7-21-2006




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TRAILER FIRE SENDS ONE MAN TO THE HOSPITAL

One person suffered smoke inhalation Thursday afternoon when the trailer he was in caught on fire.  The Greenville Fire Protection District was dispatched around 5:45PM Thursday to White Street in Friendly City for a call of a trailer on fire with a man trapped inside.  When firefighters arrived they found smoke coming from the trailer and located an older man in one of the rooms near where the fire began.  Greenville police told WGEL at the scene that the victim, whose name has not yet been released, was conscious when firefighters removed him from the mobile home.  The victim's son told WGEL that he was in the opposite end of the trailer when a smoke alarm went off.  He tried to get his father out of the home with no success.  Firefighters believe an ash tray that had been dumped into a trash can was the cause of the fire.  The trailer sustained around $4,000 in damage. 

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BOND COUNTY SHERIFF REPORT

Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown has released his report for the month of June.  During the month, there were three reports of battery, assault, and aggravated assault.  16 have been reported since the beginning of the year, which is up from 22 last year.  Three burglaries were reported for the month of June.  Since the start of the year, 23 burglaries have been reported in comparison to 11 at this time in 2005.  

The Bond County Sheriff's Department investigated no residential burglaries last month.  For the year, 16 residential burglaries have been reported which is up from five during the same period last year.  During June nine thefts under $300 were reported bringing the number to 32 for 2006 compared to 21 by the end of June 2005. 

The interstate patrol was busy last month as 170 speeding tickets were issued. Since the start of 2006, 1,416 speeding citations have been issued.  That number is down from last year's figure of 1,681 speeding citations in the first six months. 

EXTRADITION HEARING CONTINUED UNTIL MONDAY

A hearing on Anthony S. White’s return to Illinois from a Kentucky jail has been continued until Monday.  White was in Oldham County court on Wednesday concerning his extradition to Illinois but the hearing was reset for Monday.  White, age 19 of Decatur, escaped from the Bond County Jail on the night of June 24.  He allegedly stole a car from a Greenville residence but was captured a week later in Kentucky.  White was already serving time on a case dating back to when he was a juvenile and was in Bond County awaiting trial on an alleged Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm charge.  Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer told WGEL that once White is extradited to the Illinois Department of Corrections, the process can begin for bringing him to Greenville to face charges including Escape, which is a Class 2 Felony. 


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ETHANOL PLANT MAY BE COMING TO VANDALIA

Vandalia officials are hopeful that their city will be selected for a proposed ethanol production facility.  The plant is the brainchild of a Jacksonville, Illinois company, National Ethanol LLC.  A representative of the firm recently met with the Vandalia Economic Development Commission to outline their interest in locating a plant on seventy acres south of the west I-70 interchange.

WGEL talked with Vandalia City Manager Ron Neibert who is very encouraged by what National Ethanol LLC has said following their tour of the site.  National Ethanol LLC indicated they are happy with the layout and are completing their site evaluations.  Neibert said based on the factors they’ve seen already the plant could be a reality. 

We asked Neibert about the infrastructure requirements for the ethanol production plant.  He said the city of Vandalia had already prepared the site for an industry.  A small waterline extension would be needed and the facility would use a large amount of water, as much as 650,000 gallons a day.  Vandalia would also apply for a federal grant to help with road improvements. 

Neibert said the plant would employ around fifty people paying an average hourly wage in the mid to high teens.  If all goes well, he said groundbreaking could be held as early as October 2007.  The corn used in the production of ethanol would be purchased locally.



FOUR FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPOND TO BARN FIRE

Around 8:28 PM Wednesday evening, a barn on fire on IL Rt. 185, just south of Hillsboro, was reported to Montgomery County 911.  Taylor Springs Fire Department arrived on scene to a 60x100 foot 2-story barn fully engulfed.  Hillsboro, Coffeen and Shoal Fire Districts were paged for water and manpower.  The Fire Departments were on scene for two and a half hours.  No injuries have been reported.

MULBERRY KEYESPORT ROAD CLOSURE

The Bond County Highway Department will be closing the South Mulberry Keyesport Road from Monday, July 24 to Thursday, July 27 between Pleasant Mound Avenue and Airport Avenue. Closure will be from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day and will open for evening and night traffic.  Closure is for repair, resurfacing, and oiling.  A detour route will be provided during the closure. Please take this closure into consideration if traveling in the area. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Highway Department Office.






