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OUTAGES AND FUNNEL CLOUDS PART OF THURSDAY'S STORMS

As the storms rolled through the area Thursday, some residents reported losing their power. According to Joe Richardson with Southwestern Electric, there were about 150 total members without power.  Those affected were residents living around Governor Bond Lake and those living north of Mulberry Grove.  The outage occurred around 9:45 Thursday morning.  Half of the members were restored in two hours with the remainder back online by 1:30PM.  Richardson said that Bond County was hit with more power outages than Madison and Fayette Counties.  AmerenIP is also reporting few outages to area customers from the storms.

The Bond County Sheriff's Department received an unconfirmed report of a funnel cloud in the Woburn area.  The resident told WGEL that she saw the funnel cloud in the sky over her house around 12:30 Thursday afternoon, but it never touched the ground.

And in Howell County, Missouri a 7 year-old girl is dead following a tornado that touched down during the storms.  According to Metro News Source, the child's mother, father and 9 year-old brother were injured when the tornado touched down in Caulfield.  The family was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield, Missouri.


MORE INDICTMENTS MAY COME FOR DRUG ACTIVITY

Several arrests have been made last month based on indictments returned by a Bond County grand jury in January.  The charges have included unlawful delivery of cannabis and unlawful delivery of cocaine and come as a result of work by the South Central Drug Task Force.  State’s Attorney Chris Bauer told WGEL that agents from the task force have been working nearly two years on the investigation.  He said the arrests signal to those involved in drug activity that Bond County is taking the problem seriously.  The state’s attorney commented to WGEL that he will be requesting a second grand jury in the near future with hopes that it could lead to another round of indictments. 

 



NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOWER UNDERWAY FOR SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC

Southwestern Electric has a new communications tower under construction.  In April 2006, a severe storm brought down the top 110 feet of the cooperative's old communications tower.  Only 60 feet of the structure remained standing. Additional antennae attached to the tower enabled Southwestern Electric to send and receive signals with linemen throughout its service area.

The concrete foundation and piers for the new tower are in place with the steel expected to arrive next week.  The new tower will weigh six tons, stand 180 feet high and be located 25 feet north of the old structure.  It's designed to handle heavier loads and more stress than the old tower.  The cost of the entire project, which included removal of the old structure, is estimated at $65,900.


OLD ROUTE 50 TO BE CLOSED FOR FIVE MONTHS

A portion of old Route 50 in Clinton County will be closed for up to five months.  The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced plans to replace the deck and deck beams on the bridge over Shoal Creek just east of Breese.  The project is scheduled to begin May 1st with completion slated by September 1st.  IDOT engineers are awaiting approval by the Clinton County Board for use of county roads as official detour routes.  The board is expected to discuss the matter at their March meeting. 




SPORTS

HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES AVAILABLE TO DISABLED VETERANS

The Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs (IDVA) Acting Director L. Tammy Duckworth announced that the annual free hunting and fishing licenses for disabled veterans are available.  The current 2006 licenses will expire March 31st.  Disabled veterans must visit one of the state's 51 Veteran Service Offices to renew or obtain this free hunting and fishing license.  The veteran must provide disability documentation to the IDVA that is no more than one year old.

The State of Illinois grants these free licenses to disabled veterans on a yearly basis.  For more information call the IDVA office at 1-800-437-9824.


OBITUARIES

None to Report


WEATHER

Saturday: Windy & Partly Cloudy High: 38 Low: 25

Sunday: Partly Cloudy High: 42 Low: 28


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Ryan Mifflin and Melissa Siebert with Greenville Regional Hospital. Ryan and Melissa will talk to us about the upcoming Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair including services and tests that are available this year. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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