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Page 2 The Region News Wednesday, August 20, 201,4 Mt. Zion Village Board Meeting The next Mt. Zion Village Board meeting is Monday, September 2, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. The meeting will be held at Village Hall located at 1400 Mt. Zion Parkway. Mt. Zion School Board Meeting The next Board of Education meeting is Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Junior High South wing, 315 South Henderson Street, Mt. Zion. Blood Drive At MI. Zion United Methodist Church There will be an American Red Cross blood drive on Aug. 26 from 3-7 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1220 W. Main St. in Mount Zion. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Absentee Ballots Can Be Requested Starting August 6 Macon County Voters may now apply for an absentee ballot. Voters can download an application from county website ( Click on the ballot box and go to the download for absentee ballots. Absentee ballots will begin to mail to voters in late September. For more voter information, please call 424-1333. 4th Annual Ride in Memory of Sgt. Jesse R. Tilton A ride in memoryof Sgt. Jesse Tilton will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The ride will leave at Coziahr's at 11:00 AM and will travel to Weldon Springs State Park Veteran's Memorial (Clinton, Illinois before returning to Long Creek and stopping at Long Creek Cemetery and ending at Timbuktu. There is no charge. Any donations made in Jesse's name Will be forwarded to an appropriate charity by the family.Food and drink will be available for purchase at Timbuktu. Please contact or (217) 622-9218 if you plan to attend so we can keep track of numbers or if you need any additional information regarding the ride. 2nd annual Overdose Awareness Day The 2nd Annual Overdose Awareness Day will be Saturday, August 30 at Fletcher Park in Mt. Zion. A 5k Run/Walk begins at 8:00am, packet pick-up is 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Co~t for.walk and shirt is $23. A minimum of three awards in each age division will be given There will be a post race breakfast, refreshments and door prizes. There will be a welcome and invocation at 10:00am and there will also be a memorial service. For the 5k race and walk please make checks payable to Tyler Yount Foundation, Ltd, P.O. Box 142, Mt. Zion, IL 62549. For more information contact Mike Burkham at 864-4646, Kathy Burkham at 217-972-4399 or Jeremy Cornell at 217-972-9909 or e-mail Registration forms can be found at Photos in front page Mt. Zion Pony Express collage taken by Crystal Reed, Trevor Brothers, Eric Montgomery and Travis Dilley. ..The Village of Long Creekwants to thank ey one, i for helping assemble the new playground equipment, Long Creek Fire Protection District, The Long Creek Water and Highway Departments,. Antioch Christian Church, Morse Driveways, Sebens Concrete, Central Illinois Auctions, Dave Corman, Judy Barthelemy for her wonderful cooking and pies that were enjoyed each day for lunch and to the many residents that spent time at the park working. Your volunteering made the playground eqwipment install go smoothly. We hope the community enjoys the new playground and park facilities. New Drainage System Approved, Radio System Purchase Resq off, spills or other discharges from the bridges. A new drainage system for the U.S. 51 Bridge over Lake Deca- tfii" was approved by the Deca- tur City Council Monday while members rescinded an agree- ment to purchase a new radio system following the recent fail- ure of an identical system used by other city departments. Council members voted 7-0 in favor of several resolutions allowing for the installation of a closed drainage system on the U.S. 51 Bridge during an up- coming State of Illinois project to replace decks on the bridges and perform other maintenance. ,~ closed drainage system will act to protect the City's nearby main water intake to the South The closed drainage system will capture all runoff from the two bridges and discharge it downstream of the dam. Council members on Monday also voted 7-0 to rescind ap- proval of a contract to purchase a Motorola StarCom 21 system to replace the city's trunked, an- alog radio system. StarCom 21 is a statewide radio system origi- nally established by the State of Illinois and is owned, operated maintained and managed by Motorola Solutions Inc. under contract with the State. The City of Decatur Police and Fire Departments and the :inded up radio system for public safe~ utilizing the system for primary communications in 2009 add an agreement to purchase the sys- tein for other city departments had been approved in early August. However, in the early- spoke to request a review of the agencies will be considered dull- ing alternative analysis ~i A number of residents in a~- tendance at Monday's meetin~ City's noise ordinance durin~ the appearance of citizens' seq-- tion of the meeting. As part the ordinance, no driver of any motor vehicle within the City