8-23-2006 




METH LAB IN TROY RAIDED

Three people were arrested on August 4 for their alleged involvement in a medium sized meth lab at a home on Dewey Street in Troy, across from an elementary school.  According to Joe Beliveau, Sergeant with the Meth Response Team, they received a search warrant for the home on August 4 and after entering the home, seized chemicals and items that they believed were purchased with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Beliveau told WGEL that this has been an on-going investigation. 

Arrested were 33-year-old Tina Burke of Highland, 36-year-old Mark Kueker of Troy, and 26-year-old Teah Burris of Highland.  As reported earlier by WGEL, in June Tina Burke was arrested after Highland Police and drug enforcement agents said they found two alleged meth labs at her home on Pine Street in Highland. Burke and Kueker were each charged with participation in the manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.  Burris was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Burris and Kueker posted bond and were released. Burke was denied bond.



CONTRACTS ACCEPTED BY UNIT 2 BOARD

The Unit 2 Board of Education Monday night approved the new contracts with the certified and non-certified staff.  The employees had voted in favor of the proposals last week.  In each case, the board voted 4-0 in favor with one abstention.  Roger Staff abstained on the non-certified employees' contract while Ron Smith did the same for the certified staff contract.  Two board members were not present. 

The Unit 2 board also approved the hiring of special education, lunchroom, and reading improvement aides.  They also hired Johnnie McNece as the Pocahontas cheerleading coach and Jim Huff as assistant golf coach. 





NO ALCOHOL REFERENDUM FOR MULBERRY VOTERS

Mulberry Grove voters will not have the chance to vote on a liquor ordinance in the November election.  Those circulating petitions to have the question placed on the ballot missed Monday’s 4pm deadline.  County Clerk Randy Reitz told WGEL that the petitions could have been filed in either his office or at the Mulberry Grove village hall.  The town is currently dry and the question would have asked, “Shall the sale or retail of alcoholic liquor be prohibited in the village of Mulberry Grove?”

At least two petitions were being circulated.  Mayor Jana Willis told WGEL that one citizen with a petition wasn’t sure if they had enough eligible signatures.  Willis recommended that the organizers aim for the spring 2007 ballot. 


NO INJURIES WHEN TRUCK IS PULLED INTO LAKE

It was an eventful trip to Carlyle Lake on Sunday for a man who forgot to unhitch his boat trailer from his truck.  The incident happened at the Boulder access area and according to a Corps of Engineers spokesman, the man was trying to get his pontoon boat into the water and pulled the truck backwards into Carlyle Lake.  The cab of the truck was still exposed but had to be towed out of the water.  There were no injuries while the amount of damage to the truck was not known. 



GOVERNORS WANT BLOCK ON PLAN ALLOWING FEDERAL CONTROL OVER NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS DURING EMERGENCIES.

The Governors of all 50 states have sent letters to Congressional Leaders asking them to block legislation allowing the President to federalize each state's National Guard unit without consent.  Under President Bush's proposed National Defense Authorization Act, HB 5122 would authorize the President to take control of the Guard in cases of "a serious natural or manmade disaster, accident, or catastrophe that occurs in the United States, it's territories and possessions, or Puerto Rico".  In these cases, the President could unilaterally require National Guard Troops from one state to go to another, therefore putting federal needs ahead of each individual state and diminishing the ability of each governor to protect his or her citizens.


DEADLINE FOR MEMORIAL BRICKS APPROACHING

The Bond County Veterans Memorial Committee would like to remind county residents that the deadline to have memorial bricks in place at the Veterans Memorial for the Veteran’s Day Ceremony is August 31.

Memorial bricks honoring those from the Bond County area who served in our nations military, in peace or in war, are added to the Veteran’s Memorial on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day each year. The veteran does not have to be deceased.  A Flag Changing Ceremony is held at the Veteran’s Memorial honoring the new signature bricks as well as all who have served.  The total amount of memorial bricks is nearing 900.  Veteran’s Day is Saturday, November 11.

Applications for the memorial bricks can be obtained at any of the banks in Greenville.  Applicants should follow the instructions given on the application. The cost of a memorial brick is $100 and should be mailed to The Bond County Veterans Memorial at PO Box 154, Greenville, IL 62246.  For more information you can contact Tony Koonce at 664-1976. 

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MENARD MAN INDICTED FOR ALLEGED THREAT ON PRESIDENT

A 37-year-old man from Menard, Illinois has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for allegedly making a threat against the President.  Troy E. Stafford allegedly mailed one or more letters containing a threat to the life of President Bush.  Federal officials claim that Stafford’s letter contained references to a bullet being shot at the White House while the President was looking out a window.  He also allegedly discussed the ingredients needed to make a bomb and said the letter was a warning from the National Socialist Movement of Freedom.  Stafford faces a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of $250,000.


  OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO DID NOT RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS

Due to a postal service error, many people did not receive their August 14 unemployment check.  However, there are two options for you if you did not receive your check. 

Brenda Russell, Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, said that one option is to go to your local IDES office with two pieces of identification and request a replacement check.  By requesting a replacement check, you will have to sign a form indicating that you will not cash the check dated August 14. If you request a replacement check, it will be processed and handed over to the U.S. Postal Service the next day. The other option is to wait to see if you receive the check currently missing at the U.S. Postal Service. There is no guarantee that the missing checks will be delivered.

Some of the areas affected by the missing unemployment checks include Greenville, Highland, Carlyle, Vandalia, Breese, and Hillsboro. 


SPORTS

WEDNESDAY (8/23) SPORTS

HS GOLF
The Comets shot a 170 and won their match as Southwestern shot a 187 and Carlinville a 188.  Jordan Wright led everyone with a 41.  Scott Eaton had a 42. 

JR HIGH BASEBALL

The Bluejays B team defeated Mascoutah 12-9 on Saturday.  Greenville scored seven runs in the 3rd highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of J.C. Prater.  The A squad lost 5-2.  Cameron Dugan and Clayton Walker had RBIs

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