10-13-2006

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COUNTRY MUSIC STAR'S AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR FEATURED IN POCAHONTAS' FESTIVAL AUCTION

As reported earlier on WGEL, the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue & EMS is hosting the 1st Annual Pocahontas Festival to help raise money for a new firehouse.  The day starts with the firefighters rodeo at 10AM followed by a full schedule of events throughout the evening ending with an auction by Wiesmann's Auction Service at 6PM.  Several fire and EMS volunteers will auction off 4 hours of work each followed by the grand finale of the day…the auctioning of a new guitar signed by Gretchen Wilson.

Kathy Brink, EMS Director with Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue & EMS told WGEL that one of their volunteers called Gretchen Wilson's representative.  A few days later, the signed guitar and other memorabilia signed by Wilson arrived for the auction.  Brink believes that these items will be major selling points and is grateful to Wilson for yet another contribution to Pocahontas.


POCAHONTAS VILLAGE BOARD

In a special meeting of the Pocahontas Village Board on Monday, October 9, George Shaw was hired as the new building inspector for the village.  Shaw was one of three candidates for the position which has been open since September 1 when Ed Petchulet submitted his resignation.  Shaw will take over the position immediately.  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pocahontas Village Board is Monday, October 23 at 7 PM.


TREE LIMB BLAMED FOR OUTAGE

A tree limb is the culprit in Wednesday night’s power outage north of Greenville.  AmerenIP spokeswoman Erica Abbett told WGEL that the limb fell on a line in front of a residence on Beaumont Avenue causing a breaker at a substation to short out.  Abbett said 84 customers were without electricity for four hours while other residents had short term outages.


CORONER’S JURY RULES VANDALIA SHOOTING JUSTIFIABLE

In July, a Fayette County deputy fatally shot a man while responding to a call at a Vandalia residence.  On Tuesday night, a Fayette County coroner’s jury ruled the death a “justifiable homicide.”  Coroner Bruce Bowen told WGEL that the jury deliberated for around an hour before reaching their verdict in the shooting death of 28-year-old Shane Gould. 

Deputies were dispatched to the residence on a report of a man allegedly threatening the residents with a long knife.  A Fayette County deputy found the suspect near the corner of Fifth and Randolph Streets in Vandalia.  The deputy said Gould had approached him in a threatening manner with two swords and refused to back away when warned by the officer.  Gould was shot once and died from his wound. 

The Fayette County State’s Attorney has also stated that based on the Illinois State Police investigation he believes the shooting was justified.  Witnesses had told the state police that Gould was allegedly drinking alcohol earlier that night and was also on prescription medication.


BELLEVILLE WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HURRICANE KATRINA FRAUD AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT AND PUBLIC BENEFIT FRAUDS

34-year-old Tina Marie Winston of Belleville has entered a plea of guilty to four counts of mail fraud, three counts of making false statements, two counts of concealment of material information from the Social Security Administration and single counts of misuse of a Social Security Number and aggravated identity theft.  The charges were related to Winston’s fradulent commission of Hurricane Katrina relief and other public benefit funds.  

At the time of her plea, Winston admitted that in September 2005 she filed an Internet application for Hurricane Katrina disaster assistance using a false social security number. Winston falsely reported to FEMA that her home in New Orleans was damaged, she had lost two children in the disaster, and she needed money to pay for their memorial service.

In October 2005 Winston applied for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.  In her application, she falsely stated that the hurricane had caused her to lose her job and she had no other financial resources. Winston additionally claimed she was not receiving Social Security benefits. Winston’s application was approved and she was sent an electronic debit card, which she used to obtain $1,300 worth of purchases.

Winston also admitted to defrauding the Social Security Administration from May 1994 to June 2006 by failing to report her marriage and income, resulting in an overpayment of $13,366 in food stamps. Sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2007.

OUTHOUSE AUCTION DRAWS HUGE MEDIA ATTENTION

Saturday's American Farm Heritage Museum's 1st Annual Outhouse Festival and Auction at 2PM is drawing a lot of media attention from all around.  Ollie Schaefer, AFHM President, told WGEL that he has done interviews for the Belleville News Democrat, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Associated Press and a radio station in LaSalle, IL. Michelle McEvers with the AFHM, along with Schaefer are amazed and pleased at the response and said the word has spread statewide and even a little further with people contacting them from Indiana.  Different news stations are sending reporters to Greenville for the event including one from the Quad Cities and possibly one from Chicago. 

