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Staunton Hospital donates land to City of Benld

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Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton Donates Lots 17 & 18, Block 42, located on East Central Ave. to the City of Benld

Sue Campbell, CEO of the hospital, says that “CMH Board of Directors has evaluated the proposed use for this Benld property and has decided to deed the land to the City of Benld for the Build Benld Committee’s proposed gazebo/pergola park project.”

Mayor Jeff Hendricks states “this property is the proposed site for the Build Benld Committee to construct a gazebo or pergola park in the near future. Building start for the site is targeted during calendar years 2011 and 2012 by the Build Benld Committee. It’s a great prospect for the beautification of downtown Benld.” At a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Jeff Hendricks presented the proposal to the City Council. The land and the BBC proposal for its use were accepted by the Council. “Once a plan for the structure is finalized and the budget is set, the BBC and the Beautification Team will present it to the City Council for their approval. BBC and local volunteers will then begin construction and landscaping on the site. The City of Benld and BBC are very grateful to Sue Campbell and the Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton for their generous donation,” said Hendricks.

“As part of the BB Beautification Action Team’s plan, the gazebo/pergola structure  will make our City of Benld and Central Ave. more attractive, provide a restful walking or bike-riding destination and will be used by the Benld Library for summer reading programs and many other local events,” said Co-Chair Lynn Fraelle. “We have received numerous, generous donations dedicated to this project by current and former citizens of Benld.”

When Build Benld’s Beautification Team (Andrea Costley, Chairperson) first suggested the idea of a gazebo/pergola park, the team looked at and evaluated lots that might be available on East Central Ave. The property described as lots 17 & 18, block 42, next to the Staunton Community Memorial Hospital Clinic in Benld on East Central was chosen as the best possible site.

The BBC posed the question of the disposition of the lots with Sue Campbell, CEO (CMH of Staunton), who brought this to the Hospital Board for discussion. After several months of investigating and evaluating the BBC project, the Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton graciously decided to deed the land to the City of Benld for the gazebo/pergola park project. Once funding has been raised to complete a structure of this type, Build Benld Committee members and local volunteers will undertake construction.

Please support BUILD BENLD events to help us all reach this goal. Thank you!

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Donations may be made to Build Benld, PO Box 5, Benld, IL 62009

Website: http://gillespieil.com/benld/buildbenld.html

email: BuildBenld@gmail.com

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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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