With the 2015-2016 school year coming to a close, and graduation for O’Fallon Township High School approaching, many students are looking forward to next year’s goals and plans for the future. Meet two OTHS R.O.T.C. cadets who talk about their experiences and future of service.
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The Village of Shiloh Board of Trustees, along with Mayor Jim Vernier, voted unanimously at Monday’s Committee at Large meeting to move the village Public Works department work orders, pavement ratings, sanitary and storm water sewer systems, village infrastructure and utilities like underground gas, water and water hydrants data that is currently recorded with paper files to a GIS software program stored by online cloud space hosted by Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc engineering group. All other items were passed by majority vote to move forward to the next Regular Board meeting.
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It was all grilling smells wafting through the breeze from the Roy-el Catering grill, laughter of children and the ‘ooo’s and ahhh’s’ adults and kids alike watcing the various demonstrations, jumping kids in the bounce house or climbing in and around the latest ambulance and suprise visitor Air Medical helicopter, while other visitors meandered across the parking lot and grassy area outside the new O’Fallon Fire Headquarters. Over 200 adults and kids from O’Fallon and Shiloh spread out over the grass and the fire engine apparatus bay and firefighter training area for an annual event that gets “more fun every year,” according to Kim Lamprecht, O’Fallon paramedic supervisor and instructor at Southwestern Illinois Community College (SWIC) in Belleville, said.
Construction on West Highway 50, between Castle Acres Drive and Long Drive is scheduled to begin Monday. This project will consist of intersection and signal improvements on West Highway 50 at the intersections with Castle Acres Drive, Dean Drive and Long Drive, as well as the addition of a right turn lane for westbound traffic from the Sam’s Club entrance at Long Drive to the eastern Wal-Mart entrance. The work is scheduled to be completed by September 15, 2016.
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The Lady Panthers had their hitting shoes on to start the week as they produced 13 hits and 11 runs against conference rival Edwardsville. They need all of them as they were able to outlast the Tigers in an 11-8 slugfest. Addison Barnouski returned to the pitcher’s circle after battling injury and recorded the win. The senior Panther also did her part at the plate, going 2-for-3 at the plate including a home run. Ginger Huskey was a perfect 3-for-3, and Nikole Patterson added two base hits in four trips to the plate. The OTHS girls touched Edwardsville starter Isabella Holtrop for a pair of runs in both the first and second innings. The early scoring was just a prelim to the pivotal fourth inning when the Lady Panthers sent nine batters to the plate and scored five times to expand their lead to 9-1.
Hitting on all cylinders, the O’Fallon High boys’ tennis team blasted their way to their second consecutive sectional tournament championship last weekend. Coach Erin Thoman enjoyed superior efforts from every Panther who stepped onto the court as all six OTHS players earned spots in the IHSA state finals which will begin today (Thursday) in Chicago.
With ten entries qualifying for the IHSA girls state track meet last weekend, the O’Fallon Lady Panther thinclads traveled to Eastern Illinois University with high expectations. Most the Panthers’ aspirations were dashed in the prelims; however, one of the OTHS relay teams, the 4x200 quartet, was able to rise to the challenge, bringing home a second place medal.