9-27-2006 





NEW SPRINGFIELD COMBINED LABORATORY ADDITION UNVEILED


Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Police and the Capital Development Board joined Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard to unveil the Springfield Combined Laboratory Addition, a new facility that expands vital testing space for homestead security, public safety, and medical research.

The 105,000 square foot five-story addition to the SIU School of Medicine building features the recently completed Bio-Safety Level 3 Enhanced Lab operated by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the School of Medicine on the third floor. The second floor includes medical research laboratories used by the School of Medicine. The facility will also feature space for a new State Police Forensic Lab on the top two floors.

The Illinois Department of Public Health operates the only downstate Bio-Safety Level 3 Enhanced Lab from the building.  Here, carefully controlled testing is done to identify and fight bio-terrorism agents, pandemics, and many communicable diseases.


ILLINOIS E COLI SCARE LINKED TO BAGGED SPINACH

Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, State Public Health Director, announced Tuesday a sample of bagged spinach collected from Illinois’ first case of E. Coli tested positive. Last week an elderly woman from LaSalle County was the first state resident whose tests matched the national outbreak strain associated with spinach consumption.

The Food and Drug Administration has determined the spinach implicated in the outbreak was grown in three counties in California: Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara.  Spinach grown in the rest of the United States has not been implicated in the current E. Coli outbreak. The FDA has advised that spinach grown in non-implicated areas can be consumed.

Dr. Whitaker said that when you buy spinach, you need to look for labeling on the package that says where the spinach is produced and make sure it is not one of the three implicated counties in California. Frozen or canned spinach and spinach sold in local farm markets from local growers is safe to consume and is not part of the national outbreak.


LAGANT HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN

If you've driven around Greenville in recent days, you may have noticed that billboards at some businesses are welcoming local soldier Dan Lagant home.  Lagant, who was wounded September 3rd while serving in Afghanistan, returned to Bond County on a ten-day leave last Thursday. He was shot in the arm when snipers ambushed his unit.  Linda Lagant told WGEL that her son looks great and has been spending a lot of time with family and friends.  She thanks everyone for their prayers for Dan and all of the signs that have been posted welcoming him back. Lagant is a 2005 graduate of Greenville High School.  He returns to New York on Saturday where his medical condition will be assessed.  Linda said that at this time they are not sure if or when her son will be sent back to Afghanistan.

 
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KASKASKIA BOARD MEETING

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Thursday for their regular monthly meeting and heard a report from Penny Brinkman, Dean of Career and Technical Education, concerning a P-16 Grant. The College has received an additional $43,441 in P-16 grant monies. The P-16 grants are intended to allow community colleges to expand their service to high school students to take college-level classes prior to receiving their high school diploma to accelerate their college coursework. In other action the board approved the budget for the 2006-07 school year.


VOTING DEADLINES FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

The November 7th election is about seven weeks away and County Clerk Randy Reitz has announced some dates that voters should be aware of.  The deadline for voter registration is October 9th and absentee balloting will begin October 11th.  Absentee ballots may be cast through November 6th; however, Reitz advises that if you plan on requesting a ballot through the mail, the request must be made before November 2nd.  Reitz hopes to have the ballots from the printers by the first week of October.


TOURISM MEETING CANCELED

The Greenville Tourism Committee's September meeting has been canceled due to no business for consideration.  The meeting would have been held Thursday. 

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS GOLF
The Lady Comets shot a 407 and finished 4th of eight teams at the Conference golf match in Litchfield.  Greenville's Katie Bohle recorded a 96 and was 8th overall qualifying her for All Conference.  Bohle had four pars.  Chelsi Braye shot a 101 for the Lady Comets. 


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