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Hancock County Sheriffs Office reports an individual has been arrested following a report of  "shots fired"   in front of Lilly's Sweet Shop in Carthage, Illinois

 Hancock County Sheriffs Office reports an individual has been arrested following a report of  “shots fired”   in front of Lilly’s Sweet Shop in Carthage, Illinois, according to Hancock County Sheriff Travis Duffy.

 Sheriff Duffy confirmed the call came in at 3:14 p.m. Wednesday reporting shots fired near 499 Wabash Ave. in Carthage. He said they were able to apprehend the suspect  who was on foot ,shortly after they arrived in front of Carson Ford at 128 Buchanan Street in Carthage.

 Sheriff Duffy confirmed  no one was wounded in the incident

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, McDonough County Sheriff’s Office, Carthage Police and Dallas City Police all responded and assisted to the call. 

The incident remains under investigation.

UPDATED - ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CONDUCT OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION Carthage, IL – On July 13, 2022,

UPDATED - ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CONDUCT OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Carthage, IL – On July 13, 2022, Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 4 was contacted by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a shooting incident involving two Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Deputies.

Preliminary information indicates officers with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person. During the interaction with the subject, the subject entered the first responding officer’s patrol vehicle and held the officer at gunpoint. The officer exited the patrol vehicle and shots were fired at the subject. A second responding officer was on scene and picked up the first responding officer. The subject then took control of the patrol vehicle and fled the scene. A short pursuit ensued and ended with an exchange of gunfire between the officers and the subject near US Route 136 and Hancock County Road 2500 East. The subject was pronounced deceased at an area hospital a short time later. No officers were injured in the incident. The subject has been identified as Timothy J. E. Ostrander, 31-year-old male from Muscatine, Iowa.

This is an active and ongoing investigation and no additional information will be released at this time.

Record 46 Chargers, 9 Teams Earn NJCAA Academic Awards

Record 46 Chargers, 9 Teams Earn NJCAA Academic Awards

ALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College set a school record for the number of student-athletes and teams that received NJCAA academic awards for the 2021-22 school year.

 

The Chargers had 46 athletes take home NJCAA All-Academic honors for earning a GPA of at least 3.60. It marks the third straight year Sandburg has broken the school record for individuals receiving academic honors from the national office. The Chargers had 31 student-athletes earn the distinction in 2021 and 22 the year before that.

 

Eleven Chargers athletes were named NJCAA All-Academic First Team for recording a perfect 4.0 GPA. Another 11 Sandburg athletes received second-team honors (3.80-3.99 GPA) and 24 earned third-team honors (3.60-3.79 GPA).

 

All 10 Chargers teams had at least one player earn a spot on the NJCAA All-Academic team, with baseball and volleyball tying for the most with 10 apiece. Four of Sandburg’s honorees participated in multiple sports, and eight Chargers earned NJCAA All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year.

Additionally, Sandburg had nine of its 10 squads recognized as a 2021-22 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year for posting a combined grade point average of at least 3.0.

 

All five of Sandburg’s women’s programs (basketball, cross country, golf, softball and volleyball) and four of the Chargers’ men’s programs (baseball, basketball, cross country and soccer) were named Academic Teams of the Year. Women’s basketball had the highest team GPA at 3.49, edging women’s cross country (3.48) and softball (3.43).

 

The following Sandburg student-athletes and teams earned 2021-22 NJCAA Academic Awards
(* denotes individual honoree each of last two years):

 

NJCAA ALL-ACADEMIC FIRST TEAM (4.00 GPA)

  • McKoy Allen (Rutland, Ill./Fieldcrest), freshman, baseball
  • Matheus Andrade (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Brasil Objectivo), sophomore, men’s soccer*
  • Abbey Donaldson (Bushnell, Ill./Bushnell-Prairie City), freshman, women’s basketball
  • Reagan Eaves (Nauvoo, Ill./Warsaw), freshman, volleyball and softball
  • Silas Israel (Tremont, Ill./Tremont), freshman, baseball
  • Neemias Moreira (Uberlandia, Brazil/EE Messias Pedreiro), freshman, men’s soccer
  • Bryce Nordstrom (Toluca, Ill./Fieldcrest), freshman, baseball
  • Noah Nordstrom (Toluca, Ill./Fieldcrest), freshman, baseball
  • Natalie Righi (Pekin, Ill./Pekin), freshman, volleyball, women’s golf, women’s basketball and softball
  • Griffin Ronnebeck (East Moline, Ill./United Township), sophomore, men’s basketball*
  • Brooklyn Walker (Burnside, Ill./Warsaw), freshman, softball

