HEAVY RAIN FROM STORMS
This morning's thunderstorm dumped a lot of rain on Bond County in a short time. As of 10am the City of Greenville was reporting 1.08 inches of rain. Because of the heavy rains, there were also some area streets and roads flooded. The Pocahontas/Old Ripley Fire Department responded to call of power lines and a tree down on Kavanaugh Street. A short time later the department was sent to a report of a power line on fire on Old Ripley Road. Bond, Montgomery, Madison, and Clinton Counties were all under a thunderstorm warning this morning.
GREENVILLE POLICE ADDS LAPTOPS TO SQUAD CARS
The Greenville Police Department has joined other Illinois Law Enforcement Agencies by adding MDC (Mobile Data Computer) Laptops to three of their squad cars through a grant provided by ILEAS (Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System). WGEL talked with Sgt. Deb Keserauskis about this new equipment.
The software on the laptops is called IWIN. In a more secure way of communicating, the program allows the officer to run license plate and driver's license information from their car as well as email other officers on duty. One incident has already proven to help with officer safety. Sgt. Keserauskis said, "We've already had an officer who made a traffic stop, and during that traffic stop he ran the subject's name through the laptop computer and found out he was wanted. So he knew walking back up to that car that the subject was wanted before it ever came back from the dispatcher's station". They are also able to communicate car to car to any other agency that has these same laptops.
Many other local departments including Montgomery, Fayette and Clinton Counties have the MDC installed in their cars. The Greenville Police Department is still in their testing phase and is moving towards installing the software in the communications center. There are many upgrades available and will be looking at these options and maybe purchasing a few more laptops in the future.
BOND COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY STARTING CYCLE TO BUILD FOURTH HOME
The Bond County Habitat for Humanity is starting the cycle to build their fourth home in the county. In order to be a partner family with Habitat for Humanity you must meet three areas of criteria. According to Anita Marcoot of the Bond County Habitat for Humanity the criterias include a need for decent affordable housing, which means your current housing is substandard, you are overcrowded, or your rent is more than you can afford. Second, you must meet certain income guidelines. Marcoot said that some people think Habitat Homes are free give-a-aways and they are not. Partner families enter into a mortgage agreement with Habitat for Humanity. The third area of criteria is that you have to be willing to partner in building your home and a family must get what Habitat calls "400 Sweat Equity Hours".
You do not necessarily need to be hammering nails to help with the building of your home to obtain the 400 Sweat Equity Hours. There are a number of things you can do like preparing food for the work crew, cleaning up at the end of the workday, or doing fundraising. To receive an application for home ownership with Habitat for Humanity - Bond County Chapter go to one of the four Habitat Orientation/Application Meetings and they are on:
July 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bradford Room in Greenville
July 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Sorento Municipal Center on Taylor Street
July 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pocahontas Village Hall on West Kavanaugh
July 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Fireman's Park on Maple Street in Mulberry Grove
Habitat volunteers will be available to explain the various parts of the application and will be able to answer any questions. If possible, bring your W2 forms from the last two years. The deadline to submit an application is August 14.
BRIDGE WORK AT THE 41 MILE MARKER ON I-70
When traveling on I-70 the rest of this summer, take into consideration that The Illinois Department of Transportation will be painting the bridge that carries Millersburg Rd. over I-70 at the 41-mile marker. Periodic lane and shoulder closures will occur on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. These closures will be in effect during the daytime hours only, weather permitting. Work will begin immediately and is expected to be done by the end of this summer. If you have questions or concerns, contact IDOT at 346-3350.
ONE TEEN INJURED IN ACCIDENT
One person was injured early Sunday morning in an accident on Pleasant Mound Avenue. Zachary G. Marchello, age 17 of Greenville, was westbound in his pickup truck when he swerved to avoid a deer and struck a concrete culvert. A passenger in Marchello's truck, 18-year-old Daniel A. Evans of Greenville, was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital by a friend.
RESIGNATIONS, FEE INCREASES AND SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR UNIT 2
The School District had a few resignations submitted last night at the Unit 2 School Board Meeting. The positions possibly affected from the Jr. High are the Head Track Coach, Head Baseball Coach, P.E. Teacher, and Cheerleading Coach; and from the Elementary School, a Teacher. And for the first time in history there will be a Parking Fee of $12.00 per year or $7.00 per semester with a $2.00 refundable parking tag for High School students who drive to school. This fee will help with the upkeep of the parking lots and the maintenance of the barriers. Each tag will be color coded and able to hang from the rear view mirror. Another addition for High School students, approved by the board, is a book/supply fee increase of $6.00 that will now include a student planner. High School Principal Kevin Cochrane stated, “Planners are a vital tool for any young adult” and hopes to coordinate them into the classroom dynamic.
The renewal to provide optional student insurance and catastrophic insurance was also approved. The Board then carried a motion to look into purchasing or leasing another district vehicle to assist in the traveling needs of faculty and students to meetings and conferences. The 2006-2007 School Calendar was also released with registration scheduled for August 8th-11th in age level block sessions and the first day of school starting August 17th. The meeting ended with the board going into closed session. We will have more information on what was discussed when it becomes available.
GRANTFORK MAN ARRESTED ON INDECENT SOLICITATION CHARGE
A Grantfork man was arrested last week and charged with indecent solicitation of a child. Highland police told WGEL that 19-year-old Jason A. Wildhaber allegedly approached a boy under the age of 17 with an indecent solicitation for a sex act. He was arrested by Grantfork police on the Highland warrant. Wildhaber had previously been charged in Madison County Court with four counts of alleged possession of child pornography. Those charges date back to a March 2005 arrest and a court date has been set for August 14 on that case.
CARDINALS TICKET AUCTION
WGEL is auctioning a pair of tickets to see the Cardinals and Braves Wednesday night (July 19) at 7:10pm at Busch Stadium. These outfield field box seats have a face value of $38 each. Proceeds from our auction will benefit the Bond County Health Department’s Relay for Life Team. Tune in Wednesday during the Mike and John Show for our Cardinals ticket auction from 7 until 7:30am. The tickets are courtesy of Peggy Sohn.
VICKIE A. SCHMOLLINGER
Vickie A. Schmollinger, 49 of Pocahontas, passed away at her Aunts home Sunday in Pocahontas. Arrangments are incomplete at Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.
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