6-01-2011

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FATAL ACCIDENT OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

A man was killed and two passengers injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday, at 2:45 p.m. three miles west of Walshville on Mt. Olive Trail. Montgomery County Coroner Rick Broaddus reported Shawn P. Durbin, age 33, of Alhambra, was pronounced dead at 4:00 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Rick Robbins of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department told WGEL Durbin’s vehicle, a Ford pick-up truck, was eastbound on Mt. Olive Trail when it left the roadway and hit a ditch.  Robbins said Durbin and one of the passengers in the vehicle, Dan Kovaly, age 37, of Mt. Olive, were ejected from the truck.  A third passenger, Michael Whitworth, age 37, of Alhambra had to be extricated from the vehicle.  Kovaly was taken by helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital in critical condition.  Whitworth was taken to Staunton Community Hospital and transferred to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The Illinois State Police have assigned a reconstruction officer to determine the cause and conditions of the accident.

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LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO DROP

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, April unemployment rates dropped in every metropolitan area in Illinois for an unprecedented eighth consecutive month. That has not occurred since this data set was first started in 1976. “But for flood-devastated Alexander County, over-the-year unemployment rates would have fallen in every county in the state for a record fifth straight month,” IDES Acting Director Theresa P. Larkin said. “As communities throughout Illinois continue to recover from the national recession, overall trends indicate that our economy is improving and moving in the right direction.”  Since January 2010, Illinois has added 100,300 new jobs.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates


Metropolitan Area

April
2011*

April
2010

Bloomington-Normal

6.2%

7.5%

Champaign-Urbana

7.2%

8.5%

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville

8.7%

10.7%

Danville

9.6%

12.3%

Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl.

7.1%

8.5%

Decatur

9.7%

12.2%

Kankakee-Bradley

11.2%

13.3%

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

8.9%

10.8%

Peoria

8.0%

10.5%

Rockford

11.9%

15.7%

Springfield

6.8%

8.0%

St. Louis (IL-Section)

8.2%

9.4%

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OBITUARIES

ANNA MARIE STOECKLIN

Anna Marie Stoecklin, age 84, of Alhambra, passed away Saturday, May 28 at Alhambra Care Center.  A memorial service will be Saturday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston.  Burial will be in Salem Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

NORMAN DENVER RUPPE

Norman Denver Ruppe, age 87, of Hillsboro passed away Monday, May 30 at his home.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery with military honors.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

GILBERT THIEMS

Gilbert Thiems, age 82, of New Douglas, passed away Tuesday, May 31 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston.  Burial will be in New Douglas Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Lesicko Funeral Home in New Douglas.  There will be a scripture service at 5:00 p.m.


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