Hardin County officers go on 8 county high speed chase Monday


Sharmin L. Partridge and Michael R. Kennedy.  — Photos courtesy of Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department

On Monday, May 14, 2018 at approximately 5:40 p.m. Deputy Donnie Vaughn, with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, attempted to stop a silver Chevrolet pick-up for speeding on Illinois Highway 34 near Gaskin Mine Road; the driver of that vehicle, refused to pull over and accelerated northbound into Pope County. As the pursuit continued onto Gape Hollow Road, Deputy Vaughn continued his efforts to stop the Chevrolet with lights and siren activated. The driver of the Chevrolet struck the passenger front of Deputy Vaughn’s patrol vehicle, disabling it. The Chevrolet turned west onto Mountain Road and continued into Saline County.
Sheriff Fricker located Deputy Vaughn and they followed the trail of parts which were falling off of the Chevrolet. An off-duty Illinois State Police Trooper who had been monitoring radio traffic located the Chevrolet on Rocky Branch Road outside of Harrisburg at which time, Saline County Deputies and Harrisburg police engaged in a pursuit as the Chevrolet turned onto Illinois Highway 13. Harrisburg & Saline County officers were then joined by Hardin County and Carrier Mills officers as the pursuit continued into Gallatin County.
Gallatin County Deputies and Shawneetown police took lead and continued pursuing the Chevrolet through their county and across the Ohio River into Union County, Kentucky. Deputies from that agency then joined in the pursuit which went through Morganfield and Henderson, Kentucky, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour.
Kentucky State Police Troopers attempted to terminate the pursuit with spike-strips, but the driver of the Chevrolet made it around those devices. As the pursuit continued across the Indiana state line, it came into a construction zone where the lanes narrowed at the intersection of Highway 41 and Interstate 69 at the edge of Evansville, IN.
As the Chevrolet attempted to enter the on-ramp to I-69 East, the driver lost control, went airborne, then down an embankment and came to rest just north of the interstate. Tactical officers with the Evansville Police Department and their K-9 unit assisted Hardin County deputies in taking the driver, Michael R. Kennedy and Sharmin L. Partridge into custody.
Hardin County State’s Attorney Daniel Cockrum has filed formal charges against Kennedy: Driving While License Revoked, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude a Peace Officer, and Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property. He faces additional charges in multiple jurisdictions and is lodged in the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville, IN.
Mrs. Partridge, who was Kennedy’s passenger, was charged with possession of synthetic marijuana (K-2) in Vanderburgh County, but has not been charged in Hardin County.
“I’m pleased with the rapid response and assistance from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Harrisburg Police Department, Carrier Mills Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, and Shawneetown Police Department, as well as authorities in Kentucky and Indiana,” said Hardin County Sheriff Jerry Fricker. “Their assistance in the apprehension of someone who posed a threat to motorists and officers of this county and others was greatly valued. Also, deputies Joe Jenkins and Garison Mott willingly covered Hardin County calls on their off time during this incident.”


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Obituary of Aaron Eugene Riggs


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Aaron Eugene Riggs was born March 17, 1944 in Rosiclare, IL to Noah F. and Veldine V. McDowell Riggs. He departed this life on May 3, 2018, at Hardin County General Hospital, whereupon he went to be with his Lord, being at the time of his death 74 years.
He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sharon Sue Porter on June 6, 1964. To this union two children were born: LeAndra (Mark) Austin of Buffalo, TX and Dana (Michael) Ledford of Princeton, IN.
Eugene acquired his family farm in 1967 where he and Sharon raised their family and hosted many family events. He loved raising cattle and spending time on his farm. Eugene earned his degree from ICS as a Master Electrician on June 30, 1977. He worked as an electrician most of his life retiring from Martin Marietta in 2007.
Eugene was saved at the age of 10 and has been a faithful member of Peters Creek Missionary Baptist Church where he was ordained as a Deacon on October 8, 10\972. He served as Chairman of the Deacons, Sunday School Superintendent, and in various other rolls.
Left to mourn his passing include not only his wife, daughters and mother, but also two of his greatest blessings — his grandsons, Aaron and Zachary Ledford, both of Princeton, IN; his sister, Sharon Pennell; and an uncle, Gathel McDowell, both of Marion, IL, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding him in death were his father, Noah F. Riggs; his grandparents, Manford and Mildred McDowell, and Henry and Sarah Edith Riggs.
He will be sadly missed and wonderfully remembered. “For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord” Acts 11:24.

