FOWLER WEEKS IN REVIEW SEPTEMBER 4 – 15

Press Release From State Senator, Dale Fowler  

Following up the Labor Day holiday, State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) has spent the past two weeks meeting with constituents and trying to advance his’ economic development agenda.

Senator Fowler’s local tourism video series, “Southern Illinois Treasurers,” is now available on the Senator’s Facebook page; www.facebook.com/senatorfowler. The series is meant to highlight the region’s natural beauty, historic sites, and various non-profit attractions that are open to the public.

On September 6, Senator Fowler hosted a senior citizen fraud prevention seminar at Helia Healthcare of Benton. The event was well-attended and participating seniors were offered lots of great tips on how to protect themselves from the ongoing threats of ID theft and online scammers.

The second week of September marks National Trucker’s Appreciation Week across the nation, Senator Fowler celebrated the week by joining Pepsi-MidAmerica driver Mike Vaughn on his route. Following a presentation to Mr. Vaughn and other Pepsi-MidAmerica drivers and employees, the Senator traveled with on several stops in Herrin at some locally-owned restaurants and grocery stores.

Illinois is home to more than 400,000 licensed “CDL” holders and as a result, Matt Hart of the Illinois Trucking Association commented on Senator Fowler’s participation. “The Illinois Trucking Assocation is pleased to recognize the hard working men and women who safely deliver the goods that consumers demand each day. We salute those that work hard each day on our highways,” Hart said.

Senator Fowler closed out his week by meeting with five tourism officials from around the 59th Senate District. The meeting was meant to serve as the basis for his tourism advisory council and figure out ways that the State of Illinois can better cooperate with official convention and visitor’s bureaus to help tell our story

“Rock & Roll” at Coal Miners Memorial Park in West Frankfort

from Marcia Raubach

Coal Miners Memorial Park presents “Rock & Roll” in the park featuring Johnathan Len from the group Blend beginning at 7PM Friday, September 22 at the park location in downtown West Frankfort.

The park unveiled the new stage last May and since has had several events over the last few months with several more planned in the future. Len will be presenting favorite rock & roll hits of the 50’s and 60’s along with some country classics.

Len, the highly popular lead singer from the group Blend, also mixes a lot of comical charisma on stage with his fabulous voice. He has recently branched out with a solo act. Friday night’s concert goes along with the FCHS Homecoming activities and the “Classes of the Fabulous Fifites” celebration reunion which will bring hundreds of alumni in town for homecoming activities as well as alumni from other classes who gather for reunions at the high school homecoming time in West Frankfort.

Homecoming activities are planned all week at FCHS as well as the rival football game with Benton on Saturday afternoon. Everyone is welcome to attend this free concert. Bring a lawnchair and sit back and enjoy “Rock and Roll” in the park this Friday evening at Coal Miners Memorial Park. The park committee will also be celebrating reaching their 2017 goal of 50 new bricks in memorial park for 2017. The number now stands at 55 and committee members will be on hand to take orders for bricks that evening for fall installation. For more information visit Coal Miners Memorial Park on Facebook or call Sharon Ossig at 923-0799.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Report 9/15/17

Press Release from Franklin County Sheriff, Don Jones

NOTE:  The following individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

9-8-17 at 5:05 pm Deputies responded to a three vehicle crash on ll. State Hwy. 34 just east of Aden Road. A 2006 Chrysler Sebring was east bound on Rt. 34. The Sebring was stopped in traffic attempting to negotiate a left turn. The Sebring was driven by William R. Campbell age 67 of Galatia who was uninjured.  A second vehicle, a 2007 Ford, driven by John P. Rosas age 42 of Aurora, was also east bound behind the Sebring. A third vehicle, a 2007 Chrysler 300, driven by Coe Levi Batts age 30 of West Frankfort, was east bound and rear ended the Ford, which in turn forced the Ford into the Chrysler Sebring. John Rosas received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital by Abbott EMS. Coe Batts was uninjured and was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

9-9-17 at 2:22 am Deputies responded to a domestic dispute in rural West Frankfort. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Daunte L. Phillips age 37 OF West Frankfort for domestic battery.

9-10-17 at 9:50 am Deputies responded to a domestic dispute in Thompsonville. The investigation resulted on the arrest of Robby E. Galyean age 43 of Thompsonville for felony domestic battery.

9-11-17 at 9:55 am Deputies responded to a domestic dispute in Orient. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Cody N. Brookshire for felony domestic battery.

9-11-17 at 4:58 pm Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on ll. State Hwy.
14 1/4 mile west of Long Prairie Road. A 2015 Ford F150 Pick-Up Truck driven by Michael H. McGhee age 23 of Earlysville VA. received minor injuries when he lost control of the Pick-Up and left the roadway, running into a field striking a tree. He was transported to a local hospital by Abbott EMS.

