11-23-2009

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COMETS COME UP SHORT IN WILD PLAYOFF GAME

 

In one of the most exciting football playoff games in Greenville history, the Comets almost pulled out a victory against Tolono Unity Saturday afternoon but lost 58-53 at Don Stout field. In a game featuring plenty of offense, the Comets got behind 44-17 but staged a furious comeback. Behind quarterback Todd Eaton's 400 plus yards passing and a Comets defense that came up with critical stops, the Comets pulled to 58-53 with just over two minutes left in the game. The Comets defense then stopped the Rockets offense with under a minute left and forced the Rockets to punt, but a running into the punter penalty was called against Greenville and Tolono Unity ran out the clock. The Comets finished the season 12-1 and have gone 23-2 over the past two seasons.

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CONTINUES TO RISE

 

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October is 11.0 percent, up .5 percent from the previous month and its highest level since August 1983.  Nationally, the October unemployment rate increased .4 percent to reach 10.2 percent, the highest rate since April 1983.  Job loss continues in Illinois, but at a slower pace.  Non-farm payroll employment recorded 3200 fewer jobs in October, the 21st consecutive monthly loss.  Job losses were reported in several industry sectors while Educational and Health Services, Professional and Business Services, and Construction sectors each reported slight job number gains over the previous month.

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UTLAUT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION PLANS TELETHON

 

The Utlaut Memorial Foundation is planning a year-end telethon to raise funds in support of the mission of Greenville Regional Hospital.  Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1, between the hours of 5:00 and 9:00 p.m., volunteers will contact individuals by telephone, seeking financial support, in the form of pledges, for the hospital.  Credit card transactions can also be processed during the telethon.  All contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible.  For more information, call 664-1230, ext. 3006.

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TRUCK STOLEN FROM POCAHONTAS

 

At 9:28 p.m. last Thursday, Joseph Welchlen, age 53, of Highland, notified the Bond County Sheriff's Department that his black 1985 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck was missing.  According to Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown, Welchlen told police he left the keys in the truck while he went into the Leisure Lounge in Pocahontas and when he came out the truck was gone. The Bond County Sheriff's Department investigated and recovered the missing truck from behind the Masonic Lodge in Pocahontas Friday morning about 9:45.  There was no damage and the truck was returned to the owner.  The Bond County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the incident.



 

EFFINGHAM COUNTY MAN SENTENCED IN METHAMPHETAMINE CASE

 

Kevin C. McWhorter age 41, of Beecher City was sentenced recently to 240 months imprisonment, a $500 fine, ten years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment, following his guilty plea to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  According to court documents, the conspiracy operated in and around Effingham County and elsewhere in the Southern District of Illinois, from approximately 2004 through mid 2008.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM UMEK

 

William Umek, age 86, of Panama, passed away Wednesday, November 18 at his home. Graveside services for 86 year-old William Umek will be Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m. at Union Cemetery in Panama. Burial will be in Union Cemetery with military honors. The Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama is in charge of the arrangements.

 

RONALD SCHULTZ

 

Ronald Dean "Otto" Schultz, age 66, of Carlyle, passed away Saturday, November 21 at St. Joseph's West Hospital in Lake St. Louis, MO. Funeral services for 66 year-old Ronald "Otto" Schultz will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ferrin. Interment will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

 

MARCELLA VAREL

 

Marcella A. Varel, age 82, of Carlyle, passed away Saturday, November 21 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese. A Mass of Christian burial for 82 year-old Marcella Varel will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Carlyle. Interment will be in St. Cecelia Cemetery in Bartelso. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

LAWRENCE JONES

 

Lawrence L. Jones, age 67, of Trenton, passed away Saturday, November 21 at his residence. A memorial Mass of Christian burial for 67 year-old Lawrence Jones will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton. Visitation will be Monday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Memorials may be made to Randolph Sheppard Vendors of America.


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