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Farmington schools considering tuition waiver By BILL KNIGHT

FARMINGTON – Stoked by social media, heated discussions continue here surrounding the issue of letting employees of Farmington CUSD 265 bring their kids to school without paying nonresident tuition. Initially posed as a question by Junior High School teacher Kim Litchfield last fall, the idea has been on the Board of Education’s agenda several times, and the Board sought and received permission from the Illinois State Board of Education to enact the policy if they choose to implement it. A public hearing was held in December, when Board member B.J. OldFor The Weekly Post

field, who has since said he opposes the action, said he’d heard from members of the public who objected. At that hearing, resident Ralph Higgs called the idea a “slap in the face to us taxpayers” and potentially divisive for the staff. On both sides, emotional appeals and gossip have competed with statistics and facts to fuel the divisiveness. “This is a sensitive issue for all involved,” said school board member Chad Johnson. “Decisions like this one are not made without weighing the pros and cons very carefully. We’ve been discussing and gathering facts on this for over six months.” Farmington Superintendent Zac Chat-

terton said he’s confident that the outcome will be reasoned and fair. “The board has taken their time on this topic, listened to all comments, and will make an informed vote,” he said. “I continue to stay neutral on the topic and provide the Board with information but have not given them a recommendation,” continued Chatterton, who conceded there are challenges with filling vacancies. “Throughout the state there is starting to be a more broad teacher shortage,” he added. “There has always been certain areas that are ‘high-needs’ positions, but those areas are increasing.” The Board of Education is tentatively

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ECF seeking zoning OK

THE GREAT MIGRATION

Blacks moved from the south to Illinois

Elmwood project progressing By JEFF LAMPE

ELMWOOD – The Elmwood Zoning Board of Appeals will hear an application for rezoning on Tuesday, May 8, that could be one more step toward a wellness-fitness center and a new medical clinic for the community. The Elmwood Community Foundation (ECF) is seeking to change the zoning Inside of a 10-acre parcel of land located north • Pages from the Past. Page 8. of town, north of • High-speed flowThe Meadows subers catch eyes. division and west of Page 14. Illinois Route 78. • Obituaries Pages Applicants are re- 16-18. questing to change zoning from an R-2 Medium Density Residential District to a C-2 General Commercial District, to obtain a Special User permit for a regional wellness and fitness center and to receive a variance from requirements calling for a transitional buffer on the west side of the property. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Elmwood City Hall. The ECF has been working on plans for a wellness and fitness center for nearly three years, but has been meeting regularly to discuss the project since JanWeekly Post Staff Writer

By CHUCK SWEENY

Victory Bell can still remember the night when he boarded the Illinois Central Railroad’s City of New Orleans in Durant, Mississippi, bound for Chicago, then changing trains and ending up in Rockford. It was 1945, at the height of the Jim Crow apartheid in Dixie that purposely kept blacks poor with few rights. Bell, his mother and siblings were headed north to join his father, who had already moved north to get a factory job. “We had been sharecroppers,” the 83-year old Bell remembers working near Durant, 60 miles north of Jackson. The family had eked out a living, but opportunities for advancement just were not there for black folks.

planning to consider the idea at its May 14 meeting.The board policy on public participation requires comments at meetings to be respectful, civil and short – not more than five minutes and possibly shorter to conserve time and let more individuals speak. Discussion could be heated. The main objections are that the benefit is unfair to teachers who live within the District and that permitting nonresidents to attend Farmington Central would cost the District – and taxpayers – money. After talking to several people and asking for suggestions via a Facebook page operated by two women from Farmington

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Victory Bell came north from Jim Crow-era Mississippi in 1945. Bell served as a Rockford alderman from 1971 to 2009. Photo by Arturo Fernandez of the Rockford Register Star.

“I remember it was in the middle of the night when we boarded the train. We had to sit in the black section. When we got to Illinois, the conductor said we could sit anywhere we liked on the train,” Bell said, “and we no longer had to say ‘sir ‘or ‘ma’am’ to white people, which was new to us.” His uncle and father had come to Rockford in 1943 and 1944 to get jobs that paid better than sharecropping. “The machine tool businesses were very aggressive in hiring at that time, and people were able to come to Illinois and get jobs at various machine companies and make a decent salary,”

Bell said. Illinois’ manufacturing industries were working around the clock to turn out planes, tanks, guns and bullets for the armed forces during World War II. The state’s manufacturers continued to boom after the war. Bell is a living embodiment of The Great Migration, the movement from 1916 to 1970 of 6 million to 7 million black Americans from the states of the old Confederacy to the North. More than 500,000 came to Illinois. They were fleeing legal oppression. They were looking for better lives for Continued on Page 9

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uary of 2017, according to ECF President Tony Hart. Last fall, the ECF board gave a presentation discussing plans for the wellness center project at its annual banquet held in Elmwood. That presentation outlined interest from the Peoria YMCA and from Graham Medical Group of Canton in having a role in the ECF’s planned development. Graham Medical Group expressed interest in building a clinic on the 10-acre parcel – a facility that could later be connected to the wellness center being pursued by the ECF. Plans outlined last October call for a “state of the art medical facility with access to Primary Care, Orthopedics, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Otolaryngology,” according to a letter from Graham President and CEO Robert G. Senneff. Graham’s interest has intensified, Hart said. “We’re coming up on just a year of talking to Graham, so things are moving quickly,” Hart said. “(The project) has

really gained a lot of momentum in the past year.” In addition to talks with Graham and the YMCA, meetings have been held with community members from Williamsfield, Maquon and Hanna City to gauge interest in those communities for a wellness center the ECF believes can draw from a 15-mile radius, according to Dick Taylor, economic development director for the City of Elmwood. Plans are for an $11.97 million, 29,100-squarefoot facility that would include an indoor pool and gym, a walking track, a strength and cardio workout area and fitness machines. “Wellness facilities and fitness facilities look virtually the same,” Taylor said. “It’s what goes on inside that’s the difference.” The ECF has said the facility will be built without tax dollars, relying instead on donations from current residents and others with ties to the area. The ECF is in the midst of a fund-raising campaign to raise $350,000 for surveys, marketing and land acquisition.

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The parcel being considered for rezoning is owned by Keith A. Windish, according to Peoria County tax records. The Zoning Board will also hear two other appli-

cations on May 8. The Elmwood City Council has a proposed special meeting on May 9 at which it could hear recommendations from the Zoning Board.


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THE WEEK AHEAD HOT PICKS This Week!

s Garage Sales – Princeville’s Townwide Garage Sale is Saturday, May 5, starting at 8 a.m. Maps of sale locations will be available. s NAMI Meeting – A free showing of “Silver Linings Playbook” at Landmark Cinemas on Thursday, will be held today, May 3, at 6:45 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. A discussion by Roger Mohn and Joe Croegaert, LCSW, will follow. s Craft Time – Morrison and Mary Wiley Library’s Mother’s Day Story and Craft Time is Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m.

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Contact Alice at (309) 245-4770. s Senior Luncheon – Brimfield Union Church Senior Lunch is Tuesday, May 8, at noon and the second Tuesday of each month.

s Free Bread – Free bread is available at Elmwood Methodist Church every Friday (including May 4), 10 a.m. Free bread available Tuesday (May 8) at Harrison Hall in Brimfield at 10 a.m. (309) Future Events 696-4542. s Clean-Up Day – Williamsfield Cleans Yard Sale – Oak Run Annual ComDay is Friday, May 11. All items Up munity-Wide Yard Sales are Saturday, must be at curb by 7 p.m. May 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maps pros Maquon Banquet – Maquon Mother/ vided at the Oak Run POA office. Daughter Banquet is at the Maquon s Alumni Banquet – Princeville Alumni Methodist Church Fellowship United Association and Hall at 6:30 p.m. on FriFriends Banquet is day, May 11. Make reserSaturday, May 5, startPublicize Your Event vations at (309) 289-2074 ing at 5, dinner at 6:30. Call us at (309) 741-9790 by May 7. Tickets $19. Call (309) or email information about s Flying Club – Fulton 635-2813 for details. your upcoming event to County Flying Club is s Old Time Revival – news@wklypost.com. hosting the 60th Annual fly Orange Chapel Church, located at 951 Knox is Sunday, May 20, from 7 Highway 27 in rural Gilson, will be having a.m. to noon at Canton Ingersoll Airport. an “Old Time Revival” on Saturday, May This includes B-25’s and other war birds. 5. Ham and Beans with corn bread and s YCHS Reunion – The Yates City High ham sandwiches will be served from 4:30- School All School Reunion is Saturday, 6 p.m. The Revival starts at 6:30 p.m. May 26, at the Yates City Community s Blood Drive – Farmington CommuCenter. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at nity Blood Drive is Monday, May 7, from 6:30 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets 2-6 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church. $15. Email ycalumnibanquet@yahoo.com.

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It can be jarring when a longtime business institution announces plans to shut the doors. Many local shoppers are lamenting Bergner’s going out of business. Meanwhile in Brimfield, fallout from the news that Jim’s Shurfine Foods will be closing is still being felt. Steve Burns, owner of Burnzee’s Bar & Grill said Jim’s Jeff status prompted LAMPE him to organize a Brimfield Spring Fling for Saturday, May 12. The idea, Burns said, is for local businesses to have open houses and to take part in a scavenger hunt that will encourage shoppers to stop at each participating business. “I’m just trying to get people in the businesses so they can show people what they’ve got and offer a deal or whatever,” Burns said. “Until I sat down to think about it, I didn’t even realize how many businesses there are in town. And not everybody knows about them.”

