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Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School to present its first school musical

bye bye birdieThe MacAfee family of Sweet Apple, Ohio meets rock idol Conrad Birdie in the Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” Shown above (facing the camera)are: Riah Bottles as Mrs. Doris MacAfee, Zane Simmons as Mr. Harry MacAfee, Abigail Dunavan as Kim MacAfee and Lukas Briscoe as Conrad Birdie.    Christ Our Rock (COR) Lutheran High School in Centralia is proud to present "Bye Bye Birdie" this Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m.
    Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the door.
    Be a part of history. This is the first musical at COR and also the first time a show will be performed at COR.
    The year is 1958, and the much-adored rock ’n’ roll idol — Conrad Birdie — has been drafted into the U.S. Army. His songwriter and agent, Albert, and Albert's secretary and sometime girlfriend, Rosie, hatch a plan for a farewell performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," which they hope will help sell Birdie's new song "One Last Kiss," and ultimately save Almaelou Records from going under.
    To cap off the performance, Birdie will actually give "one last kiss" to Kim MacAfee, an avid member of the Conrad Birdie Fan Club from Sweet Apple, Ohio.
    When Albert and Rosie head to Sweet Apple to prepare for Birdie's arrival, things start to unravel. Kim's father is star-struck at the thought of being on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with his daughter, and Kim's new steady boyfriend, Hugo, gets jealous at the thought of Kim kissing Conrad on national television.

Clinton leadership awardClinton County Electric Cooperative Inc., Breese, was one of three electric cooperatives recognized for their exceptional commitment to safety. Accepting the award on behalf of Clinton County Electric were (from left): underground line foreman Mike Faust, engineer Jared Kampwerth, and journeyman lineman Jason Deering.    The annual Safety Supervisory Technical Conference (SST), sponsored by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, was recently held at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel in Decatur. The SST helps to keep cooperative attendees up-to-date on changes to safety procedures and topics of importance to their positions at their electric cooperatives.
    This year’s attendees heard information from Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange vice president Corey Parr on trending injuries/accidents, its near miss reporting program and new job briefing app. Other topics included the Illinois Electric Cooperative Apprentice program, work zone safety, fall protection/rescue techniques for structures, towers and poles, and an OSHA update.
    During the meeting, individual and cooperative safety leadership awards were presented.  Cooperative safety leadership award nominations were submitted by cooperatives which had to document that their cooperative met a series of required and some optional criteria to prove their demonstration of safety awareness, leadership and culture. It also gave them an opportunity to showcase practices that went above and beyond what is normally required. All nominations were reviewed by an independent AIEC panel which made award recommendations.

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