Weekly-Press Newspaper January 26, 2022 Edition

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Perry County’s News Source. Locally Owned. Locally Staffed. The Weekly-Press is the successor newspaper of the Du Quoin Weekly and Pinckneyville Press.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Volume 13 Number 04

Pinckneyville Man Arrested on Suspicion of DUI After Wreck

A Pontiac Vibe believed to belong to Jeffrey A. Smyth, of Pinckneyville, is pictured in the SI Towing yard from the viewpoint of the sidewalk outside the business.

Jeffrey A. Smyth

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press PINCKNEYVILLE – A 62-year-old Pinckneyville man was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to a news release from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Jeffrey A. Smyth was driving a Pontiac Vibe westbound on State Route 154 near Burning Star

2 Road when police say he rear-ended 17-year-old Josey Holder of Sesser as Holder slowed for traffic in front of her. The news release states Smyth was arrested for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and DUI. He was booked in the Perry County Jail and released after posting bond that same night. According to a copy of the police report acquired by the Weekly-Press, Smyth either refused to submit or failed to complete the DUI testing, resulting in his driving privileges being suspended for a minimum of 12 months. “Odor of alcohol coming from breath, involved in 10-50, admitted to drinking,” Deputy Sgt. Scott Kellerman notes. Smyth also “refused to

Happenings Inside This Issue

Mann’s Sporting Goods Owner Dies

Ambulances and police cars are parked outside Mann’s Sporting Goods on Sunday. A Pinckneyville man died via a self-inflicted gunshot wound in an apartment within the business.

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press PINCKNEYVILLE – One of the owners of Mann’s Sporting Goods in Pinck-

neyville has died. Pinckneyville Police Chief Kenny Kelley told the Weekly-Press on Monday that police responded to a

10:56 a.m. ambulance call on Sunday to the business at 515 West Water Street on the report of a gunshot victim. Kelley identified the de-

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press You hope to never have to use it, but it’s there if you need it. Backstoppers - an organization that steps in after a catastrophic injury or a lineof-duty death to a frontline first responder and provides ongoing financial assistance

and support to the spouses and dependent children of all police officers, firefighters (including volunteers), publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs - has accepted Perry County into its coverage area. The coverage includes all first responder agencies in the Continued on Page 3

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press PINCKNEYVILLE – Eric T. Vuichard’s domestic battery case will continue on toward trial, after the 33-year-old Pinckneyville resident waived his right to a preliminary hearing during a probable cause conference on January 18 at the Perry County Courthouse. Vuichard has been charged with two counts

of intimidation with threat to perform physical harm (a Class 3 felony) and two counts of domestic battery (an enhanced Class 4 felony due to a previous conviction). He is accused of causing bodily harm to a female family member and threatening the same woman with additional physical harm. The offenses are alleged to have occurred “on Continued on Page 3

ceased as 62-year-old Danny Ashby, who had co-owned and operated the business for the past four years. Ashby Continued on Page 3

Firefighters Get Quick Knock on House Fire

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Du Quoin firefighters investigate the scene of a reported house fire at the corner of Wells and Main streets in Du Quoin on January 20. Photo by Brody McCauley.

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press DU QUOIN – Du Quoin firefighters were able to get a quick knock on a reported house fire at the corner of

Main and Wells streets in Du Quoin on January 20. According to Du Quoin Fire Department Capt. Will Riggio, firefighters were dispatched at 4 p.m. and arrived on scene a little less than four

minutes later. “Smoke was visible and there was a little bit of flames on the exterior of the structure next to an entry door,” Riggio said. Per the DQFD, the house

is being rented by Marcus Marshall and Riggio said a passerby noticed the fire and called it in. “Moderate smoke was blowing across the road and I thought we had something more serious than it actually ended up being,” Riggio said. Riggio said the Dowell Fire Department was dispatched after the DQFD arrived on scene. “We requested Dowell when we first arrived and we got a good knock on (the fire) and when we saw it wasn’t as serious as it could have been, we downgraded them to stand by at our station,” Riggio said. Riggio said the damage was limited to the exterior wall, with little intrusion into the inside of the house. “We did do a little bit of ventilation,” Riggio said. Firefighters cleared the scene at 4:45 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but believed to be accidental in nature.

Perry County Board Approves Vuichard Waives Preliminary Hearing Kimmel Road Solar Farm

Fitness Evaluation Ordered for Melvin

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press PINCKNEYVILLE – Anthony L. Melvin’s trial is off for now, after his attorney, Ben Grohmann, successfully argued last Friday for a mental fitness evaluation for his client. Melvin was scheduled to go to trial this week on one count of criminal trespass to a residence with a resident present, a Class 4 felony.

The charge is in alleged connection to the October 23-24, 2019 manhunt through parts of Perry, Washington and Franklin counties. Melvin is accused of attempting to seek refuge at the East Tamaroa Road residence of then 86-year-old Rose Malonowski as law enforcement were closing in. Malonowski was not harmed and Melvin was Continued on Page 3

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Jon Carson, managing partner for Trajectory Energy, explains the Kimmel Road solar farm to the county commissioners during their January 20 meeting.

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press PINCKNEYVILLE – Perry County has its next large-scale solar farm, even

as the overall benefit to the county will be marginal at best when compared to the total revenue of the 35-year project. During its January 20

meeting, the Perry County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a special use permit for Kimmel Road Solar, LLC for a 50-megawatt solar farm off

Kimmel Road northeast of Du Quoin that will connect to the Ameren substation at the intersection of Kimmel and Willow roads. Trajectory Energy Partners, in partnership with Azimuth Renewables, is developing the project. “Because this land is fairly flat, these (solar panels) will be single axis trackers,” said Jon Carson, managing partner for Trajectory Energy. “Those are 100-yard long rows with 100 panels on them that face east in the morning, turn slowly during the day and face west during the afternoon. “When you have ground that can accommodate that type of solar project, it produces 25 percent more electricity than a panel that was fixed.” Carson said the electricity would be sold at the wholesale level, which is between two and three cents per megawatt (1,000 kilowatts) hour. “At the beginning of the pandemic, it actually dipped below two (cents), but it’s been hovering in that two-

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Perry County Humane Society Pet of the Week

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Pinckneyville Man Cited After SingleVehicle Crash Near Dollar General


Meet Zeus! This handsome boy was relinquished to animal control by his owners, who weren’t able to continue to financially provide to him. He came to PCHS underweight, but otherwise healthy. He is a well-mannered boy and quite stoic. Zeus is a good boy who needs someone who can promise to love and cherish him forever. He definitely deserves it! He promises to love you back! Come meet Zeus! You will be taken aback by how calm and collective he is, even when surrounded by other dogs who are barking and excited! Adoption fee is $175, and all pets will be spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on shots. https://www.shelterluv.com/embed/animal/PCIL-A-147 Please know that if you come to meet any of the dogs at our facility, they may be excited to see you and extra active. Many times, this is not a true picture of how they may act in a warm, safe home setting. We, as volunteers, often take our shelter dogs on home visits and they become calm and act like completely different animals. This pertains to bathroom habits and demeanor. Please realize that they need a chance to shine out of the shelter setting! Please call us at 618-542-DOGS(3647) or if you have any specific questions about me, please email the shelter volunteer at pchsinfo@yahoo.com or go to www.perrycountyhumanesocietyil.com to apply.

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A paramedic works the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Monday along State Route 154 next to the new Dollar General in Pinckneyville.

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press PINCKNEYVILLE – A 38-year-old Pinckneyville man was cited following a single-vehicle crash on Monday afternoon near the new Dollar General. According to Pinckneyville Police Chief Kenny

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chain-link fence and coming to a stop. “He was attempting to turn into Dollar General and missed,” Kelley said. Kelley told the WeeklyPress that at this time, police don’t think any inebriating or illicit substances were involved.

Smith was cited for improper left turn and no valid insurance. He was medically transported via ambulance to Pinckneyville Community Hospital for treatment of injuries. The crash was reported at 12:51 p.m.

Court Report_______________________ Traffic Travis D. Bryant, Addieville was ticketed on January 14, for driving 15-20 mph above the speed limit and transportation of alcohol by driver.

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Kelley, Dustin L. Smith was driving a 1988 Toyota pickup westbound on Kennedy Drive/State Route 154, when police believe he crossed over into the eastbound lane and then drove up the embankment along the side of the road before crashing through a

Staci B. Labranche, Murphysboro was ticketed on January 16, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and transportation of alcohol by driver.

neyville was ticketed on January 14, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

was ticketed on January 12, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

K-Sha L. Morgan, Du Quoin was ticketed on January 16, for transportation of alcohol by passenger.

Kelly E. Willis, Belleville was ticketed on January 14, for expired registration.

Christina N. Murphy, Pinckneyville was ticketed on January 14, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Eldon D. Benz, Carbondale was ticketed on January 13, for failure to reduce speed.

Brandon Jerrell Nunley, St. Louis, MO. was ticketed on January 14, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Paul W. Ellet, Dowell was ticketed on January 13, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Zachary Smith, Tamaroa was ticketed on January 14, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Angela L. Lalicker, Pinck-

Glen E. Tiberend, Marion

Jason E. Wininger, Pinckneyville was ticketed on January 6, for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Leah B. Winkleman, Woodlawn was ticketed on January 14, for driving 15-20 mph above the speed limit. DUIs Travis D. Bryant, Addieville was ticketed on January 14, for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Criminal Misdemeanors Beth M. Smith, Du Quoin was charged on January 15, for criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bradley K. Hill, Pinckneyville was charged on January 18, for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Criminal Felonies Richard E. Taylor, Pinckneyville was charged on January 20, for aggravated battery victim 60 plus and domestic battery bodily harm.

Police Blotter_______________________ On January 6 at 4:36 p.m. Male Juvenile, 16 of Du Quoin driving a Dodge Dakota was traveling on Kimmel Road at Willow Road when struck the rear of a Male Juvenile, 16 of Du Quoin driving a Chevrolet Cruze due to weather/road conditions.


County Jail.

On January 11 at 4:40 p.m. Gabriel A. Rimnac, 19 of Du Quoin was incarcerated on a warrant for criminal sexual abuse x2 with bond set at $20,000 with 10% applies.

On January 14 at 9:42 a.m. Kaleb B. Etherton, 34 of Du Quoin was incarcerated on a Perry County warrant for failure to appear for driving under influence with bond set at $10,000 with 10% applies.

Luis J. Wolters, 33 of Murphysboro was charged in Willisville with speeding (37 mph in a 25 mph zone), failure to signal turn, driving while license revoked, driving under influence and illegal transportation of alcohol, was taken to Perry

Beth M. Smith, 43 of Johnson City was incarcerated for criminal damage to property and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia on January 15 at 11:05 a.m.

On January 17 at 6:45 p.m. Jared M. Cook, 24 of Du Quoin was incarcerated on a Perry County warrant for failure to appear for retail theft. On January 18 at 6:25 p.m. Bradley K. Hill, 32 of Tamaroa was incarcerated for lawful possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended, operating uninsured motor vehicle and a Perry County warrant for driving while license suspended.

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On January 9 at 8:03 p.m. Kevin S. Middendorf, 58 of Jerseyville was arrested for retail theft (enhanced) and was incarcerated on a Perry County warrant for failure to appear for retail theft

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Mann’s Continued from Page 1________________ Backstoppers Continued from Page 1___________ also resided there in an apartment within the building. Kelley was asked if there was any indication of foul play. “Not at this time, no,” he

said. Kelley said Perry County Coroner Paul Searby was contacted, but at this time there is no indication that a further investigation is needed.

No other persons were injured. Visitation for Ashby was scheduled for today (Wednesday) at Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville, with funeral services on Thursday.

or about” November 30 to December 1, 2021. Vuichard’s bail was originally set at $50,000 (with 10 percent cash rule applied), but Judge James Campanella agreed to reduce the bond amount to $3,500 after the cash rule was applied. Vuichard’s attorney, Jaye Lindsay, entered a not guilty plea to all four counts on behalf of his client and waived a formal arraignment. Lindsay - who was attending the hearing via phone due to COVID-19 exposure - told Campanella that he had spoken with the Perry County State’s Attorney’s Office and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) caseworker Madlynn Walker about waiving the preliminary hearing. Lindsay also stated he had spoken to the parties about lifting the no-contact order in exchange for Vuichard

participating in services with DCFS such as mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment and anger management counseling. “We’re okay with him going back home,” Walker told Campanella. Campanella initially expressed surprise at the parties agreeing to allow Vuichard to return home where the alleged victim resides. “I don’t like this,” the judge said to Vuichard. “If I were you, I’d stay away.” “I plan to tread water as lightly as possible,” Vuichard replied. Walker told the judge she had not yet spoken with the alleged victim about lifting the no-contact order, but Assistant State’s Attorney Marty Beltz (who is prosecuting the case) said the alleged victim had called his office and asked that it be lifted. “I’m not sure how he got

arrested,” Campanella said. “I’ve never known you to be the way you are alleged to have acted.” As far as a potential trial date, the parties first looked at the March jury docket that begins March 14 and lasts for two weeks, with pretrial hearings scheduled for February 22-24. “We need a May date because March 30 I begin a three-week trial in Chicago,” Lindsay said. The May jury docket begins May 16 and also lasts for two weeks. The parties agreed to a May 2 pretrial hearing at 10 a.m. “Right now, it seems like everybody’s happy with Eric Vuichard and that wasn’t the way it was when we started,” Campanella said. “Hopefully, you’ll get another lease on life because right now, your life sucks.”

