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PHOTOS: Damage from overnight storm on March 7

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Damaging winds hit the BenGil area and its southern neighboring communities of Sawyerville and Wilsonville in the early hours on Tuesday around 1 in the morning downing power poles, damaging structures and uprooting trees. The damage closed roads and left many without power, but both power and roadways were restored around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Read more about the storm and its damage to the area here.

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A residence along Illinois Route 138 suffered extensive damage to its roof and landscaping.

A residence along Illinois Route 138 suffered extensive damage to its roof and landscaping.

Tree limbs and branches are snapped off during the damaging winds. (Photo/Jered Carlen)

Tree limbs and branches are snapped off during the damaging winds. (Photo/Jered Carlen)

J.F. Electric work on the power lines along Illinois Route 4 in Sawyerville on Tuesday afternoon.

J.F. Electric work on the power lines along Illinois Route 4 in Sawyerville on Tuesday afternoon.

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A greenhouse at the former Obertino's Greenhouse is nearly destroyed. (Photo/Pat Obertino)

A greenhouse at the former Obertino’s Greenhouse is nearly destroyed. (Photo/Pat Obertino)

A downed power pole lies in a bush as an uprooted tree fell into the residence in the background.

A downed power pole lies in a bush as an uprooted tree fell into the residence in the background.

Stewart Avenue in Sawyerville is blocked as power companies work to restore power.

Stewart Avenue in Sawyerville is blocked as power companies work to restore power.

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Remnants of the storm's destruction covers the lawn of a Sawyerville residence. (Photo/Mark Smith)

Remnants of the storm’s destruction covers the lawn of a Sawyerville residence. (Photo/Mark Smith)

Multiple houses in Sawyerville suffered damage to their fascia and soffits.

Multiple houses in Sawyerville suffered damage to their fascia and soffits. (Photo/Barb Bishop)

The remains of a former double-car garage in Sawyerville.

The remains of a former double-car garage in Sawyerville. (Photo/Mark Smith)

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A garage in Sawyerville is toppled on top of the two vehicles that remained parked inside on Tuesday morning.

A garage in Sawyerville is toppled on top of the two vehicles that remained parked inside on Tuesday morning.

Illinois Department of Transportation blocks Illinois Route 4 with barricades and vehicles while power companies work to restore power.

Illinois Department of Transportation blocks Illinois Route 4 with barricades and vehicles while power companies work to restore power.

Windows at a residence are shattered as a result of the wind speeds. (Photo/Pat Obertino)

Windows at a residence are shattered as a result of the wind speeds. (Photo/Pat Obertino)

 

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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.

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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