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Vol. 26 • No. 6 - Tuesday -Feb. 6, 2018

Mabel Has Been Found, Returned

The Pioneer Newspaper Edwardsville- A well k n o w n mannequin who was o f t e n seen and admired by children and adults w a s recently stolen. But after an investigation, has been returned. Officers from the Edwardsville Police Department received an anonymous tip as to the

whereabouts of “Mabel”, the mannequin which had been reported stolen from the Edwardsville Robert Stille Township Park, during the A-7 Corsair aircraft renovation this past summer. A subsequent investigation was conducted and led to the location of “Mabel” at an Edwardsville residence on Jan. 30. The suspect of the theft was identified as a juvenile resident of Edwardsville. After consulting with officials from Edwardsville Township government and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, it was determined no criminal charges will be sought

in this case. Lieutenant Byrne, Special Operations Commander for the Edwardsville Police Department noted, “The Edwardsville Police Department is aware this incident caused alarm and displeasure to many of our residents who saw “Mabel” as a fixture of the township’s park for many years. It is for this reason; we are very pleased to have reached resolution and were able to provide closure to the citizens of our community.” Chief Keeven said, “Although “Mabel” will not take her seat in the A-7 Corsair, she will be returned to her rightful owner.”

Police Department Alert Residents of Phone Scam HIGHLAND - The Highland Police Department is cautioning the public after citizens alerted them of a scam. “We have received many calls and visits regarding phone and mail scams, specifically in regards to subjects impersonating the IRS and Ameren,” said the police department in a Facebook post. When the police called the number back, the automated message has even stated “City of Highland, disconnect service” or

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something similar. This was not isolated to home phones or cell phones, as the police also received reports of businesses also being targeted. “In any instance, if you receive a call or e-mail from someone stating they are with a business and you owe money, Do not pay them until you have determined that they are that business and you do owe money. Unfortunately, this requires more than just calling the number back, since they tend to

say whatever they believe they need to to get you to pay.” Residents may reach the actual business to check the status of their account at the following numbers: Ameren Illinois: 800-755-5000 IRS: 800-829-1040 If you determine it was a scam call, please contact the following numbers to report the scam: Ameren Scam: 800-552-7583 IRS Scam - TIGTA: 800-3664484 (you may also report it online at

The Pioneer, contributed photo Several Catholic Scouts from Pack 40, 43, and Troop 40 were recognized Sunday morning during the 9:30 Mass at St. Paul Church in Highland. They were honored after earning religious medals. Three Scouts from Pack 43 earned the Light of Christ and the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) medal.

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The Pioneer, contributed photo Highland Bulldog Stephen Torre goes for 2 of his 14 points as the Dogs run their record to 17-6 on the year winning the game 52-39.


The Pioneer, contributed photo Cameron Altadonna drives the ball scoring again for the Highland High School Bulldogs and the Dogs wins 52-39.

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Glo Bingo

Celebrate Heart Month with Us.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Center for Cardiac Rehab and Wellness are hosting the 2nd Annual Heart Glo Bingo. Friday, February 16 Doors open at 7PM • Bingo starts at 7:30PM Knights of Columbus Hall • 12454 IL - 143, Highland KC’s will have their Fish Fry available before Bingo Free to Attend Cash Bar Gift Certificates & Prizes Must be 18 or Older to Attend Seating is Limited RSVP (required) to: 618.651.2720 Bring your own heart healthy snacks.

Thanks to our Heart Health Event Sponsors:

Matt Armentrout, CFP® Carl Dempsey Financial Advisors

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I Wonder, What If ... My View 618-882-4932

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I Wonder, What If ... Have you ever pondered the “What if...” What if I had been born in a different period of time, or in a different place, or to different parents. What if I had left home in my car a moment or two before an accident? What if I was born a different race or on a different continent? What if my children were healthy or very unhealthy, through no fault of their own? What if I had a different occupation? What if I practiced a different faith or didn’t believe in any faith? There are millions of “what if’s” in our lives, aren’t there? Yet, I wonder, how many people think of the million of variables that make their particular life what it is for them. How many people take their blessings or their curses for granted? In an introspective way, a misfortune or curse may be a blessing. Curses have been around since the Garden of Eden. What if Eve hadn’t given into the serpent and what if Adam didn’t follow suit and eat the fruit? He could have said, No! He didn’t, but if he had the story would have been different. The “what if’s” have been with us a very long time. So let’s turn this “what if” question around and ask

ourselves “What if I hadn’t?” What I hadn’t been born when I was? How would I have made a living and to whom would I have been married to, if at all? Would I be an American or another nationality? If you are successful or if you are just starting out in life, or if you are facing a tremendous challenge, remember to never give up, never give in and never, ever succumb to quiting. What can you achieve? How far can you go? Who can you help everyday to reach their goal? What if you don’t push yourself to learn more, work harder, strive for excellence? This line of thought is interesting for us, but our biggest question is this - “What if I die tomorrow, or next week, or month?” Is this thought going to change the way I treat my family, my neighbor, my friends and those whom I come in contact with today? Maybe you and I should ponder “What if ...”

Emma Knowlton Awarded Scholarship to Attend Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Emma Knowlton of Glen Carbon, has received the University Scholarship, Midwest Achievement Award and Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2018-2019 academic year. Knowlton is the daughter of David and Heather Knowlton of Glen Carbon , and will be a 2018 graduate of Edwardsville High School. Many scholarship opportunities exist at Southeast Missouri State University. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ semissouristate and like us on Facebook.

Reader Wants Pet Owners To Control Their Dogs

I got a call from a reader who was very upset because a neighbor had allowed his two dogs (pit bulls) to run from his property, just as she was about to take her small (poodle like) dog for a walk. Her dog was attacked and she was knocked to the pavement. Fortunately for her, she suffered a minor scrape but her dog is still very upset and doesn’t want to go outside any longer. She called to make residents aware of the leash law. Personally, I would add that all dogs who may be hostile should be muzzled. The precaution of placing animals on a leash as well as muzzling those who may be aggressive is a good idea, not to mention it is complying with the law.

