11-10-2006

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GRANBERG-CAVALETTO RACE WON’T BE DECIDED UNTIL NOV 21

Since Tuesday’s election, WGEL has been watching the Illinois House race for the 107th District.  As of Wednesday afternoon, the incumbent Democrat Kurt Granberg held a 114 vote lead over Republican challenger John Cavaletto.  The district includes parts of Clinton, Marion, Jefferson, and Fayette counties.  Cavaletto has commented that he will await the final certification of the official results before taking further action. 

The final totals for the counties involved will not be tabulated until November 21.  Voter laws require all counties to wait up to 14 days for provisional ballots and absentee ballots before certifying the election results.  Provisional ballots are cast at the polls by those who are not registered to vote but can provide proof of residence.  These are always set aside election night and counted later.  Absentee ballots postmarked prior to November 7 but arrive in the mail after the election can be counted.  These may include military absentee which is why there is a fourteen day waiting period before doing the final canvas.

Marion County Clerk Steve Bailey told WGEL that they will count the provisional and additional absentee ballots on November 21st prior to the canvass and certification of the results.  Bailey also confirmed that it was a precinct east of Patoka that was the last to be counted in the Granberg-Cavaletto race.  According to Bailey, a computer malfunction led to a manual count.  The Marion County results were not complete until 5am Wednesday.  Marion was the only county of the four won by Cavaletto as he garnered 380 more votes than Granberg.  Jefferson County will also wait until the 21st to count the provisional and absentee ballots.


BOND COUNTY HEALTH INSURANCE DECISION IS MADE BY BOARD

Bond County will see an increase in insurance costs due to a reported miscommunication on the details of a proposed plan by GHP.  Brooke Earnest, chairperson of the Insurance Committee, presented to the Bond County Board Wednesday a recommendation for a new, updated insurance coverage plan for the county.  At the board's October 19 meeting, GHP PPO 900 was recommended, and approved to save the county an estimated 14% compared to the current coverage.  The plan had a $1,500 deductible with the employee responsible for the first $500, and the county picking up the remaining $1,000.  After further investigation, it was determined that all co-pays would not take effect until the deductible was met. 

The insurance committee has since met and now recommends to the Bond County Board a new plan by the same company, but without the savings expected.  Instead, the new policy will cost the county an estimated 5.6% more than their current plan with the county being responsible for a $1,500 share of a $2,000 deductible.  Some audience members questioned whether or not all companies had a chance to submit quotes within these parameters.  Earnest explained that a decision needs to be made by December 1, otherwise the county will have to pay premiums on the current plan.  After lengthy discussion, the Bond County Board approved the recommendation of the insurance committee for the new insurance plan.


BOND COUNTY CAN NOW TAKE INTERNET 9-1-1 CALLS

Bond County can now take voice-over IP 9-1-1 calls.  At Thursday’s Emergency Telephone Systems Board meeting, Coordinator Alan Davis reported that the county went on-line for these calls last week.  Davis explained to WGEL that these are basically phone calls over the Internet.  There are approximately thirty customers in Bond County who have this phone service.

Following a brief closed session to discuss personnel, the ETSB voted in favor of an increase in the coordinator’s salary of $1,000.  Davis reported that Bond County will be switching companies for their maintenance of the recorder logger equipment which is located where the 9-1-1 phone calls are answered.  The ETSB postponed its annual reorganization of board officers until next month. 


POCAHONTAS-OLD RIPLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT AWARDS

The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue, and EMS held their Annual Awards meeting Saturday, November 4 at the St. Nicholas Hall in Pocahontas. Awards handed out are based on various criteria throughout the year including training, meetings attended and responses to calls. Scott Wilfong took home the awards for both Firefighter of the Year and EMT of the Year. Kathy Brink, EMS Director for Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue and EMS told WGEL that Wilfong's combined training hours total 25% of the entire departments.   Rookie of the Year went to Ron Hall and Junior Firefighter of the Year went to Andrew Wilfong.  And in recognition of 25 years on department, Don Hawley was given a collector's replica of a "5-man pumper" truck.


FACELIFT FOR THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING

If you’ve driven past the Greenville Municipal Building lately, you may have noticed that some of the bricks are gone.  While it might resemble a jigsaw puzzle with some missing pieces, it’s all part of some needed maintenance for the building.  City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL that Mason’s Masonry of Brownstown has been tuckpointing and replacing bricks that have sustained cracking.  The project should be completed by Thanksgiving.


OFFICE CLOSURES FOR VETERANS DAY

The Bond County Courthouse and County Annex along with the Greenville Municipal Building will be closed today in observance of Veteran’s Day.  Schools are open today.  Post offices, banks, the Greenville Public Library and the Greenville Secretary of State office will close Saturday for Veteran’s Day. 




LISTEN TO WGEL FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN CIRCUS TICKETS

The animals, the clowns, the highwire acts…all part of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus fun.  Your friends at WGEL and Twin Oaks Golf Club are giving you the chance to win a Family Fun Pack of four tickets for the circus November 16th at the Scott Trade Center in St. Louis.  Tune in WGEL Tuesday between 10am and 2pm for your chance to win.  Be caller #7 when you hear Carl the Lion Tamer open the ticket window and you’ll win four tickets for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus courtesy of WGEL and Twin Oaks Golf Club.  You must be 18 or older and may only win once.  Only one winner per family.  Employees of WGEL, Twin Oaks Golf Club, and their immediate family members are not eligible.


SPORTS

FRIDAY SPORTS

HS FOOTBALL
Good luck to the Greenville Comets in their Elite 8 playoff game Saturday versus the Anna Jonesboro Wildcats.  The Comets are 10 and 1 and the Wildcats are 11-0.  Tickets are $6 per person and passes will not be accepted.  Kick-off is at 1:30PM and you can hear the game live on WGEL.

JR HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
The Pocahontas Indians won 33-25 over St. Paul.  Brad Perry had 16 points. 


OBITUARIES

NONE TO REPORT


WEATHER

Tonight:..... 60% Chance of Showers Becoming Snow Showers.. Low of 36

Saturday:... Partly Cloudy with Snow Showers..High of 45

Sunday:..... Partly Cloudy..High in the Mid 50's


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program.  Our guests this week are Debbie LeFrance Macon with WIC at the Bond County Health Department and WGEL's Aundi Mergner.  Debbie and Aundi will be talking to us about how taking Folic Acid, by women prior to pregnancy, can help prevent certain birth defects.  That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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