7-27-2006




TWO CANDIDATES NAMED FOR DEPUTY OPENINGS

Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown has confirmed that two candidates have been selected for openings on his department.  Brown recently lost three deputies to state jobs.  He admitted to WGEL that it hasn’t been easy working with a reduced staff but his department is getting through it.  Josh Hill, currently a Corrections Sergeant with the Sheriff’s Department, and J.R. Hentz will be attending the police academy this September.  Sheriff Brown told WGEL that he is looking at possibly hiring a trained individual to fill the third vacancy.  The Sheriff pointed out that this move would save the county money and time. 

 

GREENVILLE FIRE DISTRICT IN PROCESS OF ACQUIRING NEW TRUCK

The Greenville Fire Department is getting ready to add a new fire truck to their fleet. It is an engine equipped with a 2,500-gallon tank and a pumper to fight fires.  With the ability to carry six men, it has ten wheels with the front end looking identical to the truck the department just received.  Chief Johnston believes it will be a great benefit to the district because they will be able to haul more water to fire calls out in the country.  The department is looking towards the middle of August before the truck will be in full service.  Made by Freightliner, the new American LaFrance Fire Truck will make it's way from Casper, WY to Troy, IL for some body work, and then to it's home at the Greenville Firehouse, where a few personalized finishing touches will be made.  With the new addition, there are currently two fire trucks up for sale.  They can be viewed at the firehouse.  Anyone interested in buying one must have their bids in by the middle of August.

 

ILLINOIS AND TEXAS ARE FINALISTS FOR FUTURE-GEN

Illinois and Texas are the finalists for a billion-dollar clean-coal plant.  Tuscola and Mattoon are the state’s representatives in an effort to attract the zero-emission coal fired power plant.  The federal government plans to spend almost a billion dollars over ten years to build the facility.  Metro News Source reports that the two communities in Texas that are in the running are Odessa and Jewett.  FutureGen would represent a big boost to Illinois’ coal industries and create a lot of jobs.  However, an announcement on a site for the plant won’t be made by federal officials until the middle of next year. 

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CLOSURES ON I-70

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the their will be periodic lane and shoulder closures on eastbound and westbound I-70 between Mile Markers 38 and 41 west of Greenville.  The closures are necessary to paint the bridge carrying I-70 over East Fork Shoal Creek and the bridge carrying the Millersburg Rd.  Work will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by the end of summer.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact IDOT at 346-3350.




FARM HERITAGE DAYS COMING THIS WEEKEND

The future site of the American Farm Heritage museum will hold it's annual Farm Heritage Days this weekend.  The event begins at noon on Friday and runs through Sunday at 2 p.m.  There will be a tractor show with a wide range of brands and collections along with a tractor pull and parade.  The Farm Toy Show, Craft Show, and Flea Market will be on display together with early 1900 kitchen exhibits including sewing machines, yarn weaving, rug looming, potato slicers, silage cutters and apple sorters.  You can weave your own basket and make your own cornmeal while the kids enjoy the petting zoo, the inflatable rides, and the kiddie pedal tractor pull.  The Bond County Girl Scouts will offer old-time games including sack races, tug-of-war competitions, and many more.  Biscuits and gravy will be served in the morning with sandwiches and home made pies in the afternoon followed by full dinners in the evening.  There will be a variety of music and entertainment all day every day.  Admission is $5.00 per car and is good for the entire weekend.  For more information call 664-3050 or visit www.americanfarmheritagemuseum.org.

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LOCAL TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT MARKS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

For Janice Romack of Greenville, Tuesday July 18 marked an important anniversary in her life.  One year had passed since her emergency liver transplant at St. Louis University Hospital.  Blood tests Janice had taken during the annual Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair showed elevated liver enzyme levels but nothing that raised concerns by her doctors.  That changed in June 2005 when she began feeling tired and developed jaundice.  Her condition worsened and by July 14th of that year she was a patient as St. Louis University Hospital diagnosed with “auto immune hepatitis.”  Doctors gave her ten days to live unless a liver transplant was performed.

A donor liver was found and on July 18, 2005 a transplant was done and twelve days later she was released from the hospital.  Janice told WGEL that the one year anniversary had great meaning because her doctors said the highest risk for transplant rejection is within the first year.  She added that there is no “home free” date to observe because rejection is always a risk.

WGEL asked Janice Romack about her curiosity to learn who her donor was.  She said that was one of her first questions but the doctors can’t share that information and in reality, they don’t know.  The Midwest Transplant Organization asked Janice not to follow-up during the first six months to respect the donor family’s grieving period.  This time also allowed Janice to focus on her own recovery. 

After the six months had passed, Janice wrote a letter to the still unknown donor family in care of Midwest Transplant.  She has not yet received a response.  Janice’s friends hosted an anniversary party July 18th and then her family joined her for a “praise-athon” during the July 23rd services at the Greenville First United Methodist Church.  The highlight for Janice was her nephew, Jamie Nattier of Patoka, singing a song they had written together called “Pray For Showers.” 

Another special moment comes to mind for Janice.  It involves the state’s organ donor program and her son.  Jimmy turned 16 last fall and he and several friends went to the driver’s license facility together.  Janice was there and overheard a number of them say “yes” when asked if they wanted to be organ donors.  She said it was very emotional to hear their responses. 

Janice Romack told WGEL that everyday she feels a little better and considers her story a miracle. 

 

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