Thursday, November 17, members of the Highland Education Association filed an intent to strike notice.  Highland teachers have been working without a contract since the beginning of the school year.  Highland Education Association President ShiAnne Shively said the Highland school district is not broke.  She claims there was a 2.9 million dollar end-of-year surplus in the education fund as well as an additional $484,000 in salaries available due to teacher retirements.  If the two parties cannot come to an agreement regarding the teacher’s contracts, there could be a strike as early as mid-December.


Robert Reavis, age 24, of Smithboro, plead guilty in Bond County Court to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in an accident involving a death.  According to the Illinois State Police accident report, Reavis was westbound on Route 140 near Linder Boulevard around 2:00 a.m. November 7, 2010 when he left the road to the right and entered a corn field.  ISP reported Reavis steered back to the left and crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic striking a vehicle driven by Brock Adcock, age 33, of Greenville.  According to the police report, Adcock was killed on impact.  Reavis’ negotiated guilty plea included a sentencing cap of seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Sentencing is set for January 12.  




In October, the Highland FFA Livestock Judging Team competed at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.  We spoke with chapter advisor, Rene Barr who said this was a fun experience for the group as they were the only team from Illinois competing.  The team placed 17th out of 44 teams.  Individually, Dan Ammann placed 15th, Dylan Rutz 63rd, Brenen Diesen 74th, and Caleb Brink 77th.  The team was competing against 176 other individuals during the two-day event.  Barr was very proud of the students and their hard work.  More than 50,000 FFA members attended the convention.


Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Craig Conover urges you to share your family health history during Thanksgiving and other family gatherings to help ensure a longer, healthier future.  Thanksgiving is National Family History Day and as you gather together to share a meal talk with family members about health problems that seem to run in the family.  Common inherited diseases include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and arthritis.  Ask about birth defects and childhood health problems, common adult diseases, age at death, and causes of death.  For more information, call 217-558-0500.



Arnold M. Hellmann

Arnold M. Hellmann, age 85, of Glen Carbon, passed away Wednesday, November 23 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Funeral arrangements for 85 year-old Arnold M. Hellmann are pending at Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel.

Clara Cresto

Clara Cresto, age 81, of Panama, passed away Tuesday, November 22, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.  No funeral services or visitation are planned.  Burial will be at a later date.  The Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama is in charge of arrangements.

Grace A. Zobrist Cherry

Grace A. Zobrist Cherry, age 70, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, November 23 at her home.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. 

Kathy A. Huber

Kathy A. Huber, age 64, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, November 22 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Bond County Hospice, or Greenville Regional Hospital.

Lola Kay White

Lola Kay White, age 55, of Hillsboro, passed away Wednesday, November 23 at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Funeral services will be Sunday, at 1:00 p.m., at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Russell D. Hoffman

Russell D. Hoffman, age 89, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away Monday, November 21 at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.  Funeral arrangements for 89 year-old Russell D. Hoffman are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral home in Highland.

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