COLLINSVILLE WOMAN RECEIVES SETTLEMENT IN CAMPER FIRE SUIT
The death of a Collinsville man in a camper fire in January 2005 has led to a $7 million lawsuit settlement for his wife. Randall Rutz and his wife, Brenda, were sleeping in their camper at Lake Yaeger in Litchfield when it caught on fire. Randall died of smoke inhalation and third-degree burns. Brenda suffered second and third-degree burns along with permanent vocal chord injuries.
According to the Belleville News Democrat, the fire was caused by cracked tubing in the camper’s refrigerator. The manufacturer, Norcold, had issued a recall on the unit but Brenda Rutz did not receive hers until seven months after her husband’s death. Norcold said it had advertised the recall in trade journals and camping magazines.
The Norcold recreational vehicle refrigerators that have been recalled are N841, N821, N641, and 1082. For more information, call Norcold at 800-767-9101.
STAYING COOL AND NEW GRANTS; HOT TOPICS AT HEALTH BOARD MEETING
The Bond County Health Board met last Monday Night and discussed an influx of new grant money. There are three new grants that were approved for the budget. The first is a $1,500 asthma grant for WIC clients. A $4,500 grant was accepted and will be used in educating young women on the prevention of Osteoporosis. The third was a $5,000 grant that will be used for breast feeding peer counseling, offered to WIC clients.
The Board also discussed the possibility of administering a Shingles vaccine. The Vaccine is called Zostavax and each dose would cost $159.50 This vaccine is preventative and is encouraged for citizens over the age of 60. Shingles is the common name for the herpes zoster, which is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the chickenpox virus. This is a new vaccine that would need a doctor recommendation before receiving. The Board was unsure if Zostavax is Medicare approved. A motion passed to pursue the option of offering the vaccine.
The Board announced the resignation of Tim Pate from the Health Board. In wanting to fill this vacancy, the board will be searching for a qualified replacement. There was mention of looking outside of Greenville to get some more county diversity.
In other business Bond County has turned up negative for the West Nile Virus. Two birds and five mosquito pools were tested for the West Nile and all came up negative. West Nile has been found in 25 of the 102 counties in Illinois.
On August 16th the will be a Pandemic Flu Exercise that Bond County will participate in. The exercise will take place in Fairview Heights and will be for the entire surrounding region.
The recent heat wave sparked talk of a possible cooling center, to be offered by the health department. Because of previous attempts where the center was not used by a lot of people there will be no official "cooling center". Options for anyone who is feeling the affects of the heat include the Senior Center, which is open from 7am to 5PM, and the First Christian Church.
The Board is still pursuing options on a new building. There is no master plan at this time.
SCENES FROM STEVE SCHMITT'S THIS SATURDAY WHEN THE
RAMMUNITION CAME TO VISIT
POWER CONTINUES TO BE RESTORED IN MADISON COUNTY
Southwestern Electric Cooperative based in Greenville, has restored power to thousands of members in Madison County since the storms Wednesday and Friday that left more than 500,000 people in Missouri and Illinois without electricity. These storms took a severe toll on Madison County where some of the most densely populated areas of Southwestern Electric Cooperative's service territory were battered by intense storms that packed high winds, hail and lightning. Both storms uprooted trees, damaged homes and vehicles, snapped utility poles and downed miles of power lines.
Crews worked throughout the night and as of Saturday afternoon, all of Southwestern Electric's substations had power, according to Joe Richardson, director of communications. Northern Madison County was the area of concentration Saturday as crews worked to restore power to customers there. Line crews continue the work to restore power to all customers as soon as possible.
Richardson reminded everyone to be very careful as the clean-up efforts are proceeding. Watch for sagging or downed power lines. Consider all lines to be energized and never touch or go near downed power lines. They can kill.
ANTIQUE MACHINERY CLUB COOKBOOK AVAILABLE
The Bond County Antique Machinery Club has released a cookbook filled with a collection of the areas best recipes. Group member's family and friends brought together old and new recipes in an attractive keepsake cookbook. The idea started with Leroy Brave.
"This is our 30th Anniversary for the Bond County Antique Machinery Club and we wanted to have something for a keepsake", Brave said. The cookbook consists of 386 recipes with many of them being considered old-time recipes. All profits from the cookbook will go towards the 30th Anniversary Celebration held during the fair. You can purchase a cookbook for $10 at the Bond County Fair or by contacting Judy or Leroy Brave, Larry or Brenda Harnetiaux or Beverly Gum.
SEATBELT USAGE IN ILLINOIS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH
The Illinois Department of Transportation is reporting that nearly 88% of front seat occupants have been observed wearing their seatbelt during the first half of 2006. This is a two percent increase from last year. That means that nearly 9 out of 10 motorists are buckling up. And with the decline in deaths on Illinois highways, 64 less than the same time period in 2003, IDOT understands that people are getting the message…seatbelts save lives. To continue the education, Illinois has received an additional $29.7 million in additional safety funding from the federal government.
GREENVILLE COLLEGE AND CHURCHES PARTNER WITH HABITAT
There will hopefully be two Habitat for Humanity Houses going up in the Greenville area in the next couple years, and Greenville College along with three local churches have partnered together with Habitat and will be building one of them. WGEL spoke with Greenville College President Dr. Jim Mannoia about the project.
The partners are the Hillsboro Free Methodist Church, the Greenville Free Methodist Church, and the St. Paul's Free Methodist Church along with Greenville College. There is a student chapter at the college that has participated in many of the houses that have gone up in the last few years around Greenville. "We believe there's need for housing for under-resourced people in our community, and this is a way to reach out and address that need", explained Mannoia. The partners believe this will help to confirm relationships with one another and become healthier individuals within themselves by focusing on the needs of someone else.
The Free Methodist Partnership is welcoming any volunteer time, contributions, suggestions of any families in need of a home, and ideas of properties that might be available. For more information you can either call 664-7007 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip Morgan, age 90 of Greenville, passed away at 12:55 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2006 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Philip is survived by his wife, Barbara (Boggus) Morgan.
CHARLES H. "CHUCK" ZURLIENE
Charles H. "Chuck" Zurliene, age 79, of Pierron, passed away at 10:40 AM Saturday, July 22 at St. Luke's Hospital -West in Chesterfield, Missouri. Funeral services for 79 -year-old Charles H. "Chuck" Zurliene will be Tuesday, July 25 at 10:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron. Friends may call Monday, July 24 from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and on Tuesday, July 25 from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Pierron. Memorials are suggested to Masses, Immaculate Conception Church, PIC Park, or the American Heart Association.
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