Clinton County Board approves upgrades to computer system, lighting in courthouse and jail.
Wireless phone customers in Clinton County are now able to text emergency information to Clinton County 911 telecommunicators.
The upgrade to the 911 system was announced at the regular meeting of the Clinton County Board on Monday night.
911 Committee Chairman Duane Nordike reported that this month Clinton County became the fifth 911 system in the state and the first in the St. Louis metropolitan region to offer text-to-911 service. Nationally, less than 5 percent of 911 systems are able to accept texts.
The upgrade became possible with the partnership between the Clinton County 911 system, equipment and software providers Airbus DS, Intrado and TCS along with the wireless carriers serving Clinton County, Nordike said.
“Text-to-911 is intended for use only in specific emergency situations and is not generally a substitute for calling 911,” Nordike said. “Given a choice, always call rather than text 911.”
Texting to 911 should be considered in these situations:
• for an individual who is speech or hearing impaired.
• for a person who is unable to call 911 due to a medical emergency that renders them unable to speak.
• in the event of a crime such as a home invasion or abduction.
The following tips were also offered regarding texting to 911:
• Callers should text to 911 only in an emergency and when a voice call is not an option. Texting to 911 is meant as a supplement to and not a replacement for calling 911.
• Texting to 911 is inherently slower than a standard voice call, which means it takes slightly longer to dispatch emergency services in a text-to-911 situation.
The Mater Dei Lady Knights soccer team kept rolling last week by winning the Olney-East Richland Class 1A Regional title late Friday. The Lady Knights had to stave off Mother Nature on Friday evening before shutting out the host Lady Tigers.
MD also shut out Salem in the semifinal as they outscored their opponents in the regional 10-0.
Mater Dei is now 16-4-3 on the season and they will play in the Columbia Sectional this week. They will challenge Alton Marquette in one semifinal while Columbia and Gibault will clash in the other.
Mater Dei 4, Olney-East Richland 0: The Lady Knights played a well-rounded match in their title win over the Lady Tigers on Friday.
Mater Dei got two goals in each half en route to the victory behind stellar defense and goalkeeping.
Lucy Niemeyer netted a pair of goals in the match including the game-winning first goal.
Melanie Mensing and Heather Schulte also found the back of the net for the victors. Macey Endres had a pair of assists in the win.
Quinn Cutler and Taylor Holtgrave split the shutout in net for Mater Dei as each goalie made three saves.
The 2015 IHSA State Bass Fishing Tournament proved to be a one man show last weekend at Carlyle Lake. Father McGivney High School’s (Maryville) Ethan Jones took home the State title with 19.6 pounds of bass over the two-day event.
Jones caught two fish on Friday weighing in at 10.9 pounds before his four-fish effort on Saturday. His fish on Saturday checked in at 8.13 pounds.
Jones also caught the big fish of the tournament with a 6.5 pound bass on Friday.
Finishing in third place last season, Highland High School improved on that effort with a second place finish this season with a total of 15.6 pounds.
They caught just one fish on Friday weighing in at 2.11 pounds.
However, they caught the bass limit of five fish on Saturday before being called off the lake a couple of hours early due to potential bad weather.
The Bulldogs’ five fish weighed in at 12.11 pounds, catapulting them past Durand High School.
Durand finished in third place with 14.13 pounds of fish. They brought in four fish on Friday weighing in at 9.6 pounds.
Their load of two fish on Saturday weighed in at 5.7 pounds.
Carlyle High School had two boats qualify for the tournament but neither of them reeled in a fish.
The tournament saw 98 bass caught with 53 of those coming on the shortened Saturday fish by the teams.
In all, 65 boats participated in the event with 28 boats not catching a fish on either day.
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