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Articles from the May 24, 2023 edition


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  • Flying caps and confetti

    May 24, 2023

    Eighty-three Staunton High School seniors received their diplomas during the graduation ceremony held in the gym at Staunton High School on Friday night. There were 12 seniors who achieved the honor of summa cum laude, five who achieved magna cum laude, and nine who achieved cum laude. The many achievements of the SHS Class of 2023 are highlighted on page 7. Three students from this year's graduating class are enlisting in the military and were recognized during the ceremony. Reilly Klein will...

  • Kids' Fishing Derby

    May 24, 2023

    It was a beautiful day for fishing on Sunday afternoon as kids and parents gathered at Staunton Sportsman's Club for the annual event....

  • Firemen's Homecoming lineup

    May 24, 2023

    The Staunton Firemen's annual homecoming celebration is coming up on June 23-25. Live music will be provided by three bands: Friday - Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters from 8-11 p.m. Saturday - Off the Wall from 8-11 p.m. Sunday - Lost Highway from 6-11 p.m. Silly Jilly the Clown will be entertaining with balloon art on Saturday, June 24. All three nights, local community organizations will be providing various food options. Rides by Egyptian Exposition will be operating all weekend. Fireworks (weather permitting) will be taking...

  • Memorial Day services scheduled

    May 24, 2023

    The American Legion Post 362 and VFW Post 1241 will be conducting Memorial Day ceremonies at the following locations and times on Monday, May 29. They are listed here in order of the time they will be held: • The Glenwood - 8:30 a.m. • Livingston Park - 9 a.m. • Old City Cemetery - 9:30 a.m. • Heritage Health Nursing Home - 10 a.m. • Memorial Park Cemetery - 10:30 a.m. • Veteran’s Monument on Main Street - 11 a.m. • Benld Cemetery - 1 p.m. • Gillespie Civic Center - 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend any and or all of the ceremonies listed...

  • Need news copy early for next week's paper

    May 24, 2023

    The next issue of the Star-Times is Wednesday, May 31, with the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29. Since Monday is the day we usually finalize the paper, that work will have to be done on Friday, May 26, instead. Doing so will mean subscribers will receive their newspapers on Wednesday, as usual. We will, however, need all the news and advertising for the May 31 paper no later than noon on Thursday, May 24. We will accept classified advertising such as garage sales until noon on Friday, May 25. We appreciate your cooperation with the...

  • Area woman is 8th victim in I-55 dust storm crash

    May 24, 2023

    The Illinois State Police announced the death of another victim in multiple crashes that occurred on May 1, at approximately 10:55 a.m. on both northbound and southbound Interstate 55, between mile markers 72 and 78 near Farmersville in Montgomery County. Ruth M. Rau, 81-year-old from Sorento, succumbed to injuries last week while in the hospital. A total of 72 vehicles are known to be involved in the crashes and 37 people were transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical. There are now eight fatalities associated...

  • Main Street properties for sale

    Kelly Costa|May 24, 2023

    During Monday night’s city council meeting, the property at 104 E. Main Street and 108 E. Main Street was declared as surplus real property and authorized for sale at a minimum bid of $10,000. All the structures on the property must be demolished and removed by the winning bidder within 60 days of the bid award. Bids will be opened at the June 26 council meeting. The council received a letter of resignation from full-time police dispatcher Tammy Martin dated May 12, 2023. Martin will be retiring and her last day of employment will be May 26, 2...

  • Nowell

    May 24, 2023

    Dennis G. Nowell, 72, formerly of Mt. Olive Ill., died peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in St. Louis, Mo. He was born in Portageville, Mo., on Oct. 24, 1950, the son of Thomas and Roberta (DeRousse) Nowell. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Knes, in Mt. Olive on June 6, 1970, and she preceded him in death on April 18, 2012. He met Paulette Crawford in 2014, and they married on Sept. 24, 2016. She survives. Dennis spent his early childhood years in Granite City before the family... Full story

