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Granddaughter Honored PAIGE LUCAS, daughter of Larry and Kathryn Lucas, granddaughter of Bob and Jean Lucas of Mt Pulaski, was honored at the Central Community High School Sixth Annual Academic Achievement Awards Night May 10. She is shown receiving the Vurple-mini Scholarship from Dr. Doug Kruse. Graduates of the University of Illi- nois who attended Central Commu- nity High School sponsor the Purple- Illini scholarship. Central's Super- intendant, Dr. Kevin Meyer, presents Paige with the Illinois Chil- dren of Veterans Scholarship, a merit based four year, full tuition waiver to the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign. Paige is shown with her parents following her summa cum laude (with highest honors) graduation from Central Community High School May 24. DERON P0WELL was out front of his new office Thursday May 24. Manning the grill, he welcomed visitors to his new office for an open house. Times Photo We Thank You AUDREY MASKE, MADISON LEINWEBER, and KELSEY GRIESHEIM were all awarded the FFA Alumni Scholarship. All three of us would like to give a big thank you to the Mt. Pulaski FFA Chapter Alumni for all of the support, encour- agement, and donations that were given to us throughout our high school experience. We look forward to continuing our agricultural careers and greatly appreciate the help we have received from the alumni and community. MACKENZIE BRUNSON graduated June 3 from Tri-City High School. Mackenzie was active in basketball, volley- ball and student council. She was a member of the National Honor Society, an Illinois State Scholar and a Class Valedicto- rian. She will attend Southeast Mis- souri State Uni- versity where she received the Regents Scholar- ship and was admitted to the Jane Stephens Honors pro- gram. Mackenzie will major in Nutritional Science. Mackenzie is the daughter of mike and Beth Brunson of Dawson. She is the granddaughter of Charlene and the late Duane Shanle and great-granddaughter of the late Robert and Alma Shanle. SAM OPPERMAN, a junior at Lincoln Com- munity High School, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Lincoln Boy Scout Troop 1102. He was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor May 12 at Zion Lutheran Church. Scoutmaster Robert Cox presented Sam with his Eagle Badge and Corporal James Harnacke of the Marine Corps League pre- sented him with the Good Citizenship Award during the Court of Honor. Sam joined the Scouting Program in first grade as a Tiger Cub. He continued on in Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts where he earned 45 merit badges on his way to Eagle Scout. Sam completed his Eagle Service Project at Zion Lutheran School. Achieved Rank of Eagle Scout Through the generosity of the members of Zion Lutheran Church, school, and the Lincoln Commu- nity, Sam led his troop in landscap- ing the entrance to the school, assem- bling and mounting two heavy-gauge steel benches, and mounting a cross salvaged during the renovation of Zion Lutheran Church. The troop also mounted two outdoor basketball poles, backboards, and hoops. Sam has participated in the National Youth Leader- ship training at Ingersoll Scout Reservation, served in numerous leadership roles for his troop, backpacked through the mountains of the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico and the mountains of the Ben Delatour Ranch in Colorado. He has also walked from New Salem to Springfield, during the Scout Pilgrimage, six times with his troop. He had also received the Order of the Arrow reaching brotherhood designation. Samuel is the son of David and Stephanie Opper- man of Lincoln. HIS gran d - mothers are Ruth Opperman of Lincoln and Bobetta Kolbus of Normal. Knew he was suspended By Mike Lakin Officer Will Gilmer pulled over a Mt. Pulaski resident. The driver explained that he was driving home so his mother could take him to work because he knew he had a suspended license. When Officer Gilmore asked the driver why he was driving when he knew he was suspended, the driver replied, "I don't know man, I need to get to work." Work was not now his destination. He was wel- comed to the county jail. He's her man even if he don't want to be By Mike Lakin Officer Will Gilmer was called to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of North Spring Street. Neighbors said the woman involved had been driving recklessly - squealing and screeching tires, leaving skid marks, and driving in the grass - from the 400 block of Cooke Street and elsewhere. All one had tO do was drive the streets where people had come out of their homes to watch the passing event. The day started unraveling when the woman found her ex-boyfriend at a residence in the 400 block of Cooke Street. While the ex-boyfriend took to the street "a-foot" the woman drove after him as related by witnesses. One witness stated, "She almost hit the guy and the neighbor's van." When asked what was going on, the woman replied, "I may have been driv- ing crazy," but I didn't do anything else wrong." After talking to neighbors, Officer Gilmer returned to the woman's resi- dence. She said, "Yeah I know why you are here, and yeah I was driving crazy all because of him!" The arrest fol- lowed. But... wait.., there's more... Less than two-hours later, Officer Will Gilmer was called to the 400 block Of West Cooke. The resident had been receiving threatening text messages from her boyfriend's ex-girlfiend (said woman). In addition to the text mes- sages, there was a voicemail stating, "I will hurt you." The threatening texts had been made before and the ex-girlfi-iend had been warned by a county deputy to stop. Sometimes a person who is asked to no longer call or text may misunderstand the request to mean, "please threaten her for the next eight-days." So it was off to jail.., again.., for the ex-girlfriend for assault and harassment by telephone. Sometimes boyfriend-girlfriend rela- tionship evolve from sweetness and light to hysteria and police involvement. Texting your ex-boyfriend's new love that you plan hurt her likely isn't going to win him back. We have the potential for an interest- ing summer; at least for folks livifig in the vicinity of Spring to Cooke Streets. 20 B i ro bo bo