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Local News Archives for 2011-11

Impasse Continues For The Nokomis School District

(Nokomis)--The Nokomis Board of Education and the Teachers Union met for five and a half hours Monday night in hopes of ending an impasse on a new contract. Following the session, no tentative agreement was reached. No meetings have been scheduled between the two parties, but are expected.

The Nokomis Education Association has been without a new contract since August.

Greene County Fatal

A Greene County woman was killed in a single vehicle accident Wednesday night in Greene County.

According to Illinois State Police, 53 year old James McEvers of White Hall was northbound on Belltown Road when his 2000 Ford F-350 truck left the roadway on a curve at 11:00pm. The truck went oout of control and crashed into a ditch before coming to rest.

A female passenger in the vehicle, 23 year old Alisha Connors of Roodhouse, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

McEvers and another passenger, 31 year old Joseph McEvers of White Hall were not injured.

State police charged James McEvers with DUI and improper lane usage.

One Person Seriously Injured In An Accident Near Farmersville

(Farmersville)--One person was seriously injured in a single vehicle accident Monday afternoon near Farmersville. According to State Police, a vehicle driven by 64 year old Larry Conaughty of Farmersville waws westbound on the Farmersville Road when he lost control while attempting to make a turn onto Ball Road.

Conaughty's vehicle came to rest on its drivers side. He was taken to St. John's Hospital in Springfield for treatment of serious injuries. Girard Ambulance, Girard Police and Fire Departments assited with the accident.

Conaughty was cited with DUI, improper lane usage, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Panhandle To Enter Into A Feasibility Study With Morrisonville and Nokomis

(Raymond)--During the Panhandle Board of Education meeting Monday night, the board approved to enter into a feasibility study with the Morrisonville, and Nokomis School Districts. The measure passed four to three. Board members Rick Bormida, Kathy Johnson, and Terri Payne voting no.

Closed Session

Following a closed session, the board approved to hire Lance Glick as Lincolnwood High School Assistant Baseball coach. The board also accepted the resignation of Gail Roach as Raymond Grade School Before and After daycare aide. The board hired Amy Hamilton to the same position.

Troopers Found Three Hundred Thousand Dollars In A Car Near Highland

(Highland)--State Police say they have seized three hundred thousand dollars found in a car they stopped on Interstate 70 near Highland. Troopers announced Wednesday that the money was found four days earlier in a westbound Dodge Durango stopped for improper lane usage.

The cash was in thirty rectangular bundles sealed with electric tape, all hidden in two boxes of new home audio equipment. The motorist gave Troopers permission to search the vehicle. The driver later signed a disclaimer form disavowing any knowledge of the money and was released.

An investigation is ongoing.

California Man Arrested On Drug Charges Following A Traffic Stop

(Highland)--A California man is jailed in Madison County after being accused of possessing more that seventy pounds of marijuana found in a car he was driving. State Police arrested 27 year old Thomas Debakker, Jr. after he was pulled over Thursday for illegally speeding on Interstate 70.

State Police say a drug dog later alerted troopers to the scent of marijuana coming from the car. After a search, the drugs were found in three duffle bags in the truck. Debakker was charged with trafficking marijuana.

New Voter Cards for Macoupin County Arriving

Pete Duncan, Macoupin County Clerk, has announced that new voter cards should be arriving now for every registered voter in the county.

This move will accomplish two requirements of the Elections Office. It will be the first time in five yearsw that a major maintenance mailing will be done, helping to correct the voter file, and will give all voters a list of their new districts after redistricting. Redistricting is the process done every ten years where the legislative districts are redrawn based on new census numbers.

Duncan says the maintence mailing will help remove voters who no longer live in the address they are listed at in the voter file. Cleaning the voter file of these no longer valid voters will ensure accuracy of the voter list, help speed up Election Day sign-ins by shortening the list given to judges, and reduce costs in the election budget.

Voters should be sure to check that their name and address are correct on the card, make sure the districts listed on the card are the districts they are entitled to vote in and be sure to send back any cards that are for previous occupants.

Any questions can be directed to the Macoupin County Clerk's Office at 217-854-3214, extension 707.

Mt Olive Man Found Dead At Frank Holten State Park

(Collinsville)--A Mt. Olive man was found dead Friday morning at Frank Holten State Park in Centerville. According to State Police, 37 year old Thomas Knowles was found pinned under his vehicle. Emergency responders pronounced Knowles dead at the scene.

An investigation of Knowles vehicle determined that the vehicle had mechanical problems. Illinois State Police and Conservation Police assisted in the accident.

Hillsboro Man Arrested Following Investigation

(Hillsboro)--A 35 year old Hillsboro man was arrested last Saturday, following a month long investigation. According to Hillsboro Police, James Rhodes was taken into custody at his appartment on Berry Street.

During the investigation, officers uncovered that Rhodes was selling drugs from his appartment. Upon a search of his residence, officers discovered plastic bags of cannabis underneath a mattress among other paraphernalia.

Rhodes was cited with delivery of cannabis over thirty grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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