The Illinois State Police released more information regarding the fatal accident on I-64 Tuesday morning.  Three of the four construction workers struck in the crash are from Pocahontas.  Adam Evans, age 32 and Kory Links, age 39 are both from Pocahontas and Brian Moore, age 40 is from Hoyleton. All three were taken to St. Louis Hospitals. Moore was in critical condition and Evans and Links were in serious condition. 

Dennis Beard, age 38, also of Pocahontas was taken to St. Louis University Hospital where he later passed away due to his injuries.  ISP released the name of the driver of the vehicle that left the roadway and struck the workers and their trucks.  According to the Illinois State Police, Michael J. Jeter, age 34, of West Frankfort, was eastbound on I-64 near Fairview Heights when he drove off the left side of the roadway and struck both work trucks and the workers.   Jeter was taken to Belleville Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  No charges have been filed in connection with the crash and the investigation continues.    


Highland Police, Highland-Pierron Firefighters, and Highland Ambulance responded Tuesday, at 4:34 p.m., to a motorcycle accident on Baumann Road at Schuster Road in Highland.  According to the accident report, Hugh J. O’Gara, age 55, of Pocahontas, was arched from the scene to a St. Louis hospital.


One of the three men charged with escaping from the Bond County Jail in March pled guilty to escape, aggravated battery and theft.  He also pled guilty to the drug charge that led to his initial arrest. Joshua D. Frith, age 26, and two other men were caught just hours after they escaped from the Bond County Jail March 8.  Frith was captured at a traffic stop in Indiana and extradited to Bond County. Frith will serve eight years in prison for the guilty plea in the drug offense and twelve years in prison for the charges related to the escape, for a total of 20 years.



The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging you to throw out any oysters, clams, mussels, or scallops from Korea you have in your refrigerator or freezer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found significant problems including ineffective management of land-based pollution sources, inadequate sanitary controls, and detection of norovirus in shellfish growing areas. Because of inadequate sanitation controls, the shellfish harvested from Korean waters may have been exposed to human fecal waste and have the potential to be contaminated with norovirus.  Importation of shellfish harvested from polluted waters in Korea was stopped May 1.

Korean molluscan shellfish that entered the United States prior to May 1 and any product made with Korean shellfish are considered adulterated.  The FDA recommends food distributors, retailers, and food service operators get rid of all fresh, frozen, and processed Korean shellfish and any product subsequently made with them.  The FDA is currently working to determine the distribution of the product.




According to Illinois Department of Revenue Director Brian Hamer, Bond County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000.  The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier,” is the method used to achieve uniform property assessment among counties, as required by law.  Under a law passed in 1975, Illinois property should be assessed at one-third market value. 

The equalization factor is determined by comparing the price of individual properties sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments, county, or township assessor.  Assessments in Bond County are at 32.87 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2008, 2009, and 2010. 


Congressman John Shimkus supported House passage of a bill that would replace $78 billion of cuts set to occur January 2, 2013, with other spending cuts.  Shimkus said, “The Budget Control Act calls for equal cuts to defense and other programs.  Secretary of Defense Panetta has called these cuts “devastating” to the military and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has called them a “very high risk” to national security.  The House has taken action to reduce the effect on our defense and security forces by finding ways to save money elsewhere.” 

Some of the new savings comes from eliminating the Dodd-Frank “too big to fail” fund, repealing various Obamacare provisions, requiring proof of eligibility for SNAP, requiring a social security number to receive the refundable child tax credit, and increasing pension contributions by federal employees.  The bill passed the House and awaits action by the Senate.



Carl F. Pollmann

Carl F. Pollmann, age 62, of Breese, passed away Sunday, May 13, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.  A memorial Mass will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.  Friends may call Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Mater Dei High School football program or the Sons of the Breese American Legion Post 252.  The Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis James Beard

Dennis James Beard, age 38, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, May 22 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Hug Cemetery in Millersburg.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Dennis Beard Benefit Fund and may be made at any Bradford National Bank location or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Karen E. Goodwin

Karen E. Goodwin, age 66, of Highland, passed away Friday, May 18 at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens in St. Louis.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. 

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