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taken into custody without incident. During a case management conference last week at the Perry County Courthouse, Grohmann stated that a January 14 meeting with himself, Melvin and Melvin’s mother, father and brother at the courthouse didn’t go well. “He made certain statements and exhibited certain behavior that made me concerned if he really knew what’s going on in the trial process,” Grohmann said. Grohmann said Melvin has, on several occasions, made statements wanting a “global” plea deal that would involve all three counties. Melvin has been charged in Washington County with burglary (a Class 2 felony), theft between $500 and $10,000 (a Class 3 felony) and criminal damage to property between $500 and $10,000 (a Class 4 felony). Prosecutors have claimed these incidents occurred during Melvin’s alleged flight from police. Melvin was scheduled for a January 25 status hearing in Washington County, with an April 25 trial there. Adding on to the pile is the possibility the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office could file to revoke Melvin’s probation, something it still hasn’t decided whether or not to do. Melvin was sentenced to 30 months of probation in Franklin County in March 2020 after pleading guilty to aggravated battery of a police officer (a Class 2 felony), the incident which allegedly kickstarted the two-day manhunt. Grohmann told Judge James Campanella that during a recent meeting in Washington County, Melvin refused to speak to him and Grohmann couldn’t get an explanation as to why. During a status hearing on

January 4 in Perry County, Grohmann presented Melvin with an informal, handwritten offer from Assistant State’s Attorney David Stanton, who is prosecuting the case. “He refused to discuss all that with me in detail and asked for a more formal version,” Grohmann said. Melvin’s preference on a plea deal apparently changed during the January 14 meeting. “For the first time, he changed his mind on a plea deal and wanted to go to trial on all counts,” Grohmann said. Grohmann also informed the judge that Melvin made statements about being secretly charged with a Class X felony for attempted murder, which is not true. According to Grohmann, this stems from Melvin sharing the courtroom on January 4 with one of the attorney’s other clients in Daniel P. Mueller. Mueller has been charged with three counts of firstdegree murder in alleged connection to the death of his Pinckneyville Correctional Center cellmate, Earl Little, on July 6, 2018. Courtroom testimony has not established a connection, if it exists, between Mueller and Melvin. “I didn’t know why (Melvin) thought that would be true,” Grohmann said. Also during the January 14 meeting, Melvin’s brother brought his older sibling a cheeseburger. “He threw it across the table and refused to eat it,” Grohmann said. Grohmann said Melvin indicated he would face retribution from the Perry County Jail staff for eating it. The attorney also brought up Melvin’s previous slander complaints against correctional staff. During an August hearing at the courthouse,

Melvin accused the two Perry County Sheriff’s Office correctional officers escorting him of calling him a “baby raper” behind his back. “And you can put that in the paper,” he told a WeeklyPress reporter at the time. To date, there have been no allegations filed, nor insinuations made in courtroom testimony of Melvin being a rapist. The correctional officers denied Melvin’s claims to Campanella, who threatened to have Melvin returned to the jail if he didn’t control his behavior. The tension decreased after that and the hearing took place as normal. Campanella turned to Stanton and asked if he had any objection to a fitness hearing. “The People are in agreement, your honor,” Stanton replied. Campanella announced that Carbondale-based clinical psychiatrist Dr. James Peterson - the court-appointed physician for fitness hearings - would conduct the examination. “Very reluctantly and sadly, I’m going to grant the motion for a fitness exam,” Campanella said. Campanella then asked Melvin if he understood any of what had been discussed and Melvin said he didn’t. The judge then advised Melvin that Peterson would be contacting him in the future and asked that he cooperate. “I’ll do my best,” Melvin replied. A fitness hearing was set for February 23 at 9 a.m., but could be moved up if Peterson completes his examination sooner. As of now, Melvin has been placed on the March jury docket that starts March 14. “He’s still, to me, unfit,” Campanella said.

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Retired St. Louis County firefighter Dave Houston speaks to the Du Quoin City Council during its November 22, 2021 meeting about Backstoppers. The organization recently decided to accept Perry County into its coverage area.

county. “I’m greatly pleased and have been a supporter of them for a long time and was aware of them as an organization as a police officer in Missouri,” said Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis. “My prayer and hope is we never have to use them, but having that umbrella protection for families is an asset.” Backstoppers is supported financially through voluntary donations, memberships and fundraising. It covered 18 counties in Illinois and Missouri and was looking to add

five more Illinois counties in Perry, Randolph, Washington, Jersey and Calhoun. Backstoppers is run by a 30-member executive board that is not compensated. In the event of a first responder death, that person’s family would receive a $10,000 check within 24 to 48 hours with no stipulations on what the money is used for. “We’re excited to be able to participate with (Backstoppers),” said Du Quoin Police Chief Steve Ingram. “Now, we’re getting a Perry County chapter organized and hope-

fully that will happen in the very near future. “It’s an amazing program that you never hope to actually have to use. If something tragic does happen, it’s good to have a program like that in place so that families can have something like that to fall back on.” Retired St. Louis County firefighter Dave Houston made the rounds in Perry County in November on behalf of Backstoppers asking for letters of support from local elected officials, first responders and others to aid in the effort to help Perry County be accepted by the organization. “The committee that worked on it are all thrilled that it got accepted,” Houston said. “We appreciate all the support from the elected officials and businesses that wrote letters.” Houston said full coverage and benefits for all first responders in the county started January 5. “If the worst thing we do is support somebody else in another county, I think people would be okay with that too,” he said. Houston stated plans are in progress for a meet-andgreet kickoff event in March that will involve the county’s first responders. “We’re in the process of setting up a local chapter and we’ll establish a board with some officers to guide things moving forward,” he said.

Pinckneyville Man Continued from Page 1_______ sign” a warning to the motorist regarding the DUI citation. Neither Holder nor Smyth were injured in the crash. SI Towing removed the Vibe -

which suffered major damage - from the scene while Holder’s Jeep suffered only minor damage. The crash was reported at

5:51 p.m. Smyth is scheduled for a February 22 first appearance hearing at 9 a.m. at the Perry County Courthouse in front of Judge Gene Gross.

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Vieve’s Vintage Ramblin’ Man______________ Recipes______ By David Porter

By Genevieve Hester I’m took this past week easy, I had a wisdom tooth pulled out. I have great strong bones according to Dr. T. Hawkins. As I told him, if my mother and grandparents were still alive, they would be thrilled to hear that. Apparently I understood the assignment when it came to drinking my milk to have strong bones. So much so that my tooth didn’t want to come out, eventually it gave and Dr. Thad was able to remove it. Needless to say, I am not going to over exert in the culinary department this week. At first, I thought that I could cook meals ahead of time, freeze them, and then pull them out as needed. To be honest, I didn’t have time for that. Take out is too expensive to do nightly. So after chicken and dumplings, spaghetti and beef and noodles, I needed something fresh and light. I ended up digging through my Grandma Jeanette Zewe Smith’s recipe book seeing if she had something that would be easy to make that was also easy to chew. When I found my Great Grandmother Genevieve Claire Walts-Zewe’s Chicken Salad Tomato Cups. It was written on a receipt from a local grocery store in Waukegan,Illinois where my moms family is from. It’s perfect for what I am wanting. Genevieve Walt Zewe is my maternal grandmother Jeanette Zewe Smith’s mother. She was my mom’s favorite grandmother. She worked for the Navy as a secretary. She lied about her age saying she was a year older than she was in order to work at Great Lakes in Chicago. She worked her way up to being the head of the secretary pool when she retired in the 1960s. I wish that I could have been able to meet her. However some of her I can see in myself. Especially our taste in lipstick color. Like her I like a dark ruby red lipstick. She was known for her red lipstick, and now so I am too ( when I do wear makeup). It seems like a recipe that she would have made at her lakefront summer home at Lake Koshkonong in Fort. Atkinson, Wisconsin for the family in the summer as a cool refreshing dinner or lunch. Stacy, Gabe and myself liked the tomato cups. Ava and Willow weren’t fans of the tomato its self. The girls like the chicken salad though. They aren’t huge fans of whole tomatoes. I bet this is great with a garden fresh tomato as the cup. Until next time, Vieve Genevieve Walt Zewe’s Chicken Salad with Tomato Cups 1 seasoned and cooked chicken breast- chopped 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1/2 celery stalk chopped 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 fresh garlic clove 3 dashes of hot sauce 1/2 teaspoon dried dill Juice of 1/2 lemon Salt and pepper to taste 6-12 roma tomatoes- cut in half, parallel to stem end. Use small spoon to core the seeds. Leaving only the meat of the tomato 1/2 teaspoon dried chives Using a food processor, blend all ingredients, EXCEPT chives and tomatoes. Place mixture in bowl, fold in chives. Stuff tomatoes with chicken salad. Chill for a hour before serving.

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I had a double treat last week when two work crews appeared in front of my house. I planted myself in front of the picture window and shamelessly watched them work in freezing weather, as enthralled as a toddler. In fact, two toddlers across the street got bundled up and came outside presumably also to watch the men work. There’s something about watching real men doing real work that captures the imagination. The oversized equipment, the harmony of teamwork, the selfless sacrifice that hard work in inclement weather requires. I’m in awe of it. I don’t want to do it myself, and that adds to the admiration I have for those who do. I don’t mean to sound misogynistic. There are women who also do difficult, physical labor, and I admire them, too. The first crew was boring for fiber optic cables in my neighborhood. The allure for me was the equipment. The workers mainly sat in the truck while the machinery did the work. There were two large spools of thick, orange tubing that automatically fed into the ground. The spools were stopped while the boring took place, then they would slowly turn to feed more of the tubing into the ground. I don’t know how it works, bit it was mesmerizing to watch. I wasn’t sure what was going on. I thought maybe it had something to do with plumbing. Since we’ve had some problems with our plumbing, I called city hall to ask what was going on. I don’t normally bother the city with such questions, but since there were two trucks parked in my yard, I thought I had a right to know. Angela at city hall explained what it was but asked about my plumbing problem. She said she’d send a crew out to check the sewer. I told her it wasn’t urgent. I hadn’t intended to create a work order. Mere minutes later, a city crew pulled up with a backhoe and started digging up the street. They literally busted up the

pavement and dug down to a manhole. It was amazing. There were no markers to show where the manhole was, but they obviously have some kind of GPS system that led them right to it. Three workers quickly cleared the hole, moving together like gears on a clock. They cleared out some debris and then all jumped back in unison as the drain opened up and belched. They replaced the manhole cover and packed the dirt back down. They hadn’t even cleared the scene when my phone rang and it was Angela telling me they had found a clog and fixed it. Fifteen minutes after their arrival, they were gone. The efficiency was mind boggling. Not long after the city crew left, the other workers packed up and moved to their next spot. The excitement was over and the toddlers went back inside. My job isn’t hard. As my friend Duff likes to say, at least we’re not outside turning big rocks into little rocks. Indeed, but if it weren’t for the people who do the difficult, dirty work, I wouldn’t be able to have the cushy lifestyle that I do. I have a respect and admiration for those rugged individuals who clear drains, build houses, fight fires, fix cars and the like. It doesn’t make me want to be one of them, but I’m glad we have them. I’ve dipped my toe in the physical labor pool. We had rental properties when I was growing up and we did all of our own work. I’ve hammered enough nails to know that I don’t care to hammer any more. I love to watch them work, though. Maybe it’s the toddler in me. © Copyright 2022 by David Porter who can be reached at porter@ramblinman.us. In the amount of time it took the city crew to dig a hole, fix a clog and patch the road, I’d still be tying my boot laces.

Mary’s Musings_____________ By Mary Valerius

There is no panic in heaven! God has no problems, only plans. This is a quote of Corrie ten Boom, the Dutch woman who, along with her family, helped over 800 Jews escape the the Nazi concentration camps. The book, “The Hiding Place,” is about her and her sister, Betsie, that were sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp, after they were reported to be harboring Jews. There is also a movie by the same name. They were sent to the camp in 1944 and endured terrible conditions and treatment until her sister died while still imprisoned and Corrie, herself, was released, supposedly because of a clerical error. After being released, she spent 33 years speaking publicly about her life and advocating for forgiveness and healing. It was her deep faith in God that saw her through her experiences and brought about her quote, “There is no panic in heaven! God has no problems , only plans.” I don’t know about you, but I find it so easy to call disruptions in my day and times when everything seems to be going wrong, problems, instead of plans. A plan, according to Webster, is a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something, or an intention, while a problem is described as a thing that is difficult to deal with or understand. Most of us like to make plans , but none of us enjoy problems. We often

respond to plans with excitement and anticipation, but problems cause our blood pressure to rise and create stress as we try to overcome the problems that are spoiling our plans. When we encounter obstacles, troubles or delays in our lives, I would probably be safe in saying, that our first thought is not, “Wow, I wonder what God’s plan is for me today.” We immediately start thinking how can we overcome this obstacle, squelch this trouble and make up the time lost in this delay and get on with things. But, when we stop and realize that God is aware of what is happening, what has come against us, we realize that God is not panicking or wringing His hands. He knows the plan and is committed to helping us carry out His plan. Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be cast down, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” The person, in whom God delights is the person who trusts Him, follows Him and tries to do God’s will. God has promised to watch over and make firm every step that person takes, even if the way is treacherous, slippery, uphill or dangerous. One other thing, if you really want God to direct your way, try seeking His advice and direction about your plans.

Mixed Nuts Unit of Perry County HCE Meeting

The Mixed Nuts Unit of Perry County HCE held their December 14, dinner meeting at Red Hawk. Pictured left to right, sitting are: Shirley Hagene, Doris Porter, Berince Spencer, Adeline Blumhorst, Myreme Alseldt. Standing are: Alberta Woodside, Sylvia Hagene, June Wilkins, Fern Turpin, Betty Jones, Pat Schmidt and Marilyn Peradotto.

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Obituaries________________________________________________ Twila Renee Davis