Quick, when you think Brimfield, how many businesses come to mind? Now consider this list of participants in the Spring Fling: Heinz Brothers Trucking, Mid Century Communications, Rookies, Larson Insurance, Martin-Sullivan, Satterfield Auto, F&M Bank, Brimfield Hardware, Kress Manufacturing, Karen Grotts-Jim Maloof Realtor, Brimfield Insurance and Refreshed Nest Salon and Spa. Also participating will be Brimfield Public Library, the Village of Brimfield, Brimfield American Legion, Union Church of Brimfield, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Brimfield Food Pantry and the Brimfield Area Men’s Club. Burns said other businesses interested in taking part can contact him. As part of the Spring Fling, there will also be a canned goods drive to aid the Food Pantry. And Rita Kress will be overseeing a survey to determine “what people would like to see in town,” Burns said. “I’ve always been one if I can get it uptown, I’ll get it there. But I’m not everybody,” Burns said. “A lot of people are used to going to Peoria. They need to realize, like with the

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hardware store, it might cost a little more, but otherwise when you need that one nut and bolt you’ll have to drive 25 minutes to get it.” The mantra is true for all our small towns: Shopping local keeps our communities alive. Nobody wants empty storefronts. Kudos to Burns for this effort. uuu A forecast calling for drenching rains today is much needed. If wet weather does materialize, this is the weekend to be in the woods looking for morel mushrooms. So far sightings in Peoria and Knox counties have been very limited. And while Fulton County has had more reports, the big yellows are still proving elusive. ... Is anybody missing a zip-tie ring with 11 keys that was found in Elmwood’s city dump and hauled in to us by the crack city works crew? Several of the keys look as though they would fit padlocks. ... Parting shot: Despite all my griping about cold weather’s impact on our star magnolia, the blooming display has been longer than usual this spring. Contact Jeff Lampe at 231-6040 or jeff@wklypost.com

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I appear to have struck a positive chord among many readers with a recent column that worried Downstate Illinois is becoming irrelevant to the power brokers of Illinois, nearly all of whom reside in metropolitan Chicago. More emails than typical have been coming my way saying, in effect, “You’re Jim right on, Jim!” NOWLAN One well-known statewide figure, whom most of you would recognize, called to declare that I was “spot on” in my column, adding: “Jim, I talk to audiences all over Illinois, including in Chicago, and you are absolutely right: Downstate doesn’t matter to powerful Chicagoans, while my Downstate audiences are distressed that we seem forgotten out here.” Based on a decade of writing this column for 20 newspapers all across Downstate, I know from emails that my readers are knowledgeable and thoughtful. So, please help me with feedback on the following musings: Should we create a non-profit

think tank and advocacy group for purposes of building a more positive future for the communities and people of Downstate Illinois? And if so, what should such look like, at least initially? The range of options includes: • A 501-c-3, tax deductible, educational yet limited advocacy organization, the most popular organizational popular format. • A 501-c-4 lobbying organization of limited tax deductibility. I used to head a prominent statewide 501-c-4. We lobbied, testified extensively before the legislature, but did not contribute money to candidates. • An informal advocacy group within the political world. For example, at one time there was an active, bipartisan “Downstate Caucus” in the state legislature, which met to discuss and develop legislative initiatives. I am told, however, that House Speaker Mike Madigan doesn’t like competing power bases, so he squelched participation by his party’s members. • A coalition of existing groups that would collaborate to pursue initiatives and activities of mutual benefit for Downstate. To illustrate, there is at present a coalition of business and union organizations

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that work together to promote increased support for transportation projects. First, of course, there would have to be a convincing program of initiatives that would hold strong promise for adding value to Downstate Illinois. Lacking a clear vision of what to pursue and how to pursue it, there is no reason to create yet one more group. There are plenty of obvious issues that relate closely to Downstate Illinois and its future: • Economic development. Western Illinois University political science head Keith Boeckelman has written a persuasive paper that contends Illinois has basically two economies, one in metro-Chicago and another Downstate. He suggests we need different sets of policies for each; for example, maybe Right to Work for Downstate only, to make the region more competitive with neighboring states. • Transportation. The quality of our dense network of interstates and feeder highways, waterways, and railroads is critical to Downstate. • Education funding. Most Downstate school districts have significantly less local property tax Continued on Page 7

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Brimfield principal story included incorrect details BRIMFIELD – Some incorrect information was included in a story in the April 26 edition of The Weekly Post detailing the hiring of incoming Brimfield High School Principal Anthony Shinall. Shinall, 38, has been an

assistant principal at Richwoods High School the past two years, and was assistant principal at Peoria High School and two grade schools before that. He has two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s

degree from Illinois State University. Shinall, a native Peorian who attended Manual High School, is married and is the father of one son. Shinall will begin his new job at Brimfield

High School on July 1. He will be paid $77,000 per year. The incorrect information was provided in an online biography of Shinall posted on the Richwoods website The newspaper erred.

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damage to property, unlawful use of weapons and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Firearm discharge earns Peoria County man dies Elmwood man an arrest in motorcycle accident ELMWOOD – After an apparent accidental discharge of a handgun, an Elmwood man was arrested on three charges on April 22. On April 22, Ellen E. Chaney, 27, of 517 W. Ash St. reported a bullet hole in her Elmwood residence. Chaney told a Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy that she left her house on April 21 and, after returning on April 22, found what appeared to be a bullet-sized hole in the bathtub leading outside and another hole on the opposite side of the shower wall with no exit hole. Daniel J. Didiuk, Jr., 35, of 403 N. Pleasant View – which is the home located north of Chaney’s residence – told a Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy he was sitting on his bed early in the morning on April 22 and unloading his black Glock handgun to put it in a safe. Didiuk said he thought he had released the magazine and did not think there was a round in the chamber. But when he pulled the trigger, the gun fired. The deputy found a bullet-sized hole on the south side of Didiuk’s residence and on the exterior of the residence, according to the report. Didiuk was arrested for criminal

HANNA CITY – Michael D. Lightbody, 40, died after a motorcycle accident at 10:04 p.m. on April 26 at the intersection of Plank and Farmington Roads. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Lightbody was pronounced dead at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center at 1:20 p.m. on April 26. Lightbody suffered severe blunt force head trauma. Lightbody, whose address was listed as 9719 W. Powdermill Road in Edwards in a Peoria County Sheriff’s report, was reportedly living at South Lydia Avenue in Peoria. The coroner says it is not known what caused the crash or whether Lightbody was wearing a helmet.

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mower, string trimmer, bush hog and John Deere riding mower. There are no suspects at this time, according to the report. • An Elmwood resident reported to the Peoria County Sheriff that the license plate was stolen off his boat trailer since last fall. The man noticed the plate was missing when he attempted to place a new license sticker on the plate. • Jeffrey Sura, 50, of Peoria was arrested for battery involving a 17year-old Brimfield minor. • Dravin D. Schutz, 19, of Elmwood and a 16-year-old Elmwood minor were ticketed for ordinance violations during a routine traffic stop on April 20 in the 300 block of West Main Street by Elmwood police. According to the police report, Schutz was ticketed for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia and fined $300 for each ordinance violation. His vehicle was impounded and he paid impound fees. The minor was ticketed for possession of cannabis and paid $300. • Morrison & Mary Wiley Library in Elmwood reports the theft of 25 DVDs on or around April 27, according to an Elmwood Police report.

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wealth per pupil than do those in metro-Chicago. Illinois has a new funding formula to address this, yet if there is no additional funding, the new formula is mostly a hollow victory. • Higher education. Most Illinois public as well as private colleges and universities are located Downstate; their strength is critical to the region’s future. • Climate change. Traditional Illinois crops may be hurt by warmer conditions. On the other hand, if the South and Southwest become intolerably hot and evermore drought

prone, Downstate may look more attractive in relative terms for re-location in the coming decades. • The lack of a Downstate brand. Folks in metro-Chicago and beyond don’t know what we have to offer in terms of our many towns of “dear hearts and gentle people.” How about, simply: “Downstate matters!” • Attitude adjustment. Downstaters need to be convinced that they and their communities do count, and can have positive futures. These are tough issues to tackle. They need analysis and creative thought. Then, promotion

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and advocacy are needed. Partners are critical as well; many groups, from labor to business to university think tanks, are pursuing one or more of the issue areas dotpointed above. If a new group could add value, it would take seed money to launch the effort. Where might startup funds come from: Downstate corporate foundations? Individual membership dues? Internet “crowd funding”? As readers can see, the above is off-the-top-ofthe-noggin thinking. I need your feedback; more heads are sure better than one, especially this one. Is there a nugget (or more) of an idea anywhere above that is worth pursuing? If so, how would you suggest proceeding? Downstate Illinois matters!

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SUNDAY MAY 6TH, 2018 – AT 12:00 NOON NOTE: This is a condensed ad. Full ad at www.folgerauction.com. See pictures online and more on our FACEBOOK page. PAPER, BOOKS, MILITARY, ADV.: Civil War era items including a tin type strongly resembling Lincoln—lots of paperwork from that era— many 1800’s postcards and photos—Parrotte family paperwork including Civil War discharge paper and much more—orig. homestead numbered cert. signed by Grover Cleveland—mid 1800’s mortgage papers, deeds and stock—UP Railway contract (Bushnell, IL)—1870 Knox Co. and 1871 Fulton Co. IL Atlas Map books—1818-1868 History of Fulton Co. book—1908 Enc. Of IL and History of Fulton Co.—variety of 1920’s and 31 Tell-Tale London Mills year books—Co. C Camp Pannin, TX group pictures—1954 Fulton History books—many very graphic WWII photos and postcards—1909 London Mills class postcard—old adv. match books (59 Ford (L-Mills), Johnson Motor Co., and more—Avon, IL Tiny Tavern old adv. piece—1862 tiny Fairy Tale book—coll. of many very old Children’s and school books of various types—set of tiny Golden’s—WWII uniform, badges, grey military hat, patches and many misc. military items—old Legion uniform and hat— 1862-1880 and more Harper’s magazines—1851 Grahams mag.—very old Shakespeare & Dickens—Mark Twain signed 2 volume Humor set-1862 Blackwoods hard magazine—1800’s Six Penny magazines--#393 of 1000 Lim. Ed. works of Charles Darwin Vol. 1 & 2 (signed author edition)—IRTC Doughboy book—1935 Little Men--1960 L-Mills school book--very of local photos (spoon River Bridge, L-Mills old working mill), and many more—RI and Burl. RR old time tables--Conf. money—1918 Canadian 1 cent—old tokens—early ½ pennies-wartime paper money—1932 Fairview Farmer’s Elevator card—1800’s local scrapbooks--old Fairview bank bag—yd. long Cent. of Progress picture and books—old sheet music—Hermon, IL Max and Ted Thurman rain gauge—old local adv. yardsticks (FS, jerry’s Feed Biggsville, LaNorma’s Beauty shop, Francis Ins. Woodhull, Farmer’s Implement Unionville, Herman Lumber, Spoon River Electric Canton and many more)—1935 Fairview pocket ledger and Wilson Sale Co. clip—John Knuppel opener—WW Young People 1818 book--1919 White and Wolford L-Mills plate—Reece and Hattin plate—1848 Cosley Senia Greene Co. OH hand embroidered tapestry—hand stitched States and other quilts—much local very old adv. ANTIQUES AND PRIMITIVES: Collection of very old lamps and lanterns (some are slag, umbrella, tulip, Aladdin, mercury, marble and painted old base, very nice hanging chandelier w/slag glass and glass prisms ,mini kerosene, milk glass, other colored glass hanging light, brass based lamps, all types of kerosene, ornate and unusual dresser lamps, rotating landscape, very old floor lamps with jade glass, and so many more)See pictures online and FACEBOOK--lamp brackets--marble mantle clock—other old clocks--beautiful marble top dresser w/hankie drawers and mirror—matching double bed—very nice round Willet cherry table w/3 leaves and 6 rush seat chairs--nice old oak wash stand w/rack and matching oak chest of drawers—prim. drop leaf square table--very nice drop front secretary (ornate and unusual)—enamel top table with matching stand and red wood bases—marble top commodes—oak drop leaf table--very nice cane bottom oak and other prim. chairs—other prim. wash stands, chairs, tables, spindle double bed, etc.--children’s chairs—ornate canes (one w/hidden flask)—marbles, dice, lighters, unique old pocket knives, nice compacts, costume jewelry, some sterling, nice beaded purse, Chevy belt buckle and other smalls—prim. baby moccasins—Phillipines old carved women’s shoes and other items—linens and fancywork—prim. corn cob/potato shovels--nice primitives—child’s old parlor table/chairs—old Matchbox and other cars--German 1408 creamer—3/4 groove Indian ax—old Hansel and Gretel wood handle brushes—soybean license plates in mint condition--kids dishes, FP, tin toys—Effanbee Baby Dainty very old doll— 1800’s Steiff style bear—very old iron banks (animals and more)—unusual old lg. Pheasant pictures w/pheasants on the frame— Lone Wolf and ant. pictures of all types—prim. calf weaner—2 coocoo clocks—model T jack—nail keg and spickets—milk and shoe shine stools—adv. boxes and tins--Dazey 630B churn—ornate glass sugar jar w/lid—LS iron Co. apple press (Brighton #2)—iron bulldog— old pottery--glass sets—Stanley prim. wood and brass level—ornate old ink well w/pin—old sewing and pin cushions—odd old curling iron—red/white enamelware— Pyrex—6102 Fairmont Noritake china set—other glass, porcelain and china— table top pinball games—old blocks, toys, puzzles and games--cherry pitter—items too numerous to list. GUNS AND 4 WHEELER: 22 L.R. Westernfield Model 59--20 ga. 2¾ inch chamber Westernfield single shot model 94B--20 ga. (2¾ chamber) Savage Stevens single shot model 107B—1959 22 mag. Ruger Single Six (only yr. stamped 22 mag on the frame)—H & R Special 22LR—Colt black powder replica made in Italy--(FOID AND ID REQUIRED)—Yamaha Competition Cams 4 wheeler (was in good condition but needed throttle work)—large mail box--misc. household items. NOTE: This is an auction of great variety and many case items. The paper items and antiques are uncommon and very interesting.

