5-23-2006 




TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

Two men were arrested Sunday night for allegedly burglarizing JR's Mini Mart in Donnellson.  According to Montgomery County Under-Sheriff Rick Robbins, around 10:30 Sunday night, 21-year-old Derrick Abendroth of Taylor Springs and 24-year-old Travis Dutton of Vandalia allegedly broke into JR's and stole several miscellaneous items including alcohol and cigarettes.  They were both arrested after a witness saw one man running from the gas station to a nearby residence.  Upon arrival at the residence, deputies found several items allegedly from JR's and arrested the two men.  Abendroth and Dutton are both being held without bond in the Montgomery County jail. 



KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD APPROVED DESIGN OF PHASE I FOR VANDALIA CAMPUS

At Thursday's Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved the design for Phase I of the new Vandalia Campus.  The new campus in Vandalia will provide people in Bond and Fayette Counties with high-quality educational services, as well as a comprehensive array of student services.  The Board heard plans for the new Institute for Entrepreneurial Success, which will be located in the former CVS building in Centralia.  The Institute will combine the College's Small Business Development Center, as well as a number of education program starting in the elementary schools as well as a business incubator.  This will provide consulting services, expertise and marketing services to entrepreneurs.  Plans are to have the program up and running by this Fall.  Future plans include migrating the services to other communities in the College District. The Institute is being put together by the College with parternships with the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance, K-12 educators, KC faculty and staff and the Board of Trustees, local entrepreneurs and the University Alliance.

In other business, the Board hired Heather Payne as the new nursing professor and accepted the retirement of Enrollment Specialist Sue Hoyt and the resignation of Director of Business and Industry Kelly Bennett and Career Services Specialist Tom Broughton.  The Board also approved a resolution approving Shores Builders of Centralia for the construction of a softball field, commons area, and modifications to the baseball field.  A donation of a 1997 Chevrolet Van from Larry Irvin of the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia was accepted and the College's Adult Education and Literacy programs will use the van.

 




THREE MEN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED DRUG OFFENSES

Three of the men arrested last Wednesday evening following a drug sting in eastern Bond County have been officially charged.  The Illinois State Police South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, Tactical Response Team, and the Bond County Sheriff's Department were all involved in the investigation and subsequent arrests.  Charged in Bond County court are 49-year old John R. Bockstruck of Vandalia for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance; 46-year old Stephen D. Vaughn of Greenville for alleged Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance; and 57-year old John H. Crockran Jr. of Royal Lake on two counts of alleged Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance. 

According to court records, the charges against Crockran and Vaughn pertain to a substance less than 15 grams that allegedly contained cocaine.  Bockstruck was charged for allegedly initiating the process to purchase one gram of crack cocaine.  He was arrested May 17 on the parking lot of a Mulberry Grove business where he allegedly attempted to purchase the drug from an undercover South Central Illinois Drug Task Force officer. 

A fourth man, 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 was also wanted on a federal warrant.  WGEL has been told that Smith could be facing charges in federal court. 


 

BLAGOJEVICH EXTENDS ILLINOIS CARES RX PROTECTION

In light of the fact that thousands of Ilinois' low-income seniors and persons with disabilities did not enroll in a Medicare Part D plan by the May 15 deadline, the state's Illinois Cares Rx program will continue to cover these people through December of this year.  Open enrollment for Medicare Part D does not start again until November 15, which means people will not be able to receive benefits until January 1, 2007.  People eligible for Medicare Part D and Illinois Cares Rx who did not select a Medicare Part D plan must select a Medicare Part D plan when enrollment reopens in November.  Once a person has enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan and begins receiving benefits, the Illinois Cares Rx coverage will still provide the wrap around coverage that it was designed to provide. People in Illinois who want to find out if they are eligible for or enroll in the Illinois Cares Rx program, need assistance with Medicare Part D enrollment, or would like to know the nearest location of one of the Senior Health Insurance Program offices can call the Department on Aging Help Line at 1-800-252-8966 or the Senior Health Insurance Program at 1-800-548-9034. 

 



ROAD CLOSURES

The Bond County Highway Department will be closing Mt. Gilead Road Wednesday (5/24) from 8am until 10am for cross culvert replacement.  Plant School Avenue will also be closed Wednesday from 10:30am until 12:30pm for cross culvert replacement.

 

GRANBERG HELPS SECURE $12 MILLION TO EXPAND AMTRAK SERVICE IN CENTRALIA

In an effort to protect local interests, State Representative Kurt Granberg helped secure an additional $12 million in passenger rail service funding, nearly doubling state support for Amtrak and adding another daily trip between Carbondale and Chicago.  According to Granberg, Centralia now has more rail service than at any time since the early 1970s.  This gives residents in Southern Illinois reliable and affordable access to many other parts of the state. Granberg states that investment in passenger rail service will help local residents save time and money when traveling and allow the state to grow its economy and conserve energy. Because of gas prices, ridership on the Centralia line has grown by 26% since 2003.  

SPORTS

TUESDAY SPORTS

HS BASEBALL
The Varsity Comets lost 11-10 to Pana and finished 2nd in the conference.  Craig Kniepmann had three hits including a double, Chad Nelson had two hits including a double, and Scott Lurkins had two hits including a homerun.  The Comets finished the season with a 19-11 mark, 8-2 in the conference.

JR HIGH TRACK
Congratulations to former Greenville resident Ed Breuchaud, coach of the Nashville Junior Hornets track teams.  The Nashville Middle School boys won the Class S State Track championship recently.  The school's 4 x 200 varsity relay team set a new state record of 1:41.47 in the event.

 


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