02-16-2006

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FURTHER INFORMATION ON SALMONELLA OUTBREAK

A salmonella outbreak that has sickened several-hundred people in 39 states, is linked to peanut butter produced in Georgia and has area residents checking their cabinets.  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. 

Even though no salmonella illness has been reported in Georgia, the largest peanut producer in the United States, the ConAgra Plant in Sylvester, GA has been voluntarily shut down.  The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter.  Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvinn says the recall involves jars of peanut butter with the product code on the lid that begins with the numbers 2111.

Locally, both Capri IGA and Super Value stores in Greenville told WGEL that they have taken all Peter Pan products off of the shelves, and are sending them back to their warehouses.  Both grocery stores report that people have been returning the recalled product.  Neither store in Greenville carries the Great Value brand of peanut butter.  Anyone who has purchased Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter with the product code "2111" should return it to the store they purchased it from.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that sickens about 40,000 people each year in the U.S.  Anyone with questions or concerns about the recall should call the 24-hour toll-free hotline at 866-344-6970.


POWER OUTAGE IN GREENVILLE THURSDAY MORNING

Around 5:30 Thursday morning, some area residents in central parts of Greenville were without power for a little over an hour.  AmerenIP reports that they were continuing work on a 345,000-volt line and in order to safely make the repairs, power must be turned off during that time period.  One of the switches that needed to be open during the repair process was frozen over; therefore, power will have to be shut down again next week to continue their work. 

AmerenIP spokesperson Erica Abbett reminded area residents that Ameren makes every effort to contact every consumer that will be affected during these planned outages for repair work.


FAIR BOARD APPROVES UPGRADES AND FAIR EVENTS

In spite of the cold weather and ice, the Bond County Fair Board meeting was held on schedule this week.  A motion was made and approved to purchase 125 new chairs and 10 new pipe gates for the horse arena.  The treasurer report showed funds were available to make these purchases which made planning for the next fair easier.  A motion was made and approved to pay the insurance premium for fair board member insurance when it is due.   In order to meet the requirement to track the movement of show animals, the Bond County fair will be obtaining a premise ID number and there is no cost for that.

Two new sheep department assistant superintendents, Dennis Lingley and Diana Ostrom, were appointed.  A motion was approved to set a monthly rental rate for the north horse barn at $400 per month plus electricity and $35 per month per stall for stalls in the south barn.

The Fair Board discussed several options for Thursday and Saturday night programs at the fair but no decision was made.  The fair board received a request to install fans in the hog and dairy cattle show rings and will consider doing that if local dairy cattle and hog exhibitors will help for the fans.


MULBERRY GROVE FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS ON 2006

The Mulberry Grove Fire Department had their annual awards dinner and meeting Saturday night at Fireman's Park in Mulberry Grove.  WGEL spoke with Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar about the awards handed out and what the department had added to the firehouse in 2006.  Mac Wall was named Fireman of the Year for outstanding work and Jeff Schulte, First Responder of the Year for response and training received in the last year.  Also last year, flagpoles were put up along with a monument outside the firehouse. 

The Mulberry Grove Fire Department consists of 24 firefighters, 23 of which are also first responders. In 2006, they received a total of 89 calls, 45 of those involved fires, down from 2005.  Mutual aid was given to various other departments on 13 occasions, while the department itself requested mutual aid once.  Firefighters responded to nine structure fires, five vehicle fires and ten grass fires.  The estimated property loss for all calls in 2006 is just under $18,000. Each call averaged 12 members responding and total department training for the year was around 1,750 hours.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PLANNING TURLEY AWARD PROGRAM

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce board met Thursday and appointed a committee to nominate a new board member. Chamber executive director Julia Jenner reported on her trip to the Governor's Tourism Conference. This year's Gerald Turley awards presentation should be scheduled for sometime in April. A committee was appointed to come up with this year's Turley award recipient.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR...

One of country music’s best entertainers, Neal McCoy, is returning to Nashville North USA in Taylorville Saturday night (Feb.24) for a 7pm concert.  WGEL’s Mike and John will have two pair of tickets to give away on Wednesday’s show.  Tune in between 6 and 9am Wednesday, when you hear Mike and John play a Neal McCoy song, be caller nine and you’ll win tickets for the concert.

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. 




FRIDAY SPORTS

HS BOYS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Mulberry Grove Aces lost to Brownstown 69-66.  Jacob Tompkins had 16, Jason Clanton 11, and Jason Kendall 10 for Mulberry.  Trevor Nickel had 8 rebounds.

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
Rebecca Peddicord of the Lady Comets is advancing in the State 3-Point Shooting Contest.  Peddicord had 7 of 15 at the Vandalia Sectional level contest and qualified for the state event at Redbird Arena in Bloomington. 

In Girls Sectional Scores:

Breese Central defeated Carlyle 39-35 to win the Vandalia Sectional

Olney edged Teutopolis 67-63 to win the Teutopolis Sectional

Hillsboro was a 54-47 winner over Neoga at the Hillsboro Sectional

Pana won 72-50 over Litchfield at the Pana Sectional

TONIGHT ON WGEL:
The Comets travel to Breese Central followed by our tape delay broadcast of the Highland Bulldogs hosting Jerseyville


OBITUARIES

None to Report


WEATHER

Saturday: Snow Flurries High: 29 Low: 15

Sunday: Sunny High: 36 Low: 20


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest is John King of the OKAW Valley Amateur Radio Club. John will talk about his recent trip to Aruba to study Ham Radio testing. He’ll also share what he learned while on his trip and how far he reached across the world to talk to people via Ham Radio. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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