10-26-2006




COUPLE EXTRADITED TO KENTUCKY TO FACE MURDER CHARGES

A Kentucky couple accused with allegedly murdering a social worker has been returned to that state by Illinois authorities.  Christopher Luttrell and Renee Terrell were arrested October 19 near Godfrey, Illinois.  The couple allegedly murdered social worker Bonnie Frederick when she brought Terrell's 10-month old son for a supervised visit.  Terrell had lost custody of the child and he was living with foster parents.  Kentucky State Police allege that Terrell and Luttrell killed Frederick, kidnapped the child, and then fled in the social worker's car.

The couple allegedly used the social worker's credit card at a Smithboro gas station on the evening of October 16.  A security camera at the business confirmed that the car was there.  Investigators believe the couple had no connection to this area.  Luttrell and Terrell were extradited to Henderson, Kentucky on Wednesday. 


VANDALIA MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT ON ROUTE 64

A Vandalia man was seriously injured early Wednesday morning when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 64 near O'Fallon.  26-year-old Duke Stokes was going west in the eastbound lanes when he struck an oncoming UPS semi driven by a St. Louis man.  The Vandalia man's car then collided with a pickup truck parked in a construction zone along the road.  Stokes was taken from the scene to a St. Louis hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  The other driver, 57-year-old George Williamson, suffered minor injuries. 


MG SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM

For the first time in over fifteen years, the Mulberry Grove Fire Department is promoting a junior firefighter program.  Department members Tracey Ulmer and Chad Earnest shared the proposal at Monday night’s Mulberry Grove Unit 1 School Board meeting.  A third firefighter, Mac Wall, will also be involved as a mentor.  The department will accept a maximum of nine teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18.  Firefighters will conduct an orientation for students to explain how the program works.

A presentation on the promethean interactive board was made by teacher Lindy Zeeb.  This technology is similar to the smart board currently used in many schools.

The Mulberry school board heard a proposal from Joe Wright of Central States Bus Sales and approved the leasing of seven buses.  This will allow Unit 1 to upgrade the older buses in its fleet. 

Other action taken included the hiring of technology teacher Shawn Rosenberg for the remainder of the school year and the approval of the intergovernmental agreement with the Okaw Vocational Center and the risk management plan.


FAIR OAKS TO HOST TRICK OR TREAT FUN TRAIL FOR ALL AGES

Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to take a walk through the Trick or Treat Fun Trail at Fair Oaks, located adjacent to Greenville Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, October 31. The trick or treating event is free and open to the public and will be held from 5:30-8:00pm.  Residents will be sitting in the hallways in front of their rooms and will have a bag of candy, which they will hand out to participants.

The purpose of the Fair Oaks Trick or Treat Fun Trail is to provide a fun and safe environment for children and their families and to offer residents a chance to interact with youngsters. After participants complete their walk through the Trick or Treat Fun Trail, they will be served hotdogs, cupcakes, and drinks in the common area near the entrance.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSTS SCREENING CLINIC FOR SHRINERS HOSPITAL

Greenville Regional Hospital hosted a free orthopedic clinic for children this past Saturday in partnership with the Bond County Shrine Club.  Two families participated in the free screenings and both were referred to the Shriner's Hospital in St. Louis for further evaluation.  Approximately 99 percent of children examined at screening clinics are referred to Shriners.  Ten percent of those will outgrow their problem and not require treatment.  Children from infancy to 18 years of age are admitted to Shriner's hospitals based on medical needs such as skeletal, bone, and muscle birth defects. Burn institutes are also available to serve children who have been severely burned. 

Approximately 1,200 children are treated each month at the St. Louis Shriner's Hospital.  There is no cost to the patient, parents or any third party for treatment at Shriner's Hospital.  Children not examined during a Shriners screening clinic can be directly referred to the hospital by contacting any member of the Bond County Shrine Club or calling the patient application department at 1-800-850-2960.


KC STUDENTS FROM BOND COUNTY ELECTED TO BOARD

Kaskaskia College recently elected students to become members of the Student Congress for the current school year.  Among the twenty-three students elected were two from Bond County, Kristin Isaak of Greenville and Sara Volkmar of Sorento.  Student Congress members are elected at the beginning of each fall term.  They serve as the official representatives of the student body.  One of their purposes is to encourage and promote interest in college affairs and activities. 


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NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN SEPARATE ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS

No one was seriously injured in two rollover accidents in Bond County that both occurred on Saturday.  According to deputies, 27-year-old Billie J. Matthews of Mulberry Grove was southbound on Gun Club Road when she lost control of her car in loose gravel.  The Chevrolet Cavalier slid into a ditch and overturned onto its top.  In the other accident, 33-year-old Kelly E. Matthews of Greenville was westbound on Albert Avenue and swerved to avoid a deer in the road causing the vehicle to strike a bridge and overturn.  Neither Matthews nor a passenger were injured.


ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON ROUTE 160 NEAR GRANTFORK

Beginning today two-way traffic on Route 160 will resume at the Silver Creek bridge south of Grantfork.  According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there will be intermittent daytime lane closures for the remainder of the project.  Traffic will be guided through the work zone by flaggers.  Bridge replacement and related road work are expected to be complete by late Fall.


ACADEMIC FOUNDATION DINNER IS OCTOBER 30

The Unit 2 Academic Foundation's membership dinner is Monday October 30 at the First Christian Church Family Life Center.  This annual event features the announcement of the teachers' grant requests that have been selected.  Over $26,000 in requests were received this year with over $11,000 to be awarded.  Since 1990, the Academic Foundation has been helping fund requests from teachers in the district's five buildings. 

This year's banquet features music by the Greenville High School music department and a short program by the Greenville Elementary second graders.  Tickets for the Unit 2 Academic Foundation dinner are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-12 and may be purchased at Bradford National Bank, Watson's Drug Store, and all of the district schools. 


THURSDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Lady Bluejays lost to Hillsboro 41-16 Tuesday night.  Carsen Funneman had 6 points and Micah Rush 7 rebounds. 

HS VOLLEYBALL
Good luck to the Lady Comets as they continue their post season tonight against #2 seed Alton Marquette at the Hillsboro Regional.  The action begins at 7PM. 


OBITUARIES

TERRY CHESSER

Terry Chesser, age 62 of Panama, passed away Wednesday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services for 62-year-old Terry Chesser will be held Sunday (10/29) at 2PM at the Panama United Methodist Church.  Visitation is Saturday from 4 until 7PM at Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery.


FAVORITE JOHNNY CASH SONG PICKED BY GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

A love for country music led to a project for a Greenville High School student. Alex Dalenberg conducted a survey of his fellow students to find out what their favorite Johnny Cash song is.  The survey was for an English and Math class project.  Over 150 students voted and the favorite Johnny Cash song was “Ring of Fire”.  Coming in second was “I Walk The Line” and third was “A Boy Named Sue”.


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