Week of June 12, 2024


  • The Challenges Facing SHS Are Met With Options For Repairs And Upgrades

    "Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up." This is a quotefrom a book created and written by James Belasco and Ralph Stayer. As the prospect of a new school or, depending on what's voted on, inevitably some form of action arises, both students and parents are faced with a myriad of considerations. The idea of a fresh learning environment, potential for new friendships, and broadened perspectives...

  • USDA Loan Will Help The Local Water

    On Friday, June 7, 2024 Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Fosterburg Water District a low-interest loan of $4.2 million to improve clean water distribution to rural households in Madison and Macoupin Counties. The funds were approved through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants Program. Congresswoman Budzinski said “ I’m glad to announce that the Fosterburg Water District will be receiving a $4.2 million low-interest loan as they...

  • City Preparations Are In Full Swing For SFD Homecoming Parade

    During the Monday, June 10, 2024 city council meeting, in Correspondence, the city received a letter from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) notifying the city that Staunton's OSLAD Grant Application was below the level of funds available, so as a result, the City of Staunton will not receive any funding. The city received an email from Staunton Fire Department representative Ben Clark requesting to close Park Lane, Luker Street and Bell Street on Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 3 to 5 p.m. to alleviate congestion at the end of...

  • Mayor Neuhaus And Community Members Cut Out The Old And Welcome The New And Improved Section Of Main Street

    After months of construction on Main Street in Staunton and dealing with the Gensing Creek Box Culvert, there's nothing left to do besides stare at the beautiful work done by the city workers for this project. On Monday, June 10, 2024, Mayor Craig Neuhaus had amassed a rather large crowd on all sides of the street so that they may witness the official Ribbon Cutting that this city and community have patiently waited many months for. Neuhaus was quoted saying "I want to give thanks to the...

  • Tori Carroll Fun Run

    The Fifth Annual Tori Carroll Memorial 5K Or 1-Mile Fun Run will be held at the track located at Staunton's High School on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2024, at 8 a.m. For any community members and local area businesses wanting to participate as a Sponsor for the Tori Carroll Memorial 5K Or 1-Mile Fun Run, the Sponsorship fee is $50. The Sponsor names will be put on the back of the event shirts, however, this does not buy a shirt. The entry and shirt fees are separate. To become a Sponsor, send the the following information: Company Name (as it will...

  • Staunton Senior Citizens Meeting

    Staunton's senior citizens' meeting welcomes all seniors 55 and older to join on the first and third Thursday of each month. The June 6, 2024 meeting was called to order by President Geri Cook at 1 p.m. There were 19 people in attendance. The Lord’s Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance were recited. There were no visitors or new members at this meeting. Beth Cherry, Director of Business Development for Summit Healthcare supplied reusable bags for members. The Luncheon for the next meeting on June 19 will begin at 12:30 p.m. There is also a New...

  • Nutrition Center

    Reservations must be made by 1 p.m. on the day prior to the day you wish to eat. If you have made reservations and cannot attend, please notify the center. To register for or cancel meals, call (217) 835-3174. Whole Wheat Bread served daily unless noted (*) and 2% milk served daily. Menu subject to change based on product availability. Call local center to learn about events and activities. Make checks payable to: IVEDC PO Box 431, Jerseyville, IL 62052. Wednesday, June 12 – Unstuffed Green Pepper Casserole, Garlic Bread, Green Beans,...

  • To You … With Love,

    Like soft toed slippers, the world of children falls so gently into time. Here chosen guides are called to dedicate themselves to all that's beautiful within the small one's soul, so eagerly moving-in life. As love begins there in a garden gate that opens into joy, and where Faith and trust as spoken once the Master's footsteps passes by. I found this so in the children's prayer. The night was long and had no mind to pray and so in faith and my own soul's peace I simply said, "Now I lay me down to sleep. Pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I...

  • Macoupin County Courthouse News

    Marriage Licenses Crystal Gail Zapata-Sanchez of Plainview, John Michael Ragusa of Plainview Devon Ross Passalacqua of Carlinville, Emily Christine Barr of Carlinville Cora Anne Gray of Carlinville, Andrew William Gill of Carlinville Isaac Jerry Snyder of Holts Summit, Mo., Madison Nicole House of Holts Summit, Mo. Dissolutions Joni Marie Trimm, of Cottage Hills, Ill.; Steven Curtis Trimm, of Carlinville Bradley J. Wilkens, of Carlinville; Kate M. Wilkens, of Carlinville Jason Gene Bedwell, of Palmyra; Kate Elizabeth Bedwell, of Palmyra Court...

