7-3-2007

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HIGHLAND WOMAN FILES APPEAL ON MURDER CHARGES

A Highland woman, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison earlier this year, is pursuing an appeal. 34 year-old Tammy Englerth pled guilty to murdering her husband Christopher in January 2005 by pouring gasoline on him while he slept and setting him on fire. Englerth took a plea bargain with the Madison County State's Attorney's office, as prosecutors agreed to no more than a 40-year prison sentence.

After the 40-year sentence was handed down in January, Englerth filed a motion asking for a reduction in her sentence. The request was denied in March. Englerth has now filed an appeal in the Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon. According to the Madison County Sheriff's Department, the 5th District Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon handles all of their appeals. There has been no court date set at this time.


LAST DQ ROBBER SENTENCED IN BOND COUNTY COURT

Jason T. McCullough, 20 of Tustin, CA, was sentenced in Bond County Court last week on felony Aggravated Battery charges. He was one of three men who robbed a Dairy Queen employee in May of 2006. McCullough, along with Brandon Stewart were wearing masks, indicated they had a gun, and struck the victim in the face when they robbed the employee of the night deposit bag. The two fled in a vehicle driven by Barton Davis, but a Bond County Deputy stopped the three on their way out of town. McCullough is the last of the three to be sentenced. He will serve 100 days in the Bond County Jail, 150 hours of community service and 48 months of probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution to be determined a later court date and contribute $2,500 of his bail money toward the Bond County Anti Crime Fund.


AUCTION FOR MARINER'S VILLAGE CANCELED LAST WEEK

Mariner's Village Resort in Carlyle was to be auctioned off to the highest bidder this past Friday at 10am, however, the sale was canceled early that morning. According to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, there's no word yet on the reason for the cancellation and any sign that the auction will be rescheduled.

A foreclosure was issued on the property, in March of this year, after records showed that the owners were six years behind in payments.


GC PROGESSOR TO TEACH IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Dr. Richard Houston, Director of the History/Political Science Department at Greenville College, will be lecturing on social studies teaching methods and history research methods at the University of Central America in Managua, Nicaragua. He recently found out that he had been awarded his third Fulbright Award, allowing him to begin the teachings in February 2008. Houston became a faculty member at Greenville College in 1994.

While in Nicaragua, he will perform research for a comparative study of the histories of the region. His wife and son will be taking part in a local missionary school while there.

GILHAM LODGE 809 BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

The Gilham Lodge 809 AF & AM in Mulberry Grove sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday, June 28th. Twenty-six units were collected. Doris Pruitt was presented a 17-gallon pin, and Lavern Elam earned a 12-gallon pin.


RAIN TOTALS FOR JUNE

According to the City of Greenville rain gauges, the month of June brought in the third highest amount of rain so far this year. There were 3.28 inches of rain reported at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Route 40, 3.19 inches at 6th Street, and 3.63 inches of rain at Route 140 and Idler Lane. The ten-year June average for rain is 4.513 inches of rainfall.

During the Month of June, there were 17 straight days with no precipitation. The most rainfall for one day was on June 25th, with 1.51 inches of rain reported. The rain totals for this June were almost 1.5 inches below the ten-year average.


ALHAMBRA 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

The Alhambra Jaycees will be having a 4th of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4th at the Alhambra Firemen-Legion Park. Food will be available starting at 6PM. The menu will include burgers, hot dogs, brats, pretzels, funnel cakes and soda. Fireworks will be set off at dusk. All proceeds will benefit the July 4th fireworks fund. Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted the night of the event at the entrances to the park.


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SPORTS

SUMMER BASEBALL

The Bond County Cougars took second place in the Metro East tournament held in Aviston. The Cougars beat Swansea 5-2 and Aviston 6-2. The Cougars were 2-1 during the tournament with their only lose going to the Alton Cardinals.


OBITUARIES

MARJORIE AYRES

Marjorie Ayres, 85, of Litchfield and formerly of Sorento passed away Monday at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Friends may call on Thursday from 5-7PM at Perfetti funeral home in Sorento. Funeral Services for 85 year old Marjorie Ayres will be held Friday at 11AM at the Perfetti Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.

RETHA SNOW LARSON

Retha Snow Larson, 61 of Rockford and Dekalb and formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Saturday in Rockford. Funeral services for 61 year-old Retha Snow Larson will be held Thursday at 2PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment in Liberty Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday after 1:30PM at the funeral home.

FERN L. JOHNSON

Fern L. Johnson, age 89 of Alhambra formerly of Norwood Peoria, passed away Monday, July 2nd at St. Joseph Heath Center, in Saint Charles, Missouri. Funeral Services for 89 year-old Fern L. Johnson will be held Thursday, July 5th at 7PM at the Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra. Visitation times will be Thursday from 4 to 7PM at the Dauderman Mortuary, and on Friday from 10am to 11am at the North Limestone Presbyterian Church in Peoria. Burial will follow at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.. Memorials can be made to Education Plus, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.


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