9-12-17 at 2:04 pm a Deputy was looking for an individual wanted on a warrant at a residence in West Frankfort. The subject, Michael S. Newberry age 33 of West Frankfort, was located and taken into custody. Incident to the arrest, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was discovered. A second suspect was also at the residence and charged along with Newberry for the meth. She is identified as Jeana M. Anderson age 37 of Mount Carmel.

9-13-17 at 8:30 pm a traffic stop in rural Benton resulted in the arrest of Kassie M. Tennant age 36 of West Frankfort for driving while license revoked and for an outstanding Williamson County warrant for traffic charges.

9-14-17 at 12:30 pm Deputies responded to a domestic dispute in rural West Frankfort. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Billy N. Bishop age 22 of West Frankfort for domestic battery.

9-15-17 at 7:05 am Deputies initiated an investigation involving the theft of two handguns from a rural Benton residence. The investigation is ongoing and has resulted in the arrest of Lucas T. Meadows age 25 of Benton and Clayton M. Richardson age 24 of Benton for possession of a stolen firearm (class 2 felony). More arrests are anticipated.

9-15-17 at 9:00 am Deputies arrested Selena L. Melton age 42 of Valier for a theft that had been reported on 9-9-17 from a rural Thompsonville residence. The arrest was made on a warrant charging a class 1 felony theft. Bond has been set at $25,000.00

WARRANTS
9-5-17 John S. Proz age 43 of West Frankfort. Domestic battery, violation of an order of protection and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

9-9-17 Kelly R. Hart age 50 of Marion. Failure to appear for retail theft.

9-9-17 Joseph J. Chaney age 29 of Ewing. Failure to appear for domestic battery.

9-10-17 Shelli J. Drue age 46 of Mulkeytown. Failure to appear on drug charges.

9-10-17 Michael L. Wright age 46 of Royalton. Failure to appear on a battery charge.

9-10-17 Jerica J. Drue age 27 of Zeigler. Failure to appear on D.U.I.

9-13-17 Paul K. Branch-Leach age 41 of West Frankfort. Burglary and theft.

9-14-17 Aaron W. Simmons age 23 of Mt. Vernon. Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

9-15-17 Bradley N. Ogden age 27 of Carbondale. Failure to appear for criminal damage to property.
The public is reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Chance of showers and thunderstorms today….temps in the upper 80’s rest of the week

Hazardous Weather Outlook

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

The chance of thunderstorms continues across the entire region
today, primarily during the afternoon and evening hours. Storms
will produce lightning and locally heavy rain.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Tuesday through Sunday

A small chance of thunderstorms lingers on Tuesday with better
chances across southwest Indiana and the Kentucky Pennyrile. Small
chances of mainly heat of the day storms are forecast primarily
for the southern half of the area Wednesday through Friday. Locally
heavy rainfall and lightning will be the primary concerns.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Spotter activation is not anticipated at this time.

Seven day forecast

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tonight
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind.
Tuesday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Light south wind.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 69. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 6 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 68. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Light southeast wind.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Light south southeast wind.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Summer time conditions prevail with chance of storms througout the week

Watching this area for further shower and storm development through the late morning, likely being aided by outflow from storms across central Missouri. Storms will move east and north, affecting areas along I-64 near Washington and northern Perry County over the next hour. Not expecting any severe weather from these, but some heavy rain and gusty winds are possible in these. Storms will be possible area-wide through the day today with increasing chances Monday through Wednesday. (WSIL-TV’ social media post)

I usually use the graphic from the National Weather Service, but this graphic from Channel 3 popped up on Facebook. We could get some showers and thunderstorms in Franklin County.  It might be handy to take an umbrella to church with you.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

A chance of thunderstorms is forecast across mainly southeast
Missouri and southern Illinois this afternoon into tonight.
Storms will be capable of producing lightning and heavy rain.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Monday through Saturday

A chance of thunderstorms is forecast for much of the region
Monday through Wednesday. Coverage should be scattered with a
greater concentration during the heat of the day.

Isolated storms remain possible over portions of the area
Thursday through Saturday. Storms will be capable of producing
lightning and heavy rain.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Spotter activation is not anticipated at this time.

Seven Day Forecast

Today
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. South southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.
Tonight
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Calm wind.
Monday
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Monday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Light south southeast wind.
Tuesday
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the morning.
Tuesday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind 3 to 5 mph.
Wednesday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 8 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind around 6 mph.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Friday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South southeast wind 3 to 7 mph.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 67. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Saturday
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 3 to 6 mph.

