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CENTRALiA GUARD INJURED, PRISON UNDER LOCKDOWN

A guard at the Centralia Correctional Center was injured Tuesday night while attempting to break up a fight between two inmates.  The correctional officer suffered a broken leg and, according to Metro News Source, the facility was then put under lockdown until Thursday morning.  A Department of Corrections spokesman says they are investigating the incident.  The AFSCME, the union representing the guards, has stated the fight at the Centralia facility plus a similar one at the Lawrenceville prison are further proof that more guards are needed. 

BROWNSTOWN MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER DEMO ACCIDENT

The Brownstown man who suffered serious burns Sunday night during the Fayette County Fair Demolition Derby was listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon at a Springfield hospital.  A spokesperson for Springfield Memorial Medical Center confirmed to WGEL that 19-year-old John Feltner was being treated at the hospital’s burn unit.  Feltner was competing in the compact car division of the demo derby when his car burst into flames.  Brownstown firefighters extinguished the blaze and Feltner was flown from the scene to Springfield. 

WOMAN CHARGED FOR ALLEGED BATTERY OF SENIOR CITIZEN

Sharon S. Linville, age 36 of Mulberry Grove, has been charged in Bond County court after she allegedly struck a 79-year-old woman over the head with a metal cane.  Bond County deputies were called to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Main Street in Mulberry Grove around 1am Wednesday.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered the victim suffering from a head wound.  She was transported by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment. 

Based on their investigation they arrested Linville who has been charged with alleged Aggravated Battery of a Senior Citizen and Aggravated Battery.  Also arrested at the scene was 41-year-old Gerald A. Salmons.  He has been charged with alleged Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis. 


BOND COUNTY 4-H JUDGING THIS WEEKEND

The Bond County 4-H club will be holding it's General Projects and Home Ec Showday this Saturday in Greenville.  WGEL talked with Lynn Weise about the event.

"The 4-Hers work year round on their projects", said Weise.  People within the industry then grade them on a Danish Scale and ask questions such as what they learned through doing the project.  Those that are outstanding projects are identified as well as those who will be going to the State Fair in August.  The general public is encouraged to come and visit and talk to kids about their projects. Weiss said, "They are always very excited to share information about what went wrong and what went right with their projects".

The Showday is this Saturday July, 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Judging will be at 10:00 a.m. and the public is invited to view the projects starting at 11:30 a.m.  For more information contact the Extension Office at 664-3665.





GFPD RESPONDS TO TWO CALLS WEDNESDAY

The Greenville Fire Protection District responded to two calls on Wednesday.  The first concerned a carbon monoxide detector sounding at a business on the square.  Firefighters checked the building for C-O but the results were negative.  Wednesday evening, the department was called to a smoke alarm sounding at the SBC building on north Third Street.  Firemen determined that it was a faulty detector. 

UNIT 2 MEETS MONDAY NIGHT

The Unit 2 Board of Education meets Monday at 7pm in the Unit office conference room.  The board will discuss a resignation, an increase in high school book and supply fees, and review high school parking fees. 

DRY JUNE IN ILLINOIS

Preliminary data for Illinois indicates that June’s 3.49 inches of precipitation was 0.59 inches below normal.  The driest region between I-70 and I-80 generally had 2.5 to 3.5 inches or even less at some locations.  Despite the wet March and April, precipitation was below normal statewide in May and June.  The largest deficits in western and central Illinois are up to 3 inches or more below normal.  Paris, Illinois reported the heaviest one-day rainfall of 4.27 inches on June 19. 

State climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey said conditions in areas that were dry in May and June could worsen rapidly after even a week or two of hot, dry weather.

VILLAGE OF SORENTO GETTING HOUSING REHAB GRANT

The Village of Sorento was recently awarded state Opportunity Returns grant funds to improve housing.  It is aimed to help assist low-to-moderate income people.  Donna Thacker, Sorento Village Clerk, told WGEL that she and Mayor Brett Kunkel met with a representative from Kolis Consulting out of Springfield and said that the grant will help 11 houses in the north part of Sorento.

She explained to WGEL how areas are picked in towns and villages. She said that representatives from consulting firms pick areas.  They come to towns that have applied for the grant and drive around the town and pick areas that are in need.

Thacker said that rehabilitation is needed because several of the homes are low-income families that cannot afford to do repairs to their homes.  She said the grant will provide homeowners with siding for their homes, new furnaces, and anything else that is needed to repair homes. The grant is for $328,000, but Thacker explained that the Village will get a leverage amount so the total amount of monies received will be well over $400,000.  Thacker said that she and the whole Village is very excited about the grant and is looking forward to improving the way of life for people in Sorento.  





SPORTS

COUGARS BASEBALL
The Bond County Cougars were 13-4 winners over the Edwardsville Cougars on Monday.  Kyle Washburn got the win and A. J. Childerson the save.  Brad Perry, Jordan Zeeb, and Dylan Carr each had two hits. 

OBITUARIES

GERTRUDE "TRUDY" GAINES

88-year-old Gertrude "Trudy" Gaines of Pocahontas formerly of Champaign County passed away Thursday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for 88-year-old Gertrude "Trudy" Gaines will be held Monday (July 17) at 11am at the Broadlands United Community Church in Broadlands, Illinois.  Burial at Fairfield Cemetery in Newman.  Visitation is Sunday (July 16) from 4-7PM at the First United Methodist Church of Pocahontas and Monday (July 17) from 10-11am at the church in Broadlands.  Memorials may be made to the church of your choice.  Mrs. Gaines was the mother of Linda Trover of Pocahontas.  May Funeral Home in Pocahontas is handling the local arrangements. 


WEATHER

Saturday: Mostly Sunny-Hot & Humid-40% of Rain-High: 95-Low: 72

Sunday: Partly Cloudy-Hot & Humid-30% of Rain-High: 92-Low: 70


PUBLIC AFFAIRS
JULY 16, 2006

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program.  Renee Morgan’s guest this week is Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.  Secretary White will be discussing the new First Person Consent Organ and Tissue Donor Registry and the success it has had since it began in January.  Secretary White will also discuss the importance of organ and tissue donation.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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