Yesterday (Thursday) was a political experience for a handful of Watseka High School students. Five students were in Springfield serving as honorary pages in the Illinois House and Senate. The students were guests of Representative Josh Harms and Senator Jason Barickman. The students saw legislative action in the respective House and Senate.
It’s Official: Milford Area Public Schools District #124
"It's a great day in Bat and Bearcat land." That note from Superintendent Dale Hastings really says it all. Thursday night, Milford officially formed its new school district – voters having approved the consolidation of Milford grade school district 280 and high school district 233.
Naming the new district – Milford Area Public Schools District #124 --- Superintendent Hastings said, was a formality.
Hastings said it was a good meeting. "People spoke well, represented themselves well, and we move forward." The name change is required by state staute. Everything else remains the same. The green & white Bats are still in place at the grade school and the blue & white high school Bearcats.
Hastings said "it's all god."
The new school board, elected last month, includes Charles Leitz, Dave Fox, Jeff Mabbitt, Jim Kunce, John Schoolman, Mark Tweedy and Mary Ronna.
Mary Ronna was elected President. Charles leitz will serve as V-P and Dave Fox is Secretary.
Iroquois-Kankakee Regional School Superintendent Greg Murphy directed the organization meeting.
Kankakee EMA to host meeting to address pipeline leak
Buckeye Partners will be at the Kankakee County Sheriff's Complex on April 17th to talk about the recent pipeline leak in the Limestone area.
Kankakee County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Dave Zinanni said the 9 am meeting will be at the Sheriff's Complex at 3000 S. Justice Way in Kankakee. The Buckeye company plans to report on recent water testing in the Limestone Township area and make a presentation to the Kankakee County EMA. Kankakee County EMA provided resources during the pipeline leak including CERT volunteer response, equipment, and assistants at the Buckeye Command Center.
White County, Indiana authorities were searching for a man who cut off his ankle bracelet during work release detail Wednesday.
Sheriff Pat said 31-year-old Robert Clawson Jr. went to work Tuesday afternoon at Jordan Manufacturing Company in Monticello. During work, he cut off his bracelet and left. The sheriff's office is continuing to look for Clawson.
Shafer said he faces a criminal charge of failure to return to lawful detention.
Clawson is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the White County Sheriff's Office.
15-year-old Kankakee juvenile held for murder, home invasion
A Kankakee teenager is under arrest in connection to the early morning murder of an alleged carjacker. Kankakee County Sheriff's Police report the 15-year-old boy is expected to appear in juvenile court today (Thurs).
The teenager's name is being withheld now, because he has not yet been charged as an adult. That is likely to change, according to authorities. The boy is charged with murder, home invasion, armed robbery, kidnapping and drug possession. Police said the teen is accused of helping 18-year-old Cleophus Reed carjack a person's vehicle in Kankakee around 1:30 Wednesday morning, then taking the carjacking victim at gunpoint to his home in Sun River Terrace.
The alleged carjacking victim shot and killed Reed. Though the teen is said to have been Reed's accomplice, he is tentatively being charged with murder. Under state law, defendants can be liable for murder even if the victim is an accomplice.