12-19-2012

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UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD PASSES A 4.78 % TAX LEVY INCREASE

The Unit 2 School Board passed a 4.78% tax levy increase Monday night. Superintendent Jeff Strieker explained with the projected reduction in general state aid to be around $700,000.00, he felt this increase would be needed to efficiently run the district.

The levy passed 4-3 with Nate Prater, Amy Frey, Scott Gaffner, and Jay Young voting yes and Jeff Moore, James Jackson and Vance Daniken voting no. This was the second tax levy motion with the first being a 1.09% increase. That motion failed with Jackson, Moore, and Daniken voting yes and Frey, Gaffner, Prater, and Young voting no.


WORKMAN PROMOTED TO SERGEANT

Greenville Police Officer Scott Workman has been promoted to Sergeant.  Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton said the department is very happy with the commission’s choice.  Workman has been a valued, hard-working, officer.  He will have new duties and responsibilities including being in charge of a squad of officers.  Sergeant Workman, a Highland High School graduate, first joined the Greenville Police Force in 1994.  He trained in Quantico, Virginia and Glynco, Georgia, where he was trained in computer forensics.  According to Chief Lorton, letters will soon be sent to those remaining on the eligibility roster to see if they are interested in filling the open position.

 

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MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTS 2012 TAX LEVY

At the recent Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting, the board adopted a 2012 tax levy of 4.5%.  Superintendent Mike Gauch said the increase would generate approximately $51,500.00 more revenue for the district.  Gauch reported the district received its general state aid payment but no transportation or categorical aid payments have been received.  The district did not borrow funds this pay period and it is hoped state aid funds will be received by the end of December.

The district emergency plan, adopted in 2004, was discussed.  The current plan has a color coded poster in each classroom outlining procedures for various situations.  The board brainstormed several ideas for increased security in the school.  Most will take some time to implement but administrators will increase monitoring of entry doors immediately.

Some school board member seats are to be filled in the April 9, 2013 election.  Gauch said petitions will be accepted in the unit office until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 26.

The next meeting is Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m.

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CARLYLE LAKE CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING PROJECT

Each year volunteers help submerge used Christmas trees in Carlyle Lake as fish shelters.  Recycled Christmas trees provide fish shelter for breeding, resting, and protection from larger fish.  Christmas trees may be donated from December 26 – January 20 at Plant Land on Old Rt. 50 east of Breese, Allen Branch Boat Ramp, and the Little Prairie Nature Trail parking lot.  For more information on the Christmas tree recycling project, call 594-2484.


OBITUARIES

Dorothy Menkhaus

Dorothy Menkhaus, age 98, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, December 18, at Carlyle Healthcare Center.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Church or the Clinton County Historical Society.  The Zieren Day Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Linda L. Zobrist

Linda L. Zobrist, age 64, of Glen Carbon, passed away Monday, December 17 at her home.  No services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to the family.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of the arrangements.

Tim D. Widman

Tim D. Widman, age 50, of Benld, passed away Tuesday, December 18 at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton. Memorial services will be Friday, at noon, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Grantfork UCC Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.


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