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FORRESTON Journal December 19, 2013 Volume 151, Number 34 - $1.00
The Forreston Lady Cardinals opened the Polo Tournament with a loss to Byron Dec. 16. B1
Area children send their Christmas lists to St. Nick. Special Section
Ogle County Sheriff â€™s credit card spending is called into question. A7
Village board okays sale of property near park By Vinde Wells Editor The Forreston Village Board voted Monday to sell the east side property that had been intended for expansion of Warnken Park. By a 5-1 vote, the board agreed to sell 17.9 acres to Jon Ludwig, Forreston, who has offered $155,000 for the parcel. Trustee Gary Buss cast the only no vote, while trustees Marc Stamm, Tim Drayton, Mark Metzger, and Ken Toms, and village president Michael Harn voted yes. Trustee Jeff Freeze did not attend the meeting. The property lies to the east of the park and adjoins a subdivision already owned by Ludwig. Harn said after the meeting that the village and two partners, the Forrestville Valley School District and Forreston Sports Boosters, purchased the land with a
â€œThe village went into a partnership to enhance the park, but our partners were unable to go forward due to economics constraints,â€? â€” Michael Harn Village President state grant and planned to enlarge Warnken Park. â€œThe village went into a partnership to enhance the park, but our partners were unable to go forward due to economics constraints,â€? he said. Selling the land gives the village the ability to pay the state back, he said. Some of the proceeds from the sale will go to the booster club. After receiving an Open Spaces Lands Acquisition & Development (OSLAD) grant, the village purchased the property in 2010 from Crosby & Associates for $134,805. In another matter, Harn
told the board that a Forreston Fire Protection official has notified him that the fire district board does not want to renew a contract with the village concerning fire hydrants. The five-year agreement Ileen Moring, Forreston, buys a pie Dec. 13 from Judy Dorsey and Priscilla Schumacher recently expired. at the Christmas bake sale sponsored by the women of St. James Church. Photo by Under the terms of the Vinde Wells agreement, the fire district paid for a new hydrant each year, which was then installed and maintained by the village, which owns the fire hydrants. Prior to the agreement, By Vinde Wells near its judicial center. the house from Scott and the village charged the fire Editor The county board voted Barb Spoor, and lease it to district an annual rental fee 20-4 Tuesday to authorize Robert Lowe, who currently Turn to A2 Ogle County will soon own board chairman Kim Gouker, has a law practice there. another piece of property Byron, to sign documents Lowe has a contract to buy to purchase the house at the house from the Spoors 102 S. Fifth St., Oregon, for for $89,500 but is willing $99,500, and to enter into to forego the purchase if he a three-year lease with the can rent it from the county, current occupant. Gouker said. The purchase of the house Lowe will pay the county has been a long time in the $300 a month rent for the making. property, pay the real estate â€œItâ€™s a piece of property taxes, and take care of weâ€™ve looked at ever since maintenance, Gouker said. we built the judicial center,â€? Gouker said an appraiser Gouker said. hired by the county valued The judicial center, which the house at $89,500. is next door to the house to Board member Lyle the south, was completed in Hopkins, Polo, voiced his 2005. opposition to the purchase The county board price. purchased the property north â€œIf it was appraised at of the house, where Jackass $89,500, I donâ€™t think we BBQ is located at 501 W. should offer one penny Washington St. (Ill. 64), last more,â€? he said. June from John Spoor for Board member Greg $150,000. Sparrow, Rochelle, disagreed. The county leases that â€œIf we were buying it just property to restaurant owner for a house I would agree The entire Forreston High School Dance team attended the annual Boys Holiday Tournament Dec. 14 to collect Andy Riegel. Turn to A2 winter hats, gloves, and mittens. The collected clothes will benefit families in the area. Photo by Chris Johnson The board will purchase
County board authorizes the purchase of house in Oregon
Winter Clothing Drive
Polo schools complete hand-on active shooter drill By Chris Johnson Reporter Blanks were fired, books were thrown and police officers were wrestled to the ground during an exercise Dec. 11 at the Polo High School. â€œShootings can happen anywhere,â€? said Rock Valley College police chief Joe Drought. â€œWe need to develop plans on how to respond.â€? Knowing what to do during an active shooter event can help reduce the loss of life, he said. Faculty, staff, and school officials in the Polo School District participated in the active shooter drill. â€œI applaud Polo for wanting to do this training,â€? Drought said. While direct confrontation with a shooter is not preferred, Drought said it may be necessary to prevent further
loss of life. â€œFighting back is an option to help save lives,â€? said Drought. â€œSince Sandy Hook there is more interest in learning how to deal with these situations.â€? One year ago a lone gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Conn. and killed 20 students and six adult staff members. Since that tragedy, school districts across the United States have been taking measures to prevent a similar incident from occurring. â€œDuring the class, the teachers and faculty will learn practical measures they can take during an active shooter situation,â€? said Drought. They include how to barricade a classroom, the best ways to flee the school, and how to fight back if needed. Drought said Rock Valley College has been offering these classes for five years.
