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  • Visit firehouse
  • Clinton County will have negative multiplier
  • Time Marches On
  • Richter - Obit
  • Hansen - Obit
  • Markus - Obit

  • Visit firehouse


    Trenton Cub Scout Bears and Wolves recently visited the Trenton Firehouse to learn about fire safety and what to do in a variety of emergency situations. Jassen Woodall had the Cub Scouts role play what to do in each situation from hiking on a scout trail to a fire in their home. The scouts were shown the equipment and what it is used for. From left on running board, Colby Buckles, Karter Sims, Connor Doty, Jassen Woodall,; on floor, Wyatt Brown; up top, Benjamin Lucas and Michael Kalvy.


    Clinton County will have negative multiplier

    Taxing bodies in Clinton County will only be able to levy taxes against 98 percent of equalized assessed valuations this year.

    Clinton County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 0.9806, according to Brian Hamer, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

    The property assessment equalization factor, often called the "multiplier", is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly important because some of the state's 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (for example, school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts). If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.

    State law requires property in Illinois to be assessed at one-third (1/3) of its market value. Farm property is assessed differently, with farm homesites and dwellings subject to regular assessing and equalization procedures, but with farmland and farm buildings assessed according to standards based on productivity.

    The equalization factor is determined annually for each county by comparing the sales price of individual properties sold over the past three years to the assessed value placed on those properties by the county supervisor of assessments/county assessor.

    If this three-year average level of assessment is one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be one (1). If the average level of assessment is greater than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be less than one (1). And if the average level of assessment is less than one-third of market value, the equalization factor will be greater than one (1).

    Assessments in Clinton County are at 33.99 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

    The equalization factor currently being assigned is for 2014 taxes, payable in 2015.

    Last year's equalization factor for the county was 1.0000.

    The tentative factor is subject to change if the County Board of Review takes actions which significantly affect the county assessments or if local officials or others can present data showing that the Department of Revenue's estimates of the average level of assessments in the county should be adjusted. A public hearing on the tentative multiplier will be held between 20 and 30 days after the tentative factor is published in a newspaper of general circulation within the county.

    A change in the equalization factor does not mean total property tax bills will increase or decrease. Tax bills are determined by local taxing bodies when they request money each year to provide services to local citizens. If the amount requested by local taxing districts is not greater than the amount received in the previous year, then total property taxes will not increase even if assessments may have increased.

    The assessed value of an individual property determines what portion of the tax burden a specific taxpayer will assume. That individual's portion of tax responsibility is not changed by the multiplier.




    Time Marches On


    -1914-

    Frank Bassler bought the Dunning farm one and one half miles south of Trenton. Consideration $6,200 for 60 acres.

    Joseph Glanzner, Trenton's oldest businessman, succumbed to a stroke of paralysis Saturday morning, Nov. 21.

    Geo. Tewes and Miss Augusta Lueke were married Wednesday morning in St. Francis Church.

    Ben Kuhl of Aviston and Miss Alice Richter of Breese were married in St. Augustine Church Wednesday.

    -1924-

    William Pierce, aged about 68 years, a well known miner, died Tuesday morning.

    Julian Koentz fractured his right arm in the act of cranking a Ford truck.

    Mrs. Margaret Miller, aged 68, mother of Carl Miller, died at her home in Venedy on Nov. 20.

    Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Specht celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Monday.

    Mr. and Mrs. August Ritzheimer celebrated the silver wedding anniversary on Nov. 19 at their home.

    John Larnz died suddenly at his home Saturday at the age of 72.

    -1934-

    Eleven filling stations in the Lebanon area closed Monday in protest of a dicrimination of their interest during the two months old gasoline price war. Regular gas is selling for 16.7 cents in Lebanon and only 11 cents in O'Fallon and 12.5 cents in Trenton.

    Lloyd Lee was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Hunt in St. Louis Wednesday.

    Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Hammer celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Sunday.

    Funeral services for Mrs. Herman Holtkamp were held in Breese Saturday.

    -1944-

    Miss Martha Heinicke of this city and Mr. William Seefeldt of New Baden were married in St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Chuch at 8 o'clock Saturday evening.

    Mr. and Mrs. August Baer received word that their son, Alphonse, was missing in action in Italy since Oct. 20.

    Walter Harpstrite was reelected president of the New Baden local of SMP with Edward Billhartz vice president and Oscar Krausz secretary-treasurer.

    -1954-

    The Saturday, Nov. 10 wedding of Miss Mary Frances Schoendienst and James J. Maue took place in St. Mary Church.

    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holznagel of Arlington Heights have announced the engagement of their daughter, Harriet, to Robert Schoene, son of Mrs. Wilma Schoene of Trenton.

    Robert R. Riemann was named chairman for Trenton's Centennial to be celebrated in 1955.

    Mr. and Mrs. Nick Wobbe of New Baden observed their golden wedding anniversary Nov. 23.

    Miss Mary Frances Duing and Stanley Richter were married on Nov. 23 in St. Mary Church.

    Rev. and Mrs. A.S. Bechtel of Summerfield observed their golden wedding anniversary on Nov. 21.

    A daughter, Teresa Ann, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Trame on Nov. 17. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Poettker and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Syl. Schumacher on Nov. 23.

    -1964-

    Dewey Kalmer, junior at Quincy College, was selected to appear in the 1964-65 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

    Mrs. Joseph Hegger, nee Helena Wellen, died at her home in Aviston Sunday at the age of 67.

    James Ellison, formerly of Trenton, died in Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 11, aged 73.

    A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Koerkenmeier on Nov. 23.

    Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Bray were surprised Saturday night on the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary.

    Henry Ottensmeier, St. Rose farmer, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday at the age of 56.