20 Years Ago Gina Ferris and Ben Fishel were King and Queen of the Williamsfield Junior-Senior Prom held at Wildlife Prairie State Park. Chris Dunn of Elmwood was given a trophy as the 1997 Most Valuable Football Player for the Elmwood High School team. The trophy was given in memory of Clifton Clark and Keith Lucas. Organizers of the annual Elmwood Fall Festival announced they would be bringing back the traditional Soapbox Derby down Elmwood’s Hospital Hill for the Sept. 11-12 event. Steve Flinn said helmets would be required and the streets would be lined with bales of straw to promote safety. Gus Schaub donated a red oak that was planted at Doubet-Benjamin Park in Williamsfield. Steve Shane of Princeville planted the tree, that was paid for by the GFWC Home Culture Club and Conservation Chairman Betty Doubet. 30 Years Ago Jennie Rosenbohm and Mike Renner were Queen and King of the Farmington Junior-Senior Prom held in the gymnasium. First runnerups were Marci Boyer and Chad Ander-

son. Taxidermists Dave and Claudia Emken of Yates City and Mike Frank of Farmington won first-place prizes at the Illinois Taxidermist Association’s annual contest. Dave Emken won honors for a mount with two deer heads that also was named Best of Show, while his wife won with a bluegill mount. Frank won with a largemouth bass. Twelve Farmington Boy Scouts walked the 21-mile trail that Abe Lincoln used when traveling from New Salem to Springfield. The 12 walkers were: Chris Anderson, Brandon Bach, Kurt Balagna, Matt Balagna, Erik Colvin, David Lehman, Jason McVey, Shawn McVey, Charlie Moore, Blake Norman, Bill Rogers and Robbie Tortat. Elmwood’s varsity and junior varsity Scholastic Bowl teams won the Prairieland Conference title for the second year in a row. All-tournament picks were Chris Stillson on varsity and Kelly Shoop and Clint Forney on junior varsity. 70 Years Ago Glen DeFord opened the Brown Lynch Scott Associate Hardware Store in Elmwood. At the Tomahawk League Track

To help several people downsize and settle some small estates a public auction will be held at 7642 Grain Bin Road Toulon

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Meet, Williamsfield athletes won 8 of 15 events and Coach Moore’s squad placed first with 72 points to finish ahead of runnerup Elmwood’s 51 points. Burt Sargeant won the checker championship at Williamsfield Grade School by defeating Mark Doubet in the final match. 80 Years Ago The Hub Ballroom in Princeville celebrated its 60th anniversary. Joe and Mary Ellen Boylan, formerly of Princeville, won a $50 cash prize for being the longest married couple who also attended the grand opening dance at The Hub in 1938. 110 Years Ago Lightning did bad damage in Laura. James Reed had nine hogs killed and two of John Bitner’s valuable horses were killed by lightning. John Porter had 40 rods of woven wire fence melted and ruined by the current. Arthur Aten sold his black horse to Charles Nelson for $160 in Williamsfield. 120 Years Ago A number of area farmers have been receiving packages of alfalfa from the government to be planted as part of an experiment.

Because I am moving a public auction will be held at 17174 S. County Road Galva, IL

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Thursday, May 3 @ 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ 10 am

Household: small kitchen appliances, set of stainless mixing bowls, Sunbeam mixer, Corningware, 3 cushion couch, area rugs, end tables, lamps, flatware, Pyrex, holiday decorations, luggage, dresser w/mirror, double bed, chest of drawers, 2 drawer file cabinet, sewing machine, small safe, chest of drawers, kitchen table w/4 chairs, Sharp microwave, utensils, Hoover Steam vac, dining room table and chairs, book shelves, Frigidaire chest freezer, VHS tapes, Antiques and collectibles: nesting hens, wicker doll buggy, blue Ball jars, Isabelle Blooms, old sleds, 2 gallon crock, enamelware, oil lamps, pickle jar, pink depression, Perfection water jar, oak library table, old saws, enamel top table, western art statues, Isabelle Bloom figurine, Tools and outdoors: fishing poles and tackle, hand tools, step ladder, Simplicity Broadmoor 16 V twin w/ 44” deck, 38” lawn sweeper, dolly cart, golf clubs, hard case golf club box, wheelbarrow, row hoe, For pictures and updates please go to auctionzip.com or my Facebook page. Mattson, Turnmeyer and others owners

Vehicles, trailers, and mowers: ExMark S-Series Pioneer w/ 89 hours & ROPS, Club Car gas 4 seat golf cart w/ canopy, All Trail Tires, lights and wood grain dash, 2007 Chevy ½ ton Silverado 2 wd flex fuel and 120,700 miles, 2004 Chevy ½ ton extended cab 2 wd strong running truck, 2006 Brookside by Sunny Brook 32’ fifth wheel travel trailer w/ awning new tires and loaded interior, Yard Man lawn tractor w/ 42” deck, Tools: pick up bed fuel tank, 300 gallon poly water tank, 75+ cedar line posts, 350 gallon poly water tank, 100 gallon water tank, Rubber Maid cattle tank, miter saw, large assortment of extension cords, tire chains, wheel chocks, large amount of log chains, chain binders, nylon pull straps, Miller Bobcat 250 cc/cv AC/DC welder 11,000 watt generator w/ 33.1 hours, Die hard battery charger, L-Shaped fuel tank with 12 volt pump, high wheel push type string trimmer, Huskee 35 ton log splitter, 250 gal fuel tank w/ pump, 190F 16hp electric start generator, garden hose, Werner 6’ fiberglass step ladder, Keller 32’ fiberglass extension ladder, 24’ aluminum extension ladder, Werner 12’ fiberglass step ladder, 6.5hp gas engine, 80,000 BTU lp heater, live traps, chain fall, Pro Tech miter saw, floor jacks, transmission jack, diamond plate truck tool box, ladder rack, hitch inserts, string trimmers, chain saws, squirrel cage fan, tire balancer, LP cylinders, 2 wall mount ventless heaters, semi tarp, 6.5’ Leer truck topper, MTD self-propelled snow blower, 30 gallon pull type sprayer, Mortar mixer w/ electric motor, appliance dolly, drywall cart, 2 lawn sweepers, push mowers, Dewalt Emglow air compressor, 10 hp generator, Generac 5500-8500 generator, jack stands, yard tools, steel posts, 4’ fiberglass step ladder, Century battery charger, bolt cutters, R&D Kamas Kleen EZ parts cleaner, Porter Cable 240 volt 80 gallon upright air compressor, Atlas WB-11 wheel balancer, Atlas TC 289 tire machine, Century 230 amp welder, Stihl 620 chain saw, shop lights, pedestal barn fan, Oregon chain saw chain sharpener, Craftsman tools and tool boxes, right angle grinder, tire tools, Hobart Stickmate LX welder, Large assortment of NIB drill bits, Large amount of NIB Dewalt saw blades, MAC torque wrench, 43 pc Master Bolt Grip set, brad nailer, ¾” drive socket set, Milwaukee hammer drill, Task Force welding hood, Cobra electric sewer snake w/ reverse, Troy Bilt Horse rear tine roto tiller, back pack sprayer, sump pumps, heavy duty dolly cart, 4’ poly lawn roller Tires: Many new or like new tires of various sizes including, 205/60R15, 215/60R15, 205/70R15, 225/60R16, 215/65R16, 265/R75R16, 205/75R15, 215/60R16, 235/70R16, 215/65R15, 235/75R15, 215/70R15, 256/65R18, 245/70R17, 195/60R15, 225/65R17, 265/70R17, 275/60R20 Building materials: 14’ 5/4” green treated deck boards, electrical wire, ground cable, Flite Star garage door opener, green treated 4x4’s, regular 4x4’s, rolls of concrete wire, pvc pipe, dimension lumber, 80+ sheets of ribbed steel 10’-22’, 3 new construction windows, assortment of metal trims, pole barn screws, shower doors, 10 2x6x10, 15 2x12x16, 10 2x4x10, Household and misc: large amount of truck tires many of them like new, lawn ornaments, box fans, boxes of oils, solvents and lubricants, whiskey decanters, paper oil cans, lawn chairs, sleds, truck springs, truck tire rims, 5th wheel tailgate, Coleman lanterns, car parts, 5th wheel hitches, like new gas stove, entertainment center, running boards, bar stools, old newspapers, lots of hardware, oak parlor table, oak was stand, For pictures and updates please go to auctionzip.com or my facebook page. We will run 2 rings so bring a friend. A shuttle will be provided to help you get your purchases to your vehicle. We will also have a loader tractor available. Jack Sterling, owner

ORWIG AUCTION AND APPRAISAL Joe Orwig • 309-361-0397 Cash, good check or credit card with a 3% convenience fee. Restrooms and lunch stand available. Announcements day of auction supersede any other previous information.

