FCHS Hosts Active Shooter Training

Steve Webb speaks about situational awareness in the event of an active shooter scenario. (William McPherson – Gazette photo.)

WEST FRANKFORT – Following recent school shootings across the nation, many local institutions have made attempts to increase and promote situational awareness in the event of an active shooter situation.

Recently, FCHS Pashcedag Auditorium was host to a presentation from safety expert Steve Webb, a 25 year school administrator, who currently serves as the Goreville Superintendent. Webb has also served as a law enforcement officer since 2009. He is also the resource officer for his district and is the official A.L.I.C.E. Trainer and Raider Trainer.  (Raider refers to a special solo-engagement training for certain tactical situations.)

Webb’s presentation focused on the ALICE program. According to the program’s website, ALICE is the leading training solution that increases an organization’s and individual’s odds of survival during a violent intruder event. ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, is a post-Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook strategy that goes beyond the conventional lockdown strategy.

Please click on the link for the full story, from William McPherson of the West Frankfort Gazette.

http://www.wfgazette.com/news/fchs-hosts-active-shooter-training/article_a0f4a452-17f4-11e8-880c-b32198210122.html

 

 

Construction ahead of schedule for new high school in Bluford

WSIl-TV photo

BLUFORD — Construction of the new Webber Township High School in Bluford is ahead of schedule.

That’s according to superintendent John Ashby.

Officials broke ground on the new school in November.

Please click on the full story from Joe Ragusa of WSIL-TV.

Note:  Good luck to Webber as they face the Christopher Bearcats tonight in the championship of the Norris City Regional.

http://www.wsiltv.com/story/37571907/construction-ahead-of-schedule-for-new-high-school-in-bluford

Marginal risk of severe weather for tomorrow

We’re continuing to monitor the potential for severe thunderstorms late Saturday afternoon and evening. The primary concerns include damaging winds and flooding rains, with a smaller risk for a few tornadoes. Do you have a way to receive warning alerts and a plan of action to seek shelter in case severe weather threatens this weekend? (NWS Paducah)

Hazardous Weather Outlook

A band of showers and a few thunderstorms will continue to produce moderate to heavy rainfall through at least midday as they stream over far southeast Missouri, much of west Kentucky and the southern tip of Illinois.

After a brief dry period this afternoon, more showers and thunderstorms will develop and lift northeast across the region tonight. Heavy rainfall and worsening flood problems can be expected. Please refer to the Flood Watch for details. Minor to moderate flooding continues or is imminent for the Ohio and Green Rivers, as well as parts of the Mississippi, Big Muddy, Patoka, and Wabash Rivers.

Please see the latest river flood warnings and statements for further details. .

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Saturday through Thursday Widespread showers and thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfall are expected Saturday and Saturday night.

The Flood Watch continues until 6 AM Sunday. Please refer to the watch for details. The potential for severe thunderstorms with widespread damaging winds and a tornado threat exists late Saturday afternoon through the evening hours. The storms will most likely be in a line on or near a cold front that will move eastward across the region.

Minor to moderate flooding continues or is imminent for the Ohio and Green Rivers, as well as part of the Mississippi, Big Muddy, Patoka, and Wabash Rivers. Please see the latest river flood warnings and statements for further details. .

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT… Spotter activation is becoming more likely Saturday afternoon and evening. In addition, reports of heavy rainfall and flooding would be very helpful today through Saturday night.

…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT…

The Flood Watch continues for * All of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri. * Through late Saturday night.

* Periods of showers and thunderstorms will produce another 2 to 4 inches of rainfall through Saturday night. Isolated higher amounts will be possible. With saturated soil, the result will be worsening areal flood problems and the potential for flash flooding, especially Saturday afternoon and evening.

* The main flooding concern initially will be along small streams and creeks that feed into already swollen rivers across the region. Elsewhere, elevated water levels in low lying and poor drainage areas may lead to standing water across some roads that typically flood. However, a line of strong to severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening may result in more significant flash flooding over much of the region.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Seven Day Forecast

Today
A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 55. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Tonight
Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 48. Calm wind becoming east northeast 5 to 8 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. High near 64. East northeast wind 7 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Saturday Night
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. Low around 41. South wind 11 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Light and variable wind.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind.
Monday Night
Clear, with a low around 38. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Light south southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tuesday Night
Showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind around 8 mph.
Wednesday
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. South wind 6 to 8 mph.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southeast wind 8 to 10 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.
Thursday
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

 

Sen. Fowler sponsors legislation to spur economic development in the region

SPRINGFIELD – Working to pave the way for economic growth in the City of Marion, State Sen. Dale Fowler is sponsoring legislation that would implement an extension to an existing Tax Increment Financial (TIF) District for the area.

