01-03-2007




SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT STILL INVESTIGATING HIT AND RUN

There is a now reward being offered by the Bond County Sheriff's Department for information regarding a fatal hit and run accident Sunday night. Richard Starkey, 44 of rural Sorento, 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.  The amount of the reward has not yet been released by the Sheriff's Department.


COUNTY HIGHWAY WEIGHT LIMIT APPROVED BY COUNTY BOARD

The Bond County Board met Tuesday morning for their regular meeting.  County Zoning Administrator Howard Elmore requested approval of the final plat of the Wessel Subdivision north of Pierron.  Because this one-acre tract was subdivided off of a larger plat and the location is within one mile of a municipality, the Wessell Subdivision had to be created in accordance with the Plat Act.  Elmore said that Pierron does not have a comprehensive plan for land in that area, therefore the subdivision should be no problem.  Board members unanimously approved the final plat.

The annual weight limit resolution for Bond County Highways from January 15 through April 15 of this year was approved by a vote of 4 to 0 with an abstention from Board member Gerald McCray.  Members commented this weight limit has been issued for years and is for the protection of county roads, not to put anyone out of business.  It was suggested that anyone with requests for permits contact Mike McCormick at the Bond County Highway office.  In other business, the Circuit Clerk's annual and semi-annual reports were approved along with the yearly report from the Zoning Administrator.  You can see the Bond County Board meeting in it's entirety tonight at 6PM on Greene County Cable Channel 3.

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KING SPENDS WEEK ON HAM TRIP TO ARUBA

A Greenville man recently returned from a week long amateur radio trip to Aruba.  John King, who has been a licensed Ham radio operator for over 40 years, told WGEL that he and five others participated in a DXpedition.  King explained that DX is the Morse code abbreviation for distant contact.  The idea is to go to a country or island and put it on the amateur radio map to allow other stations around the world to contact them.  A card exchange then takes place to confirm that the radio conversation was held.  King said amateur radio operators are always trying to gain contact with other countries including those with fewer Ham members. Aruba only has around 25 licensed amateur radio operators.

Joining King were an operator from Carlyle and four from the Chicago area.  They made over 4,000 contacts in one week.  He shared the importance of amateur radio to islands like Aruba.  According to one of the local operators he met, all of the communication lines to the island are under the sea.  Should a disaster occur and communication is cut-off, amateur radio would be the primary source to fall back on.

John King admitted that the DXpedition was a lifetime dream and that it was interesting helping establish an amateur radio presence for Aruba.

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JOHN KING OPERATING FROM ARUBA


COUNTY ZONING OFFICE'S YEAR END TOTALS

Howard Elmore, Bond County Zoning Administrator, has released his office's annual report.  For 2006, there were three rezoning requests, 14 variance requests and 19 requests for special use permits.  Elmore said that 90 percent of these were approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals and later by the Bond County Board.  Over $21,000 was collected for building fees along with nearly $9,000 in compliance fees.  There were 45 single family dwellings constructed in 2006, down from 50 for 2005 and 14 manufactured homes added, also down from 2005's total of 22.  Throughout 2006, 178 certified letters were sent to surrounding landowners for various zoning and special use permit requests.  The total square footage of all homes built last year was over 29,000.

 
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RAIN TOTALS FOR DECEMBER

According to the city of Greenville rain gauges, December brought in the highest rain totals of the past ten years. There were 4.48 inches of rain and .5 inches of ice reported at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Route 40, 4.39 inches of rain and .5 inches of ice at 6th Street, and 4.82 inches of rain and .75 inches of ice at Route 140 and Idler Lane. The ten-year December average for rain is 2.10 inches.  All three locations recorded .03 inches of snow for December, which is way below the ten-year average of 5.23 inches.


KEEP OUTSIDE PETS WARM DURING WINTER

A friendly reminder from Dr. Stowe, your Bond County Animal Control Administrator, that with the weather changing outside, comfortable housing for animals is a concern this time of year.  Dogs that are kept outside should have doghouses placed in the sun as much as possible on the south or east side of a building.  If a building is not available, a windbreak around the doghouse should be built on the north and west sides to lessen the cold winter wind.  You can use either a tarpaulin or square bales of straw. 

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SPORTS

HIGHLAND SHOOTOUT IS SATURDAY

The 16th annual Highland High School Shootout is Saturday January 6 and features five games with teams from Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.  The event this year will showcase three of the top 50 teams in the country.  Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.  Admission is good for the entire day.  Tickets are available at the participating schools.  This year’s lineup is:

1pm          Greenville Comets versus South Central

2:45pm      Mascoutah versus Carbondale

4:30pm      Vashon of St. Louis versus Raleigh Egypt of       
                Memphis, Tennessee

6:15pm      Highland versus Ballard of Louisville, Kentucky

8PM           Belleville East versus Madison, Wisconsin Memorial

HS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Aces won 62-59 over Odin as Dustin Lindahl had 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Aaron Kendall scored 13 and chipped in 8 assists.  The JV Aces were 60-45 winners with Trevor Nickel scoring 18 and Jacob Tompkins 17. 


OBITUARIES

There are no area funeral notices to report today.


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