Citing concerns for the future of his eight grandchildren, Representative Darren Bailey R-109th District today (Monday), with his wife Cindy beside him, announced his intention to run for the 55th District State Senate seat election in 2020. State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) has announced he will not be seeking re-election to the 55th District Senate seat he has held since 2003. Righter intends to serve out the remainder of his term, which expires in January of 2021.
The Norris City water tower has a new paint job. The Suez company was due to finish painting last Tuesday. July 2, according to the board on Monday night. The new look features the village name in red letters and a Cardinal painted on the tank as a nod to the NCOE Fighting Cardinals. The tower was on schedule to start refilling with water on Wednesday.
A traffic crash on Illinois Rte. 1 at Illinois Rte. 141 on Saturday, July 6 at approximately 12:35 p.m. resulted in three individuals being transported to local area hospitals via ambulance. According to the preliminary crash investigation, 80 year old Frank D. Burk of Watson, Ill., driving a Lincoln MKZ was traveling southbound on Rte. 1 when, for unknown reasons, he failed to stop at the four way intersection at Rte. 141, crashing into a Chevrolet Equinox driven by Nathan D. Baldwin, age 41 of Norris City. Baldwin was traveling eastbound and had stopped at the intersection before proceeding through it, when he was struck by the Lincoln.
Burk and Baldwin, as well as the passenger in Burk’s vehicle, Carolyn A. Seibert, age 68 of Watson, were all injured. Both vehicles had to be removed form the crash scene by a tow service.
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department, Gallatin County Rural Fire Department, Deaconess Ambulance Service, and C&T Towing assisted ISP District 19 at the crash scene. Burke was cited for Disregarding a Stop Sign.
The 2019 White County 4-H Fair started off with the Horse Show judging on Friday night at the Jerry & Dorothy Sutton’s farm in Norris City. Three 4-H’ers, Katelyn Garner, Gabby Ray and Nate Garner participated in many different classes, including halter, walk/trot, horsemanship, and fun events like the catalog race and egg and spoon race.
The two top readers for this year’s Summer Reading program were announced last Wednesday. Luke Downen (left) and Johnathan Downen (who is on the right). The Grand Prize winner was Anna Downen. This year it was “family” winners! In the grade 3-5 category, Luke read 78 books; in the PreK through 2nd grade category, Johnathan read 167 books. As a family, the Downen children read 468 books!