HILLSBORO ENERGY MINE APPLICATION DEEMED COMPLETE
In September, Hillsboro Enery LLC submitted an application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in regards to plans to develop a longwall coal mine south and east of Hillsboro. According to Montgomery County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser, the permit has been deemed complete.
A CD copy of the 600-page application, including 30 maps, will be made available to the public, free of charge. The document lays out the location of the site, a mining plan and long-range plan to restore land affected by the longwall coal mining.
As of December 21st, the public has 80 days to request an informal conference with IDNR or a public hearing. The Montgomery County Board took the opportunity and has requested both. Leitheiser said that IDNR is in charge of the hearings and will schedule and conduct them locally. It will be an opportunity for the public and county officials to ask questions and get answers.
ACCIDENT WITH INJURIES
Bond County Sheriff's Officers were called to an accident with injuries Sunday night at 7:10 PM. Daryn Michelle Homa, age 21, of Taylor Springs was westbound on Hopewell Avenue, in a 1998 Ford Explorer, when she allegedly swerved to miss a deer in the roadway. She ran off the right side of the road, steered back onto the road, and lost control of her vehicle, causing it to skid and then roll over. The vehicle came to rest on the passenger side, facing east. Homa and two passengers, Jeffrey Kinser, age 17, of Donnellson, and 17 year-old Brock Lohman of Hillsboro, were taken by a family member to Hillsboro Hospital for treatment.
MAN SENTENCED TO IDOC FOR SEPTEMBER RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY
22 year-old Nickalus Kinsey, of Greenville, was sentenced in Bond County Court last week on Residential Burglary charges stemming from an incident on September 27th. According to court records, Kinsey pled guilty, but mentally ill, to the charges of entering the Charles Ireland home with the intent to commit a theft.
Kinsey was sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections, with credit for time served, and placed on two years of mandatory supervised release. He will also have to undergo psychiatric examination when incarcerated.
JUVENILE ARRESTED AT LOCAL HOTEL
Around 9:20 Friday night Greenville police were called to the Econo Lodge in Greenville to the report of a theft. They arrested a 16 year-old male juvenile for allegedly stealing cash from the hotel cash drawer. Evidence of the theft was allegedly found in the juvenile's room and he was arrested and put into the custody of the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center. Additional charges are going to be sought against the 16 year-old for alleged criminal damage to state supported property, and aggravated battery to a police officer. Police say he kicked police equipment and fought with officers causing damage and minor injuries.
BREESE TEENAGER TO RIDE IN ROSE PARADE IN PASADENA
As you tune into the Rose Parade on New Years Day, you might notice a couple area residents riding on a float. 16 year-old Hunter Hempen, along with his father Dale, will be riding on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach during the parade in Pasadena. WGEL spoke with Hunter about the Wells Fargo music video he produced and submitted for an online contest, that made the trip possible.
He said that he got a few of his friends together and created the video based on the Well Fargo Wagon Song from Oklahoma. Hunters not new to producing videos, he has around 100 posted on his You Tube page.
As a winner of the Spirit of Wells Fargo Award, Hunter and his dad will get to ride in the parade and were given tickets to the Rose Bowl game. Hunter and his friends, who appeared in the video, were also each given i-phones as part of the prize.
Hunter hopes to attend an arts video college in Chicago and continue producing videos, someday making a career out of it. You can see the Rose Parade on Tuesday, January 1st at 10am on NBC or ABC.
NEW LAW REQUIRES BACKGROUND CHECKS ON CARNIVAL WORKERS
The Illinois Department of Labor will be enforcing a new law, that goes into effect January 1st, designed to protect millions of children and families at carnivals and other family entertainment centers. The new law requires carnival owners and operators to conduct a criminal history records check and a Sex Offender Registry check for workers that operate or assist in the operation of amusement rides or attractions.
In 2005, a carnival worker at the Bond County Fair was arrested, after he was identified as a sex offender and state law forbid him from being at places frequented by children. 43 year-old Marvin Beck had past convictions of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a victim between 9 and 13 years old and Attempted Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a 13 year-old victim. After his arraignment, at the Bond County Courthouse, Beck fled from authorities and was apprehended a short time later.
In April of 2006, Beck was convicted of Unlawful Association by a Child Sex Offender and Escape. He was sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
MORE NEW LAWS IN ILLINOIS
Electric rates are the topic of a new law, taking effect January 1, 2008, in Illinois. House Bill 351 allows a municipality or county to adopt an ordinance under which it may aggregate one or more classes, of the retail electrical loads, located within the municipality or county, as a way to provide alternative means of obtaining power.
Illegal passing, of school busses, is addressed by House Bill 1475. The bill states that failure, by a person, to disclose who was driving a vehicle, when it illegally passes a school bus, would result in the suspension of the vehicle registration for three months.
House Bill 3604 requires every hospital to adopt policies to ensure that patients' religious beliefs are taken into account in reference to their treatment at the hospital.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, through House Bill 1900, is allowed to erect and maintain roadside markers, identifying the locations where victims were killed in DUI accidents. And a special two-day youth hunting season, in Illinois, becomes law on January 1, 2008, as a result of the adoption of Senate Bill 201.
25 VETERANS RECEIVE GIFTS FROM AMVETS
AMVETS Post 140 held their annual Christmas programs at Cardinal Hill and Fair Oaks nursing homes. Twenty-five veterans received gifts, suggested by family members and nursing home staff. The program is made possible each year through a National AMVETS Service Foundation Grant.
OFFICES CLOSED FOR NEW YEARS DAY
Due to the New Years Day Holiday, the following offices will be closed Tuesday (today): all schools, banks, County Courthouse offices and the Health Department, City of Greenville offices, the Greenville Post Office, the Greenville Public Library and the Secretary of States Office.
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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
The Greenville Comets basketball team took third place in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. The Comets beat Stewart Strasburg 77-68 on Saturday going 4-1 in the Tournament.
UDELL "BOOT" INGLES
Udell "Boot" Ingles, age 73, of Sorento, passed away Sunday at his home. Funeral services for 73 year-old Udell "Boot" Ingles will be Thursday, at 11:00 am, at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, from 10:00 am until service time at the funeral home.
RUTH LUCILLE WALL
Ruth Lucille Wall, 86 of Witt, formerly of Panama, passed away Wednesday at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylor Springs. Funeral services for 86 year-old Ruth Lucille Wall were held Saturday at the Panama United Methodist Church. Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento. The Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama was in charge of the arrangements.
Ruth Lucille Wall is the mother of Cathy Evans of Greenville.
EVELYN V. ERGLE
Evelyn V. Ergle, 79 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Friday at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services for 79 year-old Evelyn V. Ergle will be held Wednesday at 11am at the Mulberry Grove First Baptist Church. Interment in Fair Lawn Cemetery in Vandalia. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5-7PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.
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