A head-on collision Tuesday morning led to the death of 46 year-old Gary D. Dorries, of Trenton.  According to the Illinois State Police, Dorries was eastbound on Route 50, approximately ½ mile east of Odin in his 2009 Ford Ranger pickup truck when he drifted across the center line and struck a 1999 Chevy S10 pickup truck driven by 40 year-old John R. Mason of Iuka, Illinois. Dorries was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia where he was pronounced dead.  Mason was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.


Every year, the Illinois Rural Health Association honors physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural healthcare.  Dr. Philip Siefken the 2012 Rural Physician of Excellence Award Monday at a reception at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Dr. Siefken said there were several factors involved in the decision to return to Greenville to practice medicine.
Being closer to parents and raising children in a more rural environment were factors which influenced the decision to make the move. 

Dr. Siefken is a graduate of Greenville College and practiced in Indianapolis for 16 years before returning home to Greenville in 2006.  Siefken also received a copy of a House Resolution sponsored by Representative Paul Evans, a Congratulatory Certificate on behalf of Senator Kyle McCarter, and a proclamation from the city of Greenville, presented by Mayor Alan Gaffner.




The Bond County Board met in special session Tuesday morning at the courthouse.  The meeting opened with a Special Service District contract discussion. Alan Gaffner suggested a six-month extension to the ambulance-service contract.  Board Chairman Brock Willeford said another meeting will be required on the SSD issues since insurance premium quotes have not been received. The possible swing in the insurance cost precluded any other discussions including those regarding the budget.  The unknown premium quotes present a large enough unknown that the board did not address the issues of property tax or employee contribution to the insurance cost. Insurance figures are expected before the meeting today at 3:00 p.m.


According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois hunters harvested 72,111 deer during the first weekend of the 2012 Illinois Firearm Season.  This is an increase of 5,600 over last year’s first weekend totals.  In our area, numbers were slightly lower when compared to 2011.  Bond County hunters took 545 deer this year, six deer less than in 2011. In Clinton County, 580 deer were harvested this year and 583 last year.  Fayette County showed a decrease with 1284 deer in 2012, compared to 1322 in 2011.  Approximately 60% of the deer taken during the first weekend were bucks.  The second weekend of the firearm season is today, Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, December 2.  For more information, visit the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.



Dorothy B. Wernle

Dorothy B. Wernle, age 94, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, November 27, at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Sunday, at 2:00 p.m., at the Hookdale St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Hookdale St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.

Gary D. Dorries

Gary D. Dorries, age 46, of Trenton, formerly of Carlyle, passed away Monday, November 27 near Salem.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  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 his children for their education.

Maxine M. “Max” Gruner

Maxine M. “Max” Gruner, age 75, of Grantfork, passed away Monday, November 26 in Branson, Missouri.  Memorial services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Grantfork United Church of Christ.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery in Old Ripley.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Grantfork United Church of Christ.

Thomas F. “Tom” Kohrmann

Thomas F. “Tom” Kohrmann, age 71, of Maryville, formerly of Bartelso, passed away Tuesday, November 27, at Liberty Village in Maryville.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:30 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery in Bartelso.  Friends may call Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Community Link in Breese.

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