ON THE STREET: Plea hearing, a mural for downtown and garage sales

Posted: Apr. 6, 2013 1:30 pm Updated: May. 4, 2013 10:15 pm

DISORDER IN THE COURT: A plea hearing temporarily ran off the rails Thursday afternoon in Adams County Circuit Court. Judge Scott Walden was reading through some orders and asked a question of Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Cifaldi. "I'm sorry, sir, but I'm a bit distracted," she said. The bailiff was trying to get a huge bug that had scampered across the room out of the way. "Bugzilla just walked across the floor, your honor," Chief Public Defender Holly Henze said. The bailiff took care of "Bugzilla" and the rest of the hearing went off without a problem.

FOGGY ART: The Quincy City Council approved a variance at its March 25 meeting that would allow a mural to be painted on the entire south wall of 115 N. Fourth. Travis Brown, executive director of the Historic Quincy Business District, explained to the aldermen that the plan was to have local artist Jennifer Bock-Nelson paint her "Focus" piece on the building. During the discussion, Alderman Mike Rein asked if he could see a picture of the mural, because it came across foggy on his computer. "It's supposed to foggy. It's an abstract piece of art," Brown said, which caused the people in the council chamber to laugh. Near the end of the meeting, Rein reiterated his support of the arts. "I appreciate and support the arts even if I don't understand them," he said.

GOOD CAUSE: Garage-sale season is about to break out in full swing across the region. One local student, Brittany Adkins of Hannibal-LaGrange University, is making plans to hold a yard sale for a good cause. As part of her senior project, she is planning a sale for 8 a.m. next Saturday, April 13, at Calvary Baptist Church, 4605 W. Ely Road in Hannibal, Mo. All proceeds will benefit the Shiloh Christian Children's Ranch, which has been taking care of abused and neglected children since 1977. Contributions for the sale can be dropped off at the student development office on the first floor of the Burt Administration Building on the HLGU campus. Adkins said clothing, shoes, appliances and electronics are welcomed.


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