“TIFs were created for the purpose of boosting economic development in a region and bringing opportunities for growth, investment and expansion. These are key components needed to allow a community to thrive,” said Sen. Fowler. “I’m sponsoring this extension because the original TIF enabled companies to get a foot in the door, develop their operations and bring economic opportunities to the area.”

Senate Bill 2303 extends the life of the existing TIF for Williamson County for an additional 12 years, giving businesses such as Crisp Container the opportunity to expand and grow in the future. Crips Container is a manufacturing outfit based out of Marion, producing bottles for businesses like Pepsi MidAmerica.

“Crisp Container has grown and developed in our region in part because of the opportunity created by the original TIF for Williamson County. Now, after all these years, we have yet another chance to bring more growth to our community, giving Crisp Containers and other businesses the ability to further grow and develop,” said Sen. Fowler. “Through this TIF extension, Crisp Container plans to expand their operation further, increasing their manufacturing abilities to create, internally, the base materials needed to make their products.”

Currently, Crisp Container imports the performs needed to manufacture the finished bottle supplies. Through the TIF extension, Crisp Container will be able to create two new manufacturing lines and increase employment within the factory, including new opportunities in transportation and manufacturing.

“Seeing the direct impact that a TIF will have on one of our major Southern Illinois manufacturers is encouraging, but the great thing about economic development is that it doesn’t just impact that one industry,” said Fowler. “This extension will not only allow Crisp to expand, but by doing so, will create additional economic opportunities for rail expansion in Southern Illinois, including increased shipping, delivery and development with our local railroad.”

Senate Bill 2303 passed out of the Senate on Feb. 21 by a vote of 42 to 1, and will now be sent to the House of Representative for further consideration.

The Night’s Shield to host Church Group Open House this evening

WEST FRANKFORT –  Get your Church family, Sunday School Classes, etc. together and come learn about Night’s Sheild and how we can work together to keep children safe and build stronger, safer families!  The

The center is located at 301 East Garland, and the event is from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   For more information, please call (618) 932-6400.

 

 

 

Franklin Hospital District Now Offering 2D/3D Digital Mammography with Hexagonal Technolog

BENTON — Franklin Hospital, located in Benton, Illinois is excited to announce that Digital Mammography featuring hexagonal technology is now available. Appointments are NOW being accepted for 2D Digital Breast Imaging, with 3D Digital Imaging to be available starting April 1, 2018. Our mammography staff along with the Aspire Cristalle 3D Digital Mammography System manufactured by Fujifilm provides the patient with an enhanced examination experience. The system utilizes a hexagonal designed detector system to maximize coverage and detail, as well as a curved paddle system to improve patient comfort.

James Johnson, CEO states that the new digital breast imaging technology now available at Franklin Hospital, brings the highest diagnostic quality and early breast cancer detection to the region. The purchase of the mammography system was made possible primarily through a generous SEDAP grant provided by the Delta Regional Authority, coordinated by the Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission. An open house introducing the community to the new technology is planned and will soon be announced.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment please call 618-439-3161 ext. 321.

Flood Warning issued for the Big Muddy ….Severe Weather in the forecast for Saturday

Flood Warning for the Big Muddy

…The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Illinois… Big Muddy River near Murphysboro and Plumfield .Rainfall that has already occurred…along with anticipated rain through the weekend…will continue to cause rises along the Big Muddy River. Murphysboro is expected to crest at 23.1 on Tuesday. Plumfield is expected to crest near 20.5 on Saturday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… SAFETY MESSAGE… Never drive cars…trucks or sport utility vehicles through flooded areas. The water may be too deep to allow safe passage. Never allow children to play in or near flood waters. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for further statements and possible updated forecasts.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight Another round of showers and scattered thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast tonight, which may lead to the development of minor flooding issues. Please reference the Flood Watch for more information. .

