Dangerously cold temperatures are back once again across Illinois as the brutal winter continues. Temperatures plummeted late Sunday night, dropping nearly 40 degrees in the span of eight hours in some places. State officials are urging people to stay inside if possible, to avoid being exposed to the dangerously old weather. Anyone who has to go out should dress in layers for extra warmth.


Warming centers are open across the state for people who don’t have access to adequate heating. They’re located at Illinois Department of Human Services offices throughout the state and are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To find a warming center near you, call 800-843-6154 or check out www.KeepWarm.Illinois.gov.



Governor Pat. Quinn has declared a propane supply emergency in the state. With dangerous wind chills in the forecast, the declaration is designed to ensure that customers who rely on propone will have adequate supplies. The move relaxes regulations on propane truck drivers, allowing them to drive into other states to fill their tanks. Quinn's action also means truck drivers can spend longer times behind the wheel every day, allowing them to travel farther distances to pick up and deliver their loads.


Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks recently presented his annual report to the county board.

The coroner’s office conducted 36 investigations into deaths in 2013 and received reports of 65 hospice deaths. Thirty-two cremation permits were issued last year.

Of the 101 deaths documented by the coroner, 98 were from natural causes, one was a suicide, one was an accidental death, and one was from unknown causes.

Coroner Brooks obtained 78 hours of training in 2013, far surpassing the required 24 hours of continuing education. He participated in four programs last year. The Deputy Coroner received 50 hours of training.



Fire departments throughout Bond County have been receiving an unusually high number of calls recently, regarding carbon monoxide detectors sounding.

One reason for that increase, according to the Bond County Fireman’s Association is the law requiring homes to have CO detectors. That law went into effect in January 2007 – seven years ago. Most carbon monoxide detectors have a timer set to activate every seven years. That timer will chirp every thirty to sixty seconds to let you know it’s time to completely replace your detectors.

The Fireman’s Association says if you have a CO detector sounding, check the back of it for a date code. If that date goes back about seven years, it’s most likely time to replace the detector. However, they caution, if you have any doubts, questions, or concerns, still call your local fire department.

The Association also urges you to write the date on the back of your detector when you activate it.


Prairie Farms


Greenville College is now accepting entries for The Live Arts Contest, a contest for high school and college students interested in a variety of creative expressions from cartoons to serialized novels. Associate Professor of language, literature and culture Alexandria LaFaye told us the contest is an opportunity for students to show and celebrate their creativity.

Entries will be accepted through March 3 and winners will receive cash prizes and the chance to be published in the college’s own “The Vista” and “The Scriblerus.” For more information, e-mail LiveArts@greenville.edu



Parents may soon be banned from smoking in the car if their kids are with them. A new proposal in Springfield would make it a crime to fire up in front of the kids and it would come with a fine of up to $100. But, they’d only get a ticket if they were caught violating another traffic law. Police wouldn’t be allowed to pull the driver over just for the smoking offense. The measure could go up for debate sometime in the next few months.  


American Legion Post 1180 of Mulberry Grove sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive last Thursday in the Mulberry Grove Community Building. Twenty-seven people registered with 25 units collected. The goal set by the Red Cross was 21 units. Phyllis Bandy received a seven-gallon pin and Darrell Stewart, Sr. a six-gallon pin.


Cyril J. Poettker

Cyril J. Poettker, age 88, of Breese, passed away Saturday, January 25 at Breese Nursing Home. Funeral mass will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese. Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:-00 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

He was born July 1, 1925 in Aviston to Herman and Mary (Strieker) Poettker: they preceded him in death.

He married Dolores Holtmann on July 18, 1950 at St. Bernard Church in Albers and she preceded him in death April 1, 2013.

Also preceded in death by brothers, Joseph Poettker and Cletus Poettker; a sister, Sr. Doris Poettker, HSSF; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Alvera Poettker, Ralph Netemeyer, Raymond Holtmann, Loretta and Calvin Schwend, Bill Spaeth, Ronald Huegen, Alice Toennies, and Clarence and Isabelle Holtmann.

Surviving are his children, Shirley (Leon) Langenhorst of St. Rose, Doris (Brandon) Phillips of Centralia, Ken (Terri) Poettker of Centralia, Sharon (Michael) Bacca of Orlando, FL, Deb Lake of Breese, Jerry (Laura) Poettker of St. Charles, MO, Dennis (friend Sandy Munro) Poettker of Mascoutah, and Lori Hankins of Breese; 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dolores Netemeyer of Albers and Marie (Clarence) Plocher of Highland; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David (Dot) Holtmann of New Baden, Adrian (Trudy) Toennies of Trenton, Mary Ann Spaeth of Trenton, Ruth Huegen of Trenton, and Adeline Holtmann of Germantown.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army, and at the beginning of his service he was in Company L 318 infantry A.P.O. #80 through November of 1945. Once he was in Nuremberg, he stood guard at the Nuremburg Trials while he was in Company L 26th infantry A.P.O #1 from December 1945-March 1946. Towards the end of his time in the war, he was in 144th Armored Signal Co. from March 1946-April 1946.

Cyril retired from Scott Air Force Base as a Medical Technician and he was also a dairy, grain and live stock farmer.

He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese and Albers American Legion Post 1026.

