O'Fallon Weekly January 9, 2019

Wednesday January 9, 2019 Planning Commission recommends projects along Seven Hills Road Page 3 McCarter confirmed as U.S. ambassador Vol. 4, No. 38 $1.00 Three appointed to empty Council seats By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter Kyle McCarter was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest Ambassador to Kenya on January 2, 2019. (File Photo) By Nick Miller Weekly Editor Former State Senator Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon, was confirmed to by the United States Senate to serve as the next Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya. McCarter was confirmed on a voice vote, along with 23 other appointees, on January 2, 2019. President Donald Trump nominated McCarter to serve as Ambassador to Kenya on March 28, 2018. McCarter will replace Ambassador Robert Godec who was appointed by President Barack Obama. Godec wished See “McCarter” on page 5 In This Edition Calendar..................................................2 News................................................... 3-5 Law & Order............................................6 Business...................................................7 Health & Wellness ������������������������������������8 Sports................................................. 9-10 Milestones.............................................. 11 Vantage Point......................................... 12 Lifestyle.................................................. 13 Fun & Games.......................................... 14 Marketplace........................................... 15 Bon Appétit............................................ 16 O'FALLON - The O’Fallon City Council welcomed three new alder- man to the dais Monday night. After the November election, the council lost three of its aldermen to St. Clair County positions. Former Ward 1 alderman Richie Meile and Ward 4 alderman Matthew Smallheer now serve on the St. Clair County Board, and Ward 5 alderman Andrew Lopinot is now the St. Clair County Treasurer. Mayor Herb Roach made appo- intments for their replacements at Monday night’s meeting. Ward 1 will now be served by John Distler, Ward 4 by John Drolet and Ward 5 by Christopher Monroe. All three were approved unanimously by council. The term for the appointments will last until the first council meeting in May when the newly-elected alder- men from the April 2 consolidated election will take office. Ward 1 and Ward 4 have contested Mayor Herb Roach welcomed newly appointed Ward 1 Alderman John Distler, Ward 5 Alderman Christopher Monroe, and Ward 4 Alderman John races in the April election, and the Drolet (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel) mayor had stated publicly he would appoint someone to these short-term alderwoman Courtney Marsh’s origi- A zoning ordinance amendment appointments who is not running in nal term. for the Insight Office Park deve- April. Christopher Monroe is the The newly-appointed alderman did lopment, formally known as 1570 only candidate for the 2-year term not have many action items on their North Green Mount Road Office Park position for Ward 5 which is actually first council agenda because of the the unexpired remainder of former See “Council” on page 5 previous weeks containing holidays. Shiloh soldier surprises daughter with return By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter SHILOH - One local girl recei- ved the best Christmas gift when her father, who was home on leave from deployment, surprised her at school. Geoffrey Kinney is a Chief Warrant Officer for the United States Army and has spent his time in Korea for the past five months supporting the Medevac mission as a Blackhawk pilot. Kinney surprised his daughter, Lorelai, while she was in class at Shi- loh Elementary School on Thursday, December 20. Kinney is set to return to Korea and LEFT: The Kinney family RIGHT: Geoffrey Kinney hugs his daughter Lorelai will stay there until July. after surprising her in her classroom. (Submitted Photos)