MORE POSITIVE CASES OF WEST NILE IN BOND COUNTY
Four more positive test results for West Nile have been identified in Bond County. Bond County Health Department Director Maxine Barth reported at Monday’s Board of Health meeting that two birds and two mosquito pools in Greenville have tested positive for West Nile. A few weeks ago a mosquito pool near Keyesport was confirmed for West Nile.
The Health Department’s Teen Parent Services program was recognized by the Department of Human Services with a Commitment To Excellence certificate. The program is monitored for high school graduation or GED completion by the teen parent, parenting skills instruction, and subsequent immunizations for the children.
The Board accepted Barth’s recommendation that Sandy Lang be appointed as Tim Pate’s replacement on the board. They also made a preliminary review of the proposed 2007 budget.
A report was shared on the recent Pandemic Flu Exercise in Fairview Heights. Barth said there will be two more statewide before a final report is compiled. She said that in the event of a pandemic flu epidemic the Health Department’s role will be public education, surveillance, and investigation. It was learned during the exercise that once an epidemic is identified it will take six months to develop a vaccine and those treated will require two doses.
The Health Board again discussed the zostavax vaccine which is designed to prevent shingles in those 60 and older. The Health Department does not keep the vaccine stocked but would order it if required by a physician. The cost is $159 per dose and Medicare does not offer reimbursement. Two of the board members, Drs. Goggin and Hall, agreed that they had questions on the effectiveness of zostavax and advised the department take a “wait and watch” approach on having the vaccine on hand.
AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERS ON MOTORCYCLES MAKE GV STOP
It may have looked like motorcycles had invaded the south part of Greenville last Friday but it was actually a special fund-raiser. The American Legacy Run featuring American Legion members on bikes made a thirty-minute fueling stop in Greenville. The group, which Greenville police estimated at 75 motorcycles, had left an American Legion Post in Indianapolis that morning. The riders are making a 1,900 mile trip to Salt Lake City, Utah to raise money for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund. Money will be used to help pay college tuition for the children of those who have died defending our country since September 11, 2001.
Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton told WGEL that his department provided an escort from the I-70 east exit up Route 127 to one of the local gas stations. Officers then accompanied the group back to the interstate. Lorton explained that the police escort made things “quicker and safer” for all involved.
FIRE THREATENS HOME OF KEYESPORT NATIVE
In his many years with the Keyesport Fire Department, Tom Hoffmann has battled many field and brush fires. Those don’t compare with what he saw recently during a trip to visit his daughter in Wyoming. Jamie Hoffmann Baum and her husband David live about a half-mile from Casper Mountain. Saturday night a sandstorm hit the area and a lightning strike caused a fire that has since spread over 10,000 acres. Tom Hoffmann told WGEL that the fire generated some of the thickest smoke he has ever seen.
Even with his firefighting background, Hoffmann said he felt it would be better to sit back and watch as planes dropped water on the blaze. On Monday, Jamie and her parents were forced to evacuate the house as a precaution. They spent the next couple days at a motel on the other side of Casper. Tom has returned to Illinois while his wife, Diana, stayed behind with their daughter until las Friday when her husband David returns. David Baum, a Greenville native, is employed by the State of Wyoming.
KASKASKIA COLLEGE APPROVES SHORES AND BUILDERS OF CENTRALIA AS CONTRACTOR FOR VANDALIA
At Thursday’s Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved Shores Builders of Centralia as the contractor for the Vandalia Campus Phase I Project. The project includes the construction of a 20,000 square foot building. The bid with an alternate deduct totals $5,706,476 for construction of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus Phase I. The new campus will include multi-purpose classrooms, computer, healthcare, and natural science labs as well as offices for staff and faculty.
In other business, Penny Brinkman, Dean of Career and Technical Education, gave a report on the Work Ethics Program that was implemented in 2006. The purpose of the program is to improve the work ethics of present and future employees and provide activities and knowledge needed to foster positive work habits. The results of the program will show that students will begin employment with positive work ethic skills which will enhance the employees’ value.
The Board also acted on numerous resolutions including renewal of the health insurance plan.
FARM EQUIPMENT BUSINESS BOUNCING BACK FROM FIRE
David R. Jansen was on vacation in Mexico when a fire broke out early on the morning of August 3 at his business north of Carlyle. Luckily, firefighters were able to contain the fire to two offices. Jansen’s Farm Equipment has been serving its customers for many years and the fire has not interrupted that service.
Jansen told WGEL that luckily the doors to those offices were closed and prevented the fire from spreading. He commented on the efforts of firefighters and explained how the business is dealing with the fire’s aftermath. Jansen praised the well-trained firefighters for their efforts. They are currently operating out of a portable outside office and the parts department is still in its normal location.
The Keyesport and Wheatfield fire departments responded to the scene and they determined that the blaze was caused by a lightning strike from a storm earlier that morning.
DONOR REGISTRY SIGNS UP MILLIONITH PARTICIPANT
Following a new law that took effect January 1st the new organ and tissue donor registry has signed up it's one-millionth participant. Before this new registry was created the decision to donate organs, following a person's death, remained with the family. This lead to nearly 20% of consenting donor's decisions being overturned. Now the donor's wishes are honored and the decision is legally binding. Donors who registered before Jan. 1, 2006 still need to re-register with the Secretary of State as there are currently six million people registered with the old system. To register in Illinois to become an organ donor visit any Illinois state driver's license facility or visit www.LifeGoesOn.com.
AUGUST SCIGA MEETING TO BE HELD IN GREENVILLE
The South Central Illinois Growth Alliance meeting will be held on Wednesday August 23, 2006 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Cheri's Garden Room in Greenville. SGIGA members recently determined that monthly meetings should be held at different locations each month within the five-county region, which includes Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Washington, and Marion counties. This should give the residents of each county the opportunity to attend a SCIGA meeting, learn about the mission, goals, current activities, and to provide input for future activities. Executive Director, Art Borum encourages anyone in the region that is interested in learning more about SCIGA to attend a meeting. Meal reservations and pre-registration is required; please call 618-548-9001, Ext. 4006 for more information
SHIRLEY M. WILLIS
Shirley M. Willis, age 71 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held Friday (Aug 25) at 11am at Young Funeral Home, Mulberry Grove. Visitation for 71-year-old Shirley M. Willis is Thursday from 5-8PM at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Mulberry Grove First Responders.
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