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Wrapping up the week in the BenGil area with pictures!

Week of July 7

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Volunteers help Build Benld put a fresh coat of paint on the tank in Benld. Volunteers also painted bleachers at the city ball field and painted tractor tires to be placed in the ground at the playground. Follow all the plans Benld Build has right here on their Facebook page.

Volunteers help Build Benld put a fresh coat of paint on the tank in Benld. Volunteers also painted bleachers at the city ball field and painted tractor tires to be placed in the ground at the playground.
Follow all the plans Benld Build has right here on their Facebook page.

Principal Angela Turcol held  the first staff meeting at the newly constructed BenGil Elementary School this past week. All of the furniture has not been delivered yet as the staff at BES sat on the floor this week.

Principal Angela Turcol held the first staff meeting at the newly constructed BenGil Elementary School this past week. All of the furniture has not been delivered yet as the staff at BES sat on the floor this week.

Ageless in Gillespie takes advantage of the nice weather last week and hold multiple spin classes outside. Keep up with the events and activities going on at Ageless here!

Ageless in Gillespie takes advantage of the nice weather last week and hold multiple spin classes outside.
Keep up with the events and activities going on at Ageless here!

Tropical Sno in Gillespie got bombarded with players and citizens craving a tropical treat this week. Check Tropical Sno out on their Fan Page!

Tropical Sno in Gillespie got bombarded with players and citizens craving a tropical treat this week.
Check Tropical Sno out on their Fan Page!

The commons area has lunch tables moved inside already and the ovens are ready to serve lunch to the elementary students!

The commons area has lunch tables moved inside already and the ovens are ready to serve lunch to the elementary students!

Daniel Pinkerton of Benld replaced the sidewalk and landscaped the west side of the building for his Eagle Scout Project. Daniel is a Jr. at GHS. Keep up with Benld Library here!

Daniel Pinkerton of Benld replaced the sidewalk and landscaped the west side of the building for his Eagle Scout Project. Daniel is a Jr. at GHS.
Keep up with Benld Library here!

Larry Norville of the Gillespie/Benld Ambulance Service present Mayor John Hicks the check for dispatching services for this year. Read what else happened at the Gillespie city council meeting last week.

Larry Norville of the Gillespie/Benld Ambulance Service present Mayor John Hicks the check for dispatching services for this year.
Read what else happened at the Gillespie city council meeting last week.

Sharon Wernle begins to dive in her boxes transported over to her new classroom from her old classroom in the modular buildings.

Sharon Wernle begins to dive in her boxes transported over to her new classroom from her old classroom in the modular buildings.

Fireproof of United Methodist Church of Gillespie performed for a crowd containing over 150 people Tuesday evening during the annual summer concert series provided by CCCC.

Fireproof of United Methodist Church of Gillespie performed for a crowd containing over 150 people Tuesday evening during the annual summer concert series provided by CCCC.

Janitors continue to work long and hard days getting the new school ready for students in August.

Janitors continue to work long and hard days getting the new school ready for students in August.

This weeks story at the Gillespie Public Library for kids 3-8 was Goldilocks. Keep up with the Friends of Gillespie Public Library here.

This weeks story at the Gillespie Public Library for kids 3-8 was Goldilocks.
Keep up with the Friends of Gillespie Public Library here.

Cabinets and storage bins line the walls inside the new staff workroom where teachers seemed very excited on how much space they will now have.

Cabinets and storage bins line the walls inside the new staff workroom where teachers seemed very excited on how much space they will now have.

Alderman Micky Robinson discusses maintenance issues with alderman Jim Tilashalski at Benld's regular July board meeting. Read what all went down here.

Alderman Micky Robinson discusses maintenance issues with alderman Jim Tilashalski at Benld’s regular July board meeting.
Read what all went down here.

The gymnasium inside the new school has a fresh coat of wax and has been the primary facility where volleyball and basketball teams have held their practices this summer.

The gymnasium inside the new school has a fresh coat of wax and has been the primary facility where volleyball and basketball teams have held their practices this summer.

Mae Adams and Chris Nicola surprised the Heritage Health staff and residents in Gillespie with a visit from Uncle Sam on the 4th of July.  Uncle Sam visited the residents rooms before the fireworks display, which was held on the back patio of Heritage Health.

Mae Adams and Chris Nicola surprised the Heritage Health staff and residents in Gillespie with a visit from Uncle Sam on the 4th of July. Uncle Sam visited the residents rooms before the fireworks display, which was held on the back patio of Heritage Health.

Items unavailable to be placed inside the classroom line the halls of the new BenGil Elementary School.

Items unavailable to be placed inside the classroom line the halls of the new BenGil Elementary School.