    Jerry Hobbs, Michael Ethridge and Dave Winkler will leave Dec. 1 for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego.

    -1974-

    Seven senior girls have been nominated to serve as queen candidates for Wesclin's Homecoming: Terry Arentsen, Deb Meyer, Kay Santel, Tracie Lee, Barb Santel, Dana Bozzi and Nancy Swinney.

    Mrs. Louis Guenther, nee Edna May, of New Baden, and formerly of Lebanon, died Nov. 12 at the age of 81.

    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schilling will observe their silver wedding anniversary Nov. 28 at the Trenton Legion Home.

    Mrs. Mary Gerstner, 97, of Aviston died Nov. 14.

    The Trenton Knights of Columbus and the Trenton Jaycees invite all Trenton area persons 55 years of age and over to an afternoon of fun and entertainment Sunday. The formation of a senior citizens club will hinge on the interest shown Sunday.

    -1984-

    Miss Suzanne Pakosta and Mr. James R. Quitmeyer were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 6.

    Jim Detmer graduated from Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J.

    Pvt. Mark Dukes and Pvt. Anthony J. Erwin completed training in an Army military police specialist program at Fort McClellan, Ala.

    Henry J. Timmermann of Aviston died Sunday, Nov. 25 at the age of 89.

    -1994-

    Brad and Mary Carpenter, owners of the Carpenter-Hoyt-Ginzel House in Trenton were recipients of the 1994 Historical Marker Plaque awarded by the Clinton County Historical Society.

    Bruce and Donna (Lemons) Dickmann of Edwardsville annouce the birth of their daughter, Aubry Kay, born November 19.

    This week's installment of the Trenton Woman's Club early recollections of Trenton was submitted by Elvira Harpstrite Timpe.

    -2004-

    Patrick and Tisha Flowers announce the birth of their second son, Nolan James, on Nov. 15 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

    Cecilia W. Rohr, 91, of Trenton, died Nov. 18 at Carlyle Healthcare Center.

    Loretta Cope-Strake, 101, of Trenton, died Nov. 23 at Carlyle Healthcare Center.

    Air Force Airman Jonn K. Jeanneret graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    Two senior Wesclin dancers, Jackie Depper and Michelle Griesbaum, were selected by the Universal Dance Association to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Trenton's American Legion baseball team will officially be called the "Gators" next season, in honor of Ralph "Gator" Goodwin, who passed away earlier this year.

    Wesclin football kicker Zach Rakers was the only unanimous selection on the Cahokia all-conference team, as voted on by conference coaches.




    Richter - Obit


    Michael Richter

    Michael W. "Mike" Richter, 58, of Breese died peacefully Thursday, November 20, 2014 at his residence. He was born October 6, 1956 in Breese, son of George and Leona Richter, nee Timmermann, and they preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Joseph and Virginia Ripperda, nee Wolters. He married Theresa Ripperda July 12, 1980 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston and she survives at home. Also surviving are his sons Jeremy (friend Sarah Schomaker) Richter of Breese, Corey (Angela) Richter of Glen Carbon, Christopher (Stephanie) Richter of Glen Carbon, and Adam Richter of Breese; a granddaughter, Kate Leona Richter; brothers and sisters Marilyn (Jim) Rakers of Aviston, Kathy (Glenn) Loyet of O'Fallon, Paul (Carol) Richter of Omaha, Nebraska, Frank Richter of Breese, Mark (Judy) Richter of Highland, and Barbara (John) Barr of Highland; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Charles (Tina) Ripperda of Aviston, Donald Ripperda of Breese, Kenneth (Karen) Ripperda of Breese, Karen (Jim) Astroth of Breese, Beverly Ripperda of Breese, Lisa (Scott) Schuette of Highland, and Pamela Powell of Beckemeyer. Mr. Richter was a dairy farmer until 1999. Thereafter, he remained a grain farmer and raised livestock, which he continued to do while battling cancer. He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese and Knights of Columbus Council #2869 in Breese. The funeral was Tuesday from St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese with Fr. Patrick Peter officiating. Interment St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery, Breese. Memorials to American Cancer Society or Mater Dei High School will be received through Moss Funeral Home in Breese.

    Condolences to mossfuneralhome.com




    Hansen - Obit

    John Hansen

    John Patrick "Pat" Hansen, 61, of Breese, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese. He was born November 14, 1953 in Emporia, Kansas, son of John and Elizabeth Hansen, nee Weller, and they preceded him. He married Carol Headley on August 21, 1976 in Kewanee, Illinois, and she survives at home. Children, grandchildren, siblings, other relatives and friends also survive. Mr. Hansen was the owner of Hardee's Restaurants in Breese and Carlyle. Interment Ellwood Cemetery in Breese. Memorials to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the charity of the donor's choice will be received through Hempen-Nordike Funeral Home in Breese.

    Condolences to nordikefuneralhome.com




    Markus - Obit

    Bernadine Markus

    Bernadine P. Markus, 91, of Aviston, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at her home. She was born August 20, 1923 in Highland, daughter of F. Joseph and Martina Isert, nee Weidner. She married Andrew F. "Bud" Markus on January 12, 1946 in Highland and he died July 24, 2014. Siblings, in-laws, great grandchildren, and others also preceded her. Children, grandchildren, other relatives and friends survive. Mrs. Markus was a homemaker and seamstress. She was a member of St. Francis Parish and its altar sodality, and the auxiliary to Aviston American Legion Post 1239. The funeral was Tuesday from St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston. Interment St. Francis Cemetery in Aviston. Memorials to American Legion Post 1239 Auxiliary or St. Francis Parish Improvement Fund will be received through Hempen-Nordike Funeral Home in Aviston.

    Condolences to nordikefuneralhome.com








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