O'Fallon Weekly May 8, 2019

Wednesday May 8, 2019 OTHS celebrates at the 2019 Prom Page 10 23-year-old becomes newest Shiloh trustee Julia Warchol is greeted by Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier after taking the oath of office Monday. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter SHILOH - A resident of the Village of Shiloh her enti- re life, Julia Warchol is ready to give back to her commu- nity by serving as trustee.  At 23 years old, Warchol said she feels that assuming her position so young is an accomplishment for her gene- ration.  “It’s time for my generation to give back to the commu- nity and get involved,” she said. “It is an honor to serve our community.” Warchol’s family has lived in Shiloh for more than 100 years. Her mom, Tina Wrzek, has been a trustee since Warchol was 13-years-old. Upon being sworn in at the Shiloh Board meeting on May 7, Warchol will serve as trustee alongside her mom. “Living here my whole life, I’ve had the opportunity to watch Shiloh grow and develop into what it is today,” she said. “One day, I plan on raising my family here and I would like to be a part of the day- to- day activities in the See “Trustee" on page 7 In This Edition Calendar..................................................3 News................................................... 4-7 Business...................................................8 Law & Order............................................9 Education ..........................................10-12 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 13 Sports................................................14-15 Community............................................. 16 Milestones..........................................17-18 Vantage Point......................................... 19 Lifestyle..................................................20 Fun & Games.......................................... 21 Marketplace...........................................22 Bon Appétit............................................23 Vol. 5, No. 3 $1.00 New aldermen sworn into office The newly elected aldermen were sworn into office Monday evening. Pictured from left, front row: Ward 7 Alder- man Nathan Parchman, Ward 2 Alderwoman Jessica Lotz, Ward 5 Alderwoman Gwendolyn Randolph. Back row, from left: Ward 5 Alderman Chris Monroe, Ward 4 Alderman Todd Roach, Ward 6 Alderman Tom Vorce, Ward 3 Alderman Kevin Hagarty, and Ward 1 Alderman Dennis Muyleart. (Photo by Studio 50 Photography) By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - O’Fallon’s new aldermen were sworn in at the begi- nning of Monday’s meeting by City Clerk Jerry Mouser. Five of the newly-elected officials, Ward 1 Dennis Muyleart, Ward 2 Jessica Lotz, Ward 4 Todd Roach, Ward 6 Tom Vorce and Ward 7 Nathan Parchman, are serving their first term as aldermen. Both Ward 5 aldermen, Christopher Monroe and Gwendolyn Randolph, were appo- inted prior to the election due to the resignation of the prior aldermen during their terms, but were elected to continue their positions. Monroe was elected to fulfill the remainder of a two-year term, and Randolph was elected to a full, four-year term. Ward 3 alderman Kevin Hagarty is the veteran alderman returning to the dais after running unopposed in the April election. The council and public received a presentation from Director of Parks & Recreation, Mary Jeanne Hutchi- son, regarding the May 11th ope- ning and on-going marketing of the Vine Street Market, to be located at See “City Council” on page 7 OTHS Special Education program transitions students into adulthood By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - There’s a very special place, nestled quietly in O’Fallon. The OTHS Special Education program and Transition House serves students with a range of abilities in the O’Fallon community.  Martha Blackburn, O’Fallon Town- ship High School Director of Special Services, said the Transition House, a separate facility that provides education to 18 through 22 year olds, serves many purposes in O’Fallon.  Back in 2011, District 203 purcha- sed a house across the street from the Smiley Campus that was once the pastor's house for the Methodist church.  “Dr. [Darcy] Benway and I were very much on the same page and that was wanting to have a separate facility for our older transition kids,” See “Transition House" on page 6