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Thursday December 1, 2016 Vol. 4, No. 39

The Weekly Post

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Christmas walks Saturday in area By JEFF LAMPE

Christmas comes early to many area communities this Saturday (Dec. 3), or at least Christmas shopping does. A variety of holiday-related activities will be held locally this weekend. Here’s a look at what promises to be a very two days, particularly for Santa, who will be making stops all over central Illinois. Brimfield – Brimfield’s Area Christmas Walk is Saturday startWeekly Post Staff Writer

ing with dinner at the Brimfield fire station at 4:30 p.m. Businesses will be open from 5-7 and will offer bargains and goodies. Other activities during that time period will include performances by the Brimfield High School band and chorus, Barnyard Discoveries at Larson Insurance, wagon rides through town, a scavenger hunt, a coloring contest at the Brimfield American Legion, a dulcimer player at the Guyer Log Cabin and Santa at the Brimfield Public Library.

A community Christmas sing will be at 7:15 p.m. at the Union Church. To end the evening, doors open at the Legion at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8. Elmwood – Elmwood’s Christmas walk starts with a free showing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Palace Theatre. The movie is sponsored by David Vaughan and Country Financial. Following that, Mrs. Claus will Continued on Page 2

YOUTH PHEASANT HUNT Ron Gilles of Princeville watches as a young hunter shoots clay targets prior to the youth hunt put on each year after Thanksgiving by brothers Ron and Ted Gilles and Pheasants Forever. More than 120 youngsters participated this year. Read more about the hunt on Page 12. Photo by Jeff Lampe.

Christmas at Cottonwood Cemetery Assoc. puts on event By BILL KNIGHT

EDWARDS – Featuring pines and peace, lights and good will, “Christmas at Cottonwood” on Dec. 11 could be seen as a year in the making – or 163 years. Even 2,000 years. A team of volunteers from the Cottonwood Cemetery Association is busy this week finalizing decorations and other preparations for the 90-minute event, set to start at 3 p.m. that Sunday. It’s a labor of love, says Kiley For The Weekly Post

Beecher, president of the association, which maintains the rural memorial garden and historical landmark, which was established in 1853. “This will be the second year for ‘Christmas at Cottonwood’,” says Beecher, a 41-year-old Hanna City farmer and artist. “The cemetery board first thought of doing something like this a few years ago – something to breathe a little bit of life into the church building, to help peoContinued on Page 11

Almost 100 people attended “Christmas at Cottonwood” last year.

Here is an entry in last year’s gingerbread house contest held at EB Buildings & Lumber Co. in Princeville. This year’s contest entries will be on display Saturday.

No objections to Elmwood school bond intentions By BILL KNIGHT

ELMWOOD – As the end of the calendar year approaches, the Board of Education on Monday stepped up planning for the future, from its ambitious building project to the replacement of a retiring principal. First, a required public hearing about the Board’s intent to sell $7.2 million in bonds was held, with no one speaking against the idea. The hearing was part of a multi-part process to fund the proposed Phase II building project, with a vote on a bond resolution to complete the financing still to come. In other financing matters, the Board took no action on a 2016-17 tax levy, which Superintendent Chad Wagner said will be considered next month. “It’s due the last Tuesday of December,” he said. “Basically, the [tentative plan] calls for a 17-cent increase to the overall levy, because of the bonds. Also, the County said our Equalized Assessed Valuation is up 2 percent.” Other factors could influence final numbers, Wagner said. “Some depends on the lame-duck session [of the legislature] and whether they do anything with a new state [school] funding model,” he said. “And we’re unsure how to plan for revenues from the County School Facility Sales Tax. But the ROE [Regional Office of Education] will be meeting with superintendents about that soon.” Also meeting soon – Monday and Tuesday – is a search committee interviewing an unexpected high number of applicants for the position of Junior High/ High School principal now held by Stan Matheny, who’s retiring. Fourteen applications had been received as of Nov. For The Weekly Post

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XMAS: Santa breakfast in Princeville Saturday Continued from Page 1

read stories at Morrison and Mary Wiley Library from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and the Christmas parade will be at 3:45 p.m. Santa will make an appearance at Elmwood Insurance Agency, where letters for Santa can also be dropped off until Dec. 15. Businesses will be open extended hours and will offer goodies during the walk and there will be free carriage rides sponsored by Elmwood Township and Betty Dawson. The evening caps off at 7 p.m. with a tree lighting and caroling service that will continue with brass music at Elmwood Presbyterian church. Princeville – The Santa Breakfast and Holiday Homecoming is Saturday in Princeville. Breakfast with Santa is from 811 a.m. at the Akron-Princeville Firehouse and youngsters can visit with Santa in the firehouse lobby. Prizes will also be awarded. There will also be a craft and vendor show at the firehouse from 8-11:30 a.m. Youngsters can drop off letters to Santa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lillie M. Evans Library. There will also be a Gingerbread House Contest at EB Buildings & Lumber Co. and a pumpkin baking contest at the village hall sponsored by Seneca. Businesses will be open that morning for shoppers and will

offer a variety of special treats. Canton – Despite the recent downtown explosion, the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Walk will be held as planned on Friday (Dec. 2) from 4-7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the City of Canton and Canton Main Street. Business owners in the downtown area that are open traditionally offer beverages, cookies and other treats to say thank you to customers for their patronage. Other activities include lights in Jones Park, free horse-drawn carriage rides (pictured above right), free trolley rides, madrigal singers, the Salvation Army band, and ballet student dancers performing scenes from the “Nutcracker.” New this year is Community Caroling, where families, residents and visitors are invited to Jones Park, in the heart of downtown, to join together and sing at 6 p.m. Galesburg – On Saturday (Dec. 3), four private Galesburg homes and a historic landmark will be open to the public for the Galesburg Civic Art Center’s annual Holiday House Walk. Sponsored by the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, this winter fundraiser for the Art Center will feature the follow-

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ing homes and church all decked out for the holidays and filled with the sounds of festive music: • Jay and Ross Anderson – 838 Willard Street • Connie Clague – 1140 N. Prairie Street • David and Debbie Clague – 290 West 2nd Street • John and Judy Schlaf – 511 N. Cherry Street • Central Congregational Church – 60 Public Square Each home has its own unique style. The tour may be started at any location and will be open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sweet treats and hot drinks are served at Central Congregational Church. Tickets are $20 and available at the Galesburg Civic Art Center, Innkeeper’s Fresh Roasted Coffee, Cooks & Company, Galesburg Flower Company and Walnut Grove Farm. Proceeds support the Galesburg Civic Art Center. For more information, call (309) 342-7415 or visit the website

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s Book Group – Adult Book Group discussion of

“The Boys In The Boat” by Daniel Brown is today (Dec. 1), 6 p.m. at Morrison and Mary Wiley Library in Elmwood. Book to read available. s Craft Show – 29th Annual Holiday Craft and Gift Show at Millbrook Township Center in Laura is Saturday (Dec. 3), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch served by Laura Winners 4-H Club. Free Admission, door prizes. s Fiber Arts – LME Library in Princeville fourth annual Fiber Arts Show is now until Saturday (Dec. 3). Stop by and see quilts, crochet and knits.