Words cannot express the gratitude felt by our family during our time of sorrow. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Sunga and the entire staff at Hardin County General Hospital, Bro. Dean West, Bro. John Warren, Jan Goolsby and Billy Paul Ewell for the beautiful music, Valerie Holbrook and the Peters Creek Ladies for their inspiring songs, the pallbearers, Hardin County Funeral Services and to our Peters Creek Baptist Church Family for the delicious dinner prepared the day of the funeral.
We are truly overwhelmed by the flowers, cards of sympathy, visits, phone calls, food, donations to the Peters Creek Cemetery and the many prayers we have received.
We want you to know we appreciate you and all the love you have shown to our family during our time of loss.
May God bless you all.
The Family of Aaron Eugene Riggs

Hardin County General Hospital serving community for 60 years

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Hospital and Clinic staff have a balloon release to celebrate.5-10-18 Hospital Week

Hardin County General Hospital and Clinic is celebrating 60 years of service to Hardin and Pope Counties as part of the annual National Hospital Week, May 6-12, 2018.
Rosiclare General Hospital was a 17-bed facility in downtown Rosiclare operated by the Rosiclare Lead and Fluorspar Mining Company. The two-story building lacked an elevator and patients had to be carried to the second floor by staff on a litter.
In April of 1956, ALCOA donated land for a new hospital. The following year Minerva Oil and ALCOA donated funds and mining employees began voluntary payroll deductions to fund the construction. The new 25-bed facility was completed in October and dedicated in November of 1958 with Dr. John R. Duffey as the first administrator. The hospital was completed at a cost of $631,000 with very little debt.
ALCOA donated additional land in 1968 and a new addition was completed in 1969 increasing the number of beds to 48. Obstetrics was discontinued in 1970. In January of 1971 Dr. Duffey passes away and Loetta Allen becomes Administrator. From 1973 to 1979, Hardin County General Hospital was also the provider of ambulance service. Ben Felton became Administrator in 1974. May of the following year, Outpatient Clinics and a Retail Pharmacy were built on the hill behind the hospital. In July 1978 additional Clinics were built beside the first.
Roby Williams became administrator October of 1981. The Hospital Auxiliary was formed in November of 1983 and began operating a Gift Shop to the public to fund projects for the hospital. The first project funded by the Auxiliary was the helicopter landing pad.
March 1985 Hardin County General Hospital was designated a Sole Community Provider for Hardin and Pope Counties. The designation enhanced the hospital’s Medicare reimbursement. In February of 1987 the Administrative Addition was added to the front of the building. The following year CAT Scan services began to be offered.
In May 1989, the hospital began offering Swing Bed Services to the community. In April 1994 the clinics began to be operated by CHESI as Federally Qualified Health Clinics. 1997 brought the addition of Physical Therapy.
Mobile MRI services began in 2000. April of the following year a Mammography Department was started. In May of 2002 teleconferencing equipment was installed and a Medical Education Department began.
July 2003, Hardin County General Hospital was designated a Critical Access Hospital. The bed count was reduced to 25 and Medicare reimbursement became cost-based as part of the new designation. The following year the hospital began offering Sleep Study services.
In 2005, the hospital upgraded to a spiral CT and began offering Ultrasound services. Later that year the doctor’s were employed full-time and the hospital assumed control of the clinics. The following year the hospital became Hardin County General Hospital and Clinic with the addition of the designated Rural Health Clinic.
Bone Density scans began to be offered in October of 2007 and Digital Radiography was added in 2008. Digital scans can now be sent anywhere in the world for a reading by a Radiologist. In 2010, several areas of the hospital were renovated in order to upgrade to an 8-slice Spiral CT adjacent to the Emergency Department. In 2011, the hospital began the transition to an electronic health record.
In 2014 Endoscopy services were added to the outpatient services of the hospital. Renovations occurred to expand the Clinic and renovations were completed to join all clinic office spaces into one continuous building. The Serenity Behavioral Health Program was started in the additional clinic space. In 2016 3D Tomography replaced the mammography services and in 2017 the hospital’s parking lots were expanded and resurfaced to meet the growing demand of the hospital. Family Counseling began offering services on-site at the hospital January 2017.
The latest renovations completed in March 2018 have provided a registration window at the rear entrance of the hospital for the emergency department. Patients arriving through the ER entrance can now register for their outpatient services at the window rather than the front lobby.
Additional space was also added to the lab to accommodate additional equipment. Many tests that were formerly sent out of the facility are now done in-house giving our medical providers the ability to diagnose and begin appropriate treatments more quickly.
ardin County General Hospital and Clinic continues to seek opportunities to enhance the services offered to Hardin and Pope County. As we celebrate our 60th year, we continue to care for your family with our family and hope to do so for many years to come.