Billie J. Harvey

Billie J. Harvey, age 86, of Highland, passed away Sunday, January 26 at her residence. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and again Thursday from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to VNA-TIP Hospice, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Heart Association.

She was born on Wednesday, June 29, 1927, in Flint, MI, the daughter of William Vernon and Opel Florence (nee Hatfield) Davenport.

On Saturday, February 19, 1983, she married James Harrison Harvey who survives.

She was a member of Riverview Baptist Church and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star - St. Louis.

Billie was born near Flint, Michigan and lived in Southeast Missouri up to age 9. She then moved to St. Louis, MO, and graduated from Beaumont High School in 1945. She married and reared her family. She worked as a manager for Food Service at Riverview Gardens High School for 17 years and at Christian Northeast Hospital as a Special Diets Supervisor for 5 years. She moved to Highland on October 19, 2006. She was a great quilter. She loved growing flowers and taking care of her vegetable garden. She also enjoyed reading, traveling (Florida Cruises), antique garage sales, and flea markets.

Survivors include:
Husband - James Harrison Harvey, Highland, IL
Daughter - Karen L. (Tom) Fuller, Highland, IL
Daughter - Cheryl A. (Kim) Unterreiner, Highland, IL
Daughter - Sally A. (Bill) Schneider, Topeka, KS
Grandchild - Zachary Leger, Topeka, KS
Grandchild - Christopher Leger, Topeka, KS
Grandchild - Nathaniel Schneider, Topeka, KS
Grandchild - Tommy Fuller, Highland, IL
Grandchild - Michele A. Clarkin, Highland, IL
Grandchild - James R. (Jenny) Bursey, Saint Clair, MO
Great Grandchild - Katie Fuller, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Abby Fuller, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Sammy Fuller, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Wade S. Clarkin, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Evan J. Clarkin, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Paige Clarkin, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild - Jaden Bursey, Saint Clair, MO
Great Grandchild - Jamison Bursey, Saint Clair, MO
Brother - Burnell L. (Pat) Davenport, Saint Charles, MO
Sister - Shirley D. (Ron) Emo, Chesterfield, MO
Sister - Patsy L. Hamm, Springfield, MO

She was preceded in death by:
Father - William V. Davenport
Mother - Opel F. Davenport nee Hatfield
Grandchild - Todd S. Fuller died 1975
Sister - Connie Boquet
Sister - Linda L. Miller

Cyril H. Voss

Cyril H. Voss, age 83, of Breese, passed away Sunday, January 26 at his residence. Funeral mass will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Felicitas Catholic Church in Beaver Prairie. Burial will be in St. Felicitas Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and again Friday from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to St. Felicitas Catholic Church Cemetery Fund, TIP Hospice, and Catholic Urban Programs.

Cyril was born in Breese on May 10, 1930

Cyril married Eleanor A. Laux October 10, 1951 at St. Felicitas Catholic Church, Beaver Prairie.

Cyril served in the U.S., Army with the Aviation Engineer Battalion as a Grader Operator from 1952 – 1954. After his military service, he started his farming in Beaver Prairie. Cyril retired from farming in 1997, and continued to help his sons on the family farm. He was a member of the Clinton County Farm Bureau, St. Felicitas Catholic Church in Beaver Prairie where he served as an Extraordinary Minister. Cyril served the Wheatfield Twsp Road District for 40 years, serving as the Road Commissioner for 32 years. He was a past member of the Clinton County Twsp. Officials. Cyril was instrumental in the formation of the Wheatfield Twsp Fire Department. He was an active member of the Fire Department for 20 years. Cyril was a director for the Breese Mutual Insurance Company for 20 years. He participated in the Just Faith Social Ministry Group. He was a member of the Breese American Legion Post 252, Breese Knights of Columbus, American Farm Heritage Museum, and a member of the St. Louis Metro Polka Club. He also participated in the Clinton County Relay for Life and the Plow for a Cure.

Cyril leaves his loving wife and family Eleanor (Laux) Voss of Breese, Dale (Carolyn) Voss of Pierron, Dennis (Amy) Voss of Carlyle, Jim (Donna) Voss of St. Rose, Glen (Denise) Voss of Carlyle, Leon (Julie) Voss of Breese, Peggy (Craig) Timmermann of Aviston, Lynn (Dave) Meddows of Trenton.

Grandchildren Audra (friend Dave), Erica (Rob), Stephanie (Stacy), Amanda (Jeremiah), Erin (Chad), Jamie, Kelly, Nick (Angela), Chris (Kayla), Zach, Luke, Leann, Kyle (friend Carli), Megan (friend Kyle) Amber, Ryan, Cami and 6 great grandchildren.

Also survived by his siblings Theodolinda “Lin” Jansen, Jerome Voss, Armella Wych, Clarence Voss, Leonard (Betty) Voss, Theodore Jr (Laura) Voss,

Sisters-in-law Bertha Voss, Helen Kniepmann

Preceded in death by his parents Theodore B. and Clara G. (Huene) Voss, a son in infancy Charles Gerard, grandsons Blake Voss, Nathan Meddows, a sister Del Becker, His father–in-law and mother-in-law Julius and Cecilia (Dumstorff) Laux, his bothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Lorraine Voss, Bernard Becker, August Jansen, Aron Wych, Leonard Laux, Raymond Kniepmann, Vincent Voss, Steve and Dorothy Haselhorst.

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