Fire damages rural Red Bud homeThe
Red Bud Fire Department responded to a fire call on
Blackjack Road on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 1:18 p.m.
According to Fire Chief Kevin Miller, the fire was started
inside a vehicle parked in the garage attached to the home
owned by Duke and Linda Hinrichs. The fire spread from the
car, engulfing the garage and spreading to the home.
The Prairie du Rocher and Hecker Fire Departments were
called out for mutual assistance at the fire. The Baldwin
Fire Department was put on standby.
Miller reported that the fire caused heavy damage to the
garage and home.
School board accepts large financial gift
A big amount of money was accepted by the Red Bud School
District at their meeting this month.
At the Aug. 15 meeting of the Red Bud Board of Education,
Board President Larry Gielow noted that the school district
has been notified that they well be the recipients of a
sizable fund from the Norbert Wilkening estate.
While the exact amount of the funds has not been officially
stated, multiple sources say it is a little over a million
The funds were to be initially utilized by the City of Red
Bud to build an Olympic sized swimming pool, but after
thoroughly studying the matter, the city found that the
project was just not feasible.
Man injured in fall off Rocher bluff
Monday afternoon first responders were called
out to assist an individual who had fallen off of the bluff
in Prairie du Rocher.
It was reported that the fall happened in town near Godier
and Bluff Streets around 3 p.m. on Aug. 19.
Prairie du Rocher Police Officer Harold Wallace told the
North County News that a local homeowner had been up on the
bluffs, clearing out weeds and brush on his property when he
slipped and fell. Wallace estimated the fall to have been
approximately 20 feet.
One of the first on the scene to assist was Doug Biethman,
who is a first responder and also lives near where the
County recognizes retired teachers
Quite a group of Randolph County retired teachers were in
attendance at Aug. 16 Randolph County Board of Commissioners
meeting. The board also discussed a fly over mapping
proposal and several county improvement matters.
At the meeting, the board recognized and thanked the
teachers and all the work they have done for the county.
It was noted that in last yearís school year, 58 members of
the Retired Teachers Association gave a total of 14,033
hours of voluntary service.
As a way of thanking the teachers, the board passed a
Sept. 1 as Randolph County
Retired Teachersí Day.
Commissioner David Holder noted that there has been
discussion of doing fly over mapping of the county recently
as it has not been done for approximately 10 years.
New school year, new teachers
The new school year has begun, and as always, thereís some
new faces roaming the halls of our local schools. Among the
new faces are some new teachers.
Red Bud High School has one new teacher this year. Todd
Ehlers will be serving as the new ag teacher and FFA
Originally from Campbell Hill, he was a 1996 graduate of
Trico High School. Ehlers attended Rend Lake College and
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, receiving a
bachelors degree in ag education in 2000. He received a
masters in ag education from SIUC in 2006 and a masters in
education administration from Eastern Illinois University in
Previously Ehlers taught at Bunker Hill for one year, Trico
for three years and Vandalia for nine years.
Rash of break-ins reported
A rash of car break-ins was reported last week.
According to the Red Bud Police Department 10-12 vehicle
break-ins were reported from the evening of Aug. 15/morning
of Aug. 16.
Some reports noted that items like gps devices, CDs, etc.,
were stolen from vehicles. Others noted that nothing was
stolen, but things in the vehicle had obviously been moved
around, perhaps in an effort to find anything valuable.
All of the vehicles that were broken into were reportedly