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Black Diamond Days pageant set for Friday evening

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The Black Diamond Days Committee invites the community to the Miss Black Diamond Days Pageant on Friday, June 1  from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Gillespie Civic Center in downtown Gillespie. Let’s meet the junior miss contestants first.

Junior Miss Contestants

Candace Conlee (Jr. Miss Contestant #1)

 

 

 

 

Junior Miss contestant number one is Candace Conlee. Candace is the daughter of Darlene Conlee. She recently received at first at solo contest at Illinois State.  Her hobbies include choir, band and swimming.  She enjoys animals, church family and singing. Candace dislikes bugs, celery and scary movies.  Her career plans to finish Gillespie High School and become an artist, singer or youth pastor.

 

 

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Kirsten Sherman (Jr. Miss Contestant #2)

 

 

 

 

Junior Miss contestant number two is Kirsten Sherman.  Kirsten is the daughter of Leslie and Todd Sherman.  Kirsten dislikes animal cruelty and wants to become a veterinarian.  But, she loves playing a variety of different sports and adores being around her friends and family.  She loves being outdoors and riding four wheelers with her family.  She also loves the summer time.

 

 

McKenzie Whitworth (Jr. Miss Contestant #3)

 

 

 

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Contestant number three is McKenzie Whitworth.  McKenzie is the daughter of Shelly and Scott Whitworth.  She plans to become a veterinarian when she gets older.  She enjoys singing and music. She has been on honor roll every quarter in middle school.  She plays basketball, softball, volleyball and cheerleading.  She is very social and enjoys spending time with people.  She attended the Impact Youth Group and plans to never have a spider as a pet.

 

 

Eryka Mabus (Jr. Miss Contestant #4)

 

 

 

 

Contestant number four is Eryka Mabus.  Eryka is the daughter of Richard and Annette Clark  She wants to persue a career as a pediatric nurse.  Eryka is a member of her 7tha dn 8th grade Scholarbowl Team and enjoys working with young children.  Eryka has been a high honor student throughout middle school and received 1st place for her piano and drum solo at IESA contest in 7th and 8th grade.  She loves to read and learn new things and is working towards going on a mission trip to Jamaica later this year. Eryka is an active member of the Berean Baptist Church.

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Abigail Barber (Jr. Miss Contestant #5)

 

 

 

Contestant number five is Abigail Barber.  Abigail is the daughter of Andrew and Melinda Barber.  She is on honor roll and loves to play basketball.  She is on the volleyball and track team.  Abigail loves to vacation with her family and she also loves to go swimming in her pool during the summer months.  She wants to attend college to become a marine biologist and is a saxophone player in the band.

 

 

Nina Moutrie (Jr. Miss Contestant #6)

 

 

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Contestant number six is Nina Moutrie.  Nina is the daughter of Donna and Eric Valdes.  She enjoys attending church and volunteering when needed.  Her achievements are being a member of student council and she has been an honor roll student for the last two years.  Soccer is one her favorite sports, of which she has been playing for three years.  Nina enjoyed cheerleading her 7th grade year and likes spending time with her family and going to the lake on the weekends.  Her hobbies are boating, swimming and outdoor activities.  Nina wants to attend college to pursue a career as a lawyer.

 

 

Maya Marcacci (Jr. Miss Contestant #7)

 

 

 

Contestant number seven is Maya Marcacci.  Maya is the daughter of Michael and Susan Marcacci.  She is currently in 7th grade.  Her favorite color is orange and she enjoys being outdoors.  She loves to tumble and likes to play with her little brother name Michael.  Maya’s lifelong goal is to contribute to the cure for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and also other types of cancer.

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Reese Marshall (Jr. Miss Contestant #8)

 

 

 

Contestant eight is Reese Marshall.  Reese is the daughter of Suzie and Joe Marshall.  Reese loves volleyball and water skiing.  She is a member of the Gillespie High School Dance Team and wants to become a cosmetologist.  She loves spending time with her friends and family.  She attended the 2012 Honors Banquet for 11 consecutive quarters of being on honor roll.  She is an active member of the IMPACT Youth Group of Gillespie.  Reese won first runner up in both the 2011 Jr. Miss Black Diamond Days Pageant and the 2011 Jr. Miss Macoupin County Pageant.

 

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Kortney Carr (Contestant #1)

 

 

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Contestant number one is Kortney Carr. Kortney Carr is the daughter of Bobby and Dana Carr. She was chosen as an All-American cheerleader and traveled to London to cheer in the New Year’s Day Parade.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and loves to cheer and tumble.  She likes the St. Louis Cardinals especially David Freese.  She dislikes feet, cold weather, driving and the Cubs. She enjoys boating with her humongous family, reading and sleeping.  Kortney loves all types of shoes.

 

 

Mikayla Tarro (Contestant #2)

 

 

 

Contestant number two is Mikayla Tarro.  Mikayla is the daughter of Dennis Tarro and Yvonne Pinkerton.  She graduated high school as a National Honor Society Member and plans on becoming a dentist and own her own dentist office.  She plays on the SIUE intramural soccer team and loves to travel with both sides of her family.  She likes to run and spend time in the gym.  Mikayla is a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears.  She likes making memories with her close friends that she has made throughout high school and college.

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Kaci Petri (Contestant #3)

 

 

 

 

Contestant number three is Kaci Petri.  Kaci is the daughter of Sherry Petri.  She is involved in choir, cheerleading, soccer and National Honor Society.  Her hobbies include reading and playing soccer with her friends as well as learning about history.  She likes watching movies, sleeping and hanging out friends.  Kaci dislikes skiing, frogs and thunderstorms.  She wants to attend McKendree College and become a High School History Educator.

 

 

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Samantha Ranger (Contestant #4)

 

 

 

 

Contestant number four is Samantha Ranger.  Samantha is the daughter of Mark and Jody Ranger.  She is involved with cheerleading and soccer.  She like hangout with her friends and having a good time with her family.  She dislikes cold weather and foreign foods.  Samantha LOVES the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.  On hot summer days she enjoys laying out in the pool.  She is terrified of thunderstorms, spiders, and snakes.  She also loves to go boating with her best friend.

 

 

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Court News

Macoupin County Courthouse News

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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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