COUNTY AND CITY PREPARE FOR WINTER STORM
With forecasts calling for ice and snow, the men behind the snowplows are preparing for the worst. Greenville’s Public Works Director Gary Netzler told WGEL that they are closely monitoring the forecasts and when the precipitation begins freezing his crews will hit the streets. Netzler said the city has a fleet of around eight vehicles equipped with either salt spreaders or plows. The city of Greenville has stockpiled around 350 tons of salt. One of the dangers of spreading salt too soon is that it could be washed away by the rain before it turns to sleet or snow.
Bond County Highway Department Engineer Mike McCormick, said when the weather forecasters say the snow and ice are coming they attach plows to the trucks and load the salt spreaders. According to McCormick, his department only keeps 20 or 30 tons of salt which they mix with bottom ash from the CIPS plant. He stressed the need for safety by motorists in the winter. McCormick pointed out that it’s very hard for snowplow drivers to see on-coming or passing vehicles. He recommends that drivers be patient and give the plows and salt spreaders plenty of room. The county is a member of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Weather Alert System and receives faxed updates on the forecast.
BELLEVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR THREATENING PRESIDENT
27-year-old Arafat Nijmah of Belleville was sentenced to seven months imprisonment for threatening bodily harm to President Bush. Nijmah pled guilty in East St. Louis Court on Tuesday November 28th to a two-count federal indictment charging him with threatening the President in March. Nijmeh was confined at the Alton Mental Health Center when he made the threats.
IDOT ANNOUNCES NEW RELECTIVE SIGNS TO IMPROVE SAFETY
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Timothy W. Martin announced that the agency will begin switching out all overhead signs on the state’s roadways to use high performance sign sheeting that will improve visibility. The new signs will also save the state money by allowing IDOT to remove lighting fixtures used on overhead signs.
The change over to the more highly reflective sheeting is expected to take at least 10-years. The sheeting material used on the new signs is more durable. In addition to durability and improved visibility, IDOT is also switching to an easier to read font on highway signs. The new font, Clearview Font, was developed specifically to make highway signs easier to read for older drivers.
SOLDIERS BRING CHRISTMAS TO IRAQI CHILDREN
Colin Davis of Greenville, who is stationed in the Middle East as a Sergeant in the United States Army, is helping kids in Iraq have a happy Christmas. Because he and the soldiers in his unit cannot come home for the holidays, he wants to bring the holidays to the kids in Kirkiuk, Iraq. Avis Daily, Davis’ mother, told WGEL that Davis and his unit is requesting the community’s support in buying small gifts for the children.
Daily told WGEL gift items needed include coloring books, candy, dolls, small toys, crayons, and clothing.
Daily said that the soldiers give candy that was sent to them from home to the children and felt this would be a good way to celebrate Christmas.
You can mail your items to:
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Shipping charges will be the same as in the United States.
TRASH BURN SPREADS TO A FIELD
A trash fire got out of control Tuesday afternoon and spread to a field near the County Line Road northeast of Mulberry Grove. Mulberry Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar told WGEL that his department was on the scene for about twenty minutes.
GAS LEAK BRINGS OUT POC/OR DEPARTMENT
The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department was called out around 5am Wednesday to a smell of gas on an empty lot on State Street. Firefighters remained on standby at the scene for about an hour until AmerenIP service crews arrived.
LATEST GREENVILLE POLICE SAFETY BELT CHECKS
Greenville police conducted safety belt checks at two locations on Tuesday. Twenty-four citations were written at 3rd and Harris with one for no insurance and the rest for no seat belt. The other checkpoint was at 2nd and Main with three seat belt tickets issued
NATIONAL ROAD ASSOCIATION LOOKING FOR MARKER LOCATIONS
In conjunction with the informational kiosks they are being erected in towns along the National Road, the Illinois National Road Association is looking for historical locations to place markers. Association member John Coleman says they have received grant funding to place signs in towns and counties on the National Road including Bond.
Greenville's kiosk will be placed on the parking lot south of the municipal building. The kiosk will then direct visitors to the historical markers. Coleman said between 10 and 15 markers would be designated for Greenville and Bond County. These can only be used on sites that are not currently marked. A committee with representatives from the Historical Society, Genealogical Society, DAR, National Road, and other groups will select the sites.
LOCAL FCA CHAPTER HOSTING MOVIE DAY
The Greenville High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter is hosting a special afternoon at the Globe Theater on Sunday. The FCA, formed in 1954, is America’s largest Christian sports organization promoting its message to youth, collegiate and professional ranks. The GHS chapter and Greenville junior high chapter will join together Sunday afternoon to watch the new football movie “Facing The Giants.” Rather than professional actors, the film’s cast is comprised of pastors, Sunday school teachers, and students at the Sherwood Baptist Church and Sherwood Christian Academy in Georgia. The movie is endorsed by the FCA. Allison Hall, who along with Todd Hutchinson are co-sponsors of the high school FCA chapter, told WGEL that the group has been averaging between 35 and 50 students at their weekly meetings
MABEL B. RIEDEMANN
Mabel B. Riedemann, age 94 of Greenville, passed away Wednesday November 29th at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville.
THELMA L. RIPPERDA
Thelma L. Ripperda, age 82 of Sorento, passed away Tuesday November 28th at the Highland Health Care Center. Funeral Services will be held Friday December 1st at 8PM at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8PM at the funeral home. Memorials to the family.
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