Weekend Wrap-Up - April 18, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather alert for the St. Louis area, including Monroe County. Monday night into Tuesday morning should results in scattered thunderstorms. There is the possibility of quarter-sized hail with locally heavy rainfall. A significant outbreak of severe thunderstorms is predicted Tuesday afternoon and evening. The strongest storms will be capable of producing tornadoes, golf ball sized hail and damaging straight-line winds.
Thunderstorms will return Thursday evening through Friday night as another front sweeps across the region. There is a continued chance of rain and thunderstorms through the weekend to Sunday night.
Maddie Munsell and Mitch Brown were crowned the queen and king
2011 Waterloo High School Prom. The event was held Saturday night at the
Orlando Gardens on Watson Road in Crestwood, Mo.
and Kovarik Crowned
Amy Hoffman and Jeremy Kovarik were crowned the queen and king of the 2011
Gibault High School Prom. The event was held Friday, April 15 at The Falls
Today’s High School Sports Include:
Baseball: Gibault (7-7) plays host to Cahokia (1-4) and the 14-0 Waterloo Bulldogs travel to face the Highland Bulldogs (7-3).
Softball: Waterloo’s softball team (4-7) host Highland (13-1) and the ladies from Gibault (13-1) hit the road to play Wesclin (4-4).
Girls’ Soccer: Columbia (5-2-1) plays Belleville West (6-1-1) at 7 p.m. at Columbia’s Oerter Park.
Discarded BBQ Briquettes Leads To Dumpster Fire
by Gage Wienhoff
Waterloo Fire Department was called out to Konarcik Park on Sunday afternoon
for the report of the contents of one of the dumpsters being on fire. The
WFD quickly arrived at the scene and extinguished the blaze. Fire Chief Mark
Yeager said the fire likely started when something hot, possibly discarded
briquettes from a barbecue, were placed inside and ignited some paper.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal is investigating a possible fire started by arson which occurred early Monday morning a the home of Brad Doyle and Karen Huff on Elaine Ave. on the south end of Waterloo. Just after 2:30 a.m., a neighbor heard the smoke detector going off at the Doyle / Huff home. The homeowners were not home at the time so the neighbor called 911 and then entered the home. The kitchen drapes were burning and the neighbor used faucet water and also stamped out the fire just as police and the Waterloo Fire Department arrived. Since the cause of the fire seemed suspicious with no one home and no nearby electric source, Waterloo Fire Chief Mark Yeager decided to contact the State Fire Marshal to investigate the exact cause. Yeager also expressed his appreciation to the quick action of the neighbor, who prevented substantial fire damage to the home.
Waterloo Fire Department was also called out Monday morning
to put out a small fire in the back of the home of Mary Hartrum at 8 Victor
Street in the Lou Del subdivision. Damage was limited to a bush and vinyl
A family of one of the two men killed in a 2008 Millstadt construction accident has settled this week with the project’s general contractor, Followell Construction of Marion. The family of Ron Yankey of Ellis Grove was awarded $3.7 million in a lawsuit handled at the St. Clair County Courthouse. Yankey, 37, and co-worker Walter Eickelman, 48, of Benton, were killed March 10, 2008 while working in a trench at the site of the Millstadt Sewage Treatment Facility upgrade located off of East Laurel Street. They were employees of Midwest Excavating Inc. of Benton, which is one of the subcontractors working on the $7.4 million expansion project. The lawsuit filed by Eickelman’s family has not yet gone to court.
“They were in about a 10-foot trench,” said Brian Donley, the deputy chief of St. Clair Special Emergency Services. Firefighters from Millstadt and Swansea, Millstadt and Medstar EMTs and members of the St. Clair Special Emergency Services were called to the scene at 3:10 p.m. They worked for several hours to remove the bodies from the trench. Eickelman and Yankey were pulled out just after 10:30 p.m. that night.
had local connections. His sisters Christine Mueller and Kathy Barker both
live in Prairie du Rocher. Another relative, nephew, Eric Caby, is a
longtime star player for the Waterloo Buds baseball team. Yankey’s second
cousin is Independent writer Judy Krebel.
Valmeyer Raises Funds For
ICS Speech Team Has Strong Showing At Diocesan Finals
speech team from Immaculate Conception School in Columbia took home several
high honors during the Belleville Diocesan Finals held at Our Lady of Mount
Carmel School in Herrin. Fifth grader Brooke Schwartz delivered a perfect
score in the serious category for her excerpt from “Kid In The Red Leather
Jacket.” Schwartz was and was named one of four Diocesan Champions.
Classmate Ryan Hoffman performed the Bill Cosby "Chocolate Cake For
Breakfast" routine in the humorist category and received a first place
ribbon. Seth Watters and Andy Loless performed "Completely Sauced" as a
duet, also earning them a first place ribbon.
SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School’s advanced speech team brought home several awards this weekend at the Belleville Diocesan Speech Meet Finals. All four participating SPPS students came home with the blue ribbons, while Abby Mueller came home with a perfect score. She is the daughter of Bryan and Mary Mueller. Valerie Grant and Ashley Grohmann were awarded first place blue ribbons for their duet, and Megan Kraus earned a blue ribbon for her monologue. The speech team is coached by Beth Lyons and Lynn Dugan.
Waterloo’s Perry Schlemmer celebrated his 60th birthday on Friday, April 15. He was treated to a fish dinner by his wife, Lynn. Last weekend, his son, Neil and Ned treated pop to a NASCAR race in Texas. Then on Thursday, April 14 – he spent the day fishing and hunting morel mushrooms.
Tequila’s Moving Next To Schnucks: The Waterloo Tequila’s appears to be moving from its current location near Bobeck’s Sports Bar to the unoccupied retail space attached to Schnucks, which previously was home to Gianfranco’s. That restaurant has since moved to downtown Red Bud.
The newly-renovated restaurant in Maeystown will re-open under new ownership soon – the projected time is mid-May.
Scott Charles Beyer, 49, of Millstadt, died April 18, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He was born July 26, 1961 in Belleville. Mr. Beyer is survived by his mother, Patricia Beyer of Millstadt; his wife, Audrey (nee Jenkins) Beyer; a son, Ryan Beyer; mother-in-law, June Jenkins; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom (Rhonda) Jenkins, Jerry (Sandy) Jenkins, Jim (Dotty) Jenkins and Liz (Jeff) Biermann, all of Millstadt; aunt, Margaret (Curt) Sutton; and cousin, Steve (Pat) Reichling. He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Beyer; father-in-law, Thomas Jenkins; nephew, James “Jimbo” Jenkins; and aunts Ann Schmittling and Jeanne Schuhardt. Scott worked for MasterCard International in O’Fallon, Mo. He enjoyed traveling with his family. Visitation is Wednesday, April 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Strauss-Leesman Funeral Home in Millstadt. Funeral is Thursday, April 21, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Chris Williams officiating. Mr. Beyer will be buried at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Millstadt. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, Okla., or radio station JOY 99.1 FM of St. Louis, Mo.