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Chamber Highlights

We’ve been busy this past month at the Chamber! You may have heard that we sold our building. We are very excited to be moving down Main Street into a newly renovated Tina Tebbe space, but we are really thrilled to reduce the financial liability of building ownership. This means that we can focus our time, money and efforts solely on the business community. An added bonus to our sale is a new business being developed right on the square! January has been a rough month in the Highland community with respect to the flu bug. We all are pretty excited to see February. It’s becoming obvious that the days are growing longer, thank goodness, and spring is right around the corner! Speaking of spring, Nancie and Penny have been working hard on some upcoming spring projects. We are hosting a Community Expo in partnership with the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber. The event is being held

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on Thursday, April 12 from 5-8pm at Triad High School. The event will include a job fair, health fair, general community info, as well as many family friendly activities such as face painting, caricature artist, super heroes, games, food and you won’t want to miss out on the “Touch A Truck” event. Mark your calendar now. To kick off National Small Business Week, we are hosting our Annual Fundraiser and Awards on Saturday, April 28 at the Lindendale Ballroom. Time is becoming our most precious commodity these days. Our board felt by combining these two events that we could lessen the demand on our members time, we love to see your faces at these events and hope that you’ll be able to make this great event. While the details are still being ironed out, we are seeking nominations for the Chamber awards that will be given out. You can view the specific awards, requirements, and submit your nomination at awards. Giving out the awards to our talented and committed citizens is one of my favorite parts of the year. I know we have

so many great people to honor, think about who you might want to nominate for Chamber Person, Citizen, Business Person and the Lifetime Achievement award. The more detailed your nomination, the easier it is to determine the award winner. Along with the awards, we will be having our auction. The plan is to continue with the digital auction, we will be adding some volunteers to assist those who aren’t as digitally inclined. Please consider making a donation to our auction to support the Chamber. Our entertainment this year is the popular local band Blacktop Boulevard. This night will be something you won’t want to miss, so grab some friends and start making a plan to attend. Time is moving so quickly. January just blew by us and before we know it, Valentine’s Day will be here. This Valentine’s Day, besides honoring those you love, we’d love to hear why you love Highland. We have a beautiful community filled with all sorts of “wonderful” in the community organizations, in the businesses, in the events, and in you. Share with us why you #LoveHighland on our Facebook page.

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Alhambra News Fire Department Scholarship The Alhambra Volunteer Fire Department will be awarding their Annual Memorial Scholarship to a deserving High School Senior. One five hundred dollar scholarship is to be awarded. To qualify you must be a 2018 graduating senior. Applicants must reside within Alhambra Fire Protection District. Applications will be available at Highland High or School office; or may be picked up by calling John 618-488-7603 910-9215 or Mindrup at 618-409-3941. The Pioneer 882-4932 The deadline for returned applications is March 20, 2018. Alhambra Community Club The Alhambra Community Club welcomes new residents of Alhambra to attend the Monday, February 26 meeting at 5:30 at Maedge’s Restaurant . The evening begins with the Pledge to the flag followed by a prayer. Those that wish to eat, order and pay for their own meals. Following the meal, there will occasionally be a guest speaker or the business meeting with the secretary and treasurers report. The Community Club has helped the community in many ways this past year. They have donated money for people with devastating health issues, families that have lost their homes due to fire, helped with feeding the hungry , helped the school with items the teachers needed,gave out a $500 scholarship, helped with Christmas projects and Easter Egg hunts as well as helped residents at the nursing homes. They meet once a month on the 4th Monday of the month and the meetings are usually over by 8 p.m. Call Winnie Schoen 488-7169 or just come to to Maedge’s on Monday and enjoy the fellowship and the fun. Alhambra Primary Kindergarten Registration Parents /Guardians of any child that will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018 are asked to call the school office 618-488-2200 to pre-register for Kindergarten. You will be asked a few quick questions and later will receive paper work to fill out. Kindergarten visitation for this year is scheduled for May 4, 2018. Current Kindergarten students will have no school that day. This month’s Student of the Month Award goes to Ethan Henschen for setting an outstanding example for the other students by doing the right thing. Salem Church News Salem UCC volunteers help with the Highland Food Pantry once a month, usually during the week. The Pantry has need of volunteers on Saturday, February 17 from 8:45- 12 p.m. Contact Rick Porter 618-978-8765 if interested in helping. There are sausage links and back bones from the sausage supper for sale. Contact the church office, 488-3215 or Louie Knackstedt 488-7782 if interested. Madison County Home and Community Winter Warm Up Madison County Home and Community Education moved their Winter Warm Up to Sat. February 24 with registration check-in starting at 8:15 a.m. It will be held at Senior Services Plus located at 2603 N. Rodgers, Alton IL 62002. This is a good opportunity to do an interesting craft--making greeting cards, beginner crochet, special art classes, iris paper folding, jewelry making, or making a terrarium in a glass, and so forth with your a friend or family member. New classes added to the schedule are Acrylic Floral Painting on Canvas, Winter Scene on canvas and Introduction to Tole painting and Decorative Sign Painting. Registration of $10 (which includes lunch) to MCAHCE should be done by February 15 and sent to Claudia Harju, 729 Linden Place, Alton, IL 62002. Additional fees are listed per class for supplies. For Registration information including classes, times and fees contact Claudia at 618-433-1907. Warm up your weekend learning a new craft, meeting new people and enjoying a fun day of creativity! Anniversaries Happy anniversary to the following couples on February 10 John and Joni Sanders; February 13 Jack and Nancy Waggener. Birthdays Happy birthday everyone! February 6, Delmar Korsemeyer , Karen French, Casey Adolph, Karla Brockman and Clayton Mallard; Feb. 7, Rollie Mansholt, Clair Brendall, Sayde Hogg, Amy Knackstedt and Peggy Brueggemann and Caitlin Robinson; Feb. 8, Haley Quade and Betsy Hooks; Feb. 10, Patty Take, Patty Uhe, Jon Beshears, Marty Landmann, Gail Ohren , Amber Donohoo and Barbara Whitworth; Feb. 11, Linda Mriscin, Katie Emendez and Karol Galbiati; Feb. 12, Jeff Warnke, Dave Duffin, Matt Westfall, Mindy Mindrup, Nicholaus Dugan and Reagan Abert; Feb. 13, Kris Lynn and Andrew Bright.

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Remember bingo starts at 7 p.m. beginning February 7.

Highland Knights of Columbus Hold Weekly Bingo Games at KC Hall HIGHLAND-The Knights of Columbus held weekly bingo here Wednesday evening. The Team Captain was Paul Musenbrock and other workers Orville Landmann, Carl Neier, Carl Rutz, Bob Quade, Martin Klostermann, Vern Rakers, Ken Klaus, Jerry Klostermann, Derek Dreimeyer, Mel Walter and Wayne Henze. The set-up crew was: Carl Neier, Kim White, Martin Klostermann, Bob Lemp and Wayne Henze. The Callers were: Jerry Weber and Dave Gall. Derek Burns was the bartender. In the kitchen were: Kent Korte, Mike Carrol and Ed Geier. Next week’s jackpots are: Cover all in 57 Numbers, colorball jackpot $500 and starburst jackpot $1100. Thank you to everyone who support the Knights of Columbus Wednesday night bingo. All proceeds support KC Charities. Please help the Knights with the recycling of bingo papers (we now have a paper retriver on the lot for recycling paper). They collect aluminum cans which help fund the Tootsie Roll Drive. The KC’s have added a recycling center in the hall for plastic bottles and bags. Thank you to everyone who helps in the recycling effort. We also bale all cardboard. Enjoy great food from the kitchen which serves hamburgers, porkburgers, cheeseburgers, and hot dogs. They also have great tasting pop corn. The Ladies Auxiliary have home-made desserts at the bingo games. The back gate will be open for Wednesday night bingo for your convenience. The KC’s now have a face book page. Remember bingo starts at 7 p.m. beginning February 7. Lenten Fish Fries start February 14. There will be NO BINGO on Ash Wednesday.

St Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary Applications Scholarships Available Highland - Scholarship Applications and guidelines for the 2018-2019 year are now available at your High School Guidance office or St Joseph’s Hospital Gift Shop, 12866 Troxler Avenue here from Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Auxiliary will award two $1000 scholarships to high school seniors living within the Highland School District boundaries and accepted into a college medical program. The awarding of scholarships will be based on academic merit, acceptance letter into a medical program at an accredited institution and completion of guidelines. Application forms must be completed and returned by March 31, 2018 to the Hospital Gift Shop, or High School Guidance Department to be considered. Please direct any questions to the Scholarship Committee of St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary, St. Joseph’s Hospital 12866 Troxler Avenue, Highland Illinois 62249.

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Friends of Jennifer Wesselmann Sponsoring Benefit Bottoms Up Bash HIGHLAND - Friends are sponsoring“TheBottomsUpBash” for colorectal cancer awareness to benefit the Wesselmann family and The event will take place at the Highland Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday, March 3from 7-11 p.m. Jennifer Wesselmann was 42 when she passed away from colo-rectal cancer on December 27. Jennifer is an ambassador for FightColorectalCancer.Org as she was a tireless advocate of early detection and had a life’s mission to spread awareness. Jennifer was diagnosed early, over 10 years ago(which is rare because screening for colorectal cancer does not begin until the age of 50) and because of that early detection, she was allowed another decade with her adoring husband and 3 beautiful children. Jennifer was a nurse who was part of several local disaster response teams and had just spent 2 weeks this past fall in Texas helping with hurricane relief efforts. March is colorectal cancer awareness month, and is coming out with promotional material featuring Jennifer at the end of February. Organizers have been overwhelmed with the community’s generosity helping us build a silent auction full of amazing items. The goal is to educate the community about early detection just in time for colorectal cancer awareness month!

K e n t u c k y Headhunters Are Headlining Bond County Fourth Fest GREENVILLE - The Greenville square will be rocking with the unique sound of the Kentucky Headhunters, the music headliner for this year’s Bond County Fourth Fest. The event will be held on Saturday, June 30 and will include entertainment, food, and a fireworks spectacular. The Kentucky Headhunters got their start 50 years ago as Itchy Brother, described as “the only rock and roll band in Metcalfe County.” The band later evolved into The Kentucky Headhunters. Their break came when they were signed to Mercury Records in 1989 and soon after released their debut album, Pickin’ on Nashville, which sold more than two million copies. The Kentucky Headhunters are slated to take the Bradford National Bank Main Stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 30. Additional details on Bond County Fourth Fest will be announced in the future.

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See how artistic expression can fill your life with enjoyment and creativity

Art of Soul … Hands-on Artist Fun For All

HIGHLAND – The Highland Arts Council presents its fourth Art of Soul, a workshop of artistic fun for ages high school to 104. Whether you are an artist, enjoy playing with artistic supplies or are simply an art enthusiast, Art of Soul has something for you. Participants will meet on Thursdays beginning February 15 through March 15 from7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Social Hall of Evangelical United Church of Christ, 2520 Poplar Street, Highland, IL. Each workshop will offer instruction in a specific artistic medium. All materials will be provided for each class. You will go home with at least one project from each workshop. You’ll discover how to capture creative ideas step by step and build on those experiences. Session I: On Thursday, February 15 from 7 pm – 9 pm, Lynnette Schuepbach will show how to twist and turn simple wire into sculptures representing nature and human figures. Lynnette is an artist and president of Highland Arts Council. Session II: Christi Dea, a fabric and fiber artist living in Highland, helps you create animal shapes

using needle felting on Thursday, February 22 from 7 pm – 9 pm. Session III: Paint with acrylics with Christy MacMorran on Thursday, March 1 from 7 pm – 9 pm. Christy was an awardwinning artist at Art in the Park in 2017 and teaches classes in various mediums. Session IV: On Thursday, March 8 from 7 pm – 9 pm, Peg Bellm, a professional artist, will help you create jewelry with polymer clay in the colors of your choice. Peggy Bellm creates one of a kind items using polymer clay and is an award-winning artist at Art in the Park. Session V: Paulette Todd, artist and teacher, will teach you how to use calligraphy in an art project on Thursday, March 15 from 7 pm – 9 pm. Paulette regularly teaches classes in her business, Kids Art Club. The cost of the entire expansive five-week experience is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. All materials are included in this cost. If you’ve always wanted to experiment with artistic expression or learn to unblock your flow of creativity, Art of Soul is just what you

Veterans Assistance Available

HIGHLAND - Check out the veterans assistance commission which will help with veterans benefits. A veteran service officer will be at the American Legion Post 439 on Old Trenton Road on every fourth Thursday of the month. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 noon. It helps if you schedule an appointment by calling 618-296-4750.

Antique Collectors Group To Meet On February. 14 Litchfield- Members of the Mid-State Collectors Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Maverick Steaks & Spirits restaurant at Litchfield. Arrive early and eat dinner before the meeting. Members are encouraged to bring any tractor show dates and information to this meeting, for preparing the 2018 Antique Tractor Show schedule that will be mailed to all members. Following the meeting there will be an interesting program presented. The collectors club invites anyone interested in antique tractors or antique farm related items to attend. There are always interesting discussions about the tractors that collectors collect. All are welcome.

need. We promise a fun-filled experience. Register online at https:// art-of-soul/ , or by paper at or call 618-558-0054. About the Highland Arts Council The Highland Arts Council actively promotes the arts in the community of Highland through a variety of activities and projects. The Highland Arts Council provides a showcase for local artists and an educational opportunity for many members of the community to be exposed to the arts. The Highland Arts Council enriches people’s lives though the appreciation of the arts and providing educational opportunities involved with the arts. The Highland Arts Council is always looking for new and exciting ways to promote all areas of the arts as well as providing budding artists, both young and old, with new and creative ways to showcase their art.


The Pioneer/ submitted photo Finding the artist inside yourself is fun at the Art of Soul workshops.

