12-28-2007



SMOKE FREE ILLINOIS TO BEGIN JANUARY 1ST.

 

In less than a week, the Smoke Free Illinois Act will go into effect. WGEL spoke with Pat King, of the Bond County Health Department, about the new law.  She said that the ban will be placed on smoking in public places, places of employment and within 15 feet of any entrance, exit, windows that open or ventilation intakes.

 

These types of places include, but are not limited to, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, private clubs, gaming facilities, sports arenas and all places of employment.  "No Smoking" signs will be required throughout these locations. King said that lawmakers will be meeting in January to discuss more specific details of the law, including enforcement and fines.

 

According to King, the law was enacted to protect the public from the dangers of second hand smoke.  Currently, one in five Illinois residents smoke. The state is joining 22 others with similar laws.

 

For those who want to quit smoking, you can contact the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442 or visit www.smoke-free.illinois.gov.  You can hear more with Pat about the Smoke Free Illinois Act in a future Public Affairs on WGEL.


ACCIDENT AT CVS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

 

Greenville Police were called to accident Wednesday afternoon around 1PM at CVS in Greenville.  The driver of a car told police that as he was pulling into a parking spot, his car jumped the curb and hit the building.  The accident caused over $500.00 damage to the vehicle and approximately $250.00 damage to the building.  Bond County EMS were dispatched to the scene, however no one was injured. 


GREENVILLE FIRE RESPONDS TO SMOKE SCARE

 

The Greenville Fire Protection District was called to a residence on north Elm Street Thursday at 12:07PM in regards to a report of smoke coming from the garage.  Firefighters arrived on scene and found that the resident's children were playing and burning small piles of leaves next to the house.  No fire in the garage or home was found. Firefighters were back in service a half hour later.


 

60,000 POUNDS OF ASIAN CARP NETTED IN KASKASKIA RIVER

 

As a result of the extreme numbers of Asian Carp found in the Kaskaskia River, below the Carlyle Lake spillway, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources issued a netting contract earlier this month.  The goal was to allow commercial fisherman the ability to net the carp in hopes of reducing the number of the invasive species of fish in the river.

 

WGEL spoke with commercial fisherman Chad Isaac, who said that his six-man crew fished three days and were able to net about 60,000 pounds of carp.  Isaac noted that that the average fish weighed about 10 pounds, equaling a total harvest of 6,000 carp.

 

This first netting opportunity was a trial run for the IDNR and commercial fishermen.  Isaac explained that with the river levels up now, it would be awhile before they could get back out there and net some more carp.

 

Asian carp were introduced in the 70's to help control algae in ponds.  They then escaped in flood waters and are now found in almost every river.  The carp competes with other fish for food, causing crappie, bluegill and bass to starve.


REDEEM EXPIRED GIFT CARDS

 

According to the Illinois State Treasurer's Office, Illinois residents who received gift cards this holiday season may be able to redeem them for cash, even if the gift cards expire.  The Treasurer's Office is holding more than $5 million is unused gift card balances for Illinois residents. Owners of expired gift cards can search for their refunds on the state's unclaimed property database at www.cashdash.net or call 1-866-458-7327.


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FRIDAY SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

The Comets basketball team is 2-1 so far in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.  The Comets beat Vandalia Thursday 58-37, but lost to Wesclin 63-29.  The Comets will play this afternoon at 12:30 against Central A & M.  You can hear that game live on WGEL Radio. 

 

The Greenville Lady Comets won a close game Thursday in the Riverton Holiday Tournament.  Matty Willman made 2 free throws with 9 seconds left in the game to lift the Lady Comets to a 47-45 victory over Virginia AC Central.  


OBITUARIES

IRENE DOLL

 

Irene Doll, 76 of Greenville, passed away Monday at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 76 year-old Irene E. Doll will be held Tuesday, January 1st at 11am at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4-8PM at the funeral home.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to the family.


LUCILLE YESKE WALL

 

Ruth Lucille Wall, 86 of Witt and formerly of Panama, passed away Wednesday at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylor Springs.  Funeral arrangements for 86 year-old Ruth Lucille Wall are pending at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.

 

Lucille is the mother of Cathy Evans of Greenville.


GRACE M. NOWLIN

 

Grace M. Nowlin, age 82, of Greenville, passed away Thursday at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 82 year-old Grace M. Nowlin will be at 11:30 am Monday, December 31st, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 am Monday until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Bond Christian Service Camp or the Loyal U & I Class.


WEATHER

Saturday:Partly Cloudy High: 36 Low: 25

Sunday: Cloudy High: 44 Low: 30


PUBLIC AFFAIRS 

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Dr. Tracy Hall.  Tracy will talk to us about one of her favorite hobbies…bicycling.  She'll discuss the health benefits, how to find the right bike for you and where to find groups of cyclists in your area. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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