SCHMITT FAMILY TRUST FUND
A trust fund has been established for the Schmitt family, victims of a recent home fire in Pierron. Donations payable to the Schmitt Family Benefit Fund may be sent to any Bank of Edwardsville location.
BELLEVILLE ASTRONAUT ON FINAL SHUTTLE MISSION
NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus, a Belleville native, will fly on the last space shuttle mission next month. The shuttle Atlantis is targeted to launch July 8 with Magnus, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialist Rex Walheim to deliver supplies and spare equipment to the International Space Station.
Magnus earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a veteran of two shuttle flights and a 4.5-month stay aboard the station as a member of the Expedition 18 crew.
When asked why she decided to be an astronaut, Magnus replied, “It is something that caught a hold of me when I was in middle school, believe it or not, and I have always liked science and technology and math. It has always been fun to learn how the world works and to see new things and learn new things, and there was something about flying in space that just grabbed a hold of me and did not let go. So here I am after a little bit of luck and a little bit of hard work.”
NO CHARGES IN PUNCHING INCIDENT
Today, Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser announced criminal charges will not be filed from the incident last week on the floor of the Illinois Senate. June 6, 2011, the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office received a report from the Secretary of State Police documenting an incident which occurred at the Illinois Capitol Complex May 31, 2011.
The report details a confrontation between State Senators Mike Jacobs and Kyle McCarter that occurred on the last day of session at 6:30 p.m. on the Senate floor. After review of the report and the investigation conducted by the Secretary of State Police, the State’s Attorney’s Office declines to file any criminal charges. Milhiser said, “This matter is best resolved internally by the Illinois Senate and not in the criminal courts.”
SMITHBORO VILLAGE BOARD SETS FINES FOR LATE PAYMENT OF WATER BILLS
The Smithboro Village Board met Monday night. Jim Grider requested permission to sell fireworks and the board unanimously granted him permission to sell fireworks June 18-July 5.
Code Enforcement Officer Randy Radford of Pana has been hired for $12.00 an hour for one to two days a week as needed.
The board set fines for late water bills. After the first late payment, it will cost $25.00 to have the water turned on again. The second late payment will result in a $50.00 fine, the third late payment a $75.00 fine and a $100.00 fine will be assessed for the fourth late water bill payment. Residents who cannot meet the payment deadline should call the village office to make arrangements for payment.
A house number ordinance was enacted. Following sending of a letter explaining the new guidelines, residents will have thirty days to install four-inch house numbers at their front entrance. After thirty days, if numbers are not posted, they will get a certified notice and be fined $10.00 per day until the numbers are installed.
The Smithboro Homecoming sponsored by the Smithboro Volunteer Fire Department is Saturday, June 11 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Spring Cleaning Day is Thursday, June 9.
The next meeting will be July 11.
“I GOT CAUGHT” WATER SAFETY CAMPAIGN AT CARLYLE LAKE
The US Army Corps of Engineers and local businesses are teaming up to reward you for wearing a life jacket while recreating at Carlyle Lake. Park Rangers will be on the lake and beaches on weekends throughout the summer looking for people wearing life jackets. If you are caught wearing your life jacket, you may receive a special T-shirt or a coupon for a free ice cream treat. For more information, call the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 618-594-2484.
ANDREW B. "ANDY" THOMS
Andrew B. “Andy” Thoms, age 32, of St. Charles, Missouri, formerly of Smithboro, passed away Friday, June 3 at his home. Memorial services will be Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Friends may call after 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to The Burn Unit at St. John’s Mercy Hospital or Sheet Metal Workers Local #36.
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