02-13-2007

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THREE FROM VANDALIA SENTENCED TO IDOC FOR CHILD BATTERY

Three Vandalia residents, who were each charged in October 2006 for alleged Aggravated Battery to a Child, were sentenced in Fayette County Court this past week to the Illinois Department of Corrections.  27 year-old Sue A. Williams, the mother of the two victims, received a 12 year prison term, 30 year-old April Denton a nine year sentence and 27 year-old Damen H. Cheek a six year incarceration.  Under the criminal "truth in sentencing" guidelines, each will serve 85% of their sentence on the Class X felonies.

According to Fayette County States Attorney Steven Friedel, the confessions from the three defendants allegedly revealed that the children had been placed in a scalding hot bathtub, and that the 3 year-old victim had received 2nd and 3rd degree burns.  The burns to the six year-old were not as severe.  Friedel praised the teacher at the Jefferson Primary School whose concerns lead to a DCFS investigation and the discovery of the three year-old, who was not receiving professional medical treatment.

Friedel believes that as the mother of the victims, Sue A. Williams had the greater obligation to protect them, and therefore received a longer sentence.  After the three were arrested, the children were placed in foster care.


BOND IS ONE OF FEDERAL DISASTER COUNTIES

Bond County is one of eighteen Illinois counties to be declared a federal disaster from the late November ice storm.  Congressman John Shimkus made the announcement on Friday.  Other counties named federal disasters include Fayette, Madison, and Montgomery.  This designation allows local governments to be reimbursed for "emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities."  The November 30 ice storm left tens of thousands in Illinois without power for days.

ALPLM'S REUNION RETURNS

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Presents "Reunion - A Musical Epic in Miniature".  The hit musical will return for six performances in Union Theater.  It first debuted at the ALPLM last spring and is set on April 14, 1890, twenty-five years to the day of Lincoln's death.  Reunion is a musical play about a troupe of actors performing a show about Lincoln and the Civil War.  It is an attempt to tell the story of the Civil War through the eyes of those who took up the Union cause.

The show dates for "Reunion - A Musical Epic in Miniature" are February 23-25 and March 2-4.  Performances begin at 7:30PM on Fridays and Saturdays and at 6:00PM on Sundays.  Tickets went on sale Monday, January 29.  For more information call 217-558-8934.


RAIN TOTALS (as of 7:30am)

Rain totals for the city of Greenville since 6am Monday are .89 at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Route 40, .82 at 6th Street, and .80 at Idler Lane and Route 140.  Rain will be changing to snow throughout the day.


GREENVILLE JUNIOR HIGH SPELLING BEE WINNERS

On Monday, February 12, the Greenville Junior High held its annual Scripps-Howard spelling bee.  The winner was Logan Lippert, eight-grade daughter of Joe and Diane Lippert.  The runner-up was Brad Sutton, the sixth-grade son of Bob and Jennifer Sutton.  Logan won by correctly spelling "mongrel" and will be participating in the Bond-Fayette-Effingham Spelling Bee at the Mulberry Grove Elementary School on Wednesday, February 28 at 7PM.  The top four spellers will then advance to the Millikin University Regional Spelling Bee in Decatur.

Greenville Junior High language teachers give a fifty word preliminary written test to all sixth, seventh and eight graders in their language classes.  The top spellers on the written test go on to compete in the school spelling bee.




PATRIOT’S PARK REOPENED TO PUBLIC

Patriot’s Park is again open to the public after months of work on the lake.  At Monday night’s KPD board meeting, Director Jerry Sauerwein said most of the current project is completed with the next phase scheduled to be the creation of wetlands on property north of Route 127.  Sauerwein commented that project engineer, Cochran-Wilkens, is still in discussions with the Corps of Engineers about the wetlands. 

With the new boat ramp ready for use, the park board approved a rate increase for Patriot’s Park boat stickers.  The charge is now $10 in-district and $30 out-of-district.  Several residents have shared their concerns on whether the work at the lake had caused a fish kill.  Sauerwein stated that there was no fish kill and that the Illinois Department of Fisheries is planning on doing another fish survey this fall.  Due to its lack of use, the payphone at Patriot’s Park has been removed. 

The Kingsbury board voted in favor of a new three-year contract with Melrose Pyrotechnics for July 4th fireworks.  The cost is $4,400 a year which marks a $200 increase over the last contract.

Wednesday at 5pm is the deadline for children to get registered for the spring flag football league.  For more information, contact the park district office. 

Work continues on the fiscal year 2007 budget.  A public hearing is scheduled for 6:30pm March 12 prior to the regular monthly board meeting.

Following a fifty minute closed session, the KPD board approved the closed session minutes from October 2006 through January 2007 but will keep them sealed. 

You can see the video of the Kingsbury Park Board meeting tonight at 6pm on Greene County Cable Channel 3 in Greenville. 


TUESDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The 8th grade Lady Bluejays lost to Litchfield last Thursday.  Chelsie Stewart had 3 kills and Mallory Smith 5 aces.  The 7th graders also lost to Litchfield.  Kelley Faulkner had 3 kills and 6 aces and Tesia Snow 5 aces.

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
At the Vandalia Sectional, Breese Central was a 67-31 winner over Lebanon.  Carlyle defeated Okawville 40-39.  Breese Central will take on Carlyle Thursday at 7:30pm for the Vandalia Sectional title.

TONIGHT ON WGEL:
The Comets are hosting Carlyle


OBITUARIES

LOIS SMITH

Lois Smith, 78 of Greenville, passed away Monday in Hillsboro.  Funeral arrangements are pending for 78 year-old Lois Smith at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville .

Lois was the widow of the Late State Trooper Allan E. Smith

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