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ReservecollageTop: Army Reservists head off on their humanitarian rescue mission — part of their drill — on Sept. 14 at Carlyle Lake. Inset: World War II veteran Tom Wobbe (on right) shares a laugh with Army Reservists following the Sept. 14 exercises on Carlyle Lake. (Photos by Bryan Hunt)    Army Reservists from five units converged on Carlyle Lake this past Saturday, Sept. 14 to demonstrate a part of what they do when they’re called to duty.
    The public was invited to what was billed as a Reserve Expo on the Dam West Day Use Area and boat ramp, which opened at noon — a static display of the equipment involved and what the personnel would be tasked with — followed by the exercise at 2 p.m.
    Col. Marc F. Hoffmeister, assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, served as narrator for the event, which involved the placement of and assembly of floating sections of an Improved Ribbon Bridge off the Dam West beach.
    Special boats were then tasked with pushing the bridge and its cargo — three vehicles totaling 13 to 14 tons — to the lake’s Point One, the soldiers rescuing their objective, then returning to the beach and delivering the “victims” for triage and treatment.
    Hoffmeister called the exercise as a show of “the ability to move across the battlefield anywhere, anytime. Our ability to rapidly place a bridge across a major river, even under fire, exceeds that of any other army in the world.”

    During Monday’s Central Community High School board meeting, a budget hearing was presented and approved by the board.
    According to Superintendent Dr. Dustin Foutch, the preliminary fiscal year 2020 budget was presented last month and has been on public display for the past 30 days.
    "For the FY20 budget, we estimated projected revenues conservatively," he said. "Business manager Becky Boeschen  will give you our increase in local property tax dollars consistent with the increase in the estimated assessed valuation (EAV)."
    During the hearing, Boeschen said that they are always conservative with revenues estimating low and their expenditure budgeting high.
    "This year, our state funding is forecasting some decreases from last year, mainly from transportation state payments," Boeschen said, adding that they will be about $30,000 to $35,0000 less than last year.
    "Our Evidence Based Funding had an increase of $36,000, which includes the categorical payments," she said, adding that they also had an increase of property tax payments of 2.7 percent.
    "The Education Fund and Transportation Fund and Site and Construction Fund is estimating a deficit balance for the fiscal year," she said, adding that the increased transportation and salary costs play a role in that.
    "With the site and construction fund, they are trying to spend out the last of the funds and are not receiving any money in," she said.
    She said that local revenues continue to increase at 87 percent, which will probably never change.

ElectriccarDon Berdeaux of Carlyle (on left) peppers David Hastings of St. Peters, Missouri with questions about Hastings’ Chevrolet Bolt EV at the Drive Electric Week car show at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle.    Some of today’s technology in electric vehicles was on display on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle for their National Drive Electric Week event.
    This was the library’s second year hosting the gathering, which is one of two in the region, the second being held in St. Louis.
    Library director Keith Housewright said last year they had vehicular representation from Nissan, Tesla, Chevrolet and other makes. 
    This year there were seven vehicles on display: three Chevrolets, a BWM, two Teslas and a converted Volkswagen Beetle.
    The event was held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the library’s parking lot and has been orchestrated by Carlyle veterinarian Dr. Frank Buckingham.
    Buckingham has two electric cars: a Chevrolet Volt electric hybrid with 173,000 miles on it, and another model that has 96,000 miles on it.
    In talking to visitors, Buckingham said he can charge one of his cars for $1.20 and when he drives to work at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, it costs nothing for charging.
    “People sort of have this idea that people who drive electric cars, like it’s sort of a hippie thing,” but it’s nothing of the sort, Housewright said.

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