11-01-2012

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THREE CARS STOLEN RECENTLY IN GREENVILLE

There has been a rash of stolen vehicles in Greenville recently.  City Police Chief Lou Lorton said three vehicles have been stolen from Greenville which is unusual for our community. Police believe the incidents are related.  Chief Lorton said it is important to lock your car at all times and do not leave a spare set of keys inside your car.  20% of stolen vehicles have keys inside.  While auto theft is not a common crime in our area, the theft of items from inside a car is.  Remove your valuables from your car, or at least be sure to hide them.  Park your car in well-lit areas and do not leave your car running for any reason.  Chief Lorton said this is simply an invitation for someone to take it.  City police continue their investigation of the crimes. 


STATE TROOPER MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT UPDATE

In a follow-up to a story we brought you Wednesday, the name of an Illinois State Police Trooper injured Tuesday in Lebanon has been released.  According to Mike Link of the Illinois State Police, Trooper Kyle Seger, age 29, was taken to St. Louis University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries Tuesday after a car crashed into the rear of his police motorcycle.  He was treated and released.  Officer Seger was stopped in the northbound lane of Rt. 4 in Lebanon, at 11:36 a.m. Tuesday, when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a Toyota Corolla driven by Jonathan R. Porter, age 24, of St. Louis.  Porter was not injured but was cited for alleged failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operation of a motor vehicle with no valid registration.


HIS KIDS, INC SERVES FAMILIES AFFECTED BY CHILDHOOD CANCER

H.I.S. K.I.D.S., Inc., in Highland, serves families affected by childhood cancer by providing an on-going support system from the moment the child is diagnosed, throughout treatment, and beyond.  One of the most heartfelt programs is HIS KIDS For the Holidays.  Assistant Executive Director Jayme Bellamy said the HIS KIDS for the Holidays program was started because many families with kids with cancer have increased household bills due to the sick child.  With one or both working less to help take care of the child, often these families need extra help this time of year.  HIS KIDS provides food, funds, and help to these families in the form of Thanksgiving meals, toys at Christmas, and general assistance all year long.  To raise money and awareness for these individuals, HIS KIDS is having a food drive at the Walmart in Highland Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 2-4. You may donate toys, food, or other necessary items.  For more information, call 654-4020 or check out the website at www.hiskidsinc.org.

 

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CARLYLE LAKE DAY USE FEES WAIVED ON VETERANS DAY

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members and their families on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11.  The Veterans Day fee waiver began in 2006 to honor the men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces.  The waiver requires only verbal confirmation of service and covers fees for boat launch ramps at Carlyle Lake.  The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services or fees for specialized facilities such as picnic shelters.  For more information, call 594-2484.


NEW CERTIFIED FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER AT MCCRACKEN-DAWDY-HALL FAMILY PRACTICE

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Amy Reynolds is a new addition at the McCracken-Dawdy-Hall Family Practice Center.  Amy will see patients at the office on the Greenville Regional Hospital Campus and at the office in Pocahontas.  Pocahontas Mayor David Clark said, “This is a great benefit to residents of Pocahontas and the surrounding rural area.  This is the first time we have had full-time coverage at the doctor’s office in Pocahontas.”  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 664-1380.

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