8-19-2011

 




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MURDER TRIAL UNDERWAY FOR FARINA TEEN

The murder trial of Clifford W. Baker, age 16, of rural Farina, is underway in Fayette County Circuit Court.  Baker, who was 15 years old at the time of the incident, is charged with the alleged murder of Mike Mahon, age 60, and Deb Tish, age 53, in their Loogootee home August 4, 2010. Baker is charged with seven felonies, including first degree murder.  One of the charges alleges Baker also entered the home of a neighbor and attacked a person there while holding a knife. The court ruled in April that a video-taped statement given to police by Baker, in which he admitted to shooting the couple and hitting another person while holding a knife, was allowed as evidence in the trial.  Baker was also deemed mentally fit to stand trial and is being tried as an adult because of the first degree murder charges.
Baker pled not guilty to all charges.  The court appointed a forensic pharmacologist to the case and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has been subpoenaed.

 

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KICK OFF OF FAMILY ACCESS PROGRAM IS A HIT AT UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

The family access program is in full swing for the 2011-2012 school year in the Unit 2 School District. This program allows parents and students to access student grades and progress at any time.  There will be a demonstration at the high school August 25. Call Principal Wendy Porter for details. The district received fiscal year 2011 payments totaling $680,000.00 the past month along with the $3,660,000.00 of the first Bond County tax payment. A tentative budget has been approved and is on display at the unit office until the budget hearing September 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library. The Greenville High School has officially been approved by the state to administer testing for those students who are eligible for receiving their driver license. The Unit 2 School Board rehired Carol Swanson and hired Fluffy Baum part-time parent educators for the 2011-2012 school year. The board also rehired Stephanie Plant individual care aide for Greenville Elementary, hired Kelsey Clausen reading improvement aide for Greenville Elementary and Kathy Beloit was rehired individual kindergarten aide. Lori Williams was transferred from the Sorento Center to Greenville Elementary as an individual care aide. Increased time was approved for Chris Borwick, a part-time technology employee at GES, from one day per week to two days per week. The Board hired Kathleen Beatty as an 8-week replacement for Kedra Schuster who will be on maternity leave.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 11 JULY ACTIVITY REPORT

Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Captain B. Parsons reports enforcement and activity figures for July.  ISP Troopers issued 2,030 citations, 1,020 written warnings, and made 99 criminal arrests.  Speeding accounted for 826 of the citations.  Troopers investigated 241 traffic crashes, assisted 762 motorists and conducted 435 commercial vehicle inspections.  There were 30 arrests for driving under the influence and 58 other alcohol-related citations.



KASKASKIA COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE HOSTS FAFSA WORKSHOP

The Kaskaskia College Financial Aid office will host a FAFSA workshop Friday, September 2 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in room L-102 on the main campus.  Persons will be on hand to assist students and parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.  It is not too late to register for fall classes and financial aid is still available.  For more information about the workshop and what materials to bring, call 618-545-3080.


SPORTS

The Greenville Comets girls golf team beat Raymond/Lincolnwood and Nokomis Wednesday in Raymond.  Greenville shot a 203, Raymond/Lincolnwood 211 and Nokomis 221.  In individual scores, Jessica Grigg came in first with a 43 and Kami Suess third with 48. Scores for other team members showed Cayla Bollinger with 57, Jackie Hoffmeier 55, Nicole Schlemer 60, and Halle Harris 65.  The Comets play again Saturday in the Mascoutah Tournament in Lebanon.  Their record is now three wins and one loss.



OBITUARIES

Donald E. Anderson

Donald E. Anderson, age 85, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, August 16 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Graveside funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Auburn Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post 282 and VFW Post 1377.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or the Bond County Humane Society.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert J. Haag

Robert J. Haag, age 73, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, July 21 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Lutheran Hour Ministries.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - 60% chance of showers & thunderstorms, high 85, low 69

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 86, low 66

 

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