4-13-2006




911 BOARD MEETING

The Emergency Telephone Systems Board, or 911 board, met this morning with a relatively short agenda. 911 coordinator Allan Davis told the Board that antennas on the Crown Castle Tower that the fire station, police station, and the EMS use were slightly damaged during the storms earlier this month. Although the brackets that hold the antennas were made to move in heavy winds, Davis said that the antennas were bent 30-40 degrees during the storms. No damage was reported to the radios. Crown Castle gave Davis some names of companies that could fix the antennas and a company from Decatur gave a rough estimate of $1,200 to straighten them.

In other business the Board is going to be looking at buying a new breaker for the building next to their tower. According to Davis six radios are connected to one breaker and they have no backup for the radios if the power goes out.


GUILTY VERDICT IN CHILD DROWNING CASE

The jury found Maurice LaGrone, Jr. guilty of first-degree murder on Tuesday after just over three hours of deliberation. Authorities say LaGrone pushed the car into Clinton Lake in September of 2003 while Amanda Hamm's three young children were inside. Hamm, LaGone's girfriend at the time, is awaiting trial on murder charges later this year. LaGrone has received a life sentence




EASTER SCHOOL SCHEDULE

The spring break schedules for the Unit 1 and 2 schools have been released, they are as follows:

Bond County Unit 2 - there will be no student attendance at all centers from April 13 through the 17th. School will be back in on Tuesday, April 18. There will be no early dismissal on Wednesday, April 12 for Unit 2.

For Mulberry Grove Unit 1 - Students will be released from school at 2:10 p.m on Wednesday, April 12 and there will be no school from April 13 through April 17th. Students will be back in attendance on Tuesday, April 18.


KEYSTONE PIPELINE OPEN HOUSE

An open house will be held to learn more about the proposed Keystone Pipeline. This is a TransCanada project and it will link a reliable North American oil supply to rising North American demand for energy. More than 1,000 miles of new oil pipeline is planned along the U.S. portion of the proposed keystone Pipeline route and it will travel through southern Bond County. If you have questions you may call toll free at 1-866-717-7473, visit the project website at www.transcanada.com/keystone, or go to the open house schedule at the Gateway Center in Collinsville on Thursday, April 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Gateway Center's address is 1 Gateway Drive.



 

GREENVILLE COLLEGE ACCREDITATION

April 24th to the 26th Greenville College will be under the microscope as a team from the Higher Learning Commission will be interviewing students, faculty, staff, Trustees and administration. From those interviews the team will form recommendations and work on their accreditation report the final draft of that report will be shared with the College after about two months. Doctor Dave Holden at the College has been the Self-Study Coordinator and recently shared some of his preparation for accreditation with the Greenville College to Greenville Community group. The Higher Learning Commission based in Chicago accredits 1,296 colleges and universities throughout the United States.


QUARTERLY REPORT FROM THE STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

Bond County State's Attorney Chris Bauer has released the Prosecutor Based Victim/Witness Program report for the First Quarter of this year. The Program Coordinator, James Stever, continued to promote cooperation and coordination between a multitude of service and other agencies. He also is working closely and exchanging needed information with SAFE in reference to pending and new cases in area of sexual assault. Stever's office has worked on cases involving indecent solicitation of a child, predatory criminal sexual assault, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The Victim/Witness Coordinator continues to investigate victim/witness inquiries and concerns on a daily and need basis. The Bond County Victim/Witness Coordinator assists the Phoenix Crisis Center in requesting public assistance for the Center by donating cell phones that will be provided to females who do not have a phone, this will enable them to dial 911. The office has also agreed to act as the depository and provide space for a Donation Box for cell phones. So far, more than 625 cell phones have been collected.




SENIOR AT GHS PLACES FIRST IN STATE PROFICIENCY AWARD

Kyle Schneider, a senior at Greenville High School, recently placed first in the State Proficiency Award Dairy Placement and could compete at the national level. Steve Zimmerman, AG Advisor at Greenville High School, said that in order for Schneider to place first he had to keep record books for however many years a student does the Ag program, which is part of the agriculture program at the high school. In Schneider's case he kept record books for three years and kept his books on dairy placement and works for Connie Turley south of Greenville and he has worked for her for three years.

In the books Schneider had to keep track of his hours and what he does each day. He also puts in his paychecks.

Zimmerman said that Schneider will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in June and will receive a plaque and a $100 check for being state winner. Schneider is also filling out applications to go on to the National Level. At the National Level four finalists will be picked from 50 state associations to compete. The National Competition will be held in Indianapolis, IN this October. Zimmerman also said that at the end of July they should know if Schneider is a national finalist.


 

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