8-18-2006

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INQUEST RULES DROWNING DEATHS AS ACCIDENTAL

Clinton County Coroner Dave Moss conducted an inquest earlier this week into the drowning deaths of two men at Carlyle Lake.  On June 17, 38-year-old Steven Gallatin of Centralia drowned in the Coles Creek area.  On July 2, 37-year-old Richard Byrd Jr. of Coffeen drowned at Hazlet State Park.  The coroner’s jury ruled that both deaths were accidental.  The Clinton County Coroner’s office confirmed to WGEL that alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the drownings.  Toxicology results indicated that Gallatin had a blood alcohol level of .29 while Byrd’s level was .23.  The legal limit in Illinois is .08. 

TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF ACCEPT CONTRACT OFFER

Unit 2 certified and support staff have accepted the district's latest contract offer.  Unit 2 superintendent Melanie Allyn told WGEL that the teachers and support staff took separate votes on Wednesday.  She confirmed to WGEL that the contract features pay raises for both but could not comment on the particulars.  Negotiation teams for the certified staff and the school district met with a mediator Monday evening.  Allyn described that session as "worthwhile."  Allyn and two board members represented the district at the meeting.  The Unit 2 School Board's monthly meeting is Monday night but Allyn is not sure if the contract revisions would be ready for board action at that time.  Employees had begun this school year without a contract.

PESTICIDE RECYCLING THIS MONTH

Area farmers and others wanting to dispose of pesticide containers will have three opportunities to do so this month.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture's pesticide container recycling program provides farmers a safe and convenient way to dispose of empty agri-chemical containers.  Local collection sites include:

Wednesday August 30 Royster-Clark in New Baden  8-11am

Wednesday August 30 Bergmann-Taylor in St. Jacob  1-4PM

More than 1.9 million containers have been recycled statewide since the program started in 1990. 



CHARITY TOURNAMENT HAS GROWN OVER PAST FIVE YEARS

Motels in Greenville were packed in Greenville a few weekends ago with softball fans.  The St. Lawrence Church Kidz for a Cause hosted its 5th annual charity softball tournament.  28 teams in four age groups came from as far as away as Marionette Park to attend.  In the 16 and under category results, the Greenville Jaguars won. Money raised during the tournament goes towards Relay for Life, the Torch Run for Special Olympics, Bond County Pregnancy Support Center, the local youth group’s annual mission trip, and also to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.  Organizer Tiffany Mueller said that the event raised around $5,000 - $7,000.






SAFE STOLEN FROM RESIDENCE

Michael Davis of Durley Street told Greenville police that a safe was stolen from his home sometime Monday.  Officers report that there were no signs of forced entry.

WOOLY MAMMOTH TUSK ON DISPLAY AT STATE MUSEUM

A recently discovered Wooly Mammoth tooth and 11-foot long tusk are on display at the Illinois State Museum through September 30.  The artifacts were unveiled for the first time since their discovery by a Lincoln College freshman last fall.  Judd McCullum found the mammoth tusk in a creek bed north of Lincoln during an environmental biology class project. 

Following their recovery, the specimens have been at the Museum’s Research and Collections Center in Springfield undergoing study and conservation.  The tusk and tooth are from a male Wooly Mammoth that was about fifty years old at the time of its death 22,000 years ago.  The items will be on display in the lobby of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield until they are relocated to Lincoln College this fall. 

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One Big Tooth

 

FARM BUREAU ANNOUNCES NEGOTIATION MEETING

The Bond County Farm Bureau is hosting a "members only" meeting Tuesday August 22 on "The Art of Negotiation."  The speaker is Steve Ganaway, Director of Training from Illinois Farm Bureau.  With the possibility of negotiating coal and subsidence rights in Bond County, those attending may learn some techniques on getting a better deal.  The Bond County Farm Bureau has taken a proactive educational approach recently concerning coal mining in the county.  They've also hosted an information session that was open to the public.  The meeting August 22 is only available to Bond County Farm Bureau members and will be held at the office on east Harris Avenue. 

SPORTS

FRIDAY SPORTS

HS GOLF
The Comets picked up a win as they shot a 156 followed by Litchfield's 177 and Roxana's 206.  Scott Eaton and Adam Simmonds each shot 38's to lead all golfers on the day.  Jordan Wright recorded a 39. 

JR HIGH BASEBALL
The Bluejays won an "A" game over Brownstown 20-2.  Greenville had 17 hits on the day.  Jonathan Smith and Cy Perfetti each had 3 RBIs and J.C. Prater hit a three-run homerun. 





OBITUARIES

MARIE ROE

Marie Roe, age 74 of rural Mulberry Grove, passed away Wednesday (Aug 16) at her home.  Funeral services for 74-year-old Marie Roe will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Mulberry Grove First Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.  Friends may call tonight (Friday) from 4-8PM at the church.  Memorials to the Bond County Hospice.  The Young Funeral Home of Mulberry Grove is in charge of arrangements.

ERWIN L. "CURLEY" HEDIGER

Erwin L. "Curley" Hediger, age 84 of Greenville, passed away Wednesday (August 16) at Cardinal Hill Healthcare.  Funeral services for "Curley" Hediger will be conducted Sunday at 2PM at the Young Funeral Home.  Private burial will be at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday after 5PM at Young Funeral Home, Greenville.  Memorials to Bond County Hospice.


 

WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Cloudy--High: 92--Low: 70

Sunday: Partly Cloudy--High: 84--Low: 65


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO
AUGUST 20, 2006

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program.  Renee Morgan’s guest this week is Executive Director of Project Evergreen, Den Gardner.  Den will be talking to us about what Project Evergreen is all about, the type of projects they have going on right now, and the history of Project Evergreen.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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