Anything But Household Auction Saturday, May 19 @ 9 am We are currently accepting consignments for another ABHA auction. We already have a large assortment of riding mowers, yard tools, hand tools, and other outdoor related items. For better exposure call right away so we can get pictures and updates of new consignments.

ORWIG AUCTION AND APPRAISAL Joe Orwig • 309-361-0397

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Joe Orwig • 309-361-0397 Terms: Cash, good check or credit card with a 3% convenience fee. Announcements day of auction supersede any other information. There will be a lunch stand and restroom available.

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their families, and for the rights to vote, to participate in their government, to serve on juries – in other words, to exercise all their rights as U.S. citizens. Yes, these freedoms had been won in the Civil War, but when Reconstruction ended in 1877 and the U.S. Army withdrew from its occupation of the former rebel states, white Democrats reasserted their total control and suppression of the “freedmen,” as slaves were called after the war. From 1900 through the 1920s, whites erected monuments throughout the South in honor of rebel leaders to demonstrate in granite and metal who was back in charge. The Great Migration’s beginnings also coincided with World War I, when immigration from Europe slowed to a trickle and factories were short of workers. Migration to the North slowed during the Great Depression of the 1930s but picked up again during World War II and in post-war years when highways were better and

cars were relatively cheap. Although prejudice was not absent in northern Illinois, it wasn’t codified into state laws that were sometimes enforced by night riders in hoods carrying torches. “When I came to Rockford I was 7 or 8 years old. I started school that same year and I had a great homeroom teacher, Mrs. Burns,” Bell said. Bell had never been to an integrated school before because they did not exist under the mandated segregation of Mississippi. “Mrs. Burns was the kindest person and made sure I was comfortable in the school. She never showed prejudice. She had a clear understanding of how to help all the kids learn.” Bell learned well. He got a job as a janitor with

the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. and advanced to lineman, installer and then supervisor. Active in Democratic Party politics, Bell became Rockford’s first black alderman in 1971, a post he held for more than 30 years before he retired. “We knew there was a different standard for blacks here, but Illinois was not as openly prejudiced. Mississippi was just a terrible, terrible place to be in if you were black,” Bell said. “We were kept out of school until November to pick cotton.” Looking back, Bell said that boarding that train so many years ago “was the best thing we could have ever done.”

Chuck Sweeney of the Rockford Register Star can be reached via email at csweeny@rrstar.com.

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Look, but please don’t touch wildlife babies By JASON HAUPT

Spring is a wonderful time of year – a time of warmer weather, of renewal, of mud and a time of new birth. I love seeing birds return to the area. With the return of wildlife to our yards comes the return of baby animals, as well. Every year I get a few questions about how to care for abandoned baby animals. If you suspect you have abandoned animals in your yard here are a few things to keep in mind. Leave them alone. I can’t stress this enough. If you think you have abandoned animals, the fact is more likely than not they are not abandoned. With birds, a nest may appear to be abandoned but the fact that you are near the nest will keep the parents away for a while. This is a very common behavior. When a parent bird senses what it perceives as a predator, the most common response is to leave the nest alone and try and draw the predator away. If the parents keep returning to the nest it can lead the predator right to the young. Some of the most interesting bird behaviors are those designed to keep their nests safe. Killdeer, as For The Weekly Post

an example, will move away from the nest and pretend to have a broken wing to lead predators away from the nest. Rabbits are another animal that seems to be found and assumed to be abandoned. Most mammals do not leave the den until they are at least partially independent and for the most part, weened. The general rule of thumb is if the eyes are open there is not any danger in leaving them alone. Young rabbits should be left alone if they are found. The mother will move dens regularly during the first part of the year. This helps to protect the young from predators. The mother will lead the young to the next nest site and, though they might get separated, she will generally

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return. Handling animals pose dangers to you and the animals. Improper care for a wild animal can result in the death of the animal in question. Animals are also carriers of diseases that can be passed on to both your pets and to you, so interacting with wild animals should be avoided as much as possible. The only reason to help an animal is if your dog or

cat has cornered or captured the animal. Make sure the animal is still alive. If it is still alive contact a local wildlife rehabber (to find one visit web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/professionals.cfm). Spring is a wonderful time to recall the phrase “Look but Don’t Touch” in regards to wildlife. If you have any questions, contact me via email at jdhaupt@Illinois.edu.


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and Elmwood, socialmedia responses included: • it’s an unfair perk because employees living in the District don’t get it; • a lot of schools don’t have such a policy (However, see sidebar.); • the District should treat teachers with respect; • scrutinize expenditures; and

• the observation that Illinois State University is active at Peoria Public Schools to help recruit entry-level teachers from the ranks of student-teachers (although other state universities have laid off student-teacher liaisons because of the dwindling numbers of education majors). Also, a few criticized the school administration, and Mattie Plumer suggested exit interviews with teachers leaving Farmington to find out why they’re leaving. Joyce Warner, a parent of three children who went through Farmington Central, said she’s heard from five or six teachers who are “adamantly against it,” but mostly has two objections: People who live outside the District knew the tuition requirement when they took their jobs or decided to move, and taxpayers share the load for educating youth. “People shouldn’t be able to come in and not contribute toward the District through property taxes,” said Warner, an assistant librarian at Salem Township Library in Yates City. “Our tax dollars go with our kids.” Some proposed offering

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it on a limited basis, but the state policy is for nonresident tuition waivers to apply to all employees or none. “I’m glad that people are sharing their thoughts and opinion,” Chatterton said, but “I’m a little surprised that it's just now getting so much negative attention. I would have predicted that we would have heard more input back when we had the hearing and voted to submit for application to the state. We had the hearing in December so that there was more visibility and exposure for people to give input.” Last week, Christine Evans of the Farmington Federation of Teachers labor union said, “The ‘What's Going on in Farmington’ Facebook page has been very active in the past three days on this issue. This has become a very heated topic. “As a parent, teacher, and taxpayer I have my own opinions,” she said, “but as union president for the support staff and teachers of District 265, I must remain neutral. Our union supports all our members.” Supporters for the policy say it will help recruit teachers and not cost the District any money unless

a lot of nonresident students all in one grade would boost class size and require hiring an additional teacher. Before the Facebook page administrator Carolyn Heady Ludwig deleted all the posts after a few hours, some people voiced support for the waiver, too. [Note: only about 15 people commented out of the 4,798 members it has, so it’s neither a poll nor scientific.] A former Avon teacher for four years, Yates City resident Michele Quinn said, “It’s hard to recruit young graduates to want to move from the city to rural areas. In this day and age, people want paid. As with any workplace, benefits are a huge factor in making a decision to take employment. Our insurance was OK, but it was so expensive. I never could have afforded it if I had a family, on what I was making at the time. Tuition reimbursement is another perk.” Current Junior High School teacher Kristie Rude said, “None of the teachers that I have spoken with feel that this is a unfair situation. We have the option to take insurance or not, and to us, this is basi-


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cally the same thing. Some teachers may feel differently, but none that I know of. My message was deleted almost immediately after I posted it, so it may be that you are only hearing one side.” Likewise, another teacher joked that an employee with several children technically has “better” health benefits because of family size, but there have been no calls to limit such coverage. Further, the teachers union contract already provides incentives such as signing bonuses, but there has been no resentment expressed about the District considering paying some, but not all, teachers extra money to commit to teach here. Board member John Martin, a Farmington Area Public Library trustee and treasurer who teaches at Bradley University, cites a study that shows such policies can save schools funds spent on recruiting employees, which takes not just money, but time. “Even more important than the money was the instability in the school,” Martin said. “The lastminute hiring of inexperienced or under-qualified teachers in a shortage market, and the negative

Many schools offer waiver

While some claim that few schools offer nonresident tuition waivers, almost one-third of Illinois’ public-school districts offer the policy, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. “Most districts that do it use it as a way to be supportive of staff and to recruit/retain good teachers and administrators,” said Beth Crider Derry, Peoria Regional Superintendent of Schools. Tim Farquer, Superintendent of Williamsfield CUSD 210, where about 10 percent of full-time staff use the waiver, added, “It has resulted in staff being even more vested in the success of our organization.”

emotional effects of teacher turnover on children, also undermined learning. “According to this study [“Why Teachers Leave: factors that influence retention and resignation,” published in the journal Teaching and Teacher Education], a major way to encourage great teachers to stay is to give them as much time as we can with their families.” Unless a high number of students or students all

Superintendent Shannon Duling of Princeville says the policy has benefited that District. Out of more than 850 school districts in the state, about 280 districts already offer the benefit, the ISBE told the Weekly Post last Friday. They include the following schools: Abingdon-Avon, Annawan, Astoria, Bradford, Bushnell-Prairie City CUSD, Cambridge CUSD, Delavan, Havana, Kewanee, Macomb, Midwest Central, MonmouthRoseville, Peoria Heights, Princeville, ROWVA, United, VIT, Wethersfield and Williamsfield CUSD. – Bill Knight

the same age enroll from outside the district, there are no negative financial consequences, Martin said. State funds are based on enrollment, not tuition, and expenditures are mostly fixed. Those expenses won’t go up with a few new nonresident students (Board members say between 2 and 9 students could transfer in).

