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Don’t Miss This: Changes coming to Belleville Catholic Diocese

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▪ Planned restructuring will “affect every parish in the diocese” according to Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton.

The Belleville Catholic Diocese is trying to figure out how to serve its parishioners in the future as it deals with a shortage of priests.

▪ Flames whipped by gusting winds consumed a Trenton store Sunday.

The Dollar Store at 522 E. Broadway, burned to the ground as winds of up to 50 mph made it impossible to keep flames from spreading.

By the time fire trucks arrived, what was originally described as smoke on the roof of the building evolved into half of the roof in flames.

▪ A Highland principal has sued her school district with a claim that she is paid less than her male predecessors.

Karen Gauen argued that the male who was principal prior to her hire made $25,000 more than her in base salary even though she claims to be better qualified, better educated and more experienced.

According to the lawsuit, Gauen was humiliated by the fact that she earned $89,000 as principal while a male assistant principal earned $90,000 to do a job with less responsibility and authority.