CARDINALS PLAYOFF TICKET GIVEAWAY
WGEL is giving you a chance to win tickets for Saturday's Cardinal-Mets National League Championship Series game at Busch Stadium. We have pairs of bleacher seats for Saturday's NLCS game to give away and you could be a winner. On Friday, be one of the first five callers to WGEL when you hear the song "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" and you'll be registered for our ticket giveaway. You must be 18 or older and may only register once. Only one winner per family. We'll announce our winners right after the 4PM Bond County area news on Friday. This is your chance to win a pair of bleacher seats for Saturday's playoff game between the Cardinals and the Mets.
Again, be one of the first five callers to WGEL at 664-3300 on Friday when you hear the song "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" and you're registered for our Cardinal playoff ticket giveaway. Another great ticket giveaway from your friends at WGEL Radio, The Best Country in the Country.
UTILITY RATE HIKES THE HOT TOPIC IN SPRINGFIELD
The likelihood of utility rate increases ranging from 40 to 60% beginning in January 2007 has stirred up a lot of discussion in Springfield. Illinois electric rates were frozen by the Illinois General Assembly in 1997 in an effort to deregulate the industry. However, a recent power auction featuring power suppliers bidding against one another to provide power to the state’s utility companies has led to the projected increases.
State Senator Frank Watson talked about the decision made ten years ago and how it has impacted what could happen next year. Senator Watson told WGEL the legislature thought they had passed legislation that other states would model but as time went oil, energy, and natural gas prices skyrocketed and with that came rising electricity costs. There were 22 different companies participating in the auction and Watson said he still felt good that rates would not be rising to the magnitude projected by some. However, the rates did raise an outrageous amount which the senator says is not acceptable. He is assuring that something will be done in Springfield to prevent that.
Metro News is reporting that consumer groups believe power bills will jump between 160 and 300 dollars per month for Ameren and ComEd customers. One suggestion that is garnering support is an extended rate freeze. An Illinois House committee met earlier this week to discuss extending the rate freeze.
ZONING BOARD GIVES ITS OKAY TO THREE REQUESTS
The Bond County Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night approved a variance request from Marcellus Potthast to build a home on a 2.15-acre tract in Burgess Township. The zoning board voted in favor of two special use permits for new mobile homes. The requests were from Nancy Blunt for property in Pleasant Mound Township and Dennis Ellis in Mills Township. The Bond County Board will have final approval on the special use requests.
FIRE DRILL AT MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOLS
Members of three area fire departments participated Wednesday morning in a fire drill at the Mulberry Grove schools. According to Mulberry Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the scenario was a fire had broken out in the elementary school and two children were lost in the building. Students in the Mulberry Grove elementary and junior/senior high were required to evacuate during the drill. Volkmar said the Greenville Fire Protection District brought its aerial tower truck and the Smithboro department also took part. All firefighters were in full gear and ran hoses as they would in a real fire.
Chief Volkmar commented to WGEL that Mulberry Grove principals Jim Rice and Mike Gauch were pleased with the exercise. The drill was part of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs through October 14. It is always held in conjunction with the October 8th anniversary of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire.
GREENVILLE MAN HAS BEEN SERVING ON USS REAGAN
Aaron Milhoan, a member of the Greenville High School class of 2004, is home on a 17-day leave from his duties on the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Aaron went to boot camp just three-and-a-half weeks after his high school graduation and since then has truly seen the world. The ship has made stops in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, along with patrolling duties in the Persian Gulf including daily missions flying over Baghdad. Milhoan provides maintenance for the air wing and he explained to WGEL that working on the flight deck is a dangerous job. He described it as “finely orchestrated” and if a maintenance crew member misses one thing it could mean a crash on the flight deck.
Milhoan said the USS Ronald Reagan has a crew of 6,500 including the air wing. He said that it would be very similar to having Greenville’s entire population on 1,900 feet of steel with eight decks and four cafeterias. Since he’s been home, Aaron Milhoan has spent time with family and friends. He returns to duty on October 17.
IDOT LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS BICYCLISTS TEAM UP TO CREATE BIKE SAFETY VIDEO FOR DRIVERS ED SCHOOLS
To increase safety for bicycle riders, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the League of Illinois Bicyclists announced the distribution of 2,000 DVDs free of charge to Illinois high schools, private driving schools and law enforcement agencies to educate drivers on how they should share the road with bicyclists.
The video highlights a number of danger zones for motorists and bicyclists and provides instruction how to get through these zones safely. The danger zones include:
Motorists passing cyclists too closely.
Motorists failing to yield when making right and left turns in front of bicyclists.
And bicyclists who ride illegally against the traffic.
TORCH RUN DINNER TO BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS
A committee consisting of local police officers and civilian volunteers is hosting a Law Enforcement Torch Run "Auction Dinner" at the Gateway Center in Collinsville on Thursday, October 19 to benefit Special Olympics in Illinois. They have collected more than 200 auction items ranging from sports memorabilia and gift baskets to furniture and vacation packages. The event begins at 5:30PM with a silent auction, continues at 7PM with a dinner and the start of the live auction and will conclude between 9 and 10PM.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics. The relay has two goals: to raise money and to increase public awareness for athletes of Special Olympics. Every year, officers run more than 1,500 miles carrying the flame of hope through the streets of their hometowns and deliver it to the state summer games in Normal in June. The Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organization offering year round training and competition in 19 sports for 20,000 athletes ages 8 and older.