12-24-2012

 

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SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN

Santa is preparing for his annual journey around the world.  Many organizations attempt to track Santa's sleigh.  The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, uses their equipment and technology to follow his movements every year.  They use four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams, and fighter jets.  According to the NORAD Santa Tracker website, December 24, NORAD monitors the radar systems continuously for indications Santa Claus has left the North Pole.  They are able to track his movements around the world as he delivers presents to good little boys and girls.

The National Weather Service also attempts to track Santa with their radar.  Meteorologist Jim Kramper at the National Weather Service office in St. Louis said Santa tends to move very quickly, but every now and then they are able to catch a glimpse of him.  If you would like to see where Santa is today, visit www.noradsanta.org.

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CHANCE OF SNOW CHRISTMAS DAY

Friday, December 21 was the official beginning of Winter.  Meteorologist Jim Kramper at the National Weather Service office in St. Louis said we could see snow Christmas day.  It looks like the system will produce some snow Christmas night into Wednesday morning.  The latest numbers for the National Weather Service predicts anywhere from 2-6 inches of snow could fall in Bond County. Heavier totals are possible to the south and east, up to 9 inches is possible there.

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FIRE CHIEF URGES SAFETY WITH LIGHTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

The holiday season is a time of joy and decorating for holiday festivities but it is also a time requiring extra safety. WGEL and the Greenville Fire Department remind you to be cautious as you decorate.  Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston told WGEL Christmas lights used to get hot enough to burn you if you touched them.  Today, lights do not usually get nearly as hot, but they may still short out and cause a fire.  Bill advised to use extension cords sparingly.  If you do use an extension cord, be sure to leave it in the open.  Do not cover cords with rugs to hide them as it does not allow the heat to properly dissipate.

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SEVERAL ACCIDENTS AS A RESULT OF WINTER WEATHER

A head-on accident claimed the life of a Salem man Thursday night.  According to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, winter weather and winds were the cause of the accident .  Scott Holst, age 50, of Salem, was eastbound on old Route 50 east of Creek Road when the weather conditions caused him to lose control of his 2004 Oldsmobile four door.  While trying to regain control, Holst crossed the center line and struck Stephanie Blankenship, age 28, head-on in a 2004 Chevy Blazer.  Holst was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese where he later died of his injuries.  Blankenship was not injured according to police.  The accident remains under investigation.  

Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn reported he is investigating two deaths that may be related to Thursday’s wintry weather and the power failures it caused. Sandra K. Brinker, age 63, of Troy, was found unresponsive at her home and taken by ambulance to Anderson Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:18 a.m. Thursday. Brinker lost power at her home at about 8:10 a.m. Thursday.

Shirley A. Shrill, age 66, of Alton, was pronounced dead at her home at 5:07 p.m. Thursday. Shrill lost power at her home at 4:15 p.m. Thursday after a tree fell and struck a transformer. Both women suffered from conditions requiring supplemental oxygen from electrically powered oxygen units which were unusable after the power failures. Nonn said it has not been decisively concluded the loss of oxygen was responsible for the deaths, but it was possible. Nonn advises families with a relative who is medically dependant on electrical power to their home, to pre-plan for winter storms and also notify their community’s first responder group.

A Missouri woman was killed in a one-vehicle roll-over accident east of Route 159 on Rust Road in Macoupin County Thursday afternoon. Erin K. Jarman, age 31, of Houston, MO was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by Macoupin County Coroner Anthony Kravanya. The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.

A three-vehicle accident on I-70 Thursday evening sent two people to the hospital. According to Illinois State Police, Roman Guzman, age 35, of Indianapolis, Indiana was westbound in a 1998 Expedition when he slid off the roadway into the median near the 53 mile marker. Norman Richardson, age 55, of Norton, OH was also westbound and slid into the median in the same spot in his Trailblazer. Kevin Rule, age 51, of Greenville, also westbound in a 2001 Grand Prix, slid off the interstate in the same spot, hitting Richardson’s vehicle which in turn struck Guzman’s vehicle. Rule was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Richardson was taken to Fayette County Hospital.


HOILES-DAVIS MUSEUM SIGN DAMAGED

The high winds caused damage in Greenville, including at the Hoiles-Davis Museum sign

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OBITUARIES

Alexander E. “Alex” Schrage

Alexander E. “Alex” Schrage, age 78, of St. Rose, passed away Saturday, December 22, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at the St. Rose Catholic Church.  Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the St. Rose Church Memorial Fund. 

Brian J. Pingsterhaus

Brian J. Pingsterhaus, age 45, of Germantown, passed away Saturday, December 22, at his home.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Boniface Church in Germantown.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Calvin R. “Cal” Schwend

Calvin R. “Cal” Schwend, age 83, of Trenton, passed away Thursday, December 20, at Trenton Village.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to the Trenton American Legion Baseball Program.

Darrell “Rip” Stanton

Darrell “Rip” Stanton, age 81, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, December 22, at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Reno-Bethel Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Memorials are suggested to the Reno-Bethel Cemetery or to Bond County Hospice.

Fremond E. Kunz

Fremond E. Kunz, age 91, of Highland, passed away Sunday, December 23 at Faith Countryside Homes.  Funeral arrangements for 91 year-old Fremond E. Kunz are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Helen W. Wellinghoff

Helen W. Wellinghoff, age 94, of Trenton, passed away Sunday, December 23, at Aviston Countryside Manor.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 – 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Mary Church.

Kenneth E. Schmitt

Kenneth E. Schmitt, age 87, of Highland, passed away Thursday, December 20 at his residence. No funeral services or visitation are scheduled for 87 year-old Kenneth E. Scmitt.

Randal O. Tulgetske

Randal O. Tulgetske, age 57, of Carlyle, formerly of Pocahontas, passed away Friday, December 21 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 6:00 p.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call Friday, from 2:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.


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