  • Hicken

    May 24, 2023

    Curt L. Hicken, 73, of Gillespie, Ill., died at his residence on Thursday, May 18, 2023. He was born Oct. 30, 1949, in Litchfield, to Neal and Mary Lucille (Keck) Hicken. He married Elizabeth Jean Clark on Jan. 1, 1999, in Gillespie. She survives. He was a technical writer for Boeing and an outdoor writer. He was a member of the Carlinville Elks, Masonic Order Gillespie Chapter, Aglow Outdoor Writer's Group where he was also former executive director. He was a musician, avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to camp, travel and spend time with... Full story

  • Sievers

    May 24, 2023

    Herbert C. "Herb" Sievers, 74, of Staunton, Ill., died on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born June 20, 1948, in Litchfield, the son of the late Charles F. and Vera (Gerdes) Sievers. He married Linda Pass on April 25, 1970, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Staunton, and she survives. Herb was the owner of Sievers Truck Service in Staunton for many years. He started it in 1973 with one truck and over the years grew the business to over 20 trucks.... Full story

  • Blum

    May 24, 2023

    Kinsley Elizabeth Blum was born without a heartbeat Sunday, May 14, 2023, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Ill. Though she never spent much time with us on earth, she touched many of our lives but angels never die they just gain their wings. Kinsley is survived by her mother and father, Anna Semar and Dustin Blum of Palmyra; her four brothers, Ashton, Eli, Noah, Levi; maternal grandparents, Addie Perkins (partner Carlo Vitale) and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother, Andrew Blum; maternal... Full story

  • Meininger

    May 24, 2023

    Janet Meininger, 75, of Plainview, Ill., died at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, on Monday, May 8, 2023. She was born Nov. 16, 1947, in Alton, to Kenneth and Irene (Myers) Foreman. She married Steven A. Meininger on April 16, 1980, in Galacia. She was owner, operator for J&S Tires. Janet enjoyed quilting and cats. She is survived by her husband, Steve Meininger of Plainview; children, Josyane (Shane) White of Hillsboro, Marci (Dan) Carter of Hillsboro, Erik (Cathy Jo) Meininger of Shipman, Kelly (Don) Geirtz of Shipman; grandchildren, Alex... Full story

  • Strubinger

    May 24, 2023

    Lillian June Strubinger, 91, formerly of Bunker Hill, Ill., died at River Crossing of Alton on Monday, May 15, 2023. She was born July 16, 1931, in Hardwick, Vt., to Chester and June Bailey. She married Glen Strubinger on May 12, 1954, in Nashua, N.H. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2008. She is survived by her daughters, Gayle Vincelette of West Frankfort, Ill., Robin (Chris) Schlobohm of Bunker Hill, Ill.; sons, Randal (Sharon) Brunet of Chaska, Minn., Wayne (Jeannie) Strubinger of Denver, Colo., Ron (Dennis Sorenson) Strubinger of... Full story

  • Purdy

    May 24, 2023

    Kay Ann Purdy, 81, of Gillespie, Ill., died at Community Hospital of Staunton on Friday, May 19, 2023. She was born July 22, 1941, in East Chicago, Ind., to Henry Wagner and Irma Johanntosettel. She was married to and divorced from the father of her four children. She then married Theodore "Ted" Cummings on Dec. 29, 1989, and he died in August 1998. Then she married Alfred "Chick" Purdy on June 2, 2010. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2020. She worked as a cashier at the Diamond's Restaurant and Nickerson's Restaurant. She also traveled... Full story

  • Honor Memorial Sunday

    May 24, 2023

    Everyone is invited to attend First Baptist Church at 410 W. 3rd North Street in Mt. Olive as they celebrate "Honor Memorial Sunday" in the 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 5 p.m. services. Special patriotic music will be included. Military uniforms are welcome. For more information call 217-299-0508....

  • Staunton Senior citizens held meeting

    May 24, 2023

    The May 18 meeting of the Staunton Senior Citizens was called to order at 1 p.m. by president, Gerri Cook. There were 30 members in attendance. The Lord's Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance were said. There were no visitors or new members. It was announced that Caroline Strasen's brother-in-law passed away and a card request was made. Birthdays were Ruby Hering and Gale McKean to whom we sang Happy Birthday. Attendance prizes went to Helen Lindsey and Margaret Heinemeyer. Shirley Copeland and Beverly Williams won the pots of silver. Judy Hampton...