 

NJCAA ALL-ACADEMIC SECOND TEAM (3.80-3.99 GPA)

  • Carmyn Baldwin (Lewistown, Ill./Lewistown), sophomore, volleyball*
  • Maddi Benson (Spring Bay, Ill./Metamora), sophomore, softball*
  • Alycea Burnett (Knoxville, Ill./Knoxville), freshman, softball
  • Emily Cash (Yates City, Ill./Farmington), sophomore, women’s basketball*
  • Jean Forestal (Ocoee, Fla./Ocoee), freshman, men’s soccer
  • Pedronel Herrera (Cali, Colombia/Colegio Claret), sophomore, men’s soccer
  • Courtney Hinton (Monmouth, Ill./United), sophomore, volleyball*
  • Jason Hise (Knoxville, Ill./Knoxville), freshman, baseball and men’s basketball
  • Kyle Neacy (Bunbury, Australia/SEDA), sophomore, men’s soccer
  • Dharma Tripp (Niota, Ill./Warsaw), freshman, volleyball
  • Mercy Jerono (Kenya/Sing’Ore Girls’ Secondary), freshman, women’s cross country

 

NJCAA ALL-ACADEMIC THIRD TEAM (3.60-3.79 GPA)

  • Jacob Abenroth (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap), freshman, baseball
  • Connor Barnett (Fulton, Ill./Fulton) freshman, men’s basketball
  • Lilly Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame), freshman, women’s basketball
  • Guylberson Camille (Key West, Fla./Key West), sophomore, men’s soccer
  • Natalie Cantwell (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg), freshman, volleyball
  • Mackenzie Catton (Mapleton, Ill./Limestone), sophomore, women’s basketball
  • Hunter Caves (Alburnett, Iowa/Alburnett), freshman, men’s basketball
  • Megan Crome (Marshall, Ill./Marshall), sophomore, volleyball*
  • Ian Donaldson (Dunlap, Ill./Dunlap), freshman, baseball
  • Addison Eger (Mendon, Ill./Unity), sophomore, women’s basketball*
  • Yousef Elberngi (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook), sophomore, men’s soccer
  • Babra Jepkirui (Kenya/ St. Teresa Girls’ Secondary), freshman, women’s cross country
  • Joey Jockisch (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame), freshman, baseball
  • Brian Kipchemis (Kenya/Segero Adventist), freshman, men’s cross country
  • Faith Kiprop (Kenya/AIC Kessup Girls), freshman, women’s cross country
  • Mattie Lower (Aledo, Ill./Rockridge), freshman, women’s basketball
  • Jasmin McDaniel (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods), freshman, volleyball
  • Mary Njuguna (Kenya/Turbo Girls Secondary), freshman, women’s cross country
  • Santiago Palacio (Cali, Colombia/Colegio La Arboleda), freshman, men’s soccer
  • Gracie Rademacker (Green Valley, Ill./Midwest Central), sophomore, softball and volleyball
  • Eric Schumacher (Bremen, Germany/Alfred-Faust-Strabe), freshman, men’s soccer
  • Kyndal Townsley (Winfield, Iowa/Mount Union), freshman, volleyball
  • Max Wallace (Champaign, Ill./Centennial), freshman, baseball
  • Chase Williams (Princeville, Ill./Princeville), freshman, baseball

 

NJCAA ACADEMIC TEAMS OF THE YEAR (MINIMUM 3.0 GPA)

  • Women’s basketball — 3.49
  • Women’s cross country — 3.48
  • Softball — 3.43
  • Volleyball — 3.41
  • Women’s golf — 3.35
  • Men’s soccer — 3.14
  • Men’s cross country — 3.11
  • Men’s basketball — 3.10
  • Baseball — 3.08

TRAVIS TRITT AND LAUREN ALAINA TO HEADLINE NORTHERN MISSOURI MUSIC AND CAMPING FESTIVAL IN AUGUST 

TRAVIS TRITT AND LAUREN ALAINA TO HEADLINE NORTHERN MISSOURI MUSIC AND CAMPING FESTIVAL IN AUGUST 

Trenton, Mo. – July 19, 2022 – Northern Missouri’s premier music and camping festival, the Mid-America Music Festival, presented by CFM Insurance will celebrate its fifth year Aug. 5 – 7, 2022 on the 70-acre grounds of the Black Silo Winery in Trenton, Mo., approximately 90 miles north of Kansas City. 

