3-7-2011

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STRUCTURE FIRE IN POCAHONTAS

The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire department was called to a mobile home fire around 2:30PM Friday afternoon.  According to Pocahontas fire chief Kendal Brink the home was a complete loss.  The cause was thought to be electricalm, but the State Fire Marshall is continuing the investigation.  The fire was at 204 Pocahontas Avenue.  Greenville firemen were called for mutual aid in manpower and a pumper.  No one was in the home at the time of the fire, and no one was hurt.  Firemen were on the scene for over 2 and a half hours.    

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WOMAN DIES WHEN JEEP LANDS IN LAKE

A woman is dead after her Jeep landed in a Metro East lake.  According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Catherine Vestal, age 49, of the Hardin, Illinois area apparently drove off the road on St. James Drive, where her car overturned and landed in Holiday Shores Lake.  A passer-by saw the submerged vehicle and called 911.  Vestal was pronounced dead at the scene.


GREENVILLE RAIN TOTALS FOR THE WEEKEND

Greenville received some rain over the weekend and here are the totals as recorded at 6:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday by Greenville Waste Water Treatment Plant personnel.  At the Sewer Plant, 1.53 inches of rain were recorded, 1.48 inches at the station on Sixth Street and 1.4 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.  Sunday morning’s readings showed an additional 17 hundredths of an inch at the Sewer Plant, 13 hundredths at Sixth Street and nine hundredths at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.  Checks at 6:00 o’clock this morning showed no precipitation.

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ISP ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKS IN MARCH

Illinois State Police District 11 Troopers will conduct roadside safety checks in southern Illinois in March.  Illinois State Police roadside safety checks are an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public.  The potential to come across these checks encourages motorists to arrange for designated drivers, keep their consumption of alcohol within allowable limits, or not drive a motor vehicle after drinking.  Safety checks are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.  Officers will also be looking for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with suspended or revoked licenses, and transporting open alcoholic beverages.


HIGHLAND FIBER OPTIC CABLE PROJECT

The City of Highland has finished phase one of the project to bring fiber optic cable services to the community.  Highland City Manager Mark Latham said the project’s first phase, providing for the infrastructure, has been completed and services are being used by businesses in the community.  The next phase of the project will bring the services to a higher percentage of the residential community until the entire city has access. Fiber-optic networks can provide Internet download speeds 10 -to 30 times faster than a broadband cable connection and improvements to both television and telephone connection quality. The $9 million project was financed through an Electrical Revenue Bond as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE HELPS LOCAL WRITER DEVELOP BUSINESS

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) at Kaskaskia College assisted Rochelle Carithers, a talented writer of children’s books from Fayette County, with promotion of her book.  The ISBDC’s primary assistance was focused on research and marketing.  Carither’s first book is now in its second printing and she has been touring the region promoting her work.  She has been as far as Michigan and Kentucky and more distant excursions are planned.  The ISBDC at Kaskaskia College is part of the statewide initiative to increase the number of small businesses in Illinois.

 

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OBITUARIES

COLLEEN M. WILKENSON

Colleen M. Wilkenson, age 50, of Breese, passed away Thursday, March 3. A funeral Mass will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Church in Breese. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese.

HAROLD E. HEDIGER

Harold E. Hediger, age 95, of Black Jack, Missouri, formerly of Keyesport, passed away Friday, March 4 at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral services are Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery in rural Keyesport.  Friends may call today, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Wisetown Baptist Church.


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