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i i 40 OUR 124TH YEAR OF SERVING WESTERN CLINTON COUNTY Trenton's Answer To The New York Times Printed on recycled newsprint (USPS 638-200) City council meets for weekly work session Wesclln schools open Friday; Trenton teacher asstgnments said Trial date set for woman charged with assaulti irdant last year Local survivors of Rela Busch basd boat Trenton IGA; three at boat " ' " r h Survivors StorH write s ares her experience ' ii s Trenton s Huelswtn Mater Dei scholarship ............... , , i i Trenton, Illinois, Wednesday, August 13, 2003 Barrel may not be offi- OVer until late Sep- but for schoolchild- will effectively be as Friday, when they to the benches." "back to the plastic desk" does- the same ring... ,, cntI, of Trenton's !i, al Harvest Moon iSvai need volunteers 2 p.m; :rll with the festival. In ,eplanS. I ltrable opinion, Hat. --'' lliOon is one of the events that has i along in Trenton for tirae, and it'd be a to see it die for lack There's a tomorrow (Thurs- 7 p.m. above the police station. If help out, it will the load on every- interested in show up... Sugar Lookingglass continued valuable commu- last weekend they had a good -ag for their annual / A simultaneous / Birthday to Sun ' Scribe Pete Schu- . t and Happy I rSary to pressman rraer Sun owner "Bu ..... _ u ann ,June L ' Thirty-eight years .d and June... and rably more than ;22,600 lot Pete ;22,980 24,300 13,200 00o,ooo Preschool 0000ember 2 it; United Church of ;14,000  rerton will open the ;14,000  Year of Rainbow at its church on Sep  Meyer of Lebanon ;10.000 ,:untinue as the ;13,780 trle l "aeher of Rainbow :" Kathy Johnson and M8,200 .;-raeyer, both of Tren- $8,900 so Work with the chil- $8,000 $8,900 ,,, P - reschool has a  t VCednesday, Friday : 4_/5 year olds, and a  "UUrsdav class for 3 m I " 1 classes meet from ,_.' tltil 11"30 a m. from r 2, 2003 until May " riaformation about Preschool, please UCC at 224-9828 at 527-6626. Boat admirers THE BUSCH BASS FISHING BOAT WAS ON DISPLAY AT TRENTON IGA SATURDAY, along with a live remote appearance by radio station WDLJ 97.5 and a steak sandwich stand operated by the Trenton Sesquicentennial Committee. Trenton IGA owners Harry and Carol Backer donated the ribeye steaks, buns, and other supplies and the sesquicentennial volunteers raised over $600 to go toward the 2005 event by selling over 300 sandwich- es. There was an attendance drawing for a chance at winning the boat. The boat will be appearing throughout the area ova; a period of weeks, and three names are drawn from each location to go into the drawing for the boat. Local qualifiers were Bob Rieger, Sandy Weidner, and Linda Davis, all of Trenton. There will only by 96 names in the final drawing. The boat winner will be drawn September 6 at the Carlyle Street Fair. Trial starts next month for Trenton woman accused of shaking baby A trial date has been set for Jamie Brandt, the Trenton woman who is charged with two counts of aggravated battery for allegedly causing injury to a six- month old infant who was in her care in December of last year. Brandt is accused of shaking the infant until the child lost consciousness and likely suf- fered permanent disabilities on December 23, 2002. Brandt was the child's caregiver at the time. Both charges in the grand jury indictment against Brandt are class X felonies, and she will face a minimum penalty of six years in state prison if she is convicted. Brandt called emergency per- sonnel from her home on December 23, 2002 and report- ed that the infant had not awakened from a nap. The baby was transported to a hospital in St. Louis, where doc- tors and social services workers concluded the infant's injuries were consistent with "shaken baby syndrome." St. Louis offi- cials contacted the Trenton police department and Clinton County department of children and family services and the three agencies cooperated in the investigation. Brandt was charged in Febru- ary of this year, and posted $10,000 bond on her $100,000 bail. There was a final pretrial hearing last Thursday, at which the defense counsel presented a motion to preclude the prosecu- tion from eliciting information related to incidents and conjec- ture alleged to be in Brandt's past, nor commenting to jurors on the subject. The