1-31-2007




SECOND DAY OF FILING IN BOND COUNTY FOR APRIL ELECTION

With two days down, candidates are still filing petitions for the April election for positions on various boards throughout the county. For the Unit 2 Board of Education, as of 4PM Tuesday, incumbent Ron Smith had filed to retain his seat, along with new candidate Scott Gaffner, looking to fill one of the two other open seats currently held by Roger Staff and Tom Theiss.

In the Village of Keyesport, there are three, 4-year trustee positions open that are currently held by Vernon Myers and Carl Wrone, both of whom are retiring, and Penny Sanders who just finished a 2-year term.  Tim Kious currently holds another 2-year unexpired term that is also open.  Along with these trustee openings, the Keyesport Village Clerk position held by Marylin Rich and the Treasurer's position held by Marsha Martin are open. 

In the Village of Pocahontas, there are also three, 4-year trustee positions open with incumbents Jim Kuhn and Jim Moore having filed to retain their seats.  Kelly Kuhn holds the third seat. WGEL will keep you up to date on the candidate filings. Monday February 5th is the last day to file petitions.


HIGHLAND WOMAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN IDOC FOR MURDER

A Highland woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murdering her husband, according to Metro News Source. 34-year-old Tammy Englerth entered a guilty plea in Madison County court in November 2006 to setting her husband on fire as he slept in January 2005. Her husband, 30-year-old Christopher Englerth died several days later from his burns.  The original report from the Highland police was that Tammy Englerth had poured gasoline over her husband while he was sleeping and then set the bed on fire. Prior to the sentencing, Tammy Englerth was serving a prison sentence for stealing $16,000 from a Highland business.

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ALAN AND DARLENE HARNETIAUX RETIRE AFTER NEARLY 40 YEARS OF SERVICE

With combined service totaling nearly 80 years, Alan and Darlene Harnetiaux, of Greenville, retired from Greenville Regional Hospital on December 31, 2006. Alan was hired as an accounting trainee at the then-Utlaut Memorial Hospital in 1967. He assumed supervision of the hospital store room in 1973, was promoted to the position of Fair Oaks administrator in 1978, and assumed leadership of the housekeeping, maintenance, and laundry departments in 1981. Then in 1996 Harnetiaux’s title was changed to senior manager of the hospital’s long term care division, which encompassed the operations of Fair Oaks and eventually Emerald Pointe and the Greenville Regional Hospital Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit.

Darlene Harnetiaux also began working at Utlaut Memorial Hospital in 1967 as a registered nurse in the medical surgical unit. Darlene assumed the head nurse position in 1968, where she served until 1970. She returned to Utlaut Memorial Hospital in 1972 as an RN. In 1976 she became the hospital’s in-service education manager. Harnetiaux, a licensed social worker, was named the director of the education department in 1980 and was promoted to senior manager over the diagnostic and treatment services division in 1996. During her tenure, Harnetiaux developed the annual Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair. A retirement party is planned for February.


LANDOWNERS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR WILDLIFE GRANT

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is encouraging Illinois wildlife groups and individuals interested in wildlife conservation to apply for financial assistance for projects that protect and manage non-game species in Illinois.  The State Wildlife Grant, funded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, provides funds for the protection of species in the greatest need, as identified in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan.

Annual SWG funds given to each state are disbursed according to population and land area, and are contingent upon annual funding appropriated by Congress. Applications and proposals must be submitted by April 16, 2007.  For more information, contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at 217-785-5907.

 
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SCIGA HOLDS ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The South Central Illinois Growth Alliance recently met and re-elected Salem Mayor Leonard Ferguson to his third term as chairman of the organization.  Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner was re-elected Vice-Chairman, Iuka Mayor Janie Grimes was elected Secretary and Kaskaskia College's Donna Hilgenbrink was elected treasurer.

SCIGA Director Art Borum reported on the increased interest over the past six months in the five-county region via their website.  Twenty-seven packets were sent out in the month of January to prospects and Borum is also working with those who have contacted his office.  Alan Owen, representing the South Illinois Construction Advancement Program announced the donation of $5,000 to SCIGA.  Owen commented that the construction industry and SCIGA go hand in hand in bringing jobs to the region.  Treasurer Hilgenbrink then announced three new investors in the Alliance with the communities of Breese, Albers and Germantown pledging their support.

