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2011 Mini Miner & Mini Miss Candidates

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The Mini Miner and Mini Miss pageant is for children ages 3-5 who reside in School District #7. One girl and one boy, along with Miss Black Diamond Days and Jr. Miss Black Diamond Days, will represent the Gillespie community at other area pageants, parades, and community events. Mini Miner and Mini Miss winners will be chosen based on a penny-per-vote concept. Canisters have been placed in local businesses and will remain there until June 1st. Winners will be announced at the Mini Miner and Mini Miss pageant on June 4th at the Gillespie Civic Center at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend! Here are the candidates for 2011..

Keaton Bertoldi

Keaton Jacob Bertoldi is the four-year-old son of Billy and Megan Bertoldi of Wilsonville and the grandson of Bill Bertoldi, Janine Bertoldi, Lisa White, Willam F. Bertoldi, Joyce Bertoldi, and Wanda Boerkel.  His mom works for Illinois Buisness Card Directory and his dad is self-employed.  He has on brother, Billy(five).  Keaton attends pre-school at Benld Macoupin County Head Start and has three pit-bulls names Diesal, Buddy, and Abby.  His favorite color is red.  When Keaton grows up, he wants to be a kindergarten teacher like his brother’s teacher Ms. Jubelt.  His canister is located at the Workplace Bar in Gillespie.

Kenton Brown

Kenton Brown is the five-year-old son of Ryan and Jamie Brown of Gillespie, the grandson of Brad and Linda Miller and Brian and Monica Brown, and the great-grandson of Mitch and Sue Bryant.  His mom works for American Medical Software and his dad farms.  He has one brother, Gavin (10).  Kenton attends Education Station pre-school and has one cat named Baylee, a cat named Thomas, and a rabbit named Pepper.  His favorite color is red.  When Kenton grows up, he wants to be a fireman and fight fires.  His canister is located at TJ’s in Benld.

Mason Cerentano

Mason Cerentano is the three-year-old son of Cody and Michelle Cerentano and the grandson of Rick and Tena Cerentano and Curt and Reva Bowen.  His dad works at Daley-Bruckert Chevrolet in Staunton and her mom works at McDonald’s in Edwardsville.  He has one sister, Reagan(two).  Mason attends Education Station pre-school and has two dogs named Mikko and Coco.  His favorite color is red.  When Mason grows up, he wants to be a fireman.  His canister is located at Shell in Gillespie.

Austin Klose

Austin Klose is the four-year-old son of Jessica Shaw and Erich Klose and the grandson of Paul and Linda Shaw and Mike and Sherry Klose.  His mom works at Randy’s Market in Benld.  Austin attends Benld Elementary Pre-K and has two dogs named Wall-E and Baby and a rabbit named Buz.  His favorite color is orange.  When Austin grows up, he wants to be a farmer.  His canister is located at Miner’s Restaurant in Gillespie.

Marcus Reno

Marcus Reno is the three-year-old son of Samantha Cuevas and Andrew Reno of Benld and the grandson of Angel and Angie Cuevas and David and Debbie Reno.  His mom works at Schutt Manufacturing and his dad works at Toni’s Restaurant.  Marcus attends Benld Elementary Pre-K and has two dogs named Baby and Marley.  His favorite color is blue.  When Marcus grows up, he wants to be Spiderman.  His canister is located at Family Dollar in Benld.

Kaden Rieffer

Kaden Rieffer is the four-year-old son of Ed and Jessica Bearden-Rieffer of Gillespie and the grandson of Kent and Nancy Bearden and Bill Riefer.  His dad works at AAA Construction Services and his mom works at Michelle’s Pharmacy.    Kaden has 2 brothers, Bryce (9 years) and Zander (5 years).  He is in Mrs. Niehaus’ class at Benld Elementary Pre-K and has chickens, roosters, and ducks for pets.  His favorite color is blue.  When Kaden grows up, he wants to be a baseball player and drive trains.  His can is located at Michelle’s pharmacy in Gillespie.

