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SCHS Boosters to Host Drive One 4 Ur School

SALEM – Schmidt Ford of Salem will be the site for another SCHS Booster Club Drive One 4 UR School on Saturday from 9-3. 

In addition to signing up and taking a short test-drive that will automatically donate $20 to the Booster Club, those in attendance can win a drawing for a $100 gift cards and a signed Spencer Patton youth jersey. 

Each participant will also receive a free gift.  There will also be hot dogs and a car wash put on by the Salem Wildcat baseball team.  SHh

Secondary roads in the city and rural roads that haven't been salted are extremely slick and have turned to a sheet of ice in some places as a result of the small amount of new snow and refreezing of previously melting snow.   If you travel secondary roads, please use extra caution and realize you may not be able to stop quickly and could easily begin sliding.

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports Interstate 57 and 64 still have scattered slick spots in Jefferson County, with I-57 and I-24 in deep southern Illinois reported as snow covered slick and hazardous.  I-64 is reported as snow packed, slick and hazardous in many places from the Jefferson-Wayne County line to the Indiana State line.  I-57 from the Jefferson-Marion County line north to Chicago is reported in normal winter driving condition.  I-64 from St. Louis to the Jefferson-Washington County line and Interstate 70 across the state are reported in near normal winter driving condition.  

The slick road conditions have led to a number of accidents and vehicles running off the roads.  

Dr. Penny Quinn, one of the two finalists for Kaskaskia College President, answers questions at an open forum.

The first of the two finalists for Kaskaskia College President was on campus Tuesday.

Dr. Penny Quinn who is currently Vice-President of Barton College in Kansas told an open forum that if she is selected she will initially do a lot of listening.  

"I need to know what you all think is good about the college, what makes the college special.  I need to know what all you think need to be adjusted, what you are not quite happy with.  That's not for me to decide from the outside. So there will be a lot of engagements with individuals and visits.  All these initiatives going on with the finances, so I'll be meeting with potential donors and getting to know folks in the community and getting to know the financial needs of the college."  

Quinn said she was a supporter of athletics which feels give many students an opportunity to go to college who otherwise wouldn't do so.  She noted her support to improve the arts at her current college.  Quinn feels she is supportive of the faculty at her school, but has not had to deal with teacher unions because Barton College is non-union.  

If cuts have to be made, Quinn said she would favor provide the percentage of the cuts needed to each dean and have them determine the best place to cut expenses rather than making all the decisions from the President's office.  

Quinn is originally from southern Indiana and would be much closer to home if she was named the college's new president. Quinn has been Vice President of Barton College since 2010.  Before that, she was Dean, Chief Academic Officer, and Chief Student Services Officer at Lincoln Trail College from 2004 to 2009.  She served as an online instructor at Vincennes University from 1995 to 2005 and was Student Retention Management Director at Vincennes University from 1998 to 2004.  

Dr. Quinn earned her PhD in Education Administration in 2007.  She has her master's degree in Physical Education (1991) and her bachelors degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies (1985). 

The other finalist, The Vice President of Instruction at Garden City Community College Dr. Bruce Exstrom is expected on campus Thursday for similar interviews and open forum.  

Kaskaskia College Board Chair Bill Hawley expects the board to be ready to vote on a new president no later than the April board meeting.

The old Wamac City Hall and the five remaining trailers at the Parkview Trailer Park should be torn down and removed by the end of the month.  

The city council has awarded S and S Excavating of Scheller a contract to do the work.  They will be paid $11,500 to tear down the old city hall building and $4,625 to remove the final trailers at the former mobile home park.  S and S will have to show receipts where the debris from the demolition was taken to a licensed landfill.  

An earlier attempt to clean up the old trailer park ended when the person hired was caught illegally dumping some of the materials.  The Illinois EPA initially held the city responsible, a problem they don't want to see repeated.   Wamac plans to keep the property at the former city hall location and use it as a public works yard. 

If Governor Bruce Rauner is able to cut the share of income tax going to city governments by 50-percent, Wamac would lose $58,650.  The board wrote a letter to the Governor opposing the plan.  

The board approved raises for city employees.  Part-time workers will receive 25-cents an hour, full-time workers 50-cents an hour and the supervisor and police chief 75-cents an hour.   The city will continue to pick up the full cost of health insurance for city workers.  The board was told the cost of the insurance would be increasing $327 a month.  

The annual Easter Egg hunt in the Wamac Park has been set for April fifth.   

A Salem Police officer complained of minor injuries, but required no hospital treatment following a two vehicle crash on Roddy Road at Boone Street Tuesday morning.  

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say Salem officer Larry Kelly was stopped in his squad car on Roddy Road at Boone when his car was struck in the rear by 34-year-old Tiffany Day of Mills Crossing in Salem.  Day reportedly lost control on a portion of the pavement that was a solid sheet of ice.  She escaped injury.  

No citations were issued in the wreck.  It occurred at 7:34 Tuesday morning.  

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