  • LCCC Released President's And Dean's Lists

    Lewis and Clark Community College has released the President's and Dean's lists for the Spring 2024 semester. Presented below will be the local area students that have been named to the President's and Dean's list. Students earning a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.75 or higher out of a possible 4.0 are named to the President's List. Those students earning a G.P.A. average between 3.25 and 3.74 are recognized each semester on the Dean's List. Further requirements are listed in the college's online catalog at http://catalog.lc.edu. Questions should be...

  • Staunton Police Blotter

    June 3, 2024: Shawn M. McBride; In state warrant June 3, 2024: Dawn R. Smiddy; Speeding (Radar) June 4, 2024: Jacob C. Maguire; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Cancel/Suspend Revoked Registration June 5, 2024: Walter A. Wallace; Discharge Air Rifle in City Limits June 5, 2024: Nicholas T. Crook; Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle and Expired Registration Sticker June 6, 2024: Matthew D. Knick; In State Warrant and Suspend Revoked Drivers License June 6, 2024: Charles R. Smith; Illegal Dumping at City Landscape Site June 6, 2024: Rowan M....

  • Staunton's American Legion Post 362 Set Up Shop For Brat Sale And Fundraiser

    On Saturday, June 8, the Staunton American Legion Post 362 set up their grilling station in the parking lot of Duda Ace Hardware. Duda Ace, which is located at 500 W. Main St., in Staunton, is always proud and happy to let The American Legion fund-raise in their parking lot. Represented by seven individuals, Staunton’s American Legion Post 362 started selling Brats at 10 a.m. and they stayed in operation for service until they ran out of supplies. The funds from this fundraiser were donated...

  • MCPHD Hosting Pop-Up Clinic

    For those that may have a child entering the following grades, they may need required immunizations for school: Kindergarten, Sixth grade and Twelfth grade. At the Mobile Medical Unit in the Maple Street Parking Lot located at 109 E. Maple Street, Gillespie, Ill. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. However, pre-registration is preferred but it is not mandatory. Walk-ins are definitely accepted as well. There will be Pop-Up Immunization Clinics on the following dates as well: Monday, June 17;...

  • Slices Of Life

    By: Jill Pertler I have difficulty recognizing faces. Always have. It comes from an inability to “see” things inside my head. The technical term is aphantasia, and I’ve written about it before, so I won’t belabor it here. Suffice to say, the inability to visualize affects numerous aspects of life, including geographical skills (or lack thereof), memories (which, for most people, are very visual) and the inability to recognize people (or more specifically faces). Aphantasia causes a plethora of repercussions, but most people with the...

  • From Our Files

    Issue of June 9, 1999 Ralph and Lorraine (Bednar) Blotevogel celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 5. A son was born to Cory and Mary Grandidier on May 15 at Fort Bliss Army Hospital in Texas. Helen E. Sheets (81) of Staunton died June 1 at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton. George Allan Arndt (85) of Livingston died June 5 at his residence. Dennis L. Johnson (55) of Staunton died June 2 at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton. Alice M. Oliphant (62) of Livingston died May 31 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Earl...

  • Days Gone By In Staunton

    Thursday, Nov. 22, 1923 -- SCHOOL NOTES -- The art exhibition, held Nov. 14, 15 and 16 was well attended each night. On account of having such a evening was well attended and a large crowd Thursday evening, the program Friday was given in the afternoon, also at 7:30 and 8:30. Several posts for swings, see-saws and other play ground equipment were put up at both the North and South schools. Miss Picton's room will receive the picture for selling the most tickets for the art exhibition. The amount cleared by his room was $13.00. "Not a minute...

  • Letters To The Editor

    Compliment three people each day. Watch a sunrise at least once a year. Look people in the eye. Say "Thank You" a lot. Say "Please" a lot. Live beneath your means. Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards. Treat everyone you meet as you want to be treated. Donate two pints of blood every year. Make new friends but cherish the old ones. Keep secrets. Don't waste time learning the "tricks of the trade." Instead, learn the trade. Admit your mistakes. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the...

