Southern Illinois University Edwardsville completed 2017 Spring Commencement exercises for the 1,957 eligible graduates, including many from O’Fallon and Shiloh, on Friday and Saturday, May 5-6 in the Vadalabene Center on campus.
Being able to coach together brought bowling stars Shannon and Bryan O’Keefe to McKendree University three years ago. They have thrived in the collegiate environment, bringing home the school’s first NCAA championship ever in April.
Navy Seaman First Class Robert Monroe Temple, 19, was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The ship was sunk in the attack. Temple’s body remained unidentified until recently when DNA was for confirmation. Temple’s family is planning a memorial service in Shiloh for him.
Brig. Gen. Stacey T. Hawkins, director of logistics, engineering and force protection for Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Memorial Day service at the O’Fallon Veterans Monument.
First Baptist Academy in O’Fallon is graduated 19 seniors on Friday, May 12. Sixteen of those students earned either academic, provost, ROTC or merit scholarships, totaling just over $1 million, according to Josiah Munton, assistant administrator and athletic director.
“Do you have big dreams for your town? If you had a million dollars and could have whatever you want for the village, what would it be?” Mary Vandevord, president and CEO of Heartlands Conservancy, asked the crowd.
Coach Rob Garrison’s squad split a two-game set in the state tournament hosted by St. Francis High School, winning the opener over Nazareth before being eliminated by Hindsdale Central, ranked third in Illinois.
An air medical helicopter landed, the O’Fallon Fire Department showed how they cut a vehicle to extricate an injured person, and numerous booths were set up at the EMS/Fire Headquarters building at Fire House No. 4 on Taylor Road on May 17.
O’Fallon’s 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams raced into the record book by winning the two events at the Illinois High School Association’s Class 3A state track meet held at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. OTHS finished fourth overall as a team.
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