12-18-2012

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CHANCES SLIM FOR WHITE CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR

Will we have a white Christmas?  Meteorologist Jim Kramper at the National Weather Service told WGEL typically the chances are not very good that we will see a white Christmas in our area.  He estimated we have a 20% chance of seeing snow on the ground Christmas Eve and / or Christmas Day.  Historically speaking, white Christmases are very rare for southern Illinois.  Jim suggested you travel north if you want to see snow.


ISP ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DRUNK DRIVERS THIS HOLIDAY

Christmas is just around the corner.  Illinois State Police Safety Education Officer, Trooper Mike Link, reminds you to stay safe when leaving holiday parties. Trooper Link said sometimes parties will involve alcohol.  The ISP knows it is never anyone’s intention to drink and drive but it does happen.  Please be responsible in these situations.  Plan ahead and have a designated driver or take a taxi.  Illinois State Police Officers will be watching for intoxicated drivers and those who are speeding or distracted this holiday season.  Do not ruin your Christmas with a speeding ticket or an arrest for driving while under the influence or cause someone to be injured as a result of drunk driving.  Trooper Link asked everyone to plan ahead, be responsible, know your limits, and stay safe this Christmas.


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NEW BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION IN OUR AREA

Tim Lindley recently received the St. Clair Beekeeper’s Association Beekeeper of the Year Award.  Tim said he has taught several beginning beekeeping classes in the listening area.  The classes were so popular they have started a new beekeepers association.  The Tri-County Beekeepers Association will meet the second Friday of every month.  The new club includes Bond, Fayette, and Montgomery Counties.  For more information, call Tim at 780-3772.


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KASKASKIA COLLEGE TO OFFER WEEKEND COURSES

Kaskaskia College continues to offer classes at times and places convenient to district students.  Education Centers at Greenville, Nashville, Salem, Trenton, and Vandalia have collaborated to offer the Small Business Accounting Certificate and the Certificate of Accounting starting in the Spring 2013 Semester.  For more information or a complete list of course descriptions, call 664-9394.

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DRUG COLLECTION DROP BOX AT MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

December 12, the Madison County Sheriff’s and Attorney’s Offices established a permanent, secure drug drop box for Madison County citizens.  The drop box is in the front lobby entrance of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for disposal of expired or otherwise unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication.  This is an anonymous program and anyone leaving unwanted medication will not be questioned.  Illicit drugs such as marijuana, heroin, and intra-venous solutions or syringes are not acceptable in the drop box.  For more information, call Lieutenant Becker, at 296-4987.



OBITUARIES

Dennis E. Kehrer

Dennis E. “Wheel” Kehrer, age 66, of Albers, passed away Monday, December 17.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery in Albers.  Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in Albers.  Memorials are suggested to the Clin-Clair Fire Department or American Legion Post 1026.

Lowell A. Wilderman

Lowell A. Wilderman, age 63, of Etna, Ohio, formerly of Greenville, passed away at his home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


 

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