  • For Sale

    FOR SALE: 1991 Ford F150, XLT, 5 speed Stick with 100,000 miles, excellent running vehicle, new tires. Asking $3500 OBO. Call 618-635-5258. 51-52 FOR SALE: 1992 Dodge with 87,000 miles. Runs good, cold air, automatic Transmission. Used by SIUE college student for the last two years. Asking $2500 OBO. Call 618-635-5258. 51-52 FOR SALE: Toro Commercial Zero Turn, 60 inch TORO, with commercial grass catcher. Excellent condition, asking $6,000 OBO. Call 618-635-5258. 51-52 FOR SALE: John Deere Side by Side, HPX815E, Diesel, Has seven hours on...

  • Services

    RUBBER STAMPS and Marking Devices Available at Staunton Star-Times, 108 W. Main, Staunton tf SALES - PARTS- SERVICE: McCormick, LS Tractors, Grasshopper, Ferris Lawn Equipment, BIGHORN UTVs. Bodner Equipment, 1203 West Frontage Rd, 1-55 & Exit 41, Staunton, 618-635-5600 #33/y24 -...

  • Thank You

    Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent a funeral spray, if so we saw it there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, as any friend could say; Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day. Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so much whatever the part. The Family of Janet Kay...

  • For Rent

    FOR RENT: Self Storage 10 x 10 and 8 x 20 Units and Fenced in Boat and Camper Storage Available at S & K storage. 1100 S.Union 618-635-5306...

  • Garage Sales

    GARAGE SALE: 45 Calstrada Dr. Staunton, Saturday June 15, 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Items left from citywide yard sale will be half price. Also new items including furniture priced cheap....

  • Yard Sales

    VICTORIA ESTATES YARD SALE: 465 Binney Station Road, Staunton. Thursday, June 13, 12 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain or Shine. Go past DQ, over I-55 overpass, go one mile, turn right, one mile. Follow signs. Very nice Home Goods, Home Decor, Toys, Clothes and so much more. Separate Guys Yard Sale Too....

  • Public Notices

    STAUNTON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING Notice is given that a public hearing will be held on July 2, 2024 at 7 p.m. at 215 South Wood, Staunton, Ill., with reference to the Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance of the Staunton Fire Protection District. The Tentative Budget and Appropriation Ordinance is posted at 215 South Wood in Staunton, Ill., for public inspection and will remain so posted for at least thirty (30) days prior to final action on the annual budget. Immediately following the public hearing,...

  • Reminder Of Child Labor Rights And Protections

    Now that school is out, many teenagers are moving from the classroom into the summer workforce, and the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) wants to ensure that employers and families are aware of the steps that must be taken before a child begins work and while they’re on the job. “Child labor laws are meant to protect some of the most vulnerable workers in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Labor Director Jane Flanagan. “We’ve seen too many stories in the national news about children being exploited or hurt at work. The rules...

  • The State's Housing Development Authority Warns Of Housing Scam

    IHDA Does Not Administer A Section 8 Program, Nor Does It Collect Personal Information Or Charge Fees For Housing Services The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is alerting vulnerable households of an online scam pretending to be IHDA or a similar housing entity. The scam is presented as a flyer posted on Facebook announcing the opening of a waitlist for specific properties as part of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). The scam encourages residents to provide their information through a fraudulent link or to...

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  • The Tour de Donut Needs The Community's Help

    The community of Staunton has received, and hopefully will continue to receive, a love of very good publicity thanks to an annual Tour de Donut bicycle race. But an event such as this does not run automatically by itself – it needs the very real support of local volunteers. Past races have drawn over 1,000 participants. This years race is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, at 9 a.m. Sullivan Drugs in Staunton is still looking for people willing to donate some time for this event. Hopefully, Staunton will respond the way they always have and...

  • Municipal Bands A Favorite Of Summer Across Illinois

    By Tom Emery Times may change, but some things stay the same. Fortunately for music lovers in the Riverbend and statewide, the municipal band is a constant, a cherished part of the summer landscape in many communities for decades. Across Illinois and the nation, musicians in communities large and small keep the tunes playing for a devoted following, spending their precious time and using their own instruments on warm nights throughout the season. And mostly, it’s for the love of it. “It gives me great pleasure to play in the band,” said...

