5-22-2006

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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN ACCIDENT

An Old Ripley man died early Sunday morning from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident.  The Bond County Sheriff's Department reports that 42-year old Jack S. Kuegler was eastbound on State Street in Pocahontas when he lost control of his Harley Davidson on a curve.  Deputies believe Kuegler was thrown from the motorcycle into a creek where his body was found.  Kuegler was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland where he was pronounced dead. 

 

HILLS FORT SOCIETY ANNOUNCES SEVERAL FUND RAISERS


Five years since their creation, the Hill's Fort Society is getting closer to constructing a full scale replica of the fort.  The group is working with the American Farm Heritage Museum to build the fort on the south section of the museum grounds.  The first structure will be a 22 x 28 cabin followed by a 19 x 21 blockhouse and eventually the palisade walls. 

At their monthly meeting last week, the Adopt A Log program was unveiled.  Those donating $100 will have their name associated with one of the logs used in the construction of the fort and also receive a certificate and one year's membership.  The logs being used in the early phases of the construction have been donated by the Fort Massac historic site in southern Illinois.  Future logs will come from the timberland of two Hill's Fort Society member families. 

Hill's Fort president Bill Wilson and vice-president Kevin Kaegy have completed work on their second book.  Entitled "Forts and Blockhouses of Early Illinois",the 251 page book represents two years of work by the authors and will sell for $30.  Wilson said the book covers 166 locations ranging from the French era to the Blackhawk War.  The book should be off the printing press in early June.

Hill's Fort was the first seat of Bond County government and dates back to when Illinois was a territory.  It was the site of a September 1814 Indian ambush that claimed the lives of four Illinois Rangers.  In 2001, the actual Hill's Fort location was discovered by Jenny Simpson, an archaeological student and Bond County native.  The Hill's Fort monument can be found on Hill's Fort Avenue off Millersburg Road. 



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UPDATE ON DRUG RELATED ARRESTS

As reported earlier on WGEL, Wednesday evening the Illinois State Police South Central Illinois Drug Task Force and the Bond County Sheriff's Department, with assistance from the Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team, arrested several men in the Royal Lake/Mulberry Grove area on drug charges.  38-year-old Walter C. Smith of Royal Lake was arrested for alleged possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and Unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.  Smith also had a federal arrest warrant for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.  According to an agent with the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, federal agencies could be taking Smith's case because of federal warrants. 57-year-old John Crockran of Royal Lake was arrested for alleged unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. 46-year-old Stephen D. Vaughn of Greenville was charged with alleged possession of a controlled substance. All three are being held without bond.  Four residences were searched in the Mulberry Grove/Royal Lake area, with police finding drug paraphernalia, cannabis, crack cocaine, guns, money, and vehicles. Police also arrested 49-year-old John R. Bockstruck of Vandalia for an alleged drug offense and he is also being held without bond. According to an agent with the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, other people were taken into custody for questioning and were later released.  The agent also told WGEL that they have been working on the case for a year and a half and this was a big drug bust for this area and more people are expected to be arrested.



PLAN COMMISSION MEETING CANCELLED

The Plan Commission meeting for Monday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled because there is no business to consider. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 26.

BLANKENSHIP SELECTED BY KPD


The Kingsbury Park Board has chosen Blankenship Construction for dam rehabilitation and mechanical dredging at Patriot's Park lake.  The decision came during a special park board meeting Thursday night.  The KPD had received two bids for the job and selected Blankenship's offer which total $341,281.  This price includes several alternates such as additional dredging and culvert work.  KPD director Jerry Sauerwein told WGEL Blankenship's bid was around $29,000 less than the other bid received.  Sauerwein had recently met to discuss the bids with representatives from Cochran and Wilkens engineering firm, the Illinois Clean Lakes program, and the federal 3-19 program.  State and federal grant money are funding large portions of the Patriot's Park project.  The final bid that was accepted is higher than what was anticipated when the grant proposal was submitted a few years ago.  However, it was noted during Thursday's meeting that rising fuel prices can be largely attributed for the difference.


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VANDALIA NOT IN THE RUN FOR BOAT

Vandalia City Officials learned that Vandalia is no longer in the running for a project that calls for the riverboat named "The President" to be converted into a hotel and convention center. Neibert said that it is a disappointment because the project had a lot of opportunity for tourism.  The proposed site was around the west interchange area around the Wal-Mart where there is 23 acres. Neibert said that there was going to be pond system developed with a moat to give the appearance that the boat was on a river.  To relocate the boat, it is estimated that it will take 160-180 days to disassemble, load, and relocate it.  The boat is 54-feet tall, 295 1/2-feet long, and 84-feet wide.

MONDAY SPORTS

HS TRACK
Congratulations to Lindsey Holden of the Lady Comets as she finished 7th overall in the 100 and 5th overall in the 200 at the state track meet.  Her times were 13.09 in the 100 and 26.11 in the 200.

Two members of the Comets boys track team are advancing to state.  Lance Ward finished 1st in the 800 and Mitch Willman 2nd in the High Jump at Sectionals and are moving on to state.

HS BASEBALL
The Greenville Comets lost to Breese Central 3-1 in their Regional title game Saturday.  Greenville was held to three hits.  The Mulberry Grove Aces had lost to Breese Central on Friday 8-0.

The Comets travel to Pana today for a game that will determine the conference champs.

HS SOFTBALL
The Mulberry Grove Lady Aces were victorious over the St. Elmo Eagles 8-2 to win the Greenville Regional title Saturday.  The Lady Aces will play Breese Central Wednesday at 4pm in the Greenville Sectional.

HS TENNIS
Members of the Comets tennis team have qualified for state.  The Doubles team of Ian Wolf and Josh Patrick won in sectionals while Yuki Ishiki was 3rd in Singles.  All three are going to state.

JR HIGH TRACK
At the IESA State Meet in East Peoria, the representatives from the Greenville Lady Bluejays, Tishelle Riggins in the Discus and Nori Stone in the Long Jump, failed to advance from the preliminaries.

 


OBITUARIES

JACK KUEGLER

42-year-old Jack S. Kuegler of Old Ripley passed away Sunday morning, May 21, at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Funeral services for 42-year-old Jack S. Kuegler will be Wednesday, May 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.  Visitation will be Tuesday, May 23 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra and again Wednesday, May 24 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.  Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, IL.


 

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