This Week’s Events

s Free Bread – Free bread available at

Future Events

s Family BINGO – Family BINGO at

Elmwood Methodist Church Friday Morrison and Mary Wiley Library in (Dec. 2), 10-11 a.m. Elmwood is Dec. 8, 6-6:45 p.m. s Holiday Homecoming – Princeville’s s Senior Citizens – Senior citizens Holiday Homecoming and Santa Breakbreakfast at Elmwood High School is fast is Saturday (Dec. 3), Dec. 9, 8 a.m. RSVP 8-11 a.m. Santa, crafts, Publicize Your Event (309) 742-2851. vendors and drawings at s Childlike Christmas – Call us at (309) 741-9790 Free music concert with firehouse during Lions or email information about choir, hand bells and Club pancake and your upcoming event to stories Dec. 11, 2 p.m. at sausage breakfast. Busi- Williamsfield United nesses open with treats Methodist Church. and sales. s Blood Drive – Donate blood at s Elmwood Christmas – Christmas Walk in downtown Elmwood is Saturday Princeville Christian Church on Dec. 12, (Dec. 3), 4-7 p.m. Free showing of Lam- 12:30-6 p.m. Visit or 1 poons Christmas Vacation at Palace The- (800) 733-2767 for appointment. s Church Luncheon – Brimfield Union ater, 2 p.m. Mrs. Claus reads stories, Church Senior Luncheon is Dec. 13 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Morrison and Mary noon. Luncheon continues second TuesWiley Library. Christmas Parade, 3:45, day of every month. tree lighting and caroling, 7 p.m., and s Ladies Night – Ladies Night Out carriage rides. Santa at Elmwood InsurCookie Exchange at Morrison and Mary ance Agency. Brass music at PresbyteWiley Library in Elmwood is Dec. 15, rian Church after caroling. 6:30 p.m. Bring two dozen cookies to s Christmas Walk – Brimfield Christmas Walk is Saturday (Dec. 3) in downtrade. Continues on third Thursday of town Brimfield. Dinner at Fire Station, each month. 4:30 p.m., businesses and activities, 5-7 s Family Movie – Movie night featurp.m. Coloring contest at Brimfield Amer- ing “The Secret Life of Pets” at Brimican Legion, scavenger hunt, community field Public Library is Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m. Christmas Sing at Union Church, 7:15 Sponsored by Princeville State Bank. p.m. Breakfast with Santa at American s Cookie Walk – Brimfield Union Legion, 8-10 a.m., $5. Church Cookie Walk is Dec. 17, 8:30-11 s Library Christmas – Simple crafts, a.m. Variety of cookies and candles. pictures with Santa, 3D printers in action s Manna Meal – Elmwood United and more at Brimfield Public Library on Methodist Church Manna Meal is Dec. Saturday (Dec. 3), 5-7 p.m. 22, 12 p.m.

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A facilities sales tax to fund school construction in Peoria County barely passed back on Election Day. Count me among those very glad it did. On a ballot that generally made me cringe, that was one issue I felt strongly about. That memory made me smile Monday night while attending a junior high basketball game in the Princeville Schools complex. While the game was held in the old gym, and we could only peek into the shiny new gym, there was still much to admire. I took time to examine new features added in Jeff the multi-million LAMPE dollar renovation and expansion completed this summer. The changes are impressive and will make a difference in the lives of many Princeville students for years to come ... albeit some of them in a small way. “Dad, did you see those bathrooms? They were nice and didn’t even smell,” the youngest boy noted as we discussed Princeville’s improvements. No doubt aims of the project were higher than that. And had the boy spent time in the new gym or some of the new classrooms, he might have asked to transfer. That’s one reason I’m excited to

see the Phase II construction project that looks more and more certain to come to the high school here in Elmwood – even though it means my too-high property taxes will likely increase. Yes, I can anticipate the grumbles from those who dislike new taxes and who think, “The school is fine as it is.” Or, “This is the wrong time to spend money on schools given the state’s budget problems.” Some of that was expressed in Princeville already. Similar words have been spoken in Williamsfield regarding an ongoing school renovation. Naysayers will no doubt crop up again here in Elmwood before ground is broken on Phase II, though none showed at Monday’s school board meeting. To those critics I say, no, the school is not fine as it is. Elmwood High School is a dark, dingy, outdated space that needs to be brought up to speed. Sorry if that hurts, but there’s a difference between fiscal responsibility and hiding behind claims of fiscal responsibility. Having cash on hand is good when it comes time to brag about finances, but it doesn’t really do much to improve the educational experience for kids passing through a school. This new tax will provide more breathing room for local schools and has already stimulated talk of possible tax cuts at Princeville, Farmington and Brimfield.

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In Elmwood, meanwhile, the sales tax increases the possibility of future renovations. If it seems like a lot is happening all of a sudden, it’s because so little happened for so long. Building a new junior high wing last year was way overdue. The same is true for a facelift to the high school, which could serve as the set for a 1950s teen movie. Like it or not, we in small rural towns must compete to attract families to remain relevant. The school building is a critical part of that competition. An old, lacking structure doesn’t attract young families – nor do lacking recreational facilities, though that’s a subject for another column. That doesn’t mean Elmwood need an all-new school. But fixing the existing facility will be welcomed. And I’m excited a new gym was not first on the list. A new gym would sure be nice, but only after work is done on classrooms, a new cafeteria, meeting areas and, yes, restrooms. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” wrote William Butler Yeats, an Irish poet who could sure turn a phrase. Seems to me it’s easier to light a fire in a shiny new room than in a dark classroom located adjacent to a bathroom that frequently smells like unclean boys. Contact Jeff Lampe at 231-6040 or

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Focus on credit factors, not credit score

You should want to know your credit score. After all, your credit can be incredibly important to your financial future. It could impact your likelihood of getting approved for a loan and the interest rate you’ll get on new financial products. However, understanding the factors that influence your credit score can be even more important than knowing the score itself. There are five key factors that influence your credit scores. Nathaniel Fair Isaac Corporation’s FICO SILLIN credit scores are used for most lending decisions in the U.S., and the latest FICO base scoring model has a 300 to 850 range. The score depends on the information in a person's credit report, and the lower the score the more likely the person is to pay late. Past credit mistakes can stay on your reports for seven to 10 years. While the impact of negative marks diminishes over time, the creditbuilding process can be slow. However, just as a rising tide lifts all boats, improving your core credit factors could help raise all your scores over time. FICO shares the five key factors that you should focus on to build healthy credit and the approximate weighting of each. 1. Payment history – 35 percent. A history of on-time payments can help your credit, while late payments, collection accounts, bankruptcies or other negative payment-related items could hurt it. Some types of accounts, such as

utility or mobile phone contracts, don’t generally report positive activity (on-time payments) to credit bureaus. But if the account gets sent to collections, that could still hurt your credit. You might want to open an account that reports your payments to the credit bureaus if you don’t already have one (you can call the issuer and ask). Some people start with a secured credit card or a credit-builder loan from a credit union, but consider what type of account best fits your situation. The amount you owe versus your available credit, known as your utilization rate, is another important factor. A lower utilization rate often leads to better credit. If you’re able to pay down credit card debt, that could quickly improve your utilization rate. Increasing your cards’ credit limits and keeping credit cards open even when you don't regularly use them could also help. 3. Length of credit history – 15 percent. FICO looks at the age of your oldest account, newest account and average age of all your accounts. A longer history is usually better than a short one. Keeping accounts open, and ideally in good standing, can help you increase your length of credit history. Even when you close an account it will remain on your reports and count towards your credit history for seven to 10 years. 4. New credit – 10 percent. The new credit section considers how many new accounts you have, what types of accounts they are and recent inquiries into your credit. Hard inquiries generally occur 2. Amounts owed – 30 percent.

when someone requests your credit report to make a lending decision or rental screening. A single inquiry will generally drop your score by a few points for several months, while multiple inquiries could have a larger negative impact. However, credit-scoring agencies let you shop for a loan without a penalty. Multiple hard inquiries for some types of loans, such as auto loans, could count as a single inquiry for credit-scoring purposes if they occur within a 14- to 45-day period. Soft inquiry, which can happen when you check your credit or a company pre-qualifies you for an offer, don't hurt your credit at all. Try not to open new accounts unless you need them and avoid new hard inquiries in the months leading up to applying for an important loan. 5. Credit mix –10 percent. Your experience with different types of credit, such as revolving credit and installment loans, could impact your score, particularly if there isn't a lot of information in your credit report. Having at least one credit card could help your credit mix, although that’s not necessarily reason enough to apply for a card. Bottom line: Learn which factors matter the most to your credit scores, and try to make a habit of practicing credit-building behavior. Creating a system that’ll help you make on-time payments and only using a small portion of your available credit are good starts.