  • Swipe Fees Do Not Apply To Taxes And Tips In Illinois

    By Rachel Gignac Swipe fees will be prohibited on sales tax, state excise taxes and gratuities in Illinois, according to the Interchange Fee Prohibition Act. The act was included in the state's budget, which the Illinois House passed Wednesday. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has indicated he will sign it, the National Association of Convenience Stores said. As part of Pritzker’s budget proposal, he included a provision to cap the tax discount claimed by retailers at $1,000 a month, which would generate more revenue for the state but at the...

  • Get Involved In MCPT's Traveling Fun

    Macoupin County Public Transportation will be traveling to the Zoo, Grants Farm and Shopping in Fairview Heights. Don’t miss out on these trips, trips are open to everyone. The upcoming trips are scheduled as, Thursday, June 6 they will be going to the Zoo and Lunch at Bandana’s BBQ in Collinsville. June 20 they will be going to Grant’s Farm. Grant’s Farm is a historical and long-standing landmark in Grantwood Village, Mo., built by Ulysses S. Grant in 1903. Thursday, June 27 they will be in Fairview Heights for shopping. Call the...

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  • 2nd Annual Summer Classic

    Country Classic Cars on Route 66 hosted its 2nd Annual Summer Classic. The Car Show had live music being performed by Klose Kuarters, food and food truck vendors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fortunately the rain held. It was a great environment to enjoy some beautiful...

  • ICC Adopts The States First Renewable Energy Access Plan

    On Thursday, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) adopted the state’s first Renewable Energy Access Plan (REAP), an actionable roadmap to ensure Illinois meets its policy requirements for an equitable, reliable, and cost-effective clean electricity system. The REAP is intended to be a tool to encourage regional transmission organizations (RTOs) to be more proactive in pursing long-range transmission planning improvements to support future renewable energy development in their service territories. “This first REAP lays a path to help...

  • SHS Trap Team Brings Home State Gold

    Staunton High School Trap Team held the Illinois State High School Clay Target League (ISHSCTL) State Trapshooting Championship on June 2, 2024. The event began with the National Anthem sang by Emma Kolb. The JV Team won First Place in Class 2A State. Caiden Crowe won First Place Class 2A...

  • Join Staunton's Soccer Club

    Staunton Soccer Club registrations are open for the fall league. Registration fee is $75 per player and registration ends June 23, 2024. Check out their Facebook page, Staunton Soccer Club, for registration information or email Stauntons...

  • Mt. Olive Father's Day Services

    Mount Olive Illinois First Baptist Church at 410 W. 3rd North St., in Mt. Olive will be celebrating "Honor Father's Day" on Sunday, June 16 in the 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. services. Special music will include Faith of Our Fathers. A small gift will be given to each father or spiritual father present in the services. For more information call...

  • SCC Women's Golf League

    The weather was perfect and we had a good turnout of golfers. The low gross (39) was the team of Kim Meyer, Cynthia Albrecht Tipler and Kathryn Young. They also had low putts (11). The low net (23) was the team of Gloria Paolino and Rosemarie Pickerill. A chip-in on #4 was made by the team of Linda Best, Mary Best and Martha Riley. Thank you to Stephanie for the nice lunch she prepared for us. Also, we would like to thank her Mother for the delicious Texas cake. The women's Wednesday evening team began last week with a good turnout. It is not...

  • SHS Sports: Timelines From The Sidelines Tradition Everlasting

    Overview of 1970-1979 The 1970s saw the introduction of three sports programs for females at Staunton High School. Though the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) had been in existence for many years, the first official sport offered to females at the school was track in 1972-73. Volleyball was instituted two years later, and basketball got its start in 1978-79. While success in girl’s basketball has been minimal, track and volleyball both achieved instant success upon inception. On the male side, cross-country and golf were both added in 1975....

  • State Museum Seeking Route 66 Stories For Mother Road's 100th Anniversary In 2026

    The Illinois State Museum is seeking individuals to share their personal experiences with the original Route 66 in Illinois, including travelers, businesses that operated along the route, workers who built the highway, and others. Route 66 will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2026. Historians from the Illinois State Museum will record and share oral histories of people who can recall their connections to the historic roadway, which operated from 1926 until decommissioning in 1985. “These interviews will help illustrate the significance...

  • Residents Encouraged to Monitor Air Quality, Protect Public Health and Reduce Air Pollution

    Following the historic impacts of the 2023 wildfire season, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are encouraging residents to routinely monitor air quality to protect their health and reduce contributions to air pollution. Like the weather, air quality can change from day to day. The Illinois EPA issues daily air quality forecasts, based on the federal Air Quality Index (AQI), for 14 sectors in Illinois and posts the information at www.airnow.gov. The AQI is a color-coded...

