10-10-2007


LOCAL PERSONELL AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATE IN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DRILL

 

The Bond County Health Department held a county-wide flu vaccination clinic Tuesday and paired it as an Emergency Preparedness Drill.  WGEL spoke with Pat King who said that it went very smoothly with everybody able to get in and out fairly quickly.  Local authorities were on scene to assist, along with internal security, EMS personnel, Health Department Staff, FCI counselors and volunteers.  People who came to the clinic were triaged and moved to the appropriate areas.  King says that this type of drill is important practice for everyone.

 

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Area where shots were given and oral medication dispensed

 

The Emergency Preparedness Drill Tuesday was a measure of how this scenario might play out in an actual disaster and how long it would take to dispense medication to the entire county. A total of 288 vaccinations were given during the clinic.


SHOW ME ST. LOUIS TAPING SEGMENT AT AFHM

 

The Outhouse Festival is coming up this weekend at the American Farm Heritage Museum, and Show Me St. Louis will be recording a segment of their show at the museum grounds, this Thursday morning.  Everyone is invited to come out to the American Farm Heritage Museum as they will be staging a small-scale festival for the taping.  People are asked to be there around 9am and just come out and walk around. The taping is set to begin around 9:30am.  The segment will air on Show Me St. Louis either Thursday or Friday afternoon, just in time for the Outhouse Festival on Saturday.

 

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SENIOR CENTER PLANS TO BUILD NEW FACILITY ALONGSIDE NEW HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

Last week, during another planning meeting for the development of the new Health Department site, the Bond County Senior Center announced their commitment to also constructing a new building on the campus. WGEL spoke with Anna Oestreich, Director of the Senior Center, about the decision, who said they are very excited to make a commitment to be a part of Health Department’s new site.  She explained that the services offered by the Senior Center have continued to increase over the years, therefore a new building is something that has been discussed.

 

Oestreich says that the next step is to begin raising funds for the new building and look at the different grant opportunities available. She said that the timeline for construction of the Senior Center's new building will be a long range plan, compared to the Health Department's plan of breaking ground, on their building, in 2008.


POCAHONTAS-OLD RIPLEY FIRE, RESCUE AND EMS FALL FESTIVAL

 

The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue and EMS Fall Festival will be held this Saturday, from 10am-6PM, on the Pocahontas Square. Activities throughout the day include the Firefighters Rodeo at 10:30am, the parade at 1PM, Pumpkin Judging at 2PM, a Pie Eating Contest at 3PM and the Auction at 5PM.

 

There will be plenty of food and activities for everyone.  The public is invited to come out, bring a lawn chair and enjoy the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue and EMS Fall Festival, this Saturday, starting at 10am, in Pocahontas.

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PRACTICE YOUR ESCAPE PLAN DURING FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

 

It's National Fire Prevention Week and the Office of the State Fire Marshal is encouraging everyone to "Practice Your Escape Plan".  In many cases, if a fire breaks out in a person's home, they may have as little as two minutes before the fire turns deadly.  According to the State Fire Marshal, with so little time to escape a burning home, having an escape plan could prove to be a lifesaver.

 

It's recommended that everyone in the family should be involved in developing the plan and ensure that everyone understands the plan.  Plans should include two ways of getting out of each room.  Family members should also choose a meeting place, a safe distance from the home.  For infants, young children and those with limited mobility, someone should be assigned to assist them during the emergency.  And for homes with two floors, everyone must be able to escape from the second story.  The plan should be practiced twice a year.


TRAVEL PLAZA IN VANDALIA TO OPEN MID-NOVEMBER

 

Construction is going strong on the new Travel Plaza that FS is putting up at the east exit of I-70 in Vandalia.  We talked to FS General Manager Byron Sikma, who said that things are moving along according to plan, and that they are hoping to be open in mid-November.

 

He said that last week they poured about 4,000 yards of concrete during continued construction on the travel plaza.  Sikma commented that it's starting to take shape and everyone's really excited about opening day.  When asked about a restaurant, he said that they have a verbal commitment with a company who is interested in putting a restaurant in the plaza, but there is no signed lease as of now.  Sikma hopes that those definite plans will be something he can announce in the near future.


JAYCEES HAUNTED HOUSES OPEN EVERY WEEKEND IN OCTOBER 

 

The Greenville Jaycees are hosting a haunted house, every Friday and Saturday, in October.  The Tunnel of Terror and Haunted Pirate Ship are located off of Route 40, on Overpass Road. Along with the haunted houses, there will be food, music and games.  During the third and fourth weekends there will also be hayrides.

 

The Jaycees haunted houses are open from 7-11PM every Friday and Saturday, in October.  The cost is $10 per person for both houses…children 5 and under are $7 for both houses.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

 

AMERICAN LEGION POST 1180 FISH FRY TICKET GIVEAWAY

 

American Legion Post 1180’s Annual fish fry will be Sunday, October 14th, from 11am till 2pm, and WGEL has tickets to give away..   On Thursday, October 11th, be the correct number caller, tell us what is your favorite fish, and you will win a pair of tickets. WGEL has six pairs of tickets to give away throughout the day, so be listening.  Remember correct caller, favorite fish, and you are a winner.

 


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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Lady Bluejays basketball teams played Gillespie on Tuesday.  The 8th grade team won 35-18.  The 7th grade team lost 28-21.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

 

The Comets soccer team tied Breese Central 1-1 on Tuesday.  Adam Holler scored the Comets goal.  The soccer team will next play on Saturday at noon in the first round of the IHSA playoffs at Tom Doll field. 

 

SPORTS SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY

 

The Mulberry Grove Lady Aces volleyball team will play at Metro East Lutheran.  


OBITUARIES

MILDRED WHITE

 

Mildred White, 79 of Coffeen, passed away Tuesday at her residence.  Funeral services for 79 year-old Mildred White will be held Friday, at 11am, at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home.  Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 6-8PM, at the funeral home.


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