02-17-14

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MONDAY MORNING IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!!


Freezing rain this morning but warmer days on are on the way.

The freezing rain is causing travel problems this morning, but starting soon temperatures will trend warmer for the first time in a long time. Be careful if you're traveling this morning.

Warmer temperatures are expected this week!

High temperatures will climb into the 50s, near 60, by mid week.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

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FATAL ACCIDENT IN MACOUPIN COUNTY

Illinois State Police responded to a fatal accident on St. John’s Road just east of Old Route 66 in Macoupin County Friday at 11:30 a.m.

30 year old Brian L. Irwin, of Litchfield, was westbound on St. John’s Road and attempted to cross a rural Norfolk Southern railroad crossing. According to the police report, Irwin failed to yield to a northbound train.

The train struck the driver’s side area of Irwin’s pickup truck. Irwin suffered serious injuries and was transported by Arch Helicopter to Memorial Hospital in Springfield. His passenger, 26 year old Nicholas H. Rayphole, also of Litchfield, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Macoupin County Coroner.

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MADISON COUNTY CORONER INVESTIGATING THREE DEATHS

The Madison County Coroner’s Office is investigating three separate deaths that occurred late Thursday night or early Friday morning. Heroin usage is suspected in each of the deaths.

29-year-old Katie L. Heavey of Collinsville was discovered Thursday at 9:20 p.m. at her home by her father.  Intravenous drug paraphernalia was found at the scene. She was pronounced dead at her residence at 9:45 p.m. 

At 12:31 a.m. Friday morning, 38-year-old Dearold W. Oseland was found at his home in Roxana by his girlfriend, also with drug paraphernalia present. He was pronounced dead at the residence at 1:40 a.m.

Just before 2:00 a.m. Friday morning, the coroner’s office was paged to respond to the death of 40-year-old Paul J. Simpson of Granite City. Simpson was pronounced dead at his home at 2:49 a.m. Evidence of drug usage was found at the scene. 

Autopsies were performed in each incident. Heavey's autopsy determined no violence or trauma had occurred, but autopsies on Oseland and Simpson were inconclusive. Toxicology tests are pending in each case.

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GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL TO OPEN URGENT CARE CLINIC

Greenville Regional Hospital recently announced they will open an urgent care clinic on Tuesday, February 18. The clinic, called “Care Now,” will be located on Route 127 just north of Interstate 70. The clinic will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Hospital CEO Brian Nall told us the urgent care clinic will treat non-acute medical issues.

"We’re excited to open CareNow for those untimely, common illnesses and minor injuries that require medical attention, but may not be acute enough to warrant a visit to the hospital emergency room,” said Nall. "We hope the Greenville community is comforted to have medical attention available spur-of the-moment. It’s one more way that Greenville Regional Hospital is here for you when you need us.”

Care Now will accept insurance and co-pays. No appointments are necessary, but you can reach Care Now with questions at 664-9390.

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GHS MUSIC BOOSTERS TO HOLD CHILI SUPPER

To help fund the band and choir competition at Disney World this April, the Greenville High School Music Boosters are sponsoring a Chili and Soup Supper on Tuesday, February 18 in the high school cafeteria. Band Director Ryan Thomason told us he is hoping for a big turnout.

“It’s on senior night, so we’re going to be recognizing all the senior band members with their parents along with all the senior athletes for basketball and cheerleading as well,” Thomas said. “It will be a good meal and it will start at 5:00. Come and get something to eat before the game and we’ll serve all the way until half time of the varsity game.”

Cost for the supper is $6 for adults and $3 for children under age 6. That price includes chili or soup, a drink, a hotdog and a dessert.

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KASKASKIA COLLEGE TO HOLD HUMAN RESOURCE SUMMIT

Kaskaskia College Business & Industry’s will offer a free Human Resource Summit this month. Business Services Field Representative Art Borum told us the event is designed to help human resource professionals and business owners up to date on current issues.