Harriet June Stanton

Roger David Harrison

Harriet June Stanton, age Twila Renee Davis, age 66, of Roger David Harrison, age 86, of 84, of Centralia, IL, formerly of Du Quoin, formerly of Chester, Du Quoin passed away on Thursday, Pinckneyville, IL, passed away on passed away unexpectedly at January 20, 2022 at his home Sunday, January 16, 2022 in her 6:22pm on Wednesday, January surrounded by his loving family. granddaughter’s home in DuQuoin, 19, 2022 at Marshall Browning Roger was born on November IL. Hospital in Du Quoin. 22, 1935 in Murphysboro, Illinois to June was born on August 24, Twila was born in Red Bud on James Elsworth and Florence Edna 1937, in Carbondale, IL, a daughter December 21, 1955, the daughter (Hart) Harrison. He was the last of 5 to James B. and Elizabeth Marie of Lester and Dora (Gerlach) children born to this union. (Campbell) Bryant. On April 20, Eggemeyer. She married Gene Roger was in the Navy 1957, she married Donald Ray Davis in Pinckneyville on August Submarine service and was a Korean Stanton, Sr. in St. Paul United 11, 1997. Together, they have War Veteran. After his time in the Church of Christ, Pinckneyville, shared more than 24 years of Service he attended William and IL and he preceded her in death marriage and precious memories. Mary College, where he majored in on April 1, 2017. She had worked Twila had worked for Zeigler business. as a secretary for a law firm in DuQuoin, IL and at a bank in Coal, Technicolor, and most Roger was a member of the First Pinckneyville, IL. June was a member of Trinity Lutheran recently at Marshall Browning Baptist Church in DuQuoin. He was a member of DuQuoin VFW Church, the Elks Lodge, Greenview Golf Course and Country Estates, where the patients she helped care for were adored as if and American Legion. Club, the Ladies Bridge Club, all in Centralia, IL. She enjoyed they were family. She loved her job at Marshall Browning as it Roger married Glenna Marie McClanahan-Stacey on April playing on her Tuesday golf league and loved going the Casino fit in so well with who she truly was. A caregiver at heart, Twila 16, 1968 and she survives. Queen and to Tunica, MS to gamble on slot machines. Her door spent her life taking care of others. She was selfless, generous, Roger and Glenna had 12 children: Kevin Lee and wife Carol was always open as she welcomed everyone into her home. June (McMurray) Stacey of DuQuoin, David Clay and wife Kristine and loving, living her life and acting from her heart. Twila loved was a bright, warm light to all who met her. She loved to laugh everything in nature from her love of hummingbirds to deer (George) Harrison of DuQuoin, Karen “Elizabeth” (Stacey) and and, most importantly, taught us all what it means to truly care hunting. She will be dearly missed by all those that knew and husband Bruce Humphreys of Elkville, Kevin Ray and wife for everyone around us. loved her. Denise (Whitley) Harrison of DuQuoin, Donnie Wayne Harrison Survivors include her brother, Mike (Sharon) Bryant of Survivors include her husband- Gene Davis of Elkville, Kelly Marie Stacey of DuQuoin, Kent Ray Stacey Murphysboro, IL; two grandchildren, Jonathan Stanton (Nicole Son- Robert Hood of DuQuoin, Melissa Lou (Harrison) and husband Gene Gilliam Ryan) of Centralia, IL, and Brandi (Gerald) Weeks of DuQuoin, Daughter- Staci (Zach) Gooden and their daughter Whitley of DuQuoin, Marcella Sue (Harrison) and husband Les Robison IL; ten great-grandchildren, William, Aurora, Luca, Ashtyn, Twila Gooden of Mulkeytown, and Julie Ann (Harrison) and husband Chad Dylan, Gavan, Mya, Cameron, Brentyn, and Haydon; two great Son- Ronnie (Amber) Davis, Jr. and their children Ronnie Griffin of DuQuoin Roger and Glenna had 32 grandchildren: great-grandchildren, Zayden and Haisley; and several nieces, Davis III (RGD3) and Charli Renee Davis Kevin Michael Stacey, Devin Lee Stacey and Amber, Kaitlyn nephews, and cousins. Daughter- Marla (Daniel) Sullivan and their son Jordan Marie Stacey, Craig Alan and wife Rachel (Newbury) Stacey, She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald (Karley) Sullivan and daughter Danielle (Tyler) Slone with their Ashley Lax, Joshua Trey Harrison, Chuckie Alan Payne Ray Stanton, Sr.; and two sons, Donald Ray Stanton Jr., and children Kael, Clayton, and Corbin and Morgan Dennis, Lauren Elizabeth (Payne) and husband William Michael Stanton. Son- Billy Davis and his two sons- Codey Davis and Corey Hayden Hicks, Miranda Payne, Sarah Marie (Humphreys) and A memorial service will be held at Pyatt Funeral Home, (Cindy) Davis with their children Nevaeh and Liam husband Justin Emery, Seth Thomas and wife Britney (Baney) Pinckneyville, IL on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Son- Lyn Jennings, Jr. Humphreys, Christopher Ryan and wife Colby Harrison, Trenton with Brother Rob Mathis officiating. Interment will be in Mueller Ray Harrison, Katrina Nicole (Harrison) and husband Gabriel Son- Johnny (Tina) Davis and their two sons Johnny Davis, Hill Cemetery, Pinckneyville, IL at a later date. Jr with his daughters Lacey, Haley, and Serenity and Justin Worthen, Matthew Dale and wife Leah (Phillips) Williams, Ryan A memorial visitation will be held at Pyatt Funeral Home, (Victoria) Davis with his daughter Bella Linze and wife Airika (Galli) Williams, Kyle Whitley and wife Pinckneyville, IL on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Cami Williams, Buddy Travis and wife Jami (Cochran) Siebert, Daughter- Lisa (Rodney) Smith and their daughter- Emily A Celebration of Life will be held in Centralia, IL at a later Renee Smith and their son Tyler (Jessie) Smith with their Tyler Adonis Harrison, Dillan Kent and wife Christina (Neff) date. children Beau, Tate, and Zoey Stacey, Chelsea Dawn Stacey, Lacey Danielle Dusch,Alexandra Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society in Grandson- Zack (Kaylyn) Davis and their children Elouise Jane (Dusch) and husband Bryan Eisenhauer, Jacob Raymond DuQuoin or Centralia or to the Centralia American Legion Post and Asher Dusch, Jamison Crowell and wife Michaela (Brown) Davis, #446. Sister- Paula (David) Millman and their daughter Jessica Aubrey Marie (Davis) and husband Dustin Winter, Katherine Covid-19 mandates and regulations will be adhered to. Millman Anna Robison, Madeline Grace Robison, Erin Nicole Eubanks, For more information or to sign an online guest register Brother- Lester Lee (Mary) Eggemeyer Blaine Allen Griffin and Kelsey Lamke, Taylor Jordan Griffin, please visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com. Brother- Bruce (Virginia) Williamson and Delainey Marie Griffin and 53 Great Grandchildren. Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father She was preceded in death by her parents, son- Ronnie Davis, Bill Miller, in-laws Raymond ìJickî and Erma (Richerson) Sr., sister- Brenda Bader, and brother- Forest Dean “Dino” McClanahan, brother Bille James Harrison in infancy, brother Eggemeyer. Donald Francis and wife Connie (Ellis) Harrison, sister Wilma Twila leaves such a legacy in all her children and Jean (Harrison) Reaves, sister Ellen Jane (Harrison) Aldridge, grandchildren by the examples and way she graciously lived brother-in-law Raymond Edward McClanahan, brother-inher life. Not only for her namesake given to many of her law Joseph Bruce McClanahan, sister-in-law Gaye (Wright) 138 E. Perry descendants, but also in the values instilled in each one of them McClanahan, brother-in-law Steven Kent McClanahan, brotherGail A. McDonnough DuQuoin, IL 62832 to surely be passed on for generations to come. Twila Renee will in-law Timothy Nils McClanahan, son Kenny Wayne Stacey, Phone #: 618-542-4225 Gail A. McDonnough, age 62, live on through her beautiful children, grandchildren and great daughter Kristina Lynn Stacey, and a great grandson in infancy. Email: wecare@pyattfuneralhome.com of Coulterville, IL, passed away on grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 6:00 P.M., Monday, January 24, Website: www.pyattfuneralhome.com Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 8:12 Funeral services to celebrate the life of Twila Renee Davis 2022 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin with Rev. Joe p.m. in her home. will be held at 12:00pm on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Wagner officiating. Gail was born on March 18, Pyatt Funeral Home to introduce our newest Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home (11 South Hickory Street;is Du proud Friends may call from 4 P.M. until the time of service on 1959 in St. Louis, MO, a daughter Quoin, IL 62832). Burial will follow at Old Du Quoin Cemetery. Monday atis the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin. mployee, Gaye Thornton. to She is from the Richard “Dickie” and Kathy Elkville, IL and A time of visitation will be held from 10:00am until 12:00pm on Please use social distancing guidelines. Everyone in (Ward) Travis. On May 24, 1997, Thornton. attendance is required to wear a mask. daughter of Tom and Glenna Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home she married Bruce McDonnough in Du Quoin. Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Park at a later date with and enjoyed 23 years of marriageand assisting aye For will be with our services families those who prefer, helping memorial donations may be made Military Graveside Honors. together before he passed away towith the Marshall Browning Tree of Life in Twila’s memory. In lieu of flowers and other gifts, the family suggest that filing insurance claims and other paperwork. on July 8, 2020. She was a Envelopes will be available and accepted at Maxton-Rosado memorials be made in Roger’s name to The Kris Stacey homemaker and devoted mom Funeral Home; 11 S. Hickory Street; Du Quoin, IL 62832. For Memorial Scholarship fund and will be accepted at the funeral She will be a tremendous addition to our team! and grandmother who cherished more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please home. spending time with her family. visit www.maxtonrosado.com Searby Funeral Home in DuQuoin is in charge of the Welcome, Gaye!!! Gail’s passion was making arrangements. memories with her grandchildren, For additional information or to sign the memorial guest and ensuring that they knew how much she loved them. Gail register, please visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com. was an amazing cook who could cook anything but was exceptional at making egg sandwiches. She loved animals, especially her pets. Survivors include her one daughter, Amanda (Rafael) Gutierrez of St. Louis, MO; one son, Travis (Kishalee) Robert “Bob” William Curt Jr. Scheppelman of Freeburg, IL; one brother, Rodney Travis of Crystal City, MO; ex-husband and friend, Larry Scheppelman; Robert “Bob” William Curt and seven grandchildren, Zachary, Trystin, Nolen, Mia, Tanner, Jr., of Coulterville, IL, peacefully Sharon Sue Daron Santiago, and Emilio. Gail will be missed by all who knew and passed from this life to his loved her. eternal life on Jan. 19, 2022, at Sharon Sue Daron, age 71, She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard “Dickie” of Tamaroa, IL, passed away on the age of 82, after a long and and Kathy (Ward) Travis; husband, Bruce McDonnough; and courageous battle with cancer. He Wednesday, January 19, 2022 uncle, Doug Austin. was resting comfortably in the at 8:20 p.m. in Good Samaritan Gail’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of life home he built with the love of his Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL. will be held at a later date. life, surrounded by family. Sharon was born on July 18, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bob was born in St. 1950 in Chicago, IL, a daughter the family. Louis, MO, on March 21, to Mike Tony Tomich and Bonita Pyatt Funeral Home, Coulterville, IL is in charge of 1939, to Robert and Cecilia Reeves (Moak). She married her arrangements. (Huelsmann) Curt, but spent lover, soulmate and partner for For more information or to sign an online guest register much of his childhood living in life, Jerry L. Daron on Christmas please visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com. Pinckneyville, IL, where he met Eve 1985 and he survives. They his wife, Judy Sullivan. They recently celebrated their 36th wed on Nov. 29, 1960, and were married for 61 beautiful years. wedding anniversary. Sharon Though he was a retired coal miner and carpenter by trade, was a Christian and a very proud Bob’s true pride was his family. He was the husband who woke republican. If you knew Sharon up early to fix tea for his wife before work and always had a you knew she loved her animals, snack ready when she got home. He was the dad who took his tv shows and most of all her husband. She had worked at Turco/ girls fishing and spent the entire time putting worms on hooks 138 E. Perry Charmglow for years and was fondly considered the “Dragon without his own line ever hitting the water. He was the grandpa Dorothy Jean Lady”. After the shutdown of Charmglow, Sharon stayed in the DuQuoin, IL Winter 62832 who spent countless hours on the road, driving his grandkids workforce at Technicolor and other companies until she retired #: DorothyPhone Jean Winter, age618-542-4225 89, anywhere on Earth they needed to be. He fixed toys and cars, to enjoy what she liked to call a little R&R, Sharon’s younger Email: wecare@pyattfuneralhome.com of Pinckneyville, IL, passed away wiped tears and held hands. The perfect example of what a years were spent camping, fishing and hanging out with friends on Monday, January 17, 2022 Website: www.pyattfuneralhome.com husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather should be. and family. Sharon was an original member of the Lunker at 9:14 p.m. in Pinckneyville Bob was Catholic but attended Coulterville United Ladies of America. Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Methodist Church with his wife during the later years ofis his proud Pyatt Funeral Home to introduce our newest Survivors include her husband, Jerry Daron; her children, life. He showed kindness to anyone who crossed his path, knew Pinckneyville, IL. Zipper (Michelle) Brandhorst and Toni (Doug) Thomas; three mployee, Thornton. She from is the Dorothy is was born on FebruaryElkville, IL and someone everywhereGaye he went and looked for the good in every grandchildren, Chelsey (Paul) Jackson, Jackson Brandhorst and 20, 1932 in Denmark, IL, the person and everydaughter day. of Tom and Glenna Thornton. Riley Brandhorst; one great-grandson, Oak Thomas Jackson daughter to Lawrence and Eva Bob is reunited in heaven with his father and mother; sister, and one great-grandson on the way, Denver Paul Jackson; (Tessier) Egbert. Dorothy was and assisting Cecilia Berry; brother, Curt; son-in-law, James “Jim” aye will be Glen helping with our services two families sisters, Carol (Skip) Nimmo and Lois (Wade) Snyder; a member of Denmark Baptist Smith; and grandson, Jason Smith. two nieces, Tracy Thomson and Julie Yates; three nephews, with filing insurance claims and other paperwork. Church, Denmark, IL and had Bob is deeply missed by his wife; his brother, Charles Skipper Nimmo, Brian Snyder and Wade Snyder; a dear friend, worked at Nascote, Industries, Curt (Fran Thomas) of Pinckneyville, IL; his daughters, Kathy MaryAnn Brandon; and her beloved pet, Opie. She will be a tremendous addition to our team! Nashville, IL. She was a Nascar (Bob) Gimber of Coulterville, IL, Kim (Lester) Huckaby of She was preceded in death by her father, Mike Tony Tomich; music fan and had Marissa, IL, Kay (Mike) Stearns of Oakdale, IL,Welcome, and Kristi Curt and countryGaye!!! and stepfather and mother, Bud and Bonita Reeves. served as a delegate for the of Coulterville, IL; his grandchildren, Mikel (David) Ayres of There are no formal or public services planned at this time. Women’s Coal Miner Association. Dorothy loved animals Nashville, IL, Kelly (Billy) Hueffmann of Belleville, IL, Nicki Donations to the Perry County Humane Society can be especially cats but her greatest love was spending time with her made in her honor. (Jason) Hite of Chicago, IL, Kaylyn (Mike) Hedges of Kansas family, especially her grandchildren. City, MO, Zachary Stearns of Oakdale, IL, Kourtney (Rich) Pyatt Funeral Home, Pinckneyville, IL has been entrusted Survivors include her two sons, Ray (Cindy) Winter of Lange of Venedy, IL, and Erin Stearns of Oakdale, IL; his with arrangements. great-granddaughters Lucy Hedges, Nora Hite and Baby Lange; Pinckneyville, IL and Gary (Audra) Winter of Pinckneyville, IL; For more information or to sign an online guest register two daughters, Merla (Chuck) McKinnies of DuQuoin, IL and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; as well please visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com. as his cat, Piper, and his dog and beloved protector, Mollie, who Linda (David) Gross of Pinckneyville, IL; nine grandchildren, Amanda (Josh) Huite, Ashley (Nathan) Hughey, Austin (Becky) stayed by his side until the end. Winter, Chuck McKinnies, Rick (Jennifer) McKinnies, Joshua Bob’s love of life, kind and gentle heart and unendingly (Lisa) Gross, Caitlin (Kyle) Pursell, Shea (Terry) Campanella positive outlook on life will be remembered and cherished by and Erin Gross; and nineteen great-grandchildren. his loved ones long after his passing. She was preceded in death by her parents. In remembrance of his life, Bob’s family requests any Private family services will be held with interment in Sunset charitable donations be made to The Cancer Care Specialists of 138 E. Perry Memorial Park, DuQuoin, IL. Illinois, Hospice of Southern Illinois or Perry County Humane Obituaries Continued on Page 6 Memorial donations may be made to Denmark Baptist DuQuoin, IL 62832 Society. His family is planning a private memorial service. Church, Denmark, IL. Pyatt Funeral Home, Coulterville, IL has been entrusted Phone #: 618-542-4225 Covid-19 mandates and restrictions will be adhered to. with the arrangements. Email: wecare@pyattfuneralhome.com For more information or to sign an online guest register For more information or to sign an online guest register Website: www.pyattfuneralhome.com please visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com. please visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com.


