03-09-2009

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SEVERAL FIRES KEEP AREA FIREMEN BUSY SUNDAY

 

Area firemen were busy Sunday with at least five reported fires in Bond and Fayette County.  High winds and dry conditions Sunday may have contributed to the severity of these fires. 

 

Mulberry Grove Firemen responded to a brush fire call Sunday afternoon in the western edge of Fayette County.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, residents were burning a small brush pile when strong winds caused the fire to spread.  The fire caused no property damage, but covered approximately 10 acres of ground.  Firemen were on the scene for about two hours. 

 

Greenville Firemen received a brush fire call Sunday afternoon on Harnetiaux Road west of Woburn.

 

Mulberry Grove Firemen provided mutual aid with a tanker truck, to the Vandalia Fire Department Sunday afternoon at a field fire in western Fayette County.

 

Keyesport Firemen were dispatched Sunday evening to a grass fire in the southwestern edge of Fayette County.  According to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Schmitt, residents were burning trash and the high winds blew the fire out of control and into adjacent timber.  Mulberry Grove Firemen provided mutual aid with a tanker truck and brush truck.  Firemen were on the scene for about an hour.

 

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Greenville Firemen were dispatched Sunday night to a report of a house fire on Taylor Street in Greenville.  According to Fire Chief Bill Johnston, the man and wife were home at the time of the fire but both escaped without injury.  The cause of the fire appeared to be an electric space heater.  There was no structural damage to the single-story home but there is an estimated $10,000 damage due to smoke.  Firemen were on the scene for about one and a half hours.


 

HIGHLAND COMPANY HELPS ST. LOUIS CHURCH

 

In August of 2007, lightning struck the St. Alphonsus Rock Church on Grand in St. Louis. Much of the interior was damaged by fire and water, but the Catholic Church has been working hard to reopen their doors. The church called on a company in Highland to help with some restoration.  We spoke with Barbara Wicks who told us the church organ, that was originally placed in the church by Wick’s Company, went through a major restoration process.  Wick’s Organ Company in Highland was founded in 1906 so this was one of the earlier organs made. The style that was designed at that time is returning and Wick’s was very excited that the church asked them to help in the restoration.  The organ has been assembled and then disassembled to be taken over to the church. St. Alphonsus Church is hoping to have the organ back in the church by April 12, Easter Sunday.

 

 

 

 

KASKASKIA COLLEGE TO OFFER FAST TRACK GED CLASS

 

Kaskaskia College will offer a Fast Track GED Class on five Saturdays, beginning March 21, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  Class enrollment qualification will be based upon reading and math pre-test scores, completed in the Adult Education office. All pre-testing and pre-registration must be completed prior to March 16, 2009.  To set up an appointment to complete registration, call 545-3115.


2 TORNADOS HIT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

 

So far the national weather service is confirming that two tornadoes touched down in Illinois yesterday around noon. One hit Green County Illinois and the other in McCoupin County near Carlinville. Both were category F1 and did a lot of property damage in those two Counties.

 

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MOUNT VERNON MAN SENTENCED FOR DISTRIBUTION OF COCAINE

 

Derrick L. Abram, age 18, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced February 27, in United States District Court, to 188 months imprisonment.  Abram previously plead guilty to a three-count indictment charging him with distribution of crack cocaine.  In each count, Abram was charged with having sold .4 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant.  The offenses occurred on January 16 and March 10, 2008.




 

PUBLIC HEARING TO DISCUSS NEW BUILDING

 

A public hearing from the Greenville Zoning Board will be held Tuesday March 17, at 7:00 PM at the Greenville Municipal Building.  The Board will consider a request from Jeremy Mosley, of Ramsey, to construct a building on an empty lot in the 900 block of Franklin Avenue.


 

KASKASKIA COLLEGE OFFERS EBAY CLASSES

 

If you are one of the many people interested in selling or buying items on the internet, Kaskaskia College may be able to help. The school is offering a class titled "How To Buy and Sell On eBay." This class will teach students how to put their unwanted items up for sale on eBay and how to bid on items that they want to purchase. This course is designated for beginners and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday March 17, 19 and 26, from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. This class is free for students over 60 years old, otherwise there is a charge of $36.50. Call Kaskaskia College at 618 545-3255 to register.


4-H CAMP COUNSELOR APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

 

If you are energetic, outgoing, enjoy the outdoors, like meeting people, and want to earn a little extra income this summer, then being a counselor at 4-H camp might be just right for you.  4-H camp is June 7-10 at Woodmen of the World Camp in West Frankfort.  Applications are available at the Extension Office or by calling Elaine at 618-526-4551.

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OBITUARIES

GENEVIEVE G. KORTE

 

Genevieve G. Korte, age 85, of Highland, passed away Sunday, March 8, at Faith Care Center in Highland.  Funeral services for Genevieve Korte will be Wednesday, March 11, at 10:00 AM, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  No visitation is planned.  Memorials are suggested to Region 2 Special Olympics or St. Paul Education Foundation.

 

CHARLES "RENNIE" MATHEWSON

 

64 year-old  Charles "Rennie" Mathewson of Greenville passed away Thursday March 5th at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for Charles "Rennie" Mathewson will be 11am Tuesday at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Internment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post AmVet & the Marine Corps League. Visitation will be Monday from 4PM until 8PM at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials may be made to the Marine Corps League

CAROLINE E. COLLMAN

 

Caroline E. Collman, age 98, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, March 7, at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for Caroline Collman will be Wednesday, at 11:00 AM, at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery in Pocahontas.  Friends may call Tuesday from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Greenville Regional Hospital.


 

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