DEER VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
According to the Illinois Transportation Secretary,there is a significant decrease in fatalities statewide related to vehicles striking deer. Statistics show that in 2008, 24,212 deer-vehicle crashes were reported. That was 814 fewer crashes than in 2007. Injuries and fatalities dropped during the same time period. Cook County had the most deer-vehicle crashes in 2008 with 1008. Madison County had the 3rd highest number of crashes with 630. Bond County had 156 and Clinton County 134. To help you avoid a deer-vehicle accident, follow some simple suggestions. Since deer are most active at dusk and at dawn, reduce your speed and be prepared to stop on roads were deer might be present. Deer often travel in herds so one deer may be followed by several more deer. Avoid swerving into oncoming traffic to avoid a deer and watch for moving objects on the side of the road. If you do hit a deer, call the local law enforcement agency because all accidents resulting in damage of $500 or more must be reported.
AMEREN WARNS CUSTOMERS OF SCAM
Ameren is warning electric customers about a phone scam that's being reported. Some customers report that they've received telephone calls from people posing as AmerenUE customer service staff. The callers tell customers that they have a small past due balance on their electric bill, usually less than 20 dollars. The scammers then tell the customer that they need to immediately pay by credit card or authorize a direct withdrawal from their checking accounts to avoid being disconnected. Ameren advises customers that they do not make disconnection calls asking for credit card or bank account information. The utility company says they generally don't disconnect customers with such small past due balances. They advise customers who've been duped into giving out their financial information, to call their bank and credit card companies immediately and contact police.
RAIN TOTALS FOR OCTOBER
Here are the latest rain totals from 6:00 a.m. Sunday to 6:00 a.m. Monday. 13 hundredths of an inch were recorded at the sewer plant, .17 of an inch at 6th Street and .16 of an inch at Route 140 and Idler Lane. For the month, the area has now received more than 9 inches of rain which makes October the wettest month of the year. More rain is forecast for this week.
LAURETTA H. KANTNER
Lauretta H. Kantner, age 94, of Highland, passed away Saturday, October 24 at Mary Culver Home for the Blind in Kirkwood, MO. Funeral services for 94 year-old Lauretta Kantner will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Friends may call Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Mary Culver Home in Kirkwood, MO.
LORRAINE I. WEISS
Lorraine I. Weiss, age 94, of Highland, passed away Saturday, October 24 at Faith Care Center. Funeral services for 94 year-old Lorraine Weiss will be Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Untied Church of Christ or to Faith Countryside Homes.
Lee Patterson, age 75, of Carlyle, passed away Sunday, October 25 at his residence. Funeral services for 75 year-old Lee Patterson will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport, with military honors. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Carlyle High School soccer team.