11-22-2010

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GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE WOUNDED IN AFGHANISTAN

Nathan Winter graduated from Greenville High School in 2008 then joined the Army and went through jump school training to become a specialist in the 173 Airborne Infantry.  Nathan was serving in Afghanistan recently when the Taliban attacked the his front line army base.  Some type of bomb exploded just six feet from where Nathan and three buddies were readying their mortar to fire.  Nathan was hit by shrapnel in his knee near the kneecap and in his arm by the bicep.  The knee injury is expected to heal 100 percent, but the arm wound severed tendons and caused loss of feeling and motion in his hand and wrist.  Margaret Winter, Nathan’s mother, said Nathan knows he’s lucky to be alive after such a close explosion.  Surgery and continued therapy will hopefully improve feeling and movement but the arm will never be the same.  Margaret said Nathan’s first actions after being wounded was to try to crawl to one of his buddies also hit in the attack.  Nathan was transported to Kandahar, then to Germany and is now at Ford Gordon in Georgia, only a few hours drive from his family.  Nathan was awarded a Purple Heart and is likely to receive a second.  When Nathan was wounded, he was only two days away from being rotated out of Afghanistan.  Margaret said she is grateful her son is so close, and she said he is receiving great care from the Army doctors.  Please keep Nathan Winter in your prayers as he recovers.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN BOND COUNTY

The Bond County Highway Department is closing the Old Ripley Road between Ripson Bridge Ave. and Lake Road, Monday, November 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The road closure is just north of Ripson Bridge Avenue. A detour route will be available. Please take this closure into consideration if traveling in the area. For more information, contact the Bond County Highway Department office at 664-1144.

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SCIGA HEARS ABOUT NEW BROADBAND INTERNET BACKBONE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

At the recent meeting of the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance, guest speaker SI Network Provider Coordinator Steve Mitchell told the group of a Harrisburg company that may be close to resolving the issue of high speed internet service in the region.  Mitchell said federal stimulus and state money is paying for most of the 45 million dollar project.  Mitchell added, “It will lower the cost of broadband to the internet service providers that access it and those who serve local citizens.  It will also lower costs to schools and hospitals along the path.”  The 750 mile fiber network will provide more than 200 connections directly to colleges, schools, and hospitals.  Clearwave of Harrisburg has the contract and construction is expected to take two years

ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois unemployment rate fell again in October and 8,000 jobs were added.  October is the seventh consecutive month the unemployment rate has fallen.  The number of unemployed individuals decreased by 10,400 to 648,900, the lowest level reported since April 2009.  IDES Director Maureen O’Donnell said, “As we move forward, we must continue the successful strategy of intelligent, focused tax incentives and tailored workforce training programs.”


GREENVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY THANKSGIVING HOURS

The Greenville Public Library will close Wednesday, November 24 at 5:00 p.m. and will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 25-26 in observance of Thanksgiving.  The Library will be open Saturday, November 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

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OBITUARIES

NORBERT F. “ALLY” ALTGILBERS

Norbert F. “Ally” Altgilbers age 93 of Albers passed away Friday November 19th. A funeral mass for 93 year old Norbert “Ally” Altgilbers will be Wednesday at 10am at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery with full military honors. Visitations will be Tuesday from 4 to 8pm and Wednesday from 8 to 9:30am at Hempen Funeral Home in Albers.

JEFFREY OVERBY

Jeffery L. Overby, age 43 of Pocahontas, passed away Friday November 19th at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral services for 43 year old Jeffery Overby will be Wednesday at 11am at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8pm and Wednesday from 8 to 11am at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-St. Louis chapter.

MARY HITPAS

Mary J. Hitpas, age 97 of Carlyle, passed away Friday, November 19th at St. Louis University Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial for 97 year old Mary Hitpas will be Tuesday at 11am at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 3:30 to 8pm and Tuesday from 8 to 10:30am at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church or Mater Dei High School.


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