Community invited to ‘Cram the Cars’ with Canned Goods for the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry HIGHLAND– In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois is teaming up with several community organizations to “Cram the Car” with non-perishable food items for the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry. Help with the 4th annual “Cram the Cars” and drop off your nonperishable food items at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland at the Main Lobby or Medical Office Building Lobby, or at any one of the below organizations: · Steve Schmitt Inc. GMC, Buick, and Chevrolet – 12631 IL-143, Highland, IL 62249 · Tri Ford Inc. – 12610 IL-143, Highland, IL 62249 · Faith Countryside Homes – 100 Faith Dr., Highland, IL 62249 ·Highland Health Care Center – 1450 26th St., Highland, IL 62249

·San Gabriel Memory Care – 2509 Frank Watson Pkwy, Highland, IL 62249 Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted the entire month of February. On March 1, HSHS Home Care and Hospice will CRAM the CARS with the donated items before delivering them to the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry. Some non-perishable items that the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry could use are: pancake mix and syrup, jelly, canned fruit, pasta sauce, cereal, granola, sugar free fruit, low salt vegetables, large boxes of oatmeal, as well as any other nonperishable items. Canned fruits and vegetables are a good source of important nutrients. Select canned fruit that

is packed in 100 percent juice or water and low-salt canned vegetables for a healthier lifestyle. For more information about the canned food drive, contact Andrew Wilmes, Outreach Representative, HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois, at (217) 9944124. To find out more about services offered by HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois, visit HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland and Center for Cardiac Rehab to Host Second Annual Heart Glo Bingo Event HIGHLAND – In celebration of Heart Month, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland and Center for Cardiac Rehab and Wellness will host their second annual Heart Glo Bingo event on February 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and Bingo will start at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Heart Glo Bingo event is sponsored by PrimeHealth sponsors Matt Armentrout, CFP® and Carl Dempsey, Financial Advisors, with Edward Jones and

First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust. Heart Glo Bingo is free to attend and participants must be 18 or older. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own heart-healthy snacks. There will also be a cash bar and prizes. Please RSVP to (618) 651-2720 as seating is limited. In addition to Heart Glo Bingo, St. Joseph’s Hospital has other community wellness events coming up: Lab Wellness Thursday • Wellness blood screening lab

tests available every Thursday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (No appointment necessary) Winter Nutrition Series • Every Tuesday from January 30 through February 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Room at St. Joseph’s Hospital Blood Drive • February 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Ungacta Conference Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital CPR/AED Training Class • February 12 at 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Room at St. Joseph’s

Hospital Look Good Feel Better • February 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Frisse Room at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Spring Health Fair • April 20 and 21 at Highland Hope Church.

Events require registration or RSVP; please see the full event list and information on registering at

Classes For more details about HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, visit HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.

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SWIC Fall 2017 Academic Honors Dean’s List

Dean’sListStudentsNamed For UA Fall 2017 Term

Alhambra Eli J Burns Jacob T Burns Lindsey Ann Crawford Sarah E Dickman Gary Ray Linafelter Cole Evan Meyer

Genealogical Society Meeting Set EDWARDSVILLE - The Madison County Genealogical Society meeting will be Thursday, February 8, at 7 p.m. in the Edwardsville Public Library Community Meeting Room, 112 S. Kansas Street. Lola DeGroff will give a presentation on World War I. She will discuss why the United States joined into the fight. Guests are always welcome.

Upcoming Highland Chamber Events Noted

February 2018 02/07/2018 BOB -Business Over Breakfast @Cricket Wireless 02/07/2018 Blood Drive 02/09/2018 Highland Jaycees Membership Night 02/09/2018- 02/10/2018 HMS Presents - Peter Pan Jr. 02/10/2018 Living Loud - E.L. Flanagan’s 02/11/2018 Old Swiss Sausage Supper 02/12/2018 CPR/AED Training Class 02/15/2018 BAH - E.L. Flanagan’s A r t o f S o u l 02/15/2018- 03/15/2018 0 2 / 1 6 / 2 0 1 8 Friday+Wine+Friends=FUN 02/17/2018 Highland Lion’s Trivia Night 02/17/2018 Family Game Ni ght 02/17/2018 Highland Jaycees Mardi Gras Mystery Bar Crawl 02/19/2018 Presidents’ Day NO SCHOOL 02/23/2018 Work as Worship Retreat.

White Tails Auction

The Pioneer/by Bill Napper Greg Zukan shows a beautiful crafted pistol with an American flag at the Shoal Creek (White Tails Banquet) auction held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Saturday evening. The event had asocial hour, a buffet and an auction for those attending the annual event which has been taking place for 14 years.

Silver Creek Chapter Daughters Of The American Revolution Holding Meeting In Latzer Library Auditorium HIGHLAND - The Silver Creek Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10 at in the auditorium of the Latzer Library. The program, “Pollinator Gardens” will be presented by Dr. Michele Schutzenhofer from McKendree University. At the chapter’s January meeting, attendees learned about different types of support dogs and the mission of Got Your Six Support Dogs from Kudos and Jerry and their trainers. More information on the Silver Creek Chapter and DAR, is available on the chapter website: or by calling 618 667 8660.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - A total of 12,594 students enrolled during the 2017 fall semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s). The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load. Those students include: Adam Kane of Alton Dean’s List Allison Blume of Edwardsville, President’s List Collin Garvey of Edwardsville, Dean’s List John Grieve of Edwardsville, Dean’s List Hannah Landers of Edwardsville, Dean’s List Kedric Norwood of Edwardsville, President’s List Lucas Scheibal of Edwardsville, Dean’s List Hannah Wickham of Edwardsville, Dean’s List Stephanie Gaytan of Glen Carbon, President’s List Hayden Hessler of Glen Carbon, Dean’s List Weston Hicks of Glen Carbon, Dean’s List Colton Noud of Glen Carbon, President’s List Mercedes Velez of Glen Carbon, Dean’s List Sarah Hasse of Godfrey, President’s List James Steinman of Godfrey, President’s List Joseph Steinman of Godfrey, President’s List Sofia Macias of Godfrey, President’s List Holly Zaring of Granite City, President’s List Alli Counton of Maryville, President’s List Jessica Baggett of Wood River, Dean’s List Emma Cooper of Collinsville, Dean’s List Hannah Wineinger of Troy, President’s List The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.

Edwardsville PD Holding Texas Hold Em Night Sue Ellen and Kudos (left) chapter president Cheryl White and Marcia and Jerry (right). Kudos is a service dog and Jerry is a support dog in training.

Troy Knights hosting Chicken Dinner, April 8

TROY - The Knights of Columbus will be having a Chicken Dinner on Sunday April 8. This event will be held at the KC Hall on Lebanon Road.


