2-04-2010

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SHIMKUS ANNOUNCES LOCAL FIRE GRANT

 

U.S. Congressman John Shimkus has announced funding to the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The grant is for $9,500 through the Firefighter Operations and Safety Program. These grants are for training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities. Shimkus said, "The Pocahontas Old Ripley District is to be commended." Shimkus added that this is the fifth successful grant for the district.

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FATAL ACCIDENT IN MACOUPIN COUNTY

 

An accident Tuesday night in Macoupin County resulted in the death of two people. According to a report from the Illinois State Police, around 9:45 p.m., Jerry Dennison, age 62, of Virden, driving a 2007 Chevy Silverado, was northbound on Route 4. For unknown reasons, about one mile north of Girard he crossed the center line and struck a 1999 Ford Explorer, driven by 43 year-old Alita Santowski of Girard, head-on. Santowski was pronounced dead at the scene. Dennison was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in Springfield where he later died. An investigation into the cause of the crash continues.


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MADISON COUNTY ELDER ABUSE AND FATALITY REVIEW TEAM

 

Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn has announced the implementation of the Madison County Elder Abuse and Fatality Review Team. The team is an interagency, multi-disciplinary group of professionals from the fields of law enforcement, social services, law, and health care. The team's mission is the review of any case involving alleged or suspected abuse, neglect, self-neglect or financial exploitation of the elderly. This is the first team in the metro-east area and only the second in the stat and was brought together under the auspices of the Illinois Department of Aging.

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FEBRUARY IS WOMEN'S HEART DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH

 

February is Women' Heart Disease Awareness Month in Illinois.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States but women account for approximately 53% of the total deaths. Friday, February 5 is "Go Red For Women Day" and you are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke.  Important risk factors for heart disease, over which women have some control, include high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight and remaining physically active.  Thirteen local health departments and health organizations in Illinois will receive shares of $50,000 in grants to fund programs designed to help improve health of women and young girls in Illinois.  For more information, call 888-522-1282.

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OBITUARIES

CORA HAAS

 

Cora E. Haas age 97 of Pocahontas passed away Tuesday, February 2nd at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 97 year-old Cora Haas will be Saturday at 11am at the First United Methodist Church, Annex Building, in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 9PM at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas and Saturday from 9 to 11am at First United Methodist Church, Annex Building, in Pocahontas. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Robinson Cemetery or Hospice Foundation of Bond County.

 

SHIRLEY A. BURLINGAME

 

Shirley A. Burlingame, age 71, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, February 2 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  A memorial service for 71 year-old Shirley Burlingame will be Sunday, at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church.


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