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Oquawka couple surprised by Citizens of the Year honor

by Sally Day, The Quill

Oquawka-Rusty and Dixie Lox (left) were genuinely surprised when Village President (right) announced their names as recipients of the Oquawka "Citizen of the Year" Award, at the November 3, 2014 meeting of the Oquawka Village Board.

They were given the honor for the many years of volunteerism and community mindedness they had offered as citizens.

Village President, Sandra Moody, after making the announcement, gave the couple a plaque to mark the special recognition.

The couple was invited to attend the meeting on false pretenses, by their children, who told the parents that there was going to be some heated discussion at this month's meeting.

A brief Executive Session was held toward the end of the meeting, to discuss personnel.

When board members went back into regular session, they voted on hiring Todd Miller as a police officer.

He will be paid $14.50 an hour. They also voted to raise Police Officer Clifford Adams pay to $14.50 an hour.

Police Chief Keith DeJaynes listed the following in his report to the board:

Criminal Arrests-Domestic

Battery, 3;

Battery, 1;

Criminal Trespass, 1;

DUI, 1;

Agency Assists-County Assists, 4;

Ambulance Assists, 3;

Domestic-Domestic Calls, 6;

Civil Disturbances, 1;

Tavern Calls, 6;

Ordinances - Junk Ordinances, 2;

Golf Cart Inspections, 0;

Traffic - Speeding, 2;

Stop Sign, 1;

Improper Lane Usage, 1;

Suspended Drivers License, 1;

Operating Uninsured Vehicle, 1;

Other Calls, 53;

Warrants, 3;

Fuel - 147.3 gallons;

Mileage - 1,721; and

Fines - $401,36.

In other business, the board: