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Serving Southern Piatt the communities of Atwood, Bement, Cerro Gordo, Hammond, Ivesdale, LaPlace and surrounding areas Volume 121 Number 51 Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Atwood, Illinois 61913 $1.00 Christmas Eve Service in Hammond The Hammond United Methodist Church will hold their annual Christ- mas Eve Service at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. The service will in- clude carol singing, special music led by Shari Schable, Holy Communion and close with candle lighting. On Sunday morning, December 25 beginning at 9 a.m. there will be a ser- vice with scripture lessons read by Rev. Linda Peyla and liturgist Lonnie Connor and carols sung by the congregation. Every- one is welcome to attend either or both of these ser- vices. Chili dinner, bake sale The Bement High School Volleyball Team will be hosting a chili din- ner and bake sale at the Bement High School Caf- eteria on January 6, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. Donations and profit will go to the high school volleyball team fund to purchase new equipment. Come support! Trivia Night Fundraiser The Bement High School Scholastic Bowl team is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on Friday Janu- ary 27. The competition will be four rounds of ten questions each. Pre-registration is $20 for a team of four. If registering the night of the event, the price is $25 per team of four. All proceeds will go to purchase of new buzzers for the Scholastic Bowl team. The Trivia Night will be held in the high school caf- eteria beginning at 7 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. If you have any ques- tions, please contact Sheryl McKibben at 678-4200 ext. 129 or mckibbens @bement.k Help Stripe The Cane Goal $12,000 $3,000 $2,000 Atwood- Hammond Needy Fund Anyone who would like to do- nate to the A-H Christmas Needy Fund anytime through- out the year should take it to the First State Bank and tell them it is for the Christmas Needy Fund. This fund also provides food to A-H school district residents throughout the year Superintendent authorized to initiate study of reorganization methods By ROGER Wo BONHAM Staff Writer Atwood-Hammond Board of Education opened its De- cember 15 meeting with a tribute to the seventh grade Lady Chargers basketball team that won the State Championship. Not only did the girls bring home the championship tro- phy, they completed a perfect season, going 24-0. The team was coached by Lynn Farmer and Gina Campbell. The girls posed for a photograph with board members. "Your accomplishment is very rewarding," commented Todd Wellbaum, school board president. "We are very proud of you." Also Thursday, the board authorized district superin- tendent Kenny Schwengel to initiate a study of reorgani- zation methods and to estab- lish times and dates for the board to meet with Arthur School Board members, pref- erably in January. Purpose of the reorganiza- tion study is to determine the best type of reorganization for the Atwood-Hammond residents. The study will include an- nexation with Arthur-Lov- Atwood-Hammond Board of Education President Todd Wellbaum administered the oath of office to new board mem- bers Alan Hingson and Christy Benedict. Also pictured (in back) are board members Brian Fay, Rick Crist, Tedd Rom- ine and Tim Schable. Photo by Roger W. Bonham ington, forming a dual dis- trict, and tuitioning the high school students to Arthur. Board members previously Well work project discussed at Bement Village Board meeting By HALEY ELY Staff Writer The Bement Village Board Meeting held at the Munici- pal Building in Bement ad- dressed the main topic of the well work. Gregory A. Gustafson, PE, the Project Director of Foth Infrastruc- ture & Environment, LLC, stated, "The raw water main project is completed." The raw water system line which connects between the main water system line and the current well is now com- pleted. The bacteria tests on the new systems have come back good and now will sub- mitted to IEPA for a tempo- rary operations permit. He also stated that the "well (Continued to Page 2) had discussed forming a dual district and tuitioning the students. They want to in- clude annexation because they feel it ofrs benefits to the Atwo0d-Hammond resi- dents in the form of lower tax rates. "The tax rate would prob- ably go down with annex- ation," explained District Superintendent Schwengel. "Arthur has a lower tax rate than many school districts in the area." However, with an- nexation, Atwood-Hammond residents would still be re- sponsible for paying off any current debt the district has. The superintendent said forming a dual district with Atwood-Hammond becom- ing an elementary only dis- trict and the area high school students being served by the Arthur-Lovington school dis- trict, would probably result in a slightly higher tax rate Wellbaum administered the because there would be two oath of office to new board rates, one for the elementary members Alan Hingson and school and one for the high Christy Benedict. school:, They were appointed to fill Remaining a unit sch'l ...... vacancies created with the district, deactiving the high school, and tuitioning the high school students would probably result in a tax sav- ings for taxpayers, Schwen- gel said. The study will report the good and bad aspects of each of the different types of reor- ganization. Any type of reor- ganization would require the approval of district residents in the form of a voter refer- endum. The study will cost $2500, which will be split between the Atwood-Hammond and Arthur school districts. New Board Members Before moving on to new business, Board President resignations of John Dowling and Bill Fleming. Hingson and Benedict were appointed to serve un- til the next school board elec- tion, which is in 2013. After. welcoming the new board members, the board elected a vice president be- cause Fleming had served in that capacity. Brian Fay was the only board member nominated and was elected unani- mously. Personnel Matters The board accepted the resignation of Bill Lyons as high school volleyball coach. (Continued to Page 2) Cerro Gordo 4th grade student Cassie Luttrell was the winner of the Cerro Gordo Elementary School office Christ- mas tree topper contest. She is shown here with her winning angel design and of course she has orange and blue wings. Cassie stated that it took her over two hours from start to finish to complete the entry. All decked out for Christmas were Ellie Shonkwiler and Addle Fritz as they visited with Santa Saturday morning at the annual State Bank of Bement Holiday Open House. He greeted and heard many childrens lists until noon. /