Parks board passes budget, hears reprimand request

LeROY — The LeRoy Park District Board passed a balanced budget for the next fiscal year despite a large Replex shortfall, but it was the actions of a board member which sparked the most dialogue at last Wednesday’s monthly meeting. 

DeWitt County approves Clinton Landfill agreement

Further coverage regarding the ramifications of the agreement will be available in next week's Press. 

CLINTON — Ending a 7-year-long dispute, the DeWitt County Board on Thursday night voted to approve a settlement agreement with the owners of Clinton Landfill that keeps PCBs and manufactured-gas-plant wastes out of the landfill.

Funding short for Tri-Valley band

DOWNS ― Tri-Valley School District Band Director Dan Marcotte has been patching band instrument for years. Some of the instruments have lived their life and need to be replaced, but neither the school board or the Fine Arts Booster Club has the extra money to pay the bill. The dilemma may  put the award-winning band program in jeopardy.

'Awesome' time at Blue Ridge Cash Bash

FARMER CITY — Awesome and amazing: these two words describe the 2015 Blue Ridge High School athletic boosters’ Cash Bash, according to event organizers. 

The event was hosted Saturday, April 18 at the Farmer City American Legion, and for the first time the event was sold out. 

Tri-Valley Board talks purchases, seats 2 new members

DOWNS ― The Tri-Valley Board of Education welcomed two new board members Monday evening at their regular meeting, as well as approving a new $25 student technology fee and deciding to look into three property purchases. They also learned the district may need to add a fourth kindergarten class next year.

Blue Ridge Board buys van, honors retiring members

BELLFLOWER – The last meeting of the Blue Ridge School Board under the direction of board president Bart Lytel saw the purchase of an eight-passenger bus as well as several personnel moves. 

The van will replace an old, high-mileage vehicle that will be traded in, and the new vehicle will cost $23,324 from Landmark Ford. 

Increase in prize money for LeRoy BBQ competition

LeROY – There will be a greater purse for Smokin’ in the Park barbecuers during the competition this year. 

The annual barbecue competition is once again scheduled to bring visitors to LeRoy’s Kiwanis Park for all things barbecue, as the group will once again receive a hotel/motel tax grant from the city. 

State's public education funding 'has become disgraceful'

DOWNS — Lack of state aid and the fact McLean County did not pass the one-cent sales tax for education is challenging the Tri-Valley school district, forcing the school board to sell $1.63 million in school fire prevention and safety bonds to keep their facilities in check.

Farmer City March police activity

In the month of March, the Farmer City Police Department took 181 calls, including 43 traffic stops while responding to 15 calls for a motorist assist/disabled vehicle. There was also 2 DUIs on the month. 

LeRoy City Council passes budget

LeROY – The last meeting of the LeRoy City Council for Aldermen Mike Bailey and Rae Ann Ahlers saw the pair vote against the budget for the next fiscal year. 

The budget passed 5-2 as Bailey said his conscience would not allow him to vote for the measure without more information about hotel/motel tax fund balances, which currently sit at $65,000. 

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