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Rock Hill mayor won't seek another term

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:11 Published in Local News

   Rock Hill Mayor Daniel DiPlacido is not going to run for reelection.

   DiPlacido made the announcement at Tuesday night's city board meeting.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that DiPlacido read a brief statement saying there were a number of reasons for his "difficult decision," but he didn't elaborate on what those reasons were.  

   The filing deadline for the April election closed earlier in the day, so Alderman Edward Mahan will be the only mayoral candidate on the ballot in Rock Hill.

   Normandy school officials, parents and students are waiting to see if Missouri legislators will provide the struggling district with the emergency funds it needs to make it through the school year.  Officials say without state aid, the district will be bankrupt by April after spending millions of dollars on tuition and busing for students who've transferred out of the unaccredited district.  
   So what will happen if lawmakers refuse the five-million dollar request and the district runs out of money before the school year ends?  
   Missouri Education Commissioner, Chris Nicastro tells Fox 2 News if that happens, the Normandy schools would most likely be closed. "In the short term at least, I think the only viable option would be for the state board to assign those kids to go to school elsewhere," she said.
   Nicastro says she'll be meeting with Normandy District officials on Wednesday to discuss the districts financial crisis.
 

Randolph Co. man dies in farm accident

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 02:27 Published in Local News

   A Randolph County man is dead after an apparent accident on his family's farm, just east of Red Bud, Illinois.   Emergency crews were called to the 6900 block of Griggs Road just before noon Monday.  

   Firefighters arrived to learn that 44 year old Jeffery Guebert had fallen into a grain elevator.  Rescue workers cut holes in the side of the silo in an attempt to retrieve Guebert, but it was too late.  His body was recovered by late afternoon.  

   Randolph County authorities are still trying to determine how Guebert fell into the elevator.

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