Elizabethtown Post Office asks community to Stamp Out Hunger

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Support the Nation’s Largest Single-Day Food Drive

On Saturday, May 12, the National Association of Letter Carriers, United States Postal Service and other partners are asking the community of Elizabethtown and Hardin County to Stamp Out Hunger. This is the 26th anniversary of the food drive, which has grown into a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to help put food on the table.
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2017, generous Americans donated more than 71million pounds of food, feeding millions of people. This was the 14th consecutive year of at least 70 million pounds collected by letter carriers, bringing the grand total to more than 1.5 billion pounds of food collected, since the Food Drive began in 1993.
“We’re proud to continue this community tradition as we prepare for the 26th annual food drive,” said Postmaster Sherry Conley. “We’re asking residents for their support to help make this another successful year. It’s easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by the mailbox to help your neighbors in need.”
The need for food assistance exists in every community in America. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. Perhaps most alarming is the fact that nearly 16 million children in America are struggling with hunger. Additionally, close to 5 million seniors face choices between paying rent, utilities, and having nutritious food.
To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to local food banks.
For more news about the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit http://www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Elton Ray “Al” Horne

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Elton Ray “Al” Horne, 81, of Herod, IL died April 30, 2018 in Paducah, KY.
He was born in Waukesha, WI on February 25, 1937 to the late Melvin and Agnes (Butler) Horne. He was an over the road truck driver, driving for Fleming Foods. He was in the National Guard.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie Horne, of Herod, IL; his sons, James (Katie) Horne, Andrew (Christine) Horne, Carl (Renee) Horne, Steven (Lisa) Horne and Bryan Wiley; and his daughters, Anne (Dave) Rodriguez and Tiffany Wiley. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Adam Laven, Amy Laven, Matthew Horne, Nicole Horne, Josh Horne, Hope Horne and Sara Rodriguez; brother, David (Mary Beth) Horne; and a sister, Ida (Leroy) Anderson.
He was preceded in death by eight brothers.
As per his request, his body has been cremated. Watson Funeral Home, Eldorado, IL is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of his life will be celebrated, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Good Hope Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Marshall Glover officiating.

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Aaron Eugene Riggs

Aaron Eugene Riggs, 74, of Elizabethtown, IL died on May 3, 2018 at Hardin County General Hospital. He was born on March 17, 1944 to Noah and Veldine Riggs in Rosiclare, IL.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Sharon Riggs of Elizabethtown, IL; daughters, Dana (Michael) Ledford of Princeton, IN and LeAndra (Mark) of Buffalo, TX; mother, Veldine Vernice Riggs of Elizabethtown, IL; two grandsons, Aaron and Zachary Ledford of Princeton, IN, and sister, Sharon Pennell of Marion, IL.
He was preceded in death by his father Noah Franklin Riggs.
Hardin County Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. A Service was held at Peters Creek Church on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Family will receive visitors at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Rev. Dean West officiated. Burial followed at Peters Creek Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Peters Creek Cemetery fund.