The Village of Marine is looking for a self-starting, hard-working individual to assist in daily operations. This position requires proficient backhoe operation plus general labor experience, and includes lifting, shoveling, grass cutting, and general maintenance operations. This is a year round part-time position. Send resume to: Village of Marine, 320 N. Vernon, P.O. Box 136, Marine, IL 62061-0136. Questions may be directed to Village Clerk at 618887-4531, John at 618-791-1742, or Terry at 618-887-4525.

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Marcia and Sue Ellen demonstrate commands used with Kudos and Jerry.

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EDWARDSVILLE - The Edwardsville Police Officer’s union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 244, is holding a charity Texas Hold Em poker night on February 24 at 7 p.m. at the Edwardsville K.C.Hall. This fundraiser will support their charitable events such as Christmas with a Cop, sponsoring youth sports teams, and other endeavors.

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St. Nicholas Trivia

VOD Awards

The Pioneer, submitted photo Awards were presented, Tuesday, Jan 30, to Highland High School students for the Voice Of Democracy program sponsored by Highland VFW Post 5694 and Auxiliary. Photographed are: Nancy Rieke Scholarship Chairperson, left, 1st place Heather Kim, 2nd place, Abigail Rogier, and 3rd place, Madison Clemons.

The Pioneer/by Bill Napper Folks gather at the 4th Annual St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Pocahontas, Saturday evening to play an evening of trivia. Folks brought their own snacks and refreshments and bid on items at the silent auction.

Legion Breakfast

The Pioneer/by Bill Napper On the first Sunday of each month, folks gather at the Lee Item American Legion Post #439, in Highland, for a traditional breakfast. The menu includes fresh scrambled eggs, biscuits, bulk pork sausage gravy, fruit, pancakes, sausage and drinks A donation of $7 is accepted.

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CM Girls Win 85-11 Over Waterloo CM Boys Win 60-58 in Overtime Over Jerseyville

She Scores

Eagle Hannah Schmidt scores for Civic Memorial and CM wins 85-11 over Waterloo.

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He Scores

The Pioneer by Linda Crain Caden Clark gets a fast break and scores for the Eagles.

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The Pioneer, by Linda Crain Civic Memorial celebrates with Jaquan Adams after he scores at the buzzer in overtime to win the game for the Eagles 60-58.

CM beats Waterloo

The Pioneer, by Linda Crain Civic Memorial Girls beat Waterloo, 85-11 and celebrate Senior Night with their five Seniors. Photographed are: Asst Coach Julianne Green, left, Seniors Monica Baker, Kaylee Eaton, Tori Pfeifer, Hannah Schmidt, Alaria Tyus, and Coach Jonathan Denney.


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Madison County Home and Community Education rescheduled the “Winter Warm Up” Sat., to Feb. 26 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. A series of classes will be offered allowing participants to learn new skills, explore creative opportunities. Classes in the past have included Irish paper folding, beaded necklaces, wooden trays, watercolor painting, essential oils, and cookie decorating. For a complete list of this years classes please email Emily at

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Highland-Pierron Fire Department Present Service Awards

HIGHLAND - Members and retirees of the Highland-Pierron Fire Department gathered for their annual Winter Party on Saturday, February 3 at the Highland Country Club. Five service awards were given this year, and all were in recognition of 10 years of service. The Winter Party Committee made selections for two awards, the annuals Gold Star award and an award for Outstanding Support.

The Gold Star Award was presented to Captain Phil Decker, for his consistent response to calls and participation in training, as well as his strong leadership. The award for Outstanding Support was presented to Brad Voss, for his efforts in helping the department with over a dozen trainings and public relation events over the past few years; his support is always whole and without hesitation. Highland-Pierron Fire Department meets each February to recognize the previous year with awards and remembrance.

Service Awards

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The service awards went to (from left to right) Zack Jenny, Eric Zobrist, Jason Bange, Joe Jackson, and (not pictured) John Clarkin.

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Bunko Blizzard Held To Support, Feed Hungry Children By Bill Napper HIGHLAND - It was a packed house with a record number of good-hearted supporters who turned out to support the Stewards of Hope International by attending the Bunko Blizzard held at Windows on Broadway, here Saturday evening. “This was our 10th annual Bunko Blizzard and it was once again a fun night for such a great cause. We have made a huge difference in the lives of the children we serve. Our mission continues to be to provide all that we can to the most vulnerable in

Thank You

Venezuela,” said spokesperson Michele Capelle, For only $25 per person, a huge impact was made for children living in Venezuela. There were attendance prizes, a silent auction and of course Bunko Boys to serve every guests’ need. The mission of Stewards of Hope International is simple, yet, very inspirational. Supporters here have been making an important difference in the lives of children who struggle every day to find food and shelter in Venezuela.

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Michele Capelle opens the evening by thanking everyone for attending and sharing how Stewards of Hope makes a huge difference in the lives of those who are helped by the organization.

Supporters have hosted yard sales, Bunko Blizzards, information booths at the Peanut Butter & Jam held on the Square and more, to bring about awareness and to fund the mission. Every day, most Americans have proper food, clothing, and shelter, but that is not the normal life for people living in Venezuela, especially children. Anyone wishing more information on the organization may check out the Facebook page at - Stewards of Hope International.


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This is a typical meal sent to a family in Venezuela.

Students of the Month Selected at Parkside Primary Center

Play Bunko!

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The Bunko Blizzard was well attended and held at Windows on Broadway in Highland.

