12-03-2012

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VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER KILLED AT SCENE OF FIRE IN BARTELSO

Fifteen-year veteran volunteer firefighter Tim Jansen was killed at the scene of a structure fire in Bartelso Sunday evening.  According to fire officials, firefighters from the Sante Fe Fire Department, which covers Bartelso, responded to a structure fire around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.  While setting up to fight the fire, Jansen was struck by a pumper truck.  Jansen was treated at the scene by his fellow firefighters and then transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese where he was pronounced dead.  Jansen is survived by a wife and two children.  Jansen had been a volunteer with the Sante Fe Fire Protection District for 15 years. 

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RECEPTION HONORS VETS AND STUDENTS ON BOOK PUBLICATION

A reception Thursday, November 29, at the Bradford Community Building initiated the release of the second edition of the book, “Greenville’s Greatest Generation.”  In 2011, Bradford National Bank published a book of WWII veterans’ stories as told to Greenville High School students.  The book sold out right away and another edition was planned.  In addition to the 20 original participants, thirteen more veterans' stories were included in the second edition.

Bradford Bank President and CEO Frank Joy credited Randy Alderman, Director of Marketing for Bradford National Bank, for the idea to do the book and for working so closely and successfully with all the groups.  Joy said Alderman came to him with the idea in 2008 envisioning a book about our local veterans and their life stories. High school students would interview the veterans and write their stories, saving them for posterity.

Students and veterans who participated in the project were present and were given complimentary copies.  The book, which is on file in the Library of Congress, will be available for $20.00 at Bradford National Bank, while supplies last.

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CRIMESTOPPERS REQUEST ASSISTANCE

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Crimestoppers request your help in apprehending a wanted subject.  Colt Trimble, age 30, of Litchfield, is wanted for domestic violence, interfering with reporting of domestic violence and endangering the life or health of a child.  Trimble has also avoided being served an active order of protection.  Trimble’s last known address is 1304 S. Illinois Avenue, in Litchfield. If you have any information that would help apprehend this wanted person call 217-532-9511.

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NOVEMBER RAINFALL LESS THAN AVERAGE

Following average rainfall in August and October and record-breaking amounts of rain in September, the November 2012 average rain total in Greenville was 1.75 inches, much less than the 45 year average of 4.17 inches.  Only seven years over the past 45 showed less rain than November 2012.  The least amount of rain fell in 1976 when Greenville got just two tenths of an inch.  The most November rainfall was 9.5 inches in 1985.  We have not seen any snow this winter but by this time in 1975 we had 9.3 inches of snow and 10.2 inches in 1980.

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FOUR FILE PETITIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL

Four persons filed petitions for positions on the Greenville City Council, three of which are incumbents. Current Mayor Alan Gaffner filed to run again for mayor.  Roger Sanders, Lisa Stephens, and Mike Heath, all with past council experience, are vying for two council positions to be elected in the April 2013 election. Currently Heath and Sanders are on the city council and Stephens has served on the council in the past. 

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MULBERRY GROVE FFA HOSTS AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

The Mulberry Grove FFA chapter recently hosted an American Red Cross blood drive in the Ag Shop at the Mulberry Grove High School.  Forty-four units were collected, surpassing the goal of 36 units set by the Red Cross.  Thomas Dooly received a seven-gallon pin and Joyce Eubank a four-gallon pin.  Brett Schewe, Kyle Klawitter, Nate Ketchem, Matt Wilkerson, Josie Summann, Tamara Bone, Kate Jolliff, Ben Foltz, Breann Tompkins, Nicole Larson, Marissa Huhn, and C. J. Fletcher receive first-time donor blood-drop pins.

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OBITUARIES

Mary J. Dooly

Mary J. Dooly, age 94, of rural Vandalia, passed away Friday, November 30, at her home.  Funeral services are today at 1:00 p.m., at the Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Burial will be in McInturff Cemetery in rural Hagarstown.  As per her wishes, there is no visitation. Memorials are suggested to McInturff Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Village Brethren Home of Girard in Girard, IL, or to the American Diabetes Association.

Dixie Lee Harnetiaux

Dixie Lee Harnetiaux, age 68, of rural Greenville, passed away Sunday, December 2, at her home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:30 a.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or the family.

Fred A. Fleehart, Jr.

Fred A. Fleehart, Jr., age 85, of rural Pocahontas, passed away Saturday, December 1, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m., at the Wisetown Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Wisetown Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 1104 of Pocahontas.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Wisetown Baptist Church.

Gary Dorries

Gary D. Dories, age 46, of Trenton, formerly of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, November 27 near Salem. Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to his children for their education.

Gladys M. Reichmann

Gladys M. Reichmann, age 98, of Keyesport, passed away Thursday, November 29 at Helia Healthcare.  Graveside services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at Salem Cemetery in Alhambra. Memorials are suggested to Salem Cemetery or Salem United Church of Christ. The Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra is in charge of arrangements.


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