10-10-2006 



ONE INJURED IN ROUTE 143 ACCIDENT

One person was injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision on Route 143 at Bob White Road in southwestern Bond County.  Deputies report that Dana R. Holston of rural Pocahontas was eastbound on Route 143 when he failed to see the vehicle in front of him signaling to make a left turn.  Holston was unable to avoid hitting the pickup truck driven by Bruce A. Hasemeyer of Steeleville.  The impact caused Hasemeyer's truck to flip over and slide into a utility pole.  He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland for treatment.  Holston nor his two passengers were injured. 


SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS DRUG TASK FORCE NETS $$$

More than $5.3 million in federal funding has been set aside for the battle against the production, distribution, and use of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs in Illinois.  The South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, which includes Greene, Macoupin, Montgomery, and Bond counties, receives $85,064 in grant funding.  The program is being administered by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.  Bond County has one officer on the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force.  The State is also creating a website and online database to allow all law enforcement agencies in Illinois to report meth lab seizures.




THIS IS FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is joining fire officials across the country to increase awareness of home cooking fire dangers during national Fire Prevention Week October 8-14.  Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, resulting in hundreds of deaths nationally and nearly 4,000 injuries.  In Illinois, cooking fires were the number one cause of house fires in 2005.

Illinois State Fire Marshal Dave Foreman points out that many home cooking fires could be prevented if people simply stayed in the kitchen while food is cooking on the stovetop.  He also recommends that when children are in the home, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible, and turn pot handles back to reduce the risk that pots with hot contents will be knocked over.

The fire marshal also reminds everyone that a new law goes into effect January 1, 2007, which will require carbon monoxide detectors to be placed within 15 feet of sleeping areas in all Illinois homes.


NEW GFPD FIRE TRUCK MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE

If you attended Saturday's Li'l Pig and Apple Day, you probably got a glimpse at the Greenville Fire Protection District's new pumper/tanker truck.  The truck was on its way to Greenville from the manufacturing plant in Wyoming around six weeks ago when the delivery service driver was involved in an accident in St. Louis.  The repairs to the truck were recently completed and it finally arrived last Thursday.

The truck has a 2500-gallon tank and a six-man cab. It also can deliver both Class A and Class B foam.  Class A is used in structure fires while Class B is designed for flammable liquids in vehicle fires and fuel spills. The truck must be outfitted with a radio communications system before it can be put into service. 

The Shoal Creek Fire Department has purchased Greenville's old tanker and pumper trucks that were replaced with the new rig.  However, the Shoal Creek district will not receive those trucks until training is complete and the new pumper/tanker is in service. Assistant Chief Denny Wise told WGEL that he hopes the department will be using the truck in two weeks.


FIRE CALLS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Greenville firemen were called to Blue Street at Friendly City at 3:33 AM Saturday to a report of a trailer on fire.  The trailer belonged to John Smollinger but was not occupied at the time.  There were no injuries due to the fire and firemen were on the scene for about an hour and a half.  The State fire marshal was called to help determine the cause of the blaze.

Greenville Firemen were called again at 9:57 AM Saturday to 2nd street in Greenville.  Apparently a pan of grease caught fire on a stove causing some damage to the range hood and filling the main hallway of the building with dense smoke.  Firemen were on the scene for about half an hour using fans to ventilate the building clearing out the smoke.

The Smithboro Fire Protection District was called to a hay bale fire Sunday afternoon south of Mulberry Grove Road.  Smithboro Fire Chief Dale Deverick told WGEL that four bales were on fire on the Todd Goodin property.  Deverick said two teenagers admitted to setting the bales on fire with a lighter.



GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT TWO MEETINGS

The Greenville City Council will hold a special meeting in Executive Session tonight at 7pm. The council will consider an increase for the mayor and council salaries. If approved, the salary increases would only apply to those elected to office in 2007.  The Greenville City Council will then conduct their regular monthly meeting at 7:30pm. The Council will discuss a resolution of support for housing rehabilitation, the allocation of motor fuel tax funds for the Grigg Street project, and an employees smoking policy.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PROGRAM

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business After Hours program tonight from 5-7pm at the Greenville Junior High.  Chamber members are invited to come and check out the Smart Board technology that is being used to teach the community’s children.


MADIGAN REACHES AGREEMENT WITH PAYPAL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that Illinois has reached an agreement with PayPal Inc., a San Jose based subsidiary of eBay, resolving concerns about the company's business practices.  PayPal presents a relatively new type of web-based payment system.  It provides online services, which its members can use to transfer money to other people or businesses.  This new agreement requires PayPal to provide adequate protection to consumers before they become members and whenever they make payments to others using the system.  It also requires the company to clearly disclose to consumers all contractual terms and financial obligations.  Madigan's office has received nearly 250 complaints about PayPal from 100 through July 2006.  Under the terms of the agreement with Illinois and 27 other states, PayPal will pay $1.7 million to the states, in which Illinois will receive $170,000.


TUESDAY SPORTS

HS TENNIS
At the conference tourney in Alton, the Lady Comets #1 doubles team of Avery Cole and Vanessa Daniken finished 2nd overall and earned All Conference honors.  There were twelve schools participating.  The Lady Comets will compete this weekend in the Sectionals at Olney.  Last Thursday the Lady Comets defeated Vandalia 6-3.  Winners in singles were Avery Cole, Vanessa Daniken, Brittany Paradee, and Katie Manglesdorf.  Winners in doubles were Paradee/Manglesdorf and Valerie Ellsworth/Megan Isringhausen.

HS FOOTBALL
The JV Comets lost to Staunton 13-12.  Josh Majerus and Nic Sies had touchdowns for Greenville while Cody Links and Tim Hess grabbed interceptions. 


OBITUARIES

MELFORD F. CUSICK

Melford F. Cusick, age 94 of Greenville passed away at 9:23 p.m. Sunday at Cardinal Hill Health Care Center. Funeral Services will be held at Thursday at 11am at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Mt.Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7pm Wednesday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bond County Hospice or the Greenville Publcim Library.

Melford Francis Cusick, the son of Clyde Francis and Carrie Ethel Harris Cusick, was born on July 9, 1912 in Allendale, Illinois. He was born and raised on the farm near Allendale and graduated from Allendale High School. He farmed early if life. He later managed a service station in Canton, IL. He joined the Delavin Insurance Country Company in 1944, moving to Greenville in 1953.. He became managing agent in Greenville Country Companies Office retiring in 1974. In retirement he managed maintenance for Howard Johnson for 5 years. He was a handy man for many people for many many years.

Mel and Maxine N. Ginther were united in marriage in Bridgeport. She preceded him in death on September 24, 1984. They are the parents of their two children who survive: Sandra, Mrs. Gene Daum of Greenville and Larry D. (Lanna) Cusick of Raymore, Mo, 6 grandchildren. Mel is also survived by three sisters; Pauline VanAntwerp of Goshen, IN, and twins Helen, Mrs. Fred Hicks of Champaign, IL and Hazel, Mrs. James Mosher of Rockford, IL. Mel and E. Fern Kesterson Grieman were united in marriage on November 27, 1985 and she survives. Mel is preceded in death by his parents, his first Wife Maxine, and his brother Clyde Harold Cusick who died during World War II.

Mel is a member of the Bond County Farm Bureau, an avid gardener, taught square dancing and ball room dancing, and is a member of his church, the Greenville First United Methodist Church,
Bond County Hospice and Greenville Public Library

MARY VAIL

Mary Vail, age 94 of Panama, passed away Monday at her home. The Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services are incomplete at this time.


 

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