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Lady Miners win two out of last three games

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Head to Staunton tonight to face off in SCC battle

Haylie Kirkwood nails an open shot in the Miners’ win over Mt. Olive.

The Lady Miners battled 3 teams in the last week and took two victories out of the trio of games to put their record at 6-3 on the season. Two of the games took place on their home court, while last Thursday the ladies traveled to Vandalia. The Miners have less than two weeks of games left before they will face off in the Carlinville Holiday Tournament.

After trailing Vandalia nearly all game, the Miners made a fourth quarter comeback and sent the game into overtime. After the four-minute overtime, the Miners edged out a victory. Then, the ladies came home and played their first game in Gillespie last Saturday against Bunker Hill. The Minutemen outscored Gillespie 11-4 in the final quarter and gave the ladies their third loss on the season. Finally, the girls faced off against Mt. Olive for the second time this season and ran them out of the gym: 63-18.

Their first battle was in Vandalia last Thursday, November 29. Vandalia came out strong on their home court and put the Miners behind early. The ladies were able to grab a mere 6 points in the first quarter, but trailed 6-15 by the end of it. In the second quarter, the Lady Miners closed the margin with the help of Shelby Jarman’s six points and Alexis Burns’s four points.

The team combined to score 16 in the quarter, 10 more than in the first quarter, and only trailed 22-27 at halftime against conference rival Vandalia. The third quarter brought the smell of victory closest to the team as the Gillespie tribe really bucked down on the defensive end. Molly Gray grabbed a couple steals in the third quarter while Haylie Kirkwood had a block. By the end of the third quarter, the Miners were within 4 points of the lead but still trailed 32-36.

Kayli Morris rises above the defender to knock down a field goal. Morris had 10 points in the win over Mt. Olive.

Alexis Burns carried the team in the fourth quarter as she had 3 field goals. Shelby Jarman and Molly Gray were nearly flawless from the free throw line as the pair tallied all their points from the free throw line. Eight ladies chipped in to score 25 points in the quarter to end the fourth quarter tied at 57 points. In the short overtime, the Miners scored 5 points to Vandalia’s 3 and took home the conference victory by a score of 62-60.

Shelby Jarman carried the team on the offensive end with 19 points, Alexis Burns had 12 points on the night while Haylie Kirkwood and Molly Gray each had 8 points. Molly Gray led the team with 3 steals while Burns and Jarman took care of the rebounds with 9 and 8 rebounds respectively.

On Saturday, December 1, the ladies played their first game of the season on their home court. The invited guest of the afternoon was Bunker Hill. Bunker Hill came in with a variety of players, but had plenty of basketball skill among the team.

Bunker Hill put the Miners behind early as they led by two points after the first quarter. The Lady Miners battled back in the second quarter and were leading 22-19 by halftime with the help of Haylie Kirkwood and Shelby Jarman as they both put up 5 points each in the second quarter.

The ladies crumbled in the second half. Both teams put up 8 points in the third quarter, but the Miners still led by 3 points, 30-27, heading into the final quarter of play. It was in the final quarter were the ladies struggled. Foul after foul sent Bunker Hill to the stroke line countless times. It was from the free throw line where the Miners were defeated. Bunker Hill scored all 11 points in the final quarter from the free throw line. The Miners were only able to score 4 points were defeated 38-34 after the eight minute quarter.

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Even with the loss, Shelby Jarman and Haylie Kirkwood were both able to score double digits in the game. Jarman had 15 points in the afternoon match-up while Kirkwood posted 11. Chelsea Gill had 3 steals against the Minutemen while Haylie Kirkwood took care of the rebounds with 7.

The Miners returned to their Gillespie court Monday evening with a 5-3 record to face off against Mt. Olive. After defeating them painfully in the Southwestern Thanksgiving Tournament, the Miners matched up with them again.

After the Miners posted 18 points in the first quarter compared to Mt. Olive’s 5, the game seemed to forecast the same outcome. By the time halftime came, the Miners were in the lead 35-5 after Mt. Olive was unable to score a single basket in the second quarter.

Kayli Morris led the team in points in third quarter as she tacked on 6 to the monstrous lead. Mt Olive was able to score 7 points in the quarter, but still trailed 12-52 entering the final quarter of play. Gillespie let up the pressure a tad in the final quarter, but still didn’t have any trouble finding the bottom of the net. By the time the fourth quarter was over, the Miners were ahead of the Wildcats by a huge point margin and took the victory by a score of 63-18.

UP NEXT: The Lady Miners will travel to Staunton this evening, December 6 to face off in a South Central Conference battle. JV action will start at 6pm with varsity taking place directly after.

