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8199.HempenEric Nordike of Carlyle is the new owner of Hempen Funeral Homes in Albers, Aviston, Breese and New Baden. With the change in ownership, the name will be changed to Hempen-Nordike Funeral Homes. Nordike is pictured with Haley Pritchett of Trenton, manager of Hempen-Nordike Funeral Homes.    Loss is an inevitable part of life. It can be painful, but it’s as constant as the changing seasons. 
    In Clinton County, Hempen Funeral Home has helped make that process easier for nearly 100 years.
    Originally opened by Henry B. Hempen in 1915, Hempen Funeral Home has grown from a small business located above the family’s general store to four locations in Albers, Aviston, Breese and New Baden.
    Henry’s grandson, Carson Hempen joined his father Ben in the business in 1970, but after more than four decades, he’s decided to step down. 
    Eric Nordike has purchased the business and is excited to continue and build on the professional service that the Hempen family has offered for so many years.
    “Hempen Funeral Home has always understood the importance of creating a meaningful funeral service for a life worth celebrating, and I intend to continue that tradition,” Nordike said.
    Eric, 29, is a 2003 graduate of Carlyle High School and a 2007 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. 
    He has been involved in the funeral service industry since 2005, serving the last seven years as a licensed funeral director with Frerker Funeral Home in Carlyle.


Hilmes    Congressman John Shimkus’ office recently secured the decorations earned by Sylvester Hilmes of Breese for his service in the Army during the Korean War: the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. A formal presentation was planned but had to be canceled due to a family emergency. However, the congressman was able to greet Mr. Hilmes recently and thank him for his service. Pictured are Shimkus and Hilmes.

Spassfest 2274The Germantown Spassfest theme banner “German Over Time.”    The community of Germantown celebrated its German heritage last weekend with the 47th Annual Germantown Spassfest. Here are a few photos from the Spassfest parade held on Saturday evening. The theme was “German Over Time.”


fashiongirls    Girls' Night Out will host its third annual Outdoor Fashion Show this Sunday, Aug. 24. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 6.
    The fashion show will showcase all the new homecoming styles.
    Win great prizes, show off your school spirit, receive exclusive discounts and experience a spectacular show of the latest trends for your special events.
    Tess Boyer from the Voice will perform and Taylor J. from Z107.7 & 104.9 will be at the event as well. Girls' Night Out will be giving away Six Flags tickets and Austin Mahone concert tickets. 
    Girls' Night Out is located at Lakeland Square, 4531 N. Illinois St. in Swansea at the intersection of Frank Scott Parkway and Hwy. 159.


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