January “Students of the Month” at Parkside Primary Center School

Second graders at Parkside Primary Center

Congratulation goes out to the following students, who have been selected as January “Students of the Month” at Parkside Primary Center. Students are selected for various reasons, such as: Academic achievement, effort, great behavior, a positive attitude, kind, caring behavior, etc. Mrs. Allison: Kaitlyn Haselhorst & James Sheppard Mrs. Bohnenstiehl: Eliza Schaffer, Wesley Colley, & Zoey Smoot Mrs. Courtoise: Reyna Garza & Teagan Short Mrs. Hovatter: Mason Shaw, Isabella Hardesty, & Payton McCann Mrs. Kriegel: Rileigh Henke, Josh Hicks, & Kaylee Stacy Mrs. Lugge: Emma Coffman & Josephine Brandt Mrs. Wiemers: Aiden Davis, Lily Romano, & Kaden Witsken Ms. Davis: Kaylee Schmidt & Alexis Shaw Mrs. Giacomini: Melody Landreth, Tristan Bassett, & Jayden Minner Mrs. Halley: Rilee Byrd, Grace Midgley, & Peyton Darr Mrs. Helling: Addie Jeffery, Logan Kearbey, & Liam Rorie Ms. Schaffner: Aubrey Cathey, Preston Furlow, & Sarah Rider Mrs. Shultz: Deacon Landers, Calista Webb, & Jaxson Cook Mrs. Wesley: Presley Brewer & Izzabelle Ackerman Ms. Griffith: Janay Fipps Ms. Gray: Skylar Livingston Ms. Payne: Ethan Dutton Mrs. Bohnenstiehl: Brody Johnson, Johnny Raines, & Billy Jean Greer Mrs. Woelfel, Music: Chloe Harper, Mrs. Helling’s 3rd Grade Alexis Wilhite, Ms. Davis 3rd Grade Mr. Raymond, Music: Emma Edwards, Mrs. Wiemers 2nd Grade Cole Wilson, Mrs. Lugge’s 2nd Grade Mr. Huhsman, PE: Grant McKey & Reagan Bloodworth, Mrs. Shultz’s 3rd Grade Mr. Page, PE: Brock Rust, Mrs. Allison’s 2nd Grade Emily Nance, Mrs. Hovatter’s 2nd Grade These students were honored with an afternoon snack with the principal on Friday, Feb. 2nd, compliments of the Parkside PTO.

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Page 12 Highland Marlene B. Twellman Marlene B. Twellman, age 80 of Highland, IL, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Highland Health C a r e Center in Highland, IL. She was born on Thursday, July 15, 1937, in North Saint Louis County, MO, the daughter of Elmer and Aldine (nee Niehaus) Mueller. On Saturday, June 08, 1963, she married James O. Twellman at Salem Lutheran Church - Black Jack, MO, who survives. She was a former member of Salem Lutheran Church in Black Jack, MO; volunteered at Christian Northeast Hospital, N. Co. St. Louis, MO. Marlene was born and grew up in Black Jack, MO. After she married, they lived at Black Jack and raised their children there. She baked many wedding cakes and tailored clothes for many dry cleaning companies. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and sewing. She and her husband moved to Highland 19 years ago last fall. She loved being with her family. Survivors include: Husband - James O. Twellman, Highland, IL Daughter - Sheri J. (Richard, Sr.) Heinold, Highland, IL Daughter - Debra K. (David) Wiecher, Defiance, MO Grandchild - Richard T. Heinold, Jr., Chalmette, LA Grandchild - Anna L. Heinold, Highland, IL Grandchild - Austin J. Wiecher, Defiance, MO Grandchild - Cassidy K. Wiecher, Defiance, MO Grandchild - Clayton W. Wiecher, Defiance, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents: Elmer and Aldine (nee Niehaus) Mueller. Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL. Private Services were Saturday, February 03, 2018, at SpengelBoulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL; Reverend Wynemah K, Hinlicky, officiating. Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association or HSHS Hospice.

Formerly of Highland Spring, TEXAS Yvonne K. Haisler Full Obituary: Yvonne K. Haisler, 50, of Spring, TX, formerly of Highland, IL died Thursday, February 1, 2018, in Tucson, AZ. Yvonne was born December 5, 1967, to Frederick J. “Fritz” and Sally M. (nee Schneider) Haisler, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, IL. She was a graduate of Highland High School and graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, MO in May 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Shortly after graduation, she relocated to the Houston area and for the last 20 years has worked with Exxon Mobil Chemical Company. Yvonne loved to travel, collect rocks and golf. She had season tickets to the Houston Astros and this past year, took her dad to 3 games during the World Series. Yvonne was a loving daughter and was dearly attached to her longtime little friend, Arnie, her black dachshund. She is survived by her parents, Frederick “Fritz” and Sally Haisler, Highland, IL; little friend, Arnie. No services are scheduled at this time. Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL. Highland Helen E. Haukap Helen E. (nee Huene) Haukap, 92, of Highland, IL, died Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Faith Care Center, Highland, IL. Helen was born on February 26, 1925, to Edward and Eugenia (nee Grawe) Huene, in Bartelso, IL. On June 9, 1953, she married Lee Haukap at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Bartelso, IL. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and a past officer of St. Anne’s Altar Society. Helen was a stay at home Mom who raised seven children. She volunteered at bingos, Kirchenfests, retirement homes, and the hospital’s prayer vigil. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed sewing and reading. She also loved dogs, enjoyed bowling,

The Pioneer playing cards, and dancing on Saturday nights. She also liked to watch local softball games. She is survived by her Children, Colette (Wayne) Schuetz, Staunton, IL, Randy (Peggy) Haukap, Alhambra, IL, Neil Haukap, Belleville, IL, Elene (Greg) Rankin, Mt Vernon, IL, Dean (Carla) Haukap, Dawson, IL, Dana (Ken) Barker, Highland, IL; Grandchildren, Jason (Lisa) Schuetz, Richelle (Chad) Ernst, Jared (Nicole) Haukap, Noah (Samantha) Haukap, Chris Haukap, Sara (Kirk) Simpson, Ashley (Kevin) Withrow, Cody (fiancé Katie Clark) Rankin, Patrick Haukap, Kyla Haukap, Morgan Barker, Brett Barker; Great Grandchildren, Denny Schuetz, Camie, Taylor, & Blake Ernst, Ty & Owen Simpson, Roman, Emerey & Delia Withrow, Olivia Haukap, Steiger Rankin, Rylan Pierce; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Edward and Eugenia Huene; Husband, Leroy “Lee” Haukap, Son, Brian Haukap; Brothers, Julius Huene, Al Huene, Leo Huene, Dick Huene, Vince Huene; Sister, Eleanor Jantzen. Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice. Visitation: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 8:00 to 9:30 am, at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL. Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10:00 am, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL. Clergy: Rev. Fr. Pat Jakel, Pastor Interment: St. Joseph Cemetery, Highland, IL. Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

February 6, 2018 the Army, in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 543 out of Patoka, IL. Thomas enjoyed camping, traveling and smoking cigars. He loved to spend time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Thomas is survived by a son, Mike (Katie) Young of Godfrey; a stepson, Dan (Cherri) Pilkington of Brighton; 3 grandchildren, Carson Young, Madelyn (Andrew) Hoxsie and Skylar Carroll; a great grandchild, Payson; brother-inlaw and sister-in-law, Carl (Carol) Griffin of Carlyle. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Francis Ballard. Thomas will be cremated according to his wishes. Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto are in charge of arrangements. An online condolence and guest book may be found at www.