Headlining Friday, Aug. 5 is country music artist, Lauren Alaina.  Friday’s lineup also includes country music artists, Matt Stell, Elvie Shane, Restless Road, and Preston Ary Band. Gates open Friday at 2:30 p.m. with music starting at 3 p.m.  Headlining Saturday, Aug. 6 is country music legend, Travis Tritt.  Saturday’s country music lineup also includes Jameson Rodgers, Larry Fleet, Frank Ray, Sons of Sterling, Steven Bankey and the Flatlanders, and Trenton’s local band, Slow Leak.  Gates open Saturday at 12 p.m. with music beginning at 1 p.m.  The first several hundred fans to arrive when gates open each day will receive a gift at the ticket booth while supplies last.  

Mid-America Music Festival goers will experience live music, primitive style camping, activities, vendors, food trucks, plenty of beverage stations, fireworks and more.  Tickets are $66 for a single-day general admission pass and $96 for a two-day general admission pass.  Tickets increase the day of the event.  For set times or to purchase music and camping tickets visit MidAmericaMusic.com.   

The Mid-America Music Festival is a charity event for the Black Silo Foundation, a nonprofit that serves to help boost the economic development of small rural communities in Northern Missouri and focuses its giving to charities that serve children, youth and families, healthcare, education, veteran affairs or animals in Grundy, Livingston, Linn, Sullivan, Putnam, Mercer, Harrison, Daviess, or Caldwell Counties.  This year the festival is supporting Bright Futures Chillicothe, Camp Rainbow, Green Hills Animal Shelter, and Main Street Trenton. 

According to the festival team, over 3,300 fans attended the event last year from 30 states. “The Mid-America Music Festival brings together music fans from all over the United States,” said Jenn Hottes, Executive Director of Black Silo Foundation. “Friends and family gather for a fun weekend to enjoy incredible music and unforgettable experiences.  It’s truly a can’t miss summer tradition.  Bring a friend, pack a lawn chair or blanket or plan to camp for the weekend and enjoy all the festivities.”

 

For additional information contact the festival team at midamericamusicfestival@gmail.com or visit the festival website at midamericamusic.com

Updated Information on July 13th OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CONDUCT OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Carthage, IL – On July 13, 2022, Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 4 was contacted by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a shooting incident involving two Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Deputies.

Preliminary information indicates officers with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person. During the interaction with the subject, the subject entered the first responding officer’s patrol vehicle and held the officer at gunpoint. The officer exited the patrol vehicle and shots were fired at the subject. A second responding officer was on scene and picked up the first responding officer. The subject then took control of the patrol vehicle and fled the scene. A short pursuit ensued and ended with an exchange of gunfire between the officers and the subject near US Route 136 and Hancock County Road 2500 East. The subject was pronounced deceased at an area hospital a short time later. No officers were injured in the incident.

This is an active and ongoing investigation and no additional information will be released at this time.

Update on Hancock County Shooting 7:40pm

                                         Illinois State Police District 14

Unit: ISP Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Zone 4

 

Location: US Route 136 at 2500E, Hancock County

 

Date/Time: July 13, 2022 at 3:07 p.m.

 

UpDate: The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has requested ISP DCI Zone 4 to investigate an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred at the above time and location. One suspect was struck by gunfire and was transported to an area hospital. No officers were injured. The roadway is shut down at US Route 136 and Illinois Route 61. Traffic is being diverted at US Route 136 and Illinois Route 94, near Carthage. This is an open and ongoing investigation. No further information is available at this time.   

The Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band and The Legacy Theater are joining to present an evening of bagpipe music and Highland dance. The free performance of the bagpipe band will be held at The Legacy Theater at 4 p.m. on Sunday July 17.

The Bagpipe Band is a significant part of the spirit, missionary efforts, and gospel message of the Nauvoo Pageant. The distinctive sound of the pipes evokes another place and time as their music draws visitors to Nauvoo Remembered historic vignettes and the Country Fair. Each evening the stirring strains of Praise to the Man (also known as Scotland the Brave) set a majestic tone for the pageant performance as pipers lead audience and cast members in a festive parade from the Country Fair field to the pageant site.