Promethean smart boards hang in the middle of two whiteboards inside every new classroom at the new BenGil Elementary School.

Promethean smart boards hang in the middle of two whiteboards inside every new classroom at the new BenGil Elementary School.

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Progressive Club to celebrate 90th anniversary

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The Wilsonville Progressive Club will celebrate and host a 90 year Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 11. The party will include a catered dinner, a live band, and fireworks.

Doors will open at 2 pm with a catered dinner being served at 4 pm.  The Shane Kessinger Experience (live band) will play at 5 pm, and a grand fireworks display will be held at dusk.

The Progressive Club was originally established in 1934 by the Progressive Miners and was located on the northwest side of Wilsonville’s main street. The Club moved to their new building in January of 1949 and today this is still the current location at 212 Wilson Street in Wilsonville.

Wilsonville was founded in 1917 when Superior Coal Co. Mine No. 4 was sunk and this was the most modern mine in the Superior field. At that time, the little settlement which grew up around the mine was called Wilson. One day a worker paused and asked, “What are we going to name this town?” President Wilson was in office, thus the town was then and there named Wilson until 1919 when it was incorporated and the name expanded to Wilsonville.

The Wilsonville Progressive Club is operated and maintained by an elected panel of trustees and loyal members.  The Club is open to the public and membership is always welcome.  The large outdoor covered pavilion and manicured grassy side lot offer an attractive and convenient venue for any event along with inside facilities. 

If you are interested in renting for any kind of event, call 217-835-3122 during open hours which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm to close, and Sunday doors open at 2 pm.  Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm is the Queen of Hearts drawing and the Club is on Facebook as well.

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Gillespie Police Report: April 14-20, 2024

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Oak Street in reference to a dog bite.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street to pick up a found item.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a burglary.

An officer was out in the 200 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Schmidt Street in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical call.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Horizon Street in reference to a 911 call.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a theft in the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Osie Street in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

Nicholas O. Landolt, 36, of Gillespie was arrested on multiple warrants including one out of St. Clair County for possession for methamphetamine, a second one out of Montgomery County for failure to appear for driving while license was revoked, and a third out of Macoupin County for failure to appear for methamphetamine.

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An officer was dispatched to East Walnut Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical alarm.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 200 block of West Oak Street.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to criminal damage to her property.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to identity theft.

An officer spoke with a female in the 100 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Southern Street in reference to a suspicious person.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property. Melissa J. Hughes, 49, of Benld was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for theft/larceny.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Francis Street in reference to a traffic crash.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil issue in the 700 block of Rose Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Pine Street to assist the Department of Children and Family Services.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to fraud in the 200 block of South Macoupin.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Staunton Road in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Gillespie Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was dispatched to High Street and Gillespie Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of High Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was flagged down at Elm Street and Clinton Street and spoke with an individual in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suspicious circumstance.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a panic alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of South Second Street in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Osie Street in reference to a dog bite.  Heather L. Kimberlin, 47, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was out with a suspicious vehicle in the alley in the 500 block of Park Avenue.

An officer was dispatched to East Walnut and South Main Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the Veterans Memorial Park in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle that had been parked there for a couple of days.

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Gillespie Police Department was requested for traffic control by the Gillespie Fire Department for a fire on Eagarville Road.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street in Gillespie in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Litchfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person at the storage units. Kathy J. Henderson, 49, of Sawyerville was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for bad checks

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Maple Street and Macoupin Street. Kenny L. Fults, 18, of Belleville was issued a citation for possession of cannabis.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Burton Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespassing. Timothy J. Dalpozzo, 57, of Benld was arrested for criminal trespassing to residence and a Macoupin County warrant for criminal trespassing to a residence.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at South Street and Chestnut Street and charges are pending crime lab results.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to Macoupin Street and Elm Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Osie Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to medical assist.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Spruce Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a medical call.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an ordinance issue.

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HSHS St. Francis Hospital offers volunteer opportunities for feens

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LITCHFIELD, Ill. — HSHS St. Francis Hospital is offering service opportunities to area teens this summer through the 2024 Junior Volunteer Program. Applications are being accepted now through May 1.

Applicants must be high school students maintaining at least a “C” average, be a minimum of 14 years of age by June 1 and be willing to volunteer at least two hours per week during the summer program. Junior volunteers will perform a variety of duties in various hospital departments. 

Registration materials are available on the hospital’s website volunteer page at https://www.hshs.org/st-francis/community/volunteer.

All participants in the program will be required to present proof of immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Varicella (chicken pox). An additional requirement includes attendance at a hospital orientation.

A limited number of positions will be available. For more information, contact HSHS St. Francis Hospital at 217-324-8200.

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