UNIT 2 HIRES NEW PERSONNEL
Following the Closed Session at the Unit 2 School District Board Meeting last night, Board Members approved the hiring of Heidi Woods as the High School Assistant Volleyball Coach and Mike Patrick and Bonnie Cole as the Girl's Tennis Co-Coaches. Other positions filled included Pre-Kindergarten teachers, aides, and a secretary.
SQUIRREL AND STORM BLAMED FOR OUTAGES
A squirrel was the cause for a three hour power outage Monday night in the Mulberry Grove and Smithboro area. A spokesperson for Ameren IP told WGEL that the squirrel wandered into the Mulberry Grove substation and caused three fuses to blow. The outage began around 8:40 Monday night with power restored around 11:50pm. Over 800 customers were affected.
Tuesday morning’s storm kept Southwestern Electric busy. Utility poles caught on fire north of Sorento and south of Reno. Around 9am, an outage occurred on Hastings Cemetery Avenue due to a fallen three-phase line. Power was restored to the Hastings Cemetery area by 1pm.
ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH TO BE IN NEW CHURCH BUILDING IN SEPTEMBER
Members of the St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia are hoping the congregation can gather in a sanctuary in a few months. In September of 2005 lightening struck the church building causing a fire that destroyed most of the church. According to Rich Knebel, chairman of the building committee at St. James, the roof and east wall were lost and the church is being rebuilt using the existing north and south walls.
Knebel told WGEL most of the items in the sanctuary were not salvageable because of the water and fire damage including items that were dedicated in memory of people. Except for a few minor changes, the design of the new church is expected to be the same as the former church with the same size of the former building and is being built on the same site. When the new church is finished there will probably be a dedication service.
After the fire, the congregation met for services with their sister church at Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee. The past few months however, since the area of the fire has been cleaned up, the congregation has been meeting for services in the all-purpose facility at St. James.
NEW PENALTY FOR DRIVING WITHOUT CAR INSURANCE
A new law was signed in Illinois increasing the penalties for those caught driving without car insurance. Under Senate Bill 624, those who are caught without insurance will have their licenses suspended and be required to pay a $100 fine to reinstate it. Governor Blagojevich said this new law makes it clear - if you don't have insurance, don’t get behind the wheel. This new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2007, is an amendment to the already existing Vehicle Code which penalizes motorists with no insurance a fine of $500-$1000.
BENEFIT ANNOUNCED FOR FORMER GREENVILLE OFFICER
A benefit in honor of a former Greenville police officer will be held in late August by his co-workers. Paul Omelson, who served on the Greenville department from 1981 through 1990, is currently with the Freeburg P.D. He joined the Freeburg department in 1991. Omelson was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer earlier in the year and has been unable to work for the past three months. The benefit will feature a “This Is Your Life” format and anyone with stories they’d like to share about Paul Omelson is invited to be part of the program.
The benefit will be held Saturday August 26 at the Smithton Turner Hall. Doors open at 5pm, dinner will be served at 6:30pm, followed by an auction at 8pm. For more information, call the Freeburg Police Department at 539-3132 and ask for Laura McGarry or Investigator Mike Schutzenhofer.
CONTESTANTS NEEDED FOR TALENT CONTEST
Kids 21 and younger are needed for the annual Bond County Fair Talent Contest. This year’s event is Saturday August 5th at 4pm in the Activity Building. There are two age divisions and coordinator Shelli Hinkle talked to WGEL about entries which are still being accepted. Hinkle said the Junior Division is open to those 14 and under while Senior Division is for those 15 to 21. According to Hinkle, acts in the past have included comedians, singers, dancers, and magicians.
Winners in each division will represent Bond County at the State Fair Convention in Springfield. Last year’s winners were Rachel Daniken in the Senior Division and Mikayla Roach & DB Railroad in the Junior Division. Acts are judged on talent, appearance, and showmanship. For more details, call Shelli Hinkle at 780-9030.
BOARD GETS REPORT ON SHOAL CREEK BRIDGE
At last nights Bond County Board Meeting, Mike McCormick, Highway Engineer presented to the Board information regarding the Shoal Creek Bridge Project. The Highway Department is currently waiting for the execution of the contract from Depew & Owen Construction and has been told the project will not begin until September due to the backlogging of the Egyptian Concrete beams needed for the Bridge. The Board then approved Budget amendments from the County Clerk's Office, the Sheriff's Department and the Bond County Health Department. Before adjourning the meeting, the Board accepted a framed American Flag given to the people of Bond County on behalf of Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class Paul E. McCario. The Flag was flown January 31, 2006 over Task Force Wildcat while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The inscription stated that the Flag represents the American resolve following the attacks on 9-11. McCario is from the Sorento area.
VICKIE A. SCHMOLLINGER
Vickie Ann Schmollinger, age 49 of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday at the home of her aunt and uncle Stiles in Pocahontas.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will follow in Robinson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the family.
Vickie Ann, the daughter of Clifton H. and Gladys L. (Holcmann) Schmollinger, was born June 12, 1957 in Highland, Illinois. She grew up near Old Ripley, Illinois and attended the local schools and graduated from Greenville High School with the class of 1975. She was the co-owner of the Country Corner Cafe with Darlene Bone for 25 years. She was active with the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire and Ambulance for over 16 years. Most recently, she was working as a telecommunications analyst for Stiles Communications in Pocahontas. Vickie loved the Pocahontas Community and was very active in all the activities.
Vickie Schmollinger is survived by her parents, a daughter Tara and her husband Jerry Godier of Old Ripley, IL., brother Bret and wife Rena Schmollinger of Staunton, Illinois and a granddaughter Sydnee Godier.
DONALD FRANKLIN MAY
80-year-old Donald Franklin May of Branson, Missouri formerly of Coffeen passed away Sunday at his residence. Funeral services for 80-year-old Donald Franklin May will be held Thursday (7/20) at 10am at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen. Visitation is Thursday from 9am until service time at the funeral home. Military rites will be held at the Olive Hill Cemetery.
LOUIS BETTS JR.
Louis Betts Jr. age 70 of Mulberry Grove passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at 2:43 a.m. at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville, Illinois.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home, Mulberry Grove.
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