CRASH ON 1-255
person died in a head-on crash Friday morning around
11:00 a.m. on Interstate 255 6/10 of mile north of milepost
6. According to Illinois State Police 41-year-old Donald
H. Williams from East Carondelet, IL was traveling southbound
on I-255 in the center lane. He then, for an unknown
reason, veered off the interstate to the left, crossed
the median, sideswiped a tree, and then started traveling
southbound in the northbound lanes. Williams then struck
60-year-old Linda L. Dollins of Dupo, IL head-on. Dollins
car spun sideways and overturned on the driver's side.
The Monroe County Coroner pronounced Dollins dead at
the scene. Williams was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital
in St. Louis for treatment of his injuries. Illinois
State Police have not yet issued any traffic citations
REGIONAL HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE STROKE AWARENESS AND RISK
is National Stroke Awareness Month and to mark the occasion,
Greenville Regional Hospital will host a community education
event entitled "Stroke Awareness and Risk Management".
The event will be Wednesday, May 10 in the hospital's
Education Conference Room and Education Classroom. There
will be two sessions held, one from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00
a.m. and the other from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This
program is free of charge and pre-registration is required.
At the program participants will fill out a risk assessment
survey, after the survey is completed participants blood
pressure will be checked as well as height and weight.
An EKG will also be performed. People of all ages are
invited to attend the Stroke Awareness and Risk Factor
Screening. Pre-registration is required and a limited
number of spaces are available. Refreshments will also
be served. To sign up or for more information contact
Melissa Siebert at 664-1230 ext. 3555.
2 BUS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT WITH DEER
A Unit 2 school bus carrying the Comets baseball team
was involved in a minor collision with a deer Friday evening.
According to the Bond County Sheriff's Department, the
bus was southbound on Route 127 near Panama Avenue when
the bus struck the deer. No one was injured and after
an inspection by school district personnel, the bus continued
on to Greenville. Unit 2 Transportation Director Max Aten
told WGEL that the bus sustained minimal damage.
CHARGED WITH THEFT
Aimee Rushton of Hartford was arrested by a Madison
County Sheriff's Office Detective at the Village Store
in Hartford after it was reported to the Madison County
Sheriff's Office that money was missing from the store.
The owner of the store discovered money was missing
from the Lottery Ticket ledgers. After an internal check,
it was indicated that Rushton was allegedly responsible
for taking the money. Rushton is currently in the Madison
County Jail awaiting formal charges. Bond has been set
at $150,000. It is alleged that Ruston stole over $10,000.
COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING
Bond County Board of Health will hold a meeting tonight
at 6:30. On the agenda the Board will discuss bad debt
write off for family planning, home health, and mental
health. The Board will also discuss the Telehealth Private
Pay Policy and Fee. In other business the Board will
discuss three new grants that have been received. The
Board will also be given the Building and Grounds Committee
Report. That's the Bond County Board of Health meeting
Monday evening at 6:30.
MEETS WITH AGRICULTRE SECRETARY JOHANNS TO DISCUSS ILLINOIS
Senator Dick Durbin met with Agriculture Secretary Mike
Johanns to urge him to help Illinois farmers by supporting
critical drought relief funding for the state. Durbin
also addressed the impact of rising fuel costs on Illinois
Farmers. A $4 billion in emergency aid would assist
farmers in Illinois and across the nation by extending
federal aid to states confronted with drought, hurricanes,
and floods. Before going into effect, the bill must
be passed by the Senate and approved by a Senate-House
conference committee. Durbin said that Johanns' support
would play a critical role in convincing conferees to
approve this assistance. Durbin noted during his meeting,
with Secretary Johanns, that drought conditions reduced
crop yields, causing serious financial hardship for
Illinois farm families in 2005. The Illinois Department
of Agriculture estimates that Illinois farmers suffered
$433 million in losses as a direct result of the drought.