defense has also called for two expert medical witnesses, Dr. Harold Buttram, a family physician from Quakertown, Pennsylvania; and Dr. Jan Edward Leestma of Chicago. Brandt is represented by Eddie Veltman of Centralia. Clinton County state's attorney Stan Brandmeyer will prose- cute the case. Weather slows street program Weather and other external factors have delayed Trenton's oil-and-chip program the past couple of weeks, but the project is nearing completion. Street and alley superinten- dent Mike Jones said on Mon- day that the final work will like- ly be completed on Monday, weather permitting of course. THE CITY IS CONSIDER- ING replacing storm drains on the city's west end, where storm drainage consistently erodes the edge of the street. The city has repaired the street several times in the past, but new storm drains are apparently needed to permanently fix the problem. COUNCILMAN GARY SELLERS said he has had a number of reports of a person license plates. Jones said if" res- idents see such vehicles on city streets, they should report the activity to the police depart- ment. THE CITY HAS RECEIVED permission from the mortgage holder on a dilap- idated property in town to remove a fence that violates city property maintenance codes. There is a "squatter" alleged to be living on the property, and steps are in motion to remove the person from the premises. Barry Roberts, whe contracts with the cit to maintain and repair its sewage lift stations, found problems on a recent visit with two of them. Roberts reported a motor was overdraw- ing electrical amps (m the lift driving a motor-driven  ........ ataCiem-near Jim Forma! Wear on city streets. Police chief Mike factory, and that there is a leaky Jones said such scooters are seal on the lift station near illegal unless the driver has a Deien Chevrolet. The Jim's For- valid drivers license and the -see Trenton counc//, page 4 vehicles are registered with Trenton schools open Friday The first day of school for the students of Trenton Elemen- tary and St. Mary's will be on Friday, August 15. The first day of school will be a full day. Teaching assignments for the 2003-2004 school year are as follows: Kindergarten: Tammy Diercks, Karen Brown; first grade: Lee Thole, Phyllis Satterfield; second grade: Sheila Klutho, Angle Wegman; third grade: Marilyn Meyer, Sara Barton; fourth grade: Mickey Williamson, Julie Boeckmann; fifth grade: Dianne Kunz, Jo Ann Hickam; sixth grade: Amy Ottensmeier, Dana Haag, Amy Woods; pre-kindergartem Kim Spanhook; general music: Bonnie Arentsen, Carlyn Zim- mermann; physical education: Dawn Musenbrock: specictl education: Jeanne Gerstner, Heather Largent; speech: Angle Dahncke; band: Pat Bringaze; ch[dlenge: Natalie May: tech- nology: Kellie Kunz; principal: Gary Brink. St. Mary's will have an "open house on Tuesday, August 19. Trenton Elementary will have an open house on Thursday; August 21. Each open house will be held a-ore 7:00-8:00 p.m. The general public is encouraged to attend. The bell tower at Trenton Elementary School will be rung at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, August 15 to signify the beginnitg of the 2003-2004 school year. Trenton Police July report Traffic Accidents ................................... 5 State Tickets Issued ........................... 28 Written Warnings Issued ................... 15 Parking Tickets Issued ......................... 9 City Ordinance Violations Issued ..... ,..6 Incidents Reported / Investigated ..... 15 Type of Incident: Deceptive Practices ....... 7 In-State Warrant ........ 1 Theft Over $300 ......... 2 Criminal Damage to Property .2 Domestic Violence ........ 1 Unlawful Vtation Interference 1 All Other Disorderly Conduct..1 300 block of W. Broadway (4) 10 block of W. Broadway (3) 10 block of S. Main St. 300 block of S. Jefferson St. 500 block of W. Second St. 10 block of N. Ash St. 500 block of W. Second St. 500 block of W. Second St. 10 block of W. Indiana St. 10 block of Ash St. RELAY FOR LiFE-Clinton County's Relay for Life fundraiser for cancer research was this past weekend at Central High School in Breese. Following an opening ceremony that included a "Survivore' Lap," there was an all-night "relay" along with several special events. For more pictures from the event, see elsewhere in this edition.