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Obituaries Continued from Page 5 Perry County Board Continued from Page 1_____________________ Ellen L. Conte

Ellen L. Conte, 82, of Du Quoin, passed away at 6:04 A.M., Sunday, January 23, 2022 at the SIH Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Ellen was a homemaker. She had also worked as a teacher’s assistant for the Du Quoin School System and had been a clerk at the Du Quoin Water Department. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin. She was also a member of the Du Quoin Tourism Committee and was a member of the Ho Ho Ho Club. Ellen loved her family and her family dearly loved her. The love of her life was her great grandson Maverick. She was well thought of by her community for all of her volunteer work and being involved in community activities. She was born October 19, 1939 at Jamestown, ND the daughter of Bernard J. and Lucille (Collins) Shue. Ellen married Gene E. Conte on May 14, 1960 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin and he survives. She is survived by her husband of Du Quoin, daughtersJane Conte and Sandy Stanhouse both of Du Quoin, three grandchildren- Christy Conte (Brittny Beliveau) of West Frankfort, Taylor Stanhouse of Du Quoin, Alicia Pyatt and husband Taylor of St. Louis, great grandson Maverick Beliveau, brother- Tommy Shue of Crab Orchard, KY, sister- Nina Green of Lexington, KY. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-Jimmie Shue and sister- Bernadine Krause. Friends may call from 5-7 P.M on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin. Burial will be at a later date in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Du Quoin. Friends may make memorials to the American Diabetes Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin is in charge of arrangements. For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com.

Danny “D. Ray” Ashby

Danny “D. Ray” Ashby, age 62, of Pinckneyville, IL, died on January 23, 2022 at 11:13 a.m. in his home. Danny was born on June 23, 1959 in Sparta, IL, a son to Floyd E. and Lila L. (Fisk) Ashby. On June 1, 1991, he married Janet Wright- Smith in Percy, IL and shared 30 years of marriage together. He and his wife together own and operate Mann’s Sporting Goods Store, Pinckneyville, IL for the last 4 years. Danny was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Percy, IL, Eagles, Pinckneyville, IL, and Steeleville Bass Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, throwing darts, shooting pool, and being outdoors. Danny was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to the Chicago Cubs. He was a great husband, father, and grand-father. His true passion was his family. He honorably served his country in the United States Navy. Danny was a very caring person, who called his mom every morning to check on her. He was loved and will be missed by his wife, sons, grandchildren and all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his wife, Janet Ashby of Pinckneyville, IL; one son, Dalton Ashby of Pinckneyville, IL; one step son, Dustin (Shala) Smith of Pinckneyville, IL; two brothers, Randy (Connie) Ashby of Percy, IL and Jack (Gail) Ashby of Perryville, MO; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews; a great friend, Erv Ashbury of Steeleville, IL; and a cat, Theo. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jerry Ashby. Funeral services will be held at Pyatt Funeral Home, Pinckneyville, IL on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Mike Higgerson officiating. Visitation will be at Pyatt Funeral Home, Pinckneyville, IL on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the family. Covid-19 mandates and restrictions will be adhered to. For more information or to sign an online guest register please visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com.

This map shows the proposed location of the Kimmel Road solar farm, along with the high-voltage transmission lines running through the site. Provided by Trajectory Energy.

to-three cents range for quite awhile now,” Carson said. Commissioner Joe Folden later asked Carson how much electricity the project is anticipated to produce. “It will produce enough energy for about 12,000 homes,” Carson replied. “So about 120,000 megawatts, or 120 million kilowatt hours every year.” Ameren customers are billed via the rate times the total number of kilowatt hours of electricity they consume each month. At the current wholesale price - and based on Trajectory Energy’s own yearly estimates - the project could generate between $84 million and $126 million over the life of the project, while the county’s taxing districts will get a total of $5 million spread across the 35 years. Du Quoin District 300 will get the lion’s share of that amount, with more than $3.3 million in increased 138 E. Perry property tax revenue over the DuQuoin, IL 62832 life of the project. Phone #: 618-542-4225 “We understand that propEmail: wecare@pyattfuneralhome.com erty transitioning to a solar Website: www.pyattfuneralhome.com farm is going to mean that it has additional value for propproud to introduce our newest erty taxes,” said District 300 Superintendent Hickam. n. She is from Elkville, IL and is Matt the “We try to be as sensitive as m and Glenna Thornton. we can on our property tax rate. you look at our history, our services and assisting “If families we’ve been very conservaclaims and other paperwork. tive on that front and trying to protect the local taxpayers Earn up to $20,000 by renting ndous addition to our team! from increasing what they your Gaye!!! RV through RVshare! might pay.” come, For the first year of opLearn more and sign up for free today eration, District 300 would rvrent.org/pink receive $201,262 in taxes, but the yearly number would depreciate through the life of the project. The county itself would receive $46,905 in the first year and $789,655 total. “We’ll see how that all 16 plays out,” Hickam said. “Certainly, any new potential source of local property tax revenue would be welcome. “Who knows what the CLOG-FREE GUARANTEED* future holds? We’ve had a Call today for a free estimate! lot of benefit from additional federal funding here. That’s (855) 206-3324 not going to last.” Carson said Trajectory • Seamless, one-piece Energy is in the county for system, keeps out leaves, three reasons: 1. Ameren debris & more. Illinois utility lines, substaInstallation tion and territory. 2. Land • Eliminates the risk of on a Complete availability. 3. The county’s falling off a ladder to zoning ordinance. LeafGuard clean clogged gutters. “Most counties in southSystem! ern/central Illinois, your • Durable, all-weather DOES NOT INCLUDE small towns are with Ameren, COST OF MATERIAL. EXPIRES tested system. 2/28/2022. but the rural countryside is with a rural electric co-op,” * Guaranteed not to clog for as long as you own your home, or we will clean your gutters for free. Carson said. “Most of Perry YEARS BACKE D BY TH E SEAL


County is still Ameren territory and that’s one of the reasons that this particular size of project is attractive. “We’re not able to locate the smaller utility-scale projects in co-op territory.” Carson and attorney Seth Uphoff both praised the county for its solar ordinance, which was put in place to accommodate Ranger Power’s 99-megawatt Prairie State solar farm near Swanwick. “You did a good job in putting together a comprehensive, yet reasonable ordinance,” Uphoff told the county commissioners. “There were a lot of counties around the state that got behind. They didn’t catch up with what was going on with solar and renewable energy. “Projects would come in and they would be trying to patch things together. Yours was very orderly, put together well, comprehensive yet reasonable.” The Prairie State solar farm, which has a 30-year lifespan, went online last summer and at one time was the largest in the state. However, it has since been surpassed by a 200-megawatt solar farm near Paris, Illinois. “Just a month ago, DeKalb County, an hour west of Chicago, approved at one county board meeting three projects for a total of 500 megawatts,” Carson said. “So projects of this (Kimmel Road) size are starting to happen all over the state.” According to Trajectory Energy’s timeline, initial outreach to all neighboring landowners was conducted in October 2021, with in-person visits on October 19. The company claims a second round of outreach was conducted in November, with a third round planned for January 2023 along with an updated site plan. Carson told the WeeklyPress that groundbreaking could take place in early 2023 as Trajectory Energy is waiting for Ameren to finish upgrading a high-voltage line that will run through the solar farm site. As far as when Trajectory Energy could “flip the switch,” Carson said it could be late 2023/early 2024. Carson also addressed the concern regarding the project having a negative effect on nearby property values. “Because this is a special use permit, it would not impact the assessed value

of other parcels,” he said. “They would still be assessed from what they are. There’s a special formula for how households are assessed.” Setback limits for the project will be 100 feet from the solar panels to the parcel lines on the front entrance; 50 feet from the solar panels to all other adjacent nonresidential parcel lines; 100 feet from the solar panels to the parcel lines of residentially zoned lots or existing residential properties and the project’s fencing will have a minimum 25-foot setback from adjacent parcel lines. Carson said that in areas adjacent to parcels with a residence, privacy fencing will be installed with tallgrass prairie in the setback area. Commissioner Bruce Morgenstern asked who would be tasked with maintaining the grassland. “Both the outside and the inside are maintained by the solar project up to the property line,” Carson said. In other news, Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis inquired about the status of the county’s labor agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police. Bareis said the FOP had approved the proposal and he inquired when the commissioners would call it for a vote. “Is somebody going to inquire where it’s at?” Bareis asked. “We were waiting on their business agents to finalize the paperwork,” Folden said. County Clerk Bobby Kelly asked Bareis to inquire with the FOP. Bareis replied that it had been about a month since the FOP declared it a done deal and he wanted to bring it to the commissioners’ attention. Perry County Zoning Administrator Becky Tracy also gave the commissioners an update on a question the Weekly-Press asked during the board’s previous meeting regarding oil and gas drilling. Tracy noted she had spoken to the Zoning Board of Appeals and asked for its clarification on the requirements of a special use permit for that activity. “It requires a special use permit,” Tracy said. “I said, ‘What do you mean by that? Do you mean before they do any drilling or do you mean when they put a permanent structure?’ “The decision was that (a special use permit is re-

quired) if they put a permanent structure. They do want us to check into whether the state can inform us when somebody is going to be drilling.” ROUNDUP • County Highway Engineer Brian Otten discussed the yearly bids for materials. The commissioners approved the awarding of aggregate materials to Barr Trucking, Beelman Logistics, Kinkaid Stone and Anna Quarries. The rest of the material bids were tabled due to high prices. “The price of the oil and the price of the pipes, they were higher than expected by far,” he said. “We’re hoping some of that will creep back down in the coming months and we’ll rebid it. “If we don’t see that happening, we may just go ahead and award it and just keep going. I just want to give it a little time to breathe and see what’s happening.” • Lastly, the commissioners approved a $37,000 contract with Hutchinson Engineering for a shoulder widening and box culvert design extension that is related to the bridge replacement project on Greens Market Road at Wells Street Road. “They’re the ones doing the design work on the intersection on Wells Street on the bridge, it all just seamlessly goes together,” Otten said. “They’ve got it all, so we’re just extending their contract.” Otten estimated bids for the project could be let out in 2025 and said the county would have to come up with between $300,000 and $400,000 of a roughly $2 million job. “When it all comes together it’s going to be a pretty good deal,” he said. “It’s not going to cost us a whole lot of money.” “The bridge piece and the alignment, 80 percent of that is paid for by a special bridge grant, not our money,” Otten continued. “We pay the other 20 percent of that. “The shoulder (widening), 90 percent of that is other peoples’ money. I hope they pick up the box culvert and some of the design work.” • During discussion, the commissioners heard from Terry Harger with Cyber Navigator. Harger spoke to the county board on recent state changes that require the county moving its website and email addresses to a .gov address instead of a .com.

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Pinckneyville City Council: City Du Quoin Chamber of Commerce Purchases New Police Interceptor Annual Banquet Postponed By Nate Fisher Weekly-Press The Pinckneyville city council convened Monday night at city hall, 6 p.m., to discuss and act on regular business. Commissioner Kevin Hicks wanted to remind the public that the High School Basketball “Panther Showcase” five-game shootout is on Saturday, January 29, and starts at 1 p.m. He commented that the event would be good for area restaurants and gas stations. The council accepted a proposal from Farmer Environmental Services, LLC, to remove asbestos from the facility structure and surrounding residential properties purchased for the new Wastewater Treatment Facility. Farmer Environmental will provide inspection, polarized light microscopy for testing samples, and prepare a final report at the cost of $6,250, paid from the general fund. Also in wastewater treatment news, the council approved a request to accept bids for the jobs of adminis-

trative assistant and water & sewer treatment plant operator. Commenting on the plant operator position, Commissioner Rick Cicardi said, “We need another person…Been working overtime to cover a few parts.” A 2010 Ford Crown Victoria was authorized for sale by ordinance, which declared “such property is no longer necessary or useful to the City and it is in the best interest of the City to dispose of such vehicle.” The current sale price sits at $1500, and City Attorney Donald Bigham reminded the council that the mayor has the discretion to set the price up to the vehicle’s current blue book value of around $4500. In a related item, the council approved the purchase of a 2022 Ford Police Interceptor from Vogler Ford. The cost of the police vehicle would be $35,626, paid out of the police fund. Some of the commissioners expressed surprise that the City could find a new vehicle for purchase with the pandemic severely affecting auto orders, and Hicks said availability at Vogler is what

urged them to decide and buy from the Carbondale dealership. Roger Holt was hired as a part-time worker for the Street Department to replace Paul Ritter, who has announced his retirement. In resolutions and business placed on file at the previous meeting, the council authorized the City to enter into continued employment contracts with Fire Chief Jim Gielow, Chief of Police Kenneth Kelley, City Clerk Melissa Kellerman, and Economic Development Coordinator/Zoning Administrator Carrie Gilliam. A resolution placed on file at the previous meeting that would allow the City to hire Thomas E. Garner of Garner Mowing Service for city park maintenance/mowing and mowing at the ball diamonds was also approved. The council went into executive session to discuss “collective negotiating matters or deliberations concerning salary schedules.” No action was taken on return to regular session.

City of Du Quoin to Purchase Used Dump Truck By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press DU QUOIN – In a meeting light on big news or developments, the Du Quoin City Council on Monday placed on file a resolution to purchase a used dump truck from George’s Excavating. The cost to acquire the vehicle is $6,000. “It will take a lot of toll off our other ones,” said Commissioner Bob Karnes. “Especially out to the landfill. It’s in good shape and will take a lot of pressure off the other two.” The rest of the meeting involved giving final approval to resolutions placed on file during the council’s previous meeting, which was held remotely due to the rise in COVID-19 cases locally. The council met again remotely on Monday for that same reason. “At this time, we’re just going to play it by ear and see whether we’re going to be in person or remote,” Mayor Guy Alongi announced. “If the numbers stay the way they are, we’ll be remote for at least one more meeting.”

In other news, Commissioner Jill Kirkpatrick thanked everyone for their patience with the city clerk’s office remodel and announced the furniture would be delivered on Tuesday, with the project anticipated to be completed this Friday. “Everybody should come up and see it,” she said. The council gave final approval to two resolutions related to the remodel, approving a proposal from Graham’s Tile & Painting for $5,723 and one from Modern Tile & Carpet for $9,524. ROUNDUP • The council gave final approval to a resolution authorizing use of the city’s annual motor fuel taxes. The resolution was placed on public display during the council’s previous meeting. • The council gave final approval to a resolution authorizing awarding a bid of $86,250 to Midwest Petroleum to replace clarifiers at the water treatment plant. The resolution was placed on public display during the council’s previous meeting. A clarifier is used to remove solid particulates

or suspended solids from liquid, with the concentrated impurities typically known as sludge. • The council gave final approval waiving competitive bidding for a new 2021 Dodge Durango police cruiser at a cost of $53,253 from John Jones Police Vehicles in Salem, Indiana. The resolution was placed on public display during the council’s previous meeting. • Finally, the council gave final approval to a resolution - placed on public display during the previous meeting - amending the budget of the Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment Agreement with the Du Quoin Community Development Corporation. The amendment is to increase the redevelopment agreement from $110,000 over two years to $132,500 to complete ongoing roofing projects. “We’re simply moving some money over to DCDC so we can pay some final bills,” said Du Quoin Economic Development Consultant Jeff Ashauer during Monday’s meeting.

Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center Receives Donation of Blankets from Chester UMC Women

The Du Quoin Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet originally scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed and will now be held on Saturday, April 23 at the

Du Quoin American Legion at 6 p.m. If you have already purchased tickets, they will be honored the evening of the banquet. If you are needing to pur-

chase banquet tickets, 50/50 tickets and/or have silent auction items to donate or be picked up, you can contact the chamber office at 618542-9570.

