AFHM SHOW DRAWS OVER 2,500
Despite the heat, a crowd of over 2,500 attended the American Farm Heritage Museum’s annual “Farm Heritage Days” over the weekend. There were over 450 tractors on displays from 87 towns and six states…Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. AFHM President Ollie Schaefer told WGEL that it’s amazing to see how the show has grown each year. This year’s activities included live music; food; basket weaving; vintage fire trucks; and tractor, garden tractor, and pedal tractor pulls.
Schaefer said one of the highlights happened Sunday when a vintage steam engine was plowing a field. It was accompanied by a Model A car prompting one old-timer to comment, “That’s just how it was in the old days.”
Sunday’s live auction generated $5,000 for the farm museum. Planning for next year’s show begins later this week when organizers review what improvements can be made.
HEAT WAVE RETURNS TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
With temperatures projected to be in the upper 90s until late in the week, the Bond County Health Department is reminding everyone to use good judgment and stay cool. If you must go outdoors, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and find shady spots. Wear a hat and use sunscreen. Drink lots of water or other non-alcoholic beverages. Never leave children, the elderly, or pets in a parked car as the air temperature inside a car rises rapidly during hot weather.
The Bond County Health Department urges those who do not have access to air conditioning to utilize one of the cooling centers in Greenville…the Bond County Senior Center or the Greenville First Christian Church. Hours for both are from 8am until 5PM.
The heat index has been referred to frequently in our recent weather forecasts. What is the heat index? It's a measure used by the National Weather Service to determine what hot weather actually "feels like." The Heat Index is based on the air temperature and the relative humidity.
MAN ACCUSED OF FAKE RADIO CALLS TO POLICE
A man who allegedly had been making false dispatches to the Highland Police Department and other police departments was arrested on Friday. 24-year-old Darrin W. Starks of Highland was arrested at his home and police confiscated various computer and radio equipment from the residence as well. According to the Highland Police Department, for several months Highland and other police departments were receiving radio dispatches over the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network or ISPERN for bogus emergencies. In one case, Highland Police got a dispatch over the ISPERN frequency about a fight in progress at the Highland Swimming Pool.
Highland Police recognized Starks’ voice over the ISPERN and were able to arrest Starks after they received a search warrant for his home. At the residence, they found a radio transmitter tuned to the ISPERN frequency. Police also took computers at Starks’ home because he told police on one occasion that he could hack into the Highland Police computers and their walkie-talkies.
Starks was charged in 2000 with making a false report of a vehicle theft and in 2003 with making a false bomb threat when he called the Highland Police Department from the Madison County Jail and claimed there was a bomb in the department. Madison County prosecutors have charged Starks with felony disorderly conduct. He faces up to three years in prison if he is convicted. His bail has been set at $30,000.
MISS BOND COUNTY CANDIDATES
The Miss Bond County and Little Miss Pageant is Monday at 7:00pm in the grandstand. There are ten Miss Bond County candidates and twenty Little Misses this year. The theme is “Amazon Expedition.” The retiring queen is Sarah Frey of Pierron. The schedule for their interview broadcasts on WGEL follows:
April Daniken 7, 8am
Ashley Slatton 9, 12pm
Cari Adams 5, 6pm
Kayla Sanders 7, 8am
Kristen Zinkgraf 9, 12pm
Lacey Lipsey 5, 6pm
Laura Jens 7, 8am
Lindsey McGovern 9, 12pm
Rachel Daniken 5, 6pm
Whitney Loughary 7,8am
RAIN TOTALS FOR JULY
The July rain totals for Greenville were 2.55-inches at The Greenville Wastewater Treatment Plant, 3.07-inches at the old plant on 6th Street, and 2.50-inches at Route 140 and Idler Lane. July was under the 10-year average of 3.73-inches. Rain was measured on 10 days during the month. The wettest July in the last ten years came in 2000 with 7.27-inches
ETHANOL PRODUCTION ON THE RISE
The Renewable Fuels Association has announced that U.S. ethanol production increased in May to 293,000 barrels per day. This marks an increase of more than 56,000 barrels per day over May 2005. Additionally, demand for ethanol also rose in May, setting a record at 349,000 barrels per day. Currently, there are 101 bio-refineries nationwide with the capacity to produce more than 4.8 billion gallons annually.
SCIGA CONTINUES ITS MISSION OF BRINGING JOBS TO REGION
The South Central Illinois Growth Alliance continues its push to market its member counties. The Alliance, which includes Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion, and Washington counties, was created to develop and promote industrial, agricultural, and tourism initiatives. At the Alliance’s recent meeting, Director Art Borum reported increased hits in recent months on SCIGA’s website. Borum said the Alliance’s efforts are starting to be recognized in the economic development community. Members were also asked to develop a contact in their community to visit with financial institutions and private businesses about supporting SCIGA.
WGEL talked with Bond County Board chairperson Jill Franks, a SCIGA member, about the group. She said that the Alliance has worked very had on promoting the region and that all of the member counties have been getting industrial leads. Franks added that any new industry in the region helps all of the member counties.
WILLIAM T. "BILL" GOCHANOUR
William T. "Bill" Gochanour of rural Sorento passed away Monday at his home. Funeral services for 22-year-old William T. "Bill" Gochanour will be held Saturday (August 5) at 2PM at Young Funeral Home, Greenville. Visitation is Saturday from 1PM until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.
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