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   Daily Republican Register (Newspaper) - June 5, 2007, Mount Carmel, Illinois                                 DAILY REPUBLICAN  Tuesday, June 5, 2007  ur  Serving Mt. Carmel and Wabash County since 1839  City applauds request from local Boy Scout who will do landscaping projects around entrance signs  By LAURA EASTER Register News Editor  The Mt. Carmel City Council has "strongly" accepted the willing volun-teerism of a local youth who is looking to improve his community  City officials heard local Boy Scout Dathan Deisher's plans Monday night to beautify Mt. Carmel while simultaneously working toward his Eagle Scout badge. Deisher said he, with some helping hands in his troop, intends to complete fencing and landscaping around City of Mt. Carmel signs that welcome commuters at the community's entrances.  Deisher's father and Troop 290 leader Jeff Deisher told the city council that part of Dathan's work will be to raise the funds needed to complete the project. The younger Deisher said he'll likely seek the support of local businesses and organizations — and will contact clubs who've sponsored the placement of new 'Welcome to Mt. Carmel' signs in the past — to finance the project.  Signs will be embellished to resemble beautification work done to the one located at Walnut and Railroad streets, near the  Wabash River Bridge.  Commissioner Jack Emmons, who conducted Monday night's regular meeting in the absence of Mt. Carmel Mayor Tom Meeks, called Deisher's proposal a "tremendous offer."  "We strongly accept your offer," Emmons said, with nods of agreement from the council. Emmons encouraged others "who can help beautify Mt. Carmel" to volunteer to do similar work in the city  Commissioner Bill Hudson, a local Rotary Club member, said the club is planning to potentially sponsor purchase of another maroon welcome sign for placement on 9th Street at the city's edge. Plans caU for that effort to begin after the club's annual Corn Day fundraiser, he indicated.  FOURTH OF JULY SALES  The Wabash Valley YMCA received permission from the City Council Monday to sell glow-in-the-dark necklaces and other items during the city's annual Fourth of July Celebration and fireworks display, set for the evening of July 4 at Mt. Carmel High School's Riverview Stadium. Please turn to page 10  Dathan Deisher  Two teenage defendants bound over for trial on July 2  In a preliminary hearing concluded early Monday afternoon, Wabash County Circuit Judge Steve Sawyer bound over for trial two teenage suspects named in allegations after a Dec. 29, 2006 altercation.  Judge Sawyer heard evidence from two Mt. Carmel Police officers Monday in the preliminary hearing, which had been recessed from May 29 concerning the re-filed charges of aggravated battery in connection with an altercation that resulted in injuries to Brandon Elliott, 19, a Wabash Valley College student.  The preliminary hearing resumed at 11 a.m. Monday for purpose of the defense  counsel obtaining testimony from Mt. Carmel Police Department's juvenile officer, Greg Hart.  Quick filed four counts of Aggravated Battery on May 2 against both Scottie R. Cole, 17, and Marcus W. Adams, 17, in Wabash County Circuit Court. The action came after Judge Sawyer in April granted a motion to dismiss grand jury indictments against Cole and Adams.  The two suspects face identical sets of charge.s_vinder the cases re-filed by Quick, in which he said he amended language defects noted by the judge in his decision to dismiss the Feb. 16 grand jury indictments. The charges allege attack on Brandon  Elliott, 19.  Defense attorneys George Woodcock and William Hudson represent Cole. Defense attorney Jay Walden represents Adams.  In testimony Monday, Officer Hart described a photo lineup he used during an interview on Jan. 7 with alleged victim Brandon Elliott and he indicated that he did not say Cole had hit him. But the other individual at the scene with Elliott, Jace Webb, had identified Cole, according to the teslimony  Hart said Elliott identified the first two people who became involved in hitting him but said in the January statement that he did not specifically know which oth  ers hit him because "he was covered up in a ball" to defend himself.  Defense objected to Webb's statement to authorities as being hearsay evidence, stating there was no assault by Cole and Adams on Elliott. Judge Sawyer ruled the evidence admissible in a preliminary hearing.  Defense Attorney Woodcock said the case had nothing other than the statement of Jace Webb and that as many as 18 or 19 people might have been present in the vicinity the night of the incident, including some who had left the area.  