as a dedicated participant in their annual pancake breakfast. He was also involved in attracting other businesses to the area including Eastgate Movie Theater, Ponderosa Restaurant in addition to bringing one of the first skilled nursing facilities (VIP Manor Nursing Home) to the Wood River area as builder/owner. In addition to his business acumen, Pat was a fun-loving Irishman who never passed up an opportunity to travel and enjoy life. He loved boating and water skiing as well as patiently teaching others to water ski spending Sundays on the river or at the Lake of the Ozarks. His love of golf manifested itself with the purchase of Rolling Hills Golf Course in 1976. Pat spent his retirement years actively involved in the operation of Rolling Hills taking it from a simple nine-hole course to an 18-hole course with a new clubhouse and eventually adding a nine-hole executive course. Intertwined with all of these work St. Louis and pleasure activities, Pat was Roger D. Keyes Roger D. Keyes, of St. Louis, a grateful man very committed Missouri, passed away on to his Catholic faith attending Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Holy Mass almost every day of Christian Northeast Hospital, in his adult life. In addition to his wife, Pat St. Louis, Missouri. A celebration of life will be held is survived by five children and their spouses, Mary Ellen and Pat at a later date in Arizona. Memorials may be made to the Richards, Tom and Janet Kane, John and Joan Kane, Beth and American Cancer Society. An online condolence and Rob Holtz, and Chris and Nici guest book may be found at www. Kane. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Amy Fahnenstock, Patrick Kane, David Kane, Matt Godfrey Richards, Mary Mauro, Joe Kane, Patrick Kane T. Patrick Kane of Godfrey, Jack Kane, Kate Holtz, Danny passed away on January 24, 2018 Holtz, Michael Holtz, Ellie Kane, Annie Kate Kane, and Chloe Kane, surrounded by his family He was the loving husband of 14 great grandchildren, and his Dorothy E. (Begnel) Kane whom brother and sister-in-law, Mike & Joyce Kane as well as numerous he married on August 11, 1951. Born in Wood River, he was nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial was the oldest son of George and Salome (Miller) Kane. After held at 10 am Saturday January Bethalto Box 144graduating - Highland, IL. 62249 from Marquette High 27, 2018 at St. Ambrose Catholic ThomasP.O. E. Young Fr. Steve Thomas E. Young, 75, of School, he attended Shurtleff Church in Godfrey withFreedom Rings (618) 882-4932 Janoski and Fr. Peter Donohoe, With A Free Press Godfrey, passed away on Friday, College and was drafted into the U.S. Army serving in the Korean con-celebrants. February 2, Burial followed at St. Patrick’s War. After returning from South 2018, at his Korea in 1953, he married Dorothy Cemetery in Godfrey. residence. A celebration of his life and joined his father at Kane Thomas following the interment will be Plumbing and assumed ownership was born on at Rolling Hills Golf Course from of the business after the death February 1 – 6 pm. of his father in 1956. Using his 24, 1942, in In lieu of flowers, contributions entrepreneurial skills, he oversaw Winchester, may be made to Marquette IL, the son of Elwood and Helen the growth and expansion of his (Renner) Young. He married business as well as the community. Catholic High School or St. Judy A. (Griffin) Pilkington on As an active member of the local Ambrose Catholic Church. Condolences may be September 7, 1992 in Godfrey, Wood River business community. f o u nd online at www. Pat was involved in the Lion’s IL. She survives. Thomas retired from Olin Brass Club serving as its President and

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February 6, 2018 Lebanon Charlene Rutherford Charlene (nee Missey) Rutherford, 87, of Lebanon, IL, died Friday, February 2, 2018, at Cedar Ridge Healthcare, Lebanon, IL. Charlene was born October 27, 1930, to Wilburn and Bessie Helen (nee Sonsoucie) Missey in Blackwell, Missouri. On July 26, 1951, she married Charles Rutherford at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Lebanon, IL. She was a member at St. Paul United Church of Christ and the Lebanon Firemen’s Auxiliary. Charlene was a devout church attendee, a very good cook, a little stubborn, and liked playing cards. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She took care of everyone, managed the house, and made sure her children had everything they needed. She is survived by her Son, Charles (Laura) Rutherford, Jr., Maryville, IL; Daughter, Beverly (special friend Robert Harris) Griesbaum, Lebanon, IL; Grandchildren, Michael (Terri) Monken, Sara Gray, Rachel Gray, Steven Rutherford, Samantha Rutherford, Rebecca (special friend Cody) Griesbaum; Brother, Michael (Leslie) Missey, Belleville, IL; Sisters, Linda Wanger, Shiloh, IL and Janet (Clarence) Malone, Huber Heights, OH. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Wilburn and Bessie Helen Missey; Husband, Charles Eugene “Fritz” Rutherford, Sr.; Daughter, Wanda Little; Son, Steven Wayne Rutherford (infancy); Sons-in-Law, David Little, Ronald Griesbaum; Sisters, Eula VanDiesen, Virginia Hock, Patricia Missey; Brothers, Lenord Missey, Hubert Missey, Earl Missey, Glen Missey, Patrick Missey. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, Lebanon, IL. Visitation: Monday, February 5, 2018, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and Tuesday, February 6, 2018, from 8:00 to 10:00 am, at Meridith Funeral Home, Lebanon, IL. Funeral Service: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 10:00 am, at Meridith Funeral Home, Lebanon, IL. Clergy: Rev. Dr. Don Wagner, Pastor, St. Paul United Church of Christ, Lebanon, IL. Interment: College Hill Cemetery, Lebanon, IL. Meridith Funeral Home, Lebanon, IL. Alton Thomas Henry Wuellner, Sr Thomas Henry Wuellner, Sr., 84, of Alton passed away at 4:40 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2018 at Missouri B a p t i s t Hospital in St. Louis, surrounded by his family. He was born in Alton on

October 12, 1933, the son of the late Andrew J. and Emma (nee: Lieb) Wuellner. On November 29, 1958 he married his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Jane Pranger at St. John’s Catholic Church in Carrollton. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. Prior to retirement he was President of J.J. Wuellner and Son Construction Company. He proudly served in the United States Army as a member of the occupational force of Germany following World War II. He was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Alton Council #460, Lockhaven Country Club, AltonWood River Sportsmen’s Club, and a former board member of St. Anthony’s Health Center and Southern Illinois Builders Association. He attended Bradley University and later Washington University. He was a dedicated local businessman who was proud of the many local buildings constructed by his family’s business, including Alton City Hall, Peavy Mill, Shell Oil, St. Anthony’s Health Center and many other historical buildings in the Riverbend. Survivors include his wife Jane, four children; Victor Eugene (Dorothy, nee: Popmarkoff) of Godfrey, Karl Lawrence Wuellner of Alton, Sarah Wuellner (Dr. Bradley) Campbell of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Thomas Henry (Lori, nee: Moxey) Wuellner, Jr. of Bethalto, a sister; Lois Wuellner of Alton, six grandchildren; Dean William Wuellner, Thomas Joseph Wuellner, Megan Jane Wuellner, Malory Jean Wuellner, Lydia G. Campbell, and Christian B. Campbell, and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers; Eugene Victor Wuellner, Frederick A. Wuellner, and Donald T. Wuellner. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Elias-Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton with Father John Wykes, O.M.V. as the Celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Alton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Challenge Unlimited or to OSF St. Anthony’s HealthCare Foundation. An online tribute and guestbook may be found at www.

