12-19-2007



MATTOON ANNOUNCED AS THE FUTUREGEN SITE 

 

On Tuesday, Mattoon, Illinois was announced as the site of the FutureGen facility, the world’s first coal-fueled, near-zero emissions power plant. This plant will prove the feasibility of producing low-cost electricity and hydrogen from coal, while producing nearly no emissions. The selection of Mattoon represents the culmination of more than 5 years of work from people at various levels of the government, the scientific community, and many enthusiastic citizens of both Mattoon and Tuscola, Illinois, which was another site being seriously considered for this project. 


 8 YEAR-OLD GIRL KILLED IN OWN DRIVEWAY 

 

An eight year-old Collinsville girl was accidentally killed Monday morning when she was struck by a car and pulled underneath the vehicle. According to information from the Madison County Coroner's Office, Ashlynn M. Lauber, of Collinsville Township, along with three other children, was being taken to the school bus stop Monday morning. Her Mother, Loreli Lauber, was backing from their driveway, when she stopped the car to remove snow shovels from the drive. Ashlynn got out of the front seat before the car had been put in park, saying she had forgotten her hat. The backwards moving car struck her, causing her to fall underneath the wheels of the car which then rolled over her. Ashlynn was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville by Collinsville Fire Department Ambulance, where she was pronounced dead at 9:55 am Monday. 

 

Ashlynn's parents have consented to tissue donation, arranged through Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis, giving a gift of life to others in need at a very special time of the year.

 

Funeral arrangements for Ashlynn M. Lauber are pending at the Laughlin Funeral home in Troy.


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ACCIDENT IN CLINTON COUNTY CLAIMS LIFE

 

In a two-car crash, early Saturday morning, approximately three miles north of Trenton, one person was killed and two were taken to area hospitals, in critical condition. According to the Clinton County Sheriff's Report, at 12:14 AM Saturday, December 15th, a car, driven by Sharon Kaufmann of Trenton, was southbound on Rt. 160, when an owl flew into the windshield causing her to swerve into the left lane.  The Kaufmann car collided head-on with a northbound car, driven by Marvin Chaffin of Highland. 

 

According to Clinton County Coroner Dave Moss, Marvin Chaffin was killed instantly.  His wife Grace, a passenger, was critically injured and taken by Highland Ambulance Service to St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.  She was later transferred to St. Louis University Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

 

Sharon's husband Steve, a passenger in the Kaufmann car, was not injured.  Sharon Kaufmann was taken by Trenton-Sugar Creek Ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Breese and later transferred to St. Louis University Hospital, where she remains.  Her current condition is not known.

 

The crash left the Chaffin car in the east ditch and the Kaufmann car remained crossways in the middle of the road.  Headlights on both vehicles were also knocked out.  Shortly after the crash occurred, a truck approached the scene, and could not avoid hitting the Kaufmann vehicle, still in the roadway.  The driver, of the truck, was not injured.


MADISON COUNTY MAN IMPRISONED FOR CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

 

On Tuesday, December 17th, Clarence Thomas, a 46-year-old man from Madison County, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, 5 years of supervised release, and $26,802 in restitution payable to the Granite City Steel Federal Credit Union.  Thomas was convicted in September of one count of aggravated robbery of a credit union and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.  Three co-defendants previously pled guilty and have been sentenced.  A fourth defendant has been convicted on related charges and is still awaiting sentencing.      

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POSSIBLE ROSE BOWL TICKET SCAM

 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has some advice for you if you plan to see the Illini play in the Rose Bowl.  Do business only with legitimate people and be careful of paying for tickets or hotel rooms before seeing them.  Be careful of package deals that are "too good to be true."  Make a few phone calls and check out your purchases in advance to avoid being scammed.


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WHO’S MINDING THE CHRISTMAS STORE

 

Tune in all this week for your chance to play "Who’s Minding the Christmas store".  When you hear your favorite DJ open up the game call WGEL Radio.  If you’re the correct caller you get to play live on the air, and if you choose the right store you’ll win the prize.  It’s Holiday fun with "Who’s Minding the Christmas Store" on WGEL Radio. 

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

In a game heard live on WGEL Radio, the Highland Bulldogs basketball team was defeated by Salem.  Although the game was close the Bulldogs never lead at the end of a quarter and lost 65-59. 

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Mulberry Grove Aces 8th and 7th grade boys teams lost to St. Elmo on Tuesday.  Final score in the 8th grade game was 40-29 and the 7th grade score was 40-28.


OBITUARIES

NATHAN E. SORRELL

 

Nathan E. Sorrell age 71 of rural Mulberry Grove passed away Monday December 17th at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield.  Funeral services for 71 year-old  Nathan E. Sorrell will be conducted Saturday December 22nd at 1PM at the Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery, Pittsburg Illinois.  Friends may call Saturday after twelve noon at the Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. 


JOSEPH J. MATULA, JR.

 

Joseph J. Matula Jr., age 63, of Alhambra, passed away Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 63 year-old Joseph J. Matula Jr. are pending at the Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.


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