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High-speed flowers catch eyes By RON DIETER

Get a group of landscape designers, perennial growers, and garden writers together, usually at the bar in the convention hotel, and you might hear them talking about “fifty-five mile per hour plants.” The first time I heard the expression I thought it referred to those plants that quickly take over a landscape if left uncontrolled – kudzu, bush honeysuckle and multiflora rose, to name three culprits. But, as usual, I was way off base. Fifty-five mile per hour plants are ones so bold or colorful that they catch your eye, even if you’re buzzing by at highway speed. In the springtime, daffodils are high-speed flowers. If you drive to work every day, I’m sure you can list at least a couple spots along the way where you’ve spotted a bright colorful patch of daffodils. If you’re lucky you may have even seen some bright red tulips. These flowers easily catch our eye, not only because their colors are so bold and bright, but also because they don’t have much competition. Few other plants have even broken dormancy, much less produced a hint of color. Daffodils are so ubiquitous in the landscape because they easily perennialize. Like using the Ronco “Set It And Forget It” rotisserie oven featured in the late night infomercials, just plant a bagful of daffodil bulbs in the fall and forget ’em. Left alone, they’ll put on a colorful show every spring until the cows come home. Tulips, unfortunately, are another story. Over the years, Dutch hybridizers have worked hard to develop irresistible colors and flower shapes. In the process, the hybrid tulip’s ability to do annual performances for more than For The Weekly Post

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two or three years has diminished. In fact, most landscapers consider tulips to be annuals, not perennials. There are, however, a number of tulip varieties that will perennialize fairly easily, if you play by their rules. They insist on dry summers. That means they won’t survive in flowerbeds that are watered frequently. Often called botanical tulips, the species tulips come in a variety of colors, mostly shades of yellow or red. You are not likely to find them in the massive fall bulb displays at chain stores and home centers. To get your hands on these little gems, you’ll have to order them from a catalog or online. A favorite species tulip of mine is a bright red tulip aptly named ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ The plants are short, no more than 10 inches tall, but the blooms are large. The

flower are scarlet red, black at the base, and float above dark green leaves striped in red. ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ is a member of the Tulipa griegii species, all of which have variegated leaves. Their flowers open wide in full sun, sometimes five inches across. Another species, the Kaufmanniana Tulip, is one of the earliest tulips to flower. They’re small and low to the ground, no more than five inches tall. The flowers have pointed petals and open flat in the warmth of the sun, resembling a waterlily. In fact, they’re often called waterlily tulips. Colors include creamy white, red, yellow, and orange. Depending on the variety, the foliage can be mottled or striped. A nice selection of species tulips can be found online at www.johnscheepers.com.


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BRIEFS Elmwood native wins St. Jude Dream Home

PEORIA – Elmwood native Michelle Gorham, now a resident of Manito, was the winner of the 2018 Peoria St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway on April 25. An Elmwood High School graduate, Gorham is the daughter of the late Gary Gorham and Dana Gorham Johnson. Michelle Gorham is to be married later this month. The 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom house built in Dunlap by Scott Lewis builders has an estimated value of $650,000. Tickets sold in the raffle raised $814,719 for St. Jude.

Knox County holding Farm Safety Day

KNOXVILLE – Knox County Farm Safety Day for youth ages 813 will be Saturday, June 23, at the Knox County Fairgrounds. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the camp will begin at 9 a.m. Participants will rotate between safety sessions focusing on fire safety, first aid, grain safety, machine/power take off safety, chemical/poison safety, animal safety, ATV safety, electricity and emergency preparedness. The day will end with a mock accident scene. Parents are encouraged to stay for the electricity session beginning at 9 a.m. and to return for the mock accident scene at 2:15 p.m. There is no cost to attend and every participant will receive lunch, snacks, a tshirt and a goody bag. During the day, children will participate in interactive activities that reinforce the importance of safety on and off the farm, respecting parent’s safety rules and sharing safety tips with their family and friends. The program was organized by several people concerned about the safety of youth who live on a farm,

in rural communities and those who live in the city and visit farms. The event is being conducted by the Knox County Farm Safety Day Committee in conjunction with many local businesses, agencies, organizations, and community members. Visit the Knox County Farm Bureau website at knoxcfb.org/calendar to print registration forms. Forms are due back to the Farm Bureau office by June 15. Call the Farm Bureau office at (309) 342-2036 with any questions.

Camp Big Sky receives hydraulic lift donation

MIDDLEGROVE – Renaissance Care Center recently donated a hydraulic lift for transferring campers at Camp Big Sky in Middle Grove and financial support for the upcoming Camp Big Sky Fishing Tournament. On behalf of Star Care at Renaissance of Canton, Administrator Starla LaFollette expressed appreciation on behalf of residents who enjoy the outdoors at no cost at the camp. Camp Big Sky is in its 15th season of providing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and their families, friends and caregivers to access, discover, learn and enjoy the outdoors from the first week of May until the end of October at the 100-acre camp west of

Starla Lafollette, Administrator of Star Care at Renaissance in Canton presents Camp Big Sky Mission Director Brad Guidi with a hydraulic lift to transfer campers who use wheelchairs as well as sponsorship for the camp’s fishing tournament May 9 at Giant Goose Ranch near Canton.

Farmington. To learn more about opportunities to use and visit Camp Big Sky Brad Guidi at (309) 635-6104 or guidibrad@gmail.com.

Watch for credits on Ameren Gas bills

The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved tariffs requiring Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Nicor Gas, Ameren Gas and Illinois-American Water Company to pass on to their customers the savings from reductions in federal corporate income taxes. The five companies are among the largest utilities in the State of Illinois. Customers will begin seeing credits in the coming months.

Sculpture Walk Peoria has opening day event

PEORIA – Sculpture Walk Peoria will celebrate the launch of its fourth annual rotating outdoor sculpture exhibit with a free opening day celebration on Saturday, May 19 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum – Sun Plaza. The event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will introduce new sculptures selected for display along Washington Street. The celebration will include docent-led tours of the new exhibit, live musical performances by Sarah and the Underground and Projekts, and a variety of on-site art activities for the whole family.

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OBITUARIES Robert L. Holmes

FARMINGTON – Robert “Bob” L. Holmes of Mequon, Wis., passed away at the Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. He was 84 years old. Bob was born March 7, 1934, in Farmington, Ill., the son of William and Julia (nee Handzo) Holmes. After attending local schools, he continued his educational pursuits at Grinnell College in Iowa. Bob em- Holmes braced all aspects college life, educational and social. He graduated from Grinnell in 1956 with a BA in Literature. While studying at Grinnell he met his first wife, Patricia Carol Guy (deceased). After college, he served his country in the U.S. Navy as a LTJG. His last duty assignment was aboard the USS Terrebonne Parish. He received his Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1959. Bob then began a successful career at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Milwaukee, Wis. When he retired from NML, Bob was a Regional Director of Agencies. He was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church in Whitefish Bay, Wis., and a 40+ year member of the church choir. In addition to expressing himself artistically through song, he was also a talented wood artist, wood turner, and a serious student of flame work glass beads and marbles. Bob was “Honey Bear” for the

This Week’s Obituaries • Robert E. Bollinger, 86, Farmington • Ronald L. Brooks, 80, Yates City • Maxine DeBord, 91, Princeville • William E. Donath, 87, Chillicothe • Elsye Frantz, 93, Dahinda • Margaret Kilpatrick Riggs, 93, Elmwood • Robert L. Holmes, 84, Farmington • Barbara J. Sheets, 83, Brimfield • Betty L. Sloan, 91, Edwards • William M. Super, 85, Elmwood • Charles Y. Thompson, 85, Brimfield

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past 19 years to his wife Jan Effinger. They were married in Door County, Wis., on Feb. 20, 1999. Survivors include his wife Jan of Mequon, Wis.; children John (Rita) Holmes of Stratham, NH, David (Irene Alarcon) Holmes of Mequon, and Amy (Jeff) Hargroves of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren Samara, Annika, Jackson and Katie; brothers Harry (Ann) Holmes of Longmont, Colo., Richard (Marilyn) Holmes of Lake Bluff, Ill., and Kenneth (Toni) Holmes of Farmington. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. A service celebrating Bob’s life will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Christ Episcopal Church, 5655 N. Lake Drive in Whitefish Bay, Wis., with a reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, Memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the Christ Church Choir. Online condolences can be for-

warded to the family at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

Barbara J. Sheets

BRIMFIELD – Barbara J. Sheets, 83, of Brimfield passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at home. She was born on July 5, 1934, in Champaign, Ill., to Frank and Lilian (Sigler) Bradley. She married Walter William Sheets on July 11, 1953, in Edwards, Ill. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1986. She is survived Sheets by one daughter, Cindy (Dave) McClaskey of Brimfield; one son, Bryan (Kim) Sheets of Washington; five grandchildren, Billy Jo (Steven) Ratliff, Ashley (Josh) Catour, Chris (Brooke) McClaskey, Joseph Sheets, and Nathaniel Sheets; seven greatgrandsons; two brothers, Ed (Ada) and Jerry Bradley; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Wanda Bradley, Paul (Phyllis) Sheets and Elaine Sheets. She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Lonnie Bradley; two sisters, Eleanor Riley and Rita Riley; one infant sister, Dixie Bradley; two brothers-in-law, Dave and Jim Sheets; and two sisters-in-law, Gloria Sheets and Joan Bradley. Barb was a bookkeeper for National Life Insurance Co. and later for both University and Commercial Banks. She also worked for Dr. Clayton. She retired from Brimfield School’s cafeteria after working there for 10 years. She was a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Church

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in Peoria. Some of her favorite activities were embroidering, gardening and watching high school sports. She was always the happiest when surrounded by her family. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Evangelical Free Church in Brimfield, with a two-hour visitation prior to the service from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will immediately follow the service at Brimfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Brimfield Evangelical Free Church. To view Barbara’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

William M. Super

ELMWOOD – William “Bill” Milton Super, 85, grandfather of an Elmwood man, passed away at 9:12 p.m., on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born July 29, 1932, the son of Maurice S. and Marjorie (White) Super. Bill is survived by one son, Maurice (Carol) Super of Bartonville; one daughter, Lisa (John) Easter of Super East Hampton, Conn.; six grandchildren, John (Brittany) Hulslander of Elmwood, Jessica Super, Rob Super, Brittney Easter, Cassandra Easter, and Zachary Easter; five great-grand-

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children; and three sisters, Mildred Harkness, Ruth Dodd, and Patricia Pittman. He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant children, and one daughter, Leslie Hulslander. Bill worked at Caterpillar Tractor for 30 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he received a purple heart. Bill was an avid trapper, hunter, fisherman, and had an uncanny ability to fill gunnysacks full of mushrooms. Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service with military honors at Elmwood Township Cemetery will be on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Elmwood American Legion and V.F.W. organizations. To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Charles Y. Thompson II

BRIMFIELD – Charles Y. “Charlie” Thompson II, 85, of rural Brimfield, died at 3:58 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 30th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brimfield. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Brimfield. Memorials may be directed Thompson II to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the Joel Hartman Endowment Fund at Bradley University. Rux

