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Jacksonville Journal Courier (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Jacksonville, Illinois A courier sunday december is in guidelines helps Hook work with Region by Lawrence l Knutson associated press water Washington a president Clinton issued new sidelines saturday clarifying How Public schools can work with religious groups without violating the constitutional separation of Church and state. A common sense says that Faith and Faith based organizations from All religious backgrounds can play an important role in helping children to reach their fullest potential a he said in his weekly radio address. A your new guidelines will help them work together on common ground to meet constitutional Muster to avoid making students uncomfortable because they come from different religious traditions while helping students make the most of their god Given talents a the president said. The administrations third set of guidelines since 1995 continues the Effort to quell the divisive and emotional debate Over religious expression in the classroom by clarifying what the Constitution allows. The guidelines repeat the earlier ones in stating the boundaries of religious expression in the Public guidelines see Page 8 a a new Bishops visit holds special meaning for local priest by Miranda Bailey journal counter our Saviour Church officially welcomed newly ordained Bishop George Lucas saturday night with a mass and reception. But no one was More excited to see Bishop Lucas a a a a i begin his new role As the chief spiritual Leader for the diocese of Springfield than our Saviours father Chris Comerford. A a in a still very excited a the Rev. Comerford said. A a he a going to be a wonderful the Rev. Comerford first met Bishop Lucas three years ago when he was in his last year at the Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. But Back then it was then monsignor Lucas first year As Rector or chief administrator at the school. A i really did no to think that it would happen a the Rev. Comerford said. A i knew he was a really Good priest he a the first person in be really known that became a a a he a going to be a wonderful a our Saviour s father Chris Comerford Bishop see Page local Man carves i totem pole Page 3 i v a in a a by the journal courier staff for at least tile past year there have been dire warnings that flipping the Calendar at the stroke of Midnight dec. 31 will bring a Cata Strophe. Computers will crash the lights will go out and people across the world will find themselves in a new Stone age. Except for a few millennial zealots. No one actually expects that such dire predictions will come True. Even so emergency services agencies have made some contingency plans to help area citizens who do run into trouble. Volume 170,Jacksonville slips Cloudy past Alton Page 9 32 Page Are we prepared locally for what could happen when the clock strikes Midnight most of the planning has been done in Morgan county with surrounding areas taking More of a a what me worry a approach. New year Summit in Morgan county emergent services agencies recently met to discuss the disaster plan that would be implemented if there Are problems the Early morning hours of Jan. I. A basically we would open up the emergency operations Center Here at our offices a said Morgan county emergency services amp disaster Agency coordinator Bob Fitzsimmons. A each Agency would have a representative Here which would allow us to coordinate our efforts in a More efficient the agencies that would be represented at the operations Center include passavant area Hospital Morgan county Esda Jacksonville and South Jacksonville police departments Jacksonville and South Jacksonville fire departments Morgan county sheriffs department Central Prairie red Cross and City of Jacksonville and Village of South Jacksonville municipal governments. A i think its going to be very uneventful but we want to be prepared a said Alison Yording executive director of the Central Prairie red Cross which covers Morgan Scott and Cass counties. Rumor patrol 4 be Are planning to treat this As we wow Wou tiny a ther disaster a said or. W v Fitzsimmons. A we identify the problem determine our Best course of action and act upon it in the most efficient Way the new Bishop of the Springfield diocese George Lucas meets with parishioners of our Saviour Catholic Church in Jacksonville at Routt Catholic High school following a mass and welcoming service saturday evening. Wax up us cd i think its going to be very but we want to be prepared. A Alison Yording executive director of the Central Prairie red Cross he said that a portion of handling any possible y2k issues would involve dispelling any rumours. A its new years eve and everybody Calls their mom at Midnight what is going to happen to the phone system a or. Fitzsimmons said. A it is going to lock up because its overloaded but people Are going to assume that its because of y2k," he said. A that is the kind of thing we want to keep at a disruption of water and Power service a the Basic necessities a would be the biggest concern a especially considering the potential for mid Winter weather. The Power companies Are confident the lights will stay on at the stroke of Midnight. And Laura Marks supervisor of administration for Jacksonville municipal services said the Jacksonville water Supply should hold up. A was Long As we have Power a she said a a we re in Good shape. One advantage is not having a lot of computer equipment in the water plants a Jacksonville has at least 24 hours Worth of water in storage. While facilities have double Power feeds at certain Points the water and sewer system has no Back up Generator in Case of an outage. Medical emergency if there Are any disruptions one fear is that medical care highly dependent on technology could be one of the hardest hit. If things do go awry passavant area Hospital is ready for an emergency Zero hour see Page 22 a a

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