Chicken and Beer Dance to Benefit Pinckneyville FFA

The Knights of Columbus are working with the Pinckneyville High School FFA to bring you a night full of fun all while supporting the FFA Chapter. On February 19th at the Pinckneyville Columbian Club

Hall, 312 N. Gordon St. they are having a Chicken and Beer Dance with all the proceeds to benefit the Pinckneyville High School FFA. Chicken eating begins at 7:30 p.m. featuring music by One Night Stand from

By Erica Loos Weekly-Press PINCKNEYVILLE – The January 24 regular meeting of the District 101 School Board was an uneventful one. During the reports and presentations portion of the meeting Assistant Superintendent Tony Wilson gave a summary of recent activities of winter sports teams. Wilson praised the Panthers cheer team, and their coach Mrs. Plumlee, for placing second in the ICCA state competition on January 8. Wilson also made mention of the Duster Thomas event, saying everyone involved in coordinating the event did a fantastic job. “There’s so much behind the scenes work that goes … into that and just, it’s a small army of people to make that go off … and it went off really smoothly”. Wilson also gave recognition to the Panthers boys basketball team, and coach Wagner, for placing second during the Duster Thomas event. He continued by congratulating the Panthers girls basketball team for “narrowly missing out on first place”, and the Panthers boys basketball team for tying for first place in West Frankfort this past week. Wrapping up the athletics discussion, Wilson mentioned the Pinckneyville Panther Pom squad finished in tenth place at the IHSA sectionals in Mascoutah on January 22, saying they had a curve ball thrown at them when their entire coaching staff was quarantine for CO-

VID-19 prior to the trip. Wilson further mentioned and gave thanks to Mo Ramsey who stepped up and took the team to the competition on Saturday, noting they would have been unable to attend if someone had not volunteered to take them. Wilson briefly spoke about tentative plans for the 2022-2023 schedule, saying that they plan to revert back to one lunch period. The school initially implemented a second lunch period as a measure to aid in compliance with COVID-19 protocols, but it is believed that distancing will still be feasible with one lunch period and that will give the additional time back to the academic periods. Superintendent Keith Hagene noted that due to Springfield legislators having voted to go full remote, there may not be as much progress made as last year. Hagene said that the hope is that the legislators will complete their work by the end of April, and that preliminary reports indicate that the Governor’s budget will include an additional $350 million in Evidence Based Funding for schools in the 2023 fiscal year. Hagene moved on to facilities matters, informing the board that the new seats for Thomas Gym are ready to ship and that the district is coordinating with the supplier around the winter sports season for an install date. The maintenance department is also beginning to organize their summer work projects. Hagene mentioned

8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a dessert auction at 9 p.m. Prices are $25 per person/$35 per couple. Curbside pick-up will also be available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. only and is $10 for 8 pieces.

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improvements to storage buildings. In other business, the board voted to approve the consent agenda as presented, in addition to approving the overnight and out of state trips as presented. The board further approved a motion to have all closed session minutes from July 2021 through December 2021 remain closed and confidential. Additionally, the board approved the resolution to destroy all closed session minutes which are more than 18 months old. The motion to authorize the Superintendent to begin working on the b budget for fiscal year 2023 was also approved. Hagene also presented an update on the County Schools Facility Tax Program. He informed the board that over the last 12 months the revenue was higher than expected, even with the current pandemic conditions, and the district took in nearly $231,000 during the recent 12-month period. The board voted to accept the intent to retire letter from Mr. Rich Williams as physical education teacher and coach. Williams’ retirement will be effective at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Important dates to remember: • February 11: 12:30 dismissal for school improvement • February 21: President’s Day; not in attendance • February 28: regular monthly board meeting.


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The Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center (CAC) received a donation of blankets from the Chester United Methodist Women’s Group. These ladies have donated many blankets to the CAC, and they usually come at a time when the center is running low. The blankets are given to children when they come to the CAC for a forensic interview as a comfort item and in this weather it helps to keep them warm. Pictured left to right are Betti Mucha, Executive Director of the Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center, and Vicky Beers from the United Methodist Women’s Group from Chester.

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Southeast Missouri State Announces Fall Dean’s List St. Bruno Catholic School CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO -- The following students have been named to the fall 2021 Dean’s List at Southeast Missouri State University. Hannah Porter of

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completed at least 12 hours of standard graded credit, achieved no grade below a B and received no failing grades in enrolled, credit/no credit or pass/fail courses.

Kenzie Rushing Achieves Fall Dean’s List at Belmont University NASHVILLE, TN -- Kenzie Rushing of Pinckneyville qualified for the Fall 2021 Dean’s List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 50

percent of Belmont’s 7,076 undergraduate students qualified for the Fall 2021 Dean’s List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “Students achieving the Dean’s List recognition at Belmont University are highly committed to success in their educational endeavors. They have clearly demonstrated

a deep investment in their studies and in their future. We are thrilled to celebrate their hard work and know their continued, consistent and comprehensive dedication to their academic work will equip them to become what we call ‘future shapers’ at Belmont as they impact the world around them.”

Madeleine Cornett of Du Quoin Named to UA Deans List TUSCALOOSA, AL (01/19/2022)-- Madeleine Cornett was named to The University of Alabama Deans List for Fall Semester 2021. A total of 11,979 students enrolled during the fall 2021 term at The University of Alabama made the dean’s list with academic records of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale), or the president’s list with academic records 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 to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load. For more information visit news.ua.edu. The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching,

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2022 Illinois Tax Filing Season Begins January 24 CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) will begin accepting 2021 state individual income tax returns on Monday, January 24, 2022, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins accepting federal individual income tax returns. “We encourage taxpayers to file their taxes

electronically and choose direct deposit, as early as possible in the tax season, to ensure the fastest processing and issuance of any refunds,” said IDOR Director David Harris. “Taxpayers may file their electronic returns for free with MyTax Illinois, our free online account management program. Electronic filing is also available through third

party software or with most tax preparers.” If a taxpayer electronically files an error-free return, they should receive a direct deposit refund in approximately four weeks, if applicable. Last year, IDOR received 5,609,000 electronically filed returns. 88% of returns were filed electronically, while 12% were filed using paper returns.

The 2022 tax filing deadline is Monday, April 18. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker recently announced, however, that victims of severe storms, straightline winds and tornadoes beginning December 10, 2021 have until May 16, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make income tax payments.

Application Period Opens for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council CHICAGO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that youth leaders across the nation can now apply to become a part of the 2022 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). YPC members are students in grades 8 through 11 who are selected to support disaster preparedness and make a difference in their communities. The YPC is an opportunity for young leaders to engage with FEMA and provide their perspectives, feedback, and opinions related to preparedness, to grow their leadership skills, and to support the resilience of their

communities. YPC members are chosen based on their passion for preparedness and helping others, their involvement in their community, and their aptitude for working in a team and as a leader. Students from Region 5 states who apply for the National Youth Preparedness Council will also be considered for a place on the Region 5 Youth Preparedness Council (Region 5 YPC). The Region 5 YPC is an additional service and leadership opportunity for high school students living in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio,

and Wisconsin. “Young people are the emergency managers of tomorrow and the key to creating a more resilient nation in the face of a changing climate and increasing disaster risks,” said Moises Dugan, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “Through the YPC, FEMA is committed to empowering youth with the resources to get involved in preparednessrelated activities and help improve disaster readiness in their communities.” The online application opened January 24, 2022, and students must complete their applications by March 6,

2022, at 11:59 p.m. PST to be considered. Interested students can apply online at https:// community.fema.gov/ PreparednessCommunity/s/ apply-to-ypc. Individuals can learn more about the YPC application including application requirements, deadlines, and submission options by joining the FEMA National YPC Application Information Session on January 26, 2022, at 5 p.m. CT. Register for the free virtual session at this link. For more information about the YPC, visit www.ready. gov/kids/youth-preparednesscouncil or email FEMAPrepare@fema.dhs.gov.

IDOT in 2021: Rebuild Illinois Continues with Completed Projects, Launch of New Major Projects and Initiatives The Illinois Department of Transportation, under the leadership of Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman, continued to make transformational investments in infrastructure, people and communities through the Rebuild Illinois capital program, with major projects delivered or coming to life across the state in 2021. “This past year was perhaps the most eventful in the history of IDOT,” Osman said. “Because of Rebuild Illinois, we made history in 2021 with generational improvements to highways, bridges, rail, transit, waterways, airports as well as bike and pedestrian infrastructure. We head into 2022 prepared to build an even safer, more equitable transportation system for all of Illinois.” Through year two of Gov. Pritzker’s $33.2 billion bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan, IDOT was able to manage approximately $2.4 billion in improvements to 1,314 miles of highway and 142 bridges, as well as 194 safety improvements, in the 2021 fiscal year – the second full year of the historic, bipartisan capital program. Additionally, with the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passing in November 2021, Illinois is estimated to receive about $17.8 billion over the next five years, ensuring the sustained investment in

a safe, equitable, resilient, multimodal transportation system for many years to come. Some of IDOT’s many achievements this year include: Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge in the Quad Cities: The $1.2 billion bridge opened Dec. 3 following four years of construction. A joint project with Iowa, the bridge is one of the biggest projects in state history. I-57/74 interchange in Champaign: Construction began on this new, $216.8 million project to replace a 50-year-old interchange, providing safer and more efficient access for commuters, freight activity and all interstate motorists. Jane Byrne Interchange: The project entered its final phase with reconstruction of the I-90/94 mainline. Remaining work will add lanes, reconstruct several exit ramps and build a new collector-distributor ramp on the east side of the expressway for downtown exits. I-80 in Will County: Construction wrapped up on expanding I-80 to six lanes between Interstate 355 and U.S. 30 in Joliet and New Lenox. The work was tied to the reconstruction of the U.S. 30 interchange and a prelude to six-year plan to rebuild 16 miles of I-80 – a $1.2 billion project that is currently in progress. McClugage Bridge: Work

advanced on replacing the eastbound McClugage Bridge that carries U.S. 150 in Peoria. One of six bridges spanning the Illinois River in the Peoria area, the $167 million project ended the year about 40% complete. The new structure will improve capacity, increase safety, reduce travel times and provide multimodal access with bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. I-57 in Southern Illinois: Work will be underway in January on a $67.6 million expansion of 9 miles of I-57 north of Illinois 149 to south of Illinois 154. The project continues the ongoing effort to expand I-57 from four to six lanes in West Frankfort. Rail: Ground was broken on a new federal and state effort with several railroads to reconfigure an outdated network of tracks and signals while replacing the 97-yearold Lenox Tower in the Metro East. The project, expected to conclude in 2022, is modernizing rail operations, safety and mobility. Ports: IDOT sought project proposals for $110 million in funding to improve public ports and help modernize and revitalize the state’s marine transportation system. The Port Facilities Capital Investment Grant Program coincides with the release of IDOT’s new Illinois Marine Transportation System Plan, which determined the state’s ports create $36 billion in economic activity annually

and support 160,000 jobs. Airports: IDOT awarded $94 million to improve public airports throughout the state. The funding unlocks $11.5 million in local contributions for a total investment of $105 million and represents the largest statewide capital investment program for airports in state history. Working with local partners: The governor and IDOT announced the third and fourth rounds of $250 million each in Rebuild Illinois-funded grants to advance municipal, township, and county projects across the state. With the latest rounds, $1 billion has been distributed by IDOT to address local transportation needs. Awards: IDOT received top national honors from Women’s Transportation Seminar International, a professional association that promotes the development and advancement of women in transportation. Osman received the WTS Recognition Honorable Ray LaHood Award for his efforts to promote the advancement of women and minorities and help elevate the reputation of professionals in the transportation industry. Office of Business and Workforce Diversity Director Pam Simon was named Woman of the Year for her contributions to transportation and efforts to advance women and minorities through programs and other opportunities.

Important Meetings First Monday: First Thursday: Second Monday:

Get your voice heard!

Pinckneyville Hospital Board @ Conference Room 6:00 p.m. Perry County Board 4:00 p.m. Cutler Village Board 7:00 p.m.

Du Quoin Community Unit District 300 School Board @ Middle School Media Center 6:00 p.m.

Pinckneyville City Council 6:00 p.m.

Pinckneyville District 50 School Board @ Grade School 6:00 p.m.

Du Quoin City Council 6:00 p.m.

Second Thursday: St. Johns Village Board 6:00 p.m. Second Wednesday: Tamaroa Village Board 7:00 p.m. Third Tuesday:

Third Thursday: Perry County Board @ Government Annex Building 6:00 p.m.

Willisville Village Board 7:00 p.m.

Third Wednesday: Tamaroa District 5 School Board 6:00 p.m. at the school

Fourth Monday: Pinckneyville City Council, 6:00 p.m.

Second to Last Tuesday of the Month:

Du Quoin City Council, 6 p.m.; Pinckneyville District 101 School Board @ Learning Center 6:30 p.m. C.C.S.D. 204 School Board 6:00 p.m.

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January 24: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. January 29: Perry County HCE Free Quilting Event Would you like to learn to hand quilt? An adult quilting class, Quilting 101, will be taught by Perry County HCE. The event will be held free of charge January 29, 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Pinckneyville Community Center. Lunch will be served. The class is limited but if there are more than 8 people signed up, another class will be offered soon. Call the Perry County U of I Extension office at 618357-2126 to register. January 31: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. February 1: The Pinckneyville Senior Club Meeting is CANCELLED February 2 thru February 28: Tom and Mark McDaniel would like to invite everyone to attend their 72nd Anniversary Sale at McDaniel’s Furniture starting February 2nd thru February 28th. The McDaniel Family is so grateful for the patronage of folks all over Southern Illinois! February 3: Church Women United meeting February 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the Senior Building in Pinckneyville.The Winkle Baptist ladies will have the program. All ladies are welcome. See you on February 3. February 7: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. February 8: The Mixed Nuts Unit of Perry County Home and Community Education meeting February 8 at 1:00 p.m in the Senior Club Building, 605 S. Douglas Street in Pinckneyville. February 10: The Perry County Humane Society meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital’s Wellness Center Conference Room at 5 p.m. The Meetings are open to the public. February 13: Knights of Columbus will host Wurstmart lunch from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Columbian Club of Pinckneyville February 14: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. February 18: Knights of Columbus will host “Fish Fry Friday” from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. February 19: Knights of Columbus Chicken and Beer Dance to benefit Pinckneyville High School’s FFA Chapter at the Columbian Club in Pinckneyville. Curbside pick-up from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Dine-in starts at 7:30 p.m with music by ‘One Night Stand’ from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. February 21: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. February 28: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. March 7: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. March 14: The Perry County Humane Society meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital’s Wellness Center Conference Room at 5 p.m. The Meetings are open to the public. March 14: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. March 21: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. March 28: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. April 4: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) weight loss support group meetings on Monday nights at Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin. Weigh-in/Meet & Greet 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. Masks and social distancing during meets. Contact 542-7429 for more information. April 7: Free Senior Health and Resource Expo at Maxton-Rosado Funeral Home, 11 S. Hickory St. Du Quoin from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For any questions you can email Bill or Vonda at maxtoncenter@gmail.com

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Du Quoin District 300 Board Hires First Girls Soccer Coach

New Du Quoin High School girls soccer coach Trevor Mann was hired during the District 300 Board of Education’s January meeting on January 20. Photo credit: Facebook.

