Clinton County Electric Cooperative Inc., Breese, was one of six cooperatives in the state awarded a safety leadership award at the 2017 Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s Safety Supervisory Technical Conference held at the Decatur Hotel & Conference Center Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-2.
In the past, safety awards were given based on the lowest number of lost time accidents. Based on recommendations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), these safety awards are now presented more on proactive safety practices that improve the safety culture within the cooperative.
“The award is based on adopting best practices, not just a low number of lost time accidents,” says Jim Miles, manager of Safety and Loss Control for the AIEC. “The idea is to encourage sharing of near miss incidents, engage all employees and improve the safety culture by rewarding what is being done right; not penalizing when a lost time accident happens. These co-ops were judged to be following those best practices and proactively improving their safety culture.”
Clinton County Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — an alliance of 750 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. Clinton County Electric Cooperative is committed to providing superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. The co-op serves more than 5,981 meters over 1,056 miles of line in parts of Clinton, Fayette, Madison, Marion, St. Clair and Washington counties.
For more information visit www.cceci.com. Clinton County Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The Mater Dei Lady Knights extended their season in fine fashion by winning the Class 2A Althoff Regional crown last Thursday before defeating Sesser-Valier-Waltonville on Monday to advance to the Johnston City Sectional title game on Thursday.
The Lady Knights are now 19-10 on the season and will play the winner of Harrisburg vs. Nashville on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Mater Dei 43, Sesser-Valier-Waltonville 41: The Lady Knights needed all 32 minutes to secure their victory over the Red Devils on Monday.
Having scored just five points in the first 31:08 of the contest, Mater Dei senior Kelsey Gerdes saved her best for last.
With her club trailing 39-38, the guard dialed long range and drained a long 3-pointer from the right elbow to give the Lady Knights a 41-39 lead with 52 seconds left in regluation.
SVW senior Hannah Garascia was fouled and promptly drained both of her free throws to tie the score with 33 seconds left.
The Lady Knights held the ball for the last shot and SVW’s Paige Tucker overplayed Gerdes who drove past her to the right and layed in a layup with just three seconds left to seal the win and allow them to advance another game.
“I don’t know what to say, I’m still shaking,” said Gerdes. “It’s just crazy. We were going to set up a play, but they overplayed it so I just took it to the basket.”
The Lady Knights got off to a slow start as they fell behind 7-2 in the first three minutes before righting the ship.
MD sophomore Kierra Winkeler kept her club in the game with six first-quarter points as they clawed back to take a 15-14 lead after one quarter.
The Mater Dei defense shined in the second quarter, holding the Red Devils without a field goal as the Lady Knights outscored them 8-1 in the frame.
Mater Dei connected on just one field goal in the second quarter but they managed to lead the contest 23-15 at the break.
“We had some nice opportunities and I thought we were going to put the game away a lot earlier than we did,” said Mater Dei head coach Dave Kohnen. “I don’t know what to say, but we missed a lot of shots that we have been making. But all that counts is we are moving on.”
Sesser finally hit a field goal in the third quarter after they went 10:30 without a bucket as Sami McCowen drove through the lane and ended the drought with a layup.
A Clinton County jury found an Alton man not guilty of criminal neglect to a severely disabled Murray Center resident following a three-day jury trial last week in Clinton County Circuit Court.
Christopher M. Duguay, 26, of Alton was cleared of two felony charges of criminal neglect of a long-term care facility resident. One count was filed as a Class 3 felony and one was a Class 4 felony.
Duguay was accused of causing shower water to spray into 46-year-old Murray Center resident Todd Clementz’s mouth and throat, resulting in Clementz choking on food and water and thereby causing his death. Clementz, who was blind and mentally disabled, died on March 30, 2015 while residing at Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.
A Marion County coroner’s jury had met on Nov. 12, 2015, and ruled Clementz’s death as a homicide. During the inquest, Marion County coroner Troy Cannon called two witnesses to the stand — Jim Nesler, the Southern Bureau Chief of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), and Special Agent Thomas Hatley of the Illinois State Police Internal Investigations Unit.
Hatley offered details about his lengthy investigation into Clementz’s death. He noted that Clementz was classified for one-on-one duty, which meant he needed someone with him at all times. Based on interviews from multiple Murray Center staff, including Duguay, who was a mental health technician, it was determined that Clementz had been given a bath at around 7 p.m. on March 30. After having a snack at around 8:30 p.m., Clementz wanted to go to bed.
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