4-5-2006 SPECIAL EDITION




STORM DAMAGES LOCAL BUILDINGS - Click on Image for Larger View

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Winds damaged the Bradford National Bank branch on Idler Lane. The roof and paneling underneath the overhang were peeled back during the storm causing the drive-up to be closed for repairs.

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In many areas there were debris fields with twisted tin and insulation. This debris was from the destruction of one of the barns at the Del Zurliene farm east of Pierron.

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Gary Weiss of Sugarloaf Road built his 40 x 100 machine shed just a year ago. It will have to be replaced after the storm lifted the roof and pushed in one of the walls.

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The Ted Schrage farm south of Route 143 was one of the hardest hit locations. Schrage’s fence was damaged in several spots. In the background can be seen part of the debris field that stretched over 100 yards.

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The roof at the Jim and Marilyn Tischhauser residence on Route 143 sustained significant damage in the storm. Jim told WGEL he was mushroom hunting when the storm hit.

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Barn siding at the Ted Schrage residence was scattered across his yard and the trees. A roof truss from a nearby barn was also tossed onto the roof of his home. He told WGEL it took the storm only two minutes to destroy what had taken thirty years to build.

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Two barns and a silo at the Ted Schrage farm were wiped out by Sunday’s storm. There were pieces of siding scattered in every direction. Clean-up had already begun Monday morning when this photo was taken.

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Several utility poles were snapped in half just east of Pierron. This pole with transformer was found in someone’s front yard. Residents of Millersburg and Pierron had their power restored Tuesday afternoon.

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This shed on the Frank Doll farm on Route 143 collapsed during the storm. A neighbor reported that the force of the winds shattered some windows at her home.

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At many farms sheds and barns had their roofs peeled back and then scattered for a long distance. Several pieces of farm machinery and a truck were damaged inside the Gary Weiss barn when it was damaged by the storm. Weiss told WGEL that the storm only lasted about five minutes but it was very loud.

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Three silos at the Jim Tischhauser farm were dented by the strong winds.

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The Larry and Darla Snow residence on North Idler Lane near Greenville suffered major damage when the roof was pulled away. Family, friends, and neighbors arrived shortly after the storm to help out.


The shed just south of the Snow residence was also damaged in the storm.

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A pole barn at the Dave Marti residence on Cottonwood Avenue near Millersburg Road was destroyed. Part of the building collapsed onto his daughter’s truck. Marti told WGEL that debris from his barn was found nearly a mile away.


TORNADO DID TOUCH DOWN IN HIGHLAND

The National Weather Service confirmed that an F1 tornado did touch down in Highland during the severe storms Sunday. The tornado first touched down around 5:30 p.m. southwest of Highland at the intersection Ellis and Acorn County Roads. The tornado traveled over an open field and hit a farmstead a quarter of a mile west of Highway 160. A fireman from the Highland Fire Department saw the tornado cross through the southern part of the city. The width of the damage was about 70 yards. No tornadoes were reported in Bond County and although the National Weather Service did not know the wind speed of the tornado in Highland, an F1 tornado can have winds from 73-112 miles per hour.





BOND COUNTY EMS BUDGETING FOR FUEL INCREASE

Rising fuel prices are leading the Bond County EMS to budget an extra $7,000 to cover projected costs. At Tuesday's Bond County Board meeting, EMS Director Tom Hoffmann talked about the budget which sets aside $20,000 for fuel costs. In 2005, Bond County EMS budgeted $13,000 but saw a year end expenditure of over $17,000.

The budget also projects a net loss of $24,500 however, last year, the EMS experienced a year-end loss of only $8,600. This was a marked improvement over 2004 when the loss was $59,450.

Hoffmann said they received 280 more calls in 2005 than the previous year. He said the EMS crews are already running ahead of last year's pace. Bond County EMS is operated by Greenville Regional Hospital with a subsidy from Bond County's Special Service District fund. According to Hoffmann, Greenville Regional is hoping to purchase a new ambulance in the coming year while continuing education for paramedics and area first responders.