Patrolman Jared Price also testified that he had interviewed "several young men"  at Mt. Carmel Bowling Center. He said those interviews were in response to a call by officer Eddie Johnson from the hospital emergency room. Johnson reportedly told Price that signed probable cause complaints were being given by alleged victim Elliott.  Price said he talked with five young men in a group outside the bowling alley, and advised them someone had named them in an attack.  Judge Sawyer scheduled arraignment for Monday, June 11, at 1:30 p.m. in Wabash County Circuit Court.  He set the cases naming Cole and Adams for jury trial on July 2 at 9 a.m.  Department heads, commissioners discuss rocky county budget  By TOM DUNN Register Staff Writer  County Commissioners Charles Sanders and Gary Stuessel went into executive session for approximately 30 minutes over the budget with department heads Monday during the regular county board meeting.  After executive session. Chair Sanders said, "We talked about how close everything is, and from here on out we need to watch what we're doing, which we think every department head is. We took ideas on equipment, personnel — on everything. We reminded them on where they're at on their budget at this particular time of the year. That doesn't mean they're going to be worse or better  "It was a productive meeting," Sanders added.  At the May 21 regular county board meeting, Treasurer Larry Briggs announced that the general fund was currently at its lowest — at $54,000 — in comparison to the Mays of the last four years.  Stuessel, after executive session, used the phrase "cost-conscious" to describe the county's needed response to the treasurer's news.  Treasurer Larry Briggs, Circuit Clerk Angle Crum, Coroner Larry Hodgson, Sheriff Joe Keeling, County  Clerk Marie Kolb, WEMA Coordinator Ross Madden, State's Attorney Chris Quick and Animal Control Warden Chuck Skidmore attended the executive session.  Wabash County Health Department Administrator Cindy Brown, County Engineer Dustin Bunting, Janice Bobbitt and Pat James were excused from the executive session. Assessor Deborah Gittings was on vacation.  County Commissioner Craig Rac-ster was not present.  During the regular meeting. State's Attorney Quick, for the purposes of the budget, he indicated, told the county board that trials are being held in July, resulting in larger expenditures.  REGULAR BUSINESS  Deputy Derek Morgan will complete an instructor class for Taser guns in the near future, Wabash County Sheriff Joe Keeling reported. Morgan is the only officer trained in using a Taser gun in Wabash County, and will soon be able to pass on this skill to colleagues. This non-lethal weapon is becoming a more popular law enforcement tool. Keeling indicated.  Also, Deputy D-Ray Etzkorn will soon attend a rifle patrolman class.  Keeling reported.  Keeling, WEMA Assistant Coordinator Colby Rigg and Madden will attend an earthquake exercise today and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday) in Effingham, 111., Madden announced.  WEMA's 2nd quarter reimbursement has arrived in the amount of $2,674.60 for the months of January, February and March. 1st and 2nd quarter reimbursements total $4,576.49, Madden said.  At the recommendation of County Engineer Dustin Bunting, Sanders and Stuessel voted unanimously to approve the prevailing wage rates.  The motor fuel tax accounting class Bunting and his secretary took in Springfield will help his department better use the program that's available free of charge. Bunting said.  State's Attorney Chris Quick gave his May report to the board. Cases filed: 13 felonies; 40 misdemeanors; 11 juvenile; and 169 traffic. Court activity: 38 criminal cases; 6 juvenile cases, 165 traffic cases; $23,920.07 in fines imposed; and $2,963.27 in restitution collected. Six bad checks were collected ih May in the amount of $762.64.  Concerning the renovation efforts at Froman Lake, Stuessel said that Racster was doing a "good job."  A decision on insurance coverage  of the SHOCAP Ford Econoline Van under the county was tabled, because a SHOCAP representative was not present.  WCHD GIVES REPORT  Wabash County Health Administrator Cindy Brown requested that the county board install a "backup procedure" for accounts payable checks in the treasurer's absence.  The last batch of these checks should have been received May 21, Brown said, but were not received until May 30, which interfered with contractual timelines and agreements WCHD must meet.  This was the first instance of this problem. Brown indicated. No decision was made.  Brown spoke of "a whole lot of changes" in the behavioral health division — added services and deleted services.  