03-04-2013

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SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

Bond County Deputies worked an accident with injuries Friday, at 10:15 p.m., on Route 40 east of Pocahontas. According to the accident report, Sarah R. Bailey, age 18, of Pocahontas was driving a Buick LaSabre on U.S. Route 40 when she saw emergency lights of Bond County Deputies working another accident on Route 40. Bailey touched her brakes, causing her vehicle to spin around, striking the front driver’s side on the guardrail, spin backwards, and finally strike the rear driver’s side on the guardrail. The road was coated with black ice. Pocahontas-Old Ripley EMS took Bailey to Greenville Regional Hospital. Two passenger in the vehicle were not injured.


UNIT 2 COULD RECEIVE LESS FUNDING FROM THE STATE

The Illinois State Board of Education’s Finance Division recently suggested public school districts in Illinois prepare for a reduction in general state aid funding for the 2014 fiscal year.  This could be a potential reduction for Unit 2 of approximately $980,000.00 and would require several difficult cuts.  Superintendent Jeff Strieker said he believes the Board of Education is seriously looking at potential cuts and they have several options.  Everyone including the board, administration, faculty, staff, and parents, hope for the least amount of cuts. Hopefully the final word on 2014 funding will come soon so the board may act on any required cuts and still provide the best education possible. Governor Pat Quinn's Illinois State Budget Address is schedule for Wednesday, March 6.

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THIRD HIGHLAND EXIT IS NOT APPROVED BY FEDS

When considering new interstate access ramps, the Department of Transportation must show the proposed interchange would improve the operation and safety of the interstate.  The proposal for a third exit at Route 160 on Interstate 70 has, at least for now, been denied.  Highland City Manager Mark Latham said IDOT will continue to monitor traffic flow on Troxler onto Rt. 143 and Walnut Street.  They have funding to get some right-hand turn lanes at that intersection sometime next year.  Latham added they are getting ready to build their second quadrant, which will bring a lot of the traffic off Poplar Street and send it to Troxler in front of the new hospital. 

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ILLINOIS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

Illinois Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 4-8.  Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Kramper, at the National Weather Service Office in St. Louis, said every year many states have a Severe Weather Awareness Week to remind people that spring and summer are when we are likely to see potentially hazardous weather.  Thunderstorms can produce damaging winds, torrential downpours, large hail, lighting, and possibly tornados.  Jim said just a little preparation can save a lot of trouble down the road. 

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MARCOOT DAIRY HOSTS CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE TASTING TOURS

Every Friday in March, Marcoot Jersey Creamery invites you to experience their Chocolate and Cheese Tasting Tours.  Tour Director Laura Wall said they are really excited to offer this type of tour as cheese and chocolate complement each other very well.  The tasting tours will be at Marcoot Jersey Creamery, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  During the tour, you may try six artisan cheeses from the Marcoot Creamery and six truffles from The Sweetest Things in Greenville.  The cost is $5.00 per person and space is limited so please RSVP by calling 664-1110.

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TRENTON EXPANSION CAMPAIGN STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

The Trenton Expansion Campaign Steering Committee met recently at the Trenton Education Center.  Fundraising efforts continue for the expansion project which will increase the Trenton Center from 3,800 square feet to approximately 16,000 square feet.  Kaskaskia College expects to begin accepting bids for the expansion soon and hopes to have the newly expanded center ready for classes by spring 2014.  For more information, call 545-3069.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE OFFERS AARP DRIVER SAFETY TRAINING COURSE

Kaskaskia College will offer two sessions of the AARP Driver Safety Training Course in April.  The first session will be at the Salem Education Center Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, from 8:00 a.m. – noon.  The second session will be at the KC Workforce Building Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-3, also from 8:00 a.m. - noon.  The class is a defensive driving course, designed to help drivers avoid a collision.  The cost for this course is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members.  Space is limited and pre-registration is requested by calling the Office of Continuing Community Education at Kaskaskia College at 545-3255.

 

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OBITUARIES

Carol L. Strotheide

Carol L. Strotheide, age 70, of rural Carlyle, passed away Thursday, February 28, at her home.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in rural Carlyle.  Friends may call Sunday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home and Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Gaynold R. “Gano” Whitlow

Gaynold R. “Gano” Whitlow, age 77, of Highland, passed away Friday, March 1, at St. Louis University Hospital.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Highland Hope United Methodist Church.

Marion Ernest “Ernie” Menietti

Marion Ernest “Ernie” Menietti, age 91, of Jamestown, passed away Thursday, February 28, at his home.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Maurice Cemetery in Morrisonville, Illinois.  Friends may call Monday, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to St. Dominic’s Church.

Bonnie Van Meter

Bonnie Van Meter, age 90, of Altoona, Florida, formerly of Hillsboro, passed away Sunday, February 10, in Florida.  Memorial services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer Research at SIU in Springfield or the donor’s choice.

Herbert B. Durbin, Sr.

Herbert B. Durbin, Sr., age 88, of Breese, formerly of Highland, passed away Friday, March 1, at Breese Nursing Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., at Meredith Funeral Home in Highland. The Knights of Columbus Chalice Ceremony will be at 6:00 p.m. and the American Legion service will be at 6:30 Monday. Memorials are suggested to Knome Alaska Radio Mission, Catholic Bishops of Northern Alaska, Fairbanks, or Knights of Columbus.

Kenneth G. Ledbetter

Kenneth G. Ledbetter, age 65, of Alhambra, passed away Friday, March 1, at St. Louis University Hospital.  No visitation is planned and private memorial services will be at a later date in Florida.  Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

Rose Elizabeth Neumann

Rose Elizabeth Neumann, age 84, of Greenville, passed away Friday, March 1, at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 7:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville.  Private burial services are planned.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 p.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Children’s Choir or Bond County Hospice.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


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