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Tri-Valley district enrollment climbs by more than 80 students

DOWNS ― Enrollment is expected to climb by more than 80 students in the Tri-Valley School District with the start of the new school year. 

At Monday’s monthly meeting, the Tri-Valley School Board heard of the expected larger-than-normal increase which includes a kindergarten class of 89 students reported by Elementary School Principal Sara Burnett. 


Preliminary budget numbers look strong at Tri-Valley

DOWNS — The Little Vikings pre-school program will likely help put the Tri-Valley School District under budget for the 2016-17 school year, Superintendent David Mouser reported to the board of education Monday night.


Memorial Wall coming to Evergreen Cemetery in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — An 80 percent replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Memorial Wall will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery for five days next week. 

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall will be at the cemetery at 302 E. Miller Street beginning with an escort on Wednesday, Aug. 24 through closing ceremonies on Sunday, Aug. 28. 


Blue Ridge students attend Police School

SPRINGFIELD — A group of students from the Blue Ridge school district have a new outlook on policing after a week at the Illinois State Youth Police Program. 

Blue Ridge students going into their freshmen and sophomore years have made up a large percentage of the school in recent years. 


Brewery seeking new storefront in LeRoy

LeROY — Mayor Steve Dean told the city council Monday night that a brewery seeking rental space downtown is once again scouring the market. 


Doug Roberts to step down as Tri-Valley Middle School principal

DOWNS — Tri-Valley Middle School will have a new principal starting in September. 

The announcement was made at the regular Tri-Valley Board of Education meeting at the superintendent’s office Monday night. 


Heritage Days votes to disband as city committee

FARMER CITY— It was just the second officially called meeting of the Heritage Days Committee Wednesday night at the library, and it will be the last. 

In a 5-minute meeting, the Heritage Days Committee voted unanimously to sever its ties with Farmer City government.


DeMarse seated to city council

FARMER CITY—Jessica DeMarse leads the Blue Ridge Schools Partners in Education, serves on the Booster Club, is a former member of the Heritage Days Committee and now, by unanimous vote, is a member of the Farmer City Council.


Chief Dingler seeks input fro Downs Board

DOWNS – During his monthly address to the board, Police Chief Joshua Dingler said he had ordinance issues he would like the board to examine. 

The village has a problem with stray cats that may or may not be pets, and there have been some problems with curfew and loitering, Dingler said. 


Downs Board once again talks liquor codes, resignation requests

DOWNS – The village board heard the first reading of changes to the liquor code last Thursday night before a liquor license holder once again called for the resignation of a village trustee. 


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