Friday, September 23, 2016
State Police is asking the public for help in solving the homicide of a Ladd woman found dead in Putnam County. Deborah Dewey had been missing for weeks when her body was discovered buried in a yard earlier this month outside a vacant home in Standard. Her brother-in-law, Clifford Andersen, has been charged with concealing her death. Investigators are trying to find someone who knows what Andersen was doing before Dewey was found
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The house was moved by plow horses and then a Diesel truck. The 1866 farmhouse and another that dates back to 1882 were moved Tuesday morning. They will be restored to their 19th-century prime and form part of the new Illinois Amish Museum and Heritage Center.
The Illinois Amish Preservation Foundation is creating the museum heritage center.
The foundation has raised more than $100,000 for the project. The restoration of the farmhouse, and another one dating back to 1882, is expected to cost about $250,000. j
Community development director Bob Doan is optimistic the project is going to help the local economy. Doan said tourists never lose their fascination with the Amish culture.
The Illinois Amish Museum and Heritage Center is scheduled to open by the summer of 2017.
Information provided by the Springfield State Journal-Register
Unit 5 School District may turn to National Guard members as possible fill-in drivers and to Gov. Bruce Rauner and other officials for help streamlining the hiring process. Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said the district needs drivers who have commercial driver's licenses and have already passed drug tests and security background checks to step in quickly to offset the driver shortage and that Guard memebers, police and firefighters would be asked to step in.