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    A Carlyle high school student lost her life last week in a two-vehicle crash on Keyesport Road, near Keyesport. 
    The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident on Wednesday, March 31, at 3:25 p.m. on Keyesport Road, east of Hopewell Road.
    Tessa Sanders-Bunch, 17, of Carlyle, was westbound on Keyesport Road when she crossed into the eastbound lane, striking an oncoming vehicle head-on. 
    The driver of the second vehicle — Holly Smyth, 18, of Keyesport and her two juvenile passengers — were transported to the hospital with injuries.
    Sanders-Bunch was pronounced deceased at the scene by Bond County Coroner Anthony Brooks.
    Bond County sheriff’s deputies assisted Clinton County  sheriff's deputies at the scene. Greenville firefighters responded to help remove the individuals from their vehicles. 
    In addition, other agencies that assisted include RuralMed EMS and Breese EMS, HSHS Rescue Flight and Air Evac Lifeteam, Illinois State Police, Keyesport and Wheatfield fire departments, and the Bond County Coroner’s Office.
    Sanders-Bunch was preparing to graduate early from Carlyle High School and planned on becoming a veterinarian.
    Carlyle High School posted on their Facebook page on April 1 that their hearts are heavy as they are thinking of “our Tribe” families during this time.
    The high school made sure to have counselors available for anyone to talk to and listen.
    Survivors include her mother, Danielle Sanders-Bunch (Billi); her three sisters, Kailee (Andrew Blunt), Electra, and Lexi Sanders-Bunch; aunt and uncle, Jaye and Ray Campbell; a cousin, Morgan Campbell (Wesley Barnes); a great aunt, Wilma Tate; her dogs, Bear and Athena; her cat, Lil Bit; and other aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, and friends.
    A memorial service for Tessa Sanders-Bunch will be held at Zieren Funeral Home in Carlyle this Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home that day. 
    Expressions of sympathy can be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and will be received through the funeral home (Zieren Funeral Home, P.O. Box 276, Carlyle, IL 62231).

    The New Baden Village Board approved a new vehicle for the police department at their village board meeting Monday night.
    The board approved, with a 5-1 vote, a 2020 Ford F-150 for the police department in the amount of (approximately) $37,985 from Morrow Brothers Ford Inc. of Greenfield.
    Police Chief Chuck Mackin said that there are currently six full-time police officers and eight part-time police officers.
    "We only have six police vehicles that are assigned to the police officers," he said. "We do not have a vehicle for a part-time officer and/or no extra cars."
    Mackin said that his full-time officers each have their own vehicle that they are responsible for. 
    "If one person is assigned to a vehicle, they are responsible for that vehicle, and take care of it better," he said.
    He said that adding an extra police vehicle would be great for their part-time officers, as well as if there is a town-wide emergency, such as a tornado, they would have another vehicle for officers to use.
    There was talk about whether to purchase a sport-utility vehicle or a truck, and it was indicated that the sport-utility vehicle would have been more expensive.
    "I'm not opposed to buying a police vehicle; my whole concern is that we don't get rid of a vehicle until it is used up," Trustee Randy Linthicum said. "We need to get the maximum amount of miles on it in the time period (that we have it)."
    Trustee Tom Kuhn was the sole no-vote on the purchase. 
    Village clerk Teri Crane addressed residents' concerns on why there has not been a town COVID vaccination clinic scheduled, when the village made plans to have one, and that other surrounding towns in the county had one.
    Crane said that the village started taking down residents' names on Feb. 1 for an in-town vaccination clinic.
    "We had about 350 names on the list, and then the Clinton County Health Department reached out to us (last month) to see how many people still needed the shot," Crane said. "We only had about 40 people on the list (at that time) who still needed the vaccine, and Clinton County Health Department absorbed those people into their shots that were administered that week, so the people on our list have all been taken care of."

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