2-28-2007




POLICE VEHICLE FOLLOWING DRIVER WHEN HE LEFT ROADWAY

The Bond County Sheriff's Department is continuing its investigation into an injury accident early Friday morning on the Red Ball Trail near Lynch Loop.  44-year-old Kenneth Eakle was injured when his vehicle left the road and rolled over.  Greenville police confirmed to WGEL that one of their officers was following the Eakle vehicle after he allegedly swerved into the path of two vehicles…one of which was a squad car.  The on-duty officer was traveling south from the marina area when Eakle's car allegedly drifted into the lane of the squad car.  The officer swerved to avoid a collision and then turned around to follow the vehicle. 

By the time the officer had caught up to the car, it had rolled off the road and the driver, Eakle, had been ejected.  The police officer called for assistance from Bond County Area Ambulance and the Bond County Sheriff's Department.  Eakle was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital and later transferred to St. Louis. 


ARMY SERGEANT RETURNS FROM IRAQ FOR BIRTH OF HIS DAUGHTER

It was a close race at times, but Army Sgt. Donald Lowery made the 15-hour trip to St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese from Iraq, to be there for the birth of his daughter.  Ashlyn Nicole arrived just 45 minutes after Lowery made it to the hospital to be with his wife Lisa. 

Last October, Lowery left for a tour of duty in Iraq and was to be home on leave February 14 at 4:45PM, just in time for his wife to be induced the next day with their first child.  However, complications arose and Lisa was hospitalized Tuesday, February 13 and labor was induced.

Lowery had already began his journey home from Iraq.  Once he reached stateside, he made a call to his wife to find out that she was already in labor.  Lowery caught the earliest flight possible out of Atlanta, made it to St. Louis and through the snow packed roads to Breese.  He reached his wife's room at 11:30am and was there for Ashlyn's birth at 12:18PM on Valentine's Day.

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POSSIBLE CHANGES TO CITY LAKE ORDINANCES

After consulting the state plumbing inspector and the health department, City Manager Dave Willey recommended several changes in the City Lake Ordinance. The biggest change involves a new plan to have every private sewage system within a thousand feet of the lake inspected by a licensed professional and paid for by property owners at least once a year. Systems found to be operating improperly would have to be fixed or the property owner could be fined as much as 750 dollars a day.

The new ordinance also deals with the size and location of boat docks and every dock will be inspected annually by the city at a cost of 20 dollars to the property owner. Again the Planning Commission has passed along for City Council consideration of a new ordinance that puts new controls on private sewage systems near and on Governor Bond Lake.


3RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT TO ADD NEW ASSOCIATE JUDGE

The Bond and Madison County 3rd Judicial Circuit will be getting another associate judge in the near future.  According to Judge John Knight, after the population census in 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court determined that the 3rd Judicial District was entitled to 2 more judgeships based on population increases.  On of those positions was funded last year, to which Steve Stobbs was elected.  The second position that was supposed to come about next year was recently funded. The 3rd Judicial Circuit was notified that the appointment process should start immediately.

The 3rd Judicial Circuit is made up of nine circuit judges that are elected by voters and 12 associate judges that are elected by a secret vote of the circuit judges.  Applications for the current associate judge position must be turned in by March 19, 2007 to the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

 
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WORKSHOP ON DANGERS OF METH LABS AND CHILDREN

A workshop focusing on the dangers for children of methamphetamine users and makers and chemicals they use to produce meth, Living in Danger: The Impact of Domestic Violence and Methamphetamine on Children - will be held Tuesday March 13, 2007 at Kaskaskia College.  It's sponsored by the Helping Services Committee of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council. 

Speakers at the workshop will be Denise McCaffrey and Tamara Guy.  They will discuss makeshift meth labs and children may be forced to face dangers of fires, explosion, neglect and abuse. The workshop will be held from 9am-12PM.  To register or for more information, call Brenda at 283-1763.


ILLINOIS HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION TO GIVE PARENTS ONLINE ACCESS TO TEEN DRIVING RECORDS

The Illinois House Drivers Education and Safety Committee approved legislation initiated by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White that will allow parents or guardians access to the driving records of their teenagers via the Internet. Under the proposal, parents and guardians can view their teenagers driving record for free online. Parents will be able to access the youth’s record until he or she turns 18 years old. A successful Graduated Driver Licensing program increases driving privileges for safe and responsible drivers in a gradual fashion, while simultaneously identifying those drivers who display dangerous or reckless driving habits. Safe teen drivers will gradually see their driving restrictions ease as they move from one state to the next.

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ART STUDENTS BRING HOME AWARDS FROM SPRINGFIELD

Several Greenville Junior High Students received awards during the January Scholastic Art Contest in Springfield.  There were over 900 projects entered from around Illinois.  Junior High Art Teacher Joanne Wagner submitted 25 projects from her students, of which 11 received awards. 

Gold Key winners were Stephen Willey with his painting, Megan Lurkins with her ceramics project and Clair Brendel with her painting.  Students winning Silver Key awards were Nicole Mollett, Gabe Chambers and Ashley Holden.  Those being recognized with Certificates of Merit were Ashley Horsfall, Tara Kauth and Isaac Gilmore.

The three Gold Key finalists, Willey, Lurkins and Brendel, will have their work sent to New York to compete against other Gold Key winners from 39 other states.


GHS WINTER SPORTS AWARDS MARCH 13

The Greenville Comets and Lady Comets winter sports awards program is Tuesday March 13 in the school gym.  Team recognition and awards will be presented to members of the boys and girls basketball teams and cheerleaders.  The program begins at 6pm and will be followed by light refreshments in the cafeteria. 


OBITUARIES

WILMA D THOMPSON

Wilma D. Thompson passed away Saturday at Cardinal Hill Healthcare Center.  Memorial services for Wilma D. Thompson will be conducted Thursday at 6PM at Young Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice. 

THOMAS J. HOLMES JR.

Thomas J. Holmes Jr., age 95 and formerly of Greenville, passed away Sunday morning at his son's home in Streator, Illinois.  Funeral services for 95-year-old Thomas J. Holmes Jr. will be Friday at 10am at Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home.  Interment in Columbus City Cemetery in Iowa.  Visitation is from 4 until 8 PM Thursday and Friday from until service time at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Bond County Senior Center.


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