenews.com
Holiday spirit at Stark County
Perfect Attendance- Zayne
Junior High Anderson, Jordan Holm-
berg, Abby Wall, Colby Wall,
Announces Citizenship-Zayne Ander-
son, Tiffany Durbin, Dustin
First Quarter Moody, Megan Painter,
Isaac Stahl, Scott Weir, The Bradford National and Michelle Vainoski. Mrs.
Honor Roll Effort- Tucker Hartz, Zayne
Anderson, Arianna Ferman,
Junior Honor Society and
Student Council are in the
Angela Stange is sponsor of
On October 27, District 100 officials were notified that
the district had been chosen as a recipient of a competi-
Colby Wall spirit of the season with The Student council is
Eighth Grade tive grant. The Enhancing Education Through Technology
Penmanship- McKenzie their latest activities. The raising money to donate to
Straight A Honors- Alex Grant (EETT) was established by the federal government
Coleman, Jordan Holmberg Honor Society is collecting Freedom House in Princ-
Dries to enable schools to “provide new and emerging technolo-
Art Award- Jordan Holm- canned good and nonper- eton, Illinois. They held a
High Honors- Kendall King, gies, create state-of-the-art learning environments, and of-
berg ishable items for the Brad- bake sale on Monday, No-
Colton Senders fer additional training and support for teachers to help stu-
Young Author-Arianna Fer- ford Food Pantry and Christ- vember 30. Student Council
Honors- Nate Holmberg, dents achieve academically and acquire the skills needed
man, Scott Weir mas Baskets. Donated items members will also be col-
Gabe Hovendon, Kyle to compete in a global economy”.
Special Reading Award- may be placed in boxes at lecting donations for Free-
Hughes, Miranda Kiesewet- The district applied for the grant as a means of helping
McKenzie Coleman both the grade school and dom House when they go
ter, Michelle Vainowski, to fund a new math and science education initiative. The
junior high buildings. The Christmas caroling Decem-
Chad Stocking, Alexia grant monies will be used to purchase graphing calcula-
Third Grade NJHS students will deliver ber 11.
Forbes tors, mobile computer labs, smart-board systems, wireless
Perfect Attendance- Jessica the items to Leet Methodist Members of the Stu-
internet access, teacher training and other hardware and
Wright, Abby Stotler, Mag- Church on December 17. dent Council are Kend-
Seventh Grade software that will be utilized K-12. The goal of the district’s
gie Rouse, Noah Kazubows- Honor students also all King, Gabe Hovendon,
Straight A Honors- Caitlin new math and science initiative is to create a program of
ki, Jack Atkins, Kaitlin Vain- helped with the Bradford Ryan Young, Colton Send-
Scott, Jake Waldinger, Kay- instruction that will prepare students interested in math
owski, Corbin Walsh Christmas Walk November ers, Chad Stocking, Lindsey
lah Weir and science related careers to graduate from Stark County
Citizenship-Lea Fisher, Nat- 28. Members of the NJHS Hoffert, Charlie Lotspeich,
High Honors- Mark Bauer, High School with the experience, knowledge and skills nec-
alie Murphy, Jessica Wright, are Chad Stocking, Alex Carlie Bickett, Caitlin Scott,
Carlie Bickett, Kristyn Ehn- essary for a seamless transition into college.
Abby Stotler, Jacob Reay, Dries, Kyle Hughes, Josh Kristyn Ehnle, Lexie Gun-
le, Lindsey Hoffert, Charlie Stark County Superintendent Jerry Klooster explains
Isaac Koenig Lindsey, Jacob Rhodes, ning, and Ericka Gillespie.
Lotspeich, Cassidy Lynes, that although program planning is still in its infancy (full
Effort-Allanah Kiesewetter, Kendall King, Miranda Kie- Mrs. Becki Hoffort is spon-
Blake Ryan, Nick Waldinger implementation is not scheduled to begin until the 2011-
Garrett Scott sewetter, Nate Holmberg, sor of the Student Council.
Honors- Nick Hancher 2012 school year), the possibilities are truly exciting. “Our
board of education has given the administration the go-
Rouse, Jessica Wright, Na- ahead to begin planning this program for a relatively un-
Sixth Grade than Hoak, Corbin Walsh
Straight A Honors- Keith der-served group of students in small districts – students
staff in holiday mood
Art Award- Jacob Reay, Jes- who excel in the fields of math and science and want to be-
Ehnle, Emily Wall sica Wright
High Honors- Courntey come our next generation of engineers, doctors, architects,
Young Author-Andrew Wall, etc. With the aid of this grant we will partner with univer-
Ehnle, Allison Hefler, Chase Chase Scott Bradford School Dis- dom House to add to what
Johnston, Abby Masterson, sities, hospitals and businesses. We will be able to provide
Special Reading Award- trict staff members will be the Student Council is able
Ashlee Prina, Jacob Wright inquiry-based instruction that will benefit not only these
Faith Moody, Jacob Dries, paying to wear blue jeans to raise. The money raised
Honors- Lexie Gunning, Joe students, but every student in the district. We have a great
Noah Kazubowski, Maggie on Friday, December 4 and on the December 11th Jean
Duttlinger, Mariah Klemme, deal of work to do over the next 18 months.”
Rouse, Abby Stotler, Chase December 11. The money Day will be donated to the
Jessica Loudenburg, Joel District 100 will receive approximately $239,000
Stahl, Jessica Wright raised on the December 4th Bradford Christmas Baskets
Stahl through the grant over the next two years.
Jean Day will go to Free- and Food Pantry.
Bradford Perfect Attendance- Dela-
ney Johnston, Kendra Sel- BHE participates at Fall
Grade School by, Emma Stichenmyer,
Jarred Stevens, Delaney
First Nine Kazubowski, Alexa Stabler,
Gabe Stahl Black Hawk College – enrolled in the Illinois com-
East Campus participated munity college system.
Week Awards Citizenship-Emma Stichen-
myer, Delaney Kazubowski in the Illinois Postsecond- The college had 15 stu-
Effort-Ethan Scott, Alexa ary Student Organization dents participating in com-
Kindergarten Stabler, Landen Hoffert annual leadership confer- petitive events designed to
Perfect Attendance- Payton Penmanship- Cody Minder, ence held Nov. 6 at Spoon foster career preparation
Stahl, Angel Hoffman, Syd- Mark Painter River College in Canton, Ill. and leadership skills in the
ney Gorard, Erika Bailey, Art Award- Ashley Estes, The conference is dedicated areas of agronomy, animal
Mya Hamer Delaney Kazubowski to providing leadership and science, horticulture and
Citizenship- Payton Stahl, Young Author-Kendra Selby, career development activi- business management.
Jenae Sears Wyatt Schupp ties for students currently
Effort- Sierra Mueller, Sum- Special Reading Award-
Robert Rouse, Jessica Sears
Free seminar over health
care career options
Schaffer, Sydney Gorard, Fifth Grade
Livia Barks Perfect Attendance-Jenna
Art Award- Payton Stahl, Je- Ehnle, Dalton Hancher, Bai- Are you interested in nate at the Quad-Cities
nae Sears ley Longman, Brock Stotler, a career in health care but Campus in Moline but will
Young Author- Cainan Reb- Savannah Wall, Samantha unsure of your options? be available at both BHC
mann Wall Do you want to become a campuses. At the East Cam-
Special Reading Award- Citizenship-Savannah Wall, nurse, medical assistant or pus, the seminar will be in
Lani Fisher, Angel Hoffman, April Atkins physical therapist but not Building A, Room 123. At
Morgan Coleman, Lauryn Effort- Samantha Weir sure how to get there? Find the Quad-Cities Campus,
Hartz, Jenae Sears, Isaac Penmanship- Mason Send- out Dec. 10 at a free seminar the seminar will be in Build-
Yanez ers at Black Hawk College. ing 2, Room 101.
Young Author-Jenna Ehnle Nan Reddy, health care Guest speakers from
First Grade Art Award- Dalton Hancher, programs educational advi- various health care fields
Perfect Attendance-Jacob Savannah Wall sor at Black Hawk College, also will be attending.
Bickett, Julianna Painter, Special Reading Award- will present an Educational For more information,
McKenzie Stahl, Marli Brock Stotler, Todd Reay, Options in Health Care contact Nan Reddy at red-
Walsh, Erika Yanez, Natalie Laura Rouse, Dalton Hanch- Seminar from 5:30-7:30 email@example.com or (309) 796-
Wall, Katelyn Kowitz, Mi- er, Savannah Wall, Brianna p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. 5161 or (800) 334-1311, ext.
chaela Durbin Endress The seminar will origi- 5161.
Citizenship- Jordan Atkins,
Alexis Perez, Marli Walsh,
Maggie Dries, Matthew Mc-
Effort-Ryan Murphy, Kyle
Peterson, Jaeden Birkett,
Julia Sears, Freddy Painter,
Penmanship- Ivy Hengl,
Christopher Walker, Alex
Guelde, Natalie Wall, Cauge
Rebmann, Katelyn Kowitz
Art Award- Ivy Hengl, Jae-
Young Author- Maysen Lew-
is, Kylie Stabler, Whitney
Schupp, Cauge Rebmann
Special Reading Award-
McKenzie Stahl, Matthew