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The course, titled Practical Responses to Active Shooters, required everyone to learn about active shooters and to get hands on demonstrations during the drill. â€œOur primary objective is to survive,â€? said Drought. â€œWe are going to be firing blanks today because people ask what a gun sounds like. Blanks are as close as we can simulate to a real shooting without real bullets.â€? The training instructs participants on how to a defend themselves or the life of another including the use of deadly force, Drought said. â€œYou need to ask yourself â€˜what if,â€™â€? said Drought. â€œYou need to prepare mentally.â€? Drought said part of preparing is getting rid of any thoughts that an incident â€œcan not happen here.â€? â€œIt can happen here, but hopefully we can prevent it,â€?
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said Drought. Dec. 13. ourselves acting instead of Two days after the class was â€œThe purpose of this class panicking,â€? he said. Turn to A8 held in Polo there was another is to build a database or plans. school shooting in Colorado on If we are prepared we can find
A classroom at Polo High School is barricaded during the active shooter drill Dec. 11. Photo by Chris Johnson
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Meyer said comments in article were not accurate By Vinde Wells Editor An Ogle County Board member said Tuesday that his comments were not accurately portrayed in an article that appeared Dec. 14 in Sauk Valley Weekend. Lee Meyers, Byron, was among several county board members who were interviewed last week for an article about credit card expenditures made by Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn. The article reported: â€œLee Meyers, a member of the county board and county
Security Committee, said he had asked Harn about individual purchases in the past, most of the time for bigger charges, he said, but wasnâ€™t aware of the lunch training.â€? The article appears on A7 in this edition. Meyers told fellow board members Tuesday night that his comments were not accurately represented in the article. â€œIâ€™ve asked him [Harn] about some of the charges, but I didnâ€™t say â€˜bigger charges,â€™â€? Meyers said after the meeting. â€œThey didnâ€™t
publish what I said; they took a piece of what I said. I feel it was taken out of context.â€? Meyers, a member of the Security Committee which oversees the sheriffâ€™s department, said that when he has asked Harn about expenditures, the sheriff always knows where the money was spent and what was purchased. Sauk Valley Media publishes Ogle County Newspapers in addition to the Dixon Telegraph, Sterling/Rock Falls Gazette, saukvalley.com and oglecountynews.com.
Land is vital for expansion
Bruce McKinney, Rochelle, Dick Petrizzo, Davis Junction,
Laura Werner, Cheryl Newcomer, and Raina Dyck hold just a few of the cookies for Pat Nordman, Oregon, John Ashley Simms, Rochelle, sale at the recent Leaf River Daze Committeeâ€™s annual cookie sale at the Bertolet with you,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s a Oâ€™Brien, Rochelle, Zach Marty Typer, Stillman Valley, vital piece of property for Memorial Library, Leaf River. Photo supplied
Village officials will ask to meet with fire dept. officials praised the Forreston Police Department for the recent Shop with a Cop program. â€œFor the fifth consecutive year we had an outstanding Shop with a Cop in Freeport,â€? he said. â€œIt was great for the kids. I think itâ€™s a lifechanging experience.â€? Harn said the police department took 35 children shopping for Christmas this
From A1 per hydrant. Harn said the aim of either fee is to ensure the village has good, operating hydrants. He said he plans to set up a meeting with fire district officials to discuss the matter. â€œThe bottom line is we should work together,â€? Harn said. In another issue, Harn
year. He said the money for the project is all donated, mostly by people who wish to remain anonymous. He encouraged board members and the public to volunteer to help with the program. In other business the board: s HIRED 3COTT 4IMM AS a full-time public works employee to replace Mark Rust, who recently resigned to take another post. Timm will be paid $17.50 per hour. s LEARNED THAT PRICES ARE still being worked out for the village hall remodeling project.
the further expansion of the Oltmanns, Davis Junction, And Bill Welty, Chana. judicial center.â€? Gouker said the Spoors were originally asking $129,000 for the house. He said the $300 rent Lowe will pay over the next three years will make up the $10,000 difference between the appraisal and the purchase price. Hopkins cast a no vote, along with board members Skip Kenney, Rochelle, Lee Meyers, Byron, and Pat Saunders, Polo. Voting yes were Gouker, Sparrow, Dorothy Bowers, Byron, Jerry Brooks, Oregon, Bobbie Colbert, Rochelle, Ron Colson, Mt. Morris, John Finfrock, Mt. Morris, Don Griffin, Oregon, Rich Gronewold, Forreston, Marcia Heuer, Oregon, Dan Janes, Stillman Valley, Kim Kirkolis, Davis Junction,
Early holiday deadlines set
Early deadlines will be in effect for the Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 editions of the Forreston Journal. For the Dec. 26 edition, the deadline for news items and photos is 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. The office will be closed Several kindergarten, first, and second grade students at German Valley Grade School recently sold more than for Christmas in the afternoon 10 items for the All School Fundraiser and got to draw on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and all
for a cash prize. Pictured left to right in the front row are: Kaden Lingbeck, Emma Hundertmark, Cole Zipse, Justin Myers. Back row: Hailey Haefner, Alex Ryia, Christopher Symons, Keeli Larson, Sydni Badertscher. Photo supplied
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