03-22-2012

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HIGHLAND MAN KILLED WHILE WORKING ON INTERSTATE 39 NEAR ROCKFORD

Keith Jakel, age 55, of Highland, was struck by a truck and killed Tuesday, March 20 while performing repairs on Interstate 39 near Paw Paw, Illinois, about forty miles south of Rockford.  According to a news release from the Illinois State Police District 1, Roger D. Miller, age 76, of Grand Ridge, was northbound in a truck tractor, on Interstate 39 at mile post 80.6.  An Illinois Department of Transportation arrow truck was blocking the right lane and diverting traffic to the passing lane.  Miller was unable to merge into the traffic lane due to another vehicle in the lane and went to the shoulder to avoid striking the arrow truck.  Miller’s truck tractor struck Jakel who was out of his vehicle doing maintenance work to the shoulder of Interstate 39.  Illinois State Police were assisted at the scene by Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies, Paw Paw Fire and Ambulance Emergency Personnel, the Lee County Coroner, and Illinois Department of Transportation Officers.

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BALLOTS CAUSE HURDLE DURING PRIMARY ELECTION IN BOND COUNTY

The Illinois Primary Election was Tuesday and Bond County had a hurdle to overcome to tally up the votes.  Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz said his office started receiving calls from the polling locations early on election morning that ballots were not feeding into the machines.  Investigation showed the ballots were 1/32 of an inch too wide.  The size problem was the fault of the ballot printer not a vendor. Election judges trimmed 1/32 of an inch off the ballots, so they would work in the machines.  Randy praised and thanked his election judges for the extra work did to make it possible for people to cast their vote.  At this time, everything is complete in regards to the election.  The only additional numbers to be tallied will come from absentee votes. There is a 14 day window in which absentee ballots may be counted.


EASTER EGG HUNT AT PATRIOT’S PARK

The Greenville Commercial Club and the Greenville Optimist Club are sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Patriot’s Park, Saturday, April 7, beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The hunt is divided according to age groups as follows; toddler – age 2, ages 3-5, 6-7, and 8-9.  There will be a special section for disabled boys and girls through the sixth grade.  For more information, call 664-1872.


LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

Illinois voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast their vote in the March Primary election.  Mitt Romney won the Illinois Primary for the Republican Presidential Nomination.  Locally, however, Romney did not receive the highest number of votes.  Most voters in Bond, Clinton, Fayette, and Madison counties choose Rick Santorum.  Santorum received 10,799 votes in the area, beating Romney by a margin of about 1,500 votes.  9,287 people voted for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  Candidate Ron Paul got 2,490 votes, narrowly beating Newt Gingrich with 2,189 votes.  Approximately 14% of voting-age citizens voted Tuesday.

 

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VETERANS TRIBUTE SCULPTURE NEARS COMPLETION

Two Veterans Tribute Committee members recently traveled to Idaho to finalize contract negotiations on the American eagle sculpture which will be the centerpiece of the Warriors’ Court of the Veterans Tribute planned on the Kaskaskia College campus.  They were delighted to learn the sculpture is nearly finished.  Groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the project is set for May 22.  Phase 1 features the entry to the Tribute, the Warriors’ Court and the American eagle sculpture, insignia and flags honoring each branch of the US military, and two walls with veterans’ names.  For more information about the Veterans Tribute, call Suzanne at 545-3069.


FIVE COUNTY FORMAL DRESS SALE IN CENTRALIA

If you are looking for a prom dress or if you have a special occasion dress, shoes, or other accessories to sell, come to the Five County Formal Dress Sale, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, at 210 East Broadway in Centralia.  The hours Saturday are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Drop off dresses to sell Thursday and Friday, March 22-23.  The admission fee for the sale is $1.00.  For more information about the sale or when to drop off dresses, call Margaret at 533-1645.

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OBITUARIES

Adelia Leuscher

Adelia Leuscher, age 95, of New Douglas, passed away Tuesday, March 20 at Alhambra Care Center.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.  Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Alhambra.  Friends may call Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Salem United Church of Christ or Salem Cemetery.


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