Funeral Home in Galva, is in charge of arrangements. Charlie was born on Oct. 20, 1932, in Chicago, the son of Dr. Melvin and Frances (Dugan) Thompson. He married Mary Megan on Feb. 21, 1981, in Brimfield. She survives as does a daughter, Megan (John) Kraft of Princeville, a son, Charles Y. “Bud” (Jodi) Thompson III of Brimfield, four grandsons, Jackson and Camden Kraft and Reid and Brett Thompson, several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, nephew, Joel Hartman, and brother-in-law, Will Hensley. Charlie graduated from high school at Elgin Academy and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska. He was president of Laura State Bank for 49 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a founding member of the Mid-Illinois Corvette Club, and a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, Nebraska Chapter. He enjoyed gun collecting, water skiing, coffee with friends, and restoring Corvettes and antique tractors. He loved watching Nebraska Cornhusker’s Football. He loved his family dearly, especially his grandsons. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew this kind and gentle man. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com. More Obituaries Page 18

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AREA CHURCHES BRIMFIELD St. Joseph Catholic Church Father John Verrier 314 W. Clay, Brimfield (309) 446-3275 stjosephbrimfield.org Sat. Confession: 3:30-4:45 pm Sat. Mass: 5 pm Sun. Mass: 10:30 am (10 am in the summer) Daily Mass: Tues.-Fri. 8 am

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod “Preaching Christ Crucified” “Liturgical & Reverential” Pastor Michael Liese 204 W. Clay St., Brimfield (309) 446-3233 Sun. Divine Service: 10 am

Brimfield E-Free Church Pastor Donald Blasing 11724 Maher Road Brimfield, IL 61517 (309) 446-3571 brimfieldefree.org Worship: 10:30 am Sunday School: 9:30 am AWANA: Wed. 6:15 pm, ages 3-12

Brimfield United Methodist Church Pastor David Mustain

135 S. Galena St., Brimfield (309) 446-9310 Sun. Worship: 9 am Sun. School: 9 am Thurs. Bible Study: 7 pm

Union Church at Brimfield United Church of Christ Pastor Stephen Barch 105 W. Clay Street, Brimfield (309) 446-3811 brimfieldunionchurch.org Sunday Worship: 9 am Tuesday Bible Study: 6:30 pm First Sunday each month is Communion Sunday (gluten free communion offered)

DAHINDA Dahinda United Methodist Church 1739 Victoria Street, PO Box 14, Dahinda IL 61428 Church phone: 309-639-2768 Email: williamsfielddahindaumc@yahoo.com Sunday services: 9:30 am

DOUGLAS Douglas United Methodist Church Pastor Krey Leesman 484 3rd St. Yates City, IL 61572 (NOTE: Church is actually lo-

cated in Douglas) Sun. worship: 8:30 a.m.

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(309) 830-4259 crossroadselmwood.org Wed. Worship: 7 pm Sun. Worship: 10:30 am

Bethany Baptist Church

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7422 N. Heinz Ln., Edwards (309) 692-1755 bethanycentral.org Sun. Worship 8:15 & 11 am Wednesday Awana: 6:15 pm

Pastor TBA 701 W. Dearborn St., Elmwood (309) 742-7631, 742-7911 Sun. School: 9:30 am Sun Worship: 10:30 am, 6 pm Wed. Prayer Meeting: 7 pm

Christ Alive! Community Church Pastor Lance Zaerr 9320 W US Hwy 150, Edwards (309) 231-8272 christalivecc.com Sun. School: 9:15 am Worship: 10:30 am

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Father Joseph Dondanville 9910 W. Knox St., Edwards (309) 691-2030 stmaryskickapoo.org Sat. Confession: 3-3:45 pm Sat. Mass: 4 pm Sun Masses: 7 & 11:00 am Mon. Mass: 5:30 pm Daily Masses: Wed-Fri. 8 am

ELMWOOD Crossroads Assembly of God Pastor Tim Cavallo 615 E. Ash St., Elmwood

First Presbyterian Church of Elmwood Reverend Marla B. Bauler 201 W. Evergreen, Elmwood (309) 742-2631 firstpresbyterianofelmwood.org Sun. Worship: 10:30 am Sun. School: 9:30 am

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Father Joseph Dondanville 802 W. Main St., Elmwood (309) 742-4921 Sat. Mass: 5:30 pm Sun. Mass: 9 am Tues. Mass: 8 am Tues. Confession: After mass

United Methodist Church of Elmwood Pastor David Pyell 821 W. Main St., Elmwood (309) 742-7221

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Sunday School: 10:15 am

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Father John Verrier Legion Road Knox Road 1450 N Williamsfield (309) 446-3275 stjameswilliamsfield.org Sun. Confession: 7:30-8 am Sun. Mass: 8 am (8:30 am in the summer)

First Presbyterian Church of Farmington Reverend Dr. Linda Philabaun 83 N. Cone Street, Farmington (309) 245-2914 firstpresfarmington.com Sunday School: 9:30 am Fellowship: 10:30 am Worship: 11:00 am

New Hope Fellowship Assembly of God Pastor Tom Wright 1102 N. Illinois Route 78 Farmington (309) 231-8076 Sun. Worship: 10 am Wed. Worship: 7 pm

PRINCEVILLE Princeville United Methodist Church Pastor Zach Waldis 420 E. Woertz, Princeville (309) 385-4487 princevilleumc@mediacombb.net Sun. Worship: 9 am

WILLIAMSFIELD St. James Catholic Church

Williamsfield United Methodist Church Pastor Jennifer Lynn Bradford Seder 430 N.. Chicago Ave. Williamsfield (309) 639-2389 Sun. School 9:30 am Hospitality (coffee & finger foods) 10:30 am Sun. Worship 11 am

YATES CITY Faith United Presbyterian Church Reverend Marla B. Bauler 107 W. Bishop St., Yates City (309) 358-1170 Worship: 9 am Sun. School: 10:15 am Thurs. Choir: 7 pm


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TRIVIA TEST By Fifi Rodriguez 1. FOOD & DRINK: What is a manzanilla? 2. SCIENCE: At what temperature are the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales equal? 3. U.S. CURRENCY: Which non-president’s image is on the $100 bill? 4. LANGUAGE: What word represents the letter Q in the international phonetic alphabet? 5. MUSIC: How many strings does a pedal harp have? 6. LITERATURE: In which novel does the character Quasimodo appear? 7. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: How many points does a snowflake have? 8. HISTORY: Where was Napoleon exiled after his defeat at Waterloo? 9. BIBLE: Where did Moses receive the Ten Commandments? 10. GEOGRAPHY: What city claims to be the most northernmost in Europe?

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OBITUARIES

Robert E. Bollinger

FARMINGTON – Robert “Bob” Ernest Bollinger, 86, of Farmington died April 24 at UnityPoint HealthMethodist. He was born on June 14, 1931, in Farmington to James and Emma (Handley) Bollinger. He married the love of his life, Charlene Marie Reed, on July 13, 1952, in Farmington. She survives. Also surviving are three children, Robert “Bob” (Tina) Bollinger of Elmwood, Greg (Michelle “Miki”) Bollinger of Plainfield and Cynthia Myers of Farmington; six grandchildren, Cory (Marisa) Bollinger of East Peoria, Scott (Jennifer) Slayton of Elmwood, Christina (Todd) Lasswell of Havana, David (Joni West) Slayton of Canton and Aiden and Avery Bollinger of Plainfield; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eileen Wilcoxen of Farmington. Services were April 28 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Condolences may be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

Ronald L. Brooks

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YATES CITY – Ronald “Ron” L. Brooks, 80, formerly of Yates City and Elmwood, died April 26, 2018. He was born Sept. 13, 1937, to Ray and Viola (Krause) Brooks in Peoria. He married Patricia “Pat” Miars on Sept. 9, 1966, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. She survives. Also surviving are two children, Letricia Brooks of Chicago and Ronald David (Marichu Miller) Brooks of Morton; and two grand-

children, Cody and Courtney Brooks. A funeral service was May 1 at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. Burial was at Yates City Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Maxine DeBord

PRINCEVILLE – Maxine DeBord, 91, of Princeville, died April 25 at Heritage Health & Therapy Services in Chillicothe. Maxine was born June 13, 1926, in Missouri, the daughter of Harrison and Iva Lawson Friend. She married Henry “Bub” DeBord on March 24, 1953, in Chillicothe. Surviving are a brother, Edd (Ina) Friend of Noble, Mo.; three sisters, Peggy (Bob) Robbins of Gainesville, Mo., and Polly Ousley and Fern Cantwell both of Ava, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Joan DeBord of Princeville, and Juanita Friend of Wichita, Kan. Maxine was a member of the Princeville United Methodist Church, where funeral services were on May 1. Burial was to be in Princeville Township Cemetery.

William E. Donath

CHILLICOTHE – William E. “Bill” Donath, 87, of Chillicothe, formerly of Chandler, Ariz., died on April 25, 2018 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care in Chillicothe. A graveside service with military honors was April 30, 2018 at Blue Ridge Cemetery in Edelstein. Condolences may be left online at www.haskellhott.com.

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Elsye Frantz

DAHINDA – Elsye Frantz, 93, of Dahinda, died April 27 at Heartland Health Care and Rehab in Galesburg. Cremation rites will be accorded and no services are planned. Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory in Galesburg.

Margaret Kilpatrick Riggs

ELMWOOD – Margaret Kilpatrick Riggs, 93, originally from Elmwood, died March 6 in Huntington Beach, California. Heritage-Dilday Memorial Services were in charge of cremation. Internment will be held April 27th, 2018 at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach. She was married to Ralph Riggs, also from Elmwood. After living their early years in Elmwood they spent the remainder of their years in Huntington Beach. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; and their children, John Paul, Nick and Martha; her parents, John Kilpatrick and Gaynell Stone Kilpatrick; and her brother, Jack.

Betty L. Sloan

EDWARDS – Betty L. Sloan, age 91, of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Peoria, died April 23 in Bonita Springs. Survivors include one son, Eddie “Joe” (Carole) Lansford of Edwards, and several grandchildren. Funeral services were May 1 at the Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Burial was in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Condolences may be left online at www.Davison-Fulton.com.


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jewelry supplies, 2 big dog kennels, 1 small dog kennel, linens, and lots of misc. Oak Run Garage Sale 350 Valley View Circle (Hwy 12 to Oak Run Entrance, East onto Lakeview So., straight thru 4-way stop, right onto Valley View Circle) May 5 ~ 8am – 3pm Furniture, household items, misc. items. Multi Family Garage Sale Heinz Lane, Edwards Friday, May 4 Saturday, May 5 8:00am – 4:00 pm Household, tools, misc.

CAMPING • CAMPGROUND: Happy Hollow Lake, Knox County, private campground. We have several spots open. Water, electric, dump station $490 year. Call Stan at (309) 678 1636.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

On Tuesday, May 14th, 2018, at 9:00 AM, a meeting conducted by Elmwood District #322 will take place in the Board Room at the District Office, 301 W. Butternut, Elmwood, Illinois. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2018-19 school year. If you are a parent of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of the Elmwood District, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Dr. Chad Wagner at 742-8462.

