6-16-2006

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CARLISLE SYNTEC CONSTRUCTION ON SCHEDULE

The walls for the new addition at Carlisle Syntec started going up in April. Plant Manager, Andy Furman, recently told WGEL that construction on the new addition is on schedule and expected to be complete between mid to late July. 

The new addition is going to be a warehouse where finished products will be stored.  Carlisle Syntec currently leases space around Greenville and Nashville, IL.  Furman said that the new addition will allow them to consolidate all their warehousing operations under one roof.

The warehouse will store roofing materials and accessories that Carlisle Syntec sells to the construction industry.

FBI PUBLIC CORRUPTION WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING

Weysan Dun, Special Agent with the Springfield Division of the FBI, held a conference June 9 in Fairview Heights to highlight the new FBI Public Corruption Website.  On this website, you can report suspicion or knowledge of public corruption.

Dun told WGEL the reason the website was created was because public corruption is their highest criminal investigative priority. He said that it does not matter how large or small, when a public official abuses their public trust it is taken very seriously.  He said that some of their best public corruption cases started with tips from people who had knowledge of criminal activity on the part of a public official.

The website address is www.reportcorruption.fbi.gov. When you are at the website, you will see various information regarding the FBI's public corruption investigations program. 

The website also provides instruction on how to report suspicion of corruption by telephone.  Also on the website you can fill out a complaint form and submit it online.  Dun said that the whole point of the website is to make it easier for the public to report any suspicion of corruption to the FBI.

ONE QUESTIONED AND TWO BEING SOUGHT IN MURDER OF PORTAGE DES SIOUX MAN

The investigation continues today in the murder of a man whose body was found in rural Edwardsville earlier this week. One man has been questioned, but police are still searching for two others to question in the murder of 35-year-old Christopher Olsen of Portage Des Sioux.  One person was taken into police custody Wednesday for questioning, but was later released.  Authorities are still looking for two others.  Major case squad detectives believe there may be a connection between this case and a murder in April of 19-year-old Kevin Harper-Williams who lived in Overland, MO.  On Wednesday, police found Christopher Olsen's car in Overland.  Olsen's body was found Monday morning by a passerby in the rural area of Route 140 and St. James Road in Edwardsville.




GREENVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE

A Greenville man has entered an open plea of guilty to Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Domestic Battery.  27-year-old Matthew A. Neumann pled guilty to the charges on Monday, which was to have been the first day of his jury trial.  In exchange for this plea, the prosecution agreed to a fifteen-year cap for the sentencing on the Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault charge and a three-year cap on the Domestic Battery charge.  Both charges date back to an April 2005 incident.  Two counts of Criminal Sexual Assault and one count of Violation of an Order of Protection were dismissed.  Sentencing for Matthew A. Neumann has been set for July 28.



GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL TO OFFER VITAL STIM THERAPY AS PART OF SPEECH THERAPY PROGRAM

Greenville Regional Hospital recently introduced a new therapy, Vital Stim, which can be beneficial to people experiencing difficulty swallowing.  Greenville Regional Hospital Senior Manager of Diagnostic and Treatment Services, Darlene Harnetiaux said that Vital Stim can be beneficial to people who are affected by dysphagia.  Dysphagia is a condition that causes discomfort or difficulty with swallowing and can cause a person to completely lose his or her ability to swallow.  It is common with stroke survivors, patients with neurological disorders like Parkinson's Disease, and patients with head and neck cancer. It is more prevalent among the elderly.  Vital Stim is backed by clinical data and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  The therapy is safe and painless.  Vital Stim uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing.  Many facilities in the United States are reporting success with Vital Stim therapy.  There are also documented cases in which patients who previously required feeding tubes are able to eat normally after receiving Vital Stim

BOND COUNTY FAIR BOARD MEETING

The Bond County Fair Board met Wednesday night and a note at the bottom of the Bond County Fair meeting agenda reminded board members that it is only 48 days until the fair. 

Secretary Judy Debatin informed the Board that she will be sending in the rehabilitation claim to the state for $57,500 plus some labor. The Board received a report from Denny Potthast that the bill for the same liability and workers compensation insurance coverage will be about $600 less than last year.  The Board decided to add $30,000 coverage on electric poles and lines at a cost of about $450.

Improvements on the outside of the community building are now complete and the Fair Board voted to offer to renew the contract for use of the building for tumbling classes for another year with some modifications.

Leroy Brave reported the antique machinery club will need a tent erected on the end of the antique machinery building during the fair. Board members will be meeting at the fairgrounds Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. to decide on the location of the horse arena for the 2006 fair.

Virgil Schoen was for many years an exhibitor and assisted at the Bond County Fair and the Board approved a request by his family to erect a suitable memorial for him at a location on the fairgrounds.

The Fair Board recently received the Fair Board minutes for the years 1948 to 1986.  The next Fair Board meeting is July 12.






NEW ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR 3RD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

A general practice lawyer from Alton, who is also a member of the Madison County Board, has been named to fill a new associate judge position in the 3rd Judicial Circuit.  38-year-old Steve Stobbs of Godfrey, IL will become the third Republican of the 21 judges in the circuit, which includes Bond and Madison Counties, when he is sworn in on June 19. Stobbs was selected on the first ballot in a secret vote of this circuit's nine judges.

He is a principal partner in the Alton law firm of Stobbs and Sinclair where his primary focus is in the areas of probate and estate matters, elder law matters, and civil litigation.  Stobbs is currently serving his third term on the Madison County Board where he serves as chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Stobbs said that he is honored by this appointment. 

Associate Judge Clarence W. Harrison II has been spending his time in Bond County on Fridays, but that will change once Stobbs is sworn in.  Harrison will now spend five days a week in Madison County and Richard L. Tognarelli will be in Bond County in court on Monday afternoons and all day on Fridays.

HIGHLAND MAN CHARGED IN GREENVILLE BURGLARY

A 20-year-old Highland man has been charged in Bond County court for his alleged role in a break-in at a Greenville church.  Joshua D. Frith was charged with Burglary, a Class 1 Felony, for the March 13th incident at the Greenville First Christian Church





OBITUARIES

SHERRIAN MATHIS

65-year-old Sherrian Mathis of Granite City passed away Monday at her sister's home in Pocahontas.  There will be a private family memorial service at a later date for 65-year-old Sherrian Mathis.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or The American Cancer Society.  The Young Funeral Home in Greenville is handling arrangements.

 


 

WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Cloudy---High: 81---Low: 65

Sunday: Cloudy---30% of Showers---High: 79---Low: 65


PUBLIC AFFAIRS


Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program.  Our guest this week is Joyce Fikri with the St. Louis Area Dairy Council.  Joyce will be talking to us about June being Dairy month and some of the benefits of calcium.  That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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