01-17-2013

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RECEPTION FOR GUY AND DOROTHY KNIGHT

The Pregnancy Support Center and Bond County Right to Life are hosting a reception in honor of Guy and Dorothy Knight, for their 40 years of service to the Pro Life cause.  President of the Board of the Pregnancy Support Center Audrey Walter said Dorothy Knight started the Bond County Right to Life organization as soon as the Supreme Court passed the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.  Dorothy and her husband Guy have been very active ever since.  Sunday, January 20, there will be a reception at the Pregnancy Support Center, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., to honor their years of service to the community.  Tuesday, January 22 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade court decision which made abortion legal in the United States.


KINGSBURY PARK DISTICT PASSES RESOLUTION TO PUT ON APRIL BALLOT

At January’s Kingsbury Park District Board meeting, the board passed a resolution to put on the April ballot. The resolution is to decrease the number of park district commissioners from seven to five. Most park districts our size only have five members and in the last two elections, the board had a hard time filling all seven seats.


Director Jerry Sauerwein reported they are having a problem with individuals using the dumpster at Patriot’s Park for personal dumping. The board will turn the matter over to the police if the problem continues.

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LOCAL MAN WINS NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARD

Local man Dan Meehan was recently recognized by the national magazine “Successful Farming” for an invention he created to help grease the trap door his semi trailer.  Before Meehan’s invention doing the greasing meant climbing under the truck, which Meehan said usually meant hitting your head or shoulder on some part of the truck.  Meehan’s invention allows for greasing to be done about three feet off the ground, which means no climbing under the truck. 

“Successful Farming” magazine named Meehan’s creation the Idea of the Month and Firestone gave Meehan a $2,500 store credit to reward his creativeness.  Firestone’s Rich Fotes and local Firestone dealer Ed Rainey of Greenville Tire Service presented Meehan with the reward and recognition earlier this week at Rainey’s store. 

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Ed Rainey, Dan Meehan and Rich Fotes


SHIMKUS SEEKING VALENTINES FOR HEROES

Congressman John Shimkus is asking you to participate in his “Valentines for Heroes” program.  The Congressman’s district offices collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.  Valentines will be accepted until February 8.  Please do not sign your last name, address the valentines to a specific person, include your return address, or seal valentines in individual envelopes.  For more information on the program or where to drop off valentines, call 288-7190.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE TO HOST DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION

Kaskaskia College is hosting its annual celebration honoring the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday, January 24, at 9:45 a.m., in the Jane Knight Auditorium.  The keynote speaker is Kaskaskia College Alumnus Tron Young of Centralia.  Everyone is invited.

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OBITUARIES

Paul E. Pratt

Paul E. Pratt, age 84, of New Baden, passed away Tuesday, January 15, at Clinton Manor in New Baden.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia.  Friends may call Friday, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to New Baden Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Trenton, or to Heartland Hospice.


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