Juanita M. Cook – Sesser, IL

Juanita M. Cook, 85, of Sesser, passed away on June 10, 2021 at Deaconess Midtown in Evansville, IN.

She was born on November 20, 1935 in Johnston City, IL to Rolla and Nina (Martin) Jones. She married Leon Cook on November 7, 1954 and he survives of Sesser.

She is also survived by her son Jeff (Cindy) Cook of Zionsville, IN; one granddaughter Alexandra (Steven) Coleman of Irvington, IL and one great-grandson Easton Coleman; two brothers Kenny (Jenny) Jones of Energy and Larry (Len) Jones of Sesser and two sisters Frieda McQuen, of Joliet, IL and Doris Johnson, of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She was part owner of Sesser Concrete for many years.

Graveside services will be on Tuesday June 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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Search underway for Southern Illinois man accused of sexual assault of a child

Local authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a 36-year-old accused of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Missing Marion man identified as body found at Motel Marion demolition site

MARION – Marion Police have confirmed the identity of the the man found dead Tuesday at the demolition site of Motel Marion as Russell W. Bozarth, of Marion.

Here’s a link to the story in the Southern Illinoisan.

IHSA Sports Open Up Further As State Moves To Phase 5

The state of Illinois moved to Phase 5 as a part of the Restore Illinois pandemic relief plan on June 11, 2021. As a result of the move to Phase 5, many IHSA sports and activities have greater autonomy in scheduling, as well as in hosting fans. Some highlights of the move to Phase 5 include…

All IHSA sports can now schedule contests/meets with and against any other high school in the state, as well as with out-of-state opponents.
There are no longer any spectator limitations. All IHSA host venues, indoor and outdoor, may host fans at 100% capacity.
Masks are no longer required for student-athletes, coaches, and officials in low- and medium-risk outdoor sports.

In order to help with social distancing and limit gatherings, the IHSA is utilizing digital ticketing at all remaining Super-Sectional and State Final venues for the remainder of the 2021 school year. GoFan is the official digital ticketing partner of the IHSA. Fans can purchase Super-Sectional and State Final tickets via the GoFan app or at GoFan.co/IHSA

The IHSA Girls and Boys Track & Field State Finals will employ Eastern Illinois University’s internal digital ticketing platform. State track & field tickets are available for purchase by clicking here.

More information can be found on the IHSA’s COVID-19 resource page.

County board discusses attorney fees, agreements for Walker’s Bluff casino project

MARION — Williamson County Board Commissioner Brent Gentry on Tuesday questioned what the county is paying a law firm to represent the local government in the Walker’s Bluff Resort project.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Body found at the Motel Marion demolition site

MARION – A body was discovered Tuesday at a demolition site for the Motel Marion, authorities said.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

RLC Board meets, takes action on numerous items

The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees will seek bids for a Communications Tower.

During its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 8, the board learned that the current communications signal is not adequate enough to reach the entire campus, which could pose a security threat. The purchase and installation of this new system will improve internal communications for the Security and Physical Plant Departments.

Range Hood System purchased for RL Café
The board ratified the award for the purchase and installation of the Range Hood System for the RL Café. The winning bid was Heartland Mechanical Contractors in Murphysboro for $64,978.

Odum named Coordinator of Industry & Apprenticeships
Permission was granted to ratify the transfer of Academic Advisor Tonya Odum to Coordinator of Industry Training & Apprenticeships, effective June 1. In light of the recent transfer of Angelina Mabrey, who served as the Apprenticeship Coordinator, the transfer is in the best interest of the college, according to administrative rationale.

Fitts promoted to Director of Apprenticeships & CTE Support
Permission was granted to expand the duties and revise the job description of Joy Fitts from CTE Support Specialist to Director of Apprenticeships & CTE Support, effective June 1. To better fit the needs of the college, this position is being created to build upon current duties and to efficiently use college resources, according to administrative rationale.

Confer promoted to Director of RLCF Children’s Center
Permission was granted to transfer Chrissy Confer from Lead Childcare Provider to Director of RLC Foundation Children’s Center, effective June 16. In light of the recent resignation of Brooke May, the transfer is in the best interest of the college, according to administrative rationale.

Braden promoted to Assistant Director of Student Records
Permission was granted to expand the duties and revise the job description of Summer Braden from Student Records Specialist to Assistant Director of Student Records, effective July 1. To better fit the needs of the college, this position is being created to build upon current duties and to efficiently use college resources, according to administrative rationale.

Phillips moves to Director of Auxiliary Services
Permission was granted to expand the duties and revise the job description of Corey Phillips from Director of Rend Lake College MarketPlace to Director of Auxiliary Services, effective July 1. To better fit the needs of the college, this position is being created to build upon current duties and to efficiently use college resources, according to administrative rationale.