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Elmwood teen injured in rollover accident

ELMWOOD – A 17-year-old Elmwood woman on Nov. 20 was transported by B.Y.E. Ambulance to OSF St. Francis Medical Center after the 2000 Oldsmobile she was driving west on Graham Chapel Road crashed, police said. The car apparently drifted onto the north shoulder, when the motorist overcorrected, causing the car to cross both lanes. After the car crossed both lanes, the driver lost control and then went back to the north shoulder, striking a culvert and overturning, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

Four drivers hit debris on Interstate 74

NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX INCREASE FOR AKRON TOWNSHIP ROAD DISTRICT of Peoria County, Illinois I. A Public Hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy increase for the AKRON TOWNSHIP ROAD DISTRICT, Peoria County, Illinois for 2016 will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 7:00 O'Clock P.M., at the AKRONPRINCEVILLE AMBULANCE SERVICE BUILDING, located at East Main Street, Princeville, in Akron Township, Peoria County, Illinois.

Any person desiring to appear at the Public Hearing and present testimony to the taxing district may contact SAMUEL MARTIN, Clerk, 18044 North Rice Road, Princeville, Illinois 61559.

II. The corporate and special purpose property taxes extended or abated for 2015 were $37,813. The proposed corporate and special purpose property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $44,701. This represents a 18.22% increase over the previous year.

III. The property taxes extended for debt service and public building commission leases for 2015 were 0. The estimated property taxes to be levied for debt service and public building commission leases for 2016 are 0. This represents a 0% increase over the previous year.

IV. The total property taxes extended or abated for 2015 were $37,813. The estimated total property taxes to be levied for 2016 are $44,701. This represents a 18.22% increase over the previous year.

KICKAPOO – Michael Agan, 42, of Elmwood, Steven Black, 21, of Farmington and two other motorists between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. on Nov. 21 all struck a large piece of concrete that seems to have buckled from the roadway on Interstate 474 at the Interstate-74 overpass, according to the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported.

Police reports

• A stereo and garden power tool on Nov. 18 were reported stolen from a garage in the 400 block of South Dixon in Yates City, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. • The theft of a lawn mower from the 100 block of West Van Buren in Brimfield was reported to the Peoria Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 22. • Karen Sanders, 51, of Brimfield was reported by the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as having been taken into custody at the Peoria County Jail on Nov. 23 on a charge of retail theft of less than $300. • Everett Koller, 68, of Princeville was reported by the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as having been taken into custody at the Peoria County Jail on Nov. 24 on charges including unlawful possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two traffic offenses. • George L. Tipton, 37, of Greenville, S.C., on Nov. 27 was arrested by Farmington police for speeding, having no valid registration, driving an uninsured motor vehicle and Driving Under the Influence and bonded out with a No-

Public Auction of Household/Furniture Appliances/Antiques/Collectibles Rt 41 Abingdon, IL- Old High School Gym (South Edge of Town) Saturday, December 3rd at 9:30 a.m. Household/Appliances: Maytag washer, Roper electric dryer, Amana electric stove, Magic Chef 6.8 cu ft refrig., pots/pans, cups/saucers, tupperware, blender, Toastmaster, bread maker, Crockpot, (2) coffee pots, fan, printer, towels, blankets, afghans, pillows 19 inch flat screen tv, classic style popcorn machine Furniture: 3 cushion couch, (2) rocker recliners, full size bed, round oak table W/ (4) chairs, 5 drawer chest, (2) lamp tables, (5) footstools, floor lamps, stackable chairs, utility cart, (3) curio cabinets, what-not cabinet, shelving, lamps, maple bench, wicker hampers, wicker blanket box, desk, hutch, (2) old TVs, sewing machines, (4) maple chairs, drop leaf walnut table Antiques/Collectibles: large selection of dolls, old hats, cookie jars, piggy banks, Care Bears, Barbies (in boxes), carnival glass, kerosene lamps (multiple), occupied Japan, china, Haviland china, Citta china, Franklin china, Folkcraft, Fire King, ruby red glasses and goblets, old garden plow, Daisy butter churn, crock bowl (western stone), western stone #2 crock, Old wall phone, old metal doll house, doll buggy, pine hutch top, oak dresser W/ mirror, pine bench, wash bench, egg crates, chicken coop, (3) metal washtubs W/ stands, antique pictures W/ frames, antique figurines, state spoon collection, wooden barrel, nail kegs, wooden boxes, Treadle sewing machine, metal scooter, antique radio, (2) ice cream chairs, antique high-chair, old pictures and frames, old license plates, buttons, old music, Harley Davidson phone, Other Misc. Items: shovels, hoes, aluminum step ladder, aluminum extension ladder, (several) concrete lawn ornaments, bird bath, hose reels, Thermos jugs/coolers, exercise machines, Coleman 10 hp generator, Huffy girls bike, (2) yard gates, Lowes 22’’ self-propelled mower, small wagon, large wagon, (2) Magna bikes, Huffy bike, packing blankets, extension Cords, screwdrivers, handsaws, hammers, hedge trimmers, drill, jigsaw, animal traps Auctioneer’s Note: Sale larger than ad appears; Auction consists of nice, clean items. Owners: Joyce Schisler and others Auctioneer Dan Boyer---License No. 440000668 --- Mobile: 309/252-1193 Auctioneer Albert Vaughn---License No. 440000544 Food Stand, Restroom; Not Responsible for Accidents, theft, vandalism, errors or omissions. Announcements made day of auction take precedence over previous material, printed or oral. TERMS: Cash or approved check payable on the day of the Auction.

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tice To Appear.

• Mark Marlott, 20, of Brimfield

was reported by the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as having been

taken into custody at the Peoria County Jail on Nov. 27 on a

charge of Driving Under the Influence and failing to reduce speed.

Deer accidents

• Nov. 19: Joshua Denning of

Canton near the intersection of

McClellan and Graham Chapel Roads in Elmwood Township. • Nov. 20: James Noble of

Galesburg on U.S. Route 150 near Thousand Dollar Road in Jubilee Township.

• Nov. 21: Debra Maske of

Farmington on Knox Highway 22 near Bear School Road in Salem Township.

• Nov. 22: Brianna Kiesewetter

of Metamora on Interstate 74 near mile marker 66 in Elba Township. • Nov. 22: Teresa Bills of Farm-

ington on Farmington Road near

Fisher Road in Trivoli Township. • Nov. 23: Richard Thole of

Princeville near the intersection of Maher and Brimfield-Jubilee

Roads in Brimfield Township.

Farmington uses TIF funds for parking lot By BILL KNIGHT

FARMINGTON – The City Council at its Nov. 21 meeting finalized the financing breakdown of the South Main Street parking lot, a $115,673 project. The City is responsible for $40,000 and the remainder is covered by a $75,000 USDA grant, said Mayor Kent Kowal. City Administrator Rollen Wright added that the City’s obligation will be covered by Tax-Increment Financing funds. For The Weekly Post

In other news, a representative from S&B Technology Consultants presented a report that the firm could save the City about $3,000 a year with web/tech services. Also, Certified Public Accountant Aaron Phillips of the Washington firm of Phillips, Salmi & Associates delivered the annual audit, which Wright said will be forwarded to the state, and discussion continued on addressing roof repairs and marble upgrades at the mausoleum at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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Elba-Salem lawsuit settled out of court By BILL KNIGHT

YATES CITY – The federal lawsuit against the Elba Salem Fire Protection District for violating firefighter Steve Frakes’ rights and for violating the Whistleblower Act, has been dismissed by agreement of all parties. Frakes had claimed that his discharge from the volunteer fire department was in retaliation for his reporting improprieties. For The Weekly Post

The negotiated settlement was reached after mediation held before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins with Frakes, representatives of the fire department and its insurer, Continental Western Insurance, and legal counsel, according to court documents. No terms were disclosed and Frakes declined to make a comment other than to say “a substantial amount” was involved.

