5-2-2011

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KC BOARD SETS NEW TRUSTEES BUT THE DEBATE OF THE ELECTION IS NOT OVER

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Thursday night at the KC Main Campus in Centralia.  Two new members were seated on the board but the debate over the election numbers is not over.  Bob Gaffner moved not to accept the amended canvassing election results from the Clinton County Clerk’s office showing Dee Boswell and Kelly Bennett as the top two in the election and therefore the two that would serve on the KC Board.  On election night, results showed Boswell and Bennett won. Earlier this week, an official canvassing of the votes sent out by the Clinton County Clerk’s office showed that Boswell and Bob Gaffner won the election. Then it was reported the official canvassing numbers were not accurate and an amended canvassing of the votes was released from the Clinton County Clerk’s office showing Boswell and Bennett once again the winners.  Clinton County Clerk Mary Rakers told WGEL the mistake was made by Platinum the clerk’s vendor during the canvassing and a data entry mistake was made relating to votes from Bond County. The mistake was made by Platinum and not by the Bond County Clerk’s office.   Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz told WGEL the numbers supplied by his office were accurate and have not changed. The motion to reject the amended canvassing results was voted down.  Board President Bill Hawley said his understanding is the board must go by the official results supplied by Clinton County.  Gaffner said he is thinking of forming a recount committee to help with the cost of a possible recount.   If there is a recount, a sampling of precincts within the voting district would be recounted and if discrepancies are found in those precincts then a wider court ordered recount could be done.  Gaffner said the cost of a recount could exceed $10,000.  Gaffner and Bennett both said they have no animosity toward each other and both simply want the will of the voters to be followed.  Clinton County Clerk Mary Rakers said she was sorry the mistake was made, the amended numbers are accurate, and she wants voters to have faith in their election system. 

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$1,000,000 PRIZE PRESENTED AT MCDONALDS LAST WEEKEND

You may have a good weekend, but probably not as good at Gene Kious.  Ronald McDonald was on hand to present Kious with the $1,000,000 prize he won during McDonald’s Monopoly promotion.  Kious won the big prize on a drink he bought at the Greenville McDonalds.  Ronald McDonald put on a magic show and entertained the large crowd that gathered for the presentation.

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O’FALLAN ATHLETE CERTIFIED SPECIAL OLYMPICS ILLINOIS GLOBAL MESSENGER

Jennifer Harper, of O’Fallon, is one of nine Special Olympics athletes who became certified Special Olympics Global Messengers at a March training session in Highland.  Jennifer attends O’Fallon Township High School and has participated in Special Olympics at Belleville PTOEC for six years, competing in basketball, bowling, soccer, aquatics, and volleyball.  Global Messengers are available to give presentations about their involvement with Special Olympics to increase awareness about the program.  If you are interested in having Jennifer speak to your organization or group about Special Olympics, call 618-654-6680.


LOCAL FFA MEMBERS ATTEND YOUTH CONFERENCE IN SPRINGFIELD

More than 500 FFA members, including some from Mulberry Grove and Greenville FFA chapters, attended the annual two-day 2010 Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Youth Conference, April 4-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.  Teddy Langham and Michael Schlemper of Greenville and Cody Donaldson and Newt Albert of Mulberry Grove participated in this unique opportunity for career and personal development.  Conference attendees learned about scholarships, internships, leadership programs, and career opportunities from community colleges, universities, agricultural commodity groups, and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

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OBITUARIES

ELDON “DON” TAYLOR

Eldon “Don” Taylor, age 80, of Chesterfield, formerly of Greenville and Highland, passed away Friday, April 29 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Maxey Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from noon until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

EUGENE MELVIN HARNETIAUX

Eugene Melvin Harnetiaux, age 86, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, May 1 at his home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Wisetown Baptist Church or the donor’s choice.

ERCEL ELDON BRACKENBUSH

Ercel Eldon Brackenbush, age 81, of Fillmore, passed away Friday, April 29 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral service for 81 year-old Ercel Brackenbush will be Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. at Miller Funeral Home in Fillmore. Interment will be in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Masonic Rites at 7:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Green Hill Cemetery.

HENRY C. LIENEMANN, JR.

Henry C. Lienemann, Jr., age 86, of Highland, passed away Thursday, April 28 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. A funeral Mass will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Glen Carbon. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home.

JAMES A. CLEMMONS, JR.

James A. Clemmons, Jr., age 85, of Highland, passed away Thursday, April 28 at the Faith Care Center at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland. Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Faith Countryside Homes.

JOHN R. SUSSENBACH

John R. Sussenbach, age 86, of Old Ripley, passed away Thursday, April 28 at his home. Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at Meredith Funeral Home. Interment will be in Brown Cemetery in Old Ripley. Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.

LINDA LEE BENNET

Linda Lee Bennett, age 66, of Keyesport, formerly of Decatur, passed away Thursday, April 28 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Family and friends of 66 year-old Linda Bennett are having a private celebration of her life.

RUBY M. ARNDT

Ruby M. Arndt, age 91, of Sorento, passed away Thursday, April 28 at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra. Graveside services will be Monday, at 11:15 a.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento. Friends may call Monday, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home.


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