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= o 5 Knauer Attains Eagle Scout Rank Justin Knauer, son of Kevin and Monica Knauer of Mt. Pulaski, and a member of Boy I Scout Troop 122, has earned "-- the rank of Eagle Scout. ) Knauer is a senior at Mt. , Pulaski High School and an honor student. He is a member of the golf, basketball and base- = ball teams, National Honor Society, student council, band, ,J the WYSE and Science Olym- piad teams and yearbook staff. As a junior he also partici- pated in the Up Close student program which involved a week long educational trip to Wash- ington, D.C. Knauer attends St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, has served as an altar server and is a member of the youth group in which he has participated in mission trips to Toledo, Ohio, Bluffton, South Carolina and Denver, Colorado. Justin started his scout- ing career in 1998 in Cub Scouting and became a member of Boy Scout Troop 122 under the lead- ership of Greg Maus in March of 2003. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow, a scouting honor society, by his peers, has earned 28 merit badges, travelled twice to Cache Lake on the boundary waters in Canada and went on a trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. His Eagle Scout project was completed on April 28. 2007 and involved the design- ing, planning and creating of a landscaped area surround- ing the Mt. Pulaski welcome sign located at the Rt. 121 and Rt. 54 spur. This project was funded and supported by the City of Mt. Pulaski as well as supported by the Mt. Pulaski Historical Society. Justin's post graduation plans are to attend the Univer- sity of Illinois in the field of engineering. A Court of Honor was held in recognition of Justin's achieve- ment on Saturday December 12 at the First Christian Church in Mt. Pulaski. PoliceReport By Mike Lakin Chief Lynn Freer stopped an Emden resident at N. Washing- ton St. for driving suspended. When asked for her license she produced an Illinois ID card and an insurance card. No driver's license. Even while driving only with the Illinois ID card, she was of course totally unaware of the suspen- sion for a misdemeanor. Chief Freer politely asked if she had any preference on what com- pany would tow her car; she had none. It was then off to jail. "I wasn't speeding" was the driver's answer when Chief Freer stopped him. Speed was not the problem. Driving sus- pended was. The Decatur res- ident was already suspended and had a second suspension about to go into effect. This was on top of six violations for driving without a license or driving suspended. He did have a valid insurance card though. But off to jail he did go. Officer Kyle Veech received a call from Johnson's Food Center. Six boys, all from Lin- coln, had entered the store and immediately attracted cashier interest. Two of the six boys committed something of a breach of decorum, deciding they were in the market for liquor - eight bottles to be exact. They used the old "five- finger discount". When the cashier confronted the two boys their fright- flight mechanism sparked up. They gallantly fled. Four of the boys stayed in the store. Perhaps to show they were not opportunistic thieves. Perhaps they had nothing to flee with. They then told Offi: cer Veech who the two thieves were. At the request of Officer Veech, one of the boys called one of the strategically retreat- ing thieves. Speaking by name to the thief, the boy agreed to return to the store. The boy admitted running out with the alcohol. He ran into a neighboring yard, slipped, fell, and lost it all. Offi- cer Veech retraced the route with the boy and, in the dark, they found where the young thief fell. Four bottles of alco- hol were spread several feet apart where the fleeing thief stumbled. Officer Veech was then told the name of the other boy that had gotten clean away. That boy's ill-gotten gains were stashed in a pickup truck in front of the store. The boy who stumbled was on parole. His parole officer was contacted. All was filed with the State's Attorney's office. Premium Hot Sauce! Daily, Illinois residents hear a litany of financial woes from the Capitol. Bills to vendors go unpaid and there's hand wring- ing over what to do. The next time you hear about state financial problems, con- sider that in 2008, Illinois state government spent $7,875 on "bird testing"; $20,692.24 on "subscriptions" for the Governor's office; $3,770 for golf carts; $2,822 on hot sauce; and $280 on soy crayons - all funded by Illinois taxpayers. IllinoisOpenGov.org - Copyright (C) 2008 Illinois Policy Institute All rights reserved. An old timer's a man who's had a lot of interesting experiences -- some of 'em true. - COWBOY WISDOM .... 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