CLINTON COUNTY MAN IN FATAL ACCIDENT
An accident claimed the life of a college football player this weekend. 21 year-old Daniel Rivera, formerly of Bethalto, was the driver of a 2000 Chevy Trailblazer traveling southbound in the 500 block of Illinois Route 4 near Pansy Road in St. Jacob on Sunday, November 16th. It is unknown why Rivera's vehicle left the roadway on the west side and went up a small incline and struck a tree stump. His Chevy then overturned ejecting Rivera onto the highway. The accident happened shortly before 11:00 AM and Rivera was pronounced dead at the scene. Rivera was attending McKendree College in Lebanon where he played football. Funeral arrangements are pending with Matthews Mortuary in Brownsburg, Indiana.
MULBERRY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL NAMED NASA STUDENT LAUNCH INITIATIVE TEAM
The Academic Affairs Office at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center announced recently that Mulberry Grove High School has been accepted as a 2009 Student Launch Initiative (SLI) Team. The Mulberry Grove Team is one of only 11 schools in the nation to be accepted into the 2009 program. To qualify for the program, the MGHS Rocket Team placed second in the nation last May in the Team America Rocketry Challenge in Virginia.
The four members of the MGHS SLI Team are Tyler Koontz, Ryan Paine, Mitchell Lewis, and Justin Rensing, all seniors. John Paine, math and physics teacher at MGHS is the administrative leader of the team. Science teacher Denyse Blankenship will mentor the students with their scientific payload and Larry Terneus, technology educator at Hillsboro High School, will mentor students in vehicle design and construction.
An eight-month commitment is required to successfully complete the SLI project, which involves much more than designing and building a rocket from a commercial kit. Scheduling, purchasing, performing calculations, financing the project, coordinating logistics, arranging press coverage, and documenting impact made on education through reports and design reviews, are some of the diverse aspects of the project. Teams are encouraged to involve the math, science, technology, English, journalism and art departments in their schools. An educational outreach program is also a part of the project, which educates younger students in the fields of math, science and rocketry.
Reports must be done throughout the year with the final launch on April 19th, 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama. If you want more information or would like to volunteer to be a part of the project at MGHS, contact John Paine at the Mulberry Grove School website.
MIDAMERICA WILL NO LONGER FLY PASSANGERS
Allegiant Air announced Friday it will end its scheduled service from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to both Las Vegas, and Orlando. The carrier's last day of scheduled service will be January 3rd. Customers with reservations will be contacted directly by Allegiant for
re-accommodation or a full refund. Allegiant Air president and CEO Maurice Gallagher said, services are ending due to competitive influences and weakened market demand. They apologize for any inconvenience. Gallagher also said they appreciate the outstanding efforts from the management team and the support of the community.