Each party will bear its own attorney’s fees and costs, court records show. Frakes was fired in a unanimous ESFPD Trustees vote on July 29, 2014, filed suit in November 2014, and federal Judge James Shadid this August ruled that the case could proceed. Frakes accused the Elba Salem Fire Protection District (ESFPD) and Trustees Gerry Buckman, Gene Saunders and Greg Wessel of

Princeville renews insurance and animal control agreement By BILL KNIGHT

PRINCEVILLE – The Village Board on Nov. 22 agreed to continue the Village’s group health insurance plan from United Healthcare for three employees at a premium increase of 12.42 percent, according to Village president Sid Stahl. The proposal had been presented Oct. 3 by Tim Wyman from the Wyman Group in Peoria. “It was a mild increase,” Stahl said. “We’ve had larger increases in the past. The Board found it was acceptable.” Also acceptable was a proposed contract with Peoria County Animal Protection Services, and the Board approved a new agreement for 2016-2017. In other business, Village police officer Brian Groeper is being promoted at For The Weekly Post

his full-time job with the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, effective Jan. 1, and his Princeville duties will be handled by deputy Jason Patterson, according to Sheriff Mike McCoy, who appeared at the meeting. “We’re confident in who McCoy appoints,” Stahl said. “We have a good relationship with his office.” Also, the Board approved an ordinance for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year levy raising the amount to $190,000, Stahl said, less than the 5 percent trigger requiring a Truth in Taxation public hearing. Finally, Trustees discussed changing the franchise agreement with Mediacom, which will be considered at their next meeting Dec. 5. A new agreement would go into effect Jan. 1.

violating his First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights and for violating the Whistleblower Act, which protects “an employee [who] reports illegal activity or improper conduct,” Shadid said. Two issues – Frakes’ complaint about another firefighter coming to work intoxicated and a complaint about the ESFPD violating the state’s Open Meetings Act – are protected as “matters of public concern,” Shadid said. The Illinois Attorney General’s office on Nov. 15 determined that the ESFPD violated the Open Meetings Act.

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Topping trees is a terrible technique By RON DIETER

Last winter, I visited my gardening friend, Jimmy Williams, at his home in Paris. The city of Paris is a beautiful place with lovely old buildings and a rich history. The citizens are proud friendly people who offer warm and gracious hospitality to all visitors. Doesn’t sound like Paris to you? Well, Jimmy’s Paris is located in the heart of Henry County, Tennessee, and the hospitality is definitely Southern. Anyway, as Jimmy and I took a drive around his community, there was something about the picture that bothered me a little. Most of the town’s majestic, mature trees cast beautiful silhouettes against the winter sky. But there were also many old trees whose structures were deformed and mutilated, the result of topping. When I mentioned this to Jimmy, he told me there is a belief held by some folks that trees “need” topping. He recalled discussing this with a gentleman who had topped a magnificent old oak in his front yard. The tree stood in an open space far from utility wires and buildings. Jimmy asked him why he had topped the tree. The gentleman said, “Well, it had never been topped so I figured I’d better get it done,” as though it was the right thing to do. In fact, topping is probably the most destructive tree pruning method still in practice today. Topping is the indiscriminate cutting back of the large diameter limbs of a tree, removing much of the leaf-bearing crown and leaving large exposed cuts which the tree cannot properly heal. Topping is sometimes called “hat-racking,” a term more descriptive of the end result. A topped tree looks disfigured and unnatural. If you love trees, For The Weekly Post

the sight of a topping victim makes you sick. Paris, Tenn., is not the only community with this problem. Most towns and villages have their share of topped specimens as well. The next time you’re out driving, observe the state of the trees as you go from town to town. You will easily spot examples of the wretched practice. In some places it looks like the neighborhood held a topping contest. One village I pass through occasionally could easily be the Tree Topping Capital of the World. Why does this happen? A common reason is “everybody does it.” A couple folks in the neighborhood have their trees topped and others assume it must be a good idea. In worst-case scenarios, municipalities and park departments may top some trees on public property. Local citizens assume the workers must know what they’re doing and follow their bad example. Sometimes a tree is topped because the homeowner is afraid it will fall on the house. Other trees may be topped to reduce the

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amount of leaves to be raked in the fall. Topping is sometimes done to “improve” growth and make the tree “bushier.” And, unfortunately, some folks are advised to top their trees by “experts” eager to use their chainsaws. Possession of a bucket truck and a chain saw does not an arborist make. Well, none of these are good reasons to top a tree. In fact, I don’t know even one good reason for topping a tree. Tree trimming of any kind costs money, but topping a tree will cost more than correct pruning in the long run. Why? Because the large wounds inflicted when a tree is topped provide many points of entry for insects and diseases. Eventually, the tree will require much more pruning to remove weak, dead and diseased wood. Complete removal will eventually be required. If you’re going to top a tree and want to save money, make the first cut at ground level. I admit I used to think that topping was just another way to trim a tree. Although I considered a topped tree ugly and unattractive, I never thought the process actually harmed the tree. It wasn’t until I learned more about how trees grow and heal their wounds that I realized how devastating the process is. If you think your trees need pruning, don’t get in a big hurry unless it's an emergency. Take some time to learn the difference between corrective pruning and topping. The International Society of Arboriculture offers a complete set of brochures that cover many of the basic principles of proper tree care.

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SCHOOL DISTRICTS REPORT CARD Below is a chart showing key data from the new Illinois Report Card for school districts in The Weekly Post area: Brimfield ACADEMIC PROGRESS Ready for next level % 44 College readiness % 48 Freshmen on track % 97 Graduation rate % 91 DISTRICT ENVIRONMENT Avg. class size 20 Instruction spending/student $5,169 District annual revenues $7.1 mill. STUDENTS Dist. Enrollment 711 Low-income students % 18 Students w/disabilities % 10 Students often truant % 1 TEACHERS Full-time teachers 47 Pupil-teacher ratio 19:1 Master’s degree or higher % 55 Avg. salary $55,573 Teacher attendance % 98 SOURCE: Illinois State Board of Education






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30 42 82 95

49 49 93 91

31 47 90 87

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18 $4,266 $15 mill.

20 $6,015 $7.8 mill.

12 $8,803 $4.1 mill.

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53 18:1 58 $57,452 92

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28, said Wagner, who’s scheduling interviews between applicants and a group including teachers and administrators. “I guess that shows candidates want to be here,” Wagner said. In other news: • the Board approved the 2017-18 hiring survey for the Special Education Association of Peoria County. “They handle services for us and our kids, that gives us everything except our teachers,” Wagner said. • Board members were updated about progress on a proposal for a part-time school nurse, who’d work about 30 hours per week and earn between $29,000 and $36,000 per year, said Wagner. He reminded them that such spending is already

part of the budget. • School buildings sustained damage in the Nov. 2 hail storm that hit Elmwood, but final figures from an insurance adjuster are not in. • Board members summarized workshops attended at this month’s convention of the Illinois Associations of school boards, administrators and school business officials. They discussed topics including safety, technology, collective bargaining, evaluations and ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) – a reauthorization of the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act signed by President Obama last year and set to be implemented over the next 18 months. • Matheny announced that Junior

High science teacher Cindy Alcaraz spearheaded an effort to apply for a grant from the PNC Foundation. The project to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be funded for $959.89. • The small, 2- to 4-kilowatt wind turbine on the east side of the football field is down, and repairs aren’t scheduled. Funded through a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation, the turbine’s tower is 100 feet tall and would need a construction lift to reach that height unless it’s lowered for service. • Wagner clarified the holiday break, which continues Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 2-3 for the federal holiday and Teachers’ Institute. School resumes for students on Jan. 4.

