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slideshow soldier    A Memorial Day ceremony to honor servicemen and servicewomen who gave the "ultimate sacrifice" will be held at the American Legion in Breese on Monday, May 27.
    Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. 
    Citizens can pay their respects and honor America’s great from past wars and service at several Memorial Day services in Clinton County this weekend.
    A post-everlasting ceremony will be held Monday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Timmermann-Benhoff Post 252 American Legion in Breese. 
    Timmermann-Benhoff Post will honor both their living and deceased members who represented the county during wars and conflicts. 
    The Legion will honor 12 comrades who have recently passed — Richard Anthony, Dale Wade, Robert Lager (past commander), Donald Hoerchler, Paul Beauregard, John H. Ratermann (past commander), Burnell Warnecke, Alvin Mourlam, Louis G. Weisenfeld, John Henrichs, Ronnie W. Harder and  Bernard E. Diekemper —  and the Ladies Auxiliary will honor two members who died this past year — Mary Ann Peek and Ruth Schumacher.
    The public is invited to attend a luncheon afterward, served by the Ladies Auxiliary. 
    Other communities in the area also are holding Memorial Day services. 
    • In Aviston, Memorial Day services will begin Sunday, May 26 with a 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Catholic Church, followed by a march to the cemetery for the traditional placing of the wreath and a 21-gun salute. After that, there will be a march to  Aviston American Legion Post 1239 for a flag-raising ceremony and remarks by a guest speaker. Afterward, a luncheon will be held at the Legion.
    • In Bartelso, a ceremony will be held Sunday, May 26 at St. Cecilia’s cemetery after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. 
    • In Beckemeyer, a ceremony to honor those who have died will be held Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s cemetery and a 10:30 a.m. ceremony will be held at the Beckemeyer village cemetery, sponsored by the American Legion Post 1227 Drill Team and Honor Guard.
    • In Carlyle, Memorial Day services will be held Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. east of the Carlyle Cemetery. 
    • In Damiansville/Albers, a Mass at St. Damian Church in Damiansville will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 26. Following the Mass, a ceremony will be held at the Damiansville cemetery. Another ceremony will be held at St. Bernard's cemetery in Albers. A light luncheon will be held at the Albers American Legion following the ceremonies.
    • In Germantown, a ceremony will be held Sunday, May 26 at the cemetery following the  9 a.m. Mass at St. Boniface Church. A luncheon for veterans will be held afterward at Germantown American Legion.
    • In Keyesport, an 11 a.m. ceremony will be held at the McKendree Chapel cemetery on Monday, May 27, sponsored by American Legion Post 1021 and Auxiliary. 
    • In New Baden, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held Sunday, May 26 at 12:30 p.m. at New Baden Community Park. In the event of inclement weather, the services will be held at the American Legion in New Baden. Everyone is invited to the Post following the ceremony for refreshments.
    • In Trenton, Trenton's veterans organizations will hold Memorial Day services on Monday, May 27 starting at 9 a.m. The Trenton VFW Post 7983, Trenton American Legion Post 778 and the Boy Scouts will host the ceremony at the Trenton Park flagpoles, at the corner of North Ash Street and Park Place. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    Fred Becker of accounting firm Glass & Shuffett Ltd. delivered the county’s annual audit report at Monday night’s Clinton County Board meeting. Becker declared that the county is in good standing, as assets are up from the last fiscal year by approximately $819,000, while debt is down by $324,000. 
    Becker went over the report, explaining that this year’s audit differs from other years due to a large amount of federal funding for construction of the roundabout at Holy Cross Lane in Breese and the bridge over Shoal Creek. A new section in the audit report was added in which the county assessed several major federal grants for compliance.
    The board approved an invoice from Glass & Shuffett for the audit. The board also approved the hiring of a part-time employee to assist the assessor’s office with data entry and farm floodplain assessment. The new employee is to be paid out of the assessor’s budget and will not work more than 720 hours. The position will not become full time.
    The board approved an ordinance establishing the revision of civil fees and criminal and traffic assessments to be charged by the Clinton County Circuit Clerk pursuant to the newly adopted Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act in the state of Illinois. The act, beginning July 1 of this year, standardizes civil filing fees, appearance fees and criminal fees across the state.
    Taking the recommendation of the zoning board, the county board approved a request by Rachael R. Riley to approve a map amendment changing 2 acres of land in Irishtown Township from residential to commercial in order to convert an existing building into a convenience store.
    County engineer Dan Behrens received approval to establish a temporary 35 mph speed limit on a stretch of road from Joliff Bridge Road to Shattuc Road. The segment is currently in disrepair due to the extensive use of cars using it as a detour around the currently closed Crooked Creek bridge.
    The board approved the appointment of Travis Hemker and Brian Krausz to the county zoning board of appeals. Tom Luebbers was appointed to the Aviston Fire Protection District. Mike Gall, Mike Schumacher and David Tebbe were appointed to the St. Rose Fire Protection District. Naomi Wernsman, Sandra Cain, Carolyn Jones and Perry Stanfa were appointed to the Posey Cemetery Association.
    The next Clinton County Board meeting will be held Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Clinton County boardroom, 810 Franklin Street in Carlyle.

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