This Week In The News – Sunday Recap

City of Freeport Fire Inspector Robert Bush retired last week after over 30 years of service to the city. The Freeport City Council recently voted to restructure the fire department, which means the position of fire inspector will no longer exist. Robert even made a special guest appearance in this segment we filmed last summer.

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Modern Plating Corporation is just about ready to open the doors on its nearly $6 million investment in Freeport. Dave Servatius, the owner of Modern Plating Corp., told WIFR that production should begin on the new machinery as soon as the start of August.

Jeff Pederson, Mike Ridgeway and Jack Rhode of Freeport think our elected leaders should be held accountable for Freeport. They said in an article this past week that there’s always talk that “things are being done,” in Freeport but there is nothing to show for it. They’ve put up a challenge to all our elected and appointed officials to answer if they’ve done something on their own in the last six months to bring major employers and jobs to Freeport or Stephenson County, they want our leaders to let the public know. If they haven’t, then Jeff, Mike and Jack want them to let us know why they haven’t as well.

Town Hall Meeting: City of Freeport staff along with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church regarding flood mitigation for the area east of the Pecatonica River.

In Stephenson County Tourism, the board of “NewCo” selected Greater Freeport Partnership as the name for the new organization, which they say is designed to promote economic development, tourism and business services to grow the Freeport and Stephenson County region.

After 25 years, city treasurer Linda Buss is leaving her position. Last Tuesday was Linda’s 25th year anniversary since serving as treasurer since 1993. Linda’s last day will be June 26.

According to Marsha Holden, the Wagner House owners are in need of some consulting. Not sure how a bad meal makes the local newspaper, but according to this article, Marsha dined for the first time at the downtown 3 level hotspot and says after careful scrutiny, her pulled pork looked more like very finely roast pork that had been ground in a food processor to a fine sand like texture, no barbecue sauce, and “certainly not pulled pork”, she says.

She added that furthermore, the bread had been on the grill for so long that it was charred black.  The article didn’t say whether Holden ever spoke with the waiter or waitress to resolve her dinner dilemma at the time of the meal.

More “In God We Trust” signage to come. You’re probably going to start seeing “In God We Trust” signage on more buildings, and now even police and fire vehicles beginning of June.  Back in July of last year a group called Concerned Women for America of Illinois spearheaded a fundraising effort to enable “In God We Trust” signage to be placed at City Hall along with other city buildings as well as Public Safety vehicles.

Mayor Jodi Miller says the city expects to have the letters placed on six of our buildings and our fire and police vehicles by the beginning of June.

Berner is closing a warehouse in Freeport and one in Rockford to build a new distribution center in Winnebago County. A 675,000-square-foot distribution center will be built in Winnebago County’s I-39 Industrial Park.

In the region, the God of Thunder was in town last week. Yep, we’re talking about Gene Simmons of the iconic band KISS himself. Simmons and his band were en route to the Chicago-area for a show and stopped in Rock Falls for lunch. Simmons ordered a Reuben and some of their famous frozen custard, like anyone cares.

A coroner in western Illinois is facing sharp criticism for how he handles poor people who can’t afford to bury their loved ones: He has them sign over their rights to the deceased, leaving them without the death certificate, then cremates the body and keeps the ashes until the family pays $1,000.

If they cannot come up with the money, the ashes are eventually buried, along with others, in an unmarked grave. If the family needs the death certificate to access bank accounts or life insurance, the coroner first arranges for the county to recoup its costs from any proceeds.

Around The World: Some British schools are removing old-school clocks because students cannot read them.

“The current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations,” Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), told The Telegraph UK. “They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer.”

He said that having to figure out what time it is using an analog clock might be too stressful during exam time.

Boy Scouts drop the word ‘Boy’ from flagship program and the Girl Scouts don’t like it. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made history by unveiling the new Scout Me In campaign that features girls, as well as boys, in its iconic Cub Scout program for the first time. Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, “Scout Me In,” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts.

Katelyn Scott, communications and marketing team lead, for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio said that the Girls Scouts “are determined as ever to stay on this path (creating spaces for girls), so that more girls, through Girl Scouting, gain confidence, seek challenges, and become active decision-makers and proficient problem-solvers to the greatest degree possible—and frankly, are better equipped to navigate a world that is still, regrettably, a ‘man’s world.’”

Good news, the Stephenson County Farmers Market will be opening May 12 at 8 a.m.. The market is located inside the Logan’s parking lot on West Street (Highway 26 South) and is open until 12 p.m.

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