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School Board Discusses Budget, Buys New Phones

By Travis Volz Budget matters were discussed at Thursday’s meeting of the West Washington County Unit District 10 School Board meeting. The board approved abating a portion of taxes to pay debt service on the bonds issued for the construction of the new school in 2017 and 2019. Superintendent Keith Senior also reported on the…

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Wilbert G. Kellerman

Mr. Wilbert G. Kellerman of rural Addieville, IL departed this life in the Friendship Manor Healthcare Center in Nashville on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 6:45 A.M. He had attained the age of 96 years, 4 months, and 6 days. Wilbert was born in Rice, IL on September 23, 1926 the son of William and…

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Lady Titans Win Class S State Title

The Immanuel Lutheran/Trinity-St. John Lady Titans capped a perfect regular season with a SIJHSAA Class S State Championship Saturday. After beating All Saints Academy 57-24 in Thursday’s semifinal game, the Lady Titans topped Bartelso 54-20 to complete their flawless season. ILS/TSJ 57, All Saints 24 Last Thursday, ILS/TSJ built a big lead in the first…

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House Sales Increase In Okawville, Slow In Nashville

By Debby Stricker House sales in Okawville Township increased from 35 in 2021 to 37 in 2022, according to records of the Supervisor of Assessments Office. It was the second highest in the past ten years – only three less than the 40 sales in 2018 and 2020. The highest number of sales in the…

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Man Dies By Suicide Following Hit-and-Run

By Travis Volz A hit-and-run incident on Interstate 64 resulted in a brief pursuit of a subject who later died by suicide Sunday in Washington County. According to the Illinois State Police, the subject in question, who authorities have not yet identified, turned a gun on himself after being pursued into the woods near Mile…

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Dorothy T. Surmeier

It is with great sadness to announce Dorothy T. Surmeier, nee Kramper, 82, of Venedy, born April 23, 1940, in Venedy, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023, at Friendship Manor in Nashville, surrounded by family. Dorothy was a homemaker, wife, and mother of two beloved children. For a period of her early married life, she worked…

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Edward J. Schaepperkoetter

Edward J. Schaepperkoetter, of Shiloh, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  Ed was born November 23, 1952 in Belleville to Doris (nee Luhning) and Alfred Schaepperkoetter. He spent much of his childhood outside, tending to the family garden. A trucker for most of his…

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Bernice “Bernie” Chambers

Bernice “Bernie” Chambers, age 92, of  Nashville, formerly of Villa Grove, Illinois, died on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 1:10 pm in the East Wing of Washington County Hospital.   She was born in Villa Grove, March 16, 1930, to Jerry and Blanche (Phillips) Martin. She married Leslie A. Chambers on My 27, 1950. He proceeded her in…

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Billy Ray Patton

Billy Patton of Oakdale, IL departed this life in the Memorial Hospital in Shiloh, IL on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 10:20 P.M. He had attained the age of 76 years, 5 months, and 24 days. Bill was born in Belleville, IL on July 28, 1946, the son of Richard William and Rohma (nee Wisely)…

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Thelma E. Prasuhn

Mrs. Thelma E. Prasuhn, of Nashville, IL, departed this life at the Washington County Hospital-Extended Care in Nashville on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 7:25 A.M.  She had attained the age of 93 years, five months and 29 days. Mrs. Prasuhn was born in Elkton, IL on July 21, 1929, the daughter of Henry and…

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