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press DU QUOIN – Du Quoin District 300 has its first girls soccer coach at the high school, and the district didn’t have to look far to find him. The District 300 Board of Education unanimously approved (on a 5-0 vote with Board President Brian Rodely and Board Vice President Trent Waller absent) the hiring of Trebor Mann during its January meeting on January 20. Mann, who was hired by the BOE last August as a physical education teacher at Du Quoin Middle School, has a short timeline to work with as spring practice begins February 28. “I played team sports all through high school,” Mann said in an interview with the Weekly-Press following last Thursday’s meeting. “Mostly football, basketball, baseball. I went to SIU-Carbondale, got a major in exercise science, minored in coaching and for that coaching minor I had to shadow coach at the high school level.” Mann said he has shadow

coached with the girls’ soccer program at Carbondale High School for the past four years. “I’ve been wanting to branch out this past year and find my own head coaching position,” Mann said. “The stars kinda aligned with this program getting started here.” The District 300 BOE voted to give the green light to girls soccer during its December meeting, after tabling it the month before for more consideration. It’s the first new sport or activity to be added to the district’s offerings since bass fishing in 2012. The school board previously voted down a proposed soccer co-op with Pinckneyville in 2017. The district considered a similar initiative in 2016 and again in 2011 that was brought forward by Perry County Soccer parents. “It puts a lot on your shoulders,” Mann said of being the first soccer coach in district history. “I think I’m definitely up to the challenge and I’m ready to do it. “Being able to build a program from the ground up

is a pretty cool experience.” As far as what’s next, Mann said “Job 1” is to conduct meetings with interested athletes. “A lot of teams around here, they started open gyms three weeks ago when the semester started,” he said. “Not only are we three years behind the youngest team in our conference, we’re three weeks behind as far as the season goes to me. “I want to get interest meetings going and start rolling out those open gyms and open practices.” Mann’s coaching stipend will be covered through the district’s 21st Century grant that helps with after-school activities. “We’re basing it off of what’s in our grant, but we’re also going to look at what our other coaches make in total in the spring,” said District 300 Superintendent Matt Hickam. “While we’re going to follow those grant guidelines, we’re not going to exceed what a spring coach makes in total for their season. “We’re going to be in line with what our other spring

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coaches receive.” The Weekly-Press asked Hickam what dollar figure is attached to that. “For our spring coaches in our contract, those coaches have a stipend as a percentage based on their salary, which is based on their experience,” he said. “It can vary, so for us, where our coaches are at on the salary schedule and that’s where we’re going to make a number that’s going to be equivalent to what you would make if you were the softball coach or whatever.” This newspaper asked if the coaching stipend would be included in upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the Du Quoin Education Association, which represents the district’s teachers. “That’s up to the Association if they want to put that forward,” Hickam said. “That’s a benefit for Association members. We’ll see if that’s something that comes underneath the new collective bargaining agreement.” In other personnel moves, the BOE approved the hiring of Missy Montgomery as a gifted math teacher at DMS for the 2022-23 school year. That hiring prompted a reshuffling of other math teachers, with Robin Yancey transferring to 8th grade math, Susan Szymcek transferring to 5th grade math and Isaac Miller transferring to middle school intervention math. All the changes take effect with the next school year. “We’ve had gifted math that’s been taught by every grade level math teacher,” Hickam said. “What the middle school wanted to focus on was one teacher being dedicated to that. “I feel like that would allow kids to accelerate more because they’re going to have that consistency in one teacher from one year to the next as they go through that program. “By adding that position, you’re also going to have the opportunity to have manageable class sizes across the board.” In terms of COVID-19 impact, Hickam informed

the board that 15 percent of the district’s students were in temporary remote learning status the week before the meeting and that number stood at 11 percent by the day of last Thursday’s meeting. Improvements in impact among faculty/staff led the district to announce that dismissal times would return to their regular schedule this week. “We had 197 kids on temporary remote learning last Thursday (January 13),” Hickam said after the meeting. “We started (last) week a little less than 10 percent and we’ve gone up a little bit during the course of the week. “It’s not as bad as it was. Faculty/staff are not as bad as we experienced last week.” Hickam acknowledged the numbers are still high, but the district is able to manage. “We still have a lot of internal subbing, teachers covering other teachers because we can’t find enough subs to cover who’s out, but it’s not been unmanageable,” he said. “Test-to-stay has helped, more kids stay in school. Our nurses have done a great job of using that and a lot of kids have gone through that successfully.” Hickam expressed hope that the worst was over for the district. “It’s been really exhausting for our faculty and staff since coming back from Christmas break because the numbers have been so impactful,” he said. ROUNDUP • The board discussed a job description for the district technology coordinator, which the board members are planning to hire for the 202223 school year. This would be a facultylevel position and interested candidates should have teaching experience. Included duties would be management of the district’s website, longrange planning of equipment replacement, maintaining network and learning management systems, and providing input on other technology that would benefit teachers. “This is an attempt to prevent student information from making its way outside the school district,” Hickam

said. • The board approved a $87,680 proposal from Tru-Bilt Building Company for the construction of a pole barn storage building on land the district recently purchased west of the football field. The 40x60-foot building will have a 12-foot roof, one walk-in door, two overhead doors and no windows. Robbins later added that the district would install the electricity itself. The project is 100 percent funded through the district’s ESSER II COVID-relief funds. “Cost of materials is through the roof right now,” said District Business Manager Cory Robbins. “Smaller companies are not bidding the work.” Robbins informed the board that six companies were contacted in reference to the project and the district received only one proposal: Tru-Bilt’s. “In 18 months, the cost has gone up $20,000,” he said. “I’m thinking if we wait another month, it will go up another $20,000.” • The board approved the maternity leave request of Ashley Leeper from February 14 through the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. • The board accepted the resignation of Tyler King as supervisory aide at Du Quoin Elementary School effective January 7. • The board accepted the resignation of Lesley Hamburger Du Quoin High School secretary effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year. • The board approved the requests of Lisa Coleman and Deborah Pierce to have their retirement dates be amended to the conclusion of the 202122 school year. • The board approved the employment of the following people: Angela Myers (supervisory aide at DES), Michele Jones (DES vocal music teacher), James “Ike” Minton (DMS band director, remainder of 2021-22 school year), Katrina Lance (DMS social studies teacher), Amy Hill (custodian, start date TBD) and the spring sports volunteers.

District 50 Board Hires New Jr. High Volleyball Coach By Nate Fisher Weekly-Press The District 50 school board gathered in the elementary school gymnasium on Wednesday, January 19, for their regular session. During public comment, Shari Kovic addressed the board: “I see on the agenda, the agenda item on there is about a motion to possibly post for an admin position, and as a teacher and taxpayer I would just like to implore you to think about better ways that money could possibly be spent to actually serve the students of our district.” She added, “It would be great to have another person, like another reading specialist, possibly a math specialist… Special Ed is always a big concern. So I just ask you as stewards of the taxpayer’s money if you would think about some of those things that would have a more direct effect and positive impact on our students.”

Superintendent Scott Wagner reported on how COVID is affecting the district: “Every day is just a different scenario. It’s just a lot harder than it ever has been…We’ve been able to maintain, but we’re barely keeping our head above water.” Wagner went on to applaud District 50 teachers as extra vigilant when detecting symptoms of concern in students. He said the district had averaged 8-10 kids sent home a day. Kindergarten Screening was set for Friday, March 18, 2022. Wagner said the focus would be on spreading the word online and trying for a positive turnout, noting that the past six years of similar screening events have been successful for enrollment. Revisions to the policy manual were accepted by motion, adding Election Day and Juneteenth to recognized holidays. The board authorized via resolution the routine de-

struction of executive session recordings and voted to keep the executive session minutes from the past six months confidential. An agreement with Rice-Sullivan to conduct a routine audit for the 2022 school year was also approved. Meredith “Mo” Ramsey was hired for the Jr. High Head Volleyball Coach Position for the 2021-2022 School year. Three job postings were approved: a 5thgrade teacher for the 20222023 school year, a Physical Education teacher at the Junior High School for the 2022-2023 school year, and an Assistant Principal position for the 2022-2023 school year. The acknowledgment of an employee resignation was discussed in closed session but tabled over to the next meeting on return to regular session. The next meeting of the District 50 school board is Thursday, February 17.

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The Buckeyes 4-H Club recently baked cookies at the Pinckneyville Community Center and delivered them to area nursing homes as part of the club’s 40th anniversary project. Pictured are, Luke Epplin, Cody Epplin, Alyvia Surh, James Epplin, William Szostak, Leah Bathon, Anna Bathon and Allison Szostak. Photo submitted by Rhonda Shubert.

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Du Quoin’s Lexi Cobin Awarded Scholarship

Congratulations to 4-H member Lexi Cobin on being selected to receive the 2022 Illinois 4-H Food Systems Scholarship. This award recognizes youth who have demonstrated and maintained a high standard of 4-H excellence and mastery during their membership tenure. The $1,000 scholarship will be presented at the State 4-H Celebration of Excellence Awards Banquet in April.

History of Du Quoin By Brooklyn Willis The Clover Leaf January is the month most associated with new beginnings, so I figured I’d dive into the history of my hometown. Our little town in Southern Illinois was named for Jean Baptiste Du Quoin (sometimes written “Ducoigne”), who was born in 1750 to a Frenchman and Tamaroa Indian woman. In 1800, Chief Du Quoin merged three tribes (Kaskaskia, Cahokia and Tamaroa) into a new group which went to war against the Shawnees a few years later. Sadly, the war ended with both groups nearly annihilated. When Chief Du Quoin died in 1811, his son, Louis Jefferson Du Quoin, became chief. Du Quoin’s tribe had a winter camp on the present site of Old Du Quoin. Jarrold Jackson stopped there in 1803 and staked out property, becoming the encampment’s first settler. Isaac S. Metcalf - a civil

engineer from Maine - and Chester A. Keyes (who our park is named after) laid out the new town a few miles north of Old Du Quoin by the railroad in 1853 and called it Du Quoin. The arrival of the railroad also made mining an important industry for the area in the mid-1800s and it remained so for many years. After attending the World’s Fair in St. Louis in the 1920s, William R. Hayes was inspired to purchase 1,600 acres of reclaimed mining land to create a similar experience in Southern Illinois. Its early beginnings focused on Hayes’ love of harness racing and it turned into a long-standing tradition the week before Labor Day. In 1986, the State of Illinois purchased the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, ensuring the continuation of the annual Du Quoin State Fair and other non-fair events. So that’s a little history about how our town came to be.

A Quick Look At the History of Perry County By Steven Still The Clover Leaf

Perry County is full of history and here are some interesting facts about the county’s roots. Perry County was founded January 29, 1827. It was named after Oliver Hazard Perry, who became famous by defeating the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. The first settlers of Perry County were inland pioneers, many of whom were Revolutionary War veterans provided with land grants. Perry County boomed due to the discovery of plentiful coal reserves and later the construction of the Illinois Central Railroad. The railroad enabled the transportation of mined coal and up through the 1990s, coal mining was the number one employer in Perry County. The following are three things I think are cool about Perry County: The Du

Quoin State Fair, the Perry County Jail Museum and the American Thresherman’s Association. First, in 1923 the Du Quoin State Fair was founded by horse breeder William R. Hayes. Hayes created the fair to bring Grand Circuit Harness Racing to Southern Illinois, as the Illinois State Fair didn’t allow betting on horses. The old Perry County Jail, which is now a museum, was built in 1871 and cost $14,150, which in today’s money would be equivalent to $323,364. It is full of neat historical jail artifacts. The American Thresherman’s show is a fun event featuring tons of old farm equipment. There is a lot to learn there and you can find good food, cool shade and refreshing apple cider made right before your eyes. The event happens twice a year, once in summer and once in fall.

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Talking About the Du Quoin State Fair By Shelby Pearl The Clover Leaf

So, for this article I decided to write about the Du Quoin State Fair’s upcoming 100th anniversary this summer and I interviewed Fair Manager Josh Gross and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II. I started off by asking Costello what made him decide to get into agriculture and he said he has been involved in agriculture since he was a little kid. His grandfather was a farmer and he is the fifth generation of his family farm in Sesser. His grandfather was also an agriculture teacher and was very involved in FFA. It is something he has had a passion for his entire life. He grew up working and understanding the food supply chain and how things go from farm to fork. I asked what his favorite thing was about being the director of agriculture. He stated, “It’s probably dealing with kids and looking at the future of Ag. It’s the number one industry in the state of Illinois. “It’s a $19-billion-dollar

annual economic impact. Roughly one in five jobs in some way, shape or form involves agriculture.” Costello added that includes the restaurant and hospitality industry. He stated he has thought about how much Ag has transformed since he was a kid and how effective technology has become. “I can only imagine what it will be like when you’re 50,” he said. Then I asked what it meant for a fair to have its 100th anniversary. “For a fair to have its 100th anniversary, like the Du Quoin State Fair is having this year, is very special,” he said. Costello has been going to the fair since he was a kid. “The history if you look at it, whether it is from horse racing or the economic impact, this fairground has been awesome for the area,” he said. “How it brings together everybody from Southern Illinois to celebrate Ag and the region. “I just think it’s a very special event.” Costello said the fair is the one thing that he has shared with his grandparents who are now both gone.

Every year he goes and buys a box of Malone’s taffy at the fair because that is what his grandma always had to have. “Just over 10 years after her passing, I still go to Malone’s and buy some saltwater taffy,” Costello said. The week after the fair, he goes and puts a piece of it on her grave. The next thing I asked him was what is something you hope to work on or to improve in the Ag industry this year. “They are working really hard to improve the fairgrounds this year,” he said. “So that it makes an impact on the people around them so that it will last longer.” Then I asked him what it takes to be the director of agriculture and he said he has to listen to all of the comments and ideas that other people have to try to improve the fair. I asked him what he likes to see at the fair and he said that he likes to see kids smiling from ear-to-ear, having fun and getting along with each other. I interviewed Gross and asked what it takes to be a fair manager. “Iit takes a lot of dedica-

tion and people to get ready for the fair and to know how to take suggestions from other people and take their input and try to improve the fair the way it needs to be,” he said. I asked him what his favorite part of the fair was. “It is walking around the fair while it’s going on and seeing all of the kids having fun and winning their prizes and hanging out with their friends,” Gross said. “Not arguing with their parents.” I asked him what is something you are glad you did to change the fair for the good that you would not go back and change. Gross said that when he took over, the community was kind of drifting away from the fair. He went around to all the businesses that were involved and told them that things were going to change for the better. He expressed hope that they would want to get back involved with the fair and he was going to listen to their input and try to make everyone happy. Gross said he was going back to having the entire community involved in the fair.

adopt a labrador, make sure you do not leave items around for these dogs to find because they will chew up everything. The French bulldog comes in second place. This breed is particularly feisty and full of enthusiasm. They come in colors such as fawn, pied and brindle. French bulldogs are known for their little smooshed faces. Unfortunately, this can lead to breathing problems and overheating. If you are looking into adopting a French bulldog, be sure to set some money aside for vet bills if any problems should come up. In third place, we have the German shepherd. This breed’s swift working brain gives this dog the power to learn commands quickly.

