Empire Township approves police patrol agreement

LeROY – The Empire Township Board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of LeRoy Tuesday night for police patrol in rural township areas.

The vote passed 3-2 with Supervisor Patrick Brown joining trustees Sally Gulley and Jim Rafferty in supporting the agreement, while trustees Edward Kline and Harry Dean voted against.

Blue Ridge scholastic bowl team wins Masonic Sectional, HOI meet

FARMER CITY — The Blue Ridge Knights Scholastic Bowl squad will represent the high school in Masonic state competition. 

In the Masonic Sectional hosted at Blue Ridge High School last weekend the Knights went a perfect 5-0 on the day and captured sectional. The win qualified the team for state competition in two weeks at Bloomington.

LeRoy PD seeks more equipment in budget proposal

LeROY — The LeRoy City Council held its first budget workshop Monday night, examining the general fund and hearing a presentation from police chief Jason Williamson. 

The budget worksheet prepared by City Administrator Dave Jenkins showed an anticipated $1,516,881 as a whole in expenditures, but the numbers are only tentative at this point. 

Board gives $40k to DeWitt County Development Council

CLINTON — The DeWitt County Board approved $40,000 to the DeWitt County Development Council in a contested vote with board members Terry Hoffman and Sherrie Brown voting against. 

New, old business returns to DeWitt agenda

CLINTON — The “New and Old Business” section made its way back to the DeWitt County Board’s agenda last Thursday, one month after board chairman David Newberg said it would be removed. 

Mayoral progress report — Downs

In 2014, I was pretty successful with fulfilling most of last year’s resolutions. This year I will look to further improve the look of the downtown, improve our water, complete a new TIF and continue to have commercial growth. 

Mayoral progress report — LeRoy

We are moving through the remainder of winter here in LeRoy, and we are making plans and progress for the months ahead.  We continue to see growth over the past months in our business community, and we continue to move forward on a number of projects to benefit the residents of LeRoy.

Mayoral progress report — Farmer City

Jacob Riis writes these words, “I look at a stone cutter hammering away at a rock a hundred times without so much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow it splits in two. I know it was not the one blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

Car fire spreads to home in Mansfield

MANSFIELD – A fire in a car spread to a one-story home south of Mansfield on Tuesday morning, causing an estimated $5,000 to $10,000 damage, according to fire officials. The car was also heavily damaged.

Community Fund money to go to parks

The LeRoy Community Fund is about due for its annual, and final, infusion of donations, as Mayor Steve Dean prepares to celebrate his birthday on March 5.  

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