The Bond County Habitat for Humanity house blessing ceremony and open house for a recently finished home in Pocahontas is today at 5:00 p.m.  Chairman of the Bond County Habitat for Humanity Ben Kettlecamp said
this is the sixth house blessing for the Bond County Habitat for Humanity Chapter.  The process, for this house, began last February.  The family selection committee choose Mike and Nikki Hibbs and their three sons to be the partner family for the new home.  During the house blessing program, there will be a Bible presentation, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and they will be handing over the keys to the house.  Kettlekamp told WGEL he felt the community would be very pleased to see the quality of the house and to see the Bond County Habitat for Humanity is doing a good job with the generous donations from the community.  He said each adult member of the partner family is required to complete at least 200 hours of work on the house and Mike Hibbs alone has put in well over 400 hours.  If you have any questions, mail the Bond County Habitat for Humanity, at PO Box 496, Greenville, IL.



Winter weather in Illinois may bring fifty degree temperatures one day and an ice storm the next.  Illinois State Police Safety Education Officer Doug Francis has some winter driving tips.  Check the weather forecast and evaluate the necessity of your planned trip.  Be sure to dress for the weather and possible emergencies.  Keep your gas tank filled, your cell phone charged, and tell someone your destination and route of travel.  If there is a change in plans let someone know and call your contact person to let them know you arrived safely.  It is a good idea to have some emergency equipment in your car such as blankets, a shovel, flashlight with fresh batteries, and sand, salt, or kitty litter for traction.  When driving in icy or snowy conditions, slow down, do not use the cruise control, increase your following distance, and use easy movements on the steering wheel, accelerator, and brakes.  If you are stranded, stay with your vehicle, run the engine a few minutes an hour to keep warm, open a window slightly for ventilation, and be sure to keep the exhaust pipe clear of obstructions.




According to District 11 Illinois State Police, Clifford B. Hanson, age 43 of Belleville, was attempting to merge back into the right lane of southbound I-255 in his Semi Truck, when Troy W. DeRossett, age 21 of East Carondelet, allegedly struck the back of his trailer with the front of his 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix.  Hanson stated that he used the shoulder to gain speed before attempting to merge.  The front of DeRossett’s vehicle was smashed under the rear of Hanson’s trailer.  DeRossett was wearing his seatbelt; however his two passengers were not.  Shana R. Harr, age 21 of Columbia was partially ejected from the vehicle.  Harr was taken to St. Louis University Hospital for her injuries.  Cory W. Sturdevant, age 27 of Cahokia, was taken to St. Anthony’s for his injuries, as was DeRossett.  Hanson, who was wearing his seatbelt, had no injuries.


Highland-Pierron Firefighters were dispatched Saturday, January 21, at 6:54 p.m., to a report of a vehicle fire on Interstate 70.  According to Fire Chief Steve Plocher, the car was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.  The cause was undetermined but was probably electrical from under the dash area.  The car was a total loss.  No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene about 20 minutes.



Jesse Compton

Jesse Compton, age 93, of the Panama area, passed away Tuesday, January 24.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

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