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When Frank “Doc” Golden and Eva Singley married 100 years ago, they probably never thought their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren would still be holding yearly family reunions and celebrating their legacy. But sure enough, on Oct. 9, Danny and Diana Maher of Brimfield hosted the reunion. With three of the six Golden daughters remaining – Betty Dalton of Galesburg, Jane Shay of Joshua Tree, Calif., and Pauline Warner of Brimfield (three are deceased: Greta “Dede” Booth, Gertrude “Dode” Pack and Paula Porter) – and 15 of 17 grandchildren present, everyone had a good time catching up on things that had happened in the past year. On the beautiful, sunny, warm day, approximately 90 people attended this year’s reunion. Some even came from California and Arizona for the event.

Township caucuses held Tuesday, Dec. 6 By BILL KNIGHT

Area townships will be holding political-party caucuses starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 6) for the purpose of nominating candidates for the April 4, 2014, election. Participants in Democratic and Republican caucuses are limited to those qualified by being registered voters in the township. Participants must also sign affidavits that they’re affiliated with the political party caucusing and that they won’t take For The Weekly Post

part in more than one township caucus for this election nor become independent candidates or supporters. Also, participants may not have been a public official of another established political party in the preceding year. Once participants are recognized by the caucus judges (appointed by the parties’ township central committees), the caucus will elect a secretary, the central committee’s chair will announce a method of voting picked by the central committee and

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call for the party’s nominations for township positions. After the caucus, the chair is required by law to file a Certificate of Nomination with the Township Clerk before Dec. 19. The certificate includes a Statement of Candidacy and a receipt for a Statement of Economic Interest candidates filed with County Clerks. The Township Clerk must then file a Certification of Ballot with the County Clerk or Board of Election Commissioners before Jan. 26.

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Pat Althiser of Elmwood submitted this 1973 picture from Grandpa Rodgers’ vegetable garden in Farmington to “Reminisce,” a national magazine that printed the picture four years later this fall in the October-November issue. Pat Althiser said her father had beautiful gardens and said this picture rekindles many memories. Workers pictured are (from left to right) siblings Bob and Sally Althiser and cousin Clete.

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ple appreciate what we have here, a restful environment.” The humble woodframe building on the north side of Cottonwood Road operated as a church from 1874 to 1921, and has been mostly used for special events since. Last year’s inaugural Christmas event was special, Beecher says. “It was full last year, with 80 or 100 people,” he says. Even last December’s heavy rains didn’t dampen the holiday spirits, which

this year will be helped by refreshments provided by volunteers, remarks by pastor Bob DeBolt, a retired Methodist minister from Hanna City, and Christmas carols sung by voices young and old. “We want to help re-live past Christmases,” Beecher says, “those traditional times, in a vintage, old country church.” Located at 12721 W. Cottonwood Road, about three miles west of Edwards and four miles north of Hanna City, the church now has a small organ and lectern, wooden

pews and benches, walls with framed pictures and a handsome pot-bellied wood stove, all surrounded by a stand of trees sheltering the plot. Across the road is the cemetery, where volunteers will help visitors park on gravel. Familyfriendly, the event has no admission charge, though donations of canned food will be accepted. “The cemetery wants to do something more with the church,” Beecher says, “Christmas at Cottonwood is just something to enjoy.”

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PRINCEVILLE – Ted Gilles can still recall the cackle of the first rooster released for a Gilles Family youth hunt. Neighbor Randy Selby had brought some kids to the Gilles Farms west of Princeville to shoot penraised birds released into the expanse of grassland. After the Selby kids shot that cackling bird, an idea formed in Ted Gilles’ mind. “That’s when we knew we wanted to do more,” Gilles said. “The boys were so happy after that hunt and the dad was happier than they were.” In the 12 years since that, brothers Ted and Ron Gilles have treated nearly 1,000 youngsters to a chance to hunt pheasants. Last weekend marked the 12th annual hunt, which is now partially sponsored by Pheasants Forever. A total of 124 youngsters participated. That’s a long way from the 35 who hunted in 2006 and requires plenty of legwork, said Gilles, who thanked the many volunteers who helped set birds, handle dogs and help youngsters practice shooting at clay birds. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it when you see the kids and parents having fun,” Gilles said. • Firearm deer – High winds did no favors to hunters in Illinois during the first firearm deer season. Firearm hunters shot a preliminary total of 54,452 deer during the first weekend gun season on Nov. 18-20. That’s less than the 57,870 deer hunters took during the first firearm Weekly Post Staff Writer

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weekend in 2015. Illinois’ seven-day Firearm Deer Season will conclude today through Sunday (Dec. 1-4). Other deer hunting opportunities in the weeks ahead include: • Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season on Dec. 911; • Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons (first segment) in select counties only on Dec. 29 through Jan. 1; • Late-Winter Antlerless-Only and CWD Deer Seasons (second segment) in select counties only on Jan. 13-15; • Archery Deer Season continues through Jan. 15, (archery is closed Dec. 14 in counties open for Firearm Deer Season) Reminder: A new rule allows hunters with a valid Illinois firearm deer permit to use archery equipment during firearm season on private land only; archery permits are not valid during the firearm season, except in those counties closed to firearm deer hunting. • Archery deer –

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Jordan Wagner (left) and Cody Landau of Elmwood shot this pair of male coyotes on Nov. 26.

Through Sunday, Nov. 27, Illinois archery deer hunters had harvested a preliminary total of 46,920 deer, compared to 47,970 for the same period in 2015. Harvest to date has consisted of 57 percent males. Top five counties were Pike (1,786), Fulton (1,304), Jefferson (1,093), Adams (1,087), and JoDaviess (893).

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some new ducks have arrived in the Illinois River Valley, the big news is the arrival of large flocks of specklebellies and snow geese. The key moving forward for waterfowlers will be for Mother Nature to deliver more seasonal conditions to get the birds moving out of refuges where there they have been sitting.

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BRIEFS Illinois Central College enrollment on Dec. 15

PEORIA – Illinois Central College is encouraging potential students to stop, drop everything, and come to the college for its “Stop. Drop. Enroll.” event, where potential students can enroll in just a few hours. This free event takes place on Thursday, Dec.15, from 1-7 p.m., at Arbor Hall on the ICC North Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria and provides extended business hours for class registration. No appointment is necessary, and parking is free. Classes for the spring semester begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The process includes: Completing and processing an ICC application, completing placement testing, meeting with an advisor to develop a class schedule, filling out financial aid paperwork and setting up a payment plan. Participants should arrive no later than 5 p.m. For advising or information only, participants should arrive prior to 6 p.m. To make the best use of the day, potential students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) five days prior to coming to the event. • A valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, or other government-issued ID). • Checkbook or credit card to set up a payment plan. • In addition, students requesting assistance with completing the FAFSA also should bring their 2015 tax returns; W-2 forms; and current bank statements. (If the participant is aged 24 or younger, the parents’ social security cards, 2015 tax returns, W-2 forms and bank statements also are needed.) The event is on a first come, first-served basis. Time needed to complete all the enrollment steps depends on the participant’s individual needs. For more information call (309) 694-8971 or visit

Christmas enrichment program at Prairie Park

HANNA CITY – On Saturday (Dec. 3) the animals at Wildlife Prairie Park will celebrate the holi-

Olivia Caldwell, 14, of Elmwood (far right) sold her 1,366-pound Grand Champion Steer at the North American International Livestock Exposition for $20,500. It was purchased by Levy Restaurants, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Jefferson County Farm Bureau and Tolle Show Cattle LLC.

day season. Guests will have the opportunity to create enrichment gifts for several animals in the Park. Gifts can range from deer hide stockings stuffed with meat to special toys with different scents sprayed on them. Enrichment is essential for animals in captivity as in encourages and stimulates natural behaviors through sight, smell, taste, touch and interaction. The first session will run from 10 a.m. to noon and the second session will be held from 1-3 p.m. This educational program is family friendly and requires registration. To register, call (309) 6760998, Ext. 200. The fee to participate will cover materials for the day and will be $5. Admission to the Park is not included and must be purchased upon arrival. Admission is free to all park members.

