A Carlyle man appeared in Clinton County Circuit Court last Wednesday morning on charges of an alleged shooting at a tavern north of Carlyle on New Year’s morning. Ethan R. Miller, 18, of Carlyle, appeared in court for a first appearance with his attorney.
Miller was charged Jan. 5 in Clinton County Circuit Court with aggravated battery, a Class X felony, for shooting 61-year-old bar owner Phillip Koehler of Centralia in the chest with a pistol.
Miller was also charged with two other counts of aggravated battery, both Class 3 felonies, and (attempted) armed robbery, a Class 1 felony.
Miller’s co-defendant — a 17-year-old male juvenile from Clinton County — has been charged with the same offenses as Miller and is currently in juvenile custody.
Miller appeared in court on Jan. 14 with his attorney, Henry Bergmann.
Clinton County state’s attorney John Hudspeth reported that the co-defendant in this case is a minor, and probable cause was heard in that case and he is in detention.
Bergmann said that he was provided with discovery, however, he did not have a chance to look over it yet. He then requested a status hearing for next week.
Hudspeth had no objections.
Miller was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m.
Judge William Becker reminded Miller that if he were to post bail, he’d still have to appear in court at that time.
Clinton County Deputy Chief Mike Dall said that on Jan. 1 at 2:11 a.m., a 911 call was placed to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department that a subject had been shot at the Flat Branch Saloon, north of Carlyle.
Members of the Clinton County Board heard a brief update at their regular meeting Tuesday night on the local efforts to establish an enterprise zone in the county.
Jim Rakers, chairman of the board’s Economic Development Committee, said the enterprise zone application — all 1,293 pages of it — was turned into the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) by the Dec. 31 deadline.
DCEO will score the applications and submit them to the Enterprise Zone Board on or before June 30, and the board is expected to approve or deny them by Sept. 30.
DCEO will consider 10 criteria (or tests) when scoring the applications — unemployment rate; employment opportunities; poverty rate; existence of an abandoned coal mine, brownfield or federal disaster area; large scale business closings; vacant structures; tax base improvement plan; public infrastructure improvement plan; career skills program; and severe changes in equalized assessed valuation.
Clinton County Fair Queen Meredith Timmons was named 4th runner up at the 56th annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant held last weekend in Springfield in conjunction with the 105th Anniversary of the Illinois Agricultural Fairs Convention. Timmons, the daughter of Carolyn and Hobie Timmons of Albers, has represented Clinton County since July when she was named Miss Clinton County Fair. She is a graduate of Breese Central High School and currently attends Kaskaskia College on a scholarship where she is a member of the Blue Angels Volleyball team.
Timmons and her pageant crew traveled to Springfield on Thursday, Jan. 15 where she attended orientation, rehearsals, interviews and preliminary competitions with 73 other county fair queens. Competitions included personal interviews, stage presence in evening gown, beauty and physique in swimwear, and speech communication skills.
The culmination of the weekend was the Illinois County Fair Banquet and Queen Pageant finals on Sunday evening.
“It was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life,” Timmons said. “I met so many amazing people throughout the weekend and gained friendships with many wonderful people.”
Timmons expressed her appreciation to all of her supporters.
“I have to say thank you to my pageant directors for all their help and support,” she said. “Thank you to the Clinton County Fair Board — the experience would not have been possible without them, and thanks to my parents, family and friends who made the trip so much fun and memorable.”
Timmons was selected as one of the Top 15 finalists and re-competed for the top honors. Others taking the Top 15 spots were Lacey Soloman of Coles County, Morgan Belcher of Marion County, Emily Pasker of Stark County, Brittany Fischer of Iroquois County, Melissa Ervin of Schuyler County, Kelsey Zapp of Okawville Fair, Shayla Grosenheider of Montgomery County, Sadie Gassman of Richland County, Amie Harvey of Vermilion County, Melaina Harsy of Perry County, Tia Rinehart of Clay County, Brianna Klein of Morgan County, Maria Meyer of Moultrie-Douglas Counties and Maggie Schlindwein of Henry County.
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