Austin Schehl

Austin Schehl is the three-year-old son of Amanda Cairns and Andrew Schehl III of Benld and the grandson of Randy Cairns Sr., Michelle Pocklington, Dawn Maxville, and Andy Schehl.  His dad works at Cooper B-Line in Highland and his mom is a stylist at Cairns Creations Home Salon.  Austin has one brother Zachary and is expecting another brother soon.  He has two Great Danes named Roxy and Apollo, and a Miniature Pinscher named Princess.  His favorite color is Blue.  When Austin grows up, he wants to be a mechanic.  His canister is located at Jumpin’ Jimmy’s in Gillespie.

Andrew Sellers

Andrew Sellers is the four-year-old son of Brian and Dale Sellers of Benld and the grandson of Gordon and Irene Nessl, Rosalie King, and Eldred Sellers.  His mom works at Gillespie Family Practice and his dad works for Metrolink.  He has two sisters, April and Ashley, and a brother Brian.  Andrew attends Education Station pre-school and has one dog named Chleo.  His favorite color is green.  When Andrew grows up, he wants to be a baseball player.  His canister is at Casey’s in Benld.

Elissa M. Cline

Elissa M. Cline is the four-year-old daughter of Kellyn and Justin Peoples of Gillespie and Justin Plasters of Litchfield.  She is also the granddaughter of Dennis and Brenda Cline, Dee and Brian Marit and Shirley Lovell.  Her mom works at First Community Bank of Hillsboro and her dads work at Wright Automotive and IGA in Litchfield.  Elissa has a cat named Smoky and two dogs named Jackson and Vista.  Her favorite colors are blue and yellow.  When Elissa grows up, she wants to be a doctor. Her canister is located at Randy’s Market in Gillespie.

Kylee Means

Kylee Means is the four-year-old daughter of Dillon and Jami Davis of Gillespie and the granddaughter of Arthur and Diana Means.  Her dad works at Cooper B-Line in Highland and her mom is a stylist at House of Hair and Nails in Gillespie.  Kylee has one sister named Camrynn (7 months).  She has one pet crab named Mr. Crabs.  Her favorite color is blue.  When Kylee grows up, she wants to be a stylist liker her mom.  Her canister is located at Casey’s in Gillespie.

Lillianna Patterson

Lillianna Patterson is the three-year-old daughter of Maranda Patterson and granddaughter of Jenine and Cliff Cook, the great-granddaughter of Judy and Chuck Macaby, and the great-great-granddaughter of Lillian Hoerig and the late Melvin Hoerig.  Her mom works at Vito’s Italian Pizzeria in Chatham.  Lillianna has 1 brother (Raymond Clayton, 7) and 1 sister (MaKynleigh Patterson, 6 months).   She has a cat named Meow Meow and her favorite colors are pink and purple.  Lillianna says she wants to be a doctor when she grows up so she can “help little kids like me.”  Her canister is located at Sullivan’s Drugstore in Gillespie.

Wrigley Releford

Wrigley Releford is the four-year-old daughter of Chris and Jennifer Releford of Gillespie and the granddaughter of Gary and Jamie Michalik, Robin Smith, and the late Gary Releford.  She is also the great-granddaughter of Joan Davis and Edna Releford.  Her mom works at Georgia Pacific and her dad works for the Gillespie/Benld Area Ambulance Service.  Wrigley attends Education Station Pre-School and has three pets; a dog named Splendor, a rabbit named Sunny, and a turtle names Surtle.  Her favorite color is purple.  When Wrigley grows up, she wants to be a cheerleader. Her canister is located at MotoMart in Gillespie.

Brooklynn Whaley

Brooklynn Whaley is the four-year-old daughter of Michelle and Chad Whaley of Gillespie and the granddaughter of Rhoda and Alfred Vaniter and Bruce and Sherry Sands.  Her mom works at Randy’s Market in Benld and her dad works in HVAC.  She has one sister anmed Madyx (10).  She attends Education Station Preschool and has a cat named Miss Kitty and a dog named Poopydog.  Brooklynn’s favorite color is pink.  When Brooklynn grows up, she wants to be a princess.  Her canister is located at Randy’s Market in Benld.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cases filed during July 7 through July 13. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Timothy D. Conlee, 29 of Gillespie, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving in connection with a July 6 incident.

