He was a champion of athletic programs and student athletes during his entire life. Known by many as the “Ultimate Cougar,” his service to Central remains a great legacy for the entire school and community.
On May 16, 2016, the board of education of Central High School approved a resolution naming the baseball facility as Allen Warnecke Field to honor the outstanding work Warnecke performed for the students of Central. About 300 people were present for the dedication ceremony which celebrated the role Warnecke played in the success of student programs during his career at the school.
The ceremony was held between games at the Cougars’ doubleheader versus Mascoutah High School. Family, friends and former students of Allen Warnecke gathered at Central Community High School on Saturday afternoon to witness the naming of the school’s baseball field in his honor. Warnecke, who died April 11, 2014 at the age of 60, spent 39 years as a teacher, coach and later the athletic director at Central. He also starred in baseball at Central and was the valedictorian of Central’s first graduating class in 1971.After graduating from college, he returned to Central as a mathematics teacher and member of the coaching staff. In 1990, Warnecke was named athletic director and remained a fixture in that role at the school until his death in 2014.
Six years after the date that Vince Wesselmann was last seen,
family prays that anyone with information will find the courage to come forward.
This Friday will mark six years since family members of Vince Wesselmann last saw him. Yet they, along with local police, are still searching for any information that would lead them to the missing Breese man or an explanation of what happened on that fateful day. Vince was reportedly last seen at around 11 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2011, walking near Breese Grain Co. on North Walnut and First streets in Breese. However, the validity of that sighting remains uncertain. Police do know that the last time anyone from Vince’s family saw him was on Holy Thursday, April 21, 2011.
Vince was planning to put new flooring in his home, and his brother Jerry Wesselmann had helped him tear out the old floor on Thursday afternoon.
Concerned family members, who had not heard from Vince since that Thursday, notified the police on Saturday, April 23, 2011.
A search began later that evening by the Breese Police Department, the Breese Fire Department, EMS personnel, the Clinton County Emergency Service and Disaster Agency (ESDA), the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, family members and friends.
Volunteer firemen and police officers from nearly every department in the county were called in to assist, along with a plane from the Illinois State Police, nine search dogs from Gateway Search and Rescue and other agencies, search-and-rescue squads from Eureka and St. Charles, Missouri, and countless volunteer citizens. Sonar equipment and boats were also used to search flooded areas, to no avail.
“We’re still looking for Vince,” said Breese Police Chief Bob Fix on Monday. “We’ve never, ever given up. The investigation is still open, and I truly believe there are one or two people out there who have some information.”
Fix stressed that anyone providing information can choose to remain anonymous.
Two years ago, in an effort to urge anyone with information to come forward, Clinton County Crimestoppers doubled the reward in the missing persons case to $10,000. The reward is for any information or knowledge of Wesselmann’s disappearance that will lead police to his current whereabouts.
“If anyone has information or knowledge of any incident that leads us to finding Vince, that person will be rewarded and can remain anonymous,” Fix said.
Family members continue to pray for answers and have hope that someone will come forward with more information.
“We strongly believe that there is someone out there who knows what happened to Vince,” said his sister, Ruth Jansen of Damiansville. “If we could just get that person or persons to put themselves in our shoes. It’s the fear that comes from not knowing that drives us crazy.”
The family offers the following prayer that anyone with information will find the courage to come forward.
“Dear God, It has been six long years since we have seen Vince. The pain of not knowing what happened to him is unbearable. If he is still alive, please take care of him and bring him home to us soon. If he is not, then please let us know that too. If someone knows what happened to Vince, please give them the courage to come forward and tell us. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.”
A one-lane bridge northeast of Breese on Old State Road, which carries motorists over Shoal Creek, is a few steps closer to being replaced following action taken at the regular meeting of the Clinton County Board on Monday, April 17. The board approved three resolutions related to the $1,550,000 project which is being chiefly funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT’s) Major Bridge Program.
County Engineer Dan Behrens said the county applied for a grant through the IDOT bridge program over four years ago, and money for the project has been budgeted.
“We’re waiting on a June bid letting with IDOT and negotiating right-of-way with five property owners,” Behrens said.
On Monday, the board approved the following resolutions associated with the bridge project:
• a petition from Breese Township Road commissioner Cletus Ratermann for a 50 percent county match.
• an appropriation of $45,700 from the County’s Bridge Fund.
• the “Local Agency Agreement for Federal Participation.”
Behrens explained that while the vast majority of the project cost is from the Major Bridge Fund Program, $330,000 will be financed through the Township Bridge Program and the county and Breese Township will each contribute $45,700.
The existing one-lane bridge will be replaced with a 28-foot surface enabling two lanes of traffic in most cases, with the exception of larger farm equipment.
Also in Highway Department business, the board approved a low bid of $438,177 submitted by Baxmeyer Construction, Inc. for improvements to County Highway 8 in Albers. The project includes the installation of curb and gutters, storm sewers and sidewalks, along with resurfacing the asphalt roadway, along South Commercial Street, from Route 161 south to Heimann Street.
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