The South Central Growth Alliance is a regional organization committed to promoting the counties of Bond, Fayette, Clinton, Marion and Washington for economic opportunities.  The next meeting will be February 28 at the Main Campus of Kaskaskia College.


WATSON’S DRUGSTORE HAS NEW OWNER

Watson's Drug Store in Greenville has been owned by the Watson Family for 126 years. This month the Caldieraro Family has become a part of that legacy. Bart and Carmen Caldieraro have entered into an agreement to purchase Watson's Drug Store. Frank and Susan Watson will maintain an interest in the store and the name will remain Watson's Drug Store.  Frank Watson complimented Bart's management of the store for the last 6 years. Frank went on to say "It's great to know that Watson's Drug Store is in good hands."

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Comets were 59-37 winners over Staunton. Kyle Dannaman had 12 points and Brian Atchison and Josh Patrick scored 10 each. The JV squad lost 41-35. 

Metro East Lutheran was a 76-53 winner over the Mulberry Grove Aces.  Aaron Kendall had 14 and Reuben Betts 12 for the Varsity Aces.  The JV Aces lost 56-40 as Jason Kendall scored 15. 

The Highland Bulldogs lost to Mascoutah 39-37 on a last second shot. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
At the Beecher City 8th Grade Regional, the Pocahontas Indians lost to Beecher City 50-29.  Jared Haberer had 10 points.

At the Kincaid South Fork 8th Grade Regional, the Sorento Greyhounds lost to Edinburg 52-36. Kevin Foley had 12 and Paul Schreiber 11.


OBITUARIES

PHILLIP W. SCHILDKNECHT

Phillip W. Schildknecht, 83 of Greenville and formerly of O'Fallon, IL, passed away Monday at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 83 year-old Phillip W. Schildknecht will be Saturday at 11am at the Schildknecht Funeral Home in O'Fallon with Rev. Darryl Bolen and Rev. Elmer Fenton officiating.  Interment in O'Fallon City Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4-8PM, with Masonic services at 7:30PM, at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville, and Friday from 4-8PM at the Schildknecht Funeral Home in O'Fallon.  Memorials may be made to the Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Shriner's Hospital for Children or the St. Louis Children's Hospital.

In 1949, Phil and his wife Frances founded the Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon, including an ambulance service. Expanding their business into Fairview Heights, they opened their second facility in 1952. He was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club in O’Fallon and Greenville, member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge #245 AF&AM. He was also a former Bond County Board Chairman, Bond County Democratic Party Chairman and Bond County Democratic Precinct Committeeman. He was also a member of the Greenville Country Club, Greenville Commercial Club, Glenwood Estates Senior Citizens and various Coffee Clubs throughout St. Clair and Bond County. In 1970, Phil and Frances purchased and became owner/operators of Dewey Schildknecht Funeral Home in Greenville, and the Ripperdan Schildknecht Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove in 1976. They moved to Greenville in 1978. In 1998, Phil retired from the business he had nurtured for so many years.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Philip Henry and Martha Ellen, nee Whitehead, Schildknecht, his wife Frances K. Schildknecht, a son Stephen P. Schildknecht, a brother Charles Schildknecht and a sister Martha Bode.

Phil is survived by 2 daughters, J. Christine (friend Terry Niehieser) Schildknecht of O’Fallon and Kate & Glenn Stoecklin of Pocahontas; a son, Phil Jr. & Peggy Schildknecht of O’Fallon; 6 grandchildren, Curt (fiancé Lorie “Mickie” Edwards) Schildknecht of O’Fallon, Tammy & Tony Young of Greenville, Aundi & Andy Mergner of Greenville, Phillip W. Schildknecht III of O’Fallon, Dustin Schildknecht of O’Fallon, and Michael Schildknecht of Lake of the Ozarks; and 5 great grandchildren, Ashley Young, Allison Young, Taylor Bailey, Emily Kay Schildknecht and Ethan Mergner.

HAZEL JONES

Funeral services for 89 year-old Hazel Jones, of Vandalia, will be held Friday at 10am at the Holt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia.  Visitation for 89 year-old Hazel Jones will be from 6-8PM Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia.  Memorials are suggested to the Soroptimist International or the First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

Hazel was the mother of Jan Stover of Greenville and Jeff Jones of Vandalia.

 

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