1-11-2007

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ONE PERSON KILLED IN ACCIDENT ON MILLERSBURG RD

A Greenville woman was killed earlier this morning in a single vehicle accident on Millersburg Road. Coroner Alan Young told WGEL that 32-year-old Jeannie Wirtz was northbound when she left the roadway. The Bond County Sheriff's Department, the Greenville Fire Protection District, and Bond County EMS were dispatched around 1:20am to the accident scene where the vehicle had struck a utility pole and tree. WGEL has been told that the impact brought the utility lines down. Wirtz was thrown from her SUV and declared dead at the scene.  The accident occurred in the yard of a home along Millersburg Road.   


TIPS COMING IN BUT NO SOLID LEADS ON HIT AND RUN

Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown confirmed to WGEL that his department has received at least ten tips concerning a fatal hit and run accident New Year’s Eve on Panama Avenue.  Brown says unfortunately all of those tips were discounted following extensive investigation.  Richard Starkey of rural Sorento died from the injuries he received when he was struck by a small passenger car while walking along Panama Avenue.  One eyewitness said the car may have been red in color while another witness was unsure. 

Based on a passenger mirror recovered at the scene, deputies believed the car involved may have been a Mazda MX6.  However, Sheriff Brown told WGEL that they recently learned that the mirror may have come from a Nissan or similar foreign-made car. 

The Sheriff is encouraging anyone with information on this fatal hit and run accident to please call his department at 664-2151.  The Secretary of State’s Office along with the Montgomery and Macoupin County sheriff’s departments have assisted in the investigation.  There is a reward for anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for the accident.  Sheriff Brown indicated that several people have offered to donate money towards the reward.


NEW YEARS BABY WELCOMED AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL

Greenville Regional Hospital welcomed the first baby of 2007 on January 4.  Daniel Patrick Frailey was born at 11:42 PM, weighed 7lbs, 6 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.  He is the son of John and Ann Frailey of Fillmore.  John is a teacher at the Vandalia Correctional Center and Ann is a homemaker.  Daniel joins six brothers and sisters, who were all born at the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center.  Anne received prenatal care from local physicians, Dr. Tricia Warner and Dr. Ramon G. Lopez.  Dr. Timothy Bilash performed the delivery.

As is customary, the New Year's baby was honored with a wide variety of gifts from the community.  Continuing a tradition, Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary President, Nancy Machmer presented the parents with a $50 U.S. savings bond.  The Family Birth Center supplied multiple baby items and supplies.  Several area businesses donated other items to the infant.  Those interested in participating in the 2008 New Year's Baby Recognition Program at Greenville Regional Hospital should contact Coordinator of Marketing and Public Relations Ryan Mifflin at 618-664-1230 ext. 3006.

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COUNTY ZONING APPROVES REQUEST FROM 40TH & PLUM

The County Zoning Board of Appeals met Tuesday night.  A request was presented by Leon Wall to rezone his business, 40th & Plum Furniture, to be able sell motorcycle parts, RV's and automobiles.  According to Howard Elmore, County Zoning Administrator, Wall was grandfathered in to sell furniture, but would like to expand his business on Route 127 and Sorento Avenue.  The County Zoning Board of Appeals approved Walls request on a vote of 4-1 with board member Wes Porchot casting a "no" vote.   The board will send this recommendation to the County Board's regular meeting Tuesday, January 1.


IHSA ADOPTS STEROID AND PERFORMANCE DRUG BAN

The Illinois High School Association has overwhelmingly adopted a policy concerning the distribution and promotion of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs to high school athletes.  Greenville High School Athletic Director Larry Stewart says the move was made because the IHSA had no previous steroid policy.  The idea is to discourage steroids and performance enhancing drugs but does not include Gatorade and Powerade and similar drinks.  Stewart feels that this is the first step towards IHSA mandated random drug testing of athletes.  Many schools in the northern part of the state have already adopted random drug testing at a cost of approximately $100 per student. 

Stewart added that athletes should take the position that there is no substitute for hard work, weight training, nutrition, and regular drills. The ban takes effect July 1 and bars coaches, school officials, and booster clubs from distributing or promoting steroids and dietary supplements to high school athletes.  The IHSA board is expected to announce today a list of the steroids and supplements on the banned list.



OBITUARIES

RANDY SPIES

Randy Spies, 60 of Old Ripley, passed away Wednesday at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 60 year-old Randy Spies will be conducted Saturday at 11am at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment in Reno Bethel Cemetery, Reno, IL.  Graveside military rites by Greenville V.F.W. Post #1377.  Friends may call Friday from 4-8PM at the funeral home.  There will be a Masonic service at 7:30PM.  For those who desire, memorial contributions are suggested to the Greenville First Baptist Church or the Bond County Humane Society.


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

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