Monsanto has become a major partner in the effort to develop an agricultural museum in Bond County.  Tuesday night during a ground breaking ceremony, representatives from Monsanto presented a $50,000 check to the American Farm Heritage Museum.  The grant will allow for construction of a new building to house displays.  Work will begin July 1st with a completion date of June 2007.  The building will be constructed in phases and will be available for some use later this year. 

Accepting the donation were AFHM President Oliver Schaefer, museum Director of Advancement Dale Schaufelberger, and members of the AFHM board.  Monsanto’s commitment to the museum will include a Roundup Ready Alfalfa exhibit, seed and signage for a seed corn plot, and a designated seat on the American Farm Heritage Museum advisory board.  Mike Harriss, Monsanto Area Seed and Trait representative was elected to the AFHM board Tuesday night.  Monsanto will also provide two displays for the museum.



Around 9:30 Tuesday morning the Troy Police Department responded to a 911 call of a bank robbery at the First National Bank of Staunton in Troy.  According to police, a woman allegedly went into the bank and gave a note to a teller that said for the teller to give an unspecified amount of money to her.  No weapon was displayed.  After receiving the money, the woman allegedly fled on foot from the bank.  A blue Pontiac, that was believed to be the woman's vehicle, was seen fleeing the area heading towards I-55/70. 

Troy Police contacted the Illinois State Police and requested the suspect and vehicle information be broadcast on the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network. 

Within the hour, officers from the Pontoon Beach Police Department pulled over a vehicle matching the description of the woman and vehicle on Route 111 in Pontoon Beach.  A man and a woman were taken into custody and transported to the Troy Police Station where they are currently being held pending further investigation.  Arrest warrants are expected within the next few days.



The city of Greenville is flushing hydrants on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the month of July.  You may experience more chlorine in your water during this time.  Rather than concentrate the hydrant flushing at one time, the water department has opted to spread it out through the month.


At Monday's Unit 2 School Board meeting, the Board approved a summer math and English class for high school students who failed during the past school year.  High School Principal Kevin Cochrane said that a survey was conducted when the school year finished to see how well students did in this area.  He said that 45 students failed algebra the first semester.  Superintendent Melanie Allyn said that several students and parents have shown an interest in the summer classes, which will begin July 17 and run until August 11.  If students attend the summer classes they will receive the credit that was lost during the school year. 

The Board approved a joint resolution for the purchase of property for Okaw Area Vocational Center to create an efficient procedure for acquiring land.  This is part of a building and trades program provided by the Vandalia School District where other districts in the area can share the cost of an instructor and students are able to build a house and sell it.  The Bond County Unit 2 School Board approved this knowing that even though it is in Vandalia's name, everyone involved in the project will share proceeds from the eventual sale of the house. 

In other business, the Board purchased a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 truck for the maintenance crew.  This truck will have a blade on the front of it for snow removal.  The Board also purchased a 2007 Freightliner Thomas 66 passenger lift bus with four wheelchair stations.  This bus has tracks on the floor that will allow seats to be removed so that wheelchair access may be gained since the district has several students in wheelchairs.  The Board also purchased a 2007 Freightliner Thomas 71 passenger conventional bus.

Before going into closed session, the Unit 2 Board adopted a new board policy manual that will be up to date with Illinois laws.  For board policy adoptions to become effective, it must be acted on at two meetings.  Monday's meeting was the first.

The Board then went into closed session and approved hiring Susan Donaldson as GES/Jr. High Secretary and Michele Wade was hired as Unit office secretary.  Also in closed session, the Board approved compensating Superintendent Allyn for unused vacation days and since Allyn agreed to extend her contract for two additional years, she will be paid an additional $3,000 for each year. 




At Tuesday's Bond County Board Meeting, Zoning Administrator Howard Elmore presented new fees for mobile home inspection.  Any mobile home that is not coming from a factory will need to be inspected before being able to enter Bond County.  There is a $200 fee if the mobile home is in Bond County and needs inspection.  A $250 fee will be in place if the mobile home is coming from within 75 miles of Bond County and if a mobile home is further than 75 miles of Bond County the fee is $250 and $1 for each mile after. The Board also approved a special use permit to Mark Foucht of Mark's Heating and Cooling.  Foucht built a new building for storage of his vans and ductwork. 

Highway Engineer Mike McCormick said that there will be another bid letting for the Shoal Creek Township Bridge Project on June 27.  Another letting is needed because in May bids came in 26% over the engineer's estimate.  He said that the project might have to go ahead and begin no matter how these next estimates come in.  McCormick also told the Board that bids were opened for the office in the Highway Maintenance Shed.  The lowest bidder was Bruce Unterbrink Construction with a bid of $41,262.  The bids will now go before the Public Building Commission. 

Robert Lindberg, Executive Director of Fayco Enterprises, said that Montgomery County is forming a developmentally disabled program and also mentioned that the Fayco House on Elm Street in Greenville is full and everything is working out great.  The Bond County Board approved the following people to the Bond County 377 Board: Joe Whalen as President, James Keaster as Treasurer, and Joyce Hassenmyer as Secretary.  They all will be serving a three-year term that will end on June 30, 2009.

In other business, the Board approved liquor licenses for Oasis, Greenville Country Club, Circle B Steakhouse, and Kenny's Lake Stop.  The licenses are in effect from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007.

You can see the entire Board meeting tonight on Greene County Cable Channel 3 at 6:00 p.m.



Commander Jay Keeven of the District 11 Illinois State Police has announced the use of Roadside Safety Checks by District 11 personnel.  He said that the roadside safety check is an effective tool to generate voluntary compliance by the motoring public.  He said the potential to come across these checks encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers, and keep their consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits. 

The roadside safety checks will be held in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Bond, and Clinton Counties during the month of July.  Some of these checks are funded through a grant from the Unites State Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.


WGEL is giving away two pair of tickets to the Mark Wills Concert at Nashville North in Taylorville on Saturday June 24th, at 7:00 PM. Our give away will be on Thursday June 22nd in the 10 AM and 1PM hours of the Brad Rogers Show. Brad will announce a Mark Wills song of the hour, when you hear that song call WGEL at 664-3300.  Caller number seven will win a pair of tickets. Some of Mark Wills hits include “19 Something,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Back to One,” and “Jacob’s Ladder.” You have to be 18 or older to win, you can only win once, and only one winner per family


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