KASKASKIA COLLEGE TO FIND USE FOR CENTRALIA ANIMAL DISEASE LAB
At their recent monthly meeting, the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees approved a resolution to support the development of an agreement with the State of Illinois for the use of the former and vacant Centralia Animal Disease Lab. Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood said they approached the state with the possibility of making the building available for educational programs. The facility is approximately 40,000 square feet and sits on the edge of the campus. Dr. Underwood said they felt it would be an ideal way to use the facility to develop new programs, reach new populations, and to expand educational opportunities to their students. The state agreed. Both parties are currently in the process of completing an inter-governmental agreement so the facility might be used by the KC Agricultural program. Dr. Underwood said this should allow them to expand into more subject areas and provide more degree opportunities for Ag students. According to Dr. Underwood, Representative John Cavaletto facilitated the agreement between the college and the state and provided leadership and support throughout the process.
ATV ACCIDENT SENDS TWO TO ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL
Additional details have been released on an ATV accident that sent two to a St. Louis hospital Saturday. Bond County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the accident on Rt. 143 at 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
32 year-old Gabriel Mendoza and 29 year-old Lauren Floyd were riding an ATV and were both thrown aside when they attempted to turn into Millersburg Gas and Grocery Store. Both sustained injury and were admitted to St. Louis University Hospital. Mendoza remains in intensive care as of Monday evening. The Bond County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate and no further information is available.
GREENVILLE FIREFIGHTERS HAVE ACTIVE SATURDAY
Greenville Firefighters responded Saturday, June 29, at 11:42 a.m., to Jansen’s Laundromat in Greenville. According to the fire report, a burned light ballast was the cause of the fire. The blaze was extinguished when firefighters arrived. Crews were on the scene for approximately 30 minutes.
Firefighters were called again Saturday, at 3:15 p.m., to United Stationers. According to the fire report, crews walked through the building and found no fire. They determined a system malfunction caused the alarm. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
SPARKLERS ARE FUN BUT CAN ALSO BE DANGEROUS
Sparklers are an integral part of any 4th of July celebration. As with any fireworks, however, they deserve our respect. Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston told WGEL sparklers burn between 1200 – 1800 degrees on the tip. That is hot enough to melt gold, aluminum, and steel. Bill said sparklers are incredibly dangerous and need to be treated with extreme caution. If children are handling sparklers, be sure they do not touch the sparks and always hold them at arm’s length, away from their face. For more information on fireworks safety, contact your local fire department.
MACOUPIN/MONTGOMERY CRIMESTOPPERS SEEKS INFORMATION ON ARSON
The Macoupin/Montgomery Crimestoppers is seeking information regarding an alleged arson. The Hillsboro Fire Department reports at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, someone started a fire in a trash receptacle on Kimbal Street in Hillsboro. The fire spread to a nearby garage and house, causing exterior damage estimated at more than $2,000.00.
If you have information that would help solve this crime or any other crime, go to the Crimestoppers website and email a tip at www.macmontcrimestoppers.com, text a tip by entering 722TIP and send your message to CRIMES (274637), or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-352-0136.
Any information leading to an arrest could qualify for up to a $1,000.00 reward.
DEMOULIN MUSEUM TO BE ON EPISODE OF “HEARTLAND HIGHWAYS”
The DeMoulin Museum recently hosted some interesting guests. Museum Curator John Goldsmith said a TV crew from WEIU in Charleston stopped by the museum. WEIU produces a program titled “Heartland Highways” which is a syndicated show. It airs on the RFD channel and has a big viewership. The film crew contacted Goldsmith a few weeks ago about coming to the DeMoulin Museum to shoot some footage for an episode for the next season of “Heartland Highways.” Goldsmith said the crew was there for about two hours and had a great time. According to Goldsmith, the episode is expected to air sometime early next year. For more information, visit www.DeMoulinMuseum.org.
ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL PROMISES “STATE OF THE ART” HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE AT NEW FACILITY
Peggy Sebastian, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, said the new St. Joseph’s building, which totals 125,000 square feet and encompasses both the hospital and adjacent medical office buildings, will provide Highland and the surrounding communities with a “state of the art” healthcare experience. Sebastian noted St. Joseph’s has invested nearly $63 million to create a healing environment that combines technology with an efficient floor plan design to maximize patient care and resource utilization.
The new St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland is scheduled to open its doors in August.
SHADES OF BLUE TO PERFORM AT NEW BADEN FARMERS MARKET
The United States Air Force Band of Mid America’s group, Shades of Blue, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market and 4th of July Celebration in New Baden Wednesday. This 18 piece group of enlisted musicians plays a wide range of music, from traditional big band jazz to bebop and swing to modern jazz. This event is free and open to the public.
Richard Mensen, age 58, of Belleville, formerly of Breese, passed away Saturday, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Anthony’s Church in Beckemeyer. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the Zieren-Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.
Mary Ellen Coleman
Mary Ellen Coleman, age 44, of Greenville, passed away Sunday at Helia Healthcare. Graveside funeral services will be Friday at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. There will be a gathering of friends and family Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Park Place.
Frances D. Hoff
Frances D. Hoff, age 79, of Clinton, Illinois, passed away Sunday, at Liberty Village of Clinton. Graveside funeral services will be Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m., at Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.
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