GREENVILLE FFA CHAPTER BANQUET

The Greenville FFA Chapter 50th Annual Parent/Member banquet was held Saturday, April 1 at the Greenville First Christian Church. Amanda Lawson, Chapter President opened the meeting and Chaplain Zach Marchello gave the invocation before the catered meal. High School Principal Mr. Cochrane welcomed those present and then former FFA members relating some of the memories of FFA included Adrian Ostrom, Jeff Mollett, Larry Suess, Larry Kleiner, Barry File, Marshal Mollet, and Dale Schaufelberger, who described himself as a FFA member from the past, but was present. Dale presented a newspaper article from 1941 about the 6th annual banquet held that year so the banquet this year was the 70th annual banquet instead of the 50th. Dale described how the Home Economic girls cooked and served the banquet in 1941 and 1942. Guest speaker was Illinois Director of Agriculture Chuck Hartke who described the responsibilities of his office and told FFA members that there is a future for them in Illinois Agriculture. The FFA Scholarship award went to John Dierkies and scholarship awards to SIU Carbondale went to Amanda Lawson and Chelsie Marti. Cheslsie Marti also received the Leadership Award. The activity award went to Cayla Hagler, the Work Award to Amanda McCario, the Star Greenhand Award and Outstanding Member Award went to Amy Schauleberger. Amanda Lawson also received the DeKalb Award. The dairy judging team was recognized for being 9th in the nation. Clarence Zimmerman, President of the FFA Alumni reported that 81 foundation sponsors contributed $5,381, the 4th highest in Illinois.



 

OPTISCAN SYSTEM CHECKS OUT


The Optiscan voting system has passed its second test. Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz and his staff were pleased with the system's operation on election night March 21st. On Tuesday, Reitz ran a retabulation of the LaGrange 2 precinct. The results came back exactly as they had two weeks ago. The State Board of Elections is requiring all counties to check their new systems. According to Reitz, the State Board selected LaGrange 2 for the retabulation. Any discrepancies in the count, however, would not have changed the results of election day. When the retabulation was done, it was determined that the results matched.

One question that surfaced following the election was the high number of write-in candidates that were counted by the machine. During Tuesday's retabulation it was discovered that Optiscan had counted one ballot where a dot sized pen mark was made in the oval. Reitz was told by the Optiscan vendor that any mark constituting 13% or more of the oval would be counted. In a couple of instances, voters had filled in the oval for write-in candidates but had not written in a name. On another ballot, a voter wrote-in the name of a candidate but did not fill in the corresponding oval.


SPORTS

WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS BASEBALL
The Aces lost 8-4 to Vandalia. James Lynch had three hits including a homerun and 2 RBIs.

HS SOFTBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets were 6-3 winners over Breese Central.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL
The GC Lady Panthers split a double header with Illinois College as they lost 3-0 then bounced back for a 2-1 win.


OBITUARIES

Anna LuEsta "Annie" Langham

Anna LuEsta "Annie" Langham, age 73 of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at Shands Hospital in Florida.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2006, at the McKendree Chapel Cemetery near Keyesport, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, FL or ACORN, both available at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville, Illinois.

Anna LuEsta Meyer, the daughter of Walter M. and Louise (Bennett) Meyer, was born on Christmas, December 25, 1932 in Vandalia, Illinois. She attended school in Keyesport, Illinois and graduated from Carlyle Highschool in Carlyle, Illinois. Mrs. Langham went on to college, graduating from the University of Illinois. She was Food Service Manager at Stephen Foster and Wiles Elementary Schools in Gainesville, Florida. Anna was also the Supervisor of Elementary Food Services for the Alachua County School Board. She was an early member of the ACORN board, the Interfaith Council, delivered Meals on Wheels, member of the Retired Food Service Managers, The Millhopper Writers Group, the Breast Cancer Support Group, member of the Gainsville First Presbyterian Church, enjoyed playing bridge, working with children and reading and writing.

On September 3, 1954 Anna married Max R. Langham in Carlyle, Illinois. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage together. They enjoyed traveling and she accompanied her husband to Asia where they lived for 2 years, then to West Africa for 2 years and Trinidad for 3 months.

She is survived by her husband Max R. Langham Sr., children: Luann Jacobs and her husband Matthew of Larchmont, NY, Max R. Langham, Jr. and his wife Sue of Memphis, TN., James W. Langham and his wife Dana of Westport, CT. and Samuel A. Langham and his wife Lauren of Jacksonville Beach, FL. She was the sister to David Meyer of Keyesport, Illinois. Loving grandmother to 11.

Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, FL or ACORN they may be made at Donnell-Wiegand

ROBERT AND NORMA SCHRUMPF

Memorial services for Robert and Norma Schrumpf of Orange, CA, formerly of Greenville, will be held Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home. Bob Schrumpf died in August of 2005 and Norma Schrumpf died February 1, 2006. The Young Funeral Home in Greenville is handling arragements.



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