2-15-2007


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PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY TRUCK PLOWING SNOW

A Pierron woman was injured Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by a truck plowing snow on a parking lot at the Highland Elementary.  According to Highland police, the truck was backing up and hit the woman.  She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland for treatment.  No other details were available.



SALMONELLA OUTBREAK LINKED TO GEORGIA


A salmonella outbreak that has sickened several-hundred people in 39 states, is linked to peanut butter produced in Georgia.  According to Metro News Source, nearly 300 people have gotten sick and almost all the victims have sought hospital treatment, but no one has died.  The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter.  The FDA says the possible contaminated jars have a product code on the lid that starts with the number "2111."  ConAgra has issued a recall and is already disposing of affected products at its plant.

Anyone who has purchased Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter with that product code should return it to the store they purchased it from.


PONDS AND LAKES MAY NOT BE AS FROZEN AS THEY MIGHT SEEM

With the freezing temperatures outside, many ice-covered bodies of water can be found throughout the county.  Sometimes, it makes an interesting place for kids and teens to want to explore.  However, there are serious dangers involved when it comes to ice covered lakes, rivers, creeks and ponds. 

Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton stresses it's never a good idea for kids to venture out on the ice.  He reminds that our area can have extreme changes in temperature and great fluctuation in a 12 hour period.  Unless there is an adult that can actually drill down and test the ice, kids and young teens should never go out on the ice. 

The city has prohibited residents from going out on the ice at Governor Bond Lake because of the springs and currents in the water and the aerators under boat docks.  These things can cause the ice thickness to fluctuate dramatically in just a few yards. Rivers that are iced over are extremely hazardous because the flowing water can undercut the ice and weaken it.

Lorton reminds that one fall through the ice, and a person may not be able to come back through the hole they fell in.  With freezing water temperatures and currents in the water, it's a dangerous situation for children to be in.



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CITY SMOKING BAN ON THE BACKBURNER

Smoke and land were the two main topics of conversation at City Hall Tuesday night. The Council held a public hearing about a smoking ban in public places like restaurants. After the meeting City Manager Dave Willey summed up the smoking discussion by saying it looks like the State Legislature may come up with statewide smoking bans and the City Council decided to take a wait and see posture concerning the issue. Also Tuesday night the Council voted to sell 17 acres of city surplus land it owns on Governor Bond lake near the Marina to Don Rogier as Trustee of Trust #301 in exchange for $204,745.00 and two lots Rogier has in Lakeview Meadows subdivision. A Bond County resident, Jim Darnell, raised objections to the sale but after considering those objections City Attorney Pat Schaulfelberger told the Council he felt there was no legal reason not to sell the property. Several council members and City Manager Willey expressed the city's desire to obtain the two lots. 

In other action the Council approved a handicapped parking place in front of the Greenville Post Office and heard a positive report on the fish population at Governor Bond Lake. The City will continue the fish stocking program this year at the $5,000 level. At the end of the evening the Council adjourned into executive session to discuss pending litigation, personnel, purchase of real estate and sale of real estate and the open meetings act.


FFA WORK AUCTION A SUCCESS

The Annual FFA Work Auction was held Monday night at the Greenville High School. Chapter Advisor Steve Zimmerman said this was the best auction to date with a total of 38 students, including a student teacher and himself, being sold at an average of $12 an hour.  The high bid of the night brought in $25 an hour with a total of $4,200 being raised throughout the evening.

The proceeds will go towards activities and events for the FFA throughout the year. With the auction over, the students and the bidders now have the chance to make arrangements on what type of job they'll be doing and when it will take place. Zimmerman thanked the community for their support with the dinner and the auction bidders. In a related story, FFA Week begins February 19th. WGEL will have more on next week's activities in a future newscast.


GENE WATSON TICKET GIVEAWAY

Country legend Gene Watson is coming to Nashville North USA in Taylorville this Saturday night for a 7pm show.  WGEL has two pairs of tickets to give away for the concert.  Tune in WGEL between 5pm and 7pm tonight for the Gene Watson classic “Farewell Party.”  Be caller number 6 or caller number 7 when we play it and you’ll win a pair of tickets. 

You must be 18 or older to win and may only win once.  Only one winner per family.  Employees of WGEL, Nashville North, and their immediate family members are not eligible.

Don’t miss your chance to see Gene Watson in concert.  Tonight between 5 and 7pm we’ll play Gene’s big hit “Farewell Party.”  When you hear it, be caller number 6 or caller 7 and you’re a ticket winner.


OBITUARIES

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THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

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