The Pioneer Rosewood Heights Roberta L. Graham Roberta L. Graham, 96, passed away at 5:19pm on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Integrity of Wood River. She was born on February 4, 1922, in DeSoto, Missouri, the daughter of the late Bert and Nellie (Christi) Steffen. She married Fred Graham on November 9, 1941, in Wood River, and he preceded her in death in November of 1995. Survivors include one daughter: Joyce Ann Fehr of Wood River, a granddaughter and her husband: Jackie and Mark Smith of Wood River, two great grandchildren: Jacob Smith and Kaleb Smith, one sister and brother in law: Virginia and Bob Dake of Wood River, two brothers and a sister in law: Wally Steffen of Wood River, Warren and Connie Steffen of Rosewood Heights, many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends. Roberta was formerly employed at Roxana High School in the cafeteria. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her son in law: James “Jim” Fehr, two sisters: Bernice Fraser, Venida Shaw, four brothers: Howard Steffen, Eugene Steffen, Gerald Steffen, and Eddie Steffen. In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 9am until time of funeral services at 11am on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Rev. Frank Sparks will officiate. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online guestbook available at Formerly of Highland and Alhambra Lucille M. Korsmeyer Lucille M. Korsmeyer, 90, of Silvis, Illinois, formerly of Highland and Alhambra, Illinois, died Sunday, February 4, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10:00 am until 10:45 am at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra, IL. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Salem Cemetery in Alhambra, IL. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois, or the James S. McDonnell USO in St. Louis, Missouri. Lucille Mae Conrad was born May 16, 1927, on the family farm in rural Alhambra. She married Lester H. Korsmeyer on May 14, 1949, in Alhambra. He died June 24, 2008. Lucille

was a graduate of Edwardsville High School and she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Greenville College. Her career was spent teaching for 20 years in the Highland Community Schools, retiring in 1983. Lucille and her husband were active members of Salem UCC in Alhambra, and then Evangelical UCC in Highland. She moved to the Quad Cities in 2009, and became a member of First Congregational Church. She was a strong supporter of veterans, and was very proud of her husband’s service in the U.S. Air Force. She was a member of the VFW and the American Legion Auxiliaries in Highland and Alhambra. She also was a 60-plus year member of the Alhambra Morning Glories 4-H Club in Madison County, earning the 4-H Hall of Fame Award in 2005. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting, gardening, and baking cookies. Above all else, family was the most important thing to Lucille. Her pride and joy were her greatgrandsons, whom she called “the boys.” Lucille is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Lanier Korsmeyer and Janet Blair of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; a daughter and son-in-law, Leanne and Steven Satterthwaite of Coal Valley, Illinois; grandchildren, Randall and Mary Satterthwaite of Denver, Iowa, Kristen and Jon Canfield of Roscoe, Illinois, and Michael and Tara Korsmeyer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and “the boys”, Nick and Zack Satterthwaite, and Graham, Jason and Levi Canfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester; and siblings, John Conrad, Jr. and Melvin Conrad, Fern Suhre Schroeder, and Aletha Uhe. Alton Joyce Marie Schallenberg Joyce Marie (Cherry) Schallenberg, 67, passed away at 8:59 p.m. on February 4, 2018 at OSF St. Anthony’s Healthcare in

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Alton, Illinois. She was born March 14, 1950 in Camden TN. She married George Schallenberg on June 7, 2013 in Edwardsville, IL, and he survives. George was the love of her life and Joyce only regretted that it took her 62 years to find him. Joyce worked in healthcare for many years; most of those years with BJC Home Care and at Alton Memorial Hospital. She loved being with and working with people. But she dearly loved her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and mother: James Cherry and Florence (Terry) Cherry, by her stepmother Lola Cherry; by 2 brothers Robert Michael Cherry and Jerry Wayne Cherry; and by a stepson Kenneth Schallenberg. Surviving are a daughter Tonya (Marvin) Cox of Bethalto, IL, granddaughters Bailey and Shelby Hellemeyer of Rosewood Heights, and grandson Dakota Cox of Bethalto. Other step children surviving are Brenda Sachs of West Alton, MO., Todd Schallenberg of Alton, Erika (Ryan) Shipp of New Hampshire, Hannah Schallenberg of Alton. Grandchildren: Michelle (Alex) Sansevere of West Alton, MO., Danielle Sachs of West Alton, Mo., Tyler Schallenberg of St. Charles , MO., Jessica Schallenberg of West Alton, MO., Christian Schallenberg of West Alton, MO., Brayden Schallenberg of Alton, and Elijah, Hadley, and Olivia Shipp of New Hampshire; Joyce is also survived by a brother Danny (Starlla) Cherry of Brighton, IL. There are also many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Visitation will held Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. at Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton. Pastor Tim Gill will be officiating. Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements. Online Condolences may be made at www.

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The Highland Knights of Columbus, Council #1580, held its annual Spelling bee, Sunday afternoon with participating students from St. Paul Catholic School, Highland Public School and St. Rose School. Leon Luber Chairman of the event, left, takes a moment with Grand Knight Jerry Klostermann, far right, with the winners who proudly display their trophies. They are: First Place winner Grace Hanvey, who attends Highland Public School, Second Place winner Elena Schrof, who attends St. Paul School, Landon Yates, Third Place winner who attends St. Paul School. The winners will go on to compete in district competition. If by chance any of the winers can not go on to district competition, the Fourth Place winner, Kayla Hickey, who attends St. Paul School will

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The 5th grade girls Highland Jr. Bulldog team took 1st place in the Okawville Boosters HOOPFEST tournament the weekend of February 2. The team went undefeated winning three games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. Front Row, L to R: Madison Emig, Josie Wojcikiewicz, Hailey Ritz Back Row, L to R: Rhyan Lappe, Sydney Fresh Coziar, Paige Kleiboeker, Sophia Fleming Coaches: John Coziar and Josh Kleiboeker Not pictured: Claire Rittenhouse. Lb.

HIGHLAND - Thirty one students from four area schools in grades five through eight competed in the 36th Annual Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee held at the Highland Knights of Columbus hall on Sunday afternoon, February 4. The First Place winner was Grace Hanvey, daughter of Clay and Gena Hanvey and a seventh grader at Highland Middle School.


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