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CMH Introduces New Doctor to Rotary

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CEO, Sue Campbell

The Area Rotary met in a regular meeting on Tuesday, October 4th at Toni’s Restaurant in Benld.  Two key note speakers addressed the Rotary after the luncheon.  Sue Campbell,  the CEO of Community Memorial Hospital, introduced Doctor Bart Pola to the Area Rotary. Campbell stated she hadn’t been to the Rotary in awhile, but wanted to update the Rotary on what has been happening at Community Memorial Hospital.

Campbell stated that she wanted to congratulate the town of Benld on the hard work that Build Benld has done with the two properties donated by CMH. 2 months ago, CMH donated the vacant lot across the street from Benld Public Library to the Build Benld Committee. Since then, Build Benld has leveled the land and already had the concrete poured on the site for the planned gazebo garden that will be open to the community. “The Hospital is really happy to be partnered with this organization,” Campbell went on to say.

Campbell reminded the Rotary that October is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and proceeded to explain the new Digital Mammagraphy offered at CMH.  The new mammagraphy machine offers a more focused picture, which is faster, easier, and more comfortable for the patient. Campbell also pointed out that the patient does not need to have a doctors order to have a screening mammogram at CMH. The patient can just walk into the hospital and request to get one.

Dr. Pola specializes in internal medicine and preventive care.

In other news concerning CMH, the hospital has sold their home health department to VNA Tip after thirty years. This decision was due to Medicare reimbursement. The hospital has moved physical therapy to the old home health building to make it easily accesible to the patient. CMH will also be doing some rennovating of the hospital, which hasn’t been done since 1974. With renovating the hospital, innovating has not been out of mind either. The hospital is in the process of going “electronic” with patients records and charts as well as advertising online. You can find CMH’s advertisement below this article. The hospital also hopes to tear down the old part of the hospital.

Campbell introduced the newest doctor to the CMH medical staff, Dr. Bart Pola.  Dr. Pola joined CMH on September 6th, sharing an office with Dr. Poos. Dr. Pola specializes in internal medicine and preventive care. Dr. Pola will start seeing patients at the Benld Office starting on Wednesday, October 5.

CMH will host a ‘Meet and Greet’ this Sunday, October 9th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Staunton office with Dr. Pola and Dr. Poos.  The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

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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.

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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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