Mayor Alan Gaffner was quoted Monday in the St. Louis Post Dispatch as saying with the interest the event has attracted, "He wouldn't mind if Greenville became the outhouse capitol of Illinois, or the United States even."  There are around a dozen outhouses to be auctioned off that day.  John Deere, Nascar, a deer hunter stand, grain bin and a jail cell are just some of the outhouse themes. Aumann Auction Services is in charge of the auction, which will also be live on the Internet at www.aumannauction.com. 

In conjunction with the Outhouse Auction and events, the AFHM's Family Fall Festival will also be held on Saturday from 10AM to 2PM.


KIDWELL’S MINOR LEAGUE CAREER DRAWS MORE INTEREST

Vance Kidwell may never have made it to the big leagues as a baseball player but his minor league career continues to attract interest.  The rural Donnellson man played in the Cincinnati Reds system in 1936 and 1937 as an infielder.  While a member of the Lexington, Kentucky team, Kidwell played against the New York Yankees in an exhibition game.  Lexington was a member of what was called the “Kitty League.” 

Vance got his start through a baseball camp held in October 1935 in Decatur by Reds manager Charlie Dressen.  Recently, another man who attended that camp, Junior Thompson of Decatur, passed away.  Vance Kidwell read about Thompson’s death and sent a group photo of the men who attended the camp to Bob Fallstrom of the Decatur Herald and Review.  In September, Fallstrom featured an article on Kidwell in his column.  Vance told WGEL that because of the Decatur Herald coverage, he was recently contacted by a Dixon, Tennessee man who is writing a book on the old Kitty League.


PROPOSAL TO BAN JUNK FOOD IN ILLINOIS ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS WINS FINAL APPROVAL

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved rules that officially ban junk food and soda in Illinois elementary and middle schools.  The committee cited research showing that healthier students have higher attendance rates, better behavior, and superior test scores. The Illinois State Board of Education has the authority under the National School Lunch Program to prohibit elementary and middle schools throughout Illinois that participate in the program from selling junk food and soda during the school day. In addition to prohibiting junk food throughout the school day, the new rules, which take effect immediately, will also change the definition of junk food to focus on what is most important – the food’s nutritional content. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the average child drinks twice as much soda as milk.  A study from Project Lean found that children nationwide are consuming on average 150-200 more calories per day than they did 10 years ago.  In addition, 15% of all children ages 5-19 are overweight, that is triple from 20 years ago.

 
 

FRIDAY SPORTS

HS FOOTBALL
Tonight on WGEL, the Comets go to Litchfield followed by our tape delay broadcast of Highland hosting Mascoutah.

HS TENNIS
Good luck to the Lady Comets as they are competing today in the IHSA Tournament. 

HS SOCCER
The Comets lost 5-0 to Litchfield on Thursday.  Dillon Heitzig and Abe Barth combined for eleven saves in goal.  Greenville plays Carlinville Saturday at 11AM in the Raymond-Lincolnwood Sectional

HS VOLLEYBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets picked up a win 25-16, 20-25, 25-19 over Litchfield.  Rebecca Peddicord had 13 points and 3 aces.  Katy Gilmore had 9 kills and Tracy Miller 15 assists.  The Varsity team is now 12-10 on the year, 7-3 in conference action.  The JV Lady Comets won 25-10, 25-13 with Kristin Morgan leading with 13 points and 4 aces.  Hannah Groves also had 4 aces and 15 assists.  The Freshman Lady Comets topped Litchfield 25-7, 25-13.  Kay Koonce had 17 points and 4 aces. 

JR HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
There has been a time change for Saturday's Greenville Lady Bluejays games at St. Rose.  The 8th graders will play first at 9am rather than the 9:30am on the schedule.


OBITUARIES

No New Local Area Obituaries

WEATHER

Saturday: Sunny Skies High: 61 Low: 32

Sunday: Mostly Sunny High: 65 Low: 35


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program.  Our guest this week will be Wendy Anglin with Community Emergency Response Team or CERT.  Wendy will be talking to us about what CERT is and some of the work she has done to assist with hurricane and tornado relief through CERT.  That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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