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S and bizarre" and he knew of no case law Doug Martin said that the project, if for a board to be paid for its influence, passed, would potentially add $900,000 Ashley said that this just doesn't feel a year in real estate tax money to the right. She characterized it as performing school district and this was with out political activity on behalf of the corpo- supporung the agreement. Doug added ration. She said that she refused to sur- that according to the agreement if prop- render to any special interest group, erty taxes to the district were to drop John Stewart said that in the future a the agreement provided an increase in new board would be working under this payment from Meridien that would keep agreement, if it were to pass. He added the tax support at $900,000 a year. that he understood that if the support Joe Olson said that he regretted the of the school board ended, the payments board having to end up in this position. to the school district would end. John He said the school board's decision, expressed his concern that this issue impacts the county board. And he saw of the turbines has split the commu- this matter as being a manipulation by nity. He said one point that had been Meridien (Relight). Joe said his duty, as to discussed was that this vote would be a school board member, is the financial O able to build the new high school build- health of the school district. ol ing that the board has been discussing. Jeff Beccue said that the board had He said that he personally would not to act for what was best for the school vote for a new school building without district. He saw change as inevitable having an increase in students attending and that this amount of money had an school. He said that the school board impact financially that would result in was being used for leverage and that it the best financial situation for the dis- was being done with a bribe, trict. He added that the existence of the wind farm was not up to the school board, but to the Logan County Board. He closed stating that he said no matter how people vote it will affect friend- ships. Jeff Beccue made the motion to approve the proposed agreement; Bill Rucks seconded the motion. On the vote Charlie Hickey, Ashley Combs, and Joel Olson voted no without hesitation. Jeff Beccue and Bill Rucks voted yes with- out hesitation. John Stewart paused for several seconds before voting no. Doug Martin voted present. With that vote, the-school board rejected the Meridien (Relight) agree- ment after two days of public delibera- tion. A Hometown Revue... Just For You! Those of you who failed to attend one of the two Tammy Renee' Harris concerts in this area missed out on something truly wonderful. June 13, Ms. Harris from Flora, Illinois appeared at the park in Chestnut for their annual GeoFun Day. Her energetic deliv- ery and song styling complemented her amazing singing abili- ties. Capturing the audience's devout attention immediately, she never lost the avid interest of the crowd from the begin- ning through the dose of a God and Country songfest that wowed the Chestnut audience. Patriotic songs brought many a shiver clown one's spine in gratitude for our country's founders and veterans too. Her father, Ray Harris, was born in Chestnut, but the family moved to Wayne County when he was five years of age. She was pleased to return to her father's birthplace and share her talents, making new friends and fans. For a back-to-back performance weekend, she delivered many more patriotic renditions and gospel songs to the resi- dents of Vonderlieth Living Center Flag Day, Sunday, the 14th. Several from Chestnut who had heard her the evening before, returned to hear her on Sunday, too. Many of the resi- dents, families, and friends all turned out for a truly blessed day. They loved her. To their delight, her little white poodle, Sassy, provided her share of talent, too. Honestly, tell me now, who doesn't like a little dog that performs so well? Accompanied by her delightful mother, Dolores, who con- trois the programmingsystem, Tammy Renee's concerts pro- vide some of the best singing this side of Heaven. Just had to let you know what you missed. A visit to one of her concerts will gladden your heart. Devoted primarily to gospel music, she nevertheless excels at all types of songs and delivers them equally well. Watch for her.., she'll be back in this area soon. Submitted by: Pat Straumann Hosting Dunk Tank Mt Pulaski Girl Scout Troop #1070 ishosting a dunk tank during the Our Town Celebration Friday, July 10. Proceeds from the dunk tank will be used to send our Cadettes on a trip to Savannah, GA next summer. Courthouse Volunteers to be Honored At 167 Birthday Party at "Our Town" Celebration If you have been, or are now, a volunteer at the Courthouse, please come to the Courthouse steps July 10 a 5:15. Those who have served the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Foundation are invited as well. We will honor you with a little gift. Then, we will sing Happy Birthday to our beloved Courthouse on its 167~ birthday. Volunteers who have served the Mt. pulaski courthouse Foundation will be honored as well. Volunteers have been the lifeblood that has kept the Court- house open. In 1992, the State of Illinois was planning to shut down the Courthouse in order to save money. Mt. pulaski's mayor at the time was Larry Montgomery, who had served as the second Site Manager of the Courthouse until 1941, when he went to serve in at the Illiopolis War Plant during WWlI. It was his great love for the Courthouse that led him to resist the closing. He rallied townspeople to become volunteers to work with a part-time Site Manager. The present Site Manager, Barbara Stroud-Borth, has sought to find all the people who were volunteers. 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