4-1-2010

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HEAD-ON COLLISION SENDS SMITHBORO MAN TO ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

 

A head-on collision between a vehicle and a semi-truck, on Keyesport Road, sent a Smithboro man, by arch helicopter, to St. Louis University Hospital.  54 year-old Ted Brewer of Smithboro was listed in critical condition at SLU Hospital, as of Thursday morning.  According to the Illinois State Police, around 10:48 Tuesday morning, Brewer was eastbound on Keyesport Road near McKendree Road when his vehicle left the roadway to the right, came back onto the roadway to the left, crossed the center line and struck a semi-truck head-on.  Brewer was arched from the scene to SLU Hospital.  The Illinois State Police have not issued any citations in the accident at news time, and no cause is known as to why Brewer’s vehicle left the roadway.  The semi-truck driver was not hurt in the accident. 

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POWER OUTAGE IN EASTERN PART OF BOND COUNTY

 

Much of the eastern portion of Bond County was without electrical power Wednesday morning.  Areas affected included Royal Lake, Mulberry Grove, Hamburg, Pleasant Mound, Smithboro and much of the rural area surrounding these communities.  According to Leigh Morris, spokesman for Ameren IL, the cause of the problem was determined to be a squirrel and the first low voltage call was received at 2:33 a.m.  Ameren shut off the power shortly after 3:30 to make repairs and power was restored by about 7:00 o'clock.  Morris said 814 Ameren customers were affected by the outage.

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HOUSE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO CRACK DOWN ON SPEEDERS

 

The Illinois House of Representatives recently unanimously passed legislation, proposed by Secretary of State Jesse White, to crack down on excessive speeding.  House Bill 6463 will prohibit the issuance of court supervision to drivers ticketed for speeding 40 or more miles-per-hour above the posted speed limit.  White said, "No driver has any business driving over 100 miles-per-hour on the interstate."  Reports show that more than 40% of drivers ticketed statewide since 2006, for driving in excess of 100 miles-per-hour, received court supervision and that number increased to 63% in the Chicago area.  White pushed for the law following a deadly crash between a semi-trailer truck and an Amtrak passenger train in 1999 when an investigation found the truck driver had an established track record of using court supervisions in multiple jurisdictions to avoid punishment for poor driving.

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OBITUARIES

CARL BRANCH

 

Carl Branch, age 83 of Taylorville, Formerly of Coffeen, passed away Wednesday, March 31st at his residence. Funeral services for 83 year-old Carl Branch will be Saturday at 11am at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen. Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 to 11am at the Funeral Home.

 

CORNELIA SCHOMAKER 

 

Cornelia H. Schomaker, age 85 of Carlyle, passed away Wednesday, March 31st at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. A Mass of Christian Burial for 85 year-old Cornelia Schomaker will be Monday at 11am at St. Mary's Church in Carlyle. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 8PM and Monday from 8 to 10:30am at Zieren-Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.

 

GEORGE WELLEN

 

George H. Wellen, age 83 of Highland, passed away Tuesday, March 30th at Faith Care Center in Highland. Funeral services for 83 year-old George Wellen will be Monday at 10:30am at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Highland. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital or Shriner's Hospital for Children. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is charge of the arrangements.


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