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Position of Clinton County Resident Circuit Judge to be filled by election next November.
After more than 30 years of serving the cause of justice for the citizens of Clinton County, Resident Circuit Judge Dennis Middendorff announced this week that he will be leaving his position next November.
“I have sent a letter to the Illinois Supreme Court indicating that I will be leaving office on Nov. 30, 2014,” Middendorff said Tuesday evening.
While he did not indicate any specific plans, Middendorff, 58, said he has a “number of options” that he is considering. “I’m not using the word retirement, because I intend to continue to do something of service,” he said.
Middendorff’s position will be filled by election next November.
Middendorff ran and was elected to the position of Clinton County Resident Circuit Judge in November 2010 following the retirement of Judge Patrick Hitpas.
However, his ties with Clinton County run much deeper.
An attorney for over 30 years, Judge Middendorff was named assistant State’s Attorney on Dec. 1, 1980. He held that position for four years before beginning a seven-year stint as Clinton County State’s Attorney.
Middendorff became an Associate Judge in September 1991 before being elected Resident Circuit Judge in 2010.
As Resident Circuit Judge, it has been Middendorff’s responsibility to establish policy for the Clinton County Court, to work with the Clinton County Board on the budget for the court system, and to make decisions regarding court personnel.
Middendorff commented, “When I started as resident circuit judge, I had some plans and goals for Clinton County. I think we’ve accomplished quite a bit, and it’s time to take on a new challenge.”
Middendorff has been instrumental in integrating modern technology into the court system.
The Mater Dei Knights basketball team got off to a 2-2 start as they participated in the Waterloo Thanksgiving Tournament this past week. The Knights, under the direction of first-year head coach Ron Schadegg who replaced Brian Perkes over the offseason, took down Gateway STEM and host Waterloo while they fell to eventual tourney champ Edwardsville and Highland.
Edwardsville 67, Mater Dei 37: The Knights ran into a talented Tigers’ bunch on Saturday in Waterloo.
The Tigers left no doubt as they ran out to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter before blowing the game open with a 35-15 lead at the half.
Ben Lampe paced the Knights in the loss with 14 points with teammate Eric Vandeloo hitting for 10 points.
MD was 8-of-8 from the line but only hit one 3-pointer in the loss.
Edwardsville got 22 points and 15 rebounds from Armon Fletcher as he went 8-of-10 from the floor.
The Tigers also got 20 points and seven assists from Shawn Roundtree. EHS was 28-of-37 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the line. They were 7-of-12 from 3-point range.
Mater Dei 46, Waterloo 44: The Knights won a nailbiter with the host Bulldogs on Friday.
The Bulldogs led throughout much of the first half including a 23-20 lead at the half.
However, MD went on a 15-11 run in the third quarter and hung on by outscoring the host team 11-10 in the final quarter.
Ben Lampe led all players with 16 points while teammates Sam Toennies and Eric Vandeloo each scored six points.
Waterloo got 15 points from Ryan Aycock in the loss.
Highland 65, Mater Dei 53: The Bulldogs used the strength of an impressive first half to hand the Knights their first loss of the season.
HHS ran out to a 12-9 lead that ballooned to 31-14 at the half before the Knights’ play improved in the second half.
MD outscored the Bulldogs 39-34 in the second half, but they never could catch up from the slow start.
Just in time for holiday gift giving, Aviston Sesquicentennial cookbooks are $20 each
and are on sale at several local businesses or by mail.
Keeping it simple. That was the initial theme for recipes in the Aviston Sesquicentennial cookbook. Who better to know about whipping up a meal or a tasty dessert in quick fashion than Marilyn Rakers, a retired school librarian who raised seven children with her husband Jim on the family’s rural Aviston dairy farm.
Twenty-five years ago, when Aviston celebrated its 125th anniversary, Rakers chaired the committee for a community cookbook. Then, in 2004, she assisted with a cookbook to benefit Aviston Elementary.
Last year, when it came time to form a cookbook committee for Aviston’s 150th, Rakers agreed to help whomever was chosen to take over the task.
“My three daughters volunteered,” Rakers said.
All working mothers themselves — eldest daughter Cindy Zurliene and youngest daughter Karen Braundmeier are teachers, while middle daughter Connie Robben works at Scott Air Force Base — the three decided that the cookbook should include fast and easy recipes to complement today’s busy lifestyle.
So came the name of the cookbook “Kiss (Keep it Simple Sista!) the Cook.”
“We initially wanted to keep it simple recipes, but a lot of people in the community like to send in their favorite recipes, so there’s a combination with classic recipes and family favorites,” Rakers said.