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FORRESTON Journal November 21, 2013 Volume 151, Number 30 - $1.00
The Polo Lady Marcos and Forreston Lady Cardinals prepare for the season. B1
A variety of Nativity scenes will be on display in Oregon Nov. 30. B6
A ninth annual community concert will be performed Dec. 8 in Mt. Morris. A9
Concealed carry classes teach gun laws & safety By Chris Johnson Reporter
Part of the concealed carry gun classes is learning about gun safety including techniques on how to hold a gun. Here instructor Scott Schultz demonstrates one way to hold a firearm during a class. Photo by Chris Johnson
Storm damage minimal By Vinde Wells Editor A violent late season storm that wreaked destruction in central Illinois early Sunday afternoon brushed past Ogle County leaving relatively little damage. Sheriff Michael Harn said Monday that the fast-moving storm was strongest on the south and east edges of the county where it brought down trees and tipped over at least four semis on Interstates 39 and 88. Harn said an emergency drill at Exelonâ€™s Byron Generating Station scheduled for Nov. 20 has been cancelled because Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) personnel have been dispatched to Washington, Ill., where a tornado packing winds of more than 190 miles per hour destroyed at least 400
homes in its path. The tornado was classified as an EF-4 by the National Weather Service. That tornado was part of a storm system that spawned 11 tornadoes in central and southern Illinois, leaving six dead and hundreds injured. Tornadoes from the system also touched down in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. Rochelle Police Chief Eric Higby said power outages and damage were reported throughout the community, as the storm brought down trees and electrical wires. Rochelle police were called out to assist the Illinois State Police and Ogle County Sheriffâ€™s Police with the crashes involving toppled semis, he said. ComEd spokesman Dave Gross said approximately 600 customers in southern
Ogle County were without electricity from the storm. Most had been restored by early Monday afternoon, he said. â€œThe damage was worse the farther south you went,â€? Gross said. In Lee County, utility poles were broken off by the high winds, leaving some customers without power until Monday evening. A press release issued by ComEd on Monday said that more than 200,000 customers were without electricity in northern Illinois due to â€œdowned power lines, broken poles, and toppled transmission towers.â€? More than 570 ComEd and contractor crews were working Monday to restore power, the release said. The contractor crews came from Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
County board approves budget By Vinde Wells Editor Only one Ogle County Board member cast a no vote Tuesday against the 2014 budget. The $39. 3 million budget was approved 22-1 with only Skip Kenney, Rochelle, voting against it. John Oâ€™Brien, Rochelle, did not attend the meeting. â€œItâ€™s not a balanced budget,â€? Kenney said after the meeting. â€œYouâ€™ve got to live within your means.â€? He said too much is being taken out of the Long Range Planning Fund to bolster other funds. Revenues in that fund come from the host fees paid by garbage collection firms to dump refuse in the landfills within the county. The fees bring
approximately $2.5 million per year into the countyâ€™s coffers. According to the budget, the Long Range Planning Fund, which is earmarked for major capital projects, is projected to start the new fiscal year Dec. 1 with a balance of $13 million, add approximately $2.5 million in revenues throughout the year, and end with a balance of $9.5 million. The largest budgeted expenditures in the Long Range Planning Fund are $4.1 million for a new sheriffâ€™s administration building, $1 million for a highway department storage building, $435,000 for repairs and maintenance of existing buildings, and $250,000 to establish a new fund for purchasing county-owned vehicles.
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Safety and an understanding of the law were stressed during a recent concealed carry class. Certified instructors from the Twin Towers Gun Club were offering Nov. 16 class in Oregon to train a dozen people with the rules and regulations. A second portion of the class, practical skills, includes range shooting and additional safety demonstrations. â€œA gun is a tool of self defense,â€? said instructor Scott Schultz. â€œNo one needs to know you have the gun.â€? He said having a concealed carry permit does not give the weaponâ€™s owner the right to go up to people and wave their gun around. Students in the class learned that Illinois defines a concealed firearm as a loaded or unloaded handgun on or about a person. A firearm is concealed if it is completely or mostly concealed. â€œIf you can see the gun it is not concealed,â€? Schultz said.
