5-25-2006




POSSIBLE TORNADO HITS NORTHERN BOND COUNTY

Just before 6 O'clock last night northern Bond, southern Montgomery and parts of Fayette Counties went under a Tornado Warning. Shortly after that WGEL began getting reports of damage. Power lines and trees were reported down along with some property damage in a corridor stretching from Hastings Cemetery Avenue through the Red Ball Trail to Woburn Road, Snow Cemetery Road, and Mount Moriah Avenue. One listener told us about downed power lines and tree limbs near Snow Cemetery Road just off Woburn Road. Another caller near Hastings Cemetery Avenue reported his barn was damaged. After the storms I took a ride out Woburn Road. North of Woburn two power poles were down. Just north of Snow Cemetery road on Woburn Road, Sandy Hulskotter showed me where the storm had cut a path through the woods behind her house. She said she heard the freight train sound and saw the wind swirl. Huge trees were uprooted and scattered in all directions just behind her home.

I came across power crews who told me they had heard of power outages all along a line from Bethalto to Bond County. Southwestern Electric's Sandy Nevinger told WGEL that there were still some outages this morning in Bond County but all of Madison County had been restored. Fayette County crews were also working on repairs to two substations. 

The Durley Camp on Woburn Road north of Greenville was damaged by winds during the storm.  There were some teenage staff members at the camp at the time but no injuries have been reported.  The Gateway Retreat Center on the campgrounds did sustain structural damage.

The Greenville Fire Protection District responded around 6:30 last night to a report of a tree on the Terry Neer house on Peach Avenue.  Firefighters were originally told that someone might have been trapped but that proved to be false.  The department assisted with removal of the tree from the roof.

KMOV Channel 4, which sent one of its helicopters to Bond County to tape the damage, was reporting this morning that it was a tornado that touched down five miles north of Greenville.  However, WGEL contacted the National Weather Service and a spokesman said that they cannot confirm if a tornado hit northern Bond County until they visit the area and survey the damage.  During the storm, the Bond County Sheriff's Department received a call from someone on Hookdale Avenue reporting a funnel cloud.  The sighting has not been confirmed.

Damage 5-25-06



RAIN TOTALS

Rain totals from Wednesday's thunderstorms in Greenville were 1.26 inches at the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Route 40, 1.1 inches at 6th Street, and 1.67 inches at Idler Lane and Route 140.

RURAL GREENVILLE MAN FACING SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES

A rural Greenville man who is already on probation for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse has been charged in Bond County court on another case.  25-year-old Daryl G. Nenninger of Lynch Loop was arrested late Friday night by the Bond County Sheriff's Department.  He's been charged with alleged Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse and alleged Criminal Sexual Assault involving a female minor between the ages of 13 and 17.  In November of 2005, Nenninger was sentenced to 48 months probation for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.  He later filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea in that case.  The Bond County State's Attorney's office has filed a petition to revoke Nenninger's probation. 




AMERICAN FLAG GIVEAWAY

This Monday morning in the 7 o'clock hour, WGEL will give you the opportunity to win an American flag that will fly over our nation's capitol on Memorial Day.  When you hear the song "You're A Grand Old Flag," be caller #10 and you'll win this special piece of history honoring those who have served our country.  Our Memorial Day flag giveaway is courtesy of:

Shaw's Appliance
Metzger's Home Furnishings
Help U Sell Real Estate
Greenville Service Company
Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home of Highland & Marine
Dauderman Mortuary of Alhambra and Hamel

Timbertrails Campground in Mulberry Grove
White's Sanitation and Septic Tank Service
Bradford National Bank
Eagle One Investments

Be listening for the song "You're A Grand Old Flag" this Monday in the 7am hour. 

 


MULBERRY GROVE ROCKET CLUB DOES WELL IN NATIONAL

The eight-member Mulberry Grove High School "Rocket Club" traveled to Virginia last Thursday to compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. The club consists of the school's three Physics class students and others interested in rocketry. Mulberry Grove High School teacher John Paine told WGEL that they placed 50th out of the 100 teams that were there. 

He said they won an award for the shortest flight duration and said that in order to win the competition the flight had to be successfully launched and land with a chute. Another requirement was that the egg onboard had to come back not cracked and unbroken. The "Rocket Club's" flight was about 20 seconds, but the chute got tangled and did not deploy like it should have.  The egg, however, did come back not broken.  They won an award for shortest duration flight.

The "Rocket Club" qualified for the National Competition in April and in order to qualify they had to send their best qualifying time in on two flights.  The "Rocket Club" qualified in the top 100 in the nation.

He said that the Seniors at Mulberry Grove High School started the Rocket Club and other students joined in.  The Seniors did not go on the trip to Virginia because graduation for the Class of 2006 was Saturday, the same day as the competition in Virginia. The grand prize was an all-expenses paid trip to an international air show in London, England. To learn more about the rocket contest visit www.rocketcontest.org. 




POCAHONTAS VILLAGE BOARD ADDRESSES DAMAGE CLAIMS

The meeting of the Pocahontas Village Board was Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

Donna Stall reported to the Village of Pocahontas that her car was damaged when she backed into a drainage ditch. The board agrees the village is not liable for the repair bills submitted by Ms. Stall and will not pay for the damages.

A fence on the property of Bryan Walker was damaged when a city worker drug a tree blown down by a storm off the fence.  The board decided to pay for materials to fix the fence and half of the labor costs providing Walker signs a letter releasing any future liability claims for the fence.

A revision of the derelict vehicle ordinance is under consideration. Two main points to consider are giving the Village Marshall the ability to issue tickets to violators and to remove the tarp clause. The Pocahontas Village board will review this issue at the next meeting.

Due to several complaints to village trustees about nuisance properties and village inspections, the board will ask the building inspector to resume providing a monthly written report and submit it to the village clerk on the Friday before the recurring monthly meeting held the second Monday of each month. The report should consist of but not limited to: inspected homes, date of inspections, violations found, suggestions made to homeowner to bring the property into compliance, dates of future inspections and any other information the village building inspector feels appropriate.

A Memorial Day Service is to be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29th. This event is sponsored by the American Legion; there will be pork burgers for sale after the meeting. Bring your lawn chairs and join the Memorial Day Celebration for Pocahontas Area Veterans.

MINOR ACCIDENT AND THEFT HANDLED BY POLICE

City police worked a minor accident Tuesday on the CC Food Mart lot.  A Florida driver accidentally backed his camper into a post next to a set of gas pumps.  Damage was minimal and no one was injured.

Jayne Tally of Greenville told officers that the vehicle registration was stolen from her vehicle overnight Monday while the car was parked at her residence on White Street.  Tally said one of the tires was also flattened.


 




SPORTS

THURSDAY SPORTS

HS SOFTBALL
The Lady Aces post-season run ended Wednesday as they fell to Breese Central 4-1 at the Greenville Sectional.  Mulberry Grove tied the game in the bottom of the 6th but Central scored three runs in the top of the seventh to win the game.  The Lady Aces had five hits from Emily Brewer, Kelli Bloemker, April Betts, Samantha Belcher, and Tiffany Brown. 

COUGARS BASEBALL
The Bond County Cougars won 7-3 over the Wood River Junior Moose team on Sunday.  Brad Perry got the win and A.J. Childerson the save.  Perry and Cy Perfetti each had a pair of RBI.
 

 




OBITUARIES

DELORES KALOUS

80-year-old Delores Kalous of Pocahontas passed away Wednesday morning at her home.  Funeral services for 80-year-old Delores Kalous will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Pocahontas.  Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday at May Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas.


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

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