Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
SKOKIE, IL (WMAQ/NBC) - The Halloween spirit is alive and well on pretty much every block, but this year that spirit won't make its way into the hallways of Skokie-area schools because district officials have canceled this year's Halloween festivities.
In a Sept. 20 letter to parents, Superintendent Quintin Shepherd explained the decision wasn't made lightly.
"Many students cannot afford costumes and there is an economic disparity," the letter reads. "We also have students that are unable to participate for religious or cultural reasons."
In past years, Shepherd said, those students had to sit in another room, and every year, he said, the number of kids who can't participate grows.
The rationale came as somewhat of a surprise to Skokie parents.
"When I was a kid, Halloween was totally 'DIY'," said Laura Whitlock. "You could go out and buy a Scooby Doo costume, but it was a lot more fun to make your own and it didn't cost that much."
"I don't know how many people associate it with any type of religion," said parent Dave Charles.
Parents also are frustrated District 69's decision to cancel the in-school costumes, candy and Halloween party was made without residents' input.
Shepherd defended making the decision without input, saying, "the community input process does not always represent the diversity found within the district."
That came as a disappointment to Whitlock, who looks forward to sharing the holiday with her kids.
"To cancel any school activity, especially something that's as popular as the Halloween party, without any parental input, that doesn't foster a spirit of community."
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:42:16 GMT
The Hattiesburg City Council is expected to vote soon, possibly as early as next week, on its preferred method to upgrade the city's sewer lagoon system. The two options on the table are to build a newMore >>
In order to be able to pay for their new wastewater treatment facility, Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates for Petal and Lamar County customers.More >>
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