  • Warm May Wraps Up Very Mild Spring

    This spring was the fourth warmest start to any year on record in Illinois, and the summer has a high chance of above normal temperatures, according to Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford at the University of Illinois’ Illinois State Water Survey. Only 1921, 2012 and 2017 surpass 2024 for January to April temperatures. May continued the warm pattern across the state, though Illinois largely escaped early season extreme heat experienced in 2021 and 2022, making for largely pleasant temperatures last month. Each of the three spring months...

  • Illinois Is One Of Ten States Chosen For Health Clinics

    Program to provide sustainable funding for robust community outpatient mental health and substance use treatment services Illinois has been selected as one of ten states to participate in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid Demonstration Program designed to expand and improve access to coordinated mental health care and substance use services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced. “This announcement builds on the substantial progress my administration has made to ensure that mental...

  • Being Prepared While Owning Pets

    Just as people need to be prepared for a disaster or emergency, everyone needs to have a plan in place for their pets. June is Pet Preparedness Month and the perfect time to create or update a pet preparedness kit and speak with neighbors, friends, or family about a backup plan. “No one wants to leave a pet behind in an emergency,” said Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “If you are home during a disaster, a pet preparedness kit will keep Fido, Fluffy, Frodo, Furiosa, and...

  • FY25 State Budget Continues Investments In Higher Education

    Governor JB Pritzker signed the fiscal year 2025 state budget that includes a historic general funds appropriation of $2.6 billion for higher education, an increase of nearly $76 million (3 percent) compared to the previous fiscal year. Meaningful investments include operating funds increases of $24.6 million (2 percent) for public universities and $5.9 million (2 percent) for community colleges, plus a $10 million increase for the Monetary Award Program (MAP). In addition to the meaningful investments in operating funds, the fiscal year 2025...

  • SSI Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    This year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) celebrates fifty years of administering the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. President Richard Nixon signed the bill in 1972, and in Jan. 1974, SSA began issuing the first SSI payments to nearly four million eligible people. The goal of the SSI program was to aid aged, blind, and individuals with disabilities with very limited income and resources. Fifty years later, the SSI programs remains a lifeline by providing cash assistance to about 2 percent of the U.S. population,...

  • SHS Baseball Team Celebrates Its Season During First Week Of June

    The SHS Baseball team celebrated its season last week. Seniors on the team included Victor Buehler, Brady Gillen, and Dillon Pritchett. The following awards were presented: All-Conference (Second-Team): Carter Legendre and Dillon Pritchett; Pitching Award: Drake Billings; Team MVP: Dillon...

  • Hopper

    Ronald Hopper, 71, of Springfield, Ill., died in Springfield on Monday, June 3, 2024. He was born July 19, 1952, in Jacksonville, Ill. to Freeman Headen Hopper and Bernice Robertine Ranson and they preceded him in death. He married Yvonne (Sorbie) Hopper of Springfield, Ill. on July 14, 1990 in Springfield and she survives. He was retired after having been a mechanic. Ronald enjoyed long distance running and fishing. He is survived by his two children, Christy (Shawn) Shafer, Camby, Ind., and Nicholas Hopper, Boulder, Colo.; three...

  • Lieb

    Michael G. Lieb, 56, of Mulberry Grove, Ill., died at his residence on Monday, June 3, 2024. He was born May 25, 1968, in Alton, to George S. Lieb and Mariann Rizzie Lieb and they survive. Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Navy after having served during Desert Storm. After his service in military, he was a warehouse manager. He is survived by his sister, Michelle Hays, St. Jacob, Ill.; and companion, Dawn Kennedy, Seminole, Fla. Public graveside services were held on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at Benld Cemetery in Benld. Kravanya Funeral Home...

  • Hester

    Glenda F. "Dado" Hester, 88, of Bunker Hill, died at Villa Rose Senior Living Community in Bethalto on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. She was born Dec. 14, 1935, in Trenton, Ky. the daughter to Henry Clay Green and Florence O. (Armstrong) Green. She married Royce H. Hester on May 17, 1959 in Trenton, Ky. and he preceded her in death on July 17, 2020. She was a homemaker as well as a member of the Country Bible Church. She is survived by her three children, Melinda (Jeffrey) Bertels, Dorsey, Michael (Laurie) Hester, Bunker Hill, and Millie Hausman,...