Dylan J. Arview, 25 of Benld, is charged with driving under the influence while license revoked or suspending, DUI, driving on a suspended license and driving 15-20 mph above the limit in connection with a July 5 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 35 of Sorento, is charged with driving revoked/suspended with a DUI, driving on revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, displayed registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

Dustin W. Gooch, 34 of Beecher City, is charged with aggravated fleeing/bodily injury, unlawful display of a title, improper use of registration/title, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and registration light in connection with a June 17 incident.

MISDEMEANORS

Jordan A. Black, 24 of Gillespie, is charged with battery/causing bodily harm in connection with a July 8 incident.

Dustin R. Stieglitz, 37 of Shipman, is charged with aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon in connection to a June 29 incident.

Steven A. Kroll, 33 of Eagarville, is charged with resisting a peace officer, fire fighter, or corrections employee in connection with a June 26 incident.

TRAFFIC

David B. Brown, 58 of Virden, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a July 3 incident.

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Jennifer L. Roberts, 47 of Worden, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with July 5 incident.

Andrew L. Connoyer, 31 of Bethalto, is charged with improper use of registration, driving 15-20 mph above the limit, and no valid registration in connection with July 7 incident.

Megan E. Bertoldi, 37 of Gillespie, is charged with leaving the scene in connection with July 11 incident.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Tasha McQuay versus David McQuay

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School board disciplines staff member; hires AD and Student Services Coordinator

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In a relatively brief meeting Monday night, the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education approved a “resolution of remedial warning” against an unidentified district teacher, and hired a new Student Services Coordinator and Athletic Director.

The actions followed an 80-minute executive session during which board members presumably primarily discussed personnel issues. The regular monthly meeting of the board was moved up by one week to fill key positions, such as the Athletic Director and Student Services Coordinator, prior to the start of the school year next month. The district was taken by surprise when former Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Bray and Athletic Director Mike Bertagnolli both announced their retirements within days of each other.

Supt. Shane Owsley said the resolution of remedial warning is a disciplinary action representing “a second strike, so to speak.” Neither the teacher or the nature of the infraction was disclosed in open session.

In other action, the board, voted unanimously to hire Shelsie Timmermeier as the district’s Student Services Coordinator for the 2024-25 school year, stepping into the vacancy created by Bray’s retirement, pending confirmation of certification and a background check. In a separate action, the board also appointed Timmermeier as an assistant high school women’s volleyball coach.

Jeremy Smith was hired, also by a unanimous vote, as the district’s Athletic Director for the 2024-25 school year. In a related matter, Smith’s resignation as middle school head baseball coach was accepted. Additionally, the board posted the coaching position as vacant for the coming school year.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Dennis Tiburzi, the board hired Alex Jasper as a high school social science teacher for the coming school year. The board also voted unanimously to hire Tate Wargo as a first-year, non-tenured physical education instructor, pending confirmation of certification. Both positions were vacated as a result of the sudden resignation of Dalton Barnes in April as head football coach, physical education teacher and social science teacher. 

In related matters, the board also hired Wargo Monday night as an eighth grade boy’s basketball coach, and accepted Jasper’s resignation as a district paraprofessional and posted the position as vacant.

In other personnel action, the board:

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  • Hired Amanda Ewin as a one-on-one aide.
  • Hired Anthony Kravanya as a freshman men’s basketball coach.
  • Appointed Melissa Heigert as a volunteer assistant high school softball coach.

In other action, the board gave routine approval to a list of policies provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Supt. Owsley also provided a brief update on the progress being made on safety projects expected to be completed before the start of the school year, including installation of a new intercom system, a card-reader entry system and shatter-proof protective film on exterior windows.

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Gillespie Library, United Community Bank to host Fraud and Scam Prevention seminar on July 22

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Gillespie Public Library (Photo by Gillespie Public Library)

Friends of the Gillespie Public Library and United Community Bank are hosting a joint “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at on Monday, July 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gillespie Public Library.

The seminar will focus on today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. Presenters will be Jenni Alepra of Gillespie UCB and Kennen Bertolis of Carlinville UCB.

The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at 217-839-3614.

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