ACCIDENTAL DEATH RULING IN OHREN FAMILY ACCIDENT
A coroner's jury held in St. Clair County on last Wednesday has ruled a September 30, 2006 fatal crash an "accidental death". The head-on collision that occurred on Illinois Route 177 and Radio Range Road took the lives of 40 year-old Gary Ohren, his wife Lora, 39, and their two children Kody, 12, and Emily, 8, all of rural Pocahontas; and Gary's mother Judy Ohren of Alhambra. Evidence at the scene showed that a Chevy Tahoe, driven by Myron Lee Schanuel, allegedly hit the family's minivan head-on. Schanuel was also killed in the crash. Information brought forth at the coroner's inquest revealed that Schanuel's blood alcohol level at the time of the accident, was allegedly 0.22 almost three times the legal limit.
AFHM RAILROAD PICKING UP STEAM
If you visited the American Farm Heritage Museum last year you saw just a glimpse of the future of the miniature passenger railroad. The rail division recently finalized its 4 Phase layout allowing for a loop to loop set-up with almost ¾ of a mile of mainline track. There is currently over 800 feet of track on the ground at the museum and Rail Division President David Kessenger told WGEL that building track is their first priority. Kessinger said another 2,800 feet of track must be installed to complete phase one. They hope to have this phase done for the AFHM’s annual show in July. The group has developed a way to build track indoors using a template which, according to Kessinger, will enable them to haul the track panels to the museum and place them like a bigger and heavier version of an electric train set.
The AFHM Rail Division is always in need of volunteers to build track. Work days are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays (starting at 8:30a.m.) and the 2nd and 4th Thursdays (starting at 6:30p.m.) at Frueh Transportation.
The G-16 diesel train is currently at the vocational school in Vandalia being repainted as a school project. They hope to have the engine back by mid-February and a completely repainted train set by the time school is out.
The group must raise an estimated $13,000 to $15,000 to meet the budget needed to complete phase one this year. People interested in helping can adopt-a-tie for a $75 donation and the tie will actually be installed in the railroad with their named engraved in the tie. The ties are plastic and have a lifespan of over 150 years. There is also a “name a railcar program” providing sponsorship of an engine or car for the life of that equipment. For more information on the AFHM Rail Division, contact David Kessinger at 593-7742.
GC MLK OBSERVANCE
Greenville College will be "Remembering a Hero" today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The campus organization, Mosaic, will hold three different events for students and the community. At 9am there will be a celebration walk through downtown Greenville. The walk will start at the student union and head down College Avenue to the square and back to campus. Then at 4PM, also in the student union, there will be a poetry reading along with music and the various speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day will end in the Armington Center with a dinner at 5PM. All events are open to everyone in the community.
CLOSINGS FOR MLK
Monday is the annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Area schools, post offices, banks, the Bond County courthouse and offices, and the Greenville Public Library will be closed. The city of Greenville officers, however, will be open.
UTIITY POLE HIT
Victor J. Munie reported to the Bond County Sheriff's Department Saturday night that sometime between Friday and Saturday, someone had hit a utility pole located in his yard along Rt. 143. The vehicle also hit a phone box and made several ruts in his yard. The vehicle has not been located and police have no suspect at this time. The incident is under investigation.
ILLINOIS #1 IN NATION FOR HEALTHCARE FOR WORKING PARENTS
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured released a report crediting Illinois for being #1 in the nation for providing healthcare to working parents who need it. This is the third year in a row that Illinois has been on the top of the list in continuing to expand access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare to working men and women and their children. Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, said that Illinois' experience underscores the pivotal role that Medicaid and SCHIP play to ensure that all children have health care coverage. The implementation of expanded coverage, combined with outreach and family-friendly enrollment procedures serve as a model for other states, Rowland added.
In the last year, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California have also moved to provide insurance to all children. The Kaiser Commission credits Illinois with sparking the national movement.
WORKSHOP OFFERED ON AT-RISK CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Mark Drone, Regional Superintendent of Schools, serving Bond and Fayette Counties, invites anyone who is interested in learning more about at-risk children and youth, school improvement, and alternative education to attend a training titled “The Kids Left Behind: Catching Up the Underachieving Children of Poverty”. The workshop will be held on Monday, February 12 from 10am-3pm at the Holiday Inn in Collinsville. This workshop is for educators, counselors, administrators, and Continuum of Care and other service providers. The first 100 educators and the first 100 Continuum of Care providers will be able to attend at no cost. There is a fee of $20 for everyone else. Conference materials and lunch will be provided. The first 100 educators to register will receive a free copy of Dr. Barr’s Book. Additional books will be available for purchase onsite.To register for the workshop or for more information call Brenda at 283-1763.
The Varsity Comets lost to Vandalia 65-60 on Friday night. Bryan Atchison had 17. The Comets were 51-29 winners over Roxana on Saturday in the opening round of the Litchfield Tournament. Jason Mollett had 12. Greenville plays Nokomis Tuesday night at 6 in the Litchfield Tourney.
The Lady Comets lost their opener at the Highland Tournament 82-53 on Saturday. Monique Williams scored 15.
MARJORIE A. SCHAAF
Marjorie A. Schaaf, age 60 of Belleville and formerly of Chicago, passed away Thursday (Jan 11) at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Memorial services for 60-year-old Marjorie A. Schaaf will be today at 11am at the Young Funeral Home. Interment will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call today after 10am at Young Funeral Home. Memorials to the Lem Rhoades Cancer Foundation. She was the sister of Geri Moore of Greenville.
CATHERINE L. NOLL
64 -year-old Catherine L. Noll of Centralia, formerly of Breese, passed away January 9 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. Funeral services for 64 -year-old Catherine L. Noll were held Sunday January 14, at 2:00 PM at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. Interment in the Elmwood Cemetery in Breese.
DOROTHY E. OBERNUEFEMANN
94 year-old Dorothy E. Obernuefemann, of Greenville, passed away Saturday January 13th at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, January 16th, at 11AM at St. Clare Catholic Church in O'Fallon. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Catholic Church, Shiloh Illinois. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donors choice. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon
ELBERT WESLEY "WES" EYMAN
Elbert Wesley "Wes" Eyman, age 57 of Keyesport, passed away Saturday January 13th at his home. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday January 16th at 11AM at Young Funeral Home Mulberry Grove. Interment will be in Taylor Cemetery Pittsburg Illinois. Friends may call Tuesday after 9AM at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Taylor Cemetery or Lincoln Land Hospice. Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove in charge of arrangements.
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