BRADLEY —The new Meijer Supercenter in Bradley opens its doors tomorrow (Thursday). The opening is set for 7 am. The store’s location is at 990 N. Kinzie Avenue, the same site where the old K-Mart store was located.
Store management says an official ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 am. The store will operate 24/7.
Severe weather swept across parts of central Illinois (Tues) evening. The NWS was busy last night trying to figure it all out – whether it was tornado damage.
Damaging winds, large hail, widespread flooding was reported in many communities. Most of the damage occurred in Clark, Coles, Christian, and Moultrie counties.
The highest recorded wind gust of 71 mph occurred at the Coles County airport at 5:15 PM. Widespread gusts of 60 mph and over occurred too, resulting in 3 semi trucks to be clown over on I-70 in Clark county.
The towns of Sullivan and Bethany in Moultrie county experienced damage with reports of trees and power lines down. There were reports of multiple houses with roofs blown off and a machine shed that was blown over in Sullivan.
Large hail was noted in and around some of the noted areas.
The annual “Students for the Information Age” TECH 2018 event, held last week in Springfield, featured Iroquois West students. They were among several hundred from various Illinois school districts showcasing their technology knowledge.
The event was at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.
At the event, students showed the public and members of the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement. From elementary to the high school classrooms, TECH 2018 highlights the crucial role that technology plays in education — ranging from increases in collaboration and critical thinking, to promoting learning beyond the limits of the school day — by creating a space for students to share their learning and innovative uses of devices, the internet, and digital curriculum.
Taking part in the demonstrations locally were second grade students from Iroquois West Elementary School: Karsyn Arie, daughter of Nick and Kristy Arie, Watseka, and Jordyn Meents, daughter of Justin and Kara Meents, Gilman.
Watseka Mayor John Allhands says “the time is now” to find direction for the city’s future. And he wants the City Council’s support.
The mayor unveiled a list of matters in need of immediate attention, telling the full-Council (last week) “we have to get away from that old cliché of kicking the can down the street” and make the decisions to move forward.
Allhands knows the flooding will happen again. Steps are being taken to find solutions. But he also says the city’s water and sewer department needs call for action – and list of potential bidders and appraisers would be money well-spent......
"We held a special meeting and agreed to purue this matter, so why the change of heart ?" Allhands asked last week. "In the past we've spent money on matters not as significant as this. Why can't we spend a few thousand to compile a list of bidders and appraisers ?"
Allhands believes compiling the list of potential companies that could operate the city’s water & sewer operation is not taking away from the current operator, ERH Enterprises. It’s just due-diligence.
The mayor says it’s about educating the decision-makers, not to sell the system to the first company stepping forward.
"A public hearing had people telling us that's what they wanted...to attempt to keep the system in-house and get an appraisel."
Allhands says he knows the entire Council supports doing what best for Watseka’s future. But it will take spending research monies to push forward – and allow a lingering problem to fester.