On May 4th at 10:30 a.m. A MEETING CONDUCTED BY Brimfield Community Unit School District #309 will take place at the Brimfield High School in the Superintendent’s office. The purpose of the meeting will be discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are a parent of a home-schooled student who has been, or may be identified with a disability, and you reside within the boundaries of Brimfield CUSD #309, you are urged to attend. If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, PLEASE CONTACT ROBERT RICHARDSON AT 309-4463378.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT FULTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN PROBATE IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ) ) Case No. 18-PP-0035 ROBERT J. PALLEY, DECEASED ) CLAIM DAY NOTICE Notice is given to creditors of the death of Robert J. Palley. Letters of office were issued on April 23, 2018, to MARK DAVIS, 5756 Chance Drive North, Apt. B, Horn Lake, MS 38637, as Independent Administrator, whose attorney of record is Froehling, Weber & Schell, LLP (NANCY A. SCHELL), 165 East Fort Street, Farmington, Illinois 61531, Phone #309/245-2474, Fax #309/245-2475. Administration of this estate will be without court supervision, unless an interested party requests supervised administration pursuant to a petition filed under 755 ILCS 5/28-4. Claims must be filed on or before October 30, 2018 (being a date not less than six (6) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or three (3) months from the date of mailing or delivery of this notice to creditors, whichever is later), and any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Claims must be filed in the Office of the Fulton County Circuit Clerk, 100 North Main, Lewistown, Illinois, 61542. When filed with the court, the claimant within ten (10) days after filing his or her claim with the court: (1) shall cause a copy of the claim to be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney of record, unless the representative or the attorney has in writing either consented to the allowance of the claim or waived mailing or delivery of the copies, and (2) shall file with the court proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies. Dated this 24th day of April, 2018. MARK DAVIS, as Independent Administrator of the Estate of ROBERT J. PALLEY, deceased By: /S/ NANCY A. SCHELL Nancy A. Schell, his attorney NANCY A. SCHELL Froehling, Weber & Schell, LLP Attorneys for Estate 165 East Fort Street, Farmington, IL 61531 Phone: 309/245-2474

CLAIM NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS, PEORIA COUNTY In Re ESTATE OF ) ETHEL LUCILLE RUMBOLD, ) No. 18-P-00146 Deceased. ) NOTICE is given to creditors of the death of ETHEL LUCILLE RUMBOLD, on March 30, 2018. Letters of Office were issued by the above entitled Court to JAMES B. RASSI, of 111 Schramm Drive, Pekin, Illinois 61554, and JOYCE ANN KAMP, of 200 Spring Creek Road, Washington, Illinois 61571, as Executors, whose attorneys of record are WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD., 118 West Main Street, P. O. Box 368, Elmwood, Illinois, 61529-0368. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, or with the representatives or both on or before the 2nd day of November, 2018 or if mailing or delivery of a Notice from the representatives is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that Notice. Every claim filed must be in writing and state sufficient information to notify the representative of the nature of the claim or other relief sought. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representatives and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed and shall file with the Court, proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies. DATED this 18th day of April, 2018. JAMES B. RASSI and JOYCE ANN KAMP, Executors of the Estate of ETHEL LUCILLE RUMBOLD, Deceased. WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD. Attorneys for the Executors 118 West Main Street P. O. Box 368 Elmwood, Illinois 61529-0368 Telephone: (309) 742-3611 Attorney No. 398 Firm No. 675

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS, PEORIA COUNTY In Re ESTATE OF ) MURIEL DAVIS, ) No. 18-P-00134 Deceased. ) NOTICE is given to creditors of the death of MURIEL DAVIS on March 25, 2018. Letters of Office were issued by the above entitled Court to WAYNE L. DAVIS, of 108 East Butternut Street, Elmwood, Illinois 61529, as Executor, whose attorneys of record are WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD., 118 West Main Street, P. O. Box 368, Elmwood, Illinois, 61529-0368. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, or with the representative or both on or before the 26th day of October, 2018, or if mailing or delivery of a Notice from the representative is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that Notice. Every claim filed must be in writing and state sufficient information to notify the representative of the nature of the claim or other relief sought. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed and shall file with the Court, proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies..

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS, PEORIA COUNTY In Re ESTATE OF ) JUDITH A. JOHNSON, ) No. 18-P-00153 Deceased. ) NOTICE is given to creditors of the death of JUDITH A. JOHNSON on December 17, 2017. Letters of Office were issued by the above entitled Court to GARY E. JOHNSON, of 114 Spinnaker Way, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801, as Executor, whose attorneys of record are WHITNEY & POTTS, LTD., 118 West Main Street, P. O. Box 368, Elmwood, Illinois, 61529-0368. Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, or with the representative or both on or before the 2nd day of November, 2018, or if mailing or delivery of a Notice from the representative is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that Notice. Every claim filed must be in writing and state sufficient information to notify the representative of the nature of the claim or other relief sought. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed and shall file with the Court, proof of any required mailing or delivery of copies.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS, PEORIA COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of ) RAY A. BELFORD, Deceased ) No. 18 P 145 Notice is given to creditors of the death of RAY A. BELFORD on March 18, 2018. Letters of Office were issued by the Court to DOROTHY BELFORD, 874 West Trailcreek Drive, Peoria, Illinois, as Executor, whose attorney of record is DANIEL M. CORDIS, Attorney at Law, 129 North Walnut Avenue, P. O. Box 445, Princeville, Illinois 61559. Claims against the estate may be filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois, or with the representative, or both, on or before the 3rd day of November, 2018 or if mailing or delivery of a notice from the representative is required by Sec. 18-3 of the Probate Act of 1975, the date stated in that notice. Every claim filed must be in writing and state sufficient information to notify the representative of the nature of the claim or other relief sought. Any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the clerk must be mailed or delivered by the claimant to the representative and to the attorney within ten (10) days after it has been filed. Dated, May 3, 2018. DOROTHY BELFORD, Executor of the Estate of RAY A. BELFORD, Deceased Daniel M. Cordis The Cordis Law Office, LLC Attorney for Executor 129 North Walnut Avenue P. O. Box 445 Princeville, IL 61559 309/385-4616

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SOFTBALL: Lady Farmers have solid week

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Continued from Page 24 scored eight times in the last three innings to blow open a 10-2 win at Farmington. Olivia Gilles and Delaney Smith had three-hit games and belted two of three B-E homers – the other going to Montana Ledbetter who got the complete game win in the circle. B-E got a battle from Lewistown Friday on the road in Prairieland play, but won 4-1. B-E’s two runs in the sixth were the first scores of the game and gave Roll all she would need, as she fanned 10 with one walk and four hits. Smith had two hits including a home run. Ledbetter drove in two, and LaFollett went 3-for-4 . Last Wednesday B-E took a 5-3 non-conference victory over Morton at home. Ledbetter’s 10 strikeouts neutralized three walks and five hits. Gilles was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate including a double and two RBI. Wallace had two hits including a double and LaFollett added two hits. Farmington Farmington (4-11) visited Morton Saturday for an 8-5 non-conference loss. Up 4-1 after their half of the second, the Lady Farmers were victims of a Lady Potters’ comeback. Farmington got offense from Sydney Johnson at 2-for-3 with a double and Macie Sprague ,2-for-4 with an RBI. Paige Vallianatos went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Jenna West had an RBI and a double. Nicole Hahn tossed the first three innings, followed by Kloey Wheeler taking over in the final three. “Going against big schools that are traditionally strong is good for us in postseason play and for our younger players moving forward,� Farmington coach Jeni Fauser said. The Lady Farmers took the long trip to Rushville Friday and returned with a 7-2 Prairieland win. Hahn tossed a complete game, striking out five and walking just one. Kayla Wiedemann hit a triple and had one RBI. Vallianatos was 2-for-3 with a double and Olivia Renken had two hits. Wheeler and Macie Sprague and Macie Sprague each drove home two. Farmington took a 10-7 non-con-

ference decision last Wednesday at ROWVA-Williamsfield. The Lady Farmers jumped ahead with four scores in their first at bat. While Hahn, who pitched all seven innings, gave up 10 hits, her nine strikeouts came in handy. Wheeler had a big day at the plate with three hits and four RBI. West went a perfect 3-for-3. Vallianatos, Renken and Wiedemann each drove in a run. Farmington hosts Prairieland foe North Fulton today. Princeville Princeville (13-9) split a pair with Annawan-Wethersfield on Tuesday, winnings 3-0 and losing 3-1. Haley Holt pitched a five-hit shutout in the win and hit a home run while Emily Down drove in the other two runs with a double. On Saturday, the Lady Princes dropped a pair to Lincoln Trail rival Mercer County 6-2 and 6-5 on the road. Mercer’s three-spot in the fifth in the opener was too much to overcome for the Lady Princes. Holt pitched sufficiently, striking out five, walking two and giving up six hits, but Mercer took advantage of six Princeville errors. The Lady Princes got offensive efforts from Molly Davis (2-for-3, two RBI and a triple), Emma Lane (two hits), a triple off the bat of Down and a double from Trinity Lance. In the nightcap, errors again hurt Princeville. Up 5-2 going into Mercer’s last at bat, the hosts came up with four scores to win. Inside the circle Emma Lane whiffed eight, walked two and gave up six hits. At the plate she went 2for-4 including a double. Davis hit 3for-3 with a triple. Caitlin Pullen had a 3-for 4-hitting line. The Lady Princes picked up a 7-1 win over ROWVA-Williamsfield last Thursday at home. Two in the first and three in third would be more than enough for Holt’s complete game, 10strikeout, no -walk and six-hit pitching performance. The Princeville run total was aided by Chloe Lane (double, two RBI), Down (double and two RBI) and Lane (triple and an RBI). “We played very well in all phases of the game,� Princeville coach Chad

Gardner said. The Lady Princes are home vs. Galva today in a Lincoln Trail game. ROWVA-Williamsfield R-W (12-13) dropped a pair to West Central on Tuesday (7-6 and 92) and dropped two to AnnawanWethersfield (13-10 and 11-1) last Friday at Kewanee in Lincoln Trail action. Katelyn Aldred didn’t allow any walks and fanned six but gave up 13 hits in one loss. Five errors hurt R-W. “For the most part we produce runs but working on our defense is an ongoing project,� R-W coach Joel Zaiser said. Kami Denhart hit 2-for-4, hit a home run and had two RBI. Tina Foglesong was 3-for-4 that included two triples. Aldred and Paige Swanson each drove in two runs. The Lady Cougars fell 7-1 in an LTC matchup with Princeville last Thursday. Aldred’s pitching (no walks, two strikeouts and nine hits) gave the Lady Cougars a chance, but Princeville pitcher Haley Holt scattered six hits and walked no R-W hitters. Doubles off the bats of CAlyn Garza and Foglesong weren’t enough. The Lady Cougars loss to Farmington last Wednesday at home came with a battle, as R-W rallied with three in the fifth and three in the seventh before falling short. Garza had two hits, a double and two RBI. Aldred went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Gionna Ott drove in a run and hit a double, while Alivia Alford got two hits that included a double. R-W trounced Stark County 21-9 in a Lincoln Trail contest April 26 on the road. Marissa Miller brought in pitching order for the Lady Cougars starting in the third and for the remainder, while R-W chipped away, then got eight in their last at bat. Included in a 21-hit team attack were Alford with two doubles, Shea with a double and Swanson with a two bagger. Aldred had a big day with five RBI and two triples. Foglesong had three hits, while Garza drove in three and Foster had two RBI. R-W’s next game is an LTC matchup versus United in Oneida.