  • Celebrating 90th birthday

    May 24, 2023

    Frances Westerhold will celebrate her 90th birthday with an Open House for family and friends at The Glenwood in Staunton on Saturday, June 3. The Open House will be 1:30 - 3:30 in the afternoon. Please stop by and wish her a Happy Birthday!...

  • Band Booster Fundraiser Thursday

    May 24, 2023

    The Staunton Band Boosters is partnering with Littly Italy's Pizza for a fundraiser night. On Thursday, May 25, the Staunton Band Boosters will receive a percentage of pizza sales to benefit the entire band program grades 5-12. In order for the band program to benefit, the band needs to be mentioned when placing your order....

  • Matter of Balance to begin May 30 in Gillespie

    May 24, 2023

    Many people experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to help people manage falls and increase their activity levels. The Macoupin County Public Health Department through funding provided by the Area Agency on Aging Lincolnland (AgeLinc) will be offering a Matter of Balance Workshop beginning Tuesday, May 30, in Gillespie. The workshop meets every Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the UCB Loan Servicing Building located at 104 N. Macoupin...

  • Italian-American Days Celebration Memorial Day weekend in Benld

    May 24, 2023

    The Italian Club of Benld, a non-profit organization, invites everyone to the Benld City Park on May 26, 27 and 28 to celebrate the 69th Annual Italian-American Days Festival. The festival is known throughout the state of Illinois for its Italian foods and games. The weekend begins on Friday, May 26, with the park opening at 4 p.m. Connor Family Amusements will offer carnival armbands from 6-10 p.m. allowing anyone to ride as often as they like for $25. The OWLZ will provide music for your listening and dancing pleasure from 6:30-10:30 p.m. On...

  • Girl Scouts' mother-daughter tea party

    May 24, 2023

    Girl Scouts' mother-daughter tea party Local Girl Scout Troop 6098 hosted a Mom and Me Tea for Mother's Day. Girls Scouts from Service Unit 107 enjoyed the event with their special person. The girls enjoyed their tea sandwiches and drank from china tea cups while learning about tea party etiquette. The party ended with the girls participating in a fashion show to showcase their tea party attire. Local Girl Scout Troop 6098 hosted a Mom and Me Tea for Mother's Day. Girls Scouts from Service Unit...

  • Zion Lutheran School graduates

    May 24, 2023

    The 2023 graduates of Zion Lutheran School are Thomas Beys, son of Michael and Angie Beys and Kindra Beys; Sophia Bond, daughter of Brian and Carol Bond; Hailee Henke (salutatorian), daughter of Kurt and Taunya Henke; and Livia Crouch (valedictorian), daughter of Joshua and Jamie Crouch....

  • Macoupin medical scholarships awarded

    May 24, 2023

    The Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary presented $1,000 scholarships to two Macoupin County high school seniors during its semi-annual dinner meeting on May 9. Scholarship program leader Karen Lanzerotte introduced Gillespie High School’s Shelby Geisler and North Mac’s Olivia Thoroman as this year’s winners. They were chosen from among 17 Macoupin County high school applicants. Both young ladies have chosen nursing as their career in medicine. Each read her qualification essay expressing the reasons for pursuing a medical career at the colle...

  • CHS nurse wins DAISY award

    May 24, 2023

    Sara Angel, RN of Community Hospital of Staunton (CHS) was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Sara, a registered nurse on the Med/Surg Unit at CHS was nominated by an appreciative husband whose wife with special needs was cared for with great compassion by Sara. His anonymous submission read: "Sara was my wife's admitting nurse. She was new to the...

  • Memorials to SEF

    May 24, 2023

    The Staunton Education Foundation would like to thank the following people for their memorials: In memory of Beverly Smith and Betty Peterson made by Dolores & Wayne Brooke of Livingston In memory of Jackie Coyne - Kay Knop In memory of Jackie Yakos - Del Rue & Bill Scroggins In memory of Merry Callovini - Ginger & Butch Fey In memory of Nelda Bierbaum - Mary Ann Albrecht In Memory of Dorothy Kovaly - Sandy Compton In memory of Bettye Dragovich - Catherine Wright In memory of Mary Lee Brown - Carol & Dick Kapp, Hulda Black, Denise & Dick...

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