7-20-2006




COAL MINING MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT

The Bond County Farm Bureau held an informational meeting concerning coal rights Tuesday night at St. Nicholas hall in Pocahontas. Several speakers told the packed house how important it was for all Bond County land owners to find out exactly what their rights are in dealing with the Coal Company. Farm Bureau board member Jim Zeeb told the group to have a title search done to find out if they have coal rights or subsidence rights. Zeeb said he believes about 60 percent of landowners may still have subsidence rights. The Coal Company will have to deal with each landowner before they began to mine under their property. If the landowner has neither coal nor subsidence rights the Coal Company is mandated by law to repair, replace and compensate property owners for any damage to their property.


COMMISSION HEARS REPORT ON HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT OFFICE

The Bond County Public Building Commission was updated Tuesday afternoon on the status of the new office for the Highway Department.  Although the maintenance building was completed, the cost for the office was going to be higher than the amount budgeted.  Department head Mike McCormick reported that four bids have since been received for the project with Unterbrink Construction coming in with the low bid of $41,262.  The commission authorized Chairman Marshall Mollet to sign the contract with Unterbrink. 

McCormick told the commission he is proposing the construction be funded with county matching funds which were designed to match state and federal projects.  He explained that Motor Fuel Tax money was used for the construction of the maintenance building.  McCormick said he not sure whether the highway department would need to pay the money back into the fund.  If so, McCormick suggested the transfer come from the highway department’s money market.

Public Building Commission member Tom Morgan asked McCormick if using the matching funds for the office construction would affect any services provided.  McCormick assured Morgan that only the department’s internal purchases like equipment would be pinched by using these funds. 

At Tuesday night’s Bond County Board meeting, McCormick said he would be seeking a board resolution authorizing the move of the funds once the contract with Unterbrink is completed. 

PEOPLE FROM BOND COUNTY SUFFER FROM HEAT WAVE

With the recent heat wave in the area, WGEL checked with Greenville Regional Hospital to see if anyone in the area has been treated for the heat. A spokesperson for the hospital said that so far this summer, two children and one elderly person went to the emergency room for heat-related illnesses.  All three were treated and released.

The most severe result of overexposure to the elements is heat stroke, a serious medical condition that can damage the brain and other organs and could possibly result in death. Heat stroke symptoms can vary, but you'll want to watch out for red, hot and dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, or confusion. 

If you think that someone might be suffering from heat stroke, call 911 and then cool the person down any way you can until help arrives. To avoid heat-related illness, drink plenty of nonalcoholic fluids, pace yourself when working outdoors, replace salts and minerals, wear lightweight clothing, and be sure to stay in air conditioning, and take cold showers.



CLEAN LAKES WORK TO BEGIN THIS WEEK

The permits have arrived and work at Patriot’s Park Lake should begin on Friday.  Funded by the Clean Lakes Grant, the project has been in the planning and development for several years.  Earlier this week, the Kingsbury Park District received the required permits from the Corps of Engineers.  The KPD had submitted the paperwork to the Corps in February.

Park District Director Jerry Sauerwein told WGEL that Lake Rip Rap is the company that will initiate the project.  The boat that will be used during the work is scheduled to be eased into the water this afternoon.  When the rip rap part is finished, Blankenship Construction will then begin the dredging and dam rehabilitation.  This will be followed by boat dock construction and then the watershed improvements.

Sauerwein said the design for the watershed portion is not complete which means this phase may not begin until early 2007.  However, he said there is an outside chance the watershed work could be done this fall. 




ADOPTION CASE DRAWS LARGE CROWD TO COURTHOUSE

A hearing on an adoption case attracted a large crowd including a St. Louis television crew to the Bond County courthouse on Wednesday.  By law, any details of an adoption case are sealed and cannot be released.  However, family members met with the media on the courthouse grounds to share their side of the story.  WGEL was told that Ebony Lester, the mother of the 10-month old boy at the center of the case, had been diagnosed with post-partum depression and the child was being cared for by his grandmother.  According to family members, Lester signed papers in September 2005 that she thought gave up custody of the child for temporary foster care.  They later found out that the papers were for permanent adoption.  The family claims that in February of this year the child was removed from a local day care center by Greenville police and is now in Cook County awaiting adoption.  Greenville police chief Lou Lorton confirmed to WGEL that one of his officers accompanied a representative of the adoption agency and a case worker to the daycare center.  Lester’s family says any of them would be willing to care for the child.

Deborah Crouse-Cobb, the attorney representing the adoption agency, told WGEL that because adoption cases are sealed she was ethically bound from commenting.  She explained that Ebony Lester and her family are not bound by this law and are free to discuss the issue.  The attorney added that she was eager to proceed with their case.  The Lesters told WGEL that the hearing was continued to allow them to find legal counsel.  Ebony Lester and her mother were interviewed by the KTVI news crew. 

KC BOARD TO MEET THURSDAY

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 7pm.   The board will get updated on the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance and the district’s building projects.  The KC board will also consider some equipment purchases and salary increases. 




OBITUARIES

ESTHER HELGEN

92-year-old Esther Helgen of Sorento passed away Wednesday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.  Funeral services for 92-year-old Esther Helgen will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. 

BERNARD RINGERING

67-year-old Bernard Ringering of Pocahontas passed away Wednesday at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Funeral arrangements for 67-year-old Bernard Ringering are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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