2-12-2007


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SECOND OF THREE ALLEGED DQ ROBBERS SENTENCED

Brandon T. Stewart, 21 of Greenville, pled guilty and was sentenced in Bond County Court last week on charges related to the May 3, 2006 armed robbery of a Dairy Queen employee.  The robbery occurred when the employee was leaving the restaurant with the night deposit bag.  Stewart and Jason T. McCullough allegedly were wearing masks and indicated they had a weapon.  McCullough then allegedly struck the employee in the face.  The two fled with the money in a vehicle driven by a third individual, 21 year-old Barton S. Davis of Florissant, Missouri. A Bond County Deputy stopped the three on their way out of Greenville.

Stewart was sentenced to 48 months probation and 180 days in the Bond County Jail on two counts of Aggravated Robbery and one count of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  After 90 days in jail, the term will be revoked if Stewart complies with his probation.  He will also have to pay $5,000 in fines, $1,028 in restitution, and contribute $2,500 of his bail bond to the Bond County Anti-Crime Fund.

Barton S. Davis has already pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Robbery, while Jason T. McCullough has pled not guilty on charges and is awaiting a date to be set for a jury trial.


TRACTOR SUPPLY BUILDING CATCHES FIRES

Twelve fire departments, including Greenville, were paged to a fully engulfed structure fire in Hamel Friday afternoon just before 2PM.  The front office and sales building of Sievers Supply, a tractor supply company in Hamel, caught fire and started a blaze that would take hours to extinguish.  Of the departments paged to the scene, Edwardsville brought their aerial truck and a tanker engine from Greenville was requested. According to the Hamel ambulance service, there were no injuries.

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ETSB AWAITING WORD ON GRANT STATUS FOR COMMUNICATIONS

Depending on the availability of Homeland Security grant money, Bond County 9-1-1 Coordinator Allan Davis is still hopeful of improving radio communications for local emergency personnel.  As reported earlier by WGEL, Davis has tested the Starcom radio system and believes it would solve many of the communication problems experienced by law enforcement and fire departments.  Starcom has over 100 towers statewide and Davis thinks installing a tower in central Bond County might be the answer.  Grant money for communication upgrades is being made available to the State of Illinois by the federal government but Davis is not sure how or when it will be disbursed. 

Davis reported at today’s Thursday’s Emergency Telephone Systems Board meeting that laptop computers had arrived for the county’s fire departments and EMS.  The cost to Bond County 9-1-1 was around $14,000 and once some licensing issues are resolved, each department will be equipped with a computer and current 9-1-1 map.

The 9-1-1 Board also talked about installing a generator at the Red Ball Trail tower site which serves as a backup location for the system.


FIRE DEPARTMENTS KEPT BUSY WITH STRUCTURE FIRES

The Pocahontas/Old Ripley and Greenville Fire Departments responded to the scene of a house fire Friday night on Stevenson Drive.  Firefighters were on scene for about two hours.

Smithboro firefighters were called twice Sunday to fires in Royal Lake.  The first was a brush fire on Minnesota Avenue while the second was a house fire on Wyoming Avenue.  Smithboro Chief Dale Deverick told WGEL that a brush fire that was only about fifty feet from the unoccupied house was the cause of the blaze.  Mulberry Grove, Greenville, and Keyesport departments provided mutual aid.  Deverick told WGEL that while firefighters were at the house fire, the individuals responsible for the brush fires were getting ready to ignite a third and were instructed to not leave it unattended.  The department was called back for a rekindle of the structure fire at 1:21 this morning.  According to Deverick, a neighbor reported hearing an explosion and what remained of the house burned to the ground.

The Greenville department responded Sunday afternoon to a grass fire on Airport Avenue.  Firefighters report that the property owner dropped a burning cigarette that set the pasture on fire. 

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GREENVILLE COLLEGE ANNOUNCES BERGEN AS DEAN OF THE COLLEGE

After a six-month nation-wide search, Greenville College President Dr. James Mannoia has appointed Dr. Randy Bergen as vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the College.  A search committee received over 25 applications and then narrowed the results to four before a final review with the president.  Mannoia commented that the committee had concluded that no other applicant was close enough to Dr. Bergen, who had served as interim vice president for the past 18 months.  Bergen, a 1984 Greenville College alumnus, returned to the area in 2001.

Academic deans contribute to both the academic and administrative sides of the college.  As the vice president, Bergen will act as a catalyst between the college faculty and administration, while leading in academic planning and overseeing student organizations.  Bergen plans to develop new off-campus programs, encourage innovation in the college's traditional program and support professional development for faculty members.

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ANNUAL VALENTINE'S BALL AT FAIR OAKS

Fair Oaks cordially invites friends and family members of the community to attend their annual Valentine King & Queen Ball Tuesday, February 13th at 7PM.  The free event will take place in the living room of Fair Oaks.  The evening will include the traditional Valentine King & Queen Coronation and will also include a sharing time, featuring residents telling stories of how they met their spouses.

Watson Tidball, of Greenville, will serve as master of ceremonies.  Live music will be provided by Greenville College students and refreshments will be provided throughout the evening.  For more information, contact the Fair Oaks Activities Director Ruthanne Hopper at 664-1230 ext. 3076


BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH PREVIEW

The Bond County Board of Health will meet tonight at 6:30PM.  On the agenda is the review of the January 2007 Activity and Financial reports, recommendations for the Gardaisl vaccination and the Mental Health policies and fee revisions. They will also hear information on the Flu update and the FY'06 Annual Report.


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SPORTS

MONDAY SPORTS

HS BOYS BASKETBALL
The Pana Panthers defeated the Comets in varsity basketball Friday night 53-27.  Derek Atchison had 11 for Greenville.

The Varsity Mulberry Grove Aces were winners 56-44 over Sandoval.  Jason Kendall had 14 points and Dustin Lindahl 13. 

JR HIGH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Pocahontas Lady Indians 8th graders are still undefeated as they topped the Sorento Lady Greyhounds on Thursday 25-12, 25-9.  They are now 8-0 on the season.  The Pocahontas 7th graders won 25-7, 25-16. 

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Vandalia Sectional gets underway tonight with Breese Central versus Lebanon at 6pm followed by Okawville versus Carlyle at 8pm.  The winners will play for the championship Thursday night.

 

OBITUARIES

M. JOAN GERMANCERI

M. Joan Germanceri age 70 of Greenville passed away Saturday February 10th at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday February 14th 2007 at 11AM at Mount Zion Temple of Deliverance and Praise in Greenville Interment will be in Montrose Cemetery Greenville. Friends may call Tuesday from 5-8PM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials can be made to Mount Zion Temple of Deliverance and Praise.

DONALD A MILES

Donald A. Miles, age 76 of Keyesport and formerly of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, passed away Friday (Feb. 9) at his residence.  No public funeral services are scheduled.  Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.  Memorials may be made to Bond County Hospice.  The Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Donald A. Miles.

TONY SVEGLICH

Tony Sveglich, age 93 of rural Smithboro, passed away Saturday at Fair Oaks.  Funeral services for 93-year-old Tony Sveglich will be conducted Tuesday (Feb. 13) at 11am at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment in Maxey Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday from 5-8PM at Young Funeral Home.  Masonic services at 7:30PM.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or Maxey Cemetery.


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