“We’re having some attorneys come from Sandberg, Phoenix and Von Gontard out of St. Louis, and the topics they’re going to be talking about is workplace violence… and there will be some discussion on the affordable care act and social media and how that applies to human resources,” Borum said. “So it should be an interested day. We’ve got about 60 people already signed up for, and we look to have a very successful day.” 

The summit will be held Thursday, February 20 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Lifelong Learning Center in Centralia. To register for the event, call Art at 545-3401.

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GREENVILLE JUNIOR HIGH NAMES SPELLING BEE WINNER

Greenville Junior High held its annual Scripps National Spelling Bee school competition Tuesday where Sam Blankenship was named the winner. Sam is the seventh-grade son of Richard and Angella Blankenship of Greenville. The runner-up was Evan Oakley, seventh-grade son of Ernie and Alicia Oakley of Greenville. After ten rounds and 72 words spelled, Sam correctly spelled the word “confidence” for the win.

Sam will compete in the Bond-Fayette-Effingham Spelling Bee Friday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mulberry Grove Elementary School gymnasium. Winners there will advance to the regional spelling bee in Decatur this March.

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OBITUARIES

Edgar J. Litteken

Edgar J. Litteken, age 92 of Aviston, passed away Saturday, February 15. A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston. Burial will be in St. Francis cemetery. Friends may call tonight from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and again on Tuesday from 8:00 to 9:30 AM at the Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Parish Improvement Fund or Mater Dei High School.

He was born December 3, 1921 in Aviston, son of August and Mary (Von Laar) Litteken, Sr.  He married Martha C. Venhaus on August 21, 1946 in Aviston and she survives in Aviston.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Deacon Charles (Mary) Litteken of Aviston, Don (Joyce) Litteken of Centralia, Mary (Don) Schulte of Aviston, Pat (Tom) Kirner of Marshalltown, IA, Gary (Sue) Litteken of Aviston and Kevin (Peggy) Litteken of Aviston; daughter-in-law, Debbie Litteken of Aviston; 24 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and was anticipating the birth of two additional great-grandchildren; a brother, August (Shirley) Litteken, Jr. of Springfield, MO; and sisters-in-law, Ann Litteken of Aviston and Marie Litteken of Charleston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Tom Litteken; brothers and sisters, Stephen Litteken, Ermalinda Kalmer, Ralph Litteken, Evelyn Korte, Orville Litteken, and Lavergne Litteken; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kathryn Litteken, Erwin Kalmer, Augusta Litteken, Lawrence Korte, Helen & Al Lampe, Marie & Vince Ribbing, and Rich & Rita Venhaus. 

Mr. Litteken was a dairy farmer and also worked part-time at Aviston Lumber Company.  He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Aviston where he was a Eucharistic minister, an usher, funeral server, took communion to the sick, and was a former choir member; he was a member of Catholic Holy Family Society and a member of Clinton County Farm Bureau for over 50 years.  He enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening and playing cards.

Vera M. Feltrop

Vera M. Feltrop, age 89 of Cumming, Georgia, formerly of Breese, passed away Friday, February 14. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery, also in Breese. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in Breese. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Heart association or Clinton County Humane Society.

She was born June 27, 1924 in Breese, IL daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Hagen) Berndsen.  She married Norbert R. Feltrop, Sr. on April 24, 1946 in Breese and he preceded her in death on May 14, 2000.

Vera is survived by her children, Norb (Pam) Feltrop, Jr. of Canton, GA and Joan Nunn of Cumming, GA; five grandchildren, Eric Nunn, Brian (Christi) Nunn, Rachel Feltrop, Colin Feltrop and Sarah Feltrop; one great-grandchild, Gage Nunn; brother-in-law, Glennon Feltrop of Breese, sister-in-law, Marlene Leard of O’Fallon; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by one brother, William J. “Bill” Berndsen; three sisters, Eleanor Berndsen, Antoinette Berndsen, and Jane Koch; and a sister-in-law, DeEtta F. Berndsen.

Mrs. Feltrop was very active in the operation of Circle Smelting in Beckemeyer, IL.  She was a member of St. Dominic Parish for 89 years and she enjoyed bingo, bowling and fishing.