Red Hill Center will close July 11. The health department has depended on this psychiatric facility for geriatric (elderly) care.  Red Hill's 800 number has been Wabash County's crisis number. Brown said. Brown thanked Wabash County 911 Director Colby Rigg, who's working on a transition by expanding Wabash County's voice mail system.  Jessica Marriott sings national anthem. Page 6  VoL 167, No. 245  Walgreens: Report of new store premature  By TRAVIS NEFF of Tri-State Media  PRINCETON, Ind. — Despite recent reports that a Walgreens pharmacy will be built in Princeton, company officials have declined to confirm any plans to put a store in the city  Princeton radio station WRAY reported this weekend that a Walgreens pharmacy will be built at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue within the next few years.  According to the WRAY report, the new Walgreens would be located on an about two-acre property and the retail store and pharmacy would encompass about 14,000 square feet.  But Monday, Carol Hivley, a spokesperson for Walgreens, said in an e-mail that the company has no definite plans for any store in Princeton and added that no store would be open in the city in 2007 or 2008.  Walgreens has not signed a lease for any property in Princeton, she said, and reports about a new store are "premature."  No paperwork for a franchise had been filed in the Gibson County Recorder's Office as of Monday  Mayor Bob Hurst said he has been in contact with a realtor working for the company and added that there are tentative plans for a Walgreens to locate in Princeton in the future.  Farmland assessment hearing set  Wabash County Supervisor of Assessments Deborah Gittings will hold a public hearing of the Wabash County Farmland Asessment Review Committee on Monday, June 18, at 4 p.m. in the Supervisor of Assessments Office at the Wabash County Courthouse.  The hearing is held in compliance with the Illinois Property Tax Code, Section 10-120.  The subject of the hearing shall be to inform the public on the equalized assessed values of farmland proposed by the Illinois Department of Revenue and the implementation of the procedures proposed by the county assessing official for the assessment year of 2008 for taxes payable in 2009.  Rail crossing works scheduled  The Mt. Carmel Police Department said repairs to railroad crossings in Mt. Carmel this week will result in closings and delays.  Among the expected closings and delays are as follows: Wednesday, June 6 — workers will be at the Route 1 (3rd Street crossing) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Other crossings will be updated throughout Mt. Carmel as they progress as well as Oak Street crossing later this week.  INDEX  OUR WEATHER  Classifieds.........7  Comics ...........5  Dr. Cott...........5  Obituaries.........10  People............3  Sports ............4  Sudoku ...........5  TV Listings....... . .6  Today's public notices:  • The annual Consumer Confidence Report Is available from the Mt. Carmel Water Department for Perry's South Terrace Mobile Home Park residents.  High: 79 Low: 58  Weatlier Aimanac  Wabash County Readings Monday  high low preclp. 81 55 .13  Wabash River readings (feet)  Monday  level change 4.92 -.13  NEWS IN BRIEF  Airport Day events set Saturday  The Mt. Carmel Airport (AJG) will hold its annual Airport Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 9. The event will begin with a fly-in/drive-in breakfast at 7:30 a.m.  On display will be aircraft new and old, including antique warbirds, helicopters and experimental aircraft. The Prop-Buster Club will display RC aircraft, emergency services will have equipment on display and hot air balloon rides will be available. Also, there will be a car show with awards for best Ford, best GM, best Crysler and best not big three.  Airplane rides will be available for a donation. Food will be served throughout the day There is no charge for admission. Call (618) 948-2413 for more information.  Flag D^ ceremony planned  The Mt. Ciarmel Elks Lodge will host its annual Flag Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in Mt. Carmel City Hall's Community Room. The public is Invited.  MUSINGS ON THE WABASH  Happy is the man who ventures to defend what he holds dear.  —Ovid  PRAYER FOR TODAY  God, help us to be open to all the ways you come into our ordinary days and our challenging times. Amen.  8 17344 00452 2  • The annual Consumer Confidence Report Is available from the Mt. Carmel Water Department for Perry's South Terrace Mobile Home Park residents.           t iislonu'i Sim vKo (> 1 8 S 1 -4-4    Visit our on line edition at  www.tristate  tnedia.torn    A moriibet of Tri State Motli.i Group      

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