6-29-2006




RESIDENTS STILL OUT OF HOMES DUE TO TRAIN DERAILMENT

Residents who live in the Troy area were still being kept away from their homes Wednesday afternoon due to the train derailment Tuesday afternoon.  The freight train has been said to have been carrying potentially dangerous chemicals and derailed along Highway 40, across from Triad Middle School on its way to Indianapolis.  Officials have not said when residents will be allowed to return home.



AUTHORITIES SEARCHING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FOR ESCAPEE

Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown and one of his deputies joined members of the U.S. Marshal's office and the Illinois Department of Corrections Tuesday for a search in southern Illinois for 21-year-old Anthony S. White.  The Decatur man escaped from the Bond County Jail late Saturday night and then fled from Bond County in a car he allegedly stole from a Greenville residence.  White's last known whereabouts were in Perry County where he was involved in a minor accident Sunday afternoon.  Sheriff Brown told WGEL that they searched three houses on Tuesday but had no success.  According to the Sheriff, they continue to follow up on several leads. 




GREENVILLE WOMAN SENTENCED ON RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

Devin E. Crum, age 26 of Greenville, pled guilty in Bond County court to a May 7th residential burglary on Red Ball Trail.  Crum was sentenced to 48 months probation, must pay a fine and costs of $750, and serve 180 days in the Bond County Jail.  A portion of the fine and costs along with the jail term will be revoked if Crum successfully completes a substance abuse treatment program. 

 

DOG SET TO BE PUT TO SLEEP NOW PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE

A dog that was formerly at the Bond County Adopt-A-Pet and was supposed to be euthanized is now a search and rescue dog for the Effingham County Search and Rescue. The bloodhound named Ripper was going to be "put to sleep" by the animal control until Bond County Adopt-A-Pet contacted John Beck, manager of Rural King in Vandalia.

Mary Price told WGEL that since a lot of hunters go into the store, Beck knows people who are looking for dogs.  Beck gave them the number of a Collie trainer, who works with Search and Rescue.  The trainer got a hold of Search and Rescue, and a man named Dan Hille contacted Adopt-A-Pet and wanted to adopt Ripper.

Ripper and his owner, Dan Hille, recently attended a week-long training program in Tennessee.  Ripper successfully completed a trailing and tracking program. 

 

LOOKING FOR LINCOLN COMMITTEE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

The Looking for Lincoln Committee, an organization that is in charge of enhancing Vandalia's presentation of the Abraham Lincoln story in the community, is expected to have its work completed soon.  In fact, the work is so far ahead of schedule that the June meeting for the committee was called off.  Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman established the committee in July 2005.

Team Leader, Bill Donaldson, told WGEL why the committee was established. He said that some people who are interested in Lincoln wanted to give notice to Lincoln throughout Illinois.  He said that some of them went to Springfield and met with legislators and they reinforced how some of the people felt about sitting on a "goldmine" in Vandalia because it is and Old State Capital.

Donaldson said that there will be 10 Looking For Lincoln Story Boards that will be displayed in Vandalia.  These boards will be placed on spots significant in Lincoln's life while he was in Vandalia and people can read a story about why that spot is significant to Lincoln.  

Donaldson told WGEL that even though their work will be complete by this fall, the story boards will probably not be put up until after the revitalization of the downtown area is complete.  There are five subcommittees involved in helping with the project, they include: historical, storyboards, public relations, merchants, and governmental relations and foundations.

 




GREENVILLE REGIONAL WELCOMES PHIL SIEFKEN

Greenville Regional Hospital will welcome Phil Siefken, M.D. to its active medical staff later this summer.  Beginning in August, Siefken, a Greenville native, will join Charles Daisy, Richard Funneman, and Tricia Gifford at Greenville Medical Associates. 

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Greenville College, Siefken attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria and completed a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis.  Dr. Siefken is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics.  Most recently, Dr. Siefken served as the Director of the Pediatric Residency Continuity Clinic at Indiana University.  Siefken oversaw 30 faculty pediatricians in their outpatient education of 90 residents at 17 office sites.  He also recently served as an associated clinical professor of pediatrics and assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Siefken will begin seeing patients at Greenville Medical Associates on August 7.  He is the son of Dr. Hugh and Marie Siefken of Greenville.  A community reception to welcome Dr. Siefken to Greenville is being planned for August 28 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Greenville Regional Hospital Community Room.




NATIONAL ROAD BOOK TO HELP CELEBRATE BICENTENNIAL

Next time you’re traveling on parts of US Rt. 40 and IL Rt. 140 anywhere in Bond County, you might be interested to know that you’re actually following the path of the “National Road” just like other people did over a hundred years ago.  WGEL talked with John Coleman Sr, board member on the Illinois National Road Association and coordinator of the National Road Book for our area.

The National Road officially started back in 1806 beginning in Baltimore, MD.  To help celebrate this year’s bicentennial, the National Road Association is putting together a National Road Book.  Coleman stated that the purpose of the book is, “to get the history of each of the counties in which the National Road passes through Illinois, along with information regarding the importance of the National Road to the development and economy of that county.”

The National Road Book is expected to be released at the end of the year, but there is still time to purchase a page in the book for a look at your business, church, school or family’s history.  Coleman stated that these advertisements greatly help to fill in more of our area’s history surrounding the National Road.  For more information, please contact John Coleman Sr. at 664-0283.

OBITUARIES

DORSETTA ATKINSON

78-year-old Dorsetta Atkinson of Trenton passed away Tuesday at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.  Funeral services for 78-year-old Dorsetta Atkinson will be Monday, July 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 2 and from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 3 at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

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