State Sen. Paul Schimpf on Pritzker inauguration
State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) released the following statement following the inauguration of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker: "I congratulate Governor Pritzker on his inauguration and I applaud him for stressing the importance of kindness towards others and working together in a bipartisan manner to find solutions. While I disagree with many of the policy proposals in today's speech, I still look forward to a respectful, robust policy debate that will reinforce the importance of responsible spending and economic growth in securing a better future for Illinois."
Single car accident on Baldwin Road
A Marissa man was taken to Sparta Hospital on Jan. 7 after his 2007 Dodge Charger left the roadway on the left side, went down an embankment and hit the ditch, according to the Randolph County Sheriff's Office. Kevin Arens, 53, was southbound on Baldwin Road just before 8:30 a.m. and went off the roadway at County Road 18, authorities said. No tickets were issued.
Baldwin student on UNG dean's list
Justin Calvin Prost of Baldwin has made the fall 2018 dean's list at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia, for achieving at least a 3.5 grade-point average, carrying 12 or more credit hours in one semester and having no grade lower than B. The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia.
Teen rolls vehicle at Winehill and Kothe
A Sparta teenager was taken to Sparta Hospital after an early morning accident Jan. 10 at Winehill and Kothe roads in Randolph County. According to the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, at about 3:30 a.m. Joey Copple-Cane, 18, was negotiating a curve when his 2002 Ford ran off the road to the right. Authorities said he overcorrected and ran off the road to the left, where the vehicle hit an embankment, went airborne, landed and rolled. Copple-Cane was ticketed with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Chester Rotary names 2019 officers
The Chester Rotary held its last meeting of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 20, where President Jeremy Walker announced the slate of officers who will take over in July 2019. Accepted by acclamation were President Mary Sulser; Vice President/Secretary Mary Jo Homan; Assistant Secretary Tonya Cowan and Treasurer Bob Gross. Meetings of the Chester Rotary are normally held at noon every Wednesday in the meeting room at Jodie's Farmhouse Restaurant. However, today's meeting (Jan. 16) will be held in Memorial Hospital's conference room.