02-13-2013

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CAR ROLLS OVER AND KILLS GODFREY MAN

A Godfrey man was killed Tuesday, February 12, when his car accidentally backed over him.  According to Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn, Richard J. Gonzales, age 78, of Godfrey, was at the home of his niece in Alton.  His niece was not at home at the time of the accident.  It is believed Gonzales got out of his car without putting the car into park and the car started rolling.  He apparently attempted to get back into the car to bring it under control and was found pinned between the open door and the car frame with the car resting against a fence.  The incident was reported at 2:27 p.m. and Alton Police and Firefighters administered emergency aid and rescue service.  Alton Memorial Ambulance took Gonzales to Alton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:07 p.m.  Routine toxicology tests will be performed and the incident remains under investigation by the Alton Police Department.  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Gent Funeral Home in Alton.


SENATOR MCCARTER TO BEGIN VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS

Beginning February 14, State Senator Kyle McCarter will use videoconferencing technology to help him stay in touch with constituents in the 54th Senate District. Senator McCarter said the new 54th district is very large and offering virtual office hours throughout the eight counties will help him reach more people in the district.  In Bond County, on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Bond County Senior Center, individuals will be able to have a face-to-face meeting with McCarter via a computer.  McCarter says the virtual office hours are not a replacement for regular office hours in his Vandalia office but an attempt to further increase communication across a geographically-large district.  The 54th District comprises all or part of Bond, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Madison, Marion, St. Clair and Washington Counties. The times and locations for Senator McCarter’s virtual office hours may be found on his website.


BOND COUNTY FARMER WINS $5,000.00 FOR LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Keith Frueh of Greenville is a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.  Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500.00 donation for their favorite local non-profit organization.  Counties declared disaster areas were eligible for two $2,500.00 donations.  Keith selected the American Farm Heritage Museum and Bond County 4-H. 

 

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BOND COUNTY HEALTH BOARD MEETING

The Bond County Health Board met this week. There have been 138 cases of flu so far this year. Last year, at this time, there had only been ten. Persons who get a flu shot reduce their chances of getting the flu and the risk of spreading  the disease.

The Board of Heath said there would be no raises for employees. Due to this, the board decided not to have employees be responsible for the co-payments on their health insurance. Co-payments are twenty dollars a pay period or forty dollars a month. The board said this would probably be the last year employees would not have to make the co-payments.


NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION DATES FOR GREENVILLE EDUCATION CENTER

Kaskaskia College invites new students to attend New Student Orientation at the Greenville Education Center Fridays, February 22, March 1, or April 26.  Students will get resources to use throughout their time at KC including information about services, activities, and classroom success strategies.  Reservations are requested by calling 545-3063.

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OBITUARIES

Jacquelynn “Jackie” Riley

Jacquelynn “Jackie” Riley, age 82, of New Baden, passed away Monday, February 11.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery, also in New Baden.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 - 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to VNA TIP Hospice or the New Life Christian Center.

Gerald H. “Speelie” Spihlman

Gerald H. “Speelie” Spihlman, age 71, of St. Rose, passed away Monday, February 11.  A memorial Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Rose Catholic Church.  Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Clinton County Relay for Life, or the St. Rose Church Building Fund.

David A. “Dave” Tabaska

David A. “Dave” Tabaska, age 50, of Breese, passed away Monday, February 11, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A memorial Mass will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation.  The Moss Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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