This is most likely the reason we see German shepherds in the military and in police departments. German shepherds make great family dogs, but they are not so great with strangers. A fun fact about these dogs is that in the 1970s, there were over a million German shepherds in the U.S. alone. If you are wanting to adopt a German shepherd, make sure you set aside time and money to groom these very hairy dogs. The golden retriever comes in fourth place. This beautiful golden dog loves to run and chase things. While this is very good exercise, it can lead to joint problems. Golden retrievers make great therapy dogs. Therapy dogs have to be certified, but I think any dog who makes

you feel better is a therapy dog in my mind. Goldens really love water, but be sure to keep them out of cold water. They are still prone to hypothermia. Last, but certainly not least, is the bulldog. Originally bred for bull baiting, these dogs were aggressive. But when bull baiting became illegal, a breeder named Bill George changed that old, mean dog into a lovable companion. I think it’s weird that a cute and wrinkly dog like that used to fight bulls. If you want to adopt a bulldog that’s good news! You will be gaining a watchdog and a family dog. So now you know what kind of dogs Americans like. Did your furry friend make the list?

Top Five Favorite Dog Breeds in America By Leah Bathon The Clover Leaf

We all have that one breed of dog we can’t take our eyes off of. I know I do! But have you ever wondered what America’s favorite dog breeds are? According to the American Kennel Club, here are the top five as of 2020: Up first, we have the labrador retriever. These dogs love to cuddle and be active. Labradors were bred to retrieve waterfowl and were able not to damage the birds because of their soft mouth. Personally, labs are my favorite breed simply because of their goofy personality, love for their humans and that sweet, undeniably cute face. If you are looking to

CHECK PRESENTATION: Pictured are Rhonda Shubert, Anna Bathon, Angela Bathon, Leah Bathon, Allison Szostak, Carolyn Bathon and William Szostak. Members of the Bathon family awarded the Perry County 4-H Federation with a check for $2,500. This is from America’s Farmers Grow Communities Bayer Fund. Carolyn was a leader of the Buckeyes and her daughter-in-law and grandchildren are now part of that club.

FAMILY ROYALTY: This picture was taken at the 80th anniversary of the Pinckneyville Mardi Gras with five pageant queens in one family. Amanda (Ramsey) Hepp, Rhonda (Hardin) Shubert, Connie (Birkner) Ramsey, Heather (Ramsey) Lee and Cynthia (Hardin) Heisner. Mardi Gras will celebrate its 100th anniversary this October.

Mardi Gras to Celebrate 100th

By Staff Report The Clover Leaf Pinckneyville Mardi Gras will turn 100 this October. Much of what is known about the early years of Mardi Gras - which started out being known as the “Hallowe’en Mardi Gras” before “Hallowe’en” was dropped from the name in the late 1920s - comes from The Pinckneyville Democrat newspaper, which was founded in 1868 and ceased publication 140 years later in 2009. Etta Root Edwards helped organize the first Mardi Gras parade in 1922, which began in front of the Windsor Hotel at the corner of Mill and Parker streets. From there, it traveled east to Schaub’s corner, then north to the Presbyterian Church. The parade then turned east to Walnut Street and then north on Walnut to the town square. The first Mardi Gras queen pageant was held in 1925, with Hulda Scroeder Singer being named the first queen. Colonel Pinckney, named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Col. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, became part of the Mardi Gras event starting in 1953. His identity remains one of the closely-held secrets of Mardi Gras, and his Colonialthemed outfit is a throwback to his namesake’s time as a full-time officer in George Washington’s Continental Army. Colonel Pinckney arrives in costume and departs the event after bestowing a kiss on the new pageant queen.

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Panthers Pull Away to Beat Sesser-Valier Pinckneyville Panthers Share BIT Title

The Pinckneyville Community High School Panthers are co-champions of the Benton Invitational Tournament, sharing the title with Hamilton County. Photo by PCHS.

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press BENTON – Duke Riggins scored 13 points and Nile Adcock added 11, as Pinckneyville pulled away from a pesky Sesser-Valier team in the fourth quarter of a 52-33 win over the Red Devils in Saturday’s morning session of the Benton Invitational Tournament. “I thought our defensive pressure and our communication was very good,” said Pinckneyville coach Bob Waggoner. “We really sped Sesser up in the full court and in the half court our defensive communication pushed them out on the floor far from where their comfort zone is. “I thought we limited them

to very tough shots and really rebounded the ball well.” Pearson Launius added nine points for the Panthers (17-3), who held a 30-23 lead at the end of three quarters. However, Riggins hit his first three shots of the fourth quarter as part of a seven-point run and Pinckneyville rolled from there. “Duke’s a good shooter, Nile’s a good shooter, Trey’s a good shooter, those guys can put the ball in the basket,” Waggoner said. “They just have to be confident when they’re open and know the difference between a good shot and a rushed shot. “When we share (the ball) and get our feet set, they’re gonna knock those down.”

Sesser-Valier held a brief 5-4 lead in the first quarter on two free throws by Colt Packer with six minutes left in the frame, but Pinckneyville finished the quarter off on an 11-4 run. The Panthers led by eight, 17-9, on a Karsen Konkel layup a little less than two minutes into the second quarter, but some wild shooting by Pinckneyville allowed the Red Devils to creep back into the contest. Two free throws each by Blake Menser and Gavin Woodland cut Pinckneyville’s lead to 19-16 and S-V had a chance to get even closer, but Gabe Gunter missed the front end of a one-and-one with the Panthers coming up with the

rebound. Pinckneyville took its three-point advantage into the locker room at halftime and then opened the third quarter with eight straight points - including back-to-back 3-pointers by Adcock and Riggins - to increase its lead to 27-16 and force a Red Devils timeout. S-V got back within six, 27-21, on a 3-pointer from Menser with 2:17 left in the third, but that’s the closest the Red Devils would get for the rest of the game. “Sesser’s a tough ballclub,” Waggoner said. “They’re gritty, they’re kind of a bluecollar team. “I didn’t want our kids to be out-toughed by them and let them physically beat us up

in the post and drive the ball. I thought we responded well and kept the ball out of there for the most part and kept them off the glass.” Other scorers for Pinckneyville were Trey Moll (2), Isaac Queen (3), Kellen Scott (6) and Konkel (6). Later that night, Pinckneyville endured some icy shooting and a tightly-played contest to beat Benton, 34-26, to share the tournament title with Hamilton County. The Foxes beat Meridian, 75-52, to clinch a share of the trophy for the first time since 1999. Hamilton County beat Pinckneyville for the first time since 2002 on the first night, but fell to Benton on Friday night that created some

interesting possibilities on the tournament’s final day. Against the Rangers, Pinckneyville’s Trey Moll broke a 24-all tie with three free throws with 2:31 remaining in the game after being fouled on a 3-point attempt by Benton freshman Docker Tedeschi. “That was a big call,” Waggoner told WXAN radio after the game. “Offense was hard to come by.” The Rangers then turned it over at the other end, which resulted in a pair of Kellen Scott free throws that put the Panthers up 29-24 with 1:13 to play. Benton’s Keegan Glover pulled the Rangers back within Continued on Page15

Du Quoin Indians Fall to Christopher at Arrowhead Classic

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press JOHNSTON CITY – It was a heaping helping of basketball served in large chunks on January 18 on the second night of the Arrowhead Classic. Six-foot-5 senior center Peyton Mazur scored a gamehigh 26 points, and an 11-point surge from Christopher to start the second half was enough in a contest that featured multipoint runs from both sides as part of a 75-67 Bearcats win over Du Quoin.

“They came out and played a pretty good third quarter,” said Du Quoin coach Jason James. “We always tell the kids the first three minutes is the most important and Christopher did a good job in those first three minutes. “They got the lead and we could never get it back.” Du Quoin (8-10) led by as much as nine, 31-22, in the first half on a 3-pointer from Nishan Woody with 5:14 left in the second quarter. However, Christopher (152) fought back to take a 33-31

lead on two free throws by Trey Cole at the mask timeout of the quarter. The Bearcats continued to build their momentum in taking a 39-34 lead on two free throws by Mason Goins with 2:31 left before halftime. Du Quoin responded with a 6-2 run to cut its deficit to a single point, and a 3-pointer from Indians’ sophomore P.J. Winters tied the game at 43 heading into halftime. “I thought the intensity was good by both teams,” James said. “I think we hit 10 threes

Left: Du Quoin’s Henry Harsy and Seth Howerton battle Christopher’s Peyton Mazur for a rebound. Above: Du Quoin’s Jaden and Traijon Smith were selected to the All-Tournament Team of the Arrowhead Classic in Johnston City. Photo courtesy of Jason James.

in the first half and got us the lead and kept us in the game and they came right back at us to end the half.” It was a decidedly different vibe for the Indians to start the second half, however, as Christopher scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to hold a 54-43 lead at the mask timeout. The Bearcats led by 13, 5845, entering the fourth quarter, but Du Quoin began to rally behind a barrage of 3-pointers. Back-to-back treys from Eli Maynor - who led the

Indians with 23 points before fouling out late in the fourth cut Du Quoin’s deficit to 64-61 with 3:29 remaining. Maynor also had a good look at the tying shot 32 seconds later, but his 3-point try from the left wing clanked off the back of the iron. At the other end, a jumper by Mazur and a free throw by Cole gave the Bearcats a 67-61 advantage with 1:31 left. The Indians got as close as four, 67-63, before they were forced to start fouling. Christopher - which shot 47

free throws compared to seven for Du Quoin - made enough of its charity tosses to keep the Indians at arm’s length. “Losing (Maynor) and Woody and Green, we had three kids foul out who are big parts of what we’re trying to do,” James said. “It changes things up a bit for us, but I was proud of the effort and the way they battled there in the last quarter.” Nearly half of the Bearcats’ points (32) came at the freethrow line. Continued on Page18

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Lady Panthers Finish Runner-Up at Mid-Winter Classic

Above: Pinckneyville’s Promise Jones brings the ball up the floor. Left: Lady Panther Olivia Wiggers prepares to shoot a free throw during Pinckneyville’s 48-33 win over West Frankfort in the Redbirds’ own Mid-Winter Classic on January 20.

Above: Pinckneyville’s Emily Ruppert (center left) and Lily Tanner (center right) were selected to the All-Tournament Team of the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic. Right: Pinckneyville’s Emily Ruppert dribbles around West Frankfort’s Makane Cass.

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press WEST FRANKFORT – Lily Tanner scored 16 points and Olivia Wiggers added nine, as Pinckneyville finished runner-up at the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic with a 48-33 win over tournament host Lady Redbirds on January 20. Shea Pyatt added six points for the Lady Panthers (9-11),

who have won five of six games since returning from their COVID-pause to start the month. “At the start of the first and third quarters, we really set the tone with our defense, getting out and pressuring the ball and getting some easy looks at the rim,” said Pinckneyville coach Alan Engelhardt. “I thought we rotated and communicated pretty well, which was good to see after our struggles the night

before in that area.” Pinckneyville jumped out to a 12-2 lead to start the game and had things well in hand at halftime in taking a 25-10 advantage into the locker room at intermission. “Lily Tanner was good both offensively and defensively again for us and attacked the rim well,” Engelhardt said. “Olivia Wiggers added some scoring for the second night in a row, knock-

ing down another couple threes and getting some scoring punch from her will really help us out.” Also scoring for Pinckneyville were Emily Ruppert (4), Emily Baggett (4), Rileigh Harris (4), Lily Szczeblewski (3) and Cheyanne Pauley (2). Tanner and Ruppert were named to the All-Tournament Team after the contest. “It was good to see Lily Tanner and Emily Ruppert

make the all-tournament team,” Engelhardt said. “Lily had a great all-around tournament, and Emily plays so hard and does so much defensively that she changes the game, so it was good to see her recognized as well.” Pinckneyville began the stretch run toward the postseason on Tuesday night against Du Quoin, which did not participate in a mid-winter tournament.

The Lady Panthers then travel to Anna-Jonesboro on Thursday before returning home to face Nashville on Tuesday, February 1, to start a three-game homestand that includes tough opponents Carterville and Hamilton County. “We have won five of the last six we have played, and hopefully have some momentum going as we enter another tough stretch of games,” Engelhardt said.

Du Quoin Lady Indians Rout Murphysboro, 52-18

Left: Lady Indian Sophie Hill shoots a free throw against Murphysboro. Above: Du Quoin’s Abbi Mocaby puts up a shot against Murphysboro. Mocaby led all scorers with 20 points for the Lady Indians. Below: Du Quoin’s Kallie Oestreicher guards Murphysboro’s Kayden Gilmore during the Lady Indians’ 52-18 win on January 20.

Du Quoin’s Lauren Heape leaps toward the rim for a layup.

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press DU QUOIN – In its lone contest of last week, the Du Quoin Lady Indians got a standout performance from senior Abbi Mocaby to blow out Murphys-

boro, 52-18, on January 20 in Anders Gym. Mocaby outscored the Lady Red Devils by herself with 20 points, the lone player to reach double figures on either team. Lauren Heape and Sophie Hill each added nine points for

Du Quoin (13-6), which outscored Murphysboro 17-2 in the second quarter to open up a 30-6 lead at halftime. Other scorers for the Lady Indians were Kallie Oestreicher (8), Grace Alongi (2), Ella Davis (1) and Loveleen Dunklin (3).

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DMS Boys Beat Trico in Home Regular Season Finale

Above: DMS’s Jeremiah Jones and teammate Cy Craft battle with a pair of Trico players for a rebound. Right: Du Quoin Middle School’s Johnathan Brown eyes the basket as he attempts a shot in traffic during the Warriors’ win over Trico Junior High on January 20.

Above: DMS’s Bryson McClanahan fights through the Trico defense for a shot attempt. Left: DMS’s Jeremiah Jones leaps toward the basket for a layup.

By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press DU QUOIN – In its last home game of the regular season, Du Quoin Middle School got three players in double figures as part of a 49-28 win over Trico Junior High on January 20. Amir Grant and Johna-

Class L Boys Basketball Pairings Announced By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press DU QUOIN – We now know the SIJHSAA Class L Du Quoin Regional seedings, as pairings were announced on January 19. Du Quoin Middle School (17-4) earned the No. 1 seed in the Region 3 bracket, and will host the four-team competition starting on Wednesday, February 2, with the Warriors facing No. 4 seed Hamilton County at 5:30 p.m. in the semifinals. In the other semifinal, No. 2 seed Casey Middle School (Mt. Vernon) will take on No. 3 seed Benton Grade School at the conclusion of the first

game. The regional championship game is scheduled for Saturday, February 5, at 2 p.m. The regional champion will advance to the Class L state tournament at Rend Lake College in Ina starting Saturday, February 12. The Region 3 winner will face the Region 7 winner at noon that day in the state quarterfinals. The No. 1 seed in Region 7 is Salem Franklin Park Middle School. The Warriors were to visit Central Junior High School in West Frankfort on Thursday to end the regular season.

