NATIONAL ROAD TIMBERS FROM THE 1830s DISCOVERED
Thursday morning, representatives from the National Road Association, along with volunteers, were on site at the American Farm Heritage Museum, sawing through an historical piece of wood.
Believed to date back to 1834, seven timbers from the original National Road were recently discovered in rural Effingham. Resident Joe Schmohe noticed the pieces as workers replaced a bridge culvert, on Route 40, near his home. According to National Road Director John Goldsmith, what the workers uncovered was truly remarkable. He said that Schmohe knew exactly what those timbers were and saved them from ending up on a burn pile.
Goldsmith said the timbers were preserved well, considering that they are over 150 years old. Believed to be used for 'Corduroy' roads, six of the timbers will be displayed at local museums, including the one on the American Farm Heritage grounds. The last timber, which was cut into pieces on Thursday, will be sold as a National Road fundraiser.
FATHER AND SON ARRESTED IN OLD MANUFACTURING PLANT
The Madison County Sheriff's Department has charged a father and son with alleged burglary of scrap metal. According to police, 38 year-old Michael J. Consiglo, Jr. of Worden, and his 17 year-old son, named Michael as well, were found inside the former Chemetco Plant in Hartford. A search of the plant was done and both suspects were found inside allegedly attempting to take the scrap metal.
Both Consiglo's were taken to the Madison County Jail with bond set at $40,000 a piece.
HARPSTRITE SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS IN PRISON
74 year-old Robert Harpstrite, of New Baden, was sentenced in Clinton County Court recently on charges of sexual abuse and sexual assault. He was arrested late last year, based on allegations made by a child that attended a daycare center run by his wife. After a lengthy trial, and pleading not guilty, Harpstrite was convicted last month on four counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse and one count of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault.
On Friday, November 30th, Harpstrite was sentenced to 27 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will have to serve at least 20 years of that term.
NEW EQUIPMENT FOR GREENVILLE WATER SYSTEM
Many Greenville residents may have noticed a musty smell and taste to the city water as of late. According to Jeff Leidner, Supervisor of the Greenville Water Plant, a new piece of equipment, that began working full-time last week, should change all of that.
Keeping the water clear is due to the constant flow of fresh water, but with Governor Bond Lake currently at 27 inches below the normal stage, that process isn't working at full capacity. The recently installed disinfectant system will treat this raw water with chloride, prior to entering the filters, therefore, allowing for less chemicals in the process and better tasting water.
The $60,000 piece of equipment, brought in from Pureline Treatment Systems in California, is the only of it's kind in the state of Illinois. Leidner said that already, they have been able to eliminate two chemicals completely, and cut one in half, from the treatment process, saving the city $37,000 a year. Residents should notice a big improvement in the water's smell and taste within the next couple of weeks.
SUPERVISOR OF ASSESSMENTS TO RETIRE IN FEBRUARY
It was announced at this week's Bond County Board meeting, that Supervisor of Assessments Donnie Albert will be retiring, effective in February. We caught up with Donnie who said that it's something he's been looking forward to for a long time.
Donnie has held the Supervisor of Assessments position for 16 years and has worked in the office for over 27 years. He said that he'll turn 60 in August and has always used that as a focal point for his retirement. Donnie said that there have been a lot of changes in the office over the years and that he's very proud of his accomplishments.
Donnie and his wife plan on taking trips to Spring Training in Jupiter and to Dallas, TX to visit family. He said that he'll be in Greenville this summer to watch his grandkids play ball.
MONTEREY COAL MINE IN MACOUPIN COUNTY TO CLOSE DEC. 31ST.
For residents of Macoupin County, the last few months have been tough with the closing of the Crown II mine in September and the possibility of the Monterey No. 1 coal mine shutting down by the end of the year. We spoke with State Senator Deanna Demuzio who explained that Exxon-Mobile owns the mine and has been trying to sell it for the last 18 months. All along, it was stated by Exxon, that if the mine did not sell, the plant would be fully shut down December 31st.
The nearly 365 workers were notified earlier in November that the mine would be closing and already 70 of the newer hires have been laid off. Demuzio said that 300 people lost their jobs with the Crowne II closing and now more people are facing that uncertainty. She commented that this will be a huge blow to the economic base across Macoupin County.
Demuzio said that there are numerous people and organizations, along with the Governor, working diligently to keep it open. There has been a buyer interested in the mine for over a year, but on Thursday, things fell through and now the deal is up in the air.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT BUILDING AND GROUNDS MEETING
The Bond County Health Department will have a special Building and Grounds meeting Monday, December 10th, at 6PM, in the Health Department Conference Room.
BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS
The Greenville First United Methodist Church sponsored an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 4th. Fifty-one units were collected. First time donor pins were awarded to Kelsey Whitlock and Tim Roberts. Danny Elam received a 15 gallon pin, Luke Thole a 14 gallon pin, Harry Hess received a pin for 11 gallons, Diane Melvin for 9 gallons, Lisa Stockamp for 4 gallons, Angelo Gutierrez for 3 gallons, and Elizabeth Fink for 1 gallon.
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Jesse Plog, age 66, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, December at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral services for 66 year-old Jesse Plog will be held today (Monday) at 11am at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will follow in Mt. Gilead Cemetery with full military honors. The family received friends Sunday at the funeral home. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Mt. Gilead Cemetery or the Children's Ministries at the First Christian Church.
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