12-07-2006


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BOND COUNTY ONE OF 49 NAMED STATE DISASTER AREAS

Bond was one of 49 counties declared state disaster areas by the Governor on Tuesday.  In doing so, the state is making its resources available to these counties including National Guard troops who are now assisting in Decatur.  Bond County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Director Bill Leidel told WGEL that the state disaster designation has allowed him to request manpower from Vandalia prison.  Leidel said these inmates can assist with the cleanup of downed trees and limbs and should arrive Friday morning.  According to Leidel, one crew will serve in Greenville and two in the county. 

There is no grant money involved in a state disaster declaration.  However, this is the first step in the state seeking federal disaster status.  Leidel told WGEL that Sorento and the northwestern part of the county was the hardest hit locally.  Other counties tabbed as state disaster areas include Montgomery, Madison, and Macoupin.


NUMBER OF POWER OUTAGES CONTINUE TO LESSEN

As of 8am today, Ameren is reporting 18,697 customers in Illinois and Missouri were still without power.  Four of these were in Bond County…two in Sorento and Pocahontas each.  Southwestern Electric restored power to about 600 members in Madison County Wednesday.  About 500 members remained without power Wednesday night.  The cooperative expects to restore electricity to most of those members today.  However, repairs to some isolated outages and maintenance to more heavily damaged parts of the system may not be completed until Friday. 


NEW KEYESPORT FIRE CHIEF

Due to health problems, Tom Hoffman retired as the Keyesport Fire Chief Tuesday night.  Tom passed command of the Keyesport Firefighters to the new Chief Duane Wiegmann. Tom has led the department for the last 20 years. Although he retired as chief, he will continue to volunteer with the department.

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TOM HOFFMAN RETIRED AS FIRE CHIEF IN KEYESPORT


MULBERRY CITIZEN COMPLAINS ABOUT NEXT DOOR NUISANCES

A Mulberry Grove resident appeared before the village board Tuesday night with several nuisance complaints concerning a neighbor.  The woman told the board that trash at the residence on 2nd Street had allegedly overfilled a dumpster and created rodent and insect problems in recent months.  She said although the dumpster was emptied each month it was soon full.  The citizen also claimed the neighbor had three dogs running loose one of which had recently bit someone.  Mayor Jana Willis said it was her understanding that the person bitten had been walking on private property at the time.  Mulberry Grove Police Chief Robert Sutton reported that a friend of the person bitten had later stabbed and wounded the dog.  The village board instructed Sutton to follow-up on the trash problems at the residence. 

During the course of the discussion on the dog problem, the resident asked who she should call if the village’s dog catcher is not available.  She said the dog catcher wasn’t able to come to her home on Thanksgiving Day.  Mayor Willis told the woman to call her if she can’t reach the dog catcher.  This prompted village board members Karan Belcher and Cherie Henson to state they felt the dog catcher should be available at all times. 

This led to talk on the surveys the board voted last month to send to village residents.  Some of the questions dealt with the dog catcher and mandatory trash pickup.  Mayor Willis stated that many people had asked why the questionnaires weren’t sent out before decisions were made on these issues.  Board member Henson explained that she had compiled the survey because of the complaints she had received from residents.  The board voted 3-2 to withdraw the survey and not mail it.


SALVATION ARMY TOTALS SO FAR THIS SEASON

Volunteers for the Bond County Salvation Army have been ringing bells next to the red kettles for nearly two weeks and have raised over $4,000.  Local committee member Reverend Wayne Pierce told WGEL that this Friday, December 8 bell ringers will be in front of the Capri IGA store on Harris Ave in Greenville and that IGA will match all donations that day up to $1,000

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ALARM BUT NO FIRE AT FM CHURCH

The Greenville Fire Protection District responded Wedensday to an alarm at the Free Methodist Church.  Firefighters found a heat detector sounding in an attic air handler room.  Chief Bill Johnston told WGEL they believe a bad blower motor was the reason why heat was not being removed from the room causing the detector to sound.  There was no damage and the department was on the scene for about twenty minutes.


BLOOD DRIVE TOTALS AT METHODIST CHURCH

Forty units were collected during a two-day blood drive held Monday and Tuesday, December 4 and 5 at the Greenville First United Methodist Church.  Pins awarded were 15-gallon to Galen Isringhausen, 14-gallon to John McAteer, 11-gallon to Richard Debatin, 8-gallon to Melvin Flamm, and 6-gallon to Brent Whittaker.  The next American Red Cross blood drive in Bond County is Monday, December 11 from 1-6pm at the Mulberry Grove high school industrial arts building.


MINIMUM WAGE BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR FOR CONSIDERATION

The latest version of the minimum wage proposal passed the Illinois House of Representatives on November 29 and was approved by the Senate.  SB1268 would increase the minimum wage by one dollar, up to $7.50 on July 1, 2007.  It will then continue to increase by $0.25 every July 1 until 2010.  The measure also provides for a "training wage" for employees 18 years of age and younger, allowing employers to pay $0.50 less than the minimum wage.  The bill now heads to the Governor's desk for further consideration.


THURSDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Bluejays lost to Vandalia 34-31.  Zach Lewis had 11 points.  The 7th graders were defeated 22-18 with Brady Huber scoring 7. 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The GC Panthers edged Fontbonne 79-77.  Christopher Simmons led Greenville with 22 points.  The Lady Panthers lost 71-59 to Fontbonne.  Hillary King was top scorer for GC with 16 points. 

RESCHEDULED GAMES
Several of the contests canceled due to last week’s ice storm have been rescheduled.  The Aces varsity and JV games against Windor will now be played December 20th at 6:15pm.  The Freshman Comets game against Alton Marquette is January 13th at 10 at Marquette.  The V and JV Lady Comets will play Alton Marquette January 6 at 1:00pm. 

COMETS SATURDAY MORNING BASKETBALL
The Comets winter basketball program for kids in grades 2 through 6 will be held on Saturday mornings from January 6 through February 17.  Entry forms must be returned to Coach Todd Cantrill by December 20.  For more information, contact Coach Cantrill at Greenville High School.
 

 

OBITUARIES

MILDRED E. "MILLIE" HIMSTEDT

Mildred E. "Millie" Himstedt, 93 of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, November 29 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 93 year-old Mildred E. Himstedt will be conducted Today at 11AM at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment in Morrisonville Cemetery, Morrisonville, IL.  Friends may call Today after 10AM at the funeral home.  For those who desire, memorial contributions are suggested to the Greenville First United Methodist Church.

RUBY GRINDLEY

Ruby Grindley, age 95 of Coffeen, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 5) at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Funeral services for Ruby Grindley are Friday at 1PM at Toberman-Dean Funeral Home.  Burial in Olive Hill Cemetery.  Visitation is tonight (Thursday) from 5-8PM at the funeral home. 


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