4-3-2007

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHILD DIES FROM BB GUN SHOT WOUND

Two children in Montgomery County have been severely injured in separate incidents involving BB guns. Montgomery County Undersheriff Rick Robbins told WGEL that on Tuesday, March 24th, in Fillmore, an 11 month-old infant was accidentally shot with a BB gun. The child was taken by ambulance to St. Frances Hospital in Litchfield and then ARCHed to Children's Hospital in St. Louis. The child is now home and doing ok, but doctors were unable to remove the BB.

Just a day later, on Wednesday, March 25th, deputies responded to the Barnett area, just north west of Litchfield, for another accidental BB gun shooting that severely injured a young boy. The 10 year-old was ARCHed from the scene to Children's Hospital. He later passed away on Friday, March 30th. Undersheriff Rick Robbins said that both incidents are no longer under investigation and no charges will be filed in either case.


VANDALIA WOMAN KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND IN ALTAMONT

A young woman was killed Saturday night on Route 40 near Altamont. According to Effingham County Deputies there was an event at the Blue Mound Tavern, and the parking lot was full, so cars were parking on both sides of Route 40. Around 11:07PM, 19 year-old Sarah Flowers of St. Elmo was driving westbound in front of the tavern, when 29 year-old Dana Brown, of Vandalia, allegedly stepped out from between two vehicles, on to Route 40 and was hit. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Illinois State Police assisted the Effingham County Sheriff's Department with the scene. Through investigation, deputies state that Brown was allegedly struck by Flowers' car and thrown back into several other cars lining the road. According to deputies, Flowers was not speeding and had actually slowed down due to the traffic in the area. No tickets were issued in the accident.



ILLINOIS PRIMARY COULD MOVE TO FEBRUARY IN 2008

The Illinois House of Representatives voted to move the state primary for the 2008 Presidential Election one month ahead next year, from March 18th to February 5th. The National Democratic Party had set February 5th as the earliest that a state can hold a primary, without losing delegates to the national nominating convention. The move would put Illinois near the front of the line in choosing presidential nominees for next year's election, and could possibly help Barack Obama win the Democratic nomination, according to House Speaker Michael Madigan. HB426 was first filed in January and moved throughout the House of Representatives with really no debate. A motion to reconsider the House vote on Wednesday was filed by Representative William Black, but then withdrawn a short time later. The bill then moved on to the Illinois Senate where the first reading of HB426 was held on Thursday.


NO SMOKING IN ILLINOIS

Illinois lawmakers are attempting to deal with the no smoking issue in the state. The state Senate passed a plan to ban smoking in all bars, restaurants, private clubs, and other "indoor workplaces." The Illinois House is expected to vote next month on its own statewide plan to ban smoking. Lawmakers gave a resounding "NO" to a plan which would have made it illegal to smoke in a car with kids inside. Some states already have issued such bans, said Moline Democrat Mike Boland, who said his plan would have cleaned up air inside cars and made it easier for kids to breathe. Opponents say the plan went too far, telling people what they can and cannot do in a car is an invasion of privacy.


GREENVILLE COLLEGE LADUE TO HOUSE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

When Greenville College moved to a three-school system last fall, current undergraduate and graduate programs in Education were united under the School of Education. After the Music Department moved to the Whitlock Music Center, Greenville College decided to house the School of Education on the newly vacant first floor of the LaDue complex. The offices making up the School of Education will be moving from Hogue Hall to various locations around campus. The anticipated costs of the first phase will be approximately $300,000 and cover extensive upgrades to the building's ground level. The renovated area will provide more office space, have a meeting/work room and allow office staff to be under one roof. The renovation plan has multiple phases including an elevator that services all four floors, renovating the fourth floor with faculty offices, a lounge area for students and possibly renovating the Ladue Auditorium by adding stadium seating.

 




UNIT 2 SPRING BREAK ATTENDANCE SCHEDULE

The Bond County Community Unit 2 Schools will have a student attendance adjustment for spring break. There will be no attendance at all Unit 2 centers from Wednesday, April 4th through Monday, April 9th. There will be no early dismissal on Tuesday, April 3rd, as regular school hours will exist that day. School will reconvene at all Unit 2 centers on Tuesday, April 10th. The Unit Office will also be closed on Thursday, April 5th through Monday, April 9th, and will re-open Tuesday, April 10th when school resumes.


TUESDAY SPORTS

MULBERRY GROVE BASEBALL

The Aces Baseball team won 15-2 versus Ramsey on Monday. The Mulberry Grove team hammered out 17 Hits, including 2 doubles, a triple and 4 stolen bases.

LADY COMETS TRACK

TheLady Comets Track team will travel to Litchfield Tuesday for a meet that starts at 4PM.

LADY COMETS SOCCER

The Lady Comets Soccer team will play at home Tuesday at 4:30PM versus East Alton Wood River.


OBITUARIES

NO NEW AREA OBITUARIES TO REPORT


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