In addition to coping with crop losses, farmers have
had to deal with significantly high operating costs,
as a result of increased fuel prices. For Illinois farmers,
increased fuel prices mean higher costs for operating
farm machinery, as well as rising fertilizer and pesticide
prices. Durbin noted that the average Illinois farmer,
with a 1,00 acre farm, is paying $24,000 more than he
or she did five years ago to operate a farm. This increase
in costs is a direct result of higher gas prices which
have led to higher fuel, fertilizer, and pesticide costs
for farmers across the state.
ANNUAL COLGATE COUNTRY SHOWDOWN HELD LAST FRIDAY
hosted the Fourth Annual Colgate Country Showdown Friday
May 5th, at VFW Post 1377 in Greenville. A packed crowd
watched Mal Rodgers, a native of Northern Ireland, sing
two original songs to win the contest. Mal's next step
will be the Colgate Country Showdown State Final, the
date and place of the final is undecided. Patoka Native
Jamie Nattier took second place and also showed off his
song writing ability with two original songs, and Edwardsville
Native Carrie Joy took third place. You can watch the
Colgate Country Showdown on Cable Channel 3 at 10am and
6pm on Tuesday May 9th. And stay tuned to WGEL Radio as
we welcome the three finalists from this year's showdown
to be guests and sing live on the air.
JOBS UP IN ALL METRO AREAS
March 2006, total payroll jobs increased over the year
in all 12 metro areas for the third consecutive month,
according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
There was strong growth in Information, Financial Activities,
and Wholesale Trade. Only Manufacturing and Professional
and Business Services sectors showed declines over the
year. Locally, the job growth in Bond County was up
to 6.5% in March, in March 2005 it was 6.4%. Clinton
County was at 5.9% in March up from 5.1% in March 2005.
And Madison County was up 6.1% this March from 5.6%
in March 2005.
MILESTONE BIRTHDAYS CELEBRATED AT FAIR OAKS
of Fair Oaks in Greenville have two milestone birthdays
to celebrate in May. Resident Lois Brown of Greenville
celebrated her 101st birthday May 1. The Fair Oaks Activity
Department provided Brown with a cake and several residents
and friends gave Brown cards. Brown is a member of the
Greenville First United Methodist Church and said the
secret to her longevity has been being good, raising
a nice family, and giving and receiving a lot of love.
Fair Oaks resident Elvira McCaslin from Vandalia will
be turning 95 on May 9. McCaslin is the mother of Iona
(Mrs. Elvin) Reitz of Greenville and the grandmother
of Bond County Clerk and Recorder Randy Reitz. McCaslin
is anticipating a visit in June from her newborn great-great
grandson. This event will be attended by five generations
of her family. A card shower is being planned for McCaslin.
Cards may be sent in care of Fair Oaks at 200 Healthcare
Drive in Greenville.
AND CONINE NAMED GHS PROM ROYALTY
Brittany Embry and Kyle Conine are the 2006 Greenville
High School prom queen and king. They were crowned late
Saturday night during the school's annual prom festivities.
Also honored were Chad Walker as Mr. Nice Guy and Jessica
Willey as Ms. Congeniality. This year's theme was "Castle
In The Sky" and again this year a large crowd gathered
along the north entrance of the gym as prom goers were
introduced upon arrival. The popular post prom activities
followed Saturday night's dance.
The Varsity Comets notched a 11-5 win over Hillsboro on
Friday. Scott Lurkins was the winning hurler and Jason
Mollett picked up his 6th save. Josh Fohne had 2 hits
and 4 RBI while John Spratt had 2 hits and 3 RBI. The
Comets are now 16-7 on the year. The JV Comets were 13-5
winners over Hillsboro on Friday.
The Lady Comets defeated Hillsboro 3-2 on Friday to clinch
the conference championship. Greenville is 9-0 in conference
and 16-4 overall.
The Panthers split a doubleheader with Rose-Hulman on
Saturday. They lost the opener 2-1 as they were held to
two hits. GC took game two 8-6. Mike Malisia hit his 5th
homerun of the season.
The Lady Comets fell to Hillsboro 1-0 on Thursday. The
Lady Comets were outshot 9-5.
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