APPLICATIONS FOR MILITARY ACADEMIES BEING ACCEPTED

Congressman John Shimkus is now accepting applications for anyone interested in attending one of the United States military academies. 
"As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I am very proud to now be able to assist students wishing to further their academic careers by serving their country", said Shimkus.
Applications must be received prior to November 16, 2006 to qualify for the summer 2007 admission.  To be eligible for appointment, you must be an American citizen and a legal resident of the 29th Congressional District of Illinois, at least 17 years old and not more than 23 by July 1, 2007, unmarried, not pregnant, have no obligation to support children or other dependents, and have an average ACT score of 24 in both Math and English.  For more information or for an application packet call 618-344-3065.




OBITUARIES

BERNARD R. RINGERING

67 year old Bernard R. "Bernie" Ringering of Pocahontas passed away Wednesday July 19th at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Visitation will be held Sunday July 23rd from 4-8pm at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and from 9-11am Monday July 24th at United Methodist Chuirch in Pocahontas. Funeral services Monday 11am at United Methodist Church with internment at Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas.

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.

Funeral services will be at 12 Noon Monday, July 24, at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Mulberry Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials may be made to the Betts Family or the Church of God in Christ.

Louis Betts Jr. , the son of Louis Betts Sr. and Susie (Lewis) Betts, was born February 2, 1936 in Portageville, Missouri.  He grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois and attended the public schools there.  After high school, he moved to Chicago, Illinois and worked for 20+ years at Youngstown Sheet and Tool in Hammond, Indiana.  Mr. Betts later moved to Royal Lake, Illinois.  He was the owner/operator of Louie's Smokehouse in Greenville.  Most recently, he worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections in Vandalia, Illinois. 

August 7, 1955 he married Dovie (Berry) Betts in East St. Louis, Illinois.  They have had over 50 years of marriage together.  They had 6 children, all of who survive.  Louis Betts III of Jacksonville, IL, Charlie Betts of Mulberry Grove, Illinois, Rosalyn Curry of Alton, Illinois, Vickie Bernard of Mulberry Grove, Illinois, Brenda Harris of Greenville, Illinois and Cassandra Hunt of Mulberry Grove, Illinois.  He was the loving grandfather of 14 and 2 step-grandchildren. Also survivng is his brother, Charles Betts of Hazelcrest, Illinois.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters Susie in infancy and Lucille Brown. Brothers Daniel, Eddie, Andrew and Elbert. 


Memorials to the Betts Family or the Church of God in Christ.

MARJORIE LeBEGUE THIERRY

Marjorie E. Thierry, age 91 of Greenville, passed away at 10:05 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2006 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with interment in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials may be made to the Bond County Senior's Center, Bond County Hospice or the First Christian Church in Greenville.

Marjorie E. LeBegue Thierry was born December 24, 1914 near Sebastopool, Illinois.  She was the daughter of the late Emil and Bertha E. (Porter) LeBegue.  Marjorie attended the locals schools, including the Lindley School.  She moved to Bond County in 1920, at the age of 6.

December 8, 1946 she married Theodore Edgar Thierry at the home of her parents.  They enjoyed 40 years together.  He preceded her in death on September 25, 1987.

Mrs. Thierry worked for National Grocery in Chicago and Emerson Electric in St. Louis, MO. Marjorie and Edgar moved to Bond County in 1963.  1977-1986 they lived in Marquin, Missouri and back to Bond County in 1986.

She was a member of the Greenville First Christian Church.

Mrs. Thierry is survived by a sister Agnes Royer of Greenville, nephew David Royer of Greenville and Harvey LeBegue, step-son Leo Thierry of St. Louis, Missouri and step -
daughter Evelyn Elnora of Kansas City, Missouri. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings; Maynard LeBegue, Wayne LeBegue and Elsie Walker.


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Cloudy, 30% of Rain, High: 81, Low: 64

Sunday: Partly Cloudy, High: 85, Low: 65


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

PUBLIC AFFAIRS
July 23, 2006

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program.  Our guest this week is Greenville resident Bill Davidson.  Bill will be talking to us about the 2007 calendar he has made that has pictures of Greenville from over 100 years ago. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County area news here on WGEL.


 

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