Poettker Construction Co. of Breese has appointed Keith C. Poettker as president and Dave Lammers as contract compliance officer.
Keith Poettker began his career with the firm in 1990 and served as vice president preconstruction since 2005. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. His certifications and recognition include American Hospital Association Certified Healthcare Constructor, International Council of Shopping Centers Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional and 2015 CenterBuild 20 Under 40 recipient, Central Illinois Builders Association Board of Directors, and National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies licensed contractor. He succeeds Charles V. Poettker, who will continue as chairman and chief executive officer of Poettker Construction.
Dave Lammers has over 28 years of construction safety and quality control experience, and has been Poettker Construction’s safety director since 2014. Under Dave’s safety oversight, the company’s EMR rating has dropped to the lowest in its history at 0.73. Under the new appointment, he will be responsible for overseeing both the safety and quality control departments. He is an active member of the Southern Illinois Builder’s Association safety committee, and his certifications include AGC Safety Management, EM385.1-1 Military Competent Person & Inspector, Infection Control Risk Assessment, OSHA 30 Hour, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management for Contractors Training.
Founded in 1980, Poettker Construction is a second generation family-owned and veteran-owned business that specializes in construction management, design/build, and general contracting services with an emphasis to exceed the client’s expectations. The company prides itself on building long lasting relationships with their clients, business partners and the communities in which they work. Poettker Construction provides a safe working environment for approximately 120 full-time employees and is recognized for the fifth consecutive year for outstanding safety performance. Visit their website at www.poettkerconstruction.com.
Two men recently plead guilty to using stolen account numbers at area Wal-Marts, including one in Carlyle.
Donald S. Boyce, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Samirahdam E. Rolley, 25, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, plead guilty last Friday, March 10 to two credit card fraud charges and a charge of aggravated identity theft in federal court in East St. Louis. On Monday, Feb. 27, a co-defendant, Michael A. Gordon, also of Stone Mountain, Georgia, plead guilty to the same charges arising out of the same incidents.
Rolley’s and Gordon’s crimes occurred at several Wal-Mart stores, including Carlyle, in the Metro East over a three-day period in June 2015.
At their plea hearings, both Rolley and Gordon admitted that they traveled from Georgia to Southern Illinois in early June 2015.
During their trip, Rolley and Gordon had in their possession numerous gift cards. The magnetic strips of these gift cards had been re-encoded with stolen debit card numbers. Some of these debit account numbers were for the accounts of Southern Illinois residents at a local credit union.
The Central Cougars boys basketball team saw their remarkable season come to a close with a 41-34 loss to the Centralia Orphans in the semifinal of the Benton Sectional last Wednesday night.
In their first season in Class 3A, the Cougars won the Civic Memorial Regional, the Mater Dei Tournament and the Nashville Tournament en route to ending the season with a 26-5 season.
As for Wednesday’s title at Alumni Court in Rich Herrin Gymnasium, the Cougars had a rough first half before battling the 21-9 Orphans to the end.
Central senior Jack Strieker kept the Cougars in the contest by hitting three 3-pointers in the first quarter and another in the second quarter.
After a pair of Strieker triples sandwiched around a jumper from Tyler Joest, the Cougars led 8-7 with three minutes left in the first quarter.
The Orphans took over from there, getting two buckets from Javon Williams, another by Dawson Berry and two charity shots from freshman Jamie Long as they opened up a 15-8 lead in the final seconds of the first.
Strieker hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the Cougars’ deficit to 15-11 after the first eight minutes of play.
“I think we really guarded with urgency early on in the game,” said Centralia head coach Lee Bennett.
Jordan Maines hit back-to-back buckets for the Orphans before a Joest bucket sent the score in favor of Centralia at 19-13 as the teams combined for just 12 points in the second quarter.
“Their physicality was everything,” said Central head coach Jeremy Shubert. “They just flat out executed better than us tonight. They got the loose balls early in the game and they outrebounded us.”
Berry and Strieker exchanged 3-pointers down the stretch to end the first half with Centralia leading 22-16. The teams combined to hit just 14-of-38 from the floor with 10 turnovers.
Central came out of the halftime break inspired as their defense held the Orphans scoreless for the first 5:30 of the third quarter.
“We went scoreless there a bit and we kind of got out of our minds and we capped that off by missing a layup,” added Bennett. “To our credit, we snapped out of it and got back in the game by competing.”
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