2-27-2007

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A BROKEN COUPLER BLAMED FOR ST. JACOB TRAIN ACCIDENT

The cause has been determined for a train derailment last June near St. Jacob that led to the evacuation of several residents.  The Federal Railroad Administration recently released the results of its investigation that blames the failure of a cross key retainer, which allowed the coupler to fall off one of the cars.  The coupler hit the tracks and derailed one axle of that car.  Twenty-one cars in the eastbound train jumped the track including seven that contained hazardous materials like ammonium nitrate and hydrogen peroxide.  The spill led to the evacuation of thirty-five residents within a half-mile radius.  The evacuation lasted around twenty-five hours; however, there were no injuries.  The price tag on the damages has been pegged at $664,000. 


GRANITE CITY WOMAN STILL MISSING

The Illinois State Police are still asking for any information that may help their search for a missing Granite City woman.  Investigators say 34-year-old Melissa Kampmann was last heard from when she called her husband Thursday morning and told him she had a flat tire along westbound I-270 near mile marker 8.  When her husband arrived, Kampmann's van was there, but she wasn't.  Melissa Kampmann is described as white, 5-foot-7, 180 pounds, brown hair, and green eyes.  Anyone with any information on this missing person case should contact the Illinois State Police in Collinsville. 

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Photo of Melissa Kampmann



HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY MENINGITIS CASE NOT CONTAGIOUS

Highland school district parents were happy to hear on Friday that the elementary school student diagnosed with meningitis has the viral, or non-contagious form.  Highland Superintendent Marvin Warner confirmed to WGEL that those in contact with the student are not in danger.  Parents of Highland students were notified of the meningitis case last Thursday.  Additionally, it was learned on Friday that a Highland Middle School student has developed a case of the mumps.


WATSON HOSTS MEETING ON U OF I BROWNSTOWN FACILITY

For nearly 70 years, the University of Illinois’ agriculture test plot near Brownstown has been providing a service to the Ag industry and State Senator Frank Watson wants to keep it that way.  Watson met Friday at his Capitol office with the U of I Provost and Dean of Agriculture.  Both told Senator Watson that a decision on Brownstown would not be made until after the budgetary process.  Watson says he understands the university’s concern about continued budget cuts to the university system. 

A University of Illinois task force recommended closing the Brownstown Crop Sciences Facility as part of a reorganization of its Field Research and Education Centers around the state.  Watson said that if the school chooses to close its Brownstown facility the 120 acres it manages would revert back to the Fayette County Farm Bureau, because of a long-held agreement.




SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY BRADFORD NATIONAL BANK

Bradford National Bank has announced that it was once again award four $1,000 scholarships in 2007.  One each to graduating seniors at Greenville High School, Mulberry Grove High School, Highland High School and Triad High School.  Scholarship guidelines and applications can be picked up at each high school guidance office, each Bradford Bank location or they can be downloaded at www.BradfordBank.com.

Bradford National Bank president Frank Joy said they are pleased to offer these scholarships and feel it important to support the local school system.  For more information, contact the Bradford National Bank at 664-2200.


SPORTS

COMETS AND ACES REPRESENTED IN ALL-STAR GAME

Members of the Greenville Comets and Mulberry Grove Aces basketball teams have been chosen to play in the Carlinville Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Mid-Illinois All-Star Classic.  Bryan Atchison and Josh Patrick of the Comets and Aaron Kendall and Rueben Betts of the Aces were elected by coaches of the participating teams for the East All-Star Team.  Jason Mollett will serve as an alternate for that team.  Comets coach Todd Cantrill is leading the squad in the game scheduled for March 25 at Carlinville High School. 

TUESDAY SPORTS (2/27)

HS BASKETBALL
The Highland Bulldogs season ended Monday night with a 51-40 loss to Centralia at the Mater Dei Regional.  Tyler Donaldson led Highland with 12 points.

Two Clinton County teams are in the Dupo Class A Sectional.  Breese Central plays Madison tonight at 7:30pm while Wesclin takes on Lovejoy-Lincoln Wednesday at 7:30pm.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Congratulations to the SIU-Carbondale Salukis as they are now ranked 11th in the nation according to the latest AP poll.

JR HIGH VOLLEYBALL
At the Beecher City 7th Grade Regionals, the Pocahontas Lady Indians won 25-23, 26-24 over Brownstown.  Adrianna Kuhl had 6 aces.  Pocahontas plays Cowden Herrick in the next round of the Regionals.


OBITUARIES

NONE TO REPORT


GREENVILLE SOPHMORE WINS ESSAY CONTEST

A local Greenville High School Sophomore was the winner of the Greenville Knight's of Columbus essay contest.  Lindsey Holden wrote an essay in response to the question "Should religious displays be allowed at municipal buildings?".  Lindsey was the recipient of a $75 U.S. Savings Bond and her essay is now in line for the Chapter Contest. 

Lindsey's Advanced English teacher, Mary Graber told WGEL that she offered the assignment to the class, whom were all willing to participate.  Graber said that if Lindsey's essay makes it past the chapter level contest in March, it would go on to the state essay contest in May.

 

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