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EssenpreisCongratulations to 2021 Miss Clinton County Fair Queen Mia Essenpreis, who was crowned by retiring fair queen Hannah Hill. Mia is the daughter of Bart and Michelle Essenpreis of Breese. She is a graduate of Central Community High School in Breese and is attending Kaskaskia College to become a registered nurse. Ten lovely ladies competed for the title of fair queen in the annual pageant held Saturday afternoon at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese. First runner-up was Claire Kampwerth of Carlyle, and second runner-up was Lillian Wright of Albers, who was also chosen as “Miss Congeniality.” Photo by Kelly Jo Ross    Mia Essenpreis of Breese was crowned 2021 Miss Clinton County Fair on July 24.
    The pageant was filled with entertainment, excitement and emotion as the 10 contestants vied for the crown. 
    Held at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese, the event began with an introduction from the Mistress of Ceremonies Madeline Wieter (Miss Clinton County Fair 2016) and the singing of the national anthem by 2019-2020 Miss Clinton County Fair, Hannah Hill.
    Following that, Hill and the contestants — Essenpreis, Heather Dieckmann of Carlyle, Tara Kellermann of Hoffman, Claire Kampwerth of Carlyle, Sally Albers of Breese, Regan Kluemke of St. Rose and Carlyle, Reagan MacCauley of Aviston, Lillian Wright of Albers, Alexandria Twitchell of Carlyle and Faith Stone of Breese  — performed a dance routine sparking up the audience and leaving them anxious for the competition to begin.
    The contestants took part in a series of competitions in pursuit of the title of 2021 Miss Clinton County Fair.  
    The categories of competition included beauty and physique in swim wear, formal speaking, and evening gown. The judges hosted the interview portion of the competition prior to the pageant.
    After a great deal of anticipation, the judges announced Essenpreis as 2021 Miss Clinton County Fair queen. Overwhelmed with emotion, the new queen embraced her fellow contestants and graciously accepted the crown from Hill.
    Mia is the daughter of Bart and Michelle Essenpreis of Breese. She is a graduate of Central Community High School in Breese and is attending Kaskaskia College's nursing program to become a registered nurse. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends in any capacity, and loves to swim, tan, and do everything summer-related. She also loves relaxing at home with her dog.
    Mia volunteers at the Clinton Countay Humane Society, walking dogs and caring for cats. She also volunteers as a cheerleading coach at Hugz and Fitz Gym in Breese and volunteers as a math tutor. She also helps with the blood drive at school.
    Mia's personal platform is mental health awareness. When asked who she admires the most, she answered, "my mother, because she is the glue that keeps the family strong and independent."
    The new queen was sponsored by HMG Engineers, Inc., Mike Luebbers & Son Construction, and Applebee's, all of Breese; and Building Blocks Daycare in Aviston.

    Clinton County Sheriff Dan Travous credited the work of three of his staff members during an incident-filled Fourth of July.
    Travous, talking at the July 20 Clinton County Board meeting, relayed the stories of what happened that day through emails sent to him on July 5 from two of his deputies who were on duty.
    They wrote that on July 4 around 6:11 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle accident with injuries on State Route 127 north of Carlyle near William Road.
    As police arrived it was apparent there were several injuries "and due to the mechanism of the injuries, a helicopter response was required," one of the deputies wrote.
    Around the same time that this accident scene was being processed, a second call for assistance was broadcast, for an individual experiencing a possible heart attack at the Dam West Marina on Carlyle Lake.
    At the same time, multiple fire departments were paged for a working structure fire.
    It was thought that every fire department in Clinton County, with the exception of the Hoffman Fire Protection District, were out working a scene somewhere in the county.
    A number of ambulances were also running calls in the county, "and at one point Washington County EMS was asked to stage at Carlyle High School,"  Travous read.
    During this time, dispatchers, supported by correctional officer Cassi Brickey-Brown, called for three medical helicopters, as all ambulances in the county were dispatched.
    When Clinton County 911 dispatch exhausted all of the county's EMS resources, they reached out to Washington and St. Clair counties for additional help "to serve our needs."
    During all this "they remained calm and extremely professional. Our dispatchers and correctional officers came together instinctively to handle an overwhelming situation."
    The deputies called them a credit to the agency and their profession.
    That trio included telecommunicators Elisha Hamilton, with a year and a half; and Ellie Mackie, who has three months on full time. Brickey-Brown, has two and a half years on the job.
    "Obviously, these aren't our most veteran people, but they did a fantastic job. And I want each of you all to see what we've tried so hard to hire," said Travous.
    Travous said he told the trio that, short of a natural disaster, they "probably won't see anything like that in their careers."
    The ability to bring in so many assets in a short amount of time — he said the span was about 21 minutes — "you can't really teach that because it never happens. But it did happen."

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