PERMITS REQUIRED TO SHOOT OFF CONSUMER FIREWORKS
If you've made plans for the 4th of July and they include shooting off fireworks, then you need to stop by and get a permit at the Bond County Clerk's office in Greenville. A new law, passed last year, requires that not only professionals, but anyone shooting off amateur or consumer fireworks, of any kind, to have a permit. And today, June 20th, is the last day to be issued a permit, for you to shoot off fireworks on the Fourth.
Each permit costs $20 and must be used for a single date, time and time period. Those applying are subject to a background check and must have proof of insurance, proof of completing a fireworks training class and approval from the Fire Chief of the District in which you will be shooting off fireworks. A free fireworks class is being offered tonight at 7PM at the Greenville Fire House. Anyone caught violating this regulation is subject to a fine not exceeding $500. For more information, contact the Bond County Clerk's office at 664-0449.
TECHNOLOGY UPDATE AND TWO BUSES PURCHASED AT UNIT 2
The Unit 2 School Board met Monday night for their regular monthly meeting. Meg File presented information on technology updates to the school district. She reported that Boeing had donated 105 Pentium 4 processor computers. These have been moved to the high school computer lab, and the old computers there have been used to upgrade the classrooms. This makes the high school fully upgraded. File said the other schools in the district are continuing to upgrade their computer fleets as well. Board President Mike Suess commented that this has been a huge step in a relatively quick amount of time since the original planning phase to seeing some actual results.
The Unit 2 School Board then voted to lease/purchase two 2008, 71 passenger stock buses from Ponder Equipment. Detailed research had been compiled causing board members to decide on these types of buses. In other business, Mary Graber and Tom Shea, anounced their retirement at the end of the upcoming school year. Layton Peddicord announced his retirement at the end of the 2008-2009 school year, and Paul Ranson, Catherine Ward and Carol Gerl all announced their resignation effective at the end of the 2007 school year. WGEL will have more on the Unit 2 School Board in a future newscast.
REWARD OFFERED IN THEFTS AT KEYESPORT MARINA
The Clinton County Sheriff's Department has been investigating a number of thefts from the Keyesport Marina. They are now offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the individuals involved in the thefts. According to Deputy Mark Etter, over the past several weeks, there have been at least four reports of several items being taken from boats docked at the marina. None of the items have been of major value, but Etter says it has been very aggravating to the victims.
Police are hoping, that with the public's help, they will be able to put an end to the thefts. They are encouraging anyone with information, on the thefts at the Keyesport Marina, to call the Clinton County Sheriff's Department at 618-594-4555.
FRADUALENT LETTERS MAILED TO BOND COUNTY RESIDENTS
Bond County State's Attorney Investigator, James Stever, is reminding residents to beware of fraudulent letters, in the mail, claiming the recipient is the winner of a large sum of money. In the past couple of weeks there have been two Bond County citizens who have received a letter from Zurich and Shaw Financial Group out of North Bay Ontario claiming that they had won money through either Publisher's Clearing House, Online Sweepstakes or Internet Games.
The letters to both individuals were identical, except for the person to which they were addressed. A fraudulent check was enclosed for over $3,000 to cover the international clearance fees. A total of $65,000 in winnings was promised to the individual, once they had cashed the first check and paid the initial fee. Stever reminds people that if you receive a letter like this and you haven't entered a drawing, then be aware and alert the State's Attorney Office at 664-2262.
POSSIBLE RESORT TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN PINCKNEYVILLE
Information emerged last week of plans to develop a major new resