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Nine Red Bud High School students named as 2017 Illinois State Scholars

ILLINOIS STATE SCHOLARS–This year, nine seniors at Red Bud High School were recognized as 2017 Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. They are: in front: Kendra Shepard, Cameron White and Grace Crain; in back: Alex Suhre, Brenden Heller, Cameron Dobbs and Jared Pfannebecker. Not pictured are: Daniele London and Tristan Joost.

Red Bud High School Principal Rob Pipher is pleased to announce that nine Red Bud High School students from the graduating class of 2017 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.
The Ilinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition annually to top Illinois high school students. This year, approximately 19,300 exceptional honorees join the other top state students honored for their academic achievements since the designation was first introduced in 1958.
Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars possess strong academic potential and are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.
The following Red Bud High School students were named 2017-18 Illinois State Scholars: Grace Crain, Cameron Dobbs, Brenden Heller, Tristan Joost, Daniele London, Jared Pfannebecker, Kendra Shepard, Alex Suhre, Cameron White.
For more on the 2017 Illinois State Scholars, please see this week’s print edition.

Stoker pleads not guilty

A preliminary hearing for Jason Michael Stoker was held on Monday, Dec. 5 before Judge Richard Brown at the Randolph County Courthouse.
Stoker, 34, is currently facing four charges – two for aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one for reckless homicide and one for first degree murder – all of which stem from an incident on Oct. 28, which left Chester Police Officer James Brockmeyer fatally injured.
Through his attorney James Kelley, Stoker entered a plea of not guilty to all of the charges.
Monday’s hearing featured testimony of Illinois State Police Special Agent Farrin Melton.
Melton noted that while Brockmeyer was originally attempting to pull over Stoker on suspicion of no valid driver’s license, Stoker was also being investigated by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and Chester Police Department for the possibility of meth possession and distribution.
For more on this story, please see this week’s print edition.

Local man celebrating 100th birthday

Marvin Rosenberg

An area man celebrated quite a birthday milestone on Dec. 8. Marvin Rosenberg, of Baldwin, turned 100 years young that day.
Rosenberg, and his twin sister Marvella, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rosenberg Jr. on a farm in the Ames area.
Visiting with the North County News recently, Rosenberg recalled growing up on the farm. He distinctly remembered walking each day around three or four miles to get to the nearby Lohrberg School.
When asked his secret to having lived such a long, healthy life, he proudly showed off a picture hanging in his room.
He noted that it is the 23rd Psalm and had been given to him and his wife Eunice by a Stringtown neighbor for Christmas a long time ago. “I pray that every night,” he said, looking at the embroidered picture and verse.
Rosenberg also suggested that the key to a long healthy life is getting some exercise every day. He added that he still tries to walk each day.
Rosenberg’s family has planned a birthday open house party for him on Dec. 11 from 1-5 p.m. at Red Bud Winery.
For more on Rosenberg, please see this week’s print edition.

Mertens named Teacher of the Month

TEACHER OF THE MONTH–Greg Mertens, at left, was named the Teacher of the Month for November. He is pictured with Brian Guebert of Edwards Jones Investments, who presented him the award.

Greg Mertens was named the Teacher of the Month of November by Brian Guebert of Edward Jones Investments in Red Bud, sponsor of the program.
Mertens, who holds a masters in education from Greenville College, is in his fifth year of teaching at Red Bud High School. He is a special education teacher and teaches resource, reading skills, civics and co-taught English I.
Previously he taught for two years at Pathways High School, which his part of the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative.
He lives in Belleville with his wife Katherine. They have two daughters, Emily, 3, and Evelyn, 1. They are also expecting their third child.
In his spare time, Mertens enjoys reading, cooking, watching sports and listening to NPR.


After almost 19 years, Linda Haley, of the environmental services department at Red Bud Regional Care, hung up her mop to dry for the last time on Thursday, Dec. 1. She plans to spend time with her family and friends and said she’s looking forward to not having to get up at 4 a.m. and she certainly won’t miss driving in the snow. The two things she will miss are her co-workers and her residents at the care center. She said, “they have become like family to me.” Red Bud Regional wishes Haley a long and happy retirement.

Miracle of the Lilies event will be held this Saturday, Dec. 10

The public is invited to join the 23rd annual French/Indian Celebration at the Kaskaskia Immaculate Conception Church and remember the early tradition of the historic old church in Illinois’ French Colonial District. Here the lily is considered a traditional flower of Christmas.
The Miracle of the Lilies legend event will be held Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Kaskaskia Immaculate Conception Church near the Liberty Bell of the West Shrine in Kaskaskia.
Kaskaskia Church has celebrated this event since 1994.
For more on the Miracle of the Lilies, please see this week’s print edition.

St. Boniface Christmas Celebration is this Sunday

St. Boniface Parish in Evansville invites everyone to their 10th Annual Christmas Celebration this Sunday, Dec. 11, at the parish center located behind the church in Evansville.
As in past years, the event includes many traditional Christmas themes.
The festivities begin with a homemade chicken and dumpling dinner being served from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cost for adults is $9, children under 12 are $5, and three and under are free.  Dine in or carry outs will be available.
The annual Christmas raffle will be drawn at 3 p.m. with $2,500 in prizes.
For more on St. Boniface’s Christmas Celebration, please see this week’s print edition.

Red Bud 150 kicks off with church tour this Saturday

This Saturday, Dec. 10 is the first of the many planned Red Bud 150th anniversary events.
Fitting for the Christmas holiday season, the public is invited to tour five of our community’s churches from 6-8 p.m. Come view the beautiful decorations and candles, as well as enjoy music for the season.
Featured on the church tour are: Trinity Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Peter United Church of Christ and Red Bud First Baptist Church.
For more on the churches on this tour, please see this week’s print edition.

Sticking it to Alzheimer’s

Red Bud Regional Hospital CEO Shane Watson is pictured stuck to the hospital cafeteria wall with almost 200 yards of duct tape. This was done as part of the hospital’s month long awareness campaign of Alzheimer’s disease, called the “Stick It To Alzheimer’s Challenge.”

Musketeers open season strong at Trico Tournament

by Blake Cowell
The Red Bud Musketeers traveled to Trico High School on Nov. 28 to take on the Sparta Bulldogs in their first game of the season. The Musketeers were coming into the Trico Tournament with high hopes to start the year off strong.
In the first quarter, the team was moving the basketball well, and feeding the post to their center, Caleb Riechmann. Riechmann tallied six first quarter points and four rebounds to help Red Bud jump out to a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Musketeers flexed their defensive strength by holding the Bulldogs to only eight points, and also showed off their ability to shoot the three-pointer courtesy of Griffin Ziebold and Frederick Grohmann, both nailing one apiece. Red Bud took a 25-14 lead heading into halftime.
Coming out of the half, Red Bud knew they could not let up on the Bulldogs and had to put them away. The Musketeers continued to play strong defense, only allowing 13 second half points and rode their defense in route to a 45-27 victory.
Red Bud’s leading scorers were Griffin Ziebold with 18 points and Frederick Grohmann, nine points.
For more from the Trico Tournament, please see this week’s print edition.