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"It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC J. 217 W COTA 12/31/15-c f ~r SHELTON WA 98584-2263 / L_ Releasing Unabridged Trilogy Press Release By Bonnie J. Thompson Copyright 2013, 2015. All reserved. July 2, 2015 rights After nearly twenty years of research, Bonnie J. Thompson, the daughter of former Logan County State's Aktomey Roger W. Thompson~ releases her tell-all trilogy, BURIED TRUTH, a unique true crime saga about one woman's undying persever~ ance in a lonely battle for'truth and justice. In Part One: Backtrack, Thompson takes the reader back to 1976 when she was a 19-year-old deputy circuit clerk in the Logan County Courthouse. That year a series of murders unfolded in her hometown of Lincoln and she became a wit- ness to suspicious events and circumstances relating to the Schneider triple homicide, a Manson copycat crime. Only one 21- year-old man was charged and convicted of the slayings, Two other men Thompson suspected as accomplices were never implicated. Years later in 2001, Thompson's father dies a disturbing death, which takes her back to Lincoln. Following her father's memorial, she approaches Logan County State's Attorney Tim Huyett and tells him of her longtime suspicions regarding the triple homicide. She is granted access to the old murder case files and begins her own investigation into not only the Schneider murders but also the murders of Michael Mans- field, RuthMartin, and Jay and Robin Fry. "Bonnie Thompson has done an excellent job of uncovering some deeplyburied truths regarding a series of related murder cases. My own investigation with Bonnie and the voluminous evidence she has uncovered have convinced me that there is much more to the Mansfield, Martin, and Schneider murder cases than has been previously revealed in the official investigations. In my view there is suffdent evidence to warrant an official reinvestigation of these crimes, beginning with the facts that Bonnie has brought to light in her trilogy." --Dr. Larry Farwell, Forensic Neuroscientist and Inventor of Brain Finger- printing ( Cont'd on Back Page ~" Published On Behalf of Mt. Pulaski Education Association I am speaking tonight on behalf of the Mt. Pulaski Education Asso- ciation. We have a serious concern about student discipline, guidelines for students' discipline according to the Mt. Pulaski School District Student Handbook, and teacher responsibility to enforce the dis- cipline. The disciplinary policies appear on pages 17-21 in the hand- book; and while they appear to be explicit and have been approved by the Board of Education, the recent decision made by the Board creates inconsistencies and a gaping hole in the credibility of this document. At a time when the achievement stakes for students and teachers have never been higher, the fact is a minority of students who routinely challenge legitimate school rules and authority are obstructing the majority of students from learn- ing and the teachers from teach- ing. The concepts of respect and integrity hold little value to some students. You may be thinking that this has always been an issue in schools so why make such a fuss about it, We believe a fuss is neces- sary if we hope to maintain a status of authority and the safety of our students. Mt. Pulaski School has a real problem with the use and abuse of illegal substances, and the problem is escalating as we choose to allow discipline to be disputed. Our requests for the Board of Educa- tion are as follows: 1. Establish specific guidelines for staff members to follow when handling the suspicion or direct observation of the possession of or influence of any illegal substance so that there will be no need for teacher and/or administration decisions to be challenged. 2. Provide training for staff members to become experts in identifying illegal substances and/ or the effects of these substances on our students. 3. Provide training in our legal rights when handling these situa- tions. 4. Fund a powerful drug and alcohol awareness program to be part of specific classrooms' cur- ricula at the junior high and high school levels. 5. Re-evaluate decisions that have been made concerning viola- tions of the discipline policy. 6. As we begin a new school year, we ask the Board of Education to Support the teachers and adminis- tration in the enforcement of our Zero Tolerance Policy so that order can be restored in our school. Pittacus, a Greek democratic statesman from Mytilene, once said, "The measure of a man is what he does with power." You, the Board of Education, have the power to make a difference. Record Numbers at Future Toppers Camp as students entering grades three through eight developed their basketball skills in the Ed Butkovich Gymnasium June 8- 11. "t qJ 1 Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year July 4, 2015