CORPORAL RIPPERDA RETURNING TO HIGHLAND TODAY
Corporal Aaron J. Ripperda, age 26, of Marine, was recently killed during a training exercise in Nevada. Ripperda's body is expected to arrive at Lambert International Airport today at approximately 2:30 p.m., returning to Highland between 4:00 – 4:30. Highland Police Chief Terry Bell said upon returning to Highland, the route will be on Route 143 southbound, Walnut to Broadway, and left on Broadway to Meredith Funeral Home. Citizens are welcome and encouraged to line the procession route to show their respect. Chief Bell hopes many parents take advantage of the school holiday and bring their children to honor Corporal Ripperda’s service and sacrifice.
DISTRICT 10 TROOPER HELPS LIFT CAR OFF PINNED INDIVIDUAL
Illinois State Police Officials are crediting District 10 Trooper Brian Scott with saving the life of a man who was pinned underneath a 3,000 pound vehicle. Monday, March 25, at 12:33 p.m., Trooper Scott was assisting vehicles stranded due to heavy ice and snow accumulations. One of the motorists, who was standing outside his vehicle, was struck by a Dodge Caliber and pinned underneath the vehicle in a ditch with his legs exposed. Trooper Scott and two other individuals were able to lift the vehicle enough so the victim could be pulled to safety. After freeing the individual, Trooper Scott rendered aid until paramedics arrived and took the victim to an area hospital. The injured subject suffered non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Dodge was later cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Trooper Scott is a 12-year Illinois State Police veteran.
ILLINOIS FARMERS EXPECTED TO PLANT LESS CORN
More beans, less corn. That is the planting forecast for Illinois farmers this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers in Illinois are expected to plant 12.2 million acres of corn, down 600,000 acres from last year. Soybean farmers are expected to plant 9.4 million acres of beans, an increase of 400,000 acres. The USDA report says last year's drought damage to the corn crop has farmers planning more acres of other crops. According to USDA, total corn acres planted in the USA will be up slightly from last year to 97.3 million, the most since 1936 when US farmers planted and estimated 102 million acres of corn.
MADISON COUNTY KICK-OFF EVENT FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and in recognition of this, a special kick-off event is planned for Monday, April 1, at the Madison County Administration Building. Speakers include State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder, Attorney Steve Wigginton, and Mary Salisbury from Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby of the County Administration Building on North Main Street in Edwardsville.
GRADUATION DEADLINES AT KASKASKIA COLLEGE
According to the Kaskaskia College Admissions Office, April 1 is the deadline for all 2013 graduates to apply for the May 2013 Commencement Ceremonies. Graduation is Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the main campus. Caps and gowns may be ordered April 1-4 at the main campus. For more information, call Jenna at 545-3044.