02-20-2012

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FIERY TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN FAYETTE COUNTY KILLS TWO

A fiery two-vehicle crash Sunday in Fayette County killed two persons.  According to a press release from the Fayette County Coroner’s Office, a 74 year-old man and an unidentified person were fatally injured Sunday, February 19.  The 74 year-old man is identified as Robert Norris, of Vernon.  Norris was southbound on Rt. 51 near Fayette County Road 1150N when a northbound vehicle crossed into his lane hitting him head-on, killing him and injuring a passenger, Shawn Norris, who was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital.  The northbound vehicle burst into flames, burning the driver beyond recognition.  Vandalia Firefighters responded, extinguished the fire, and extracted victims.  Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen pronounced Robert Norris and the unidentified person dead at the scene at 4:06 a.m.  An autopsy will be conducted Monday on the unidentified person using dental records to identify the body.  The Fayette County Coroner and the Illinois State Police continue to investigate the crash.


POLAR PLUNGE AT CARLYLE LAKE

February 25, at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, courageous individuals will brave the cold waters of Carlyle Lake to raise money for a good cause.  Peggy Knebel, Director of Area 12 with the Special Olympics said the Polar Plunge benefits more than 1,100 Special Olympics athletes in this area. The money helps them attend the sporting events hosted year round.  To be able to participate in the Polar Plunge, you must raise $75.00.  This year, Knebel believes they will have in excess of 450 plungers.  Last year, there were 472 participants.  If you raise the minimum $75.00, you get a hooded sweatshirt and the bragging rights associated with completing the icy leap.  You may still register for the event at 654-6680.

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GREENVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSED MONDAY

The Greenville Public Library will be closed Monday, February 20 in honor of President’s Day. 


BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT MONTHLY MEETING

The Bond County Health Department Board met Monday, February 13. Registered Nurse Brenda Miller received a plaque for her years of dedicated service to the community and four years on the board.
Maxine Barth reported Medicare still owes the health department $453,728.00 and the building loan is down to 1.3 million dollars.
The HFI annual policy review was approved, along with the agency FY2011 annual report.  A printed 2011 annual report is available upon request.
Dr. Thomas Dawdy reported there were five cases of positive influenza and we are now reaching the prime influenza period. If you have not gotten your flu shot, do so soon as it takes approximately 10 to 14 days for the flu vaccine to be effective. Children in Bond County may receive shots for $9.00 according to Maxine Barth.  The charge for Bond County adult residents is $30.00 and $35.00 for adults living out of Bond County.

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LINCOLN LAND LEATHERNECKS MEMORIAL GRANT

The Lincoln Land Leathernecks Detachment 1174 of the Marine Corps League is awarding two one-time grants of $500.00, one to each of two students in our area.  Students must be high school seniors or high school graduates who are first-time college students in the fall 2012.  Applicants must have a GPA of at least a B and write an essay of 100 words or less explaining their life goals and why they should receive the grant.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited two or four-year college or technical institute.  Special considerations will be given to students with a family member in the Marine Corps League, one who has served in the Marine Corps or as a Navy Corpsman, or one who is serving or has served in the U.S. military.  Mail applications to: Richard Niepert, 20290 Mt. Moriah Avenue, Mulberry Grove, IL  62262-3116.

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OBITUARIES

Alfred B. Husmann

Alfred B. Husmann, age 89, of Breese, passed away Thursday, February 16 at Breese Nursing Home.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic-St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to St. Dominic Catholic Church.  Moss Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Frances E. Best

Frances E. Best, age 82, of Carlinville, passed away Friday, February 17 at Carlinville Area Hospital.  A memorial service will be at a later date.  Burial will be in Worden City Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.

Richard C. Eilers

Richard C. Eilers, age 62, of St. Rose, passed away Thursday, February 16 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. A funeral Mass will be Thursday, at 2:00 p.m., at the St. Rose Catholic Church. Interment will be in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Richard R. Iberg

Richard R. Iberg, age 70, of Highland, passed away Friday, February 17 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Wednesday, from noon at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, or to the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Lou Ella M. Mewes

Lou Ella M. Mewes, age 87, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, February 19 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral arrangements for 87 year-old Lou Ella M. Mewes are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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