Canton establishes disaster recovery fund

CANTON – The Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development, with support from the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) to establish a Canton Disaster Recovery Fund (CDRF) in response to the explosion that impacted Canton on Nov.

16. The Canton Disaster Recovery Fund will accept tax-deductible donations that will be used to provide grant support to businesses and/or non-profit organizations engaged in meeting the long-term recovery and rebuilding needs of those who have been impacted by this disaster. The Canton Disaster Recovery Fund committee will make recommendations about where unmet needs and funding gaps exist. Donations may be made in the any of the following ways: • Mail a check payable to the Community Foundation of Central Illinois and designate for the Canton Disaster Recovery Fund and mail to: Community Foundation of Central Illinois ; 3625 North Sheridan Road; Peoria, IL 61604 • You may also drop off your check made payable to Community Foundation of Central Illinois at MidAmerica National Bank 100 West Elm Canton, IL 61520. • Online via Network for Good: Please visit Community Foundation of Central Illinois’ webpage and select the Donate Now button on the left hand side. Please include the Canton Disaster Recovery Fund on your donation. Call (309) 674-8730 if you have any questions.

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Clarence “Bob” Ballard, 85, of Peoria Heights, father of a Princeville man, died Nov. 25 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Born Dec. 4, 1930, in Wayne County, Illinois, a son of Otto and Laura Edna Smith Ballard, he married Shirley Joan Neuendorf July 2, 1955, in Eureka. She died May 10, 1988, in Peoria. Surviving are two sons Darin Ballard of rural Princeville and Scott (Stacey) Ballard of southern Illinois; and sister Irma Jean Stephenson of East Peoria. Services were Nov. 29 at The Wilton Mortuary, with burial at Springdale Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at

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DAHINDA – Emily R. Curry, 89, of Knoxville, who grew up in the Dahinda area, died on Nov. 19 at her home. Born Oct. 3, 1927, in Trivoli, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Severt Hunt. She married Robert Curry on July 20, 1946, in Knoxville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1997. Survivors include children Ronald (Renee) Curry of Knoxville, Robert (Gloria) Curry of Nunnelly, Tenn., and Sue (Kenneth) Jackson of Frostproof, Fla. 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

PRINCEVILLE – “Ted” E. Goffrier, 87, of Princeville, died on Nov. 23 at his residence. Ted was born on Jan. 8, 1929, in Kewanee to Theodore P. and Lucille Gilbert. He married Evelyn M. Gruner on March 28, 1948, in Peoria. She survives. Other survivors include his daughters Melinda (Charles) McCullough of East Peoria and Mary Kay (Tim) Fail of Wyoming; sons Theodore L. (Connie) Goffrier of East Peoria and Ron Goffrier of Roanoke, Texas; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one step-brother, Don (Susan) Goffrier of Kewanee; and one sister-in-law, Pat Whistler of Kewanee. Ted was a Journeyman Lineman for Cilco for 40 years and retired in 1990. He was a scout master for the Boy Scout troop #52 in Princeville for 35 years. Ted enjoyed going hunting and fishing, he also loved helping on the farm as a young man. He was a member of the Marine Corps who served in Korea. Ted was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeville, where he sang in the choir. Funeral services were Nov. 26 at Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville, with burial at Princeville Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at

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More acres in soybeans in 2017? Producers expected to plant less corn, more beans By DEBRA LEVEY LARSON

URBANA – The USDA’s November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report projected that U.S. stocks of corn will grow from 1.738 billion bushels at the beginning of the current marketing year to 2.403 billion bushels at the end of the marketing year. Soybean stocks are expected to grow from 197 million bushels to 480 million bushels. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good, large increases in stocks are expected even though corn consumption during the current marketing year is expected to exceed that of last year by 948 million bushels (6.9 percent) and soybean consumption is expected to increase by 165 million bushels (4.2 percent). “Increased corn consumption is projected in both the feed and residual and export categories,” Good says. “A majority of the expected increase in soybean consumption is in the export category. The expected increase in stocks reflects the extremely large crops produced this year.” Good says the large crops and resulting low prices are creating increased financial stress for corn and soybean producers and a lot of interest in how long surpluses and low prices might persist. “For now, much of the focus is on the potential size of the 2017 South American crops and the implications for demand for U.S. crops,” Good says. “Increasingly, the focus will shift to 2017 production prospects in the United States. The over-riding question is whether surpluses and low prices will persist for another year. It is a bit early to speculate on supply and consumption prospects for the 2017-18 marketing year, but some scenarios can be considered.” For corn, Good says there is a general expectation that U.S. producers will reduce acreage in the year ahead. A decrease of about 3.5 million acres to 83.3 million acres University of Illinois Extension

harvested for grain, seems to be a common expectation right now. “With such a reduction and a 2017 U.S. average corn yield near our calculated trend value of 168.8 bushels, the 2017 crop would total 14.06 billion bushels, 1.165 billion bushels less than the 2016 harvest,” he says. “If corn consumption during the 2017-18 marketing year remains at the elevated level of 14.61 billion bushels projected for the current year, stocks at the end of the 2017-18 marketing year would be reduced to about 1.9 billion bushels.” With a trend yield of 168.8 bushels and a constant level of consumption, any reduction of more than 0.5 million acres would result in some draw down in year-ending stocks of corn during the 2017-18 marketing year, Good says. Conversely, a 3.5 million acre reduction along with a constant level of consumption means that an average yield of less than 174.8 bushels would result in some draw down in marketing year-ending stocks. However, if combined corn production in Brazil and Argentina in 2017 increases by 945 million bushels, as projected by the USDA, U.S. corn exports would be expected to decline during the 2017-18 year. If U.S. exports decline by 250 million bushels and acreage is reduced by 3.5 million acres, the 2017 average yield would need to be less than 171.8 bushels in order to reduce year-ending stocks. For soybeans, Good says there is a general expectation that U.S. producers will increase acreage in the year ahead. An increase of about 5 million acres, to 88 million harvested acres, seems to be a common expectation right now. The extremely high soybean yields of the past three years raise some questions about a potential increase in the trend yield. “However, if the 2017 U.S. average soybean yield is near our calculated linear trend value of 47.5 bushels and acreage is increased as expected, the 2017 crop would total

4.18 billion bushels, 181 million bushels less than the 2016 harvest,” he says. “If soybean consumption during the 2017-18 marketing year remains at the elevated level of 4.108 billion bushels projected for the current year, stocks at the end of the 2017-18 marketing year would grow to about 580 million bushels.” According to Good, with a trend yield of 47.5 bushels and a constant level of consumption, any increase of more than 2.85 million acres would result in some further growth in year-ending stocks of soybeans during the 2017-18 marketing year. On the other hand, a 5 millionacre increase in soybean area along with a constant level of consumption means that an average yield of more than 46.3 bushels would result in some increase in marketing yearending stocks. However, if combined soybean production in Brazil and Argentina in 2017 increases by 210 million bushels, as projected by the USDA, U.S. soybean exports would be expected to decline during the 201718 year. If U.S. exports decline by 100 million bushels and acreage is increased by 5 million acres, a 2017 yield of more than 45.2 bushels would result in increased stocks. “There are obviously multiple potential acreage, yield, consumption, and ending-stocks scenarios for the 2017-18 U.S. corn and soybean marketing year,” Good says. “The corn market currently appears to reflect expectations of reduced stocks, with the December 2017 futures price 37 cents higher than the December 2016 price. The soybean market is apparently not convinced that stocks will continue to grow next year, with the January 2018 future price only 6 cents lower than the January 2017 price. The soybean market appears to be reflecting more production risk than reflected by the corn market. Perceived production risk may stem from current drought conditions in the southeast U.S. and/or uncertainty about potential impacts if a La Niña episode unfolds.”

