11-19-2012

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ACCIDENT WITH FATALITY ON RT. 143

Illinois State Police Officers and emergency personnel responded to the scene of a two-car accident Thursday, November 15, at 1:36 p.m., on Rt. 143 just west of Illinois Rt. 255.  According to the accident report, Carol S. Garrett, age 65, of Alton, in a Honda Accord, was westbound on Rt. 143 in the right lane approaching the intersection for the entrance / exit ramps for Illinois Rt. 255.  Philip A. Cain, age 28, of Bethalto, driving a GMC Yukon, was also westbound in the right lane.  It is unclear if Garrett was stopped or driving slowly and Cain rear ended Garrett’s car.  Garrett and Cain were taken to Alton Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Nell S. Johnston, age 65, of Alton, a passenger in the Garrett car, was pronounced dead at the scene by Madison County Deputy Coroner Todd Ballard.  Cain was issued traffic citations for allegedly driving with a suspended driver’s license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, and failure to wear a seat belt. 

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COMET FOOTBALL SEASON ENDS WITH TOUGH LOSS AT TOLONO

The Comets fantastic season ended Saturday with a tough loss at Tolono.  The game started with both teams quickly exchanging touchdowns.  By the end of the first quarter the Tolono Rockets had taken a big lead and would never relinquish that lead.  The final score was 56-21 and Tolono will advance to the state championship this Friday against Aurora Christian.  The championship game in class 3A starts at 4:00 p.m. at Champaign’s Memorial Stadium.  The Comets ended the season with a stellar 11-2 record with three playoff wins and co-conference championship with Carlinville.  It was a fantastic season for the Comet football program again this year, and next year is only a short 9 months away.  Congratulations to the all the players, coaches, parents, and fans on another great year.    


COMETS BASKETBALL SEASON BEGINS

Comets and Lady Comets basketball is underway with the Lady Comets going 2-1 in the Columbia Tournament. WGEL Radio will broadcast tonight’s Lady Comets’ game at Roxana.      


MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET

The Mulberry Grove Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda includes principals’ and superintendent’s reports, a negotiation team progress report, a grievance committee recommendation, technology report, information on the school and district improvement plan, and a closed session.

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TURKEY TOURNEY

The Mulberry Grove/Ramsey basketball Turkey Tournament is this week.  Mulberry Grove Team Manager C. J. Fletcher said many great players will be playing in this year’s event.  Food will be available at the tournament and C. J. encourages everyone to come support the teams and the cheerleaders.  The Mulberry Grove/Ramsey basketball Turkey Tournament is November 20-24.  For more information about the tournament, call the high school at 326-8221.


POCAHONTAS-OLD RIPLEY FIRE CALL

Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters responded Sunday, at 9:59 p.m., to a reported smell of natural gas at a residence on Leverton Street in Pocahontas.  Ameren was notified and also responded.  According to information from the Greenville Police Department, the smell was from a gas grill.

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SHED FIRE ON WINTER STREET

Greenville Firefighters responded Sunday, at 1:34 a.m., to a shed fire in the 500 block of Winter Street. The fire spread to a deck and house. Mulberry Grove and Smithboro Firefighters provided mutual aid. According to Smithboro Fire Chief Dale Deverick, the cause of the shed fire is unknown and the shed was a total loss. Chief Deverick said the house’s exterior was only scorched. Firefighters were on the scene about an hour and 20 minutes.


ACCIDENT WITH INJURIES IN FAYETTE COUNTY

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Officers and emergency personnel responded Thursday, at 7:48 p.m., to the scene of an accident involving injuries.  According to information from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred on County Road 450 North about 1/8 mile east of County Road 60 East in Fayette County.  Two persons were taken to Greenville Regional Hospital and one person was ARCHed from the scene to a St. Louis Hospital.  The Sheriff’s Department has not released any other information as the accident is under investigation.

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GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT

The Greenville Police Department filed its activity report for 2012 through October.  Burglaries are up to 38 incidents compared to 20 through October 2011.  Thefts, including shoplifting, are up to 47 charges with 32 in the same time period in 2011.  Criminal damage to property is down to 29 while there were 41 incidents last year.  Illegal drug charges, including charges related to alcohol, are up to 15 occurrences. There were 11 last year.  DUI and Illegal Transportation, related to drugs or alcohol, are also up, reported at 58 incidents with 37 last year. Traffic violations, including those for license or plate violations, speeding, seat belt or child restraint are up to 247 incidents through October compared to 210 through October last year.

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OBITUARIES

David E. VanHorn Jr.

David E. VanHorn Jr., age 29, of Greenville, passed away Friday, November 16, at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be in Clarksville, Tennessee at a later date.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to Greenville College or to the American Heart Association.

Dorothy E. Conrad

Dorothy E. Conrad, age 91, of Alhambra, passed away Saturday, November 17, at St. Louis University Hospital.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the United Church of Christ of Marine.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine is in charge of arrangements.

Ellen F. Noe

Ellen F. Noe, age 92, of Carlyle, passed away Friday, November 16, at her residence.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Centralia.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Gerald H. “Jeep” “Jerry” Long

Gerald H. “Jeep” “Jerry” Long, age 59, of St. Jacob, passed away Friday, November 16, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or to Heartland Hospice.

Gomer Havron

Gomer Havron, age 92, of Panama, passed away Friday, November 16 at his home. Funeral services will be Monday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Nanette Umek

Nanette Umek, age 81, of Panama, passed away Thursday, November 15 at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Graveside services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at Union Cemetery in Panama. There will be no visitation. The Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama is in charge of arrangements.

Robert S. Horsfall

Robert S. Horsfall, age 70, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, November 17, at his home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.  Burial will be in German Cemetery with full military honors.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to TIP Hospice, Otolaryncology at St. Louis University Hospital, or to the Greenville High School Music and Drama Department.

Stephen N. Hoiles

Stephen N. Hoiles, age 75, of Greenville, passed away Friday, September 21 at his home.  Memorial services will be Tuesday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Burial will be in Montrose Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, from noon until service time at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Greenville Public Library, Bond County Hospice, or Greenville Regional Hospital.


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