10-8-2007

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ROLLOVER INJURY ACCIDENT ON I-70 FRIDAY MORNING

 

In an update to a story previously reported on WGEL, at 8:40am Friday, the Bond County Sheriff's Department, along with Bond County EMS, Smithboro and Mulberry Grove First Responders and Fayette County EMS responded to a rollover vehicle accident on I-70 westbound at mile post 51.  According the Illinois State Police, 20 year-old Cynthia Westbrook, of Maryland, was traveling westbound, in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, when for unknown reasons, her car left the roadway, struck the ditch and overturned several times, finally striking a tree and coming to rest on the car's side.  She was extricated from the vehicle and ARCHed to St. Louis University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. 

 

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The passenger, 2 year-old Brody Westbrook was taken by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. AirEvac also responded to the scene, but was not needed.  One eastbound and one westbound lane were blocked off so that emergency personnel could work the scene, and both eastbound lanes were shut down in order for ARCH to land.


COLLINSVILLE MAN CONVICTED OF FORGERY IN BOND COUNTY

Forgery has landed a Collinsville man in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  32 year-old Bobby J. Carroll was sentenced on Wednesday in Bond County Court to 5 years in IDOC, with the term to run concurrent with a Madison County conviction.  According to court records, Carroll forged a check, belonging to someone else, in the amount of $200.  He had written the check to himself.


$4 MILLION LOAN APPROVED FOR ILLINOIS WESTERN RAILROAD

 

 In another step to bring an ethanol plant to Greenville, a loan was recently approved to construct the Illinois Western Railroad.  WGEL spoke with Charlie Barenfanger about the $4 million loan that could help connect the existing railroad track in the Industrial Park, to the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad in Smithboro.

 

According to Barenfanger, the connecting track is a prerequisite to the proposed ethanol plant. Earlier this month, The Illinois EPA granted Alternative Energy Sources, Inc. a permit to build a natural gas powered Ethanol Plant in the Wolf Industrial Park. The company has several other locations they plan to finish before beginning possible construction in Greenville.

 

The Illinois Western Railroad would be the main line of transport in and out of the plant.

 

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UNIT 2 BOARD ACCEPTS TEACHERS CONTRACT

 

The Unit 2 Board of Education met in special session Friday afternoon.  Board members not present were Scott Gaffner, Ron Smith and Tom Theiss.  After approving the consent agenda in open session, which included the resignations of food service personnel Betty Pasley and Melinda Herrod and bus aide Ann Guymon, the board went into closed session.

 

After returning from closed session, the Unit 2 School Board voted to accept the teacher's contract, at a 3% increase on the base, for the next three years. This comes after the September 25th vote, where the tentative contract was accepted by teachers and approved by the association.


KASKASKIA COLLGE BEGINS SPRING 2008 REGISTRATION

Online registration for spring 2008 classes at Kaskaskia College begins on Monday, October 15th.  In person and telephone registration begins October 22nd.  Office hours for the Kaskaskia College Enrollment Center, Financial Aid and Student Advising will be Monday from 7:30 am - 6:00 PM, Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 am - 5:00 PM, and Friday from 7:30 am - 4:00 PM.  Students should contact their education centers for advising and enrollment times and appointments.

 

For more information, call the Enrollment Center at: 545-3040

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WHY DID A SORENTO PRINCIPAL SIT ON THE SCHOOL’S ROOF?

Sorento Jr. High Principal Bill Carpenter spent an entire day on the school roof last week. Carpenter encouraged his students to improve their ISAT scores by making a bet with them, last year, prior to testing. The students decided the reward for increasing their scores would be to see their principal sit on the roof for a day next fall. Carpenter was pleased to announce that the students did indeed improve their scores, hence his temporary, very scenic, office. As a school, students in 3rd through 8th grade scored 81% in reading and 89.9% in math.


ILLINOIS GETS MONEY FOR DRUG TREATMENT

 

The State of Illinois recently received a federal Access To Recovery (ATR) grant of $13.9 million.  The money compliments Illinois' Pathway to Recovery initiative in Cook County, and expands services to west-central Illinois.  Specific services will include methamphetamine treatment and a Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment component.  The primary emphasis of the Illinois program will be on individuals involved with the criminal justice system.

