4-11-2011

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MILLS PRECINCT BALLOTS TO BE REOPENED

The Bond County Clerk’s office will reopen ballots from Mills Precinct from this past Tuesday's election.  WGEL spoke with County Clerk Randy Reitz who said some voters from that precinct had called his office and said they had written in Edmar Schreiber as a candidate for Unit 2 School Board.  Election results indicated no one from their precinct had voted for Schreiber.  Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer found a statute that allows the county clerk to reopened sealed ballot containers if there is reason for doubting the totality of the count.  Reitz said he wants everyone to feel their election system may be trusted.  The reopening will be at the Bond County Clerk’s office Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.  If you want to attend, contact the clerk’s office. 
Due to residency rules, Edmar Schreiber needed to beat James Jackson to be elected.  Jackson received 405 votes to Schreiber’s 361.  There were a total 56 voters who cast ballots in Mills Precinct.  With the 44 vote deference, it is possible it could change the outcome, but a vast majority of the voters would have had to write in Schreiber.   


MAN SHOOTS MAN TURKEY HUNTING

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 emergency call Thursday, at 8:03 a.m. Two men were reportedly hunting on leased private property and when one man shot, pellets from his gun struck the other hunter. Deputies from the sheriff’s department responded along with members of the Alton Police Department, the Fosterburg Fire Department and ambulance personnel.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources was also requested to respond. The victim is identified as Robert L. Pitchford, age 64, of East Alton.  Pitchford was treated at the scene and transported to Alton Memorial Hospital.  He was eventually transported to a St. Louis area hospital.  The victim is listed in stable condition. Investigation continues but the shooting appears to be an accident.


HIGHLAND MAN DIES IN TREE ACCIDENT


According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, two men were cutting down a tree in the 12000 block of Illinois Route 143 in Highland.  They were using a tractor to help support the tree while they were cutting it down with one man cutting while the other was on the tractor.  The tree fell and pinned 75 year-old Christian Bargetzi against the fender of the tractor.  A sheriff’s deputy and emergency personel removed the tree and Bargetzi was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's hospital in Highland where he died from his injuries. 

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BOND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM CHANGE

The Bond County Historical Society will meet Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Nuby’s Steakhouse instead of the Bond County Housing Authority building.  The program starts at 7:30 with an overview of the National Road Association 2010 activities and a special presentation entitled “Travelin’ the National Road in the 1800’s.”  Dinner is on your own from the menu and dessert will be provided.  Everyone is invited to attend.


 

EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS MONTH DRILL

April is Earthquake Preparedness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency encourages groups and individuals to participate in “The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” Thursday, April 28 at 10:15 a.m.  IEMA Director Jonathon Monken said, “With the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones located in southern Illinois, it is important for people to know how to stay safe if a major earthquake occurs.”  Remember the slogan, Drop, Cover, and Hold On which reminds you to drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to the furniture and be prepared to move with it until the shaking ends.  Schools, businesses, government agencies, families, and others are encouraged to register to participate in the drill.  For more information, call 217-557-4756.


GREENVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE

The Greenville Elementary School Parents’ Club sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive Tuesday with a goal of 35 units. Forty-two persons registered and 39 units were collected. Red Cross Donor Recruiter Lori Nelson presented a program on the blood donating process to the students. Students were encouraged to recruit donors with the classroom recruiting the most prospective donors earning a pizza part.  Mrs. Pruitt’s 3rd grade class and Mrs. Goodson’s 5th grade class will each be enjoying pizza soon. Valerie Klenke received a two-gallon pin and Gina Lewis, Scott Pasley and Ashley Stockamp one-gallon pins.  Aleta Whitford received a blood drop first-time door pin.


ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 11 MARCH ACTIVITIES REPORT

Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Captain Brad Parsons shared their activity report for March.  According to the report, there were four traffic crash fatalities in March in District 11 which includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties.  Troopers issued 2,547 citations, 1,273 written warnings, and made 224 criminal arrests.  Speeding accounted for 774 citations and restraint violations for 533.  There were 38 arrests for DUI and 91 other alcohol related violations.


FREE BASEBALL CLINIC AT KASKASKIA COLLEGE

The Kaskaskia College Blue Devil baseball program is offering a free one-hour clinic to area players, ages 6-12, following their home game Saturday, April 16.  The clinic will start at approximately 4:30 p.m. and will be instructed by KC head coaches, assistant coaches, and current players.  For more information, contact Coach Mitch at 545-3327

 

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OBITUARIES

JAMES A. MOORE

James A. Moore, age 85, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, April 10 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Smithgrove Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Roselawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with full military honors by the Greenville American Legion and VFW.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to Smithgrove Baptist Church.

BARB J. KLINE

Barb J. Kline, age 72, of Trenton passed away Friday, April 8 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ in Trenton. Interment will be in Trenton Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 9:00-9:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

CARL E. MCCULLAH

Carl E. McCullah, age 69, of Pocahontas, passed away Friday, April 8 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at Meredith Funeral Home. Interment will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas. Friends may call Sunday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

CHRISTIAN J. “CHRIS” BARGETZI

Christian J. “Chris” Bargetzi, age 75, of Highland, passed away Friday, April 8. Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Highland Evangelical United Church of Christ. Interment will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

LORETTA M. GARRISON 

Loretta M. Garrison, age 79, of Mulberry Grove,, passed away Friday, April 8 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tolono, IL. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville and Monday, after 9:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to The Illinois Lions Foundation or St. Lawrence Cemetery.

SEAN PATRICK RIGGINS

Sgt. Sean Patrick Riggins, age 26, of Highland, passed away Thursday, April 7 at Jefferson Barracks V. A. Hospital in St. Louis. A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Mint Juleps Relay for Life Team.

WILLIAM “BILL” SWOFFORD

William “Bill” Swofford, age 86, of Pocahontas, passed away Friday, April 8 at Carlyle Healthcare. Funeral services will be Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the church. There will be a Masonic service at 2:00 p.m.

LILLIAN A. MITCHELL

Lillian A. Mitchell, age 76, of Carlyle, passed away Thursday, April 7 at her residence. Funeral arrangements for 76 year-old Lillian Mitchell are pending at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.

ROBERT C. GRAFF

Robert C. Graff, age 84, of Pocahontas, passed away Saturday, April 9 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 84 year-old Robert C. Graff are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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