Hillsboro signSPRINGFIELD – The names of two Hillsboro natives killed in action during the Vietnam War will grace the streets of their hometown.

The Illinois State Senate voted Wednesday to designate two stretches of Illinois Route 16 as memorial highways in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Larry Claybrook and Army Spc. Charles Irby.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) sponsored the legislation to post memorial signs along the two routes.

“We hope to honor and preserve the memory of Lance Corporal Claybrook and Specialist Irby. Even though their service and sacrifice occurred years ago, time should not diminish the impact of their deaths and the importance of their lives,” Manar said.

Superintendent Dave Strowmatt of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Montgomery County brought the need for these memorials to Senator Manar.

Marine Lance Corporal Larry D. Claybrook Memorial Highway will stretch along Route 16 between School Street and to its junction with Illinois Route 185.

Army SP4 Charles Irby Memorial Highway will cover Route 16 along School Street from South Main Street to the corner of 22nd Street.

The memorial signs will be posted at both ends of the designated areas but will have no impact on street names or address listings.

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Blue Ribbon Award Ceremony 2MEDORA — Medora Elementary School received special recognition from the U.S. Department of Education on Monday night. The school held a ceremony to receive its 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Award.

“Each staff member took the time to make connections with the students. The teachers and staff knew all of the children's names. The most influential of all educational factors in my opinion is conversation; conversations between staff, students, parents, and the community. These open lines of communication have been the key to Medora Elementary's success,” Principal Diane Milner said.

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Mt. Olive Elementary KindergartenMOUNT OLIVE State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) visited with teachers, administrators and students at Mount Olive Elementary School as part of America Education Week on Wednesday.

“Today was a great chance to see talented educators at work. They work diligently every day to ensure their students receive a quality education and they deserve extra recognition,” Manar said.

Manar was invited by Marsha Shulte a teacher and co-president of the Mount Olive Education Association. During the tour of the school, Manar met with Superintendent Patrick Murphy.

America Education Week is sponsored by the Illinois Education Association to promote learning, celebrate public education and honor individuals making a difference in children’s lives.

This spring session, Manar sponsored school funding reform that would send more money to schools based on local students’ needs. Under that legislation, Senate Bill 1, Mt. Olive public schools could see an additional $70,000 in annual state aid.

While SB 1 awaits debate and a vote in the Senate, this year’s state education budget set aside additional funding to assist financially distressed school districts. Under this new funding, Mt. Olive schools receive $120,000 more than last year.

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Robert Wiggins SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) welcomed Robert Wiggins to the Illinois Senate on Tuesday.

Robert is a sophomore at Carlinville High School, and he spent the day with Manar as part of the Senate’s page-for-a-day program.

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