Trick-or-Treaters in the WGFA-listening area are urged to take proper steps to stay safe while they go door-to-door this weekend for Halloween. Most community trick-or-treat hours are Saturday. Some are today (Friday) and there's also community parades and events at shopping venues and schools.
Parents are reminded to make sure their child's mask is not blocking their sight. Any use of make-up or other costume jewelry should keep proper vision in mind. Attention should also be directed to making sure children not go between cars when they cross streets. Use the crosswalks where they are in place. Young children should be accompanied by an adult when going door-to-door. Only approach houses where a porch light in ON.
Police and other safety officials advise children should be cautioned about someone asking them to step inside their home while making Halloween rounds. Children should never go inside. Children should be encouraged to return to the parent quickly and report any funny business to the parent. Parents too, may want to contact and notify police.
Children should be cautioned about eating candy or other items they receive that are not wrapped. No one should be eating anything until their parents inspect what they've received.
Several area community trick-or-treat hours are posted online at www.wgfaradio.com Click on the Local News Link.
Ford County: GCMS student expelled for code of conduct violation
A unanimous 5-0 vote by the Gison City-Melvin-Sibley school board (Monday) tossed a student for the rest of the school year. The student was expelled for violation of the GCMS student code of conduct.
Superintendent Anthony Galindo stated an executive session of the GCMS Board resulted in the vote to expel the student and ban that student from all district property and extra-curricular activities. The student wil be allowed to enroll in an alternative education program.
Watseka Unit 9 deals with 2nd threat, another evacuation
The Woodland Elementary School was evacuated Wednesday morning after a "threatening mesage" was found on a playing card in a boys restroom. It was the second such building evacuation in the Unit Nine School distroict in as many days.
The Glenn Raymond School in Watseka was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a similar message was found in a bathroom stall.
Both incidents were determinned to be a hoax. No students were in any immediate harms way. Emergency personnel were called to search the buildings.
The Woodland students were allowed to resume class after an about 30 minute evacuation.
The school district's One Call Now message system to parents made them aware of the situation.