03-21-2007




CARLYLE POLICE LOCATE MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY APPROACHED CHILDREN

The Carlyle Police Department announced on Tuesday that the individual they were seeking in regards to alleged abduction attempts of minors in the community had been located and interviewed. It had been reported that a man had allegedly offered to pay two children $1 each to help him find a lost cell phone in his car. Two other children reported a man matching the same description allegedly asked them to help find his dog. According to police, the individual admitted, after the interview, that he was the one who had asked children to help him locate his cell phone. The Carlyle Police Department says that they have been contacted by their State's Attorney's office that more information will be needed to file a criminal complaint. At this time no charges have been filed. Police advise that they will continue their investigation and thank everyone who took the time to report a sighting of the alleged suspect.


NATIONAL AG WEEK AND EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN

There are more than three million farmers or ranchers in the United States, with an additional 22 million employees. They provide food and habitat for approximately 75% of the nation's wildlife. One farmer, in fact, now supplies food for about 144 people in the U.S. During National Ag Week we recognize the importance of agriculture in the community and Ag Education for children.

Locally, the Bond County Ag in the Classroom project, sponsored by several local organizations, has been bringing different aspects of agriculture to students. Karen File, with the Bond County Extension Office, has offered lessons including Zinc, Iron and Protein and the importance of eating a variety of foods, and also how you can grow your own clothes with lessons on cotton and wool. In April, Ag in the Classroom will be taking a look at baby chicks and the importance of the egg.

On April 19th, the Bond County Soil, Water and Conservation District will team with Ag in the Classroom and local FFA students to offer Soil and Water Conservation Day to area 5th and 6th graders. Students will learn about wildlife, soil erosion and conservation, watersheds and farm safety. FFA students will be on hand to teach things like crop and insect identification.

Statistics estimate that by 2020, the world's population will have increased by 1.3 billion. To which it is reminded that during National Ag Week it's agriculture's job to find a way to feed those people and that the future of the Agricultural Community is our children.

For more information on Ag in the Classroom, contact Karen File at the Bond County U of I Extension office at 664-3665.

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INJURY ACCIDENT SUNDAY MORNING ON OLD NATIONAL TRAIL

A Bond County Deputy was on patrol early Sunday morning around 2:42am when he came upon an accident on Old National Trail by the new D&L Disposal. 20 year-old Rick A. Taylor allegedly reported to police that he was driving too fast and did not negotiate the curves correctly. Taylor's 1997 Ford Probe allegedly ran off the road and hit a utility pole, causing damage to it and another pole from the pressure of hanging wires. Ameren responded to secure the damaged poles.

Taylor was transported to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries.


MULBERRY GROVE TSA OUTSTANDING CHAPTER AGAIN

Recently, members of the Mulberry Grove Technology Student Association and their advisor, Thomas Dooley, attended the 38th annual IL-TSA State Conference in Carlinville. Mulberry Grove and Region 4-TSA President, Amanda Zinkgraf, and Mulberry Grove-TSA Vice-President, Nathan Berger, attended the conference along with alumni Alyse Deverick, Matthew Dooley, Erica Blankenship, Kevin Ratermann and Rachel Dooley.

Members competed in several competitions Friday, with the awards presentations being held on Saturday. The Mulberry Grove Chapter was named the Outstanding Chapter in the State for the ninth consecutive year in a row, and the 22nd time since the chapter was organized. Amanda Zinkgraf was named outstanding student and placed 1st in record keeping and in the level two boat regatta along with Nathan Berger, who also placed 1st in the level two metric 500.

 
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VANDALIA BOND ISSUE ON SPRING BALLOT

Voters in the Vandalia School district are being asked to approve a $2.2 million bond issue on the April ballot. WGEL spoke with Superintendent Rich Well about the district's financial situation. He commented that their projected debt at the end of Fiscal Year 2006-2007, which ends June 30th, will be somewhere around $2 million. This referendum is asking permission for the district to sell two sets of bonds, one for $1.7 million and another for $550,000. Voters are basically voting on whether or not to extend the bond levy increase from 1.08 to 1.58 for years 9 through 16. Once the bonds expire in 2022, the taxes will drop back to normal.

Well explained that if the referendum doesn't pass, the Vandalia School district won't be receiving the needed influx of money. The board has then directed a $400,000 budget cut from the next fiscal year, which begins July 1st 2007. This will involve cutting all school activities that take place after the end of a normal school day, which is around 3:15PM. Just a few of the activities included in the cut are the high school student council, band, FFA, FBLA, Drama Club, numerous junior high and elementary clubs and several athletic positions and teams.

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TONY DUNGY SPEAKS TO AREA ATHELETES

Prior to his appearance at the FCA Banquet Monday night, Indianapolis Colts’ coach Tony Dungy spoke to a large group of college, high school, and junior high athletes. As he walked to the microphone, Dungy was greeted with a long standing ovation. He told the youth that everyone needs to understand that goals and purpose are two different things.

Dungy said that during his 26 years in the NFL as a player and coach he has seen a lot of people with wealth, notoriety, and adoring fans who still feel unfulfilled. Dungy spoke with area media following the session and commented on Greenville College and its Christian environment. The coach said he’s envious of the students growing up in a spiritual setting adding that one of his biggest regrets was not focusing on spiritual growth when he was college age. An “awesome environment” is how Dungy described going to a school like G.C.

WGEL asked the coach about the thoughts that ran though his mind after winning the Super Bowl. He said that watching the players, their wives, and children hugging one another reminded him that it was an entire organization that accomplished a goal set at the beginning of the season.

Dungy was scheduled to speak in Greenville last year for the FCA but a sudden illness in his family forced him to cancel. He said that things often work out for the best because by waiting a year he came to Greenville as the winning Super Bowl coach.


OBITUARIES

GERALDINE R AMMAN

Geraldine R. Ammann, age 91 of Millersburg, passed away at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Pocahontas United Methodist Church Annex North, with Rev. David Trover officiating. Interment will follow in Hug Cemetery. Friends may call at the Pocahontas United Methodist Church Annex North from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until service time.

Geraldine Rema Wrone, the daughter of Harry and Elta Maude Edwards Wrone, was born on June 28, 1915 on the Wrone Farm in Mills Township, south of Greenville. She grew up there and attended the country schools, Greenville High School, and graduated from Carlyle High School. She and her husband farmed all their lives near Millersburg and in Mills Township. Geraldine worked for Highland Hospital as an aid for a time. Geraldine and Darrel Oscar Ammann were united in marriage on July 26, 1937 in St. Charles, Mo. and enjoyed over 35 years together. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1974.

Geraldine is survived by their two children, Shelby J. Mann of Millersburg and Gerald (Suzanne) Ammann of Millersburg, 4 grandchildren; Tracy Talleur Woker, Christy Ammann Bost, Julie Ammann Unterbrink, and Ashley Ammann Driemeyer. Also surviving are 10 great grandchildren Sarah Bost, Claire Bost, Nathan Bost, Riley Unterbrink, Bailey Unterbrink, Dakota Driemeyer Danielle Driemeyer, Steven Woker, Stephanie Woker, Scott Woker, and two brothers: Harry (Elaine) Wrone of west of Greenville and Karl (Nancy) Wrone of Keyesport. Geraldine is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Darrel, her special friends Dale Wright on March 24, 1995, and her brother Merlin and his wife Nelda Wrone.

Geraldine was a member of the ladies Aid of Hug Cemetery (served as President until recent years), Pocahontas Senior Citizens, Bunko Club, Marigold Chapter of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years, the PastMatrons, and was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ of Jamestown, IL. Memorials to Hug Cemetery


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