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Olivet reports record enrollment

   Olivet surpasses 5,000 students for first time in 110-year history

Olivet Nazarene University reports the highest enrollment in the University’s 110-year history as the 2017–2018 academic year gets underway. Of the total 5,002 students enrolled, 3,037 are undergraduates, and 2,401 of the undergrads live on campus. This also continues the historically strong trend for enrollment of freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, a record freshman retention rate of 78 percent and a record number of 64,357 credit hours taught provide solid proof of service to and care for its students.

“Increasing numbers of students from across the country and around the world continue to arrive each fall for the unique Olivet experience,” said Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “Enrollment is decreasing at many universities, and some are even closing their doors. Students and their families consistently value Olivet’s quality academics and career preparation in a Christian environment.”

Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) reports a new record enrollment with 2,092 students, which includes the largest number of graduate students in University history. This growth reflects the University’s continued expansion with regional centers throughout the Midwest, online programs, and education partnerships with more than 240 businesses and other organizations.

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Milford, Watseka celebrate 2017 Homecoming activities

Community spirit is energized in Milford and Watseka this weekend. High school activities are part of the two school district’s homecoming events.

Traditional prep football games are included in the list of events in the respective towns. Oakwood visits Milford for the homecoming football game. Watseka plays host to Dwight High School. The games are scheduled for 7 pm.

Homecoming activities are being held all week long.

Homecoming royalty will be crowned and each community has competitive events to broaden the homecoming spirits.
Also in Watseka --- the WCHS Inspiration Awards will recognize past students and athletes for their accomplishments.

The WCHS Alumni Association will honor this year’s award recipients at the annual banquet Saturday.

Award recipients include: Dale Flach, 1954; Robert Strickler from the 1956 class; Hannah Garry from the class of 1991. Brad Odgers from the class of 1995 is an Athletic Inspiration Award winner, along with the 1986-87 and 1987-88 boys basketball teams.

The two basketball teams will be recognized during the Watseka Holiday Basketball Tournament in December, according to Association spokesman Kerry Bell.

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Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator search begins; assistant coordinator resigns

Iroquois County’s Emergency Telephone System Board will need to step up its efforts in finding a new coordinator.

Following the August retirement of former coordinator Nita Dubble, assistant coordinator Sandy Drake is stepping aside. She’ll begin a new position in mid-October.

Dubble’s 30 plus years experience, coupled with Drake’s 10 years in the emergency position, finds a relatively inexperienced board of directors getting its own wheels in motion.

Sheriff Derek Hagen is the acting-coordinator, having been appointed following Dubble’s retirement. Hagen says the tele-communicators are well-trained and well-versed in their own responsibilities. The coordinator role—he points out---requires equipment knowledge and a rapport with all emergency responders.....fire, police, ambulance and others. Supervisory know-how, he said, is a must.

Hagen says the coordinator is the face of ETSB. “It’s a people-person skill.”

The 9-1-1 or ETSB Board has also been forced to re-organize. Experienced members, frustrated with the politicking of the County Board over the last several years, also walked away.

Newest ETSB members include Warren Weber, Joel Moore and Joe Young (all three fire and ambulance responders). Also on the Board is Watseka Police Chief Jeremy Douglas and Charlie Alt, representing the county board.

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Buckley woman gets 8 years; Judge says she's 'done a really good job being a thief'

A Buckley woman who stole tens of thousands of dollars from the Champaign business where she worked is being called a "a thief, plain and simple." That’s the words of the judge who sentenced Kimberly Allen yesterday.

In Champaign Circuit Court... the 36-year-old Allen pleaded guilty to felony theft for stealing about $144,000 from a printing company where she worked. Hall had worked there since February 2014.

Detective said they learned that Allen had set up a fraudulent vendor account to which she issued 38 checks that were cashed at a Rantoul bank by a man that Allen persuaded to do so by giving him part of the proceeds.

32-year-old Adam Hall of Gilman is serving a 56-month prison sentence that the judge handed down in June after he pleaded guilty to theft by deception for cashing the checks.

Allen and Hall were ordered to pay a total of $144,567 in restitution.

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One Injured, One Arrested After Shooting At Mattoon High School

(Mattoon, IL) -- Parents of students at Mattoon High School can keep their kids home from school today. But Superintendent Larry Lilly is trying to tell them that the school is safe after yesterday's shooting. Lilly says a student opened fire in the cafeteria, hitting another student before being taken down by a teacher and disarmed by the school resource officer. The wounded student is in stable condition and police aren't saying much about the alleged shooter because of his age.    {Metro News}

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