The Gage County District Courtroom was filled with county workers and elected officials who were sworn into their positions Thursday morning.
Returning and newly elected officials, in addition to workers from some county offices, took the oath of office in the courtroom.
The oath was administered by District Court Judge Rick Schreiner.
After raising their right hands and taking the oath of office, a paper was signed before the judge and turned in, marking the beginning of four-year terms for officials voted into office after the November general election.
Jefferson County authorities arrested a woman for drug and weapon offenses after she refused to leave a Fairbury business.
On Thursday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Cobblestone Hotel in Fairbury for reports of a female who refused to leave.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies discovered methamphetamine in the room that she had been staying in.
Upon questioning the woman, who was identified as 34-year-old Jamie Mohr, deputies learned she was a convicted felon and a loaded pistol was discovered in her possession, as well as a Taser and pepper spray.
Mohr was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm while in the commission of a drug crime and carrying a concealed weapon.
The press release stated the case is under further investigation and additional charges may be filed.
ADAMS -- Freeman Public Schools will begin the search for a new superintendent following an announcement that Randy Page is leaving his position.
Page, who has been Freeman’s superintendent since 2009, will leave in June. He said it was time for a change and isn’t sure what the future will hold for him.
“This is my 10th year with Freeman Public Schools and I am grateful for every one of them,” he said. “It has been so important for me to be able to come back to my home community and try to give back a little, being from a place that gave me so much.”
Page is a 1984 graduate of Adams High School. He was superintendent at Cross-County Public Schools starting in 2005 before returning to Adams.
He was also an elementary principal at Malcolm Public Schools for six years and an elementary teacher before that. Page also was the director of special education services at Malcolm.
Reflecting on his time as Freeman’s superintendent, Page said he’s proud of the work faculty and students have done.
“Currently, we have really been able to expand the options that kids have at Freeman and I really think that’s manifested itself in the scores we’ve been able to produce as a district,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s all about delivering programming to help kids, families and communities get better. I feel we’ve been able to expand that programming to give students the ability to flourish.”
Additionally, Page said there have been multiple upgrades of note to school facilities to improve the student experience.
“We’ve been able to affect our facilities both inside and outside in a very progressive way that supports our programming and gives kids fantastic options, whether with technology, with outdoor areas or with additional indoor areas we’ve built.”
Page said the district is starting its search for his replacement and he wishes the district luck in the future.
“I’m so appreciative for the time I’ve had,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here and wish Freeman the very best moving forward. I’m excited to see what the next chapter is for me and my family.”
Gage County deputies arrested a man for possession of stolen property after he allegedly stole a vehicle from Wymore.
Just before 6 a.m. Thursday deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of South Ninth Street in Wymore for reports that a man was trying to steal a Chevrolet Avalanche.
The reporting party described the man who got into the vehicle and drove away from the residence, according to Gage County Court documents. The reporting party followed the vehicle into Blue Springs.
It was located in a driveway, and Wymore police advised the driver was not in the vehicle, which was running.
A man matching the description of the suspect walked out of the residence where the vehicle was found and was detained.
He was identified as 35-year-old Bryon Forney. Forney allegedly denied driving the vehicle and said another man had taken it.
Court documents note that Forney also stated the vehicle wasn't stolen and that he had permission to drive it.
The vehicle was valued at $12,000.
Bond was set at $15,000 with a 10 percent deposit. Forney's next hearing is set for Jan. 22.