 

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LAWSUIT FILED BY STATE AGIANST CONTRACTOR

 

The State of Illinois has filed a lawsuit against one of their contractors, Kelly and Sons of Delaware.  According to the Lawsuit, in September of 2005, Kelly and Sons allegedly removed a portion of the bridge on route 140 that traverses Indian Creek.  After removing the portion of the bridge, Kelly and Sons allegedly did not barricade the gap or warn authorities of the gap.  State Trooper Joe Stambaugh drove his 1999 crown victory patrol car off the bridge, due to the gap.  The Patrol car was totaled and Trooper Stambaugh sustained what the lawsuit called, serious personal injury.  The State's lawsuit is for the amount of $50,000. 


HEALTH DEPARTMENT FLU VACCINATION CLINIC TUESDAY

 

The Bond County Health Department will be holding a county-wide flu vaccination clinic on Tuesday, October 9th, at the Free Methodist Church in Greenville. And according to the Health Department's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Julie Rathbone, they will be using this clinic as an emergency preparedness drill. Rathbone said that there will be around 35 staff, nurses, EMS personnel, FCI counselors and volunteers assisting with the drill. 

 

As part of the drill, each person getting a flu shot will fill out a form relating to allergies, and be given a brown paper bag with empty pill bottles. The purpose is to time the dispensing of oral medications to the public. By doing this, Rathbone says that they will be able to estimate how long it might take to dispense medication, to the entire county, during a pandemic.

 

 

The flu vaccination clinic will run from 9-11:30am and is for those 19 years of age and older. The cost of the flu shot is $20 for Bond County residents and $30 for non-residents. Pneumonia shots will also be available. For more information, call the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442.

2008 OLD FARMERS ALMANAC WEATHER PREDICTION

Two thousand eight is predicted to be the warmest year of the past century according to The 2008 Old Farmer’s Almanac, a publication that is best known for its 80 percent-accurate weather forecasts. The past nine years have been among the 25 warmest years and The Almanac expects the warming trend to continue, based on a study of solar activity and cycles.  This year’s edition includes an article that traces hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, droughts, and other anomalies, to years ending in 8 as far back as the mid-1700s. John Pierce, publisher of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, states that these events may be coincidences or they could indicate large, recurring, weather patterns.   “In either case,” Pierce warns, “We could be in for some historic meteorological mayhem.”


OFFICES CLOSED FOR COLUMBUS DAY

 

Today is Columbus Day.  Offices closed for business include all local schools, banks, Bond County and Courthouse offices, the Bond County Senior Center and the Greenville Post Office.

 

Offices that will be open on Monday are all City of Greenville offices and the Greenville Public Library.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

RASCAL FLATTS TICKET GIVEWAY

 

There’s a gang coming to St. Louis for one super kicking country party, and you could be part of that gang as, Rascal Flatts hits the stage at the Scottrade Center, Saturday, October 13th, at 8pm. Your Friends at WGEL have two pair of Tickets in Section 107, facing the stage and the fantastic harmonies of Country's hottest act...Rascal Flatts. Tune in Wednesday, October 10th, for you chance to register to win a pair of these super tickets. Be one of the first 5 callers, to 664-3300 when you hear the Rascal Flatts hit “Me and My Gang” and you will be entered to win. We will draw our winners during the Mike and Tom morning show, Thursday, October 11th. More chances to win from your friends at WGEL FM 101.7.

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MONDAY SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

The Comets won again on Friday over Staunton.  The Comets improved to 7-0 on the season. 

 

The Highland Bulldogs lost to Triad last Friday, and dropped to 3-4.

 

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

 

The Lady Comets tennis player Vanessa Daniken won first place in the conference singles match on Saturday.  The Lady Comets will play Salem at home today. 


OBITUARIES

HARRY B. TIEMAN

 

Harry B. Tieman, age 87, of Greenville, formerly of Highland, passed away Saturday at his home.  Funeral services for 87 year-old Harry B. Tieman will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, October 9th, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Brown Cemetery with full Military Honors.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Bond County Hospice or the American Red Cross.


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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