Zion-Benton News


Stories from the December 1, 2016 Issue

Football coach files lawsuit against school board members

By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff 

Zion-Benton Township High School football coach Robert Moynihan and his wife Joyce, have filed a federal lawsuit against one past and three current members of the Z-BTHS Board of Education.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, the lawsuit stems from attacks on Robert Moynihan by board member Linda Powell, who felt her son should be playing quarterback more often. The lawsuit alleges Powell schemed to remove Moynihan as head football coach and traded votes with other board members who sought to remove Dr. Chris Clark as District 126 superintendent.

The lawsuit alleges Powell agreed to vote to remove Clark if Thomas Handyside, Kathleen Richards and Loren Karner would vote to remove Moynihan. Handyside has since resigned from the board. Powell, Richards and Karner are still serving on the board. Karner is the board president.

Moynihan was hired as a special education teacher and head varsity football coach in March 2014 for the 2014-15 school year. According to the lawsuit, Moynihan began having problems with Powell after he named a player other than her son as starting quarterback.

Powell was sanctioned by the school board after complaints about her behavior at a football game on Oct. 23, 2015. She was accused of going on to the football field and threatening Moynihan, and getting into an altercation with the father of the starting quarterback. The school board found Powell had engaged in this misconduct and sanctioned her, banning her from games and practices for a period of time. The lawsuit alleges Powell’s attacks against Moynihan increased after she was sanctioned.


Remembering the attack on Peal Harbor 75 years later

By Sandy Dickson
Zion-Benton News staff 

Dec. 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led by Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo.

The surprise attack is the event that brought the United States into World War II.
Located on the south side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Pearl harbor is still home to a large U.S. strategic naval base.

On that quiet morning, 353 Japanese planes attacked in two waves. They only attacked the ships at Pearl Harbor and planes at a nearby airfield. The primary target had been aircraft carriers, which were not there at the time. Nor did they attack the repair facilities, fuel and oil storages and the submarine base. Because they felt their first attack did not meet their goal, a planned additional attack was cancelled.

It was a quiet and beautiful sunny morning when the surprise attack occurred at 7:55 a.m. It lasted until 9:45 a.m..--110 horrible minutes. The Japanese wanted to dishearten the American people to keep them out of World War II, but it worked in reverse.

It so riled Americans, that not only did it spur the U.S. into the war, but teens flocked the recruitment stations to sign up, many lying about their age, making themselves older to be eligible. 

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Enjoy the Holidays

Visit Shiloh House and other events.


Battle of the Books winners
Beach Park Middle School students took first place in Battle of the Books at the Illinois School Library Media Association’s Young Adult Day. Winners include: Elena Merrell, Ms. Jeanné Aken, Terra Herberger, Savannah Walsh and Rebecca Stalter.


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