 

District 168 School Board to Hold Budget Hearing

http://www.wfgazette.com/news/district-school-board-to-hold-budget-hearing/article_58ef1c3c-997d-11e7-ba46-53f46b1d5d79.html

WEST FRANKFORT, IL – (West Frankfort Gazette.  Please click on the link above for the statement.

Everyone invited to RLC’s annual Illinois Regional College Fair Sept. 19

by ReAnne Palmer – Rend Lake College Public Information

During last year’s IRCF, Hunter Morris, LEFT, and Nick Shrum, CENTER, both of Mt. Vernon, visited with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville representative Daniel Shields, RIGHT, to ask questions and gather information about the university. This year, 39 institutions will be located in the RLC Gymnasium.
(Reece Rutland / RLC Public Information)

Rend Lake College invites students of any age, parents, and community members to join hundreds of high school students at the annual Illinois Regional College Fair (IRCF) next week, hosted by RLC in the James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium.

The free event will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 and will feature nearly 40 regional colleges and universities. During the two hour fair, representatives for each institution will be available for attendees to interact with, ask questions, and learn about college life.

New to the IRCF this year is StriveScan, a mobile-friendly and paperless student sign up process which allows college representatives to scan an individual barcode for each student to gather information. This allows students to spend more time asking questions and learning about each college or university by reducing time spent completing information forms.
To use it, students should register before the IRCF for free at www.strivefair.com.

When registering, each will complete a short information form to receive a barcode via text. At the IRCF, students will provide that same barcode to each representative at institutions where they are interested in attending or receiving more information.

One of the most important aspects of the IRCF is for attendees to experience the many diverse opportunities to start or continue their post-secondary education, all in one location. Coming prepared to speak to representatives and ask questions is vital. Some of these questions include asking about the admission process and requirements, available majors at the institution, the campus setting and culture, the cost of attendance, financial aid availability, and other student services.

Below are the colleges and universities who have been confirmed for the fair at RLC, though more may be in attendance. The fair is sponsored by the Illinois Association of College Admission Counseling. Students may attend the event without a parent or guardian present. For more information, contact Rachel Sveda-Webb at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1298, or

webbr@rlc.edu.

Barnes-Jewish College
Blackburn College
Bradley University
Eastern Illinois University
Fontbonne University
Franklin College
Greenville University
Hannibal LaGrange University
Illinois College
Illinois State University
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Iowa Wesleyan University
Lincoln Christian University
Lindenwood University
Lindenwood University-Belleville
MacMurray College
McKendree University
Millikin University
Missouri Baptist University
Murray State University
Northern Illinois University
Olivet Nazarene University
Parkland College – Institute of Aviation
Quincy University
Ranken Technical College
Rend Lake College
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
University of Akron
University of Evansville
University of IL at Chicago
University of Illinois Springfield
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of Saint Francis
University of Southern Indiana
Western Illinois University

 

WSIL TV’s – Sack Hunger: Sesser-Valier Lifeline Food Pantry

http://www.wsiltv.com/story/36370243/sack-hunger-sesser-valier-lifeline-food-pantry

 

SESSER, IL (Evie Allen, WSIL-TV please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

Get ready for another night of high school football and Sack Hunger. Last week, you helped us collect more than 8,000 items for pantries in Benton and Pinckneyville. Friday, News 3 will collect food in Johnston City as the Indians host the Sesser-Valier Red Devils.

Every month, around 70 families get food from the Sesser-Valier Lifeline Food Pantry. Pantry Secretary Larry Cook said that number jumps much higher during the fall to winter months.
“Especially, November and December, we may have upwards of 125 to 130,” said Cook.

“The thing that I find quite often is there will be somebody who will say, Pastor Larry could you, I’ve got a family member, I’ve got a sister, I’ve got a mother, somebody in need of prayer. Would you? And I’ll just stop and we have a word of prayer right there in the street,” added Cook.

You can find this pantry’s doors open every third Tuesday of every month from 9-11 a.m. The football game kicks off at 7 p.m Friday night.

Council Approves Blue Ridge Sewer Project

http://www.bentongazette.com/news/council-approves-blue-ridge-sewer-project/article_ef5dd4ca-997c-11e7-ac61-5bc1e48b4eed.html

BENTON, IL – (Benton Gazette.  Please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

During his Finance Report, Finance Commissioner Dennis Miller announced that the Blue Ridge sewer project had been approved.

At a previous council meeting back in May, the city approved tentative construction of a new sewer main on the north industrial park property near the Benton Airport and KOA Campgrounds. The motion stated the agreement would only be active pending available funds—the cost of the project was said to be roughly $135,000.

The EPA approved the project, and Miller said the next step would be to accept bids, which could come in as early as October.

