7-26-2006 




NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE REPORTS TORNADIC ACTIVITY IN FRIDAY'S STORMS

The National Weather Service has surveyed damage from last Friday's storms and found that most damage was due to a combination of straight-line winds, downbursts and weak tornadoes.  The first tornado, rated an F-Zero with winds of 70-80 mph, touched down at 11:37 a.m. two and a half miles southeast of Troy where a machine shed was totally destroyed.  It moved southeast crossing IL Rt. 4 along a 4.0 mile track ending just three miles southwest of St. Jacob where a farm home sustained severe damage. 

The second tornado, rated an F-Zero, touched down a minute later at 11:38 a.m. four miles southeast of Troy and traveled in a 5.5 mile track eastward ending four miles south of St. Jacob where several power poles and trees were severed.  The third tornado, rated an F-Zero, touched down at 11:42 a.m., 1/2 miles north of U.S. 50 and Summerfield Rd and continued 6.0 miles to the south side of Trenton.  A fourth tornado, rated an F1, formed at 11:55 a.m. 1 1/2 miles west of Germantown and traveled 2.5 miles where it destroyed a large poultry building.

Not only did the tornadoes cause major damage, but so did the straight-line winds and downbursts. Damage from these storms destroyed many things including buildings, homes, power poles, trees, and wheat and corn fields.

 



MAN WITH KNIVES SHOT BY FAYETTE DEPUTY

A man who allegedly threatened a Fayette County deputy with a knife was shot and killed by that officer early this morning.  Fayette deputies responded around 1 a.m. to a call in Vandalia of a man at a residence with a knife threatening the occupants.  Vandalia police were working an accident scene and could not respond leading to the Sheriff's Department taking the call.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that the suspect had fled on foot.  During a search of the area, a deputy was confronted by the suspect at the corner of 5th and Randolph Streets.  The suspect was holding a large knife in each hand.  The officer ordered the suspect to drop the knives.  He allegedly refused and came at the deputy with the knives.  The officer fired one shot striking the man.  He was taken to Fayette County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  There has not been a positive identification of the victim.  The deputy has been placed on administrative leave, which Fayette County Sheriff Harold Johnson says is standard procedure, pending the results of the investigation





RIEKE AND CITY POLICE HONORED FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORK

The Illinois Special Olympics has recognized the Greenville Police Department for its outstanding financial support of the 2005 Torch Run.  Police Chief Lou Lorton presented the Illinois Special Olympics plaque to officer Russ Rieke who serves as the local coordinator.  Lorton commended Rieke for his “fine work” on behalf of the Special Olympics.

WGEL talked to Officer Rieke following the presentation and he praised Illinois Law Enforcement for adopting the Special Olympics as the main benefactor of their fund raising efforts.  In 2005, just under $6,300 was raised locally for the Special Olympics which placed Bond County in the Bronze Medal category.  Rieke indicated that this year’s goal is $7,000 and over half that amount has been raised with five months to go. 


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PLANNING COMMISION MEETING

The Greenville Planning Commission, due to a lack of a quorum, was unable to do any business at Monday night'smeeting. The only item on the Commissions agenda was a request to review a preliminary plat for a new subdivision. The Planning Commission will meet today at noon.


MCDONALDS REMODELING

You probably noticed the construction going on at the Greenville McDonalds. WGEL talked to Nick Palovcsik at McDonalds. According to Nick the Greenville McDonalds will remain open for the renovation that should be complete in about 12 weeks. The remodeling will totally upgrade the interior including adding additional space to the front of the building. New additions will include games and Satellite plasma TV's and a self-service beverage station. An all new décor, look and lights coming soon to McDonalds at Route 127 and Route 40 in Greenville.

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MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES SEVERAL ITEMS

At Monday’s Mulberry Grove Unit 1 School Board meeting, the Board approved several items including authorizing Superintendent Greg Irwin to purchase a new convection oven for the District before the start of the school year. The Board approved bids for Dairy Service from Prairie Farms Dairy and for bread product services from Lewis Bakeries of Effingham for the coming school year.

In other business, the Board approved the student handbooks for the Unit 1 District.  The Board revised the job descriptions for the Unit 1 District Director of Maintenance and District Director of Transportation. Both are effective with the start of the coming school year. In final business, the Board approved the senior trip modifications and travel destination for the Class of 2007.

The Mulberry Grove Board of Education will hold a Tentative Budget Hearing and the next regular Board of Education meeting Monday, August 21. The meetings will be held at 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. in the District Media Center.


OBITUARIES

LARRY N. HEATH

Larry N. Heath, age 69, of Okaville, IL formerly of Pocahontas, IL passed away Monday July 24, 2006 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services for 69 year-old Larry N. Heath will be held Thursday July 27 at 2 p.m. at the Young Funeral Home.  Interment will be later in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday after 1 p.m. at the Young Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Bond County Hospice.

JACK E. BUSBY

Jack E. Busby, age 78, of Greenville died Monday July 24, 2006 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral services for 78 year-old Jack E. Busby will be Saturday July 29th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Salem.  Burial will follow in Griffith East Cemetery in Brownstown, IL.  Visiting hours will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Rankin Funeral Home and after 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the First Christian Church in Salem.  Memorials may be made to the CrossPoint Christian Church in Auburn, Mass and will be accepted by the funeral home.  Busby had served as Minister of the Central Christian Church in Greenville and the Woburn Church of Christ in Woburn.  He loved to play the fiddle and had won the State Fiddle Contest 4 different times.


 

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