6-28-2006 




TRAIN DERAILS ALONG ROUTE 40 IN MADISON COUNTY

A train derailment Tuesday afternoon led to around fifty people being evacuated in Madison County.  Twenty-one cars from the CSX train left the track including some cars that contained chemicals including hydrogen peroxide.  Early reports were that one of the derailed cars was leaking anhydrous but that later proved to be false.  The mishap occurred around 3PM along Route 40 between St. Jacob and Troy near the Triad Middle School.  Residents within a mile radius of the accident were evacuated as a precaution.  There were no injuries in the derailment.  Several agencies were involved in working the scene including the Madison County Hazmat team and numerous fire departments.  The Illinois EPA and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency are assessing the scene to determine the amount of contamination from the overturned rail cars. 


FIREWORK SAFETY FOR THIS 4TH OF JULY SEASON

With the 4th of July just around the corner and the sound of fireworks already in the air, WGEL talked with Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston about Firework safety, your individual responsibilities when handling them, and having fireworks around your children.

“Do not let kids handle fireworks”, Chief Johnston said, “as it’s the adults responsibility in this and you need to keep your children away”. Most fireworks burn at 1000 degrees or higher on the ends and that can very quickly cause a 3rd degree burn.  He also noted that we should be aware of the dry straw and weeds in Bond County that can be very flammable.  If you start a fire resulting from fireworks, it is your responsibility and you can be liable for any damages caused.  Every year throughout the nation there are a lot of people that get seriously burned from fireworks.  Bill Johnston wants to remind us that even though fireworks may look nice and will continue to be used during the 4th of July season, they are also extremely dangerous.

Along with Chief Johnston, WGEL reminds you to stay safe throughout the holiday season and have a great 4th of July.

DEADLINE FOR FIREWORKS PERMIT HAS PASSED

If you’re planning on shooting off larger fireworks this holiday season in Bond County, then you should have already purchased a firework’s permit from the County Clerk’s Office.  WGEL spoke with Randy Reitz on why this new regulation went into affect this year in Bond County, who should have a permit, and when the permit purchasing deadline was.

“The time period has passed, it has to be done a minimum of 15 days before the usage of the fireworks”, Reitz stated.  Each permit must be used for a single date, time and time period and applied for at the Bond County Clerk’s Office with the cost being $20.  But don’t just think that anyone can walk in and get a permit.  Each individual applying for one is subject to a background check and must have proof of insurance, proof of completing a training class either sponsored or conducted by the State Fire Marshall’s Office and approval from the Fire Chief of the District you will be doing it in.  Reitz stated that without this regulation in the State of Illinois, Bond County would not be allowed to have any fireworks display, therefore those out at Patriots Park or over in Timber Trails would not be able to perform.

Anyone caught violating this regulation is subject to a fine not exceeding $500.





ONE PERSON INJURED IN MINOR ACCIDENT

A 14-year-old Greenville girl was injured Monday when her leg was struck by a car door.  According to police, a car driven by 17-year-old Tyler Turok of Greenville began rolling forward in a parking lot and struck a parked car driven by 17-year-old Jessica E. Wilkins of Mulberry Grove.  A passenger of Wilkins', Jannel A. Woods, was injured when the impact closed the door onto her leg.  She was treated for minor injuries at Greenville Regional Hospital. 


UNIT 2 SPECIAL BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

The Unit 2 School District will have a special board of education meeting tonight (Wednesday) at 8:00 p.m. to discuss a resignation. 

COMPUTER STOLEN FROM GES

Greenville police say a 11-year-old and 6-year-old male juvenile allegedly took a laptop computer from the Greenville Elementary School.  The boys entered the school through an unlocked door and allegedly stole the computer from an office.  The laptop was taken to the Greenville police department Monday afternoon by a family member of one of the boys. 



ROAD OILING ON THURSDAY

The Bond County Highway Department will be closing the Pleasant Mound Road on Thursday, June 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Closure is due to oiling.  Please take this closure into consideration while traveling in the Pleasant Mound area.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Highway Department office.  



JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF DEFENDANT IN INSURANCE SUIT

Judge John Knight has ruled in favor of the defendant, Vandalia Mutual Insurance Company, in the second count of a suit filed by a rural Mulberry Grove man.  In early May, a Bond County jury sided with Louis Barnes who was seeking additional reimbursement from his insurance company.  Barnes's mobile home and an outbuilding were damaged during a May 2002 storm.  The jury awarded Barnes $3,333 but in a second count he raised further questions on the company and its handling of his policy alleging that it was "unreasonably complicated, unclear, and ambiguous."  In his ruling, Judge Knight stated that the evidence provided during the trial was insufficient to sustain a claim under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act. 

OBITUARIES

JOHN YOUNG

73-year-old John H. Young of Greenville passed away Tuesday at his home.  Funeral srvices for 73-year-old John H. Young will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at The Greenville First Christian Church.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Military Graveside rites will be given by Greenville VFW Post # 1377.  Friends may call Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to Sonrise Christian Education Center or The Comets Sports Boosters. John Young was a former teacher and coach at Greenville High School.

ALICE WASMUTH

94-year-old Alice A. Wasmuth of Greenville passed away Tuesday at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  At her request, her body was donated to medical science.  A memorial Mass for 94-year-old Alice A. Wasmuth will be held at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice, Bond County Humane Society, The John J. Wasmuth Postdoctoral Fellowship, or St. Lawrence Catholic Church.  The Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


 

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