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.EWS&MOTES I AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE interested in sharing photos taken of them or someone they know in front of the Courthouse. This includes Proms, Weddings, general photos, but the front of the Courthouse must be in the picture. Photos collected will be made into a collage and will be dis- played in the Courthouse the night of the Courthouse Street Festival, June 28. Please email your photos to Renee Martin at dr.martin@fron- tiercom or call 217.792.5401. Deadline is June 20. MT PULASKI HIGH SCHOOL has three students attending the FCCLA conference in Nashville Tennessee. The School Board approved reim- but-sing the three students and sponsor- Wyatt Waterkotte - for their $175 registration fee; total is $700. PromptCare Fast, Convenient, Walk-in Medical Clinic PROMPT CARE SHERMAN tab & x-r00, onsi00 400 St. John's Drive 217.528.7541 800.444.7541 Open M-F 10 am - 7 pm Sat.-Sun. 9 am - 6 pm (excluding holidoys) HELP The City of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois is seeking a highly moti- vated individual to fill the position of City Clerk. The posiUon reports directly to the Mayor and members of the Council and is responsible for ensuring efficient operation of the City Clerk's Office and Council meet- ings. The ideal candidate will have excellent communi- caUon skills, as well as strong organizational and lead- ership skills. Interested individuals must reside in the City of Mr. Pulaski. Send letter of interest to: City of Mr. Pulaski % Mayor Jim Fuhrer 113 S. Lafayette St. Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548 Awarded Barbara Behm Scholarship TOI Director/Aetna Township Trustee Mary Hamilton (left) and Mt. Pulaski Township Supervi- sor Diane Blaum present Sylvia Klumpp of Mt. Pulaski Township (Logan County) with a plaque for the $1,500 Barbara Behm Scholar- ship. Sylvia is the daughter of Lynda and Matthew Klurnpp. A 2013 graduate of Mt. Pulaski High School, Sylviawill attend Univer- sity of Illinois-Springfield, studying forensic science. Her high school memberships/activities include National. HOnor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Spirit Squad, Drama Club, WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) Team, Spanish Club, Illinois Girls State, Washington, DC trip with Close- Up program, American Legion Auxiliary. She has worked at the local grocery store and babysits. Sylvia's essay: Township officials have had an integral part of society for a long time. Not long after the Illinois Constitution was created, the town- ship government began to develop. The township officials work together to make the surrounding community function properly. It is their duty to gather the funds from the real estate taxes and work out a budget in order to ensure that their community operates like a well- oiled machine. They are impor- tant because they help serve more than 8 million people throughout the state. Diane, the township official I interviewed, opened my eyes to how important township officials and government really are. She explained that with township offi- cials, it is possible for everyone to have a voice in his or her commu- nity. An example she shared with me was an incident where someone hits a stop sign and knocks it down. It is up to the township to get that fixed in order to prevent future accidents. But, if there is a lack of communication and the township is unaware of the damaged stop sign, it could possibly lead to future lawsuits from other accidents. So, the people should feel the need to share any of the issues occurring in their town.. She also pointed out that town- ship Officials are like the "nuts and bolts" within the state government. Simply put, they are needed in order to make everything function properly. She hopes to see that there will always be township offi- cials because she understands the rewards you can get from having them. After being a township offi- cial since 1985, she has developed a broader view of everything that is going on. She currently serves as our supervisor and takes care of all of the finances of the township. A budget is the main key com- ponent to having a successful town- ship. Diane told me our budget varies year to year, since it is all based off of real estate taxes. Not only is making a financial plan - important to make it through the year, but it is also important for the township's future viability. She said they work a lot like a business: they collect what money they can and then they must plan where it will all be evenly distributed. Township government is respon- sle for some common unknown things such as general assistance and property assessment. Town- ships provide food, shelter, and emergency relief to those who need it. I was unaware of ttis fact, but this helps me realize that hard times do come for everyone, and if we still want to have help when we need it, townships will be needed for the future. It is the township assessor who sets the property values for all the real property within their township. The Town- ship Road Commissioner's duties include road and bridge mainte- nance. The township government maintains more than half of all the roads in Illinois, about 71,000 miles worth. They also keep the roads clear of snow and ice in the winter months. Township government is Ameri- ca's oldest form of government and operates under the same basic prin- ciples of democratic rule as when it was first established. For the good of every township in the future, we must maintain and hold true to this system. The future generations will depend on these townships just as we do today. If our forefathers found it necessary back then and it still keeps communities function- ing, how could we not carry on with this service? The township government will continue to prove the wisdom of our forefathers and stand the test of time. Sylvia Klumpp Proposed law in North Carolina would prohibit anyone from sell- ing a car without going through a dealership. 2O t o I= = I:1 @ tO 0 Id