  • Maroso

    Delmo Maroso died on June 3, 2024 at Community Hospital of Staunton. He was born in Carlinville, on Feb. 24, 1930 the son of Giovanni and Mary (Abelloni) Maroso and they preceded him in death. He married his wife for over 62 years, Marilyn Simberger in 1956 and she preceded him in death in 2019. He graduated with the class of 1947 from Carlinville High School. Delmo enlisted in the U.S. Army and after his service, he continued his education at Blackburn College in Carlinville. He graduated with the class of 1957 from Washington University...

  • Eddinger

    Sandra La Vonne (Eldridge) Eddinger, 52, of Bunker Hill, died at her residence on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. She was born Sept. 10, 1971, in Staunton, Ill. the daughter to Donald Eldridge and Lucille (Davis) Eldridge. She was an Assistant Manager at Dollar General in Shipman. Sandra loved people, being with family and helping those in need. She is survived by her mother, Lucille Eldridge; son, Austyn; step-daughter, Karen Michelle; step-grandchild, Atticus; six siblings, Dale Eldridge, Diana Chestnut, Donna (Tim) Hancock, Laurie Winfree, Gary...

  • Bogue

    James Richard Bogue, 81, of Gillespie, died at Carlinville Area Hospital in Carlinville on Monday, June 3, 2024. James was born May 27, 1943. He married Carolyn E. (Mills) Bogue of Gillespie on Sept. 20, 2015 and she survives. James was a veteran of the U.S. Army. After service, he was a glass factory worker. He was also a member of the Church of Nazarene in Virden. He enjoyed working with his hands and tools. He is survived by his five children, Cathy (Randy) Miller, Taylorville, Ill., Ruth Childers, Carlinville, Daniel Davis, Carlinville,...

  • Grman

    Elaine Grman, 83, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2024. Elaine was born on May 8, 1941 in Fillmore, Ill., to Earl Joseph Spears and Dorothy (Neisler) Spears. She married Nelson Grman on July 1, 1967 in Edwardsville, and he survives. She attended Fillmore, Ill., grade school, and Hillsboro High School. Elaine worked at Hillsboro Glass before marriage, and then after, as a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed reading, quilting and playing bingo. Elaine was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars....

  • Fritzsche

    Sally Fritzsche (née Pingolt), of Staunton passed away on June 4, 2024 at the age of 68. Sally was a military brat as a child, born in Texas but living in such locales as Spain, Hawaii, and finally Staunton, Illinois. She grew up alongside siblings John, Joe, Mary, Andy, Eric, Shelia and Arthur. Truly a herd of Pingolts. As a child, she enjoyed time with her siblings as well as Hawaiian rolls with peanut butter. In her 20's, she met future spouse Dennis Fritzsche of Mt. Olive, wooing him via...

  • Peterson

    Loraine E. "Pete" Peterson, 87, of Gillespie, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center in Gillespie on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. He was born Nov. 13, 1936, in Belleville, Ill. the son to Charles Peterson and Cordelia (Mueller) Peterson. He married Sharon Kay Peterson on Sept. 8, 1962 in Columbia, Ill. and she preceded him in death on May 18, 2022. Pete was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a meat packer and a truck driver for Heimos Greenhouse. He enjoyed fishing and watching baseball. He is...

  • Hughes

    Ray Boyd Hughes, 87, passed away on May 27, 2024 at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. Hughes was born on Dece. 28, 1936 to Boyd Hughes and Anna (Saathoff) Hughes in Litchfield. He attended Mt. Olive High School and graduated with the class of 1954. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corp. After his honorable discharge from the military, he became a farmer. Hughes was a member of the Marine Corps League Prairie Land Leatherneck Detachment 1385 Litchfield, the Lincoln Land Leathernecks Detachment 1174, Greenville, the...

  • Frey

    Gloria E. Frey, 73, of Staunton, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024. Gloria was born on Dec. 23, 1950 to the late Will Henry and Jessie (Campbell) Frey. Gloria resided at Alhambra Care Center in Alhambra for the past 12 years. She is survived by two sister-in-laws, Karen Frey, Staunton, and Jane Frey, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; also five nieces and nephews, Kim Knoche, Joan Arrington, James Frey, Michael Frey and Matthew Frey. She is preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Robert Frey;...

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