11-20-2007

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BOMB THREAT AT HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

A bomb threat, written on a boy's bathroom wall, at the Highland Elementary school was found Thursday evening by Elementary Principle Mr. Humes.  The writing indicated a bomb threat for 8:15am Monday morning, according to a press release from the Highland Police department.  While the School disctrict and the Police believed the threat to be a hoax, many saftey precuations where taken.  Parents were notified of the threat through a letter sent home on Friday.  The school was searched by the Alton Police Department's Explosive Detection team and found to be clean of any bombs over the weekend.  Parents were notified of the search and it's results, by the School district's School reach Telephone Notification System.  Also, all back packs and bags were searched prior to entering the building Monday morning.  The investigation continues to identify the person responsible for the threat. 


ALLEN BRANCH BOAT ACCESS $1.1 MILLION PROJECT ALMOST COMPLETE

 

With the weather getting a little cooler and Winter just around the corner, residents of Carlyle can look forward to a new and improved access area at the lake.  According to Gary Tathum, Site Superintendent, the Allen Branch Boat Access was closed most of the summer for major redevelopment, but will be ready for the start of next season.

 

A partnership between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, made the $1.1 million project possible.  Tathum said that the parking areas were expanded and a lot of rock base was added, along with asphalt and striping.  A new concrete boat ramp, along with a courtesy boat dock, was created and a floating dock on the lakeside, for boaters, was also added. Security lighting was then installed, along with water hydrants and drinking fountains.

 

Tathum explained that one of the bigger projects, a new fish cleaning station, isn't yet complete, but will open next Spring. The station offers fishermen the space to clean their fish right there and take advantage of the biodegradable tank on site. The Allen Branch Boat Access is located on the north end of the Eldon Hazlet State Park, in Carlyle.


CITY FILING FOR AUTHORITY TO DEMOLISH THREE HOMES

 

The City of Greenville has filed three petitions in Bond County Court for authority to demolish homes, that have been deemed dangerous and unsafe.  The summons were sent to the owners of each residence…one on East Main Street, another on South Prairie and the final on McAdams Street.  According to court records, several notices, about the alleged unsafe condition of the property, have been sent to the owners.

 


 

HOMEOWNERS ENCOURAGE TO TEST FOR RADON

 

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people to test their homes for radon during the month of November. Governor Rod Blagojevich has proclaimed November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Illinois, calling attention to the fact that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer overall and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

 

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. It can enter homes and buildings through small cracks in the foundation, sump pumps or soil in crawlspaces. The National Academy of Sciences and the Surgeon General estimate that 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths occur annually in the United States, as many as 1,100 of those in Illinois.

Beginning January 1, 2008, anyone buying a home, condominium or other residential property in Illinois, must be provided with information about indoor radon exposure. Radon information and free home test kits are available through the radon hotline at 1-800-325-1245.


BILL SIGNED TO TOUGHEN CURRENT ANIT-METH LAW

 

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich recently signed a law making any attempt to possess, procure, transport, store, or deliver a key meth ingredient, a Class 4 felony. The charge can carry a prison term of one to three years and/or a fine of up to $25,000. Senate Bill 274 makes it a felony to attempt to steal, improperly store, or transport anhydrous ammonia.

 

Anhydrous ammonia is a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine, and its storage in unauthorized containers can be extremely dangerous. When released, anhydrous ammonia can cause serious injuries. When handled improperly, anhydrous ammonia can be explosive and deadly. Meth cookers steal anhydrous ammonia in unauthorized containers, such as beverage coolers and gas canisters.

 

According to the Governor, meth has become a growing crisis in the State of Illinois with prison admissions rising from only 6 in 1999 to 421 in 2004. Senate Bill 274 goes into effect January 1, 2008.


AGRIFIRST GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

 

Applications are now being accepted for the AgriFIRST program, which assists producers in the development of value-added agricultural ventures. More than $536,000 in grants will be available and administered through the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The program helps defray the start-up costs of qualified projects. 

 

Individuals can apply for three types of grants. The first is technical assistance grants that cover up to 75% of the cost of developing a “value-added” project. AgriFIRST also provides up to 50% of the cost for feasibility studies, competitive assessments or consulting and productivity services. The final option provides up to 10% of construction costs or capital expenditures.

 

Producers can apply for all three types of funding, but must submit separate applications. Applications are due to the Department of Agriculture by Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. For more details call 1-217-782-2172.

  

 




TUESDAY SPORTS

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Basketball 8th grade Bluejays team lost to Altamont on Monday.  The final score of the game was 46-34. 

 

The Pocahontas Indians boys basketball team will play at Sorento, there will not be a 7th grade game, the 8th grade game starts at 6PM.  

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

The Mulberry Grove Aces will play Sandoval tonight at 7:45PM, that game can be heard live here on WGEL Radio.


OBITUARIES

WILLIAM "BILL" LEIDEL

 

William "Bill" Leidel, age 80, of Greenville, passed away Sunday at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation for 80 year old William “Bill” Leidel will be Tuesday, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home from 4-8PM.  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11AM at the Funeral Home, with interment following in St. Lawrence Cemetary with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Dave Walker Fund.

 

WILLIAM "JUNIOR" ARBGAST JR.

 

William Arbgast Jr., age 78, of Pocahontas passed away Monday, the 19th at St. Joseph's hospital in Highland.  Visitation for William Arbgast Jr. will be 1:30 - 2:30PM Wednesday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral home in Greenville.  Graveside funeral services will be held at Robinson Cemetery, Wednesday the 21st, with full military honors.  Memorials can be made to the Pocahontas First Baptist church or the family. 

 

J. LYNNE NEUMANN

 

J. Lynne Neumann, age 64, of Greenville, passed away Sunday the 18th at her home.  Graveside funeral services will be held at 2PM on Friday at the Robinson Cemetery.  Memorials, for 64 year-old J. Lynne Neumann, can be made to the family at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. 


 

 

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