Erik L. “Gomie” Marin

Erik L. “Gomie” Marin, age 72 of Highland, passed away Sunday, February 2 at his residence. A memorial service will be Thursday, February 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, February 27 from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Highland Food Pantry.

He was born on Thursday, May 01, 1941, in Highland, IL, the son of Elmer and Doris (nee Duft) Warning.

He was a member of Lee Iten Post 439-American Legion, Highland, IL; and American Legion, Indiana.

Grew up in Highland, IL and graduated from Highland High School in 1959. He received a technical degrees at SIUE; later a degree in Floristry and Small Engine Repair. He worked for Basler Electric, Highland, IL; B-Line, Highland, IL. Moved to Indiana in 1990; while living in Indiana, he worked for United Technologies, North Manchester, Indiana. Returning to Highland, in 2001. He enjoyed fishing, growing carnation flowers, building model airplanes and was a amateur ham radio operator, his handle was WA9CTZ.

Survivors include:
Daughter - Leslie A. (Scott) Grishkowsky, WA
Daughter - Kelly J. (Mark) Louvier, North Manchester, IN
Son - Michael L. Warning, Millersburg, IL
Grandchild - Jarod Grishkowsky
Grandchild - Amanda Grishkowsky
Grandchild - Natasha Grishkowsky
Grandchild - Emily Grishkowsky
Grandchild - Marissa (Greg) King, Indianapolis, IN
Grandchild - Daniel Louvier
Great Grandchild - Zaine Louvier
Great Grandchild - Justin King
Great Grandchild - Isabelle King
Sister - Mary Sue (Oscar) Hug, Highland, IL
Former Wife - Joyce (nee Staley) Warning, Millersburg, IL

He was preceded in death by:
Father - Elmer Warning (died 1945)
Mother - Doris (nee Duft) Warning Wernle (died 12/27/1990)
Son - Douglas P. "Butchy" Warning (died 08/06/2006)

Richard A. Forrester 

Richard A. Forrester, age 68, of Greenville, formerly of Staunton, passed away Saturday, February 15, at Highland Healthcare.  Funeral arrangements for 67 year-old Richard A. Forrester are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Vera M. Feltrop               

Vera M. Feltrop, age 89, of Cumming, Georgia, formerly of Breese, passed away Friday, February 14, at the Tara Plantation in Cumming, Georgia.  A memorial Mass for 89 year-old Vera M. Feltrop will be Saturday, February 22, at 10:00 a.m., at the St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Clinton County Humane Society.

She was born June 27, 1924 in Breese, IL daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Hagen) Berndsen.  She married Norbert R. Feltrop, Sr. on April 24, 1946 in Breese and he preceded her in death on May 14, 2000.
Vera is survived by her children, Norb (Pam) Feltrop, Jr. of Canton, GA and Joan Nunn of Cumming, GA; five grandchildren, Eric Nunn, Brian (Christi) Nunn, Rachel Feltrop, Colin Feltrop and Sarah Feltrop; one great-grandchild, Gage Nunn; brother-in-law, Glennon Feltrop of Breese, sister-in-law, Marlene Leard of O’Fallon; and nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by one brother, William J. “Bill” Berndsen; three sisters, Eleanor Berndsen, Antoinette Berndsen, and Jane Koch; and a sister-in-law, DeEtta F. Berndsen.  Mrs. Feltrop was very active in the operation of Circle Smelting in Beckemeyer, IL.  She was a member of St. Dominic Parish for 89 years and she enjoyed bingo, bowling and fishing. Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese with Rev. Patrick Peter officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery in Breese.

Maurice E. Hartlieb 

Maurice E. Hartlieb, age 77, of Highland, passed away Sunday, February 16, at Faith Countryside Homes in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 77 year-old Maurice E. Hartlieb are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  

Olivia M. “Dolly” Isaak             

Olivia M. “Dolly” Isaak, age 80, of Breese, passed away Sunday, February 16.  Funeral services for 80 year-old Olivia M. “Dolly” Isaak will be Thursday, February 20, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.  A private burial will be at a later date.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the St. John United Church of Christ or Heartland Hospice.


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