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Gillespie man injured in DUI accident

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Genisio's Ford Mustang in the City of Gillespie's impound lot Tuesday morning.

A Gillespie man was taken to a local hospital after suffering injuries following a single-vehicle accident that occurred Sunday morning, October 11, after he drove off the roadway and into a deep ditch near the intersection of Route 16 and Charles Street in Gillespie.

Gillespie Police Chief Jared DePoppe reported that the police department was dispatched to the scene of the accident shortly before 3 a.m. Officers arrived to find Jonathan Genisio, 29, of Gillespie as the driver and only occupant inside the Ford Mustang vehicle.

Genisio was arrested, but give a notice to appear in court so he could seek medical treatment. He was charged with six different counts in addition to having his vehicle impounded. His charges include driving under the influence of alcohol, no insurance, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to notify SOS of an address change and failure to wear a seat belt.

At the time of publication on Thursday evening, the vehicle was recovered from impound and Genisio was discharged from the hospital. The extent of his injuries was unable to be released by medical personnel.

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Gillespie council discusses budget and meeting process

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Treasurer Dan Fisher addresses the council.

Treasurer Dan Fisher (right) addresses the council.

The treasurer for the City of Gillespie had a lot to say about how city officials handle their subcommittees and how city funds are spent during the city’s committee meeting held Monday evening, July 27.

Dan Fisher, the elected treasurer for Gillespie, spoke to the council for over 30 minutes about how bills are paid and more importantly, how purchases are appropriated for and planned. During the city’s board meeting held earlier this month, Fisher suggested the council move their meeting dates to coincide with how the bills are paid.

He explained that many council members bring up issues or have questions about certain bills during the council meetings, but the questions are left to be answered by the city clerk who isn’t present at the board meetings. In addition to dragging out the meetings, Fisher said the questions should be taken care of before the meeting is held.

“We need to have a standardized process on how we buy things,” Fisher told the council Monday evening. “We need to spend more time on appropriating.”

We need to have a standardized process on how we buy things

Fisher distributed a “Budget Basics” packet to board members during the committee meeting held Monday and said the council should consider implementing a purchase order system to account for all purchases. “That way when the bills come in, we can match the form up with it and everyone knows what the purchase was for and what account it comes out of,” he clarified.

Council members agreed with what Fisher had to say to them. “We need to spend a lot of time when do our appropriation and it’s going to take a lot of time from everyone, including myself,” he continued. “We need to find a way to be collective in how we do things.”

Fisher closed by adding that the council also takes too long at their regular city council meetings, which are held on the second Monday of each month. Speaking of the city’s July meeting that lasted nearly 3 hours, Fisher said the council needs to be much more “business-like”.

“We take too long at our meetings,” he closed. “It’s been proven that people lose focus after 90 minutes and there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to get a meeting done in 1 hour and 15 minutes.”

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City clerk Frances Smith spoke up after Fisher referred to the council’s last meeting. She prefaced her statement by saying she didn’t intend to saying anything, but continued by saying that the council’s July 13th meeting took her three days to transcribe. “It makes the clerk’s job hard – whoever it is,” she said. “There is a lot of side conversations and it’s very hard to hear on the tape.”

Ash Street Project

Alderman Steve Kluthe informed the board that he received the bid specifications back for the Ash Street Project which allows the council to advertise the specs to get an idea how much drainage project will cost.

Kluthe said the bid specifications cover everything including equal opportunity employer and prevailing wage information, but said the project could probably be handled by a local contractor. The project includes installing a culvert that will transfer the water to Cherry Street.

The council hopes the completed project will then alleviate the water that currently gets backed up north of Ash Street. “They are going to put a culvert underneath Ash Street to the north and grade the ground on the north side so the water flows to the culvert and down to the south end where there is a storm drain,” Kluthe explained.

TIF District

We should stretch the money out and begin to reinvest the money into community development

Fisher informed the council that the tax bills for the TIF district went out and the city can expect to receive close to $60,000. He reminded the council that even though the city made a big payment to United Community Bank last year in excess of $90,000, there will still be a payment made to UCB for their portion paid into the TIF until the TIF expires, which Fisher said is 12-14 more years.

After the city pays UCB, Fisher said the council can expect to still have somewhere north of $40,000 remaining each year. “I would like us to start to look at other projects that meet the TIF criteria that we could spend $20-$30,000 per year,” Fisher explained. “Long-range projects – projects that could last 10-12 years. We should stretch the money out and begin to reinvest the money into community development.”

