8-02-2006 




WOUNDED SOLDIER NAMED STATE FAIR PARADE MARSHAL

A soldier from Arthur wounded in 2004 while serving in Iraq has been named as the Grand Marshal of this year’s Illinois State Fair parade.  Sergeant Jerald Leech was wounded during a mortar attack in September 2004 while a member of the 1544th Transportation Company.  Leech suffered shrapnel wounds to both legs, left shoulder, and chest.  He received a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal.  Leech acknowledged that he takes great pride in being a member of the Illinois Army National Guard.  He said that the real heroes are the fallen soldiers who gave their lives for the love of country.  The State Fair parade begins at 6pm on Thursday August 10. 


BRIDGE PROJECT, NEW OFFICE, AND COAL MINING TOPICS AT BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING.

The Bond County Highway Department's Shoal Creek Bridge project is moving ahead with the Bond County Board's approval to execute the contract with Depew and Owen Construction. Mike McCormick, Highway Engineer, said a 35 working-day permit is included in the contract with work projected to begin in September on Elevator Rd.  The Board also passed a resolution to permit the Highway Department to move forward with their plans on a new office by allowing the funds to be spent.

Jim Zeeb with the Bond County Farm Bureau presented to the board concerns regarding long wall coal mining.  They are interested in educating the citizens of Bond County about landowner's rights and the possibility of subsidence.  The board approved a resolution to support the Farm Bureau's effort.  Zeeb also gave information on plans to seek state legislation to compensate a landowner for the loss of market value on his/her property, and to provide a full buyout to owners of undermined homes.

County Zoning Administrator Howard Elmore reported that there have been no further developments on a boat dock ordinance at Gov. Bond Lake.  Before going into Closed Session, the Board approved the June 2006 Sheriff's Report, Budget worksheets and Budget Amendments. You can see the meeting in full on Greene County Cable Channel 3 at 6 p.m. Wednesday August 2, 2006.




SMOKING MOTOR BRINGS FIRE DEPARTMENT TO NURSING HOME

The Greenville Fire Protection District was called around 11:30 last night to a report of smoke at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Firefighters say a malfunctioning blower motor on an air conditioning unit had caused the smoke in one of the rooms.  Damage was estimated at $100 and the department was on the scene for less than an hour. 


TRUCK STOP COMPLEX PROPOSED IN VANDALIA

The Vandalia City Council at their next meeting will consider proposals for more development on the west interchange of I-70.  Vandalia’s Planning Commission recently gave its okay to a proposed truck stop/convenience store on 9.8 acres.  The commission also approved a new 6,400 square foot building that would house the Vandalia First Bank.  WGEL talked with Vandalia City Hall and they confirmed that there is still some discussion of a hotel and restaurant possibly being built on the west side of town. 


NEW DOUGLAS AVENUE TO BE CLOSED

The Bond County Highway Department is closing New Douglas Avenue on Thursday (Aug 3) from 7:30 until 11:30am for oiling.  Please take this closure into consideration if you will be traveling in that area. 


OLD TRUCKS VANDALIZED

Three old pickup trucks have been damaged by vandals.  Michael Harwood told Bond County deputies that the windows of the trucks were shot out while parked on property owned by his mother on Route 127 north of Sorento Avenue.  The dollar amount of the damage was not known. 

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BREESE TEEN SUSTAINS MINOR INJURIES IN ACCIDENT

A Breese teenager was not seriously injured Tuesday morning when he flipped his car on Millersburg Road.  The Bond County Sheriff's Department reports that 17-year-old Jacob L. Deiters was northbound when he lost control of his car.  The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled over onto its top.  Deiters had minor injuries but did not require an ambulance. 


SPORTS

BOND COUNTY COUGARS TAKE 3RD PLACE IN TOURNEY

On July 22-23 the Bond County Cougars played in the Big Nasty Tournament in Morgantown, Indiana. The Bond County squad won 3rd Place with a record of 4 and 1.  The Cougars beat the Martinsville Indiana All-Stars 16-3. Winning pitcher was Kyle Washburn and Dylan Carr had 2 runs, and 2 hits. The Cougars also defeated the Owen Valley Indiana All-Stars 4-1. Winning pitcher was Brad Perry and the save went to A.J. Childerson. In their third win, the Cougars topped the Farmersburg, Indiana All-Stars 9-0. Winning pitcher was Cy Perfetti and big hitters were Brad Perry with 2 runs, 2 hits, and a triple and Jordan Zeeb with 2 runs, 2 hits, and a triple. The Cougars then beat the Farmersburg, Indiana All-Stars 6-2. Winning pitcher was Brad Perry and the save went to A.J. Childerson. The players of the game were A.J. Childerson with 2 runs, 2 hits, and a double and Brad Perry with a run, a hit, and a Solo Home Run.  The Cougars loss came to Seymour, Indiana, the team that eventually won the tourney. 


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