3-20-2012

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MILLION DOLLAR LOTTERY TICKET SOLD AT MILLERSBURG GENERAL STORE

St. Patrick's Day was luckier than usual for some local residents.  A million dollar lottery ticket was sold at Millersburg General Store for the Illinois Lotto St. Patrick's Day Raffle.  The ticket number was 000092 and was one of only four tickets drawn for million dollar prizes out of the total of half a million tickets.  We spoke with Millersburg General Store co-owner Rhonda Rench who said more than 100 people were involved in buying tickets for the raffle.  The odds to win the million dollars were 1 in 125,000.  


TODAY IS ELECTION DAY

Today is election day so don’t forget to vote.  It is a primary election and many local offices are uncontested.  The Republican nomination for President is still undecided.  Unlike most years a candidate has not been determined so the primary election in Illinois has a heightened national impact.  Winners from today’s election will appear on the ballot for the November General Election.  Polls opened at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.  Tune to WGEL Radio this evening and Tom Kennedy will bring you local results. 


SINGLE CAR ACCIDENT ON NEW DOUGLAS AVENUE

A Bond County Deputy responded Saturday, March 17, at 5:10 p.m., to the scene of a single-car accident on New Douglas Avenue, one half mile west of Elevator Road.  According to the accident report, Sheila Ann Gilbert, age 33, of Sorento, was eastbound on New Douglas Avenue when her GMC Envoy hit a puddle of water on the road causing her to lose control.  The car left the road into the south ditch, struck a ditch embankment, and a utility pole.  Gilbert drove her car to her nearby residence and a family member took her and three passengers to Staunton Hospital for treatment.


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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

Illinois State Police and Highland EMS responded Sunday, at 1:01 p.m., to the scene of a motorcycle accident.  According to information from the Illinois State Police, Christopher R. Smith, age 23, of Maryville, was on the entrance ramp from Rt. 40 to Interstate 70 near mile marker 30, when for an unknown reason he lost control of his Honda VT 750 on the ramp.  The bike went off the left side of the roadway and into a ditch.  Smith was allegedly not wearing a helmet.  Highland EMS took Smith to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland for treatment. 

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SHOAL CREEK WHITETAILS UNLIMITED HELPS WITH HUNTER SAFETY CLASS

The Shoal Creek Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited recently assisted with the Illinois Hunter Safety Education Class at the KVS Gun Club in Keyesport.  Forty-five youth and adults attended the class to receive certification for the Hunter Safety and Education program.  Following the class, some of the students enjoyed some hands-on firearms shooting under instructor supervision.



OBITUARIES

Robert A. Helmkamp

Robert A. Helmkamp, age 67, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, March 18 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Walter S. “Sonny” Lauchner      

Walter S. “Sonny” Lauchner, age 82, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, March 18 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be private.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post #1377.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice.

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