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Elementary school releases supply lists for fall

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School Supply 2

Kindergarten

  • 5 boxes CRAYOLA brand crayons (24 count)
  • 1 box CRAYOLA brand broad-line markers (classic)
  • 1 backpack
  • 1 box of water paints
  • 1 pair FISKAR brand scissors (children’s)
  • 6 large glue sticks
  • 1 small plastic school box
  • 4 pocket folders
  • 4 large erasers
  • 20 pencils (#2, lead, plain yellow)
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 2 containers of anti-bacterial wipes
  • 1 large box of sandwich size ZIPLOC bags (girls)
  • 1 large box of gallon ZIPLOC bags (boys)
  • 1 clipboard
  • 1 highlighter
  • 1 spiral 1-subject notebook (wide ruled)
  • Extra set of clothes to keep at school
  • Tennis shoes for P.E.

First Grade

  • 1 plastic school box
  • 3 packs of pencil top erasers
  • 2 large pink erasers
  • 5 packs of Ticonderoga brand pencils
  • 2 yellow highlighters
  • 2 boxes of CRAYOLA crayons (24 count)
  • 12 Elmer’s brand glue sticks
  • 1 pair of FISKAR brand scissors
  • 1 spiral 1-subject notebook (wide ruled)
  • 2 plastic 2-pocket folders
  • 1 8ct classic CRAYOLA fine line markers
  • 2 dry erase markers
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex
  • 3 containers of Clorox Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • 1 box of sandwich size ZIPLOC bags (girls)
  • 1 box of gallon ZIPLOC bags (boys)
  • Tennis shoes for P.E.
  • Extra set of clothes to keep at school

Second Grade

  • Handheld pencil sharpener
  • 8 large Elmer’s glue sticks
  • 1 large zippered pencil bag
  • 24 – #2 pencils
  • 1 wide ruled spiral notebook
  • 1 package wide ruled loose leaf paper
  • (2) 1” three ring binder
  • 1 pack of pencil top erasers
  • 1 pair of FISKARS brand pointed scissors
  • 1 yellow highlighter
  • 1 box broad line classic CRAYOLA markers
  • 2 boxes CRAYOLA crayons (24 count)
  • 2 plastic pocket folders
  • 1 CRAYOLA watercolor paints
  • 1 box of Kleenex
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • Large Ziploc bags
  • Sandwich size Ziploc bags
  • 2 containers of Clorox wipes
  • 1 box of CRAYOLA colored pencils
  • 2 dry erase markers
  • Extra set of clothes to leave at school
  • Tennis shoes for P.E.

Third Grade

  • 1 small school box
  • 4 packages of pencils (#2, plain yellow)
  • 2 boxes CRAYOLA crayons (24 count)
  • 1 box CRAYOLA colored pencils
  • 1 highlighter
  • 1 pair pointed scissors
  • 6 ELMER glue sticks
  • 2 pocket folders
  • 3 boxes Kleenex
  • 2 containers of CLOROX wipes
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 package of loose leaf paper (wide rule)
  • 2 notebooks (wide rule)
  • (2) 1” binders
  • 2 packs of pencil top erasers
  • Gallon-sized Ziploc bags (boys)
  • Sandwich-sized Ziploc bags (girls)
  • 2 packages of post-it notes
  • Tennis shoes for P.E.

Fourth Grade

  • 2 packages of wide rule loose leaf paper
  • 48 pencils
  • 3 packs pencil top erasers
  • (1) 2” binder
  • 1 box 24 or 48 count CRAYOLA crayons
  • 1 pair FISKAR scissors
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 1 single subject notebook (wide rule)
  • 3 folders
  • 2 packages of white index cards
  • 4 highlighters
  • 4 packages of post-it notes
  • 2 boxes Kleenex
  • 1 container of Clorox wipes
  • Hand held Pencil Sharpener
  • Dividing tabs for binder
  • Tennis shoes for P.E.

Fifth Grade

  • Art Box
  • Pencil Pouch
  • 36 pencils (mechanical preferred)
  • 12 pencil top erasers
  • Crayola crayons
  • Markers
  • Crayola Colored Pencils
  • Red or Blue Pen
  • Scissors
  • Clear Ruler
  • Clear Protractor
  • 1 Bottle of Elmer’s Glue or 2 Glue Sticks
  • (1) 3 Ring Binder (2 inch)
  • 2 notebooks (one subject-wide ruled)
  • 1 package of loose leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • 3 folders
  • 2 highlighters
  • 2 boxes Kleenex
  • Girls-Antibacterial Wipes
  • Boys-4 pack of post it notes
  • Hand Held Pencil Sharpener
  • Pocket Dictionary
  • Tennis shoes for P.E.

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