6-05-2006

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FARM MUSEUM HOSTING TRACTOR DRIVE

Bond County roads were filled with tractors Saturday for a tractor drive.  The drive started at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning with two drives, a short and a long route.  Ollie Schaefer of the American Farm Heritage Museum told WGEL that they are looking forward to doing this every year. When the people on the tractors got back from the drive, the railroad division had a lunch stand for them. 

Schaefer said they were going to try to stay off of the main roads and they expected to travel south toward Dudleyville, Hookdale, and would also go to Keyesport Road. The group left the farm museum grounds at 9:00 a.m. and after returning the participants spent the next two hours binding two acres of wheat that has been grown on the museum grounds.

AMBER ALERT

Early this morning an Amber Alert was released. The Chicago Police Department confirmed a child abduction that occurred in Chicago. Guadeloupe Medina is a female Hispanic one-year of age 2 feet tall and weighs 25 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. The suspect is Daniel Medina male Hispanic 40 years of age. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. He is driving a Green Pontiac 2 door Illinois License 6814694 possibly headed to Mexico.

 

CAR FIRE

Greenville Fire fighters were called to a car fire in the United Stationers parking lot shortly after 5PM yesterday. Fire fighters quickly extinguished the flames but extensive damage was done to a blue 1998 Ford Explorer. 

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HIGHLAND MOTORIST CHARGED

Dustin W. Keeven age 20 of 12077 Decks Prairie Lane in Highland was charged with alleged failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, alleged failure to give information after striking unattended property, and alleged failure to report an accident to police. The 96 Lexus Keeven was driving failed to negotiate a curve and left Baden Avenue near Pocahontas and struck parked farm equipment Saturday morning around 1:43AM. According to a witness after the accident the driver was picked up by another car traveling in the same direction. Dustin Keeven admitted he fell asleep while driving and left the scene and spent the rest of the night at his brothers making no effort to contact police or provide information to the owner of the farm equipment. According to authorities the farm equipment suffered major damage.



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SCENES FROM THIS WEEKEND'S BREESE SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

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On the left are the Clydesdales and on the right is Breese resident and WGEL Radio's own Jerry Jansen wearing his First Place Ribbon for most unique mustouche.

VANDALIA STATEHOUSE GRANDE LEVEE SET FOR JUNE 16 17 18

The 38th Annual Grande Levee will be held Friday through Sunday, June 16, 17, and 18 at Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site.  The event is free and open to the public.  The Vandalia High School band and Cub Scout Pack 315 will begin the event with a flag raising ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on June 16.  An old-fashioned ham and bean dinner, funnel cakes, and a homemade ice cream social will begin at 5:30 on the Statehouse lawn.  At 6:00 p.m. George Portz will lead the Friday night Fiddlers' Frolic.  A candle light open house at the Statehouse will follow from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. with music by Baroque Folk.  On Saturday and Sunday, guided tours of the Statehouse will be provided. Period arts and crafts demonstrations will be held each day including blacksmithing, basket making, pottery, and more. "Taste of Vandalia" food booths will offer local fare. The event coincides with the National Road Festival in Vandalia and for more information contact Mary Cole at 618-283-1161.



MATT WILLMAN NEW COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

Greenville Chief of Police Lou Lorton told WGEL that Matt Willman of Greenville is now the new animal control officer. Willman is replacing Mike Hess, who is resigning.  Dr. O.W. Stowe, animal control warden, hired Willman because by law, the animal control officer of the county is hired by the animal control warden.  Lorton said that Willman will be going to training sessions June 19 and June 20 to become certified for euthanization of animals. Lorton also said that Willman is a part-time employee of the City of Greenville.  He works as a parking enforcement officer and lake patrol officer. Willman will be remaining in those positions in addition to serving as animal control officer.

 

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BOX LUNCHES A SUCCESS

The Box Lunch Program this spring, that was run by the Bond County Senior Center, was a huge success.  A total of over $8,600 was raised and Anna Oestreich of the Bond County Senior Center said that the Senior Center will be doing a few special events over the summer consisting of special meetings and conferences.  She said that there were over 30 volunteers that worked during the 14 weeks the Box Lunch Program was in service.  She said that they were all very dedicated, hard working, and amazing.  Some of the volunteers did food prep, assembling of the food, and others delivered the meals.  The Box Lunch program is expected to start up again in September, but no date has been set for the first box lunch. Flyers will be sent out however notifying people of when it will start up again.  If you have any questions you can contact Anna Oestreich at the Bond County Senior Center at 664-1465.

OBITUARIES

Dean Apple

Dean Apple age 69 of Keysport passed away Saturday June 3rd at Caring First Nursing Home in Breese, there will be no services. Memorials can be made to his family and will be received thru Moss Funeral Home in Breese who is handling the arrangments.

Clarence E. Christin

Clarence E. Christin age 94 of Bond County passed away Sunday at St. Frances Hospital in Litchfield. Funeral Arrangments are pending at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


 

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