SAW MILL DESTROYED BY FIRE
A sawmill west of Pierron was destroyed by fire early Friday morning. The Highland-Pierron Fire Department was dispatched at 3:55am to the Thick and Thin Sawmill on Route 143. The St. Rose Fire Department assisted by bringing water to the scene. The Bond County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police provided traffic control as Route 143 was shut down for nearly two hours. The state provided a salt truck as the subfreezing temperatures were creating problems with water runoff from the fire. The sawmill was destroyed by the fire. Highland-Pierron Fire Chief Steve Plocher told WGEL that the cause is undetermined. Firefighters were on the scene for four hours.
GPD COMPLETES SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT PROJECT
Greenville police wrote over 100 tickets during their recent seat belt enforcement campaign which concluded December 3. Sergeant Deb Keserauskis reported that a total of 125 citations were issued including 91 for drivers not wearing seat belts, 27 for passengers without belts, and one for an unrestrained child. This compares to 240 driver and passenger seatbelt tickets written during the May 2005 campaign. These roadside safety belt checks are designed to raise awareness about their use. The next campaign is planned for Memorial Day 2007.
DEPARTMENT RESPNDS TO CHIMNEY FIRE
Greenville Firemen were called to a chimney fire on Mt. Gilead Road at 7:07 PM Saturday. When firemen arrived, the owner was on the roof removing the chimney top and had removed all debris from the chimney. Firemen checked the chimney and found it to be clear. All units were back in service by 7:47 PM.
CENTRALIA MAN SENTENCED TO IDOC FOR BOMB THREATS
According to the Clinton County States Attorney Office, Brian Dale Sales, 29 of Centralia, was sentenced in Clinton County Court Monday, December 4 to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Soles pled guilty on two counts of giving false bomb information, each a Class 3 Felony. On July 28th and August 4th of this year, Soles made phone calls to the Clinton County Courthouse alleging a bomb threat. This resulted in the evacuation of the courthouse on both dates. Each two-year sentence is to run concurrently. Soles is also to pay a fine of $6,000 plus a $6,000 restitution to Clinton County for lost time by county employees during the evacuations.
According to the Carlyle Union Banner, Soles told state police investigator Albert Gallatin that he made the calls from Sandoval. Police determined that Soles was on the court docket for both days the courthouse was closed due to bomb threats. He said he did not have money to pay his fines, therefore, he did not plan on going to court on those dates and made the calls.
BOOK SIGNING PLANNED FOR FORTS BOOK
Bill Wilson and Kevin Kaegy, authors of the new book “Forts and Blockhouses of Early Illinois” will hold a book signing Wednesday December 13. The signing begins at 7pm at the Bond County Housing Authority Building. Wilson of Albers and Kaegy of rural Greenville had previously written a book on Hill’s Fort. Both men are members of the Hill’s Fort Society and proceeds will benefit that organization. The book describes 167 forts ranging from the “pre-historic era” to the years right after the War of 1812.
SORENTO PICKING UP STORM DEBRIS
The village of Sorento is conducting a brush pickup on today. Sorento residents are asked to have their trees, limbs, and brush from the recent storm stacked in ditches or curbside for pickup.
PARENTS URGED TO KEEP SAFETY IN MIND WHEN BUYING GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
Many parents and grandparents are shopping for the perfect toy this time of year, one that is both fun and safe. Evaluating for safety isn't all that difficult if you keep a few parameters in mind, says Dr. Kim Quayle, an emergency physician at Washington University School of Medicine. She says to remember that choking is a major risk factor for accidental injury in infants and toddlers.
Several children come into the emergency department having swallowed or choked on small objects. The children are having difficulty breathing and they may need to go to the operating room to have that small part removed from the airway. It's not just the toy itself to watch out for Dr. Quayle adds, but detachable parts from Barbie shoes to buttons and beads. Balloons and small holiday decorations are also a concern.
A newer concern is potential permanent hearing loss from toys that are very loud, such as intense whistles or sirens and high volume levels for music on headphones. Dr. Quayle says there are lots of noisy toys and while these can be great fun for a small child, they also can potentially damage the heading, if they are excessively loud. For the older kids, listening to lots of Ipods and having headphones that are turned up quite loud can damage their hearing as well.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that nearly 73,000 children under age five visit emergency rooms annually for toy related injuries.
The Varsity Comets lost in overtime to the Vandalia Vandals 61-60 on Friday. Bryan Atchison had 22 points, Kyle Dannaman 12, and Josh Patrick 11.
The Varsity Aces won 70-38 over Odin Friday night. Jacob Jolliff scored 25 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Reuben Betts added 16 points and Jason Clanton had 5 assists. The JV Aces were 56-55 winners.
Greenville College hosted a Habit For Humanity Classic tourney over the weekend featuring Harris-Stowe, North Central, and Robert Morris of Springfield. Morris defeated the Panthers on Friday 90-80 with Ben Hensold scoring 21 for Greenville. GC lost to Harris Stowe on Saturday 80-78. Christopher Simmons led the Panthers with 20.
JR HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
The Pocahontas Indians 8th graders defeated the Greenville Bluejays 42-24 on Friday. Brad Perry and Jared Haberer each had 17 for the Indians. Greenville won the 7th grade game 45-4.
BROTHER BOB W. MALLICOAT
Brother Bob W. Mallicoat, 84 of West Frankfurt, passed away Thursday, December 7 at his residence. Funeral services for 84 year-old Brother Bob W. Mallicoat will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 9:30am at the Second Baptist Church in West Frankfurt. Interment in Arcadia Cemetery near Jacksonville at 3PM on Tuesday. Friends may call from 5-8PM tonight (Monday) at the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfurt. Memorial contributions can be made to Zbinden's Ministries Inc.
Brother Bob W. Mallicoat was a former pastor at the Smithgrove Baptist Church in Greenville.
CHARLES E. MAROON, SR.
Charles E. Maroon, Sr., age 78 of Greenville, passed away Saturday at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral services for 78 year-old Charles E. Maroon, Sr. are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.
JACK L. THOMILSON
Jack L. Thomilson, 65 of Greenville, passed away Thursday, December 7 at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral services for 65 year-old Jack L. Thomilson will be held at 6PM Tuesday, December 12 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment in Smith Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4PM until service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.
REBECCA "BECKY" MCCULLAH
Rececca "Becky" McCullah, 66 of Pocahontas, passed away Thursday, December 7 at her residence. Funeral services for 66 year-old Rebecca McCullah will be held today (Monday, December 11) at 10am at the St. Nicholas Church in Pocahontas. Interment in Robinson Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the ALS society, St. Nicholas Church or the Pocahontas EMS.
DONNA "JAN" LOWE
Donna "Jan" Love, 46 of Coffeen, passed away Saturday, December 9th at her residence. Funeral services for 46 year-old Donna "Jan" Lowe will be held Thursday at 10am at the Liberty Baptist Church in Mulberry Grove. Burial in Olive Hill Cemtery in Coffeen. Friends may call Wednesday from 5-8PM at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.
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