Today's News - February 21, 2008
Schlick ice caused numerous fender benders and vehicles driving off area roadways, but there were no serious accidents involving injury. Most of the accidents in Monroe County were reported on Route 3 between Columbia and Waterloo.
“My husband, Matt, slid off the road by the YMCA, but was able to quickly get out,” reported Kiley Voegele of Columbia.
After they made it out of Monroe County, those commuting to downtown St. Louis experienced heavy traffic on Route 3 in Sauget.
“There was a big backup of cars lined up to get onto the Poplar Street Bridge,” reported Independent reporter Judy Brinkmann, who decided to turn around and head back to Waterloo. “It is ugly! I had my defrost on full tilt and still had a frozen windshield by the time I got back home.”
Waterloo Cinema Closed: The weather has caused the closure today of the Waterloo Cinema movie theater. “It’s just took dangerous to keep it open today,” said the owner, Mike Rogers. The theater will reopen Friday evening for the 5 p.m. shows.
University of Illinois Extension Offering Weather Assistance:
In the event of continued severe winter weather and the possibility of the loss of electricity throughout the region, the Waterloo extension office of the University of Illinois offers these websites which can provide valuable information:
Safe food handling in a power outage:
Repair and replacement of storm
Emergency water supplies (in the
event of loss of power to wells):
Home repair fraud:
Thawing frozen pipes:
Columbia Advances In Regional Tournament
Underdog Gibault High School (8-18) nearly pulled off a big upset in a boys’ basketball game last night during the Class 2A Columbia Regional Tournament.
The Hawks played like they had nothing to lose against top-seeded Columbia (20-7). The lead exchanged hands several times during the game. In the final seconds of the fourth quarter, Gibault’s Taylor Stumpf sank a three-pointer to tie the score and send the game into overtime with the scored tied at 42.
Columbia was able to take control in overtime and the Eagles outscored the Hawks 8-2 for a 50-44 victory. In overtime, the Eagles were led by Erik Roediger’s three free throws and a three-point shot by Trent Blank. In Friday’s championship game, Columbia will tip off against Central. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m.
In other high school basketball playoff news… During the Sparta Regional last night, Red Bud fell to Murphysboro by a score of 81 to 65.
Mary Ellen Kern nee Vogt, 79, of Tipton, died Feb. 18, 2008 in St. Louis. She was born Sept. 22, 1928 in Waterloo, the daughter of the late Leo and Selma (nee Rehmer) Vogt. Survivors include daughter, Karen Mavers of Waterloo grandchildren John (Charlene) Ahne of Waterloo, Christopher Ahne of Jacksonville, Fla. And William Robert Ahne of Waterloo; great-grandchildren Nicole Ahne, Tess Ahne, Brittani Ahne , John S. Ahne and Bethanie Ahne; brothers Orval “Bud” (Geraldine) Vogt of Waterloo and Leland (Corina) Vogt of Waterloo; along with sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Simon Kern. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Tipton. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Quernheim Funeral Home. Funeral is Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m., at St. Patrick's Church in Tipton, Father Jose Jacob officiating. Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Relay for Life or St. Patrick's Education Fund.
Stanley Gregory, 76, of Waterloo, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born Aug. 26, 1931 in East St. Louis, the son of the late Stanley Gregory Sr. and Zelma Rhymer. He is married to his wife, Beverly nee Thompson Gregory, who survives him. Also surviving are daughters Donna (Paul) Whitelock of Austin, Tex., Susan (David) Nobbe of Columbia and Elizabeth Gregory of St. Louis, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Alex of Maryville; and a brother, Gerald (Barbara) Gregory of Centennial, Colo. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anita (Gonzalez) Gregory; son Thomas Gregory; brothers Seth Deichmann and George Gregory; and sister, Betty DuPont. He was employed as a Sheet Metal Worker for Local 268 and is a member of the American Legion. Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral is Friday, Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m., at Lawlors with Rev. Matthew Friz officiating. He will be buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Vernon. Hoepfinger, 88, of Columbia, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at Garden Place Assisted Living in Columbia. He was born May 8, 1919 in Dupo; the son of the late Harry Hoepfinger and Lena (Rehg) Hoepfinger. Survivors include daughter, Darlene Hoepfinger of Caseyville; sisters Carolyn (Omar) Harris Jr. of Columbia and Mildred Brewster of Belleville; along with other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen (Pearson) Hoepfinger; second wife, Doris (Beeler) Hoepfinger; brother, Harold Hoepfinger; and sisters Bernice Bieller and Viola Fauerbach. Visitation and funeral services were at Lawlor Funeral Home, Pastor Randy Loeschen officiating. He was buried at St. Paul Evangelical Cemetery in Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Sterling Baptist Church or the Animal Protective Association of St. Louis, Mo. He was a member of Columbia Blue Lodge 474 A.F. and A.M., the Shriners and Sterling Baptist Church in Fairview Heights. He was a retired switchman with the Terminal Railroad in East St. Louis. Masonic Services will be held Wednesday, at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
Hulda Rafferty nee Thiele, 93, formerly of Waterloo, died Jan. 24, 2008 at Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation n Ask Flat, Ark. She was born Jan. 12, 1915 in Maeystown to the late Herman and Emma (nee Faus) Thiele. Survivors include a son, Philip (Cathleen) Rafferty of Arcata, Calif.; a step-daughter, Sally Henseley; two step-grand-daughters; sister, Eileen Hoffman of Waterloo; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Rafferty; and sister, Dorothy Hergenroeder. A memorial service will be held in March in Arkansas.
Leslie Brinkman, 99, of Columbia, died Feb. 18, 2008, at The Bridges of Columbia. He was born Oct. 31, 1908 in Okawville, son of the late John Brinkman and the late Jane (Friend) Brinkman. He married Vera (Krewinghaus) Brinkmann in 1940 in St. Louis, Mo. She died in 2007. Survivors include nieces and nephews, Gene Brinkman, Shirley Kocher, Doris Duvall, Nancy (Gene) Tepe, JoAnne (Clyde) Schubert, Terry (Chris) Krewinghaus, Carol (Bob) Wetstein, Frank Majnerich and Terry Majnerich; brother-in-law, Earl (Ruth) Krewinghaus; sister-in-law, Pearl Majnerich; along with other relatives and friends. He was a retired civil servant at Scott Air Force Base. Visitation is Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Lawlor Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at the funeral home with Rev. William Groennert, officiating. He will be buried at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Oakawville. Memorials may be made to Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia.
Schlick Ice Advisory - February 21, 2008
A fast moving winter storm is dropping a wintry mix of sleet and snow on area roadways. There are numerous accident reported on Route 3 between Columbia and Waterloo. At 6:15 a.m. rush hour traffic driving along Admiral Parkway (Route 3) around Columbia was moving at less than 10 mph.
“It’s a parking lot here,” said a Columbia Police Officer.
The National Weather Service is predicting about ¼ inch of ice today, with more than one inch expected to cover the area after the storm moves out tomorrow.
All Monroe County Schools have canceled classes today because of the weather.