THREE INJURY ACCIDENTS IN THE COUNTY
Bond County deputies responded to three injury accidents Saturday related to slick road conditions.
39-year-old Kimberly A. Arnold of Sorento was southbound on Panama Street when she lost control of her car at the intersection with Panama Avenue. The vehicle slid into a utility pole. One passenger suffered an asthma attack and was treated at the scene by EMS.
16-year-old Josef Springer of Royal Lake was westbound on Route 40 near Kings Road when he was allegedly bumper from behind by another vehicle. Springer told deputies he lost control of his pickup truck on the ice and went through a fence and a yard. He was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital by a family member.
A Greenville man was injured when he swerved to avoid deer in the road. 47-year-old Walter L. Forsee lost control of his truck on the ice when he attempted to miss the deer on Bowman Road. Forsee's truck went into the ditch and hit a culvert before rolling onto its top. He was transported by ambulance to Greenville Regional.
ETHANOL PLANT STILL PLANNED FOR CONSTRUCTION IN 2007
Last October, it was announced that Alternative Energy Solutions was looking to build an ethanol plant in Greenville. The original timeline called for construction in 2007 and to have the plant up and running in 2008. AENS spokesperson J.B. Voss says that they are still moving forward with all plans for Greenville and have engaged a company to get the air permit applications in order.
Currently, the company is building two other plants; one in Kankakee, Illinois and one in Boone County, Iowa. The 108 million-gallon per year Greenville ethanol plant will be a similar design as those two. There will also be a loop track design to load 100 car trains.
The AENS plant will be located east of Carlisle Syntec along U.S Route 40. Voss said the location is great as it allows access to both the CSX and Burlington Northern Railroads along with being served by the Illinois Western Railroad, I-70 and area farmers.
AENS thanks Greenville for their support and reminds residents that if they have any questions, they can call the main office at 866-496-3835.
LOCAL FARMERS RAISING MONEY FOR COMPUTERS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS
Last November it was announced that the Greenville Elementary School would be a NASA Explorer School for the next three years. Students at these explorer schools have the opportunity to work with NASA scientists, engineers and educators to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, math and geography. A good source of support is communication via the Internet and computer programs for students; however, most computers at the elementary school are incapable of meeting these needs.
Jim Zeeb commented that as a local farmer, advanced technologies are utlized and that the education of our future generation of farmers is helped greatly by things such as the NASA Explorer Program. Zeeb and his wife Mary signed on to sponsor the program and found that Greenville Elementary was in need of up-to-date computers. Zeeb said he contacted friends and began the gifting program for the Academic Foundation on January 20, 2007. Recently the Farm Bureau signed on as well.
To date, there has been over $9,000 raised, which is enough to purchase 19 computers, 17 of which have come from the farming community. Frank Doll, Vice-President of the Bond County Farm Bureau, commented on the importance of this fundraiser. He explained that every penny that is taken in during the fundraiser will be donated back to the school system. Doll also said that this can help supply the technology for children to advance themselves, and it's great for the farm community and the Farm Bureau.
Zeeb added that donations are not only being sought from the farming community, but from the public as well. On March 20th, a check will be presented to the Greenville Elementary School, and all contributors are invited to attend. Those donating $500 or more, which will buy one computer, will receive a NASA Explorer School pin during family night on March 27th, along with their name on a tag on the computer they purchased.