5-11-2006




TWO INJURED IN ACCIDENT IN NORTHWESTERN BOND COUNTY

Two men were transported by ARCH to a St. Louis Hospital after they were seriously injured in an accident Monday night. 22-year-old Randall D. Pierson of New Douglas had just reached the crest of a hill on Blacksmith Avenue in northwestern Bond County when he saw a deer in the road. Pierson swerved to avoid the animal and struck the embankment causing his car to flip several times. Pierson was thrown from the vehicle. He was flown by helicopter from the scene to St. Louis University Hospital. His passenger, 27-year-old Eric E. Runge of New Douglas, was taken by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital before being ARCHed to St. Louis.



MULBERRY GROVE ADOPTS TORNADO SIREN POLICY

The Village of Mulberry Grove now has a tornado siren policy. WGEL and the Bond County Sheriff's Department had recently received several phone calls from Mulberry Grove citizen's questioning why the siren had not been sounded when that area was under a tornado warning. Under the policy adopted at Monday night's Mulberry Grove village board meeting, the siren will be sounded if:

*The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning that places the village of Mulberry Grove in the path of the tornado.

*The village is within a 10-mile radius of the path of the tornado.

*Any trained weather spotter or law enforcement officer reports observing a tornado or funnel cloud within a 10-mile radius of the village of Mulberry Grove.

The new policy also states that those to be contacted to sound the siren are village employee Gary Redfern, village trustee Doug Enloe, or Mayor Jana Willis. If the village's police chief or officer are on duty at the time, they will be responsible for sounding the tornado siren. Mulberry Grove police Chief Robert Sutton told WGEL that the village is also exploring the possibility of the siren being sounded by remote. A similar agreement exists between the city of Greenville and Donnellson as Greenville police department staff sounds the tornado siren for that village.

 



WEDNESDAY NIGHT RAIN TOTALS

It was a heavy rain Wednesday night according to the city of Greenville's rain gauges. Totals were 1.42 inches at Route 40, 1.41 inches at 6th Street, and 1.25 inches at Idler Lane and Route 140.

 


43 DONORS CONTRIBUTE TO CICBC BLOOD DRIVE AT GREENVILLE COLLEGE

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center held a blood drive at Greenville College on May 3. 55 people showed up to donate blood and 43 units were collected. 22 new donors were recognized. President and CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital Jim Hayes said that the hospital appreciates the community's support of the CICBC and that each pint of blood can save as many as three lives. Out of nearly 3,000 people seen in an average month at the hospital, many receive blood transfusions. Upcoming CICBC blood drives in Bond County are June 19 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Greenville First Presbyterian Church, and June 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Greenville Free Methodist Church.


CICBC CANCELS FRIDAY BLOOD DRIVE

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center has announced that the blood drive scheduled for Friday at the Greenville First Christian Church has been cancelled. Again, the CICBC blood drive at the Greenville First Christian Church this Friday afternoon has been cancelled.



KASKASKIA COLLEGE CARPENTRY PROGRAM ASSISTS WITH HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF

The Kaskaskia College Carpentry Program spent a week in April in Mississippi helping with Hurricane Katrina Relief. Kaskaskia College Carpentry Program Director Pete Donnelly said that the student organization for the Building Trades Program decided that a trip to the Gulf Coast would be beneficial. Donnelly said that he contacted Catholic Social Services and decided to make the trip the week after Easter. He said that Catholic Social Services was very excited to have carpentry people in the gulf coast to assist with the cleanup.

Donnelly said that they all stayed in a retreat center where they were put up in a dorm style room and were fed two meals a day. They were given work assignments each day and on their first day, which was Monday, they went to a town called Moss Point. Donnelly said this town was a poor area and there was still a lot of damage and FEMA tarps on half the roofs of the town.

The town in Mississippi that they stayed in, Pass Christian, was were the eye of Hurricane Katrina hit land. Donnelly said that on one house they stripped the roof and replaced 12 rafters. Donnelly said that the owners of the house they worked on lived in a FEMA trailer three feet from their house. During the middle of the week Donnelly and the students traveled on Highway 90 and witnessed first hand for 45 miles the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He said that it was just devastated from one end to the other and was told it was that way for 170 miles. Donnelly said that the 38-foot wave that hit the coast destroyed everything and block after block was vacant except for foundations that used to house homes and buildings. There is not a lot of re-construction going on at this point, people are still cleaning up.

There were 12 people that went to Mississippi and the week that they were down there they worked on a total of four houses. Donnelly said that seeing what happened in Mississippi affected all the students and himself and also said that the people of Mississippi were very appreciative that 12 people from Illinois came to help them rebuild their lives. Donnelly also said that every student who went to the gulf coast said they would go back to help more if they could.


 




PORTION OF WOBURN ROAD TO BE CLOSED

The Bond County Highway Department is closing a portion of the Woburn Road between Iron Gate Trail to Country Club Avenue on today for a cross culvert replacement. The work is weather pending. Closure of this section of Woburn Road is from 8:30am until 2:30pm and a detour route will be provided.

 

THURSDAY SPORTS RESULTS

LADY COMETS SOCCER

The Greenville High School lady Comets defeated Carlinville 2-1 in a wet senior night on Wednesday. Casy Robertson and Amanda Lane were honored as seniors at halftime. Jamie Hoag and Rachel Zahniser scored the two Greenville goals and Hoag also had an assist along with Kelsey Spainhour.

 




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