Icy roads caused a good number of accidents across the region Wednesday morning, including a two car accident, at milepost 54 on I-70, that took place at 7:12 am.  Illinois State Police reported that a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo, driven in the westbound lanes by Abdulmunem Mohammed, age 39, of Kansas City, MO began to slide on the pavement, crossed the median and went airborne, striking an eastbound 2009 Ford Explorer driven by William Konrad, age 59, of O’Fallon. 
Neither driver sustained injuries.  A passenger in Mohammed’s vehicle, Brahim Allohabi, age 18 of Dearborn Heights, MI was treated for injuries at Fayette County Hospital and both passengers in Konrad’s vehicle, Jaclyn Dunder, age 53, of Chatsworth and Denise Elliott, age 46, of Westminster, were treated at the Greenville Regional Hospital.


Greenville Regional Hospital's Health Fair 2011 is Friday, March 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Greenville First United Methodist Church. This year marks the 31st year for the event and more than 40 national, state, and local organizations and exhibitors will participate.  Comprehensive blood testing is available at a savings of 98% compared to having the tests done outside the Health Fair. In Greenville, pre-register Monday, March 7 at the First United Methodist Church from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at First Bank. Pre-registration will be held on March 7th and March 11th at National Bank in Keyesport from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 7, 11 and 14, pre-register at the Pocahontas Village Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Mulberry Grove Fire House from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and at the Sorento Municipal Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pre-register March 7 - 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bond County Senior Center. Persons who are not pre-registered will be accepted after 2:30 p.m. For more information on Health Fair 2011, contact Melissa Stricker at 664-1230, extension 3060.


The Greenville Cub Scout Pack 50 Pinewood Derby was Saturday, February 19 at the First Christian Church in Greenville.  Cub scouts and parents attended a banquet and an award ceremony before the race. Elijah Renner was the first place winner for the Cub Scouts age group and Jacob Miller was the first place winner for the Webelos.  Every year, more than a million Cub Scouts participate in the Pinewood Derby, a tradition that goes back to 1953, and build a race car from “four wheels, four nails and a block of wood.”


Congressman John Shimkus is seeking entries for the 2011 Congressional Art Competition.  The contest is open to high school students who reside in or attend school in the 19th District.  The winning entry will be displayed with other winners from around the country in the underground tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol.  The winner will be flown to Washington D.C. for a special ceremony. The deadline to submit entries is Friday, May 6.  Students interested in the contest may get information and guidelines from their school office or by calling 217-492-5090.
The annual contest has been held since 1982.



Funding has recently been approved for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and the City of Highland is inviting the public to attend a meeting to learn more about this new funding for installation of conservation practices on private land. The meeting will be Thursday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Highland City Hall.  Several projects that the City of Highland has implemented in the Silver Lake Watershed will be highlighted. The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a voluntary land retirement program that helps agricultural producers protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and safeguard ground and surface water.  More information on the program may be found at the U.S. Department of Agriculture website, www.fsa.usda.gov.



Christina Booth’s 4th grade students hosted an American Red Cross blood drive recently at the Sorento Elementary School.  34 persons registered and 30 units were collected, five units over their goal.  Shirley Volentine received a 12-gallon pin and Jutana Busch and Tracy Knerrer received first-time donor blood drop pins.



Gertrude E. Lueking, age 93, of Carlyle, passed away Wednesday, February 23 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Funeral services will be Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoffman. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to Relay for Life or Trinity Lutheran School. Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle is in charge of the arrangements.


Mary K. “Kay” Drake, age 72, of League City, Texas, passed away Tuesday, February 22. Graveside services will be Friday, at 2:00 p.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


Elizabeth M. “Betty” Ketterer, age 92, of Beaver Prairie, passed away Wednesday, February 23 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Felicitas Church in Beaver Prairie. Burial will be in St. Felicitas Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to Mater Dei High School. 


Shirley M. Salmons, age 76, of Edwardsville, passed away Tuesday, February 22 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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