FATAL ACCIDENT IN CLINTON COUNTY CLAIMS LIFE OF 32 YEAR OLD
According to the Clinton County Sheriff’s office, Kyle P. Holthaus age 32 of Breese formally of Bartelso, was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-car rollover accident Saturday evening. The accident took place at the corner of Jamestown and Surge roads in Clinton County shortly before 7:30pm. Driver Bradley A Thole age 23 was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Passenger Leticia M. Holthaus age 25 was taken by ambulance to a St. Louis area hospital.
MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY SNOW ON SUNDAY
Snow everywhere this morning and it caused havoc for drivers. With 8 inches measured at the radio station, 7 inches at the sewer plant and 12 inches measured in Coffeen the snow has caused headaches and cancellations and accidents throughout the county. One listener reported 16 inches near Old Ripley.
A serious accident was reported on I-70 at 11:19AM eastbound at mile marker 52. No more information has been released by the Illinois State Police. State, county and city police were all kept very busy with stranded motorists. Bond County reported 10 vehicles stranded in the snow from Noon on Sunday through 4:30 this morning.
City police responded to multiple stuck vehicles as well, and an accident Sunday just before noon, where a Greenville plow truck slid sideways while turning from Third Street to Franklin and struck the drivers’ side rear door of another car according to the accident report. No one was hurt in the accident. The snow also caused several power outages during the night. Ameren said the outages were due to galloping lines. If your power goes out you are encouraged to call your power company and let them know. Flurries and light snow are possible today the rest of the week should be dry.
THAT'S A LOT OF SNOW
THIS PILE BY THE COURTHOUSE IS AT LEAST 14 FEET HIGH
TWO HIGHLAND POLICE DETECTIVES RECOGNIZED FOR HARD WORK
Two Highland Police Investigators were recently recognized for their work on a federal case.
Highland Police Chief Terry Bell told WGEL that the departments two investigators, Darren Twyford and Scott Athmer, were recognized by the ATF, or Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms federal agency. The detectives worked together on a federal armed robbery case and were instrumental in the investigation. They worked hard on the long, drawn-out investigation; performing interviews and retaining evidence. Although the detectives get the most credit for this accomplishment, Chief Bell said that this was truly a team effort for the entire police department.
YOUNG EAGLES EVENT SCHEDULED FOR MAY
“Young Eagles Day” will be Saturday, May 11th, from 8:00 a.m. – noon at the Greenville Airport. We spoke with Craig Baumberger about the event.
Craig told WGEL that the Young Eagles Day, is a day that is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Greenville Pilots Association. It is designed to give young people, 8 – 17 years old, experience with aviation careers. They also have the opportunity to take a short, approximately 20 minute ride in an airplane, weather permitting. They believe that they will be able to accommodate 40 children for the plane rides. The first 40 children who pre-register will have priority for the rides. Applications are available at the airport office. For more information, call the airport at 664-0926.
NEW BOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL ADMINISTRATOR
Dr. Lynette Hemker was recently appointed the new Bond County Animal Control Administrator.
Dr. Hemker told WGEL that she felt that it was part of her civic duty as a veterinarian in our community to apply for the vacant Rabies Control Officer position. Dr. Hemker graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After graduating, Dr. Hemker and her husband moved to Greenville and began working at the Greenville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Hemker told WGEL that between 30,000-40,000 people are exposed to Rabies each year. Annually, more than 70,000 people die from Rabies worldwide. Most of these deaths occur in children under the age of 15.
STEAM SETS OFF FIRE ALARM ON GREENVILLE COLLEGE CAMPUS
Greenville Firefighters responded to the 200 block of East Beaumont Street on the Greenville College campus at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 23rd to investigate a fire alarm. According to the fire report, steam from the 3rd floor set off the fire alarm. Firefighters checked the building and found no fire. Firemen were on the scene for approximately 30 minutes.
GREENVILLE COLLEGE LIBRARY BOOK ART CONTEST
For the third straight year, the staff at Greenville College Library is sponsoring a Book Art Contest entitled “Once Upon a Book.” You are invited to sculpt old books into works of art. Entries are due by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26. For more information about the contest, call 664-6599.
BOND COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT TO HOST SOIL WORKSHOP
The Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting a “Healthy Soils: Cover Crops” workshop Tuesday, March 26, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the USDA Service Center in Greenville. Space is limited to the first 25 persons to register. For more information or to register, call 664-0555, ext. 3.
Sonja Sierra Doggett
Sonja Sierra Doggett, age 19 of Mulberry Grove, passed away on Thursday, March 21st. Graveside funeral services will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Taylor Cemetery in Pittsburg, IL. Memorials are suggested to the family. The Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia is in charge of the arrangements.
Susan Ransdell-Muckelroy, age 58 of Highland, passed away on Friday, March 22nd at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. A memorial service will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, also in Highland. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to HIS Kids or to the Highland Animal Shelter.
Alvin E. Vohlken
Alvin E. Vohlken, age 83 of Greenville, passed away Friday, March 22nd in Greenville. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Burial will be in German Cemetery with military honors. Friends may call on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family or to Bond County Home Health.
Dale G. Schmalz
Dale G. Schmalz, age 73 of Highland, passed away on Friday, March 22nd at his home. Funeral services will be Friday, March 29th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Troy. Burial will be in Friedens United Church of Christ Cemetery, also in Troy. Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, and on Friday, March 29th from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Highland Lion’s Club, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
LaDonne D. Green
LaDonne D. Green, age 95 of Conway, South Carolina, formerly of Carlyle, passed away on Friday, March 22nd in Conway. Funeral arrangements for 95 year-old LaDonne D. Green are pending at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.
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