- Written by Kaitlyn Hoene
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- Written by Kolby Pemberton
- Category: Sports
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Imagine having someone pump your gas for you. That would be awesome in the freezing cold temperature that many states are experiencing right now, but in the spring, summer, and fall, it is not a burden to pump gas.
Beginning on January 2, 2018, House Bill 2482 will go into effect in the state of Oregon. The Bill was sponsored by Representative Cliff Bentz, who represents 5 small counties in rural Oregon. With the Bill comes change for the less populated counties in Oregon, a change that every state besides for New Jersey has already made. The Bill allows customers at gas stations to pump their own gasoline into their car.
While most people are just fine pumping their own gas in the other states, in Oregon many people are in shock that they will be required to pump their own gasoline. “I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian . . . I say NO THANKS! I don’t like to smell like gasoline!” one woman wrote on a Facebook post. Another man commented “I’ve lived in this state all my life and I REFUSE to pump my own gas . . . This [is] a service only qualified people should perform. I will literally park at the pump and wait until someone pumps my gas.”
While many people will be forced to pump their own gasoline, the “Disability Rights Oregon Act” requires self-service stations to aid customers with disabilities. Many gas stations have stated that they will keep the attendant at the pumps, but will also give the option to self-serve their own gasoline.
Although it is the “norm” in Illinois to pump your own gas, this legislation in Oregon is a huge shock for many of their citizens.
- Written by Nate Brown
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Stephen Berg is attending the IMEA Fall Festival. The festival is Thursday the 26th through Saturday the 28th. Stephen is departing for Peoria Wednesday night. To qualify for All State, Stephen had to get the first chair of the District 5 Band. District 5 Band tryouts were at Effingham High School. Mentionable schools in the district are Effingham, T-Town, St. Anthony, Vandalia, and Neoga. During the first day, Thursday, Stephen will be playing on his own in front of three judges. He will have to play random scales and cite read music all which he has not seen before. The judges will be behind a one way mirror so Stephen will not be able to see them. After all of the players have played, they will be ranked by chairs with the first chair being the best player. There are two bands; All State being the best band and the honor band being the second best band. Stephen plays the Baritone Saxophone and only two Baritone Saxophones make it in the All State Band. Stephen got first chair in the Honor Band last year making him the third best Baritone Saxophone player in the state. On Friday, the bands will practice their music for the concert Saturday. Stephen said his goal is to move up chair rankings and to have fun.