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BlackhawkBMCconstruction@yahoo.com Blackhawk-BMC.com General Contractor • Commercial/Residential DIAMOND GEMS Area athletes in action this spring for local softball and baseball teams include (clockwise from top left), Austin Batterson of ROWVAWilliamsfield pitching, Alyssa Roll of Brimfield-Elmwood bearing down on a play; Charlie Gibbons of R-W and Kyle Doubet of BrimfieldElmwood watching a play from first base; Parker Pillman of B-E readying to whip a ball to first base; Finley Crear of Princeville pitching; and Ethan Jehle of BrimfieldElmwood following through on a curveball. Photos by Collin Fairfield. COMING MAY 17 Track and field photo page.

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won at Eureka in 44.65. Carter Hintz has been close in pole vault, having cleared 12 feet to win at Eureka – just two inches off the standard. At Eureka, Judd Anderson won the 110s (15.75) and 300 hurdles (40.27), Andrew Cation was third in the 800 (2:05.49) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:43.58) Next up for the boys is the Prairieland Conference meet Friday at Lewistown. “It’s going to be a heckuva meet,” Hardesty said. “Elmwood and Rushville are the teams to beat in my opinion. We will need some kids to step up with season-best performances to have a chance.” Also eyeing the conference meet is girls coach Toby Vallas. “Bushnell should win, we should make it very close,” he said. Farmington won three girls relays at Eureka – the 4x100 in 51.88, the 4x200 in 1:49.54 and the 4x400 in 4:13.82 – while Jordan Peckham won the 100

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son by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Coaches will be honored at the IBCA’s annual Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Redbird Arena in Normal. High school girls basketball coaches tabbed for the honor were John Gross of Princeville and Maribeth Dura of Brimfield. Junior high girls coaches to be honored include Maresca Picelli of Princeville (8th grade) and Josh Putrich of Farmington (8th grade). Junior high boys coaches to be honored include Tim Frank (8th grade) and Roy Swearingen (7th grade) of Farmington.

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(12.96) for the fourth year in a row against 1A and some 2A competition. Peckham headlines the state qualifiers so far for Farmington, having bettered the standard in the 100 and as part of the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Other relay runners include Haley Huls, Payton Peckham and Sarah Litchfield. Litchfield (pole vault, 10-6 at Eureka to take second) and Megan Gilstrap (shot put, 34-11 at Eureka to place second) are also likely state candidates after bettering the standard already this season. Gilstrap was also third at Eureka in the discus (102-9). • Princeville – The Lady Princes won the Lincoln Trail Conference froshsoph meet Monday with eight girls (9 of 11 in the track program are freshman or sophomores) racking up 142 points – 21 more than Stark County. Winners included Sorin Hilsabeck in the 1,600 and 3,200, Carrie Gill in the 100 and 300 hurdles, Libby Martin in the 100, 200 and 400 and the 4x100 relay of Cassie Berchtold,

Gill, Grace Dearing and Martin. The Princeville boys placed third at the Lincoln Trail Conference froshsoph meet last week. Cody Thole was first in the 110 and 300 hurdles, Noah Cokel was third in the 800, Nick Miller was third in the 3,200 and second place went to the 4x400 relay of Caleb Kessling, Miller, Cokel and Thole. Princeville boys and girls teams are in the LTC varsity meet Friday, May 4, at Wethersfield. • ROWVA-Williamsfield – R-W had a busy last week running at Aledo April 24 and Annawan on April 27. Highlights at Aledo includes Jacob Varner placing second in discus (123-10) and Lorin Peterson fourth in the 1,600 (4:48.65). Highlights at Annawan were Lexie Little taking second in shot put (33-3), second in the girls 4x100 (56.29), Varner third in triple jump (37-7), Peterson first in the 800 (2:11.57), Annadoria Ledbetter second in the 400 (1:07.07) and LaGrow Colton winning the 110 hurdles (19.57).

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to Ridgewood and suffered a 9-1 loss. But the Indians bounced back, outscoring their next three foes 31-2, with an 111 win over North Fulton on Saturday, an 11-1 win over Rushville on Monday and a 9-0 victory at Lewistown on Tuesday. The most impressive state line in the wins was Jehle’s 1-hit, 12-strikeout complete game on the mound vs. Lewistown, in which he also went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI. Also noteworthy was Pillman’s 3-for-3 outing at North Fulton, which included three RBI, two runs scored and two triples. After a slow start, Wessels has been hot with three

multi-hit games. ROWVA-Williamsfield In the aftermath of the loss to Brimfield, the Cougars had been unbeaten in four straight before Tuesday’s 10-1 loss at Ridgewood. On April 26, R-W topped Princeville 7-3 as Matthew Jones was 3-for-4 and the Cougars got two hits each from Tucker Sams and Dane Libby, who also had two RBI and a double. Clark pitched five innings for the win and Sams fanned four in two scoreless innings of relief. On April 27, R-W enjoyed 9-4 and 9-1 wins over Wethersfield. Charlie Gibbons allowed just five hits in seven in-

nings in the 9-1 victory and was 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles to support his cause. In the 9-4 victory, Austin Batterson, Clark and Calvin Peterson each had two hits and two RBI. Gibbons also had two runs batted in to make a winner Libby in five innings. On Monday, R-W led 96 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, when a home run by BushnellPrairie City tied the game, which was called a tie. Gunner Johnston (two RBI), Sams and Nate Mackie each had two hits. Princeville Since a blowout win over Peoria Quest, the Princes (13-10) dropped three straight. Princeville lost 7-3 to RW on April 26 despite twohit games by Matthew Butterfield, Brady Miller and Dylan Stalter. After that came a doubleheader loss to Mercer County on April 28. The first game was an 11-1 rout by Mercer County, which scored six runs in the first inning and five in the fourth. Cobee Craig was 2-for-2 in the loss. In the second game, the Princes outhit Mercer 10-7 but lost despite a 3-for-3 by

Eli Wieland, a home run from Stalter and solid pitching by Coby Donaldson and Justin Janssen. Farmington The Farmers (5-11) held on to top Bushnell-PC 9-7 on Tuesday as Cade Lansford was 3-for-4 with a double and triple and Jaden Rutledge (triple) and Kyle Voland (3-for-4) each drove in two runs. On Saturday, the Farmers fell to Knoxville 8-6 despite 13 hits. Lansford, Nick Johnson and Alejandro Romero had three hits apiece.

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B-E baseball tops R-W in rivalry game By JEFF LAMPE

As the prep baseball season has progressed, Brimfield-Elmwood and ROWVA-Williamsfield have emerged as the cream of the crop among local teams. So it was with some anticipation that fans awaited the first meeting of the two program on April 26 at Brimfield. But the host Indians (185) jumped out to 5-1 lead after four innings and tacked on four more in the sixth to make the showdown less dramatic. Ethan Jehle got the win on the Weekly Post Staff Writer

Princeville junior Emily Green has had a good spring in hurdles and relay races for the Lady Princes. Photo by Jennifer Green.

Track season hits high gear By JEFF LAMPE

As the calendar flips to May each track season and the mercury creeps above 80, athletes face an inescapable conclusion. Sectional and state meets are coming fast and the time to shave seconds or add inches is here. Several local competitors have already posted stateworthy times, heights or distances so far this wacky Weekly Post Staff Writer

spring – or hope to soon with conference meets on Friday and sectionals not far behind. Here’s a rundown for each local program. • Elmwood-Brimfield – The boys team comes off a fourth-place finish at Eureka’s Roger Washburn Invite last Friday that included several top finishes. Surpassing state qualifying standards so far have been the 4x800 relay of Alex Her-

mann, Thomas Adkins, Griff Inskeep and Cooper Hoffmann – which won at Eureka in 8:22.16 – Luke Hoffmann and Trevor Dunkel in the 3,200, Dunkel in the 1,600, and Ricky Hightower in the high jump (who cleared 6-1 to place fourth at Eureka). Also at Eureka, the Hoffmann brothers were second in the 3,200 (Luke - 10:07.9) and 1,600 (Cooper 4:40.96), while Nehemiah Continued on Page 22

mound for B-E, pitching 4.2 innings of five-hit, six strikeout ball as he continues to recover from an ankle injury suffered in basketball season. Parker Brodine pitched 2.1 innings in relief to earn the save. B-E’s bats came alive in the game, as the Indians got two hits apiece from Parker Pillman, Tyler Wessels, Kyle Doubet and Cale Thompson, who had two doubles and drove in two runs. Wessels also had two RBI. Jason Clark had two hits and two RBI for R-W (16-8-1). Following the win, B-E traveled Continued on Page 23

B-E softball battling big ’uns By PHIL JOHNSON

Brimfield-Elmwood has been beating some big-time softball programs this spring. The Lady Indians (20-2) took two non-conference wins Saturday at the Louisville Sluggers Dome in Peoria over Quincy Notre Dame, 9-2, and Metamora, 7-0. In the opener over QND, the Lady Indians struck for 12 hits and Haley Wallace pitched a complete game, scattering nine hits while fanning four and giving up just one walk. Grace LaFollett went 3 for 4 at the at the plate with a double, a triple and three RBI. Montana Ledbetter For The Weekly Post

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had two hits and Maddie Noll’s big game featured 3-for-4 hitting with a double and an RBI. In the nightcap, Alyssa Roll stifled the Lady Redbirds from the circle with nine strikeouts, only one walk and just two hits. B-E got plenty of offense including Gracie Scherler’s double and three RBI, two hits from Roll, a triple from Delaney Smith and a Ledbetter double. “We were consistent hitting today to go with pitchers who had command of the strike zone,” BrimfieldElmwood coach Kurt Juerjens said. On Tuesday, the Lady Indians Continued on Page 20

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