O'Fallon Weekly April 10, 2019

Wednesday April 10, 2019 Junior fiddler wins George Portz's 40th annual fiddle contest Page 4 Central 104 appoints new board member Vol. 4, No. 51 $1.00 Easter eggs rain from the sky Board discusses elementary school name change Christina Ward takes the oath of office, becoming the newest member of the Central 104 Board of Education. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - At the Central District 104 meeting on Monday, Christina Ward was appointed as a board member.  Ward will be replacing former board member Brent Whipple, who retired his position. Ward was sworn during the April 8 meeting and read an oath before the Board of Education.  Superintendent Dawn Elser said the Apptegy app will be ready within the next month. The app will be for Central District 104 students, families and staff with all school rela- ted information and news available to them. It will serve the same purpose as the school website, but more accessible and user friendly. Elser said after a recent survey was passed out to Central See “Central 104” on page 5 In This Edition Calendar..................................................2 News................................................... 3-6 Law & Order............................................7 Business...................................................8 Education ........................................... 9-10 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 11 Sports................................................12-13 Milestones..........................................14-15 Vantage Point......................................... 16 Lifestyle.................................................. 17 Fun & Games.......................................... 18 Marketplace........................................... 19 Bon Appétit............................................20 SHILOH - Adding a new twist to the classic Easter egg hunt, Cornerstone Christian Church hosted its “Hop and Drop” event on Saturday, April 6 with over a thousand kids in attendance at two locations. On Saturday morning, helicopters dropped Easter eggs for children up to age 11 at both the church’s Shiloh location along North Green Mount Road and O’Fallon Community Park. Bounce houses, a petting zoo, giveaways and games were present at both locations. There were also food trucks on site with items for sale. For many more photos from the event, visit OFallonWeekly.com. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) Police chief addresses use of storm sirens By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - The Chief of Police took time during Monday’s Public Safety Committee meeting to explain the department’s use of the storm warning siren during Sunday night’s storms. The City of O’Fallon’s standard for warning for a severe storm is when there are straight-line winds of 58 m.p.h. or higher. The primary function of the sirens are to notify residents that may be outside to seek cover, so they may not necessarily be heard inside. Chief Eric Van Hook also indicated the siren located at EK elementary school is currently being repaired, but the department used the CodeRED notification service to alert residents in that area. Residents can sign up for the Code- RED emergency notification services from the main page of the City of O’Fallon’s website at www.ofallon. org. The city uses this service to notify residents in the event of emer- gency situations or critical commu- nity alerts. Notifications can be sent via phone, text message and email. Residents can also download the free CodeRED Mobile Alert app. The committee approved to send to council a contract between the City of O’Fallon EMS and Mediclaims, Inc. The company’s primary responsibility is handling the third-party billing for EMS services. The contract is for five years and included a rate decrease. A resolution between the City of O’Fallon and the Village of Shiloh for dispatch services was approved to send to council. This is an annual contract payable by the village in four See “Public Safety" on page 5