Obituary of Donald Steven Lane

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Donald Steven Lane was born December 20, 1957 to Alfreda “Milligan” and James Robert “Jim Bob” Lane in Rosiclare Illinois. Steve was a truck driver and traveled all over the U.S.A. He finally gave up traveling and settled in Phoenix, Arizona where he died April 1, 2018.
All grandparents; parents; brothers, Jim Cravens, Larry “Hondo” Lane, and Bobby Burklow; and brother-in-law, Nolan Mathews, preceded him in death.
He is survived by sisters, Susie Cravens, Mary Mathews, and Lisa (Lou) Terry; nephews, Larry Deneen (April) Mathews, Steven Mark Mathews, Bobby Cravens; nieces, Cheri Gualt and Jessie Stunson; great-nephew, Kody Mathews; great-niece, Jaytan Mathews, grand-niece, Nolan Mae; aunts, Velma Jenkins, Opal (Ted) Webster, Faye Stacey, and Barb Lane; along with other family and friends.
Thank you to Aly Funeral Home for you assistance.

Charles E. Krug

Charles E. Krug, 79, of Harrisburg, IL, formerly of Hardin County, died on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Harrisburg Medical Center. He was retired from the United States Army after serving 15 years and 4 months.
He was an active member of the NRA, National Sheriff’s Association as well as many other charitable organizations. He was also a proud supporter of the blue line and all fallen heroes.
Survivors include his children, Tammy Church of Missouri, Roy Church of Harrisburg, IL, Andy Church of Harrisburg, IL and Jerry Church of Rosiclare, IL; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Francis Krug; and parents, Casper E. and Viola Mary Ann Krug.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday May 8, 2018 at Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel, in Rosiclare, IL with interment in Peters Creek Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Military rites will be provided by Paul C. Rowan American Legion Post #571 on Tuesday.

Fairy June Jackson

Fairy June Jackson, 83, of Rosiclare, IL died on May 2, 2018. June was born on March 17, 1935 to the late Clarence and Gypsy Rose. June married Bobby Gene Jackson on December 20, 1950.
Surviving are her children, Sam (Denise) Jackson of Huntsville, AL, Larry (Loree) Jackson of Albuquergee, NM, Bill (Vicki) Jackson of Rosiclare, IL, Sandy (Frank) Cash of Paducah, KY, Debbie (Roger) Lamm of Rosiclare, IL, Judi (Mike) Hughes of Golconda, IL; brothers, Skip Rose of Bethalto, IL and John Rose of Tucson, AZ; sister, Catheryn Partain of Indiana; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; special friends, Bessie Stone, Betty Todd, Ardeth Mason, and Mary Ann Goolsby.
June is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Gypsy Rose; husband, Bobby Gene Jackson; son, Danny Jackson; brothers, Brannon Rose, Fayne Rose, Troy Rose, James Rose, and Don Rose; sisters, Elizabeth Edwards, Gay Gibbs, and Fayann Rose.
Per June’s wishes, she will be cremated, and a small Memorial Service will be held at the cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Hardin County General Hospital.

Betty J. Shonkwiler

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Betty J. Shonkwiler, 83 of Flower Mound, TX and Bartonville, IL died on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the home of her daughter. Betty was born October 5, 1934 to Troy and Georgia Bayne. Betty married John Shonkwiler on October 29,1976.
Betty is survived by her two daughters, Susan (James) Bond of Mckinney, TX and Michele (Kim) Jentsch of Flower Mound, TX; sister, Bonnie (Doc) Yeley of Bartonville, IL; and three grandchildren, Cameron, Morgen, and Landon.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Troy and Georgia Bayne; husband, John Shonkwiler; and brother, Don Bayne.
Burial was in Hall Cemetery, at Lewisville, TX, on Friday, April 27, 2018. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.