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Okawville Cross Country at Marissa

Okawville’s cross country teams were in action at Marissa last week, and two runners clocked in with top-10 finishes. Grant Schleifer finished fourth overall with a time of 17:56 for Okawville’s best finish, while Lydia Luechtefeld finished ninth in the girls’ race with a time of 23:01. For the Rockets, the other four best finishers…

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Engele Aesthetics Coming To Nashville

By Travis Volz After 18 months on the front lines of the pandemic, one local health provider is looking forward to practicing a different kind of medicine. Chris Engele is bringing Engele Aesthetics, a practice focused on skin disorders and treatments, to Nashville next month. Since 2017, Engele has been working as a hospitalist, experiencing…

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Golf Agronomist At US PGA Tour In St. Louis

Blake Meentemeyer’s career as the Senior Director of Agronomy of the PGA Tour brought him “home” last week. The former Okawville resident spent two weeks at the Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis for the Ascension Charity Classic. Meentemeyer and his crew were responsible for the final grounds preparation before and during the tournament.…

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Okawville Educators Train for Administering COVID Tests

With Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker’s recent mandate to require COVID vaccination or weekly testing for all school staff, West Washington County District 10 went to work developing a plan to fulfill this mandate.  Initially, the district considered the SHIELD Program, which was provided by the University of Illinois. The program offers free PCR testing for…

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Lady Rockets Extend Winning Streak to Five

The Okawville Lady Rockets extended their winning streak to five matches after winning four times at home, including conference matches against Red Bud and Sparta. Their overall record is now 9-3, including a 2-0 start in Cahokia Conference play. The team began with a win over Red Bud 25-23, 25-8 last Tuesday. Maci Wolf had…

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St. Peter’s Long-Time Organists Honored Sunday

By Debby Stricker St. Peter’s United Church of Christ organists Jewell Meyer and Donna Rabenort have a total combined 90 years of service.  Meyer was honored for her 50 years and Rabenort for her 40 years at St. Peter’s  outdoor service Sunday at the Community Club Park. They received gifts of music themed necklaces from…

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Robert F. Going

Mr. Robert Going of Plum Hill, IL departed this life in the Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 10:23 P.M. He had attained the age of 67 years, 7 months, and 13 days. Robert was born in Centralia, IL on February 1, 1954, the son of Erwin and Regina…

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Rabenorts Named Parade Marshals

By Travis Volz Community service and volunteerism come second nature to both Jeff and Donna Rabenort. As an acknowledgement for their countless hours of work, the Rabenorts were named honorary Parade Marshals for the Okawville Wheat Festival Parade this Sunday. High school sweethearts who have been married for nearly 40 years, the Rabenorts have lived…

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Rockets Win at Marissa Two-Man

The Okawville Rockets played wrapped up a strong week of play by winning the Marissa Two-Man Saturday. Leading Okawville at Marissa were Dylan Clark and Shane Klasing, who tied for second but lost in scorecard playoff with a score of 71. Riley Clark and Dillion Teter put together a team score of 77, Levi Traub…

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Doris J. Gagen

Doris J. Gagen, nee Beuckman, 76, of St. Libory, IL, born April 30, 1945 in East St. Louis, IL died Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at her home.  Doris was a retired support services specialist for the Department of Children and Family Services, a master homemaker, a foster parent to 30+ children and a lifetime member…

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