--inscription from Fallen Soldiers Memorial
BEARDSTOWN—Students, teachers, veterans and family members gathered together to unveil a memorial commemorating Beardstown High School alumni who died in military service. The Beardstown High School Fallen Soldiers Memorial was dedicated on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The memorial includes three granite tablets containing an epitaph, emblems of five branches of the military and the names of fallen servicemen.
During the dedication, veterans and local officials eulogized some of the former students. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) spoke during the ceremony.
"We are here to celebrate the dedication of this beautiful memorial," Sullivan said. "I had the opportunity to talk about one of those individuals: Charles Burrus."
Sergeant Charles Burrus enlisted in the Army in 1941 prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the 515th Coastal Artillery, stationed in the Philippines. Burrus' unit was the first to engage the Japanese when their forces attacked the Philippines on Dec. 8, 1941.
After three months, U.S. forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese and Burrus was listed as missing in action. He was a participant in the Bataan Death March and died from malaria, malnutrition and dysentery on June 4, 1942.
His family was notified a year later, and his remains were returned to Arenzville.
"The Beardstown community and especially the schools here wanted remember and dedicate this memorial to young people who—starting in World War II all the way up to the current conflict—have participated in some of the major offenses," Sullivan said.
Twenty-four names are inscribed on the Fallen Soldiers Memorial; Burrus was 1 of 17 who died during World War II.
World War IIRobert AllenCharles BurrusRoy ChambersJack HagertyKeith JokishRobert KaysVirgil LivingstonGeorge MitchellWillis MungerJacques SchweerHerschel SchaeferWilliam TownleyRobert TreadwayAlbert BrockhouseEdgar GreenElmer MooreHoward Lancaster
KoreaRobert VincentRobert Johnston
VietnamBilly CookRobert FoxLester KimbleSamuel Broeker
DECATUR—State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) visited the Farm Progress show in Decatur on Wednesday. Sullivan toured the exhibits, watched presentations by industry representatives and learned about developments in agricultural technology.
"All the different industries: seed, fertilizer, equipment, precision-ag, computers — it brings it all together," Sullivan said. "Farmers and those involved in agriculture can see the latest and greatest."
The Farm Progress show is America's largest farm technology exhibition. The show features the latest developments in farm implements, seed technology and advances in other areas of agriculture. Vendors and customers from across the United States attended the show, along with international companies and customers.
"It's nice to see the latest technology in agriculture, and this is the place to do it."
SPRINGFIELD—Dr. Russell Dohner represented the people of Rushville, western Illinois and physicians across the state by serving as the grand marshal for the 2013 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.
The 88-year-old doctor has been treating western Illinois patients since he first opened his Rushville office in 1955. Dohner charges patients $5 for every visit — regardless of his expenses. Many patients donate to a running collection: covering the costs of anyone who cannot afford to pay. His office is open seven days a week, and he does house calls.
"If someone comes in and they can't pay $5 I'm glad to take care of them, because what I'm there for — is to take care of the people," Dohner said. "I'm a general practitioner: I do whatever I can to help people."
State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) has known Dohner for years.
"Multiple generations have gone to see Dr. Dohner. He's a remarkable man," Sullivan said. "He stands for everything you would want to see in a doctor: He's hardworking, he's compassionate, he's thoughtful, he's caring, he's involved with the community."
Dohner is a World War II veteran and a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School.
Senator Sullivan talks about the Rev. Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest in the United States and a former resident of Quincy.
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