MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER HIT AND RUN
A rural Sorento man has died from injuries he suffered following a hit and run accident Sunday night. 44-year-old Richard Starkey was walking on the north edge of Panama Avenue around 10PM Sunday when witnesses say he was struck by a small passenger car. Starkey was flown by helicopter to St. John's Hospital in Springfield where he later died. The Bond County Sheriff's Department is seeking any information concerning the vehicle that left the scene. The car is described as possibly red in color with a missing passenger-side outside mirror and window glass broken from either or both the front windshield and passenger side windows. If you have information about the car or driver please call the Sheriff's Department at 664-2151.
DEBIT CARDS CAN NOW REPLACE UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that Illinois residents will have the option of receiving their regular unemployment insurance benefit payments via IDES-issued debit cards. Brenda Russell, IDES Director, said they listened to those receiving unemployment insurance payments and their need for alternatives to standard checks prompted the statewide debit card and direct deposit programs. In order to utilize the debit card option, the claimant will have to complete a debit card authorization form and submit it to their IDES office. It will take approximately 10 business days to receive the card. This is a prepaid card that IDES will add money too each time an individual certifies for benefits. For more information visit www.ides.state.il.us.
GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL LOOKS BACK AT 2006
With 2006 behind us, Ryan Mifflin, Coordinator of Marketing and Public Relations for Greenville Regional Hospital, said it was once again another year of continued growth and success. The hospital welcomed Dr. James Sola, an orthopedic surgeon, at the Outpatient Specialty Clinic as well as Dr. Phil Siefken to Greenville Medical Associates. The Wellness Link welcomed new counselor Greg Pennington. The Greenville Regional Hospital Rehab Department added Vital Stim therapy as well as a new bladder care and Women's Health Program in 2006. Mobile PET-CT scanner services were added to the list of offerings as well as computer aided detection mammography technology. Greenville Regional was recently recognized as the first self-sufficient hospital in the Central Illinois Community Blood Center southern district. Several additional villas were constructed at Emerald Pointe. The gift shop was remodeled as was the Fair Oaks beauty shop and the hospital café. In addition, a staff exercise room was added, along with personal TV's at all inpatient beds.
Mifflin commented that Greenville Regional Hospital wants to extend their sincere and deep appreciation to the residents of the greater Bond County community for the continued support of the hospital, auxiliary and the Utlaut Memorial Foundation. The growth and success would not be possible without that support.
MULBERRY GROVE MAN SENTENCED FOR STABBING DOG
Dennis E. Thacker, 51 of Mulberry Grove, was convicted in Bond County Court on Thursday, December 28 for Criminal Damage to Property, a Class 4 Felony. The charges state that on or about December 2 of this year, Thacker knowingly injured a domestic animal owned by Sharonda White of Mulberry Grove, in that he stabbed the dog with a knife. The damage did not exceed $10,000. Thacker was sentenced to one year in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for time served and one year of mandatory supervised release.
BREAK-IN AT JOY HALL
The Greenville Police department is investigating attempted break-ins and possible theft from Joy Hall on the Greenville College campus. College personnel reported that between 9am Thursday and 9am Friday numerous dorm rooms in Joy Hall had been forced open. It was uncertain what items might be missing. The estimated cost of damage to the doors was around $2,000.
GFPD SENT TO CONTROLLED BURN
Greenville firefighters were dispatched early Saturday evening to a field fire on Airport Avenue. The department discovered that it was a controlled burn and were at the scene for just a few minutes.
CDC SAYS THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET FLU SHOTS
After a slow start, the influenza season in the U.S. is starting to gain momentum. The latest reports say there was a widespread outbreak of the flu in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, as well as regional outbreaks in several other states in the south and increased influenza activity in some Northeastern and Midwestern states. Because of the slow start to the flu season and the record number of influenza vaccine produced, the CDC says that people still have time to get a flu shot.
The CDC reminds that influenza results in an average of 200,000 hospitalizations each year. Getting a flu shot can prevent you from potentially spreading the virus to others. Unused supplies of vaccine could encourage manufacturers to consider cutting back supplies next year. And in 25 of the last 30 years, the winter flu season has peaked in January or later with February being the most common month.
For flu vaccine availability, contact your primary care physician or the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442.
Catherine M. Kallal, age 94 of Greenville, passed away Saturday (Dec. 30) at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11am at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Interment in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visitation for 94-year-old Catherine M. Kallal is Thursday after 10 a.m. in the St. Lawrence Church Fellowship Hall. Memorials to the St. Lawrence Church Sister Parish Fund. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Howard D. Pringle, age 81 of Greenville, passed away Saturday (December 30) at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 81-year-old Howard D. Pringle are Thursday at 8PM at Young Funeral Home, Greenville. Interment will be in LaPrairie Cemetery in Lacon, Illinois. Visitation is Thursday after 5PM at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic service at 7:30PM. Memorials to the Greenville First Baptist Church or the Alzheimer's Association.
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