Darrell L. Stewart, Jr., age 42, of Smithboro, was sentenced recently, in District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, to forty years in prison following his guilty plea to three counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.  He was also sentenced to lifetime supervised release, fined $400.00, a special assessment of $400.00, and ordered to pay restitution of $2,000.00.  Following an investigation, the FBI searched Stewart’s home and seized a large quantity of electronic equipment containing child pornography videos and still images of child pornography.  Stewart has been in custody since July 6, 2011.


The Greenville Chamber of Commerce luncheon program is Wednesday, May 30, at the Greenville Country Club.  Greenville Chamber of Commerce Director John Goldsmith said the featured speaker is Anne Carroll from the Corporate Sales and Marketing Department with the St. Louis Cardinals.  By May 30, baseball season will be in full swing and Goldsmith thinks Carroll will have an interesting perspective on marketing that will be beneficial to chamber members and other interested parties.  The St. Louis Cardinals are essentially a business that has been around for more than 100 years.  Goldsmith believes it will be interesting to see how they market a product that is already very well known and how they go after their return business.


Last week, Jonah Gaffner and Ashley Rench, were selected to move to the next level of competition in the Optimist International Oratorical Contest.  Congratulations to Jonah and Ashley who wrote and delivered a 4-to-5-minute speech on the topic, “How My Optimism Helps Me Overcome Obstacles.”  Both students will move to the Regional Contest March 31 in Highland.  Winners at the district level will be awarded college scholarships. The Optimist Oratorical Contest has been a part of Optimist International history since 1928.

Prairie Farms


The Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair 2012 is Friday, March 16, from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Greenville First United Methodist Church at 310 South Second Street.  More than forty organizations and exhibitors are participating, offering fourteen free health tests, a low-cost comprehensive blood test for $35.00, a combination comprehensive and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test for $45.00, a hemoglobin A1C blood test for $10.00, Vitamin D blood testing for $15.00, and a wide variety of health information.  Hospital volunteers are providing child care services.  Pre-registration begins Monday, March 5.  For more information, call Melissa at 664-1230, ext. 3060.



Kenneth J. Benhoff

Kenneth J. Benhoff, age 53, of St. Rose, passed away Monday, February 27 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m., at St. Rose Catholic Church.  Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to Mater Dei High School or St. Rose Catholic Church.

Everett C. Moss

Everett C. Moss, age 87, of Eureka, Illinois, formerly of Pocahontas, passed away Thursday, February 23 at Eureka Hospital.  Memorial services were this past weekend in Eureka.  Memorials are suggested the Matthew Mannos Nursing Scholarship Fund in care of Heartland Bank in Washington.  Deiters Funeral Home in Washington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Darwin L. Plocher

Darwin L. Plocher, age 72, of Highland, passed away Saturday, February 25 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ Bell Tower, Heartland Woodmen of the World, or Little Egypt Camp.

Camille A. Gaines

Camille A. Gaines, age 81, of Trenton, passed away Sunday, February 26 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.  A funeral Mass will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery in Fairview Heights.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to Green Bean Food Pantry or WCCSS-Trenton Senior Center.

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