O'Fallon Weekly May 1, 2019

Wednesday May 1, 2019 Young entrepreneur opens snow cone stand Page 5 State leaders take aim at Pritzker 'fair tax' proposal and minimum wage hike State Senator Jason Plummer and State Rep Charlie Meier present at their townhall in O'Fallon. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter Illinois State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) and State Sen. Jason Plummer (R-Vandalia) co-hosted a town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 25 and discussed issues facing the state such as the proposed graduated income tax and minimum wage increase.  Meier was blunt in his assessment on how things are going in the state. “Illinois is a mess,” Meier said at the town hall held at the Katy Cavins Community Center. “It’s not easy living in Illinois." Plummer said that bad policy making has put the state in a "really tough spot." “We represent you all and we have to make sure we are taking your message and values and beliefs to Spring- field,” Plummer said. “We are in a really tough spot, not because of a lack of resources, bad workforce or because a bad geographic location — we have great resources, great people, great See “Town Hall" on page 6 In This Edition Calendar..................................................3 News................................................... 4-7 Business...................................................8 Law & Order............................................9 Education ..........................................10-12 Health & Wellness ���������������������������������� 13 Sports................................................14-15 Community............................................. 16 Milestones..........................................17-18 Vantage Point......................................... 19 Lifestyle..................................................20 Fun & Games.......................................... 21 Marketplace...........................................22 Bon Appétit............................................23 Vol. 5, No. 2 $1.00 To Infinity and Beyond: Mercury Project engineers presents to OTHS students By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter Former engineers on the first hu- man spaceflight program in the Uni- ted States recently spoke to O’Fallon Township High School students of their experiences. Earl Robb, Jerry Roberts, Norman Beckel and Dean Purdy were the engineers behind Project Mercury — America’s first pursuit of space travel — running from 1958 through 1963. Two members from the original “Mercury 6” panel were not present at the April 25 presentation. Bob Schepp died earlier this year on March 7. He was one of the origi- nal McDonnell Aircraft Mercury 6 engineers. Ray Tucker was unable to attend the presentation due to serious health issues. Tucker was responsible for the installation and checkout of the electrical group complex from the blockhouse to the spacecraft for both the Mercury and Gemini Projects. Earl Robb said he was hired by McDonnell Aircraft Co. (MAC) in August of 1952, immediately after he completed his college degree at SIU-Carbondale. Robb said at the time he was hired, there was no “man in space type of Former engineers who worked on the Mercury 6 project came and spoke to students at OTHS. From left: Dean Purdy, Norman Beckel, Jerry Roberts, Earl Robb. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) activity" going on. He remained em- ployed in Mechanical Design Engi- neering assignments with MAC and McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) for his entire 41-year career. Robb’s first 6 years included jet airplane design including several fighter and fighter-bomber aircraft and a four-jet engine executive and commercial aircraft. Following the aircraft design experience, Robb was assigned to Manned Space related programs including the Mercury program. In late 1958, Robb was assigned to a group to help finalize the design configuration and theory of a “ma- nned space satellite” to be proposed See “Mercury” on page 9 City Council gets organized and prepares to welcome new members By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - The Committee of the Whole meeting held Monday provided training for aldermen and committee assignments for the next two years. Mayor Herb Roach also announced the city has received the official results from the April 2nd election. Aldermen will be sworn in at the May 6th City Council meeting. New committee member assignments are as follows: l Finance Committee: Chair – Mark Morton, Vice Chair – Nathan Parchman, Chris Monroe, Jessica Lotz, Ray Holden and Dan Witt l Parks & Environment Commi- ttee: Chair – Jerry Albrecht, Vice Chair – Gwen Randolph, Mark Morton, Dennis Muyleart, and Tom Vorce l Public Works Committee: Chair – Dan Witt, Vice Chair – Ross Rosenberg, Matt Gilreath, Gwen Randolph, Dennis Muyleart, and See “Council" on page 6