12-15-2011

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SENATOR MCCARTER TAKES STEPS TOWARDS RUNNING IN 2012

State Senator Kyle McCarter recently took steps to get his name on the ballot for the November 2012 general election.  WGEL spoke with Senator McCarter about his plans. Senator McCarter said he was very happy and appreciative of all those who circulated petitions to help him get on the ballot in this upcoming election for the 54th District.  The Senator said it is a lot of hard work to get petitions today because people do not have a lot of trust in politicians.  He said trust is something he had to earn and continues to earn.  The Senator said 1750 people signed his petition, when he only needed 1000 to get on the ballot.  Senator McCarter is very encouraged by this support and is excited to show people there are good reasons to send him back to Springfield. He is aggressive and helps put policies in place to put our families back to work. Senator McCarter is currently serving in the 51st District, however, he plans to run for office in the new 54th District which includes all or parts of Bond, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Madison, St. Clair, Salem, and Washington Counties.


HOLIDAY SHOPPING SAFETY

The Holiday shopping season is in full swing.  Shopping for loved ones is generally fun, however, it may become dangerous very quickly.  We spoke with Illinois State Police Safety Education Officer Master Trooper Doug Francis about how you can protect your gifts and more importantly, yourself this Christmas season. These shopping tips do not just apply to the Christmas season.  Be sure to park in well-lit areas.  Take someone with you when you go shopping. Always roll up the windows in your car, take your keys, and lock your car.  Pay attention to the people around you. Pick-pockets may bump into you and take something out of your pockets or purse. As best as you are able, keep your valuables out of sight as people will look in your car, see something they want, and then break a window to get it.  When you get back to your car, take a look around inside before you get in.  Some people will hide inside of your car and wait for you to return.  Once you are back in your car, lock the doors, start the engine, and head on down the road.  If you sit in your car and try to balance your checkbook or do something else that distracts you, someone may try to take advantage of the situation.

 

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE PLAN SAFETY CHECKS FOR JANUARY

According to District 11 Commander Captain B. Parsons, Illinois State Police Officers may conduct roadside safety checks in Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties in January.  Roadside safety checks are an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance with traffic laws.  They encourage motorists to arrange for designated drivers, keep consumption of alcohol within allowable limits, and not drive after drinking.

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MULBERRY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN

Saturday, December 10 was the Mulberry Grove High School homecoming dance and coronation ceremony.  Newt Albert was named Homecoming King and Megan Korte was crowned Homecoming Queen.  The Jr. High Prince was Justin Wells, and the Jr. High Princess was Kylea Vohlken.

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OBITUARIES

Dorothy C. “Dot” Thole

Dorothy C. “Dot” Thole, age 87, of Breese, passed away Wednesday, December 14.  A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Augustine Parish, All Saints Academy, or Mater Dei High School.

Dovie L. Betts

Dovie L. Betts, age 73, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Monday, December 12 at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bible Way House of Prayer in Royal Lake.  Burial will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Activities Department at Helia Healthcare or to the family.

Evah R. McGrew 

Evah R. McGrew, age 87, of Marine, passed away Wednesday, December 14 at Faith Care Center in Highland.   There will be no funeral services or visitation and the burial service is private.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Larry D. Evans

Larry D. Evans, age 63, of Braceville, formerly of Smithboro, passed away Sunday, December 11 in Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.  Funeral services will be Friday, at noon at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery with military honors.  Friends may call Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to the donor’s choice.

Reid A. Bingham

Reid A. Bingham, age 83, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, December 14 at his home.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with military honors by Greenville VFW Post 1377.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Vincent B. “Speed” Albers

Vincent B. “Speed” Albers, age 87, of Germantown, passed away Wednesday, December 14 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  The Germantown American Legion services will be Friday, at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Boniface Catholic Church or Germantown First Responders.


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