A fixture at Central High School ever since it opened in 1971, longtime athletic director and alumnus Al Warnecke has passed away at age 60. He suffered an apparent heart attack around 5 a.m. last Monday morning before arriving at St. Joseph’s Hospital and being transported to St. Elizabeth’s in Belleville. He passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, April 11.
Al Warnecke was the first valedictorian of Central High School in 1971 and after graduating from Kaskaskia College and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has been a pivotal part of the purple and white ever since.
He was the constant bridge between new and existing teachers, administrators, students and alumni.
But his legacy will be truly missed on the sports fields and courts. Warnecke was the pulse of the Cougars’ athletics, putting in thousands of hours charting, watching and cheering on the Cougars throughout the years.
All kinds of “eggciting” events are planned when the Easter Bunny will be hopping from town to town this weekend, dropping off Easter eggs and candy for the little boys and girls. Check the following schedule for the dates and times of your town’s Easter egg hunt.
Albers — Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. at the Albers Legion Park (rain or shine) for children up to age 10. Prizes will be awarded in each age group. Each child will receive a bag of Easter treats. Please bring donations of nonperishable canned goods for the needy of Clinton County.
Aviston — Easter Sunday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the village park. In case of rain, the hunt will be held at the American Legion.
Bartelso — Easter Sunday, April 20 at St. Cecilia Church after the 10 a.m. Mass. In the event of rain, the hunt will be held in the parish center. All children in fourth grade and under are welcome to participate.
Beckemeyer — Easter Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m. at BCDC Park, sponsored by the American Legion.
Breese — Easter Sunday, April 20 at both St. Augustine and St. Dominic Church. Youth Ministry is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny after the last Sunday liturgies at both churches. All children age 10 and younger are invited to bring their Easter baskets and join in the egg hunt! St. Dominic’s Golden Egg raffle drawing will be held after the 11 a.m. Mass. Plan to come and join the fun.
German Martin Kues meets American family in Aviston while fulfilling his dream to travel the Pan-American Highway.
Martin Kues has a motto: “Am schlimmsten ist die Weltanschauung derer, die die Welt nie angeschaut haben.” They are the words of the late Alexander von Humboldt, a famous German geographer and explorer.
The translation: “Worst of all is the belief of those who have never looked at the world.”
With a 35-year career in civil engineering that has taken him across the globe building structures in places such as Australia, Asia, Africa and South America, Martin Kues, a native of northwest Germany, has certainly studied this planet thoroughly. Still, he has always been eager to learn more.
“My dream was always to travel the Pan-American Highway from Alaska to South America,” Kues said.
The amazing part of this story is that, at 70, Kues is making the journey on his BMW motorcycle.
The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads measuring about 30,000 miles in total length. Except for a rainforest break of approximately 60 miles called the Darién Gap, the road links almost all of the mainland nations of the Americas in a connected highway system.
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