STATE TROOPER CRASH UPDATE
Illinois State police have released the names of the two people killed in Friday's crash, that sent an Illinois State Trooper to the hospital. Miss Jessica Uh,l age 18 and her sister Kelli, age 13, both of Collinsville, were killed when State Trooper Matt Mitchell was responding to a personal injury traffic crash with his lights and siren activated. According to a witness, Trooper Mitchell was cut off by an eastbound vehicle on Interstate 64 near Route 158. He took evasive action and his squad car crossed the median and struck a westbound car resulting in a four-car collision. Trooper Mitchell is currently in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis with serious but non-life threatening injuries. State police ask that anyone having witnessed the vehicle pulling into the trooper's lane of traffic, witnessed the crash or events leading up to the crash, contact the Illinois State Police operations desk at 618-346-3649.
BOND COUNTY BOARD DIVIDED ON HIRING NEW AUDITING FIRM
At the Tuesday night’s Bond County Board meeting, audit proposals from three accounting firms were discussed. Croxford and Company of Alton, Allison Knapp Siekmann of Belleville, and Scheffelt and Company of Highland had submitted bids to perform the county's audit.
The board had previously requested a review of the proposals and a recommendation from Janice Romack at West and Company. Janice had served as the county's auditor in the past, and her recommendation was for Allison Knapp and Siekman. It was pointed out that though Croxford and Company's bid was the lowest it was only for 400 hours and last years audit took 800 hours. Board member, Joe Whalen, said he felt that the board had little knowledge when it came to selecting auditors and that was why the board had asked for Janice's opinoin, and also that West and Company had always done a good job for the county.
Because the bid from Croxford and Company was $9500 less annually, and also because Croxford had experience with county audit's, board member Gerald McCray made a motion to select Croxford's bid. The vote on the motion was split with McCray and Langel voting yes, and Franks and Whalen voting no. Board member Frank Lucco was absent. The issue was then tabled until the next board meeting.
Board Chairman, Jill Franks, said the county budget was done and in the process of being reviewed by county officers. A special meeting was set for November 28th at 7pm. The agenda will include budget approval and selection of the audit firm.
5OTH ANNUAL BAZAAR COMING SOON
The 50th Annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2007, from 9:00 am - 2:00 PM, at the First Christian Church in Greenville. 28 booths will offer a wide variety of unique items and the popular auction begins at 11:30 am. Volunteers are still needed to help with various aspects of the bazaar. Call Boyd Vieregge, at 618-326-7292, to offer your services.
HOGUE HALL UPDATE
For insurance purposes, Greenville College is relocating all remaining faculty and staff occupants of Hogue Hall. Basic demolition has begun on both the east and west ends of the building's interior, and following complete evacuation, exploratory demolition will continue throughout the building. Various renovation options are being considered, and if funding is available, a more comprehensive renovation plan will be adopted.
In the meantime, all offices and departments, formerly housed in Hogue Hall, will be relocated by November 29th, to temporary locations both on and off campus.
ANNUAL VANDALIA CAPITOL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Vandalia will be celebrating the holidays in Illinois' oldest Capitol building. The annual Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House will be Saturday December 8th, from 4:30-6:30PM, at the State Historic Site.
The Statehouse, where Abraham Lincoln served as State Representative from 1836 to 1839, will be decorated with holiday traditions and illuminated by candlelight. Staff will be in period clothing and recorder music will be provided by Baroque Folk. Cookies and cider will be served.
The Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse is free, open to the public and located one mile south of I-70 on U.S. 51.
ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS
The St. Nicholas Catholic Church, in Pocahontas, sponsored an American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, November 20th. Twenty units were collected. Michael Haberer was presented a 7-gallon pin, Nancy Haberer was awarded a 3-gallon pin and Susan Springston received a blood drop pin as a first-time donor.
CPSC OFFERS THE ABC'S OF TOY SAFETY
This holiday season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is emphasizing the importance of shopping safely by knowing your ABC's of toy safety: Awareness, Benefits and Consumers.
Know what toys pose the greatest risk. The leading cause of toy-related fatalities include choking and aspiration of toy parts. The most publicized risk has been high levels of lead.
And due to the recent scrutiny of harmful toys, the CSPC has increased inspections, leading companies to do more testing, therefore benefiting everyone. Even when it comes to lead, the Chinese Government will now conduct pre-export inspections on all toys. In 2007, the CPSC recalled 61 toys, involving 25 million products.
And finally, consumers should stay informed and be aware of recalls by signing up to receive direct email notifications of recalls at www.cpsc.gov.
METRO EAST OCTOBER UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RISES FROM
The Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area shows a rise in the unemployment rate, for area counties, during the month of October. In Bond County the rate was 4.8%, up from 3.9% one year ago, with Clinton County at 4.4%, up from 3.7% in October 2006. Madison County also showed an increase of 5.2% currently, compared to 4.3% this time last year.
Even though there was in increase in unemployment, there has been a gain of over 400 jobs in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Job gains included those in Educational and Health Services, Wholesale trade, Information, Retail Trade and Government.
KINGSBURY PARK DISTRICT SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
The Kingsbury Park District has scheduled a special board meeting on Monday, November 26th, at 5:00 PM, at the Park District Office. The board will consider bid packages for the Patriot's Park Lake Stream Crossing and Bank Stabilization Project.
UNIT1 BOARD OF EDUCATION NOVEMBER PREVIEW
The Unit 1 Board of Education will meet Monday night at 7PM, for the 2007 Tentative Tax Levy Hearing and then hold their regular meeting at 7:30PM. Items on the agenda include information on district technology and a hearing on the intent of the district to sell Working Cash and Life Safety bonds. Board members will also meet in closed session.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
The Lady Comets basketball team will play at Kincaid High School.
Mayme Siebert, 67, of rural Keyesport, passed away Sunday at Fair Oaks. Funeral services for 67 year-old Mayme Siebert will be held Monday at 11am at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Interment in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. For those who desire, memorials may be made to Greenville Regional Hospital.
IRENE L. BINGHAM
Irene L. Bingham, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, November 24th, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services for 92 year-old Irene L. Bingham will be Wednesday at 11:00 am at the Greenville First Christian Church. Interment will be in Floral Garden of Memories, in Flora, Illinois. There will be no public visitation. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Greenville First Christian Church. The Young Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
DONALD L. SMITH
Donald L. Smith, 79, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, November 21st at Fair Oaks. Funeral services for 79 year-old Donald L. Smith will be held Tuesday at 11am at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Interment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8PM at the funeral home. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the New Life Evangelistic Center or Bond County Hospice.
KATHY L. MILLICK
Kathy L. Millick, 58 of Litchfield, formerly of Greenville and Hillsboro, passed away Tuesday at St. Frances Hospital in Litchfield. Private Graveside services for 58 year-old Kathy L. Millick will be held at the Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield. Memorials may be made to Adopt a Pet.
Kathy is the sister of Jodi Wise of Greenville. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.
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