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eight. Before those games, Brimfield had defeated Tremont (55-31) and Midwest Central (42-31) in tournament play. Most recently on Monday night, Brimfield hosted Peoria HeightsQuest in Prairieland Conference play and turned a 37-6 halftime lead into a 53-6 third quarter advantage, leading to a 60-10 final victory. Mallory Meinke and Camryn Swietek each scored 14 points for Brimfield and Swietek also led the team with six rebounds. Nicole Thurman scored in double figures with 10. Brimfield is home today (Dec. 1) against Bushnell-Prairie City at 6 p.m. Elmwood Elmwood (3-2) returned to action Tuesday with a 57-52 loss to Midwest Central after spending Thanksgiving week on its own floor practicing thanks to a 10-day lull in the schedule. “We worked on cleaning up mistakes we made in our first four games,” Elmwood coach Gregg Meyers said. “We got in some good work on basic fundamentals, and also got a couple of days off to be ready to get back to games in the upcoming weeks.” Rachel Jacobson led with 21 points against Midwest Central, while Allie Meyers had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Elmwood is home against ROWVA today (Dec. 1) at 6 p.m. Farmington Farmington hosted AbingdonAvon on Monday in a Prairieland matchup and went to 4-1 on the young season with a 48-39 victory. Payton Peckham led the Lady Farmers with 13 points. Morgan Powell scored 10 and Abbey Brown added nine. Brown and Peckham were the rebounding leaders with seven each. “We’re playing extremely hard right now, which hides parts of the game we still need to improve on,” coach Jim Noonan said. “Our defense is very good overall. “If we can clean up our offense and continue to play with the same level of intensity on defense, our ceiling could be very high.” Prior to that game, the Lady Farmers went 3-1 to claim second place at the Fulton County Tournament in Canton. The final game against Lewistown was delayed six days due to

the explosion in Canton. Farmington won, 36-31. The game had resumed with Farmington leading 23-17 in the third quarter. “I guess it doesn’t matter how you win, even if it’s pretty ugly,” Noonan told the Daily Ledger. “A win’s a win when it’s all said and done. The Lady Farmers hit 5-of-10 free throws down the stretch, while Lewistown made two of its final nine shots and had two turnovers. Megan Gilstrap led Farmington with 11 points. Powell added six, while Julia DePriest, Huls, Payton Peckham and Breanna Richards all scored four points each. Macie Sprague added two and Abbey Brown one for the Lady Farmers. “I think our defense was a consistent factor throughout this entire tournament,” Noonan said. “That’s something that we’re trying to preach to the kids every day. If you defend and rebound, you’re in every game.” Farmington is at Ridgewood today (Dec. 1) at 7:30 p.m. Princeville Princeville finished play at Brimfield’s tournament on Saturday with a thrilling, 61-57, double- overtime win over Midwest Central. In a game that was close all the way, the Lady Princes (4-2) put up 10 points in the second overtime to gain their fourth win. Lucy Waid was key around the basket with 22 points. Jessica Devries came up with 13 and Marisa Horton-Meza added 10 for Princeville. “We shot better in this game,” coach John Gross said. “We’ll regroup in practice this week with just

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Princeville junior Caitlin Pullen drives to the basket against Brimfield during the Brimfield Turkey Tournament. Photo by Collin Fairfield.

the one game versus ROWVA (on Wednesday) and get ready for the big week of the fifth with all road games at Mercer County, ROWVA and Tremont.” The Lady Princes were topped by the hosts of the Brimfield Turkey Tournament on Friday, 35-29. A four-point fourth quarter doomed Princeville in this second game the two teams have played this season. Waid led Princeville with 11, followed by eight from Brinlee Bauman and five from Karlen Sandall. “Our shot selection wasn’t very good in this game. We got carried away with trying too many threes,” Gross said. “We didn’t take very good care of the ball either.” Knoxville-Abingdon Tourney Pairings are out for area teams in the Knoxville-Abingdon girls holiday tournament Dec. 10-17. At Knoxville Dec. 10 Noon - West Central vs. Elmwood Dec. 12 6 p.m. - ROWVA vs. Brimfield 7:30 - Knoxville vs. Elmwood Dec. 13 6 p.m. - Elmwood vs. ROWVA 7:30 - Brimfield vs. West Central Dec. 14 6 p.m. - Elmwood vs. Brimfield Dec. 15 7:30 p.m. - Knoxville vs. Brimfield At Abingdon-Avon Dec. 10 Noon - Farmington vs. Illini Bluffs Dec. 12 7:30 - A-Town vs. Farmington Dec. 14 6 p.m. - Farmington vs. West Prairie Dec. 15 6 p.m. - United vs. Farmington Championship Day at Abingdon-Avon Dec. 17 Games 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with pairings based on finish in earlier games..

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Farmington, Brimfield girls win regionals The Farmington and Brimfield seventh-grade girls basketball teams won IESA regional titles last week. In Class 7-2A, Brimfield defeated Princeville, 14-12, in the regional final and was to play Illini Bluffs at the Peoria Heights Sectional on Wednesday. With a win in the sectional, Brimfield would move on to the first round of state Saturday (Dec. 3) at Paris at 1 p.m. against the winner between Winchester (21-1) and Brown County (203). In Class 7-3A, Farmington (22-1) defeated Washington Middle School, 36-20, to win its regional crown. The Lady Farmers were to face Havana (17-7) on Wednesday night at the Deer Creek-Mackinaw Sectional. With a win in the sectional, Farmington would move on to the state tournament to play Saturday (Dec. 3) at Auburn at 10 a.m. vs. the winner between Watseka Glen Raymond (20-0) and Channahon (12-10). Princeville senior Matt Saal was a first-team pick at defensive line on the Lincoln Trail’s allconference team for 2016. Also picked to the first team from Mid-County were junior running back Bret Woodside, senior fullback/linebacker Jack Craig and junior offensive lineman Lucas Cruz. Second-team picks • LTC all-conference –

from Princeville were sophomore running back Jack Arnett, sophomore offensive lineman Eli Wieland, junior linebacker Cameron Kessling and sophomore defensive back Adam Snedden. Cruz was a second-team defensive lineman for Mid-County. Honorable mention picks were junior offensive lineman Charlie Gibbons of Mid-County and senior tight end Andrew Herrmann of Princeville.

Farmington’s first school-affiliated, official wrestling season opened Saturday at the Illini Bluffs Invite. The Farmers placed 10th with 34 points. Knoxville won the invitational with 167 points. Coached by Jake Durbin, Farmington has a home match today (Dec. 1) against Eureka, Peoria Heights and Tremont starting at 5:30 p.m. • Junior high – The Elmwood, Brimfield and Princeville 8th grade boys basketball teams are all in a rugged 8-2A regional bracket that includes defending 7th grade champion Kewanee Wethersfield and perennial junior high hoops power St. Vincent de Paul • Sprague signs – Alli Sprague of Farmington, a senior pitcher, signed and received a scholarship to play for Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kirkwood’s record last year was 58-6, and they • Farmers wrestling –

Brimfield’s Class 7-2A regional championship team includes: Back row (left to right) Coach Erin Self, Emily Ehnle, Maddie Hessing, Ella Lune, Carley Jones, Erin Maher and coach Angel Frail; Front row (l to r) Sydney Barton, Sophie Bedell, Elynn Peterson and Marissa Unes.

