01-31-2012

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MAN FATALLY INJURED ON I-70 IN FAYETTE COUNTY

James Tinsley, age 53, of El Paso, Texas, was fatally injured early Monday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 at the 73 mile marker.  According to information from Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, Tinsley was eastbound in a tractor trailer when he struck the rear of another eastbound truck, shortly before daylight.  Tinsley lost lighting on his truck in the crash and remained in the driving lane of Interstate 70.  He got out of his truck to put out flags.  While standing alongside his truck, another eastbound truck struck him, killing him instantly.  Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen pronounced Tinsley dead at the scene at 6:35 a.m.   The crash remains under investigation by the Fayette County Coroner and the Illinois State Police.  An autopsy is scheduled today in Effingham.


SIX MARINES DIE IN AFGHANISTAN

Corporal Jesse W. Stites, age 23, of North Beach, Maryland, was one of six Marines who died Thursday, January 19 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in the Middle East.  Corporal Stites, who spent part of his childhood in Roxana, Illinois, was the crew chief of a CH-53D Sea Stallion heavy-lift helicopter.  The helicopter went down while supporting combat operations in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.  The Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, also known as the Lucky Red Lions, had a memorial service for the six fallen soldiers in Afghanistan Tuesday, January 24.


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2011-2012 ILLINOIS DEER HARVEST TOTALS

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,411 deer during all 2011-2012 seasons ending January 15.  This number is slightly less than the 2010-2011 total of 182,270.  50.8 percent of deer killed this year were bucks.  The record season in Illinois was 2005-2006 when more than 201 thousand deer were harvested.  Totals in Bond and surrounding counties show Bond County with 1337, Clinton 1347, Fayette 3181, Madison 2225, Montgomery 2068, and St. Clair 1737.

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SPORTS

GREENVILLE COMETS TO PLAY AT BUSCH STADIUM THIS SPRING

This spring, the Greenville High School Comets baseball team will get a taste of what it is like to play in the big leagues.  Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat said Sunday, April 15 following a Cardinals / Cubs game, the Greenville Comets baseball team will play their first ever game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  The Cardinals and the Cubs play at 1:15 p.m. and the Comets will play the Edwardsville Tigers after the Cardinal's game.  Tickets are available for $30.00. The face-value of these tickets is $48.00, nearly a $20.00 discount. For more information or to order tickets, call 664-5580.


OBITUARIES

Duane Tipsword

Duane Tipsword, age 89, of Panama, passed away Sunday, January 29 at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Shriner's Hospital for Children.

Florence Marie Davis

Florence Marie Davis, age 86, of Greenville, passed away January 11.  Memorial services will be Friday, February 3, at 1:00 p.m. at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

Harold F. Grotefendt

Harold F. Grotefendt, age 88, of Marine, passed away Sunday, January 29 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.  Funeral arrangements for 88 year-old Harold F. Grotefendt are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine.

Nadine R. Voigt

Nadine R. Voigt, age 53, of Marine, passed away Monday, January 30 at her home.  Funeral arrangements for 53 year-old Nadine R. Voigt are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine.

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