The death of a Shiloh woman is being investigated by police after a man walking his dog at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday found the body inside a sport utility vehicle in Lebanon.  Shiloh Police Chief Jim Stover said Shiloh police went to the home of Valesha A. Troutman-Foster at about 8:00 p.m. Saturday in response to a domestic disturbance call and she agreed to leave the home to keep the peace.  Relatives of Troutman-Foster expressed concern she might harm herself but she assured them and police that was not the case. Chief Stover said relatives called police two hours later concerned about the woman’s welfare and officers filed a missing person report.  Police used cell phone records to concentrate their search in a 1 ½ mile radius area in Lebanon and Shiloh. O’Fallon and Lebanon police, along with Troutman-Foster’s family, searched for the woman but were unsuccessful. A man walking his dog early Tuesday morning near McKendree University in Lebanon found Troutman-Foster’s SUV and called police.  Troutman-Foster was pronounced dead at approximately 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. There were no signs of trauma to the body.  Toxicology test results are pending.


Due to the elevated pool at Carlyle Lake, some recreation areas and area roads are closed.  As the pool level recedes, facilities will be reopened as soon as possible.  Special programs and tours are available July 15-17 at Carlyle Lake.  Call the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 594-2484 for information on available recreational areas and special activities.


The Bond County Board of Health met Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Health Department in Greenville.  The board welcomed new member, Dr. Bill Ahern. Dr. Ahern served as a Professor Emeritus of Biology at Greenville College from 1966 until his retirement in 2008.  Ahern received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Kansas and his D. A. degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
A good deal of the meeting was spent on preliminary budget numbers for fiscal year 2012.  Several grant funds regularly received by the Health Department are being decreased by the state. State reduced funds include a 9% reduction in Family Case Management, a 3% reduction in Family Planning, a 28% decrease in Vision and Hearing, a 9.5% reduction in Substance Abuse and, a decrease of 40% in Mental Health grant funding. The loss of the grant money will present a challenge to the board as it strives to maintain services in spite of the grant cuts.  The budget is to be completed by November, in time for the new year. All local tests for West Nile virus have been negative but the first positive tests in the state were recorded in northern Illinois in late June.




The last mission of the space shuttle program lifted off last Friday and a Greenville woman was there to witness the historic event.  WGEL spoke with Gina Lewis about her experience. Lewis said she was in Florida to visit her brother who works at Disney World and since they were there and Friday’s launch would be the last space shuttle mission, her family decided to drive to the Kennedy Space Center to see the lift-off.  Lewis said they were about six miles away from the space center when they had to stop because of stopped traffic.  She said the crowd was very excited and they could see the shuttle take off from seven miles away. They not only heard and saw the blast-off but the vibrations could be felt as well. The space shuttle program’s first launch was in April 1981. Five years later, in January 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger, was destroyed during ascent killing all seven astronauts.  Seventeen years later, on February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up on reentry killing all seven crew members.  Part of this last shuttle’s mission is to deliver as many supplies and spare parts as possible to the International Space Station to sustain it and its crew since the next services and supplies available will be on commercially sponsored space flights.




Alma C. Wall

Alma C. Wall, age 96, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, July 13 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to HACSM Food Pantry or the Alzheimer's Association.

Wayne J. Frey

Wayne J. Frey, age 53, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, July 12 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 9:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Highland.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

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