TWO-CAR ACCIDENT WITH FATALITY IN CLINTON COUNTY
Clinton County Deputies responded to a two-car accident Saturday, May 26, at Rt. 161 and Wood Lane Road in Clinton County, which resulted in the death of one passenger. According to information from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Lorenzo Vaquera-Rivas, age 32, of New Memphis, Illinois, was driving a Ford Utility eastbound on Wood Lane Road and according to witnesses, allegedly did not stop at the intersection. Calvin Rogers, age 68, of Breese was eastbound on Rt. 161 in a 2006 Chevy. The Rogers car struck the Ford on the driver’s side. The Rogers car ended up in the ditch of the westbound lane on its side and the Vaquera-Rivas car came to rest on its top in a field north of Rt. 161. Rito Gutierrez Estrada, age 22, a passenger in the Vaquera-Rivas car, was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Lorenzo Vaquera-Rivas and a passenger Hosea Allonzo Vaquera, age 20, of New Memphis, were flown by ARCH helicopter from the scene to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis University Hospital. Rogers and his wife Maribeth, age 63, were taken to a Breese hospital and then airlifted to a St. Louis hospital. Lorenzo Vaquera-Rivas was cited for alleged failure to reduce speed, failure to yield at a stop sign, and driving while license suspended. The accident remains under investigation.
RABID BAT FOUND IN BOND COUNTY
A rabid bat was recently found in Bond County. Penny Dixon, a nurse at the Bond County Health Department said a woman was coming out onto her driveway when she noticed a dead bat. The woman had the bat tested and it came back positive for Rabies. Penny says this discovery means people should be a little extra cautious. If you have an animal which begins to act strangely, such as staggering, not interested in food, not being as loving as normal, you might want to take your pet to the vet. If you find a bat, do not touch it or pick it up. Call your local animal control department to properly dispose of the animal. For more information, call the health department at 664-1442 or call Bond County Animal Control Officer Matt Willman at 664-1644.
MULBERRY GROVE RECEIVES SECOND CATEGORICAL STATE AID PAYMENT
At the recent Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Mike Gauch reported the district received the second categorical state aid payment for transportation. Gauch said the district will make it through the summer but this payment will not allow repayment of borrowed transportation monies. Due to state cuts, no general state aid payments will be received in June.
The board considered continuing a lease program for buses or owning the bus fleet. A Central States Bus representative presented information on leasing versus owning. Following a closed session, the board decided to stay with the lease program.
Elementary Principal Annette Hartlieb reported kindergarten pre-registration shows 42 students are signed up to start school in the fall.
The high school athletic awards night is Thursday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m., in the high school gym.
The board approved issuance of $180,000.00 in health life safety working cash bonds for 2012-2013.
A bid of $4,500.00 was accepted from Versatile Painting to power wash and paint the bus barn.
The board approved a lease-purchase agreement with Byte Speed for 55 new computers for the new computer lab.
Following the closed session, the board hired Kara Quick sixth grade teacher and Tracy Hardas Title I full-time aid.
The next meeting is Monday, June 18 with a 2012 budget amendment hearing at 6:45 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:00.