Their show at The Legacy Theater is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the bagpipe, and hear this amazing ensemble perform!

Diabetes Health and Wellness Program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois, Earns Recognition from the American Diabetes Association®

Diabetes Health and Wellness Program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois, Earns Recognition from the American Diabetes Association®

 

Diabetes Health and Wellness Program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois, Earns Recognition from the American Diabetes Association®

  Education Recognition Program (ERP) certification ensures quality diabetes education and support for people living with diabetes

 

Carthage, IL. July 6, 2022 – The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation’s leading organization committed to fighting diabetes by driving discovery through research and innovation, intensifying the urgency around the diabetes epidemic, and supporting people living with and affected by diabetes today announced the recognition of Diabetes Health and Wellness Program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois through the Education Recognition Program (ERP). 

 

The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES). The DSMES Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007, 2012, and 2017. The ERP promotes quality Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) for people with diabetes by certifying that services adhere to the National Standards for DSMES. Services certified by the ADA’s ERP program offer a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Services apply for recognition voluntarily, and ADA-ERP recognition lasts for four years.

 

“Daily self-management skills are absolutely essential for people to effectively navigate the 24/7 challenges of living with diabetes, helping to keep them healthy and prevent or delay the serious complications of diabetes,” said Linda Cann, MSEd, the ADA’s senior vice president of professional services. “We applaud the Diabetes Health and Wellness Program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois, for its commitment to providing high-quality, evidence-based education and support for people with diabetes by meeting the National Standards for DSME/S and earning the ADA’s ERP recognition.”  

 

Ashlyn Housewright, Executive Director of the Community Health and Wellness Program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois, says, “We look forward to our accredited program’s impact on our patients and community in the next four years. There are great things to come for diabetes prevention and management for our communities.” 

Hancock County Historical Society presents program on MOUSETRAPS by Tim Evans

July 16, 2022 The quarterly meeting will be held at the former Carthage Senior Citizens building at 301 Main Street starting at 7 PM. The program for the evening will be on a wonderful display of mousetraps. The late Evan E. Evans collected traps for over 25 years. His son, Tim Evans, now has the collection and has presented displays and educational series of the traps. Tim is also the brother of former Judge Steve Evans of Hancock County. Tim says he inherited the "collecting” gene from his father. He collects everything from antique advertising and typewriters to early radios and stringed  

"Now a multimillion dollar industry, the mousetrap business has provided jobs for thousands of Americans. Many of those workers were employed by large manufacturers such as "Victor" and “McGill.” Others worked in small plants, sometimes garages and basements.” 

the latest gadgets coming out of Silicon Valley today. 

The age-old battle between man and mouse has created an unending search to find an effective tool to easily kill mice, which for centuries have threatened food supplies and spread disease. Yankee author and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, is often credited with the idiom: "If you build a better mousetrap the world will be a path to your door." It is about more than mousetraps though. Emerson cast the mousetrap as representing the American spirit of invention and the quest for the next new great idea, 

Many have taken that challenge to heart. More than 4,400 parents have been awarded for mousetraps since 1838. That is more than any other household object. And every year about 400 new patent applications are filed by inventors hoping they've finally built a better mousetrap." 

My connection to mousetraps comes through my father, the late Evan E. Evans. He was a collector of just about everything, as well as a student of history and a storyteller who never let facts get in the way of a good yarn. We became interested in the subject of mousetraps after discovering an unusual trap that resembled a miniature mouse jail while we were remodeling an old home in LeRoy, Illinois, back in the 1960s. Before that, the only type of mousetrap I knew of was the 

ubiquitous rectangular snap trap. And you might be interested to know it has a tie to Knox County in western Illinois," 

“Others were miniature guillotines. Still, others choked or squeezed their targets. Many were so complicated that they bordered on the absurdity of a classic Rube Goldberg cartoon contraption. 

My father amassed more than 1,000 traps over about 25 years of collecting. He often spoke to groups, from school children to senior citizens, about his various traps and how they fit into American history. He became so well known for his role as the “Mousetrap Man” that even the United States postal service e was aware of his collection and delivered a letter to him that was addressed: 'The man with a large selection of mousetraps, LeRoy, IL."" 