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Friday through Wednesday Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall are forecast through Saturday night. Flooding issues are likely to develop. Please refer to the Flood Watch for details. The Storm Prediction Center currently has the entire region outlooked in a marginal to slight risk for severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening. Potential thunderstorm impacts will include damaging winds and flooding rains, with a smaller risk for isolated tornadoes.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT… Spotter activation cannot be ruled out Saturday afternoon and evening. In addition, reports of heavy rainfall and flooding would be very helpful.

Areal Flood Watch Still Continues

* Multiple rounds of rain, moderate to heavy at times, will increase the risk for areal flooding through the first half of the weekend.

* The main flooding concern will be along small streams and creeks that feed into already swollen rivers across the region, especially in areas that receive multiple rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall. Elsewhere, elevated water levels in low lying and poor drainage areas may lead to standing water across some roads that typically flood.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Seven Day Forecast

Today
A 20 percent chance of showers before 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 50. East wind 5 to 7 mph.
Tonight
Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Temperature rising to around 53 by 5am. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 5 to 7 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Friday
Showers, mainly before noon. High near 57. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Friday Night
Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 48. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast 5 to 8 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 65. East wind 7 to 11 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday Night
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 42. South wind 13 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 36. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming south around 5 mph in the morning.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 62. South southeast wind 5 to 9 mph.
Tuesday Night
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South southeast wind 7 to 9 mph.
Wednesday
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. South wind 7 to 10 mph.

 

 

Summer Employment Available at Rend Lake

BENTON –  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake is looking for qualified candidates to fill student vacancies for the 2018 summer recreation season. Rend Lake offers a great work experience opportunity for students pursuing a career in the field of biology, outdoor recreation, or law enforcement.

Student Trainee positions are available at the GS-02 level for graduating high school seniors and college students. Job openings are available for positions in the areas of Interpretive Services, Visitor Assistance, Facilities/Grounds Maintenance, and Environmental Stewardship at an hourly rate of approximately $11.68. During the summer term employees will work a 40-hour schedule. Candidates may be required to work a combination of days, nights, weekends, and holiday shifts.

The vacancy is available online at www.usajobs.gov under the job announcement number. Applicants must create a USAJOBS account, build a profile, and create a resume. The job announcement can be located by entering the announcement number into the “keyword” search query on the homepage. Applicants are strongly encouraged to call the Rend Lake Project Office at (618) 724-2493 for any questions or assistance in applying for these positions. This announcement closes on March 8th and complete application packages must be received on or before this date to be considered. The announcement number is SWGI186073391554PI .

Basic Requirements and Qualifications are:

• Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school, at a qualifying educational institution on a half-time or full-time basis pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
• Minimum education requirement of high school diploma or GED.
• Good academic standing with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
• Transcripts and proof of enrollment/acceptance letter.
• Detailed resume showing eligibility for this position.
• Required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
• Must be at least 18 years old

Direct link to the announcement: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/491509100

Bost Applauds Administration Decision on Bump Stocks

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) released the following statement after President Trump announced he has directed the Department of Justice to propose regulations that would ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic to be modified to shoot hundreds of rounds per minute:

“The president is correct in moving to regulate bump stocks,” said Bost. “That’s why I joined with other Members of Congress last year in requesting the Trump Administration look into these devices. Bump stocks were specifically designed to get around federal law—in place since the 1930s—that prohibits fully automatic weapons. It’s possible to find commonsense solutions to reduce the likelihood of tragedies while also preserving the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans.”

Thompsonville’s Reed Raubach sinks half court shot in Warrior Superfan Challenge

By ReAnne Palmer – Rend Lake College Public information 

Reed Raubach won the final round of the Warrior Superfan Challenge during the Feb. 17 RLC Men’s Basketball game against Kaskaskia College. He is pictured with Lisa Price, RLC Vice President of Student Services.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

INA, – Thompsonville High School junior Reed Raubach needed only one shot Saturday afternoon to take the grand prize for the first Warrior Superfan Challenge. To win, Raubach needed to sink a half-court shot during halftime of an RLC Men’s Basketball game to take home an Academic Award for 12 free credit hours at RLC – valued at $1,500. The baseball and basketball player passed the first round of the competition in January by making a lay-up, free throw, and 3-point shot in 30 seconds.

The link to the video is below.