KARRICK ON CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY
Kaskaskia College hosted their annual Celebration of Diversity Sunday at the main campus in Centralia. A buffet of foods from around the world was available before five musical and informational performances.Food samples from Greece, North Africa, Southeast Asia, Germany, France, the British Isles and the Caribbean, all prepared by KC Culinary Arts students, was available from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. In the auditorium, the entertainment portion of the day’s activities included a vocal performance by KC student Vikki Siddell, a gospel music performance by Women of Crowns, a presentation by local artist Elise Gordon, a historical portrayal by Barbara Paulic as Betsy Ross, and the featured performance by Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Spirit. The event was well attended. WGEL spoke with Celebration of Diversity organizer Cathy Karrick about the success of the event. She said more than 200 people were in attendance at the world food buffet which, unlike the performances, required a ticket. Karrick said it was the fourth year she has chaired the event and that it gets to be more fun every year. The event helps show how important diversity is to our culture and our community.
NewWave Communications has completed a cut-over to an upgraded fiber optic network. Sales and Marketing Manager Bill German said the new network will allow customers to access high definition television and will allow the use of digital video recorders.
The fiber optic network will also carry more channels including 18 new digital channels and 24 that are in high definition for those customers with the additional box hardware.
German said Internet speeds will be stabilized by the change and there will be less system slow-down during peak-use periods. He added, "We have effectively gone from a two-lane to a four-lane highway.”
BIGHEAD CARP ADDED TO FEDERAL LIST OF INJURIOUS WILDLIFE
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is officially adding bighead carp to the federal injurious wildlife list. The species has been demonstrated to be harmful to either the health and welfare of humans, interests of forestry, agriculture, horticulture, the welfare and survival of wildlife, or the resources upon which wildlife depend. The injurious listing means that under the Lacey Act, it is illegal to import or transport live bighead carp, including viable eggs or hybrids of the species, across state lines, except by permit for zoological, educational, medical, or scientific purposes. The penalty for violating the Lacey Act is up to six months in prison and a $5,000.00 fine. For more information on the control of Asian carp, call 612-713-5317.
NELSON L. MEWES
Nelson L. Mewes, age 86, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, March 22 at Highland Health Care Center. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Jamestown. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery near Pocahontas. Friends may call Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul United Church of Christ. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of the arrangements.
GLEN E. DIAMOND
Glen E. Diamond, age 96, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, March 23 at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 96 year-old Glen Diamond will be Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church.
Randy Casey, age 55, of Panama, passed away Thursday, March 24 at St. Louis University Hospital. Funeral arrangements for 55 year-old Randy Casey are incomplete at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.
SATURDAY - rain and snow likely, high 41, low 28
SUNDAY - mostly cloudy, high 39, low 28
Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL. Tom’s guest this week is Ed Barsodi with the League of Illinois Bicyclists. It is spring, despite the colder weather, and soon the roads will be filled with bikes. Tom and Ed will discuss how to share the road safely, and encourage people to take up biking as a great form of exercise. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday after the Noon Bond County Area News.