â€œA gun is a tool of self defense,â€? â€” Scott Schultz â€œIf it is accidentally visible that is allowed.â€? Times a concealed gun could be revealed is when bending over or raising arms above your head, he said. Training is required to earn the privilege to carry a concealed carry permit. â€œIn Illinois you need to be 21 years old, and complete the training,â€? said Schultz. â€œThe license is only valid for five years.â€? Training consists of an 16 hours which includes classroom time and pistol class at a gun range, both with certified instructors. To qualify for a license a shooter needs to be 70 percent accurate on a target over 30 rounds. Ten are at 5 yards, 10 at 7 yards, and 10 at 10 yards on a standard B-27 target. â€œIn addition to being
accurate, you need to follow all of the instructors instructions during the range class,â€? said Schultz. To renew a license, an additional three hours of training is required. The permit fee is $150. During the application process, local police agencies will have the ability to view who is requesting a permit and can make an objection to the application. A situation that will come up for concealed carry permit-holders are routine traffic stops. Any interaction with a police officer, including a traffic stop, the officer can request a concealed carry license. Schultz said the permitholder does not need to disclose the permit or if a Turn to A10
Village of Progress held annual awards banquet By Jeannette Mingus Correspondent More than 300 people gathered last week to pay tribute to the men and women whose contributions help a local organization remain successful after more than four decades in operation. The Village of Progress (VOP) held its 44th annual banquet celebration Nov. 13 at St. Maryâ€™s Learning Center, Oregon. Professional speaker Tom Wadsworth served as the eveningâ€™s emcee. Karen Young was awarded the John Herrmann Personal
Achievement Award for her consistent progress and willingness to accept any job assignment. She has been enrolled at the VOP for the past 34 years. Youngâ€™s current responsibilities include working in the production area and walking Chana, the VOP dog, daily. Named after Bob Moehle who served 36 consecutive years as a board member, the Robert Moehle Personal Achievement Award is presented to someone enrolled in the Developmental Training Program who shows persistence in reaching their
goals despite obstacles. This yearâ€™s recipient was Patrick Bryson, an 11-year member of the village family. Bryson remained positive and committed despite setbacks associated with a ruptured hernia and recurring grand mal seizures. Oregon High School student Johnathan Prose received the Janie Etnyre Volunteer of the Year Award for his selfless commitment to the consumers at the Village of Progress. Don Etnyre, son of Janie and current village foundation Turn to A13
During the budget discussion, board member Ron Colson, Mt. Morris, also questioned some of the expenditures from the Long Range Planning Fund. He said he planned to vote for the budget, but voiced concern that the fund is being used to pay for projects outside its intended purpose. He did not specify which expenditures he was questioning. Board chairman Kim Gouker, Byron, disagreed. He said he believes paying for the repairs and maintenance of county buildings is within the fundâ€™s stated purpose. The fund has been used to pay for the construction of the $15 million judicial center built in 2005 and for the remodeling of the courthouse Village of Progress Executive Director Craig Carpenter, left, was recognized for 40 in 2010, a $7.5 million project. years of service during the annual VOP banquet last week. Photo by Jeannette Mingus
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Bible school in December Leaf River United Methodist Church will host Christmas Vacation Bible School on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 104 E. Third St. (Ill. 72). Children can learn about the birth of Jesus and the events that followed.
Christmas VBS is open to children ages 5 and up. A lunch of chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, fruit, and drink will be provided. Children may also bring their own sack lunch. A free-will offering will be accepted but not expected. Non-perishable food items
or paper products will also be collected to be donated to the local food pantry. Pre-registration for this event is requested. For more information or to receive a registration form by mail, call the church office at 815-738-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.
Candidate petitions available Candidate petitions for the March 18 primary election may be filed at the Ogle County Clerkâ€™s office at the courthouse on Nov. 25, 26 and 27 (closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 28 and 29) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last day to file petitions
will be Monday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ogle County races on the primary ballot will include the county board, sheriff, stateâ€™s attorney, treasurer, and clerk. Other races on the ballot are state governor,
lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, treasurer, and representative, as well as U.S. congressmen. Candidates successful in the primary will run in the Nov. 4, 2014 general election.
Mail all holiday packages early Students of the Month Prinicpal Travis Heinz poses for a photo with German Valley Grade Schoolâ€™s November Students of the Month. Pictured left to right are: Heinrich Krigbaum, kindergarten; Samntha Appel, second grade; and Conrad Krigbaum, first grade. Photo supplied
Submitted by Trisha Oppold Postmaster Forreston Post Office
With the holiday mailing season officially underway, the Forreston Post Office encourages customers to fellowship and refreshments mail early and often by using postal blue collection boxes to follow in the social hall. Everyone is invited to located within the area and at the Post Office. attend. There is an increase in the amount of mail entering the mail system this time of year, said Postmaster Trisha 15 pounds. Anyone interested in purchasing a ham is asked to call Paul Lindstrom at 815738-2761.
Thanksgiving eve worship The Forreston Area Council 27 at 7 p.m. at the First United of Churches will hold its annual Methodist Church, Forreston. Thanksgiving Eve worship Holy Communion will be service on Wednesday, Nov. offered at the service with
Lions are selling hams The Leaf River Lions are will arrive on Dec. 4. selling their hams again this The hams are a fresh year for Christmas. The cost Farmland boneless ham and is the same this year as last, are not frozen. $3 per pound, and the hams Sizes vary from around 9 to
Oppold. This will continue as the holiday season gets closer. â€œTo better serve customers, the Forreston Post Office has developed a holiday plan ensuring quick and efficient processing of their mail that will help reduce potential delays,â€? said Oppold. â€œBut we need help. Weâ€™re asking all of our business customers to drop their mail earlier in the day at our postal facility. Weâ€™ve created special transportation pickups to respond to the demand.
â€œThe sooner they drop their mail, the sooner it will be picked up, transported and processed at the plant,â€? she said. Postal blue collection boxes are safe, secure and scanned each time they are picked up to ensure timely collection and more efficient processing of cards and letters. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
An eye exam is a good idea, especially if things are starting to look a little fuzzy around the edges.
Dr. Kurt K. Nelson Optometrist