“Possibly the first patent for the common spring-loaded snap trap was awarded in 1894 to William C. Hooker of Abington, who received U.S. patent 528671. Hooker's simple-yet-effective design remains the most common and popular trap style more than 125 years later. 

That doesn't mean others didn't try to best his design. Many offered versions that were simply variations on the snap trap, but others were altogether different, Some drowned: their prey. Some electrocuted mice. Some kept them alive.” 

 

"When my father died in 1993, the collection came into my possession (my older and more distinguished brothers were not as interested in housing 1,000 mousetraps). I have tried to carry on his legacy as "Son of Mousetrap Man”. Our trap collection has been featured in two books, in a display of 'Indiana oddities' at the Indiana State Fair and on PBS (Public Broadcasting Station) and several Indianapolis televisions. It was even featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Cartoon." 

COME, Bring friends and enjoy a great show. You will want to have bites for refreshments and enjoy tales of the famous and historic mousetraps!!!!! Admission is free to this event.

 

 

Carl Sandburg College Trustees Adopt Budget for FY2023

GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees adopted the institution’s budget for fiscal year 2023 during its regular monthly meeting June 27 on the Main Campus in Galesburg.

 

The new budget includes revenues and transfers of $30.4 million — up from $28 million for FY22 — and expenditures of $29.5 million net of building construction costs. That figure is up from $27.9 million for FY22. The budget includes $6.8 million in the College’s Building Bonds Fund to go toward the upcoming construction of the new Science and Technology Center and other campus construction projects. The College’s 2023 fiscal year began July 1.

 

“Overall, the College remains financially healthy with revenues projected over expenses for the next five years,” Vice President of Administrative Services and CFO Cory Gall said.

 

Trustees also accepted the funds of two external grants. The College received $221,477 in federal Perkins funding that will be used to support Sandburg’s career and technical education areas in work-based learning; career exploration, development and guidance; special populations students; early college credit; enhanced curriculum and instruction; recruitment, retention and professional development; and the development of programs of study.

 

Additionally, the Board accepted a $6,000 adult literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to provide adult learners with beginning- and intermediate-level English Language Acquisition courses. Funds will be used to support the online course format, purchase instructional supplies and reduce the course cost for students.

 

A bid of $56,985 from Detroit Machine Tools was approved for the purchase of five MI-1440 lathes, five MI-329 stands, five MI-409 stands and five MI-409MZ mills to replace the lathes and mills used in the industrial maintenance, welding and CNC programs.

 

“Acquiring these new machines in addition to securing this Perkins funding will go a long way toward helping our students gain the skills and instruction they need to be successful at Sandburg and be prepared to enter the workforce once they graduate,” said Ellen Burns, dean of career and technical education. “Equipping our students with quality equipment and materials better serves them and the needs of our district.”

 

Trustees authorized the approval of amendments to the College’s professional services agreement with River City Construction for preconstruction fees related to projects for humidity remediation in the Fitness Center, the relocation of the automotive technology program and the construction of the Science and Technology Center.

 

The Board also approved the interest transfers of $251,000 from the College’s Strategic Technology Endowment Fund (STEF) and $58,500 from the Sandburg Initiates LifeChanging Opportunities (SILO) Fund as well as no more than $138,300 from the Working Cash Fund Interest into the FY23 budget.

 

The Board approved the addition of no more than $137,700 in Operations and Maintenance funds to complete a Capital Development Board project for HVAC updates to Building G and Building B on the Main Campus. The project is scheduled to be completed this fall.

 

In other business, the Board approved the following:

  • Employment of Kennedy Jackson as Upward Bound Project advisor, effective Aug. 1.
  • Employment of Kathryn Meeker as coordinator of recruitment and events, effective July 1.
  • Appointment of Cory Gall as vice president of administrative services, effective July 1.
  • Appointment of Autumn Scott as associate vice president of academic and student planning, effective July 1.
  • Appointment of Robert Stevens as chief information officer, effective July 1.
  • Appointment of Steve Norton as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer, effective July 1.
  • Resignation/retirement of Kipton Canfield as director of public safety, effective June 10.
  • Resignation of Troy Chansler as grounds assistant, effective June 10.

 

The Board’s next scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. July 28 on the Main Campus in Galesburg.

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