Education & Agriculture

Astroth Robert    Last weekend, the city of Breese said a final farewell to Robert John Astroth, a man whose legacy in education spans decades. Affectionately known by students as “Mr. A,” Astroth passed away Wednesday, May 8 in his home.
    Astroth was best known for his lengthy service as an educator. Originally a social studies and geography teacher in East St. Louis, Astroth taught in several area schools including Aviston, Christopher and Springfield before becoming a Central Cougar. 
    “Mr. Robert Astroth was the first Superintendent of Central Community High School and was largely responsible for the birth of the district,” reads Central High School’s official press release regarding Astroth’s death. “As the leader of the former Aviston High School, he worked to join the district with Breese Public High School, forming Central Community High School in 1971. He followed that by leading the district through the construction of the current school facility which opened in 1974.
    “Mr. Astroth served as Superintendent of Central for twenty-four of the forty-eight years of Central’s existence.  He led the district through the early stages of forming an identity for a new school district and the many years of success to follow.  His work made huge contributions to this community.  All present, past, and future Cougars enjoy a school that he built and are living in a school community that he dreamed of and made come to life.  We are all just standing on his shoulders.” 
    Astroth retired from his position in 1994 after 42 years in education, 31 of them as superintendent. The Central football field is named in his honor.

OwenHendersonClinton County Electric Cooperative president Bob Kroeger (right) presented the Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship to Owen Henderson on May 8 at Wesclin High School’s Annual Awards Night.    Owen Henderson, a 2019 graduate of Wesclin High School, has been selected as a recipient of the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Scholarship. Owen is the son of Hank and Laurie Henderson of Trenton, Clinton County Electric Cooperative members, and will attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the fall to study journalism. Owen was selected from among 316 applicants.
    The Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 to provide financial assistance to deserving students. Applicants must be high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school in Illinois. Scholarships are based on grade-point average, college entrance test scores, work and volunteer experience and participation in school and community activities.
    Each year, twelve $2,000 scholarships are awarded to Illinois students who are sons or daughters of cooperative members, directors and/or employees. Six scholarships are given to students enrolling at a four-year institution; four are reserved for those enrolling in a two-year Illinois community college; one (the Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship) is awarded to the son or daughter of an IEC and the LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship is presented to a student to attend the lineworker’s school conducted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College. 
    To learn how to apply and when applications are open for these scholarships, contact Carrie Trame, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    Clinton County Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. More than 730 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 46 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to more than 32 million members every day.

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