Farmington’s Class 7-3A regional championship team includes: Back row (left to right) Coach Josh Putrich, J'Lynn Haist, Riley Jansen, Alexis Stufflebeam, Kenzie Janson, Reece Putrich, Adriane Morse and Coach Jaci Forsythe; Front row (l to r) Laura Stevens, Mary Halcomb, Emma Evans, Faith Wheeler and Delaney Foster.

received 5th place in the NJCAA Division-II. They have made 14 appearances in the National tournament. Sprague was named first-team all-conference for the last two years and was named to the Chicagoland 2015 alltournament team. In 2016, Alli pitched

126 innings with 115 strikeouts and a 2.22 ERA. She batted .432 with 30 RBIs. Alli is also a member of the 18U Peoria Sluggers fastpitch team at the new Louisville Slugger Complex. This fall the team played in an Elite Showcase at St. Louis and went 5-0.

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nearly fully recovered from football bumps and bruises. Next for Farmington is Friday’s home game vs. Abingdon-Avon. Brimfield With five new starters, Brimfield (2-3) is about where coach Scott Carlson figured they would be after the Brimfield Turkey Tournament. While turnovers and free-throw shooting need improvement, Carlson was fairly pleased to bookend wins over Canton’s JV (51-50) and Princeville (51-37) around losses to Midwest Central (48-39) and Tremont (67-39). “I thought it was a good week for us and should help us gain a little confidence heading into the Prairieland,” Carlson said. “But we’ve got to take better care of the ball. We’re averaging around 19 turnovers, which is way too many.” Brimfield is also shooting just 50 percent from the free throw line. Senior center Darren Novak has been a consistent presence inside, racking up 10 points and 15 rebounds in the win over Princeville. Sophomore Reece Teubel scored 12 from outside to complement Novak in that win. Other scoring has varied, with senior Tucker Teubel (10 points, 9 rebounds vs. Midwest Central) and sophomores Parker Pillman (12 points vs. Midwest Central) and Brady Kreiter (23 points vs. Canton) all having solid games. “When we’re wide open, we’re pretty good shooters,” Carlson said. “We need to get better shooting with pressure on us.” Poor shooting and turnovers were issues again Tuesday in a 53-42 loss to Peoria Heights. Kreiter had 12 points and Novak had 14 rebounds. Next up for Brimfield is a Friday game at Knoxville. Elmwood Poor shooting doomed Elmwood (3-3) in an 0-3 start, but improved shot selection has been a key to a 30 slate since then for the Trojans. Elmwood shot just 26, 29 and 32 percent in losses to Putnam County (56-43), Bureau Valley (52-40) and Annawan (36-29) to open the Wethersfield Holiday Tournament. “I didn’t expect us to shoot as poorly as we did,” Coach Josh Fugitt said. “We had a lot of good

looks in those first three games. Shots were just not falling. “As the tournament went on we all slowed down a bit and got the ball inside more.” In other words, junior forward Vince Lenzi shot the ball more, which was big in wins over Wethersfield (43-40) and Midland (66-26). Lenzi scored 21 and 17 points in those games and the Trojans hit on 45 and 49 percent. Against Wethersfield, sophomore guard Charlie McKinty was 6-for-8 and scored his team’s final 10 points, including a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to deliver the win. Against Midland, junior Ethan Jehle heated up from outside for 18 points and three 3-pointers. “It’s going to take us a little while to get everything figured out, but I was happy with the way we played all tournament,” Fugitt said. “If we make some shots, those first three games are a different story.” The Trojans looked better Tuesday, handling West Prairie 60-25 behind 53 percent shooting, 14 points from Lenzi and 11 from Jehle. Next up for Elmwood is a Saturday tip at Delavan at 1 p.m. start. Princeville Princeville (2-3) topped Midland 53-46 on Tuesday after going 1-3 at the Brimfield Turkey Tournament. Princeville got plenty of scoring from Noah Bauman (19.5 ppg) in the Tournament but struggled with turnovers and relative inexperience. “Turnovers and rebounding are the things we really need to focus on moving forward,” coach Jeff Kratzer said. “We competed OK and our defense was really a big surprise. We defended well, we just didn’t finish possessions and rebound well.” Scoring help should come with

Darren Novak of Brimfield works for position against Dylan Stalter in the Indians’ win over the Princes. Photo by Collin Fairfield.

the return from injury of Talon Smith and Griffin Headley. The Princes ousted Canton’s JV (56-30) but lost to Tremont (64-43), Midwest Central (54-40) and Brimfield (51-37). Princeville’s varsity is off until a Tuesday (Dec. 6) home game against Lowpoint-Washburn. ROWVA-Williamsfield Poor shooting hampered ROWVA-Williamsfield (0-5) at its Williamsfield Tournament, as the team works to replace five starters. The Cougars shot 24 percent in their first three games in losses to United (54-51), DePue (64-28) and West Central (57-31). On Monday, Williamsfield fell to Galva, 37-35, after leading nearly the entire game. Tucker Sams led with 10 points. The lack of shooting baffled coach Bob Anderson, who said, “We probably put in more time shooting the ball (this preseason) than any year previous and still came out shooting the ball like that. If we can shoot the ball, we can play with people.” R-W proved that Saturday against Henry in a 59-54, overtime loss. Junior Austin Batterson led the team with 23 points and was 6-for12 from 3-point land while Tucker Sams added 14 points. After trailing by 10 heading into the fourth, Williamsfield had the ball with a chance to win with 10 seconds left in regulation. “We couldn’t get a shot,” Anderson said. “But we actually played pretty well and had a chance to win. Henry has a good ballclub.” Sams and Adam Kertz had 13 points in the loss to United. The Cougars were at Delavan on Wednesday and return to action Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Brimfield.

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Farmington boys off to perfect start By JEFF LAMPE

While four area boys basketball teams were breaking in new starters and struggling to learn last week in Thanksgiving tournament play, Farmington opened the season emphatically. Any concerns the Farmers would have a hangover after football season were dispelled as coach Jeff Otto’s team raced to a 4-0 start in the Spoon River Tip-Off Tournament at Cuba. Here’s a rundown of how local teams fared in turkey tourney play. Farmington Farmington (4-0) will play for the title of the Spoon River Tip-Off Saturday at Cuba vs. West Hancock at 7:30 p.m. A big win to get to that point came last Friday against Lewistown (5952), as senior guard Eric Higgs poured in 27 points and sophomore Jarod DePriest added 12. Higgs is averaging 22 Weekly Post Staff Writer

The Brimfield girls basketball team won its Brimfield Turkey Tournament. Photo by Collin Fairfield.

Brimfield rallies for tourney title By PHIL JOHNSON

After a slow start to the season, the Brimfield girls basketball team is putting things together nicely. Over the Thanksgiving break, the Lady Indians (5-2) rallied to win the Brimfield Turkey Tournament on Saturday, 37-32, over a solid Illini West team. An 11-3 lead after the first quarter helped Brimfield hold off a fourth quarter Illini West rush. Balanced scoring also For The Weekly Post

helped the hosts, as Kamryn Cuevas scored 10, followed by nine from Mallory Meinke and eight from Camryn Swietek. Prior to that, Brimfield avenged its Nov. 14 loss to Princeville with a 35-29 win over the Lady Princes on Friday at the Turkey Tournament. Thurman led the Lady Indians with 14 points. Meinke followed with 10 points and eight rebounds. Cuevas added eight points and nine rebounds. Swietek led in assists with Continued on Page 16

Junior Vince Lenzi led Elmwood in scoring during its 2-3 run at the Wethersfield Holiday Tournament. Photo by Jeff Lampe.

points per game so far and had 25 in a 48-36 win over South Fulton and 31 in a 74-38 defeat of Bushnell Prairie City. Farmington also beat North Fulton, 64-17. “We’re off to a good start,” coach Jeff Otto said. “We’ve had other

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guys step up and score, but Eric caught fire in a few games and we’re going to keep feeding him when he gets hot.” With the exception of the Lewistown game, Otto has been pleased with the Farmers defense – which he said carried the team in

a poor shooting game against South Fulton. Farmington has regularly gone 10 deep and is getting solid play from Jake Uryasz, who is back from injury. Otto said players like Judd Anderson also appear to be Continued on Page 19

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The Weekly Post newspaper, December 1, 2016, edition.