According to the Galesburg Register-Mail, in Galesburg over the summer…
Shooter arrested, sentenced
One man was arrested in early June and one in early July for a shooting that occurred near Knox last spring on May 27. Two men had a dispute with people in a black SUV. The SUV drove away but then turned around and drove towards the men, at which point one man fired shots at the SUV. According to police, Xavier Parker handed a gun to Anthony Alfaro, who shot at the moving SUV. Parker, who pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon, was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison.
Kyle W. Myers and Mason R. Behymer, two teenagers from Abingdon, were killed by a train outside Galesburg on July 8. According to a release issued by the sheriff’s department, the boys were seen lying on the tracks by the train’s engineer and conductor shortly before they were hit. The reason the boys were lying there is unknown.
Intellihot, a company that makes sustainable water heaters, is moving to Galesburg. There is a large market for the tankless water heaters, which, according to Intellihot, are 98 percent efficient and have a lifespan of 20 years. The city council voted to give a $675,000 loan to Intellihot. They plan to create 144 new jobs in the next five years.
Cherry Street Restaurant & Bar
The Cherry Street Restaurant & Bar, which had been closed since July 18, 2009, reopened over the summer. The new owners, former residents of Monmouth, are glad to be back in the area. They plan to keep the name as well as the entertainment for which the American restaurant was known.
Kaldi’s coffeehouse on Simmons Street is being renamed The Beanhive. The name was submitted by Knox College junior Anne Horrell in a contest that began last May.
Police found a meth lab and an unconscious man in a Best Western Hotel room in late June. An employee of the hotel reported a suspicious odor and police entered the room after they received no response from the occupant. Two others, arrested later in a traffic stop, were also associated with the hotel room.
Artists begin community mural
Artists have begun working on a new community mural, a gift from Blick Art Materials celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary. The mural includes a portrait of Knox College along with other parts of Galesburg’s history including Carl Sandburg, the Orpheum Theatre and the railroad depot.