9-28-2009

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H1N1 IN THE HIGHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Highland School District Superintendent Mike Sutton confirmed that a few cases of H1N1 are confirmed in the Highland Elementary and Primary schools.  Sutton said, to his knowledge, no hospitalizations have been needed, and that the school requires students to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to classes.  The best advice for remaining healthy is covering your mouth with your sleeve if you cough or sneeze, washing your hands frequently and staying home if you are sick, or keeping your child home if he or she is sick.  According to Bond County Unit 2 School District Nurse Ann Zahniser, no confirmed cases of H1N1 have been reported in any Unit 2 school, and Zahniser said that no more students than normal have become sick so far this school year.  In Mulberry Grove, there have been no reported or confirmed cases of H1N1 and no excess absenteeism from illness, according to Superintendent Mike Gauch. 


AUGUST UNEMPLOYMENT ABOVE YEAR-AGO LEVELS

 

August unemployment rates in all 12 Illinois metro areas were above previous-year levels for the 27th consecutive month, according to data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  The unemployment rate for the Illinois section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area was 9.9 percent, 2.3 percent higher than in August 2008 and the highest the August rate has been since 1986.  For the same time period in Bond County, the unemployment rate increased from 7.0 - 9.0%, Clinton County increased from 6.3 - 7.8% and Madison County 7.3 - 9.7%.  Retail trade showed the largest increase of four employment areas having positive job totals, with 1300 jobs.

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HIGHLAND MACHINE & SCREW WORKERS ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS

 

According to information from Congressman John Shimkus' office, former employees of Highland Machine & Screw Products in Highland are eligible for federal Worker Adjustment Assistance due to increased imports, which contributed to a decline in business.  Benefits include training, income support if in a training program, job search assistance, relocation assistance, and health care tax credits.  For more information or to see if you qualify for these benefits, call the office of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, at 618-656-5136.

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SECRETARY OF STATE WHITE INSTALLS CHILD SAFETY SEATS

 

September 12-18 was Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois and Secretary of State Jesse White marked the week with a press conference and safety seat fitting at the Niles, Illinois Driver's Services Facility.  White said, "The leading cause of death for children is automobile crashes.  Keep children safe by making sure they are properly restrained in child safety seats."  The Secretary of State's Office has six fitting stations in Illinois where you receive instruction to be sure your child's safety seat is installed properly.  For more information or to make an appointment, call 866-247-0213.


GREENVILLE HOSPITALIST ACHEIVES BOARD CERTIFICATION

 

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has announced the successful completion of its certification examination by Ome K. Eruvbetine, M.D., affectionately known as Doctor Ome at Greenville Regional Hospital, where she serves as hospitalist. A hospitalist is a physician whose primary job is the medical care of hospitalized patients. Many studies show that a hospitalist can reduce the length of a patient's stay by more than 30% and cut hospital costs by up to 20%. Dr. Ome joined the hospital staff in June. To achieve certification, a family physician must verify the completion of 300 hours of acceptable continuing medical education over the past six years.

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SPORTS

COMETS WIN LADY EAGLES LOSE

 

The Greenville Comets football team became playoff eligible Friday night with a 57-14 win Friday night over the Explorers of Alton Marquette in Alton. Both teams traded touchdowns early with the Comets scoring first. Then the Explorers scored two quick touchdowns to take a 14-6 lead. But the Comets scored 51 unanswered points to easily win and improve to 5-0 on the season and stay in first place in the South Central Conference. The Comets next play at Pana next Friday night. Also the Mulberry Grove Lady Eagles softball team lost a heartbreaker, 10-7, to Effingham St. Anthony Friday afternoon in Bloomington to finish their season.  The Lady Eagles made it to the state tournament for the second straight year.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

 

The Comets soccer team won 7-1 on Saturday over Wesclin.  Four different Comets scored goals, Michael Schlemper with three, Jared Haberer with 2 and Trevor Suess and Adam Stroud with one each.  The Comets are now 11-2 on the season. 


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