01-07-2013

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44 YEAR OLD WOMAN FOUND SHOT DEAD NEAR BETHALTO

A 44 year-old woman was found shot to death near Highway 255 about one mile north of Route 140 in Bethalto.  According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, a person found 44 year-old Tabitha Milton-Rush of St. Louis was on a road embankment and called 911 around 9:00 a.m. Saturday.  Milton-Rush was pronounced dead at the scene with gunshot wounds to the head.  A suspect has been taken into custody. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department said Milton-Rush likely died somewhere else and her body was transported to the location where she was found.  The major case squad is investigating the death. If you have tips or information, please call 618-337-1072. 


BOND COUNTY 4-H ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Local 4-H members were recognized at the annual Bond County 4-H Achievement Awards Program.  Vicki Enloe, Program Coordinator for 4-H and Youth Development at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Breese said
Bond County Achievement Day was Sunday, November 18, at 3:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville.  Several Bond County 4-H members, leaders, and parents attended the event which included a slide show of the 2011-2012 4-H activities.  The Key Club and "I Dare You" Awards were presented to Katie Bowden. The Outstanding Member Award went to Renee Cripe.  The winner of the 4-H Alumni Award was Elayne Cripe.  This year Katie Bowden received the Ken Kennedy and the Allison Langham 4-H Memorial Scholarships. Punch and cake were served for refreshments.

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2012 WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD

2012 was a particularly warm year for Illinois.  Meteorologist Jim Kramper at the National Weather Service office in St. Louis said 2012 was the warmest year on record in terms of the overall average temperature.  The average temperature was 61.2 degrees, beating the old record by 1.1 degrees.  Jim said overall the whole year was warm with the spring being particularly warm.  Several records were set during the summer for consecutive days with high temperatures.  St. Louis began recording temperatures in 1874 which makes 2012 the warmest year in more than 130 years.

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STUDENTS RETURNING TO SCHOOL

With Christmas vacation ending, Greenville Police Sergeant Deb Keserauskis said motorists need to watch for kids walking to and from school or bus stops.  Buses will be making frequent stops in the morning and afternoon as they pick up or drop off kids.  

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FCI BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

The Federal Correctional Institution hosted an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday, January 3.  Seventeen productive units were collected with 20 people registering.  Deborah Dix received a six-gallon pin and Kurt Neudeck a one-gallon pin.  First-time donor David Clark received a blood drop pin.


CHAMBER BEHIND THE SCENES NEW FOR 2013

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is starting a new program in 2013.  “Chamber Behind the Scenes” will be a quarterly event providing a peek at the inner workings of a member business.  Chamber Executive Director John Goldsmith said the new program is similar to “Business After Hours” with emphasis on learning how things are made or done.  Naco Printing will host the first “Chamber Behind the Scenes” Thursday, February 21, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  This will be a come-and-go affair with light refreshments.  For more information, call John Goldsmith at 664-9272.

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OBITUARIES

Dennis Oney

Dennis Oney, age 70, of Highland, passed away Sunday, January 6 at his home.  Funeral arrangements for 70 year-old Dennis Oney are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Eleanora “Ellie” B. Potthast

Eleanora “Ellie” B. Potthast, age 78, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, January 6, at her home.  Funeral arrangements for 78 year-old Eleanora “Ellie” B. Potthast are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Gene E. Linenfelser  

Gene E. Linenfelser, age 78, of Highland, passed away Friday, January 4, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Memorial services will be Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 6:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Julia Bess McCracken

Julia Bess McCracken, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 1, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Memorial funeral services will be Saturday, at 2:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or to the Emerald Point Senior Living Center. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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