 

Rend Lake College Board of Trustees minutes

Board adopts Fiscal Year 2018 budget, tax levy
The board adopted the budget for Fiscal Year 2018. A public hearing on the budget was held prior to the regular board meeting. There were no comments from the public. In a related action, the board accepted the 2017 tax levy (payable 2018). The corporate and special purposes levy went from $3,379,083 in 2016 to $3,547,797 in 2017, an increase of 4.99 percent. The debt service levy went from $2,901,908 in 2016 to $3,117,676 in 2017, an increase of 7.44 percent. Because the corporate and special purposes levy is not greater than 105 percent of last year’s levy, no Truth in Taxation hearing is required.

RLC, Southeastern Illinois College continue partnership, sign MOU for contractual labor

A memorandum of understanding between Rend Lake College and Southeastern Illinois College was approved Tuesday. The MOU lays out the details of the contractual relationship between RLC and SIC for operations and maintenance labor. The agreement highlights the continuation of shared resources between both colleges where appropriate and beneficial to the institutions.

Aquatic Center project to be bid, RLC Foundation pledges assistance
Permission was granted to seek bids for a complete replacement of the PoolPac in the Aquatics Center. The existing PoolPac is original to the building and has exceeded its operational life expectancy. The Rend Lake College Foundation will fund the project, which is estimated at $375,000. The bids will include the unit, installation and commissioning.

University of Southern Indiana, RLC ink Engineering articulation agreement
The board approved an articulation agreement between Rend Lake College and the University of Southern Indiana for Engineering. This agreement allows students to complete an associate degree at RLC and transfer seamlessly to USI in good standing provided they have completed the agreed-upon coursework.

Cornett moving on, DeJarnette returns to executive assistant position

The board accepted with regret the resignation of Mary Cornett, Executive Assistant to the President, with an effective date to be determined. Cornett will be relocating to be nearer to family in mid- to late October. “I have really enjoyed being a part of the team here at Rend Lake College, and working with our board trustees,” Cornett wrote in her resignation letter. “I thank you for your friendship and support in my role.”
In a related action, the board appointed Cathy DeJarnette as Executive Assistant to the President effective Sept. 18, thus providing some overlap between the two to allow for a smooth transition. DeJarnette is a previous holder of the Executive Assistant to the President position, having served in that capacity from the fall of 2011 until September 2014, when she resigned to pursue a business opportunity. She holds both Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees from John A. Logan College.
Nichols joins RLC Police Department

The board appointed Sawyer Nichols as Police Officer, effective Sept. 18. He holds an Associate in Science Degree fro Wabash Valley College and has worked part-time for the RLC Police Department since 2015. Prior to that, he was a police officer with the City of Carmi.

Accreditation update
The board heard a report on the college’s reaffirmation of accreditation activities. The college is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is due for an evaluation by the HLC in September 2018.

In curriculum matters …

The board approved changes to 29 courses, ranging from changes in credit, lecture or lab hours to changes in repeatability, and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. Additionally, changes to existing courses and the addition of new courses were approved for the Barber and Cosmetology curricula, 18 courses were withdrawn and three horticulture programs were withdrawn.

In other business, the board …

• Heard a report from Dr. Elizabeth Bailey-Smith of the Academic Council covering the curriculum matters taken up by the board Tuesday and reporting on additional meetings and activities.
• Created and approved a job description for a Communications Specialist for Student Services. This description was created to replace the existing Communications Specialist for Business Office job description because the duties of that position are in better alignment with the Student Services Department.
• Approved revisions to board policy concerning tenured / tenure-track faculty and staff seniority list (first reading) and travel reimbursement (first reading). The tenure list is approved twice each year.
Mark your calendars …
• Fun Fest, Noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, on campus.
• 37th Annual RLC Foundation Golf Outing, Thursday, Sept. 14, Rend Lake Golf Course; noon shotgun start.
• Southern Illinois Health Information Management Association meeting, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, Pat Kern Private Dining Area.
• Illinois Regional College Fair, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, Waugh Gymnasium.
• Upward Bound Banquet, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, Waugh Gymnasium.
• Career Days, Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 4-5, Ina campus.
• RLC Preview Day, Warrior Fest and Prospect Day, Saturday, Oct. 7, RLC campus. Previous Day and Warrior Fest 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Prospect Day begins at 10 a.m., Ina campus.
• Faculty / Staff In-Service, Monday, Oct. 9, Ina campus.
• CNA Conference, Friday, Oct. 13, Learning Resource Center.
• RLC Foundation Scholarship Dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, Benton Civic Center.
• Criminal Justice Roundup for Scholarships, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, Mt. Vernon Event Center, Salon C (formerly the Holiday Inn).
• RLC Foundation Annual Dinner Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Holiday Inn / DoubleTree Inn, Mt. Vernon.