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Panthers Pull Away Continued from Page 12_______________________________________________

Above Left: Pictured are All-Tournament Team members of the Benton Invitational Tournament. From left, Brady Thrane (Hamilton County), Wyatt Hamson (Hamilton County), Reid Baumgarte (Benton), Luke Melvin (Benton), Kellen Scott (Pinckneyville), Nile Adcock (Pinckneyville), Gavin Woodland (Sesser-Valier), Duke Riggins and Roderick Gatewood Jr. (Meridian). Not pictured: JaQuavion Mackins (Meridian). Photo by Benton High School. Above Right: The Pinckneyville Panthers take the floor prior to their game against Sesser-Valier at the Benton Invitational Tournament on January 21.

Left: Pinckneyville’s Karsen Konkel puts up a shot for the Panthers. Above: Pinckneyville’s Kellen Scott puts up an off-balance jumper against the Red Devils. Scott would be one of three Panther selections to the All-Tournament Team along with Nile Adcock and Duke Riggins.

Above Left: Pinckneyville’s Pearson Launius takes a shot while Sesser-Valier’s Gabe Gunter (10) attempts to draw a foul. Above Right: Pinckneyville’s Duke Riggins lets a 3-pointer fly against the Red Devils. Below: Pinckneyville’s Nile Adcock shoots a 3-pointer against Sesser-Valier. Adcock would be named to the All-Tournament Team later that night.

a single possession with two free throws with 52 seconds on the clock, but two more free throws by Moll and another Benton turnover ultimately sealed the deal for Pinckneyville. “We played so hard defensively,” Waggoner said. “I really thought we executed well, but we couldn’t get the ball to go through the rim. “Luckily, we played well enough on the (defensive) end to overcome it.” Pinckneyville shot 28 percent from the floor (8-for29) for the game, making four field goals in each half. The Panthers, however, only committed a total of five turnovers compared to 14 for Benton. “We had the ball, an opening and didn’t shoot it,” Wag-

goner said. “I’m like, ‘come on’ against guys that just weren’t ready to shoot. “We were playing timid and I’m like, ‘We’ve got to finish around the rim, go for contact.’ “This isn’t a game for the faint of heart because of how physical it is.” Adcock and Moll led Pinckneyville with eight points each, with Riggins adding six of his own. Other scorers for the Panthers were Scott (5), Launius (1), Vaden Szczepanski (4) and Konkel (2). Riggins, Adcock and Scott were all named to the AllTournament Team after the contest. “I thought Trey had a great tournament,” Waggoner said. “I thought he easily could have

been on the All-Tournament Team. “High effort rebounding the ball and I thought defensively he was really good with tips and swatting passes.” Waggoner was asked if Pinckneyville will return to the BIT next year. The Rangers are adding Carterville and Herrin to the mix to make it a bracketed tournament. “I’ll go TBA,” Waggoner said. “We’ve got an opportunity to go to Okawville and we’re gonna talk a little bit about that.” With Pinckneyville already playing Carterville and Herrin during the regular season, Waggoner said he wasn’t too excited about playing them again in the tournament. Benton and West Frank-

fort also move to the SIRR Mississippi Division starting with the 2023-24 school year, with Carterville moving to the larger-school Ohio. The conference voted to realign last April, with a twoyear wait to accommodate existing scheduling contracts. “With the sub-sectional the way it is and we get pushed to the Metro-East, we feel we eventually have got to play more games that direction,” Waggoner said. “I feel the IHSA has put us in a very precarious position and we have to be smart enough to try and plan ahead and be proactive. “I love this tournament and our people come down, but there comes a time when you have to do what’s best for your program.”

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PJHS Holds Pep Rally for Lady Junior Panthers

The PJHS Lady Junior Panthers pose for a team photo at the end of last Friday’s pep rally. PJHS advanced to the SIJHSAA Class M girls basketball state tournament for the first time since 2013 and third since 2005.

Left: The PJHS cheerleaders help pump up the crowd during the rally. Above: PJHS Principal Mark Rohlfing emcees the event.

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Above Left: PJHS’s Kendall Cleland is introduced holding the regional championship trophy. Above Right: PJHS head girls basketball coach Niki McConnell is introduced to the crowd. Left: People hold signs of support for Pinckneyville Junior High’s Heidi Hug during a pep rally for the Lady Junior Panthers’ girls basketball team on January 21.

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Lady Junior Panthers Fall in State Quarterfinals

Above: PJHS coaches Rick Cicardi and Niki McConnell speak to their players during a break in the action. Right: PJHS’s Zoey Mathis guards a NMS player. Below: PJHS’s Kendall Cleland leaps toward the rim for a layup attempt during the Lady Junior Panthers’ Class M state quarterfinal game against Nashville Middle School. The Junior Hornettes beat PJHS, 52-24.

PJHS’s Joshlyn Rhoden takes a shot against Nashville Middle School.

Lady Junior Panther Mandy Partin heads for the basket.

Get In On Everything By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press INA – Kendall Cleland scored 14 points, and Zoey Mathis and Joshlyn Rhoden combined for the other 10, but Pinckneyville Junior High fell to Nashville Middle School, 52-24, in the SIJHSAA Class M state quarterfinals on January 21 at Rend

Lake College. Junior Hornettes 8th grader Emma Behrmann led all scorers with 27 points for NMS (24-1), which led 17-6 after one quarter and 28-16 at halftime. Mathis scored six points and Rhoden finished with four in her final basketball game for the Lady Junior Panthers. Rhoden and Mandy

Partin are the lone 8th graders for PJHS, which could return everybody else for the 202223 season. NMS, which has seven 8th graders on its roster, advanced to face a loaded Aviston Elementary team on Monday night in the state semifinals. Aviston (21-0), the lone team to beat the Junior Hornettes in the regular season, is

a feeder school for the Breese school system. The Eagles beat the Junior Hornettes, 3619, to face St. Clare Catholic School of O’Fallon on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for the state championship. NMS will battle Anna Junior High at 6 p.m. that night for third place. AJH fell to St. Clare, 41-24, in Monday’s early game.


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Du Quoin Indians Continued from Page 12_________________________________________________

Above: Du Quoin’s Gage Green floats a jumper during the Indians’ 75-67 loss to Christopher during the Arrowhead Classic on January 18. Below: Du Quoin’s Nishan Woody reaches for a loose ball while Christopher’s Cole Freeman tries to get a hand on it.

Above: Du Quoin’s Jaden Smith goes up for a layup against the Bearcats. Below: Du Quoin’s Traijon Smith shoots a jumper against Christopher on January 18 on the second night of the Arrowhead Classic in Johnston City.


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Jaden Smith (15) and Woody (10) also reached double figures for the Indians, who had nine players total notch at

least two points in the loss. Other scorers for Du Quoin were Gage Green (2), Traijon Smith (6), Maurice Washing-

ton (2), Winters (5), Henry Harsy (2) and Cameron Hugya (2).

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Weekly-Press Sports Roundup________________ By Pete Spitler Weekly-Press • Girls Basketball Mid-Winter Classic Pinckneyville 59, S-V 28 WEST FRANKFORT – Lily Tanner scored 17 points and Emily Ruppert added 14, leading Pinckneyville over Sesser-ValierWaltonville on January 17 in the opening game of the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic. Nine total players scored for Pinckneyville (8-10), who jumped out to a 20-5 lead to start the game and led 36-10 at halftime. “We really set the tone early in the game, getting after them defensively and turning turnovers and rebounds into chances to get out and run and create offense,” said Pinckneyville coach Alan Engelhardt. “Lily Tanner got us going early on attacking the rim and Emily Ruppert did a great job looking for her own shot tonight, putting herself into position to knock down some shots. “She can be a bigger offensive threat for us when she looks for her offense and doesn’t just create for her teammates.” Other scorers for the Lady Panthers were Mo Morgenthaler (1), Lily Szczeblewski (5), Promise Jones (2), Olivia Wiggers (2), Emily Baggett (7), Rileigh Harris (4) and Cheyanne Pauley (4). “Rileigh Harris also was more aggressive tonight, rebounding the ball and scoring on a pick-and-roll and elbow jumper as well,” Engelhardt said. “This was a good start to the tournament for us, and if we can continue to trend this way, I like the direction we are heading.”

Mid-Winter Classic Herrin 50, Pinckneyville 46 WEST FRANKFORT – Lily Tanner scored 12 points to lead three players in double figures, but Herrin scored the final seven points of the game to steal a win over Pinckneyville at the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic. Olivia Wiggers and Emily Baggett each scored 11 points for the Lady Panthers (8-11), who led 46-43 before Herrin started its comeback. “This was a disappointing outcome because of how we let the game get away from us,” said Pinckneyville coach Alan Engelhardt. “Nine of their points came from us not communicating after a substitution and allowing an unguarded player. We hadn’t done that in weeks.” Other scorers for Pinckneyville were Mo Morgenthaler (5), Emily Ruppert (5) and Shea Pyatt (2). “Offensively, we got a lift from the perimeter, but we turned the ball over 20 times, and many of those were completely unforced errors,” Engelhardt said. Non-Tournament Du Quoin 61, Trico 32 CAMPBELL HILL – Lauren Heape led three players in double figures with 20 points, and Du Quoin soundly defeated Trico on January 24. Abbi Mocaby (11) and Sophie Hill (10) also reached double digits for the Lady Indians, who improved to 14-6 on the season. • Boys Basketball BIT Pinckneyville 69, Meridian 49 BENTON – Kellen Scott scored 23 points to lead three players in double

figures, and Pinckneyville evened its record to 1-1 at the Benton Invitational Tournament with a win over Meridian on January 19. Nile Adcock added 15 points and Duke Riggins contributed 11 for the Panthers (15-3), who saw a 14-point, fourth quarter lead get trimmed to 55-47 that resulted in a Pinckneyville timeout. The Panthers got the message, finishing the game off on a 14-2 run. Trey Moll (9), Pearson Launius (4), Karsen Konkel (5) and Vaden Szczepanski (2) also scored for Pinckneyville, which had a much closer battle in the first half. Meridian led 12-8 in the first quarter, but four points from Moll tied it with 1:05 left in the frame. However, Roderick Gatewood Jr. sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bobcats a 15-12 advantage heading into the second quarter. The Panthers took an 18-15 lead that was countered by four points from Meridian. A 3-pointer from Moll ended up giving Pinckneyville the lead for good, 25-23, as the Panthers took a 31-26 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Pinckneyville 76, Vandalia 36 BENTON – Duke Riggins scored a game-high 17 points, and Pinckneyville opened the second quarter with 11 straight points as part of a blowout victory over Vandalia on January 21. The Panthers (16-3) led 20-11 after one quarter of play, but five points from Nile Adcock - including a layup off a 3-on-1 break - quickly pushed Pinckneyville’s lead to 17. The Panthers continued to roll from there, taking a

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48-18 lead into the locker room at halftime. Riggins had 14 of his points in the first half, as Pinckneyville shot a blistering 59 percent from the floor through the first 16 minutes of the contest. In total, the Panthers outscored the Vandals (7-11) 28-7 in the second quarter alone. Arrowhead Classic Johnston City 72, Du Quoin 61 JOHNSTON CITY – Traijon Smith scored 11 points and Henry Harsy 10, but Du Quoin fell to Johnston City on January 21. Jaden Smith, Gage Green and Eli Maynor each added eight points for the Indians, who fell to 8-11 on the season. Other scorers for Du Quoin were Cameron Hugya (7), Nishan Woody (7) and Seth Howerton (2). Du Quoin 77, AnnaJonesboro 68 JOHNSTON CITY – Brothers and All-Tournament Team selections Traijon and Jaden Smith combined for 31 points, and Du Quoin salvaged a win out of the Arrowhead Classic by beating Anna-Jonesboro on January 22. Maurice Washington added 18 points for the Indians (9-11), with Caden Hutchens returning from COVID protocol to add 13 points to the effort. Other scorers for Du Quoin were Nishan Woody (3), Gage Green (5), Eli Maynor (5) and Seth Howerton (4). Non-Tournament Du Quoin 64, Trico 41 CAMPBELL HILL – Caden Hutchens led all scorers with 32 points - including eight 3-pointers - and Du Quoin won its second game

in a row on January 24. Maurice Washington added 14 points and Gage Green chipped in 10 for the Indians (10-11), who led 27-25 at halftime and then outscored the Pioneers 21-11 in the third quarter to break the game open. Other scorers for Du Quoin were Cameron Hugya (2), Traijon Smith (4) and Nishan Woody (2). The Indians travel to Pinckneyville on Friday for the second round of the Battle of the Beaucoup. • JH Boys Hoops Nashville 53, DMS 37 NASHVILLE – Justin Harsy scored 11 points and Amir Grant added 10, but Du Quoin Middle School fell to Nashville Middle School on the Junior Hornets’ 8th Grade Night on January 18. Maddox Ritzel and Gannon Turner each scored 15 points to lead NMS (21-0), which led 13-5 after one quarter and 26-19 at halftime. Other scorers for the Warriors were Jeremiah Jones (9), Jonathan Brown (5) and Jackson Taylor (2). In the 7th grade game, DMS clinched the Junior SWEC title with a 37-19 win over NMS. Cy Craft scored a teamhigh 19 points for the Warriors in the win. Casey 55, DMS 36 MT. VERNON – Jeremiah Jones scored 13 points and Justin Harsy added 10, but Du Quoin Middle School fell to Zadock Casey (Mt. Vernon) Middle School on January 19. Johnathan Brown (9), Noah Siefert (1), Collin Feltmeyer (1) and Hunter Martin (2) also scored for the Warriors, who fell behind 18-6 after the first quarter. DMS won the 7th grade

game, 19-10, with Cy Craft leading the Warriors with eight points. PJHS 46, Christopher 34 CHRISTOPHER – Kolton Smith and Brody Wilt each scored 14 points, and Pinckneyville Junior High beat Christopher Elementary on January 18. Jon Kuhnert added eight points for the Junior Panthers (16-7), who led 19-8 after the first quarter and 2712 at halftime. Other scorers for PJHS were Christian Davis (5), Christian Queen (5) and Reed Marlow (4). PJHS 59, Sparta 43 SPARTA – Kolton Smith led all scorers with 23 points, and Pinckneyville Junior High beat Sparta in the regular season finale on January 20. Reed Marlow scored 14 points and Jon Kuhnert added 10 for the Junior Panthers (17-7), who led 28-12 at halftime and 45-27 after three quarters. Other scorers for PJHS were Christian Queen (2) and Brody Wilt (4). DMS 50, Benton 32 BENTON – Amir Grant scored a game-high 15 points, and Du Quoin Middle School beat Benton Grade School on January 24. Jeremiah Jones, Johnathan Brown and Justin Harsy each added 11 points for the 8th grade Warriors (16-4), who outscored the Junior Rangers 15-4 in the third quarter to blow the game open. Other scorers for DMS was Jameson Vanzandt, who added two points to the winning effort. The young Warriors (18-1) also won the 7th grade game, 34-31, with Aiden Adams leading the way with 13 points.

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