11-09-2007



AQUA DOTS AND TOY CARS BEING RECALLED

 

During a year of unprecedented numbers of recalls of a variety of items, more toys are again being taken off the shelf. Spin Master is voluntarily recalling all Aqua Dots sets sold nationwide from March through November of this year. The 4.2 million sets are hazardous due to the chemical coating on the beads, that when mixed with water, can turn toxic if ingested. Children who swallow the beads can become comatose, develop respiratory distress or have seizures.  There have been two cases of such illnesses reported in the past several days.

 

Dollar General is also recalling certain toys.  Hundreds of thousands of toy cars, sold in sets of four, are being removed from stores due to high levels of lead.  The cars are the type that can be pulled backwards to set them in a forward motion.  Both the car sets and the Aqua Dots were manufactured in China.  Parents are urged to take the toys away from children and return them to the store in which they were purchased.  For more information on recalls, visit www.recalls.gov.


911 BOARD SUBMITS STARCOM GRANT APPLICATION

 

The Emergency Telephone Systems Board met Thursday morning and voted to submit a StarCom grant application.  Bond County, along with four other counties, will be submitting the request together in hopes of receiving funding for new radio communication equipment throughout for police, fire and EMS.  Bond County 911 Coordinator Alan Davis said that they wouldn't know until early 2008, whether or not they will be awarded the grant. 

 

During the meeting, and after coming out of closed session, 911 Board members approved a 3% pay increase for Davis for the upcoming year.  And just a couple weeks ago, Davis received a "Thank You" Award at the Illinois Chapter of National Emergency Numbers Association's Convention.  He said that the award is for supporting the mission of the State and furthering the overall mission.  The convention was held in Springfield on October 21st through the 24th.

 

The next Bond County 911 Board meeting will be Thursday, December 13th, at 9am.


MULBERRY GROVE AMERICAN LEGION POT LUCK DINNER

 

The American Legion Post 1180 Annual Veteran's Day Potluck Dinner will be held at the Mulberry Grove Community Center on Friday, November 9th, at 5PM.  The post will furnish the meat and drink.  The program will start with the dedication of the flag poles in front of the tank.  The poles were donated by Woodman of the World, the Clayton Edwards family, Bob Hill Family, Charles Hall family and the Jim R. Blankenship Family. 

 

Following the flag pole dedication, there will be the potluck dinner.  The guest speaker will be retired Colonel Lou Cotton.  Other special guests include Judge John Knight, State's Attorney Chris Bauer and Sheriff Jef Brown.  All veterans and their families and widows of veterans are invited.

 

Sunday, November 11th, at 8am, the post will raise the 102 casket flags, of deceased veterans, in the Avenue of Flags at the Mulberry Grove Cemetery.


 

LAST MONTH ONE OF THE WARMEST OCTOBERS ON RECORD

 

State Climatologist Jim Angel reports that last months temperatures in Illinois averaged 59.5°, which is 4.8° above normal.  With those numbers, it was the 9th warmest October on record since 1895.  Statewide rainfall averaged almost an inch above normal, with the heaviest reports of rain in southern Illinois, including 10.79" in Cairo.  Greenville averaged 4.1" of precipitation throughout October.

 

The rain came at the end of the growing season, noted Angel, when demands on soil moisture were pretty low.  He said that soil is already starting to recover, with the majority of the dry spots remaining in west-central Illinois.

 

The National Weather Service is calling for below normal precipitation for November, with around average temperatures.  The December through February outlook calls for precipitation and temperatures to both be above normal.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

The Comets football team’s great season marches on.  The Comets beat Duquoin last Saturday, and are now set to face Marshall on Saturday, the 10th, at 2pm.  The game is in Greenville, and you can hear it live on WGEL with Kent Kesner and Mike O’Boyle.  The comets are 11-0, so far this season, and ranked first in their playoff bracket.  Make plans to tune in this Saturday, kick-off is at 2pm here on WGEL.  And you can pick up your FREE GO COMETS posters at WGEL Studios or at NACO Printing in Greenville.  Show your Comet Pride.


 

FRIDAY SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

The Greenville Comets will host Marshall in the third round of the IHSA playoffs at 2PM on Saturday. You can hear the game live on WGEL Radio 101.7FM.

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High bluejays basketball team is playing at Triad, and the Lady Bluejays are hosting Gillespie. 


OBITUARIES

NONE TO REPORT


WEATHER

Saturday: Party Cloudy High: 60 Low: 34

Sunday: Partly Cloudy High: 71 Low: 35


PUBLIC AFFAIRS 

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Sally Bolen with the local Operation Christmas Child drop-off point.  Sally will talk to us about the organization, how it got started and how you can be involved in sending shoebox gifts to children all over the world. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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