shall operate or permit ope~ tion of any sound amplificatio~ system which cap be heard oui- side the vehicle from 75 or mo~ morning hours on the day fol- lowing the vote and again four days later, the StarCom trans- mission tower was disabled after being struck by lighting. In both instances the StarCom backup system failed to work and the city had to revert to its old system as a backup. Staff is considering alternative options to provide a radio communica- tion system for the Public Works Department, Water Management Department and the Decatur Public Transit system. A back- feet when the vehicle is being operated upon a street, highw~ or roadway unless such syste~ is being operated to request as;- sistance or warn of a haZardou~s situation. :'~ Water Treatment plant from run- Macon County Sheriff began Superintendent Updates Local Business Leaders On District Enrol.lment, Facility Improvements by CRYSTAL REED Editor The Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce August luncheon started on a "happy" note when three Mt. Zion students danced to the hit song "'Happy" at the beginning of the luncheon. Su- perintendent Travis Roundcount stated that he wanted to make sure they started the school year with the right attitude. B)r tradi- tion, the August luncheon was held in the Junior High/High School cafetorium. Roundcount began his address by introducing the school dis- trict's new Technology Director William Rockey. He replaced Karen Edwards, who retired this past May. Roundcount began by updat- ing those in attendance on the district's athletics. He noted that they continued to play schools that are larger than Mt. Zion is irr-. the Apollo conference. This year Paris is no longer on the schedule and Taylorville has been added. "The increasing number of football participants is encour- ag!ng since two years agO we had 50 kids on a team," Round- count said "last year we had 70 grades 7-12 continue to create ed that the district received the Mt. Zion Foundation for Qualit~ the largest consecutive grades 2013 School Search Bright Star Education has been a consistent with 805 students. He continued award for being ranked in the top provider for the district's needS on to stated that grades 2-5 are one-third of school district's ac- He stated that the organization the smallest consecutive grades ademic performance but whose funded over $80,000 this yefii- totaling 688 students, expenditures per pupil ranked in for items like smart boards, Roundcount stated that econ- the lowest one-fourth. Round- laptops, iPads and physics and omy in Macon County,has ira- count noted that the State Board chemistry items. . '{ pacted enrollment because the of Education also recognized Academically, the scores re- population continues to drop. the district as the only school leased for science, math and He stated that he has checked district in the region of Macon reading have the district at the with other communities who are or Piatt counties to receive the top at 77% on the PSAE and seeing fluctuations in enrollment financial profile score of at least ACT. Mr. Zion was also voted as well."We can verify that over 3.5 for the last five consecutive as #1 School District by Decatu-- the last3 years we e(~ltinue to years. The district earned this have 14% of the students in Ma- based on their revenues, expen ..... --He_then talked about facility con County," Roundcount said ditures, bank balances and the intprovements.--/~t. ZionGrade "while Maroa continues to have amount of district debt. is receiving an addition of thre~ 7% over the last three years as Roundcount then stated thatclassrooms and restrooms to well." state funding is still only 89% replace the portable classroom. He stated that there have been of what they received tour years "We initially hoped that the con- about three decades with district ago but they are doing morestruction would be done by the enrolhnent in the 2,300 to 2,400 with less. "For four years we've first day of school but that's not range. Roundcount continued on trimmed down a bit but if the going to happen," he said "but to stated that he receives calls state doesn't change something we did not rely on or need those daily from lamilies moving to soon we will be ljorced to make classrooms for the first day of the county that are told that Mt. more difficult decisions," he school." Zion is a great place to live. said. Roundcount showed slides Of On the financial front he stat- Roundcount stated that the continued on page 8 New Officer Sworn In During Mt, Zion Police Commission and this year we have 90." That is out of 350 boys in the high school. He also stated that many other teams have seen success and mvlted those in attendance to come out and support students by attending athletic events this school year. The enrollment for the dis- trict as of August 12 was 2,390. Roundcount stated this is more than last year and the third year in a row that enrollment has been Meeting -- just below 2,400. 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