Former Sparta Mayor Charles Kelley Passes

Former Sparta Mayor Charles Kelley has passed away. Kelley, who founded MedStar Ambulance in 1981, resigned from office on October 30 and was succeeded by Jason Schlimme. More details on the WHCO Local News.



WHCO Election Coverage 2014

Real Country 1230 will once again provide live, comprehensive coverage of results for the 2014 Illinois General Election. Beginning Tuesday night at 7:00 pm, John Scheper, Jeff Blair, Tim Petrowich, and Peter Stork will have up-to-the-minute results from Randolph, Perry, Jackson, and other local counties, plus the statewide and Congressional races.

Simulcast coverage can be heard on 1230 AM, or on 1420 AM in the Murphysboro-Carbondale-Marion area. Also, live streaming is available at realcountry1230.com and on the WHCO Mobile Apps for Android and iOS.



Schlimme Named New Sparta Mayor

At a special meeting of the Sparta city Council this afternoon at 4 PM, two appointments were made by the Sparta city Council. Due to the resignation Monday night of long time Sparta mayor Charles Kelley, Jason Schlimme has been appointed to fill the former mayor’s unexpired term. The council also appointed Michael Kelly to finish Schlimme’s unexpired term as city commissioner.



Randolph County Sheriffs Blotter 9-8-2014

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

September 8, 2014

Linda M. Clark 45, Sparta, arrested September 2, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for unlawful use of account number with intent to defraud.  Bond amount is $10,000. Is incarcerated.

Thrisia L. Jaquez 32, Chester, arrested September 2, 2014 by Chester Police on a Randolph County warrant for unlawful delivery of methamphetamine. Bond amount is $25,000.  Is incarcerated.

Frankie R. S. Robertson 42, Steeleville, arrested September 2, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for driving while license revoked & illegal transportation of alcohol.  Released after posting $150 cash bond.

Melodie A. Nesbitt 35, Marissa, arrested September 2, 2014 by Steeleville Police on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on a deceptive practice charge.  Released after posting $300 cash bond.

Joshua A. Weber 20, Hoopeston IL, arrested September 2, 2014 by Chester Police for unlawful possession of cannabis & unlawful possession drug paraphernalia.  Bond amount is $3,000. Is incarcerated.

Joshua A. Hunt 20, Chester, arrested September 3, 2014 for operation uninsured motor vehicle & driving while license revoked.  Released after posting $150 cash bond.

Darlene M. Arpe 53, Sparta, arrested September 4, 2014 by Sparta Police for domestic battery.  Is incarcerated.

Edward C. Record 38, Chester, arrested September 4, 2014 by Chester Police for driving while license suspended & expired registration.  Released after posting $150 cash bond.

Anthony M. Reed 27, Waterloo, arrested September 4, 2014 by Illinois State Police on a Williamson County warrant for driving while license suspended. Bond amount is $7,500. Is incarcerated.

Corey Richardson 27, Sparta, arrested September 5, 2014 by Sparta Police for unlawful delivery of cannabis & unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  Is incarcerated.

Jenna K. Kampfl 19, Homeless, arrested September 5, 2014 by Sparta Police on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear for no insurance.  Bond amount is $5,000. Is incarcerated.

Paul O. Green 43, Sparta, arrested September 5, 2014 by Sparta Police for sex offender failing to notify of address change.  Is incarcerated.

Tosha R. Swift 36, Milstadt, arrested September 5, 2014 by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on a Randolph County warrant for petition to revoke probation.  Bond amount is $10,000. Is incarcerated.

Stephen M. Stephenson 59, Percy, arrested September 5, 2014 by Randolph County sheriff’s office for unlawful delivery of cannabis & a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on an aggravated fleeing & eluding & driving while license revoked charge.  Bond amount is $5,000.  Is incarcerated.

Yevette E. Olson 43, Tilden, arrested September 6, 2014 by Tilden Police on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on a DUI Charge. Released after posting $200 cash bond.

Richard A. Brannon 29, Rockwood, arrested September 6, 2014 by Chester Police on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on a burglary charge.  Bond amount is $5,000. Is incarcerated.

William C. Kaltoft 31, Chester, arrested September 7, 2014 by Chester Police for criminal trespass to vehicle.  Released with a notice to appear in court.

Miguel Carmona 45, Cobden, arrested September 7, 2014 by Chester Police for driving while license suspended, speeding & operation of uninsured motor vehicle.  Released after posting $200 cash bond.

 Scott A. Stout 35, Percy, arrested September 7, 2014 by Steeleville Police for DUI & improper lane usage. Released after posting $300 cash bond.



Actuarial scholarship at Red Bud High School

(RED BUD) — Former Red Bud High School student Ali Ringering was the first recipient of the new Daniel C. Flowers Acutuarial Science Scholarship.
The scholarship was created by a group of alumni of Daniel Flowers, who has been teaching math at Red Bud High School for the past 27 years.
Flowers told the Belleville News Democrat in a recent story that he was speechless when learning of the scholarship. Flowers said when someone is honored this way by former students, who themselves are high achievers, it is truly an honor.
The alumni group works with Flowers to determine scholarship applicants. The student selected must be planning to pursue a degree in actuarial science at Maryville University.



State Looking at Outsourcing Shooting Complex Management

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is apparently investigating the possibility of getting an outside agency to maintain and operate the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta.
IDNR is currently collecting responses from consultants and vendors on how to improve the 1,600 acre facility. The information could then be used to bring a private company to run the site.
According to a story in the Southern Illinosian, Amateur Trapshooting Association Executive Director Lane Gibson said he has been assured that any changes would not prevent the ATA from holding its annual Grand American at the shooting complex.
The state says it’s looking at the options to determine if there could be a cost savings for the state and an economic boost to the region, by having an outside agency run the site.
State Senator Dave Luechtefeld said if the move would save money and bring more events to the complex it would make sense.
He said the government does not always run things the best and it makes sense to let people who know the business, run it.



Perry County man dies in zip line accident

(Perry County) — A Perry County man died Sunday near Tamaroa in a backyard zip-lining accident.
The man was identified as 38 year old William “Bill” Harris.  Authorities say Harris and some friends were apparently riding a zip line at a residence southeast of Tamaroa. They said Harris fell from the highest point of the zip-line, which was about 30 feet.
Harris was in critical condition when first responders arrived. He died a short time later at Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.
Harris was married to former Percy resident Amy Wolters, daughter of Don and Carol Wolters of Percy. The couple have two children.
Funeral services for Harris will be Thursday at 10 am at Immaculate Conception Conception Catholic Church in Tamaroa. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 4 to 8 pm, and Thursday morning from 9 am until service time at the church.



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