HELICOPTER CRASH NEAR NEW ATHENS KILLS PILOT
A crop-dusting helicopter crashed about 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in a field near New Athens, killing the pilot. According to information from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Dan Haskenhoff pronounced pilot James Burks, age 59, of Hot Springs, Arkansas dead at 4:20 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. Burks was spraying fungicide on a wheat field about two miles northwest of New Athens when the rotor allegedly separated from the helicopter causing the crash. National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration Investigators are continuing the crash investigation.
GREAT CELEBRITY PIE AUCTION DAY ONE IS IN THE PAN
The first day of the 2011 Great Celebrity Pie Auction is in the pan, and it was another huge success. The first day raised $2,000 for the Bond County Relay for Life. A huge thank you to all our bidders, bakers and celebrity pie auctioneers. All the money goes to the Bond County Relay for Life and two days of the auction are left. Tuesday Tom Whalen will be on at 7AM, Ryan Bauer and Mike Gauch from Unit 1 School district at 7:30, Sorento Center Principal Scott Carpenter at 8AM and Tim Watson from Arthur Young in Vandalia at 8:30AM. Tune in and bid and remember every last cent of the money raised goes to the Bond County Relay for Life.
RIVERS AND LAKES CREST AND RECEDE
Carlyle Lake crested May 5 with a pool elevation of 458.2 feet, just shy of the record of 459.8 feet set in May 2002. Release has been set at nearly 10,000 cubic feet per second since Saturday and levels are dropping rapidly. Due to the high water, the Dam West, Coles Creek and Boulder Campgrounds are closed. Campsites are still available at the McNair and Dam East Spillway Campgrounds. Several private campgrounds around the lake remain open. Eldon Hazlet State Park is also closed due to high water. Boulder, General Dean and the City of Carlyle Boat Ramps are currently available for launching. At pool levels above 450 feet, flowage easement lands surrounding the lake are used for flood storage. These are private properties and are not open to public recreation. The surface area of Carlyle Lake at the normal summer pool elevation of 445 feet is 24,583 acres. At its recent crest the surface area was over 48,000 acres, effectively doubling the lake in size.The Kaskaskia River at Vandalia has dropped well below its flood level of 18 feet.
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce presented its 18th annual Gerald Turley Award named for former Greenville Mayor Gerald Turley for outstanding community service to Marshall Mollet Thursday night. Marshall Mollet served on many boards and was involved in countless community projects including serving on the Greenville City Council, long time member of the hospital board, and school board trustee to name a few. Several of Marshall’s friends addressed the large crowd at Greenville College’s Krober Room.
The new Route 40 overpass to Wolf Industrial Park in Greenville is now open for traffic. After a long delay, the striping on the overpass is completed.
START SEEING MOTORCYCLES CAMPAIGN IN ILLINOIS
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois and the Illinois Department of Transportation, State Police, and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association recently launched the “Start Seeing Motorcycles” campaign. The program aims to save lives by focusing on motorist awareness to reduce multiple vehicle motorcycle fatalities. All motorists are reminded to share the road and always be aware of surroundings and others on the roadway. For more information, visit the website www.startseeingmotorcycles.org.
JAMES RAY MCCALLISTER
James Ray McCallister, age 64, of Collinsville, formerly of Granite City and East St. Louis, passed away Thursday, May 12 at Veterans Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral services will be Wednesday, at noon at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greene Cemetery with full military honors by the Marine Corps League. Friends may call Tuesday, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.
THERESA L. “TERRI” HOLTSCLAW
Theresa L. “Terry” Holtsclaw, age 50, of Charlestown, Indiana, formerly of Breese, passed away Friday, May 13 at her residence. Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Burial will be in Elwood Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.
VINCENT H. KUHL
Vincent H. Kuhl, age 84, of Breese, passed away Thursday, May 12 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Church in Breese. Interment will be in St. Dominic-St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 - 9:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. The Breese American Legion will hold services Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
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