New Curriculum coming
The college will add five new online courses — Restaurant Management, Principles of Cost Control, Principles of Effective Speaking, Accelerated Learning Program and Stress Management.

Fund transfers
The board approved the transfer of $2,481,000 from the Education Fund to the Working Cash fund. The transfer makes whole an earlier transfer that the college had made previously and was to have been repaid within the fiscal year.

The board also agreed to transfer up to $3.4 million from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund. The transaction is necessary due to the timing of receipts expected from the State of Illinois for various grant payments that may be delayed. The amount will be transferred back to the Working Cash Fund upon receipt of the expected state monies.

In other business, the board
· Approved a second reading revising policies in regards to background checks for potential and current employees.
· Approved an engagement letter for Kemper CPA Group, LLP, to provide audit and tax return preparation for the 2021 fiscal year, effective July 1.
· Approved the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement for the Mary and George Slankard Learning Resource Center, effective June 8.
· Approved revisions to increase hourly pay for some part-time positions, effective July 1.
· Created stipend positions for a College Bowl Coach and a Debate & Speech Team Coach and increased other stipends, effective July 1.
· Accepted the resignation of Brooke May, director of the RLC Foundation Children’s Center, effective May 20.
· Accepted the resignation of Jamie Cambron, lead childcare provider at the RLCF Children’s Center, effective June 30.
· Approved the Resource Allocation Management Plan for fiscal year 2023. The RAMP will soon be available online at rlc.edu/achieves.
· Approved the salaries for fiscal year 2022.

Mark Your Calendars
Mental Health 101 with Lindsey Adams, Tuesday, June 15, virtual, TBD.
RLC Sponsored Family Night, Wednesday, June 30, Aquatic Zoo, Mt. Vernon, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Paramedic Program Accreditation Site Visit, Thursday through Friday, July 8-9, virtual.
Warrior Days Workshop, Wednesday, July 28, Rend Lake College campus, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Warrior Days Workshop, Wednesday, August 4, Rend Lake College campus, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
RLC Sponsored Back-to-School Night for High School Students, Wednesday, August 4, Aquatic Zoo, Mt. Vernon, TBD.
Warrior Days Workshop, Saturday, August 14, Rend Lake College campus, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Annual RLC Foundation Golf Outing, Thursday, September 9, Rend Lake Golf Course, noon shotgun start.
Fun Fest, Wednesday, September 15, Rend Lake College Ina campus, noon to 3 p.m.
Auto Show, Rend Lake College Ina campus.
RLCF Annual Scholarship Dinner, Thursday, October 21, Benton Civic Center, 6 to 8 p.m.

Chad Jeremy Robertson – Benton, IL

Chad Jeremy Robertson, 44, of Benton, IL passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 in Benton.

He was born in Crawfordsville, IN on November 16, 1976, the son of Dennis and Deborah (Hoffa) Robertson.

He married Trisha (Yadloski) Robertson on June 10, 2016 in Destin, FL.

Chad, taking after his father, grandfather and great-grandfather was a 5th generation Teamster Car Hauler for most of his life and loved his career. He was a proud father and loved his children with everything he had. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, boating, cooking, traveling, and working around the yard. Chad believed in living life to its fullest.
Mr. Robertson is survived by his wife, Trisha (Yadloski) Robertson, of Benton, IL; children Carly, Kayla, Kamryn and Colton Robertson, of Benton, IL; father, Dennis Robertson, of Crawfordsville, IN; sister, Kerrie (Robertson) French, of New Market, IN.

Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by his mother.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Hunt & Son Funeral Home in Crawfordsville, IN with Rev. Wallie Nichols officiating. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Hunt & Son Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Freedom Cemetery in Montgomery County, IN.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfunerlhome.com

RLC to begin in-person classes on August 16

A sure sign that normalcy is slowly returning to the region is the fact that in-person classes will be held at Rend Lake College beginning in August.

Here’s the link to info about the fall semester at RLCE

Herman David Coder – Buckner, IL

Herman David Coder, 80, of Buckner, passed away on Monday June 7, 2021 at his home.

He was born on January 9, 1941 in Joliet, IL to Herman Allen and Mary Louise (Richards) Coder. He married Flora (Clinton) Coder and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son John (Diane) Coder of Buckner; granddaughter Johna Coder; great grandchildren Alayna Leyva and Therron Coder; three sisters Jane (Harold) Wringer of Joliet, IL, Janet Coder of Hollywood, AL and Linda Rettko of Hollywood, AL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son David Allen Coder and one brother Daniel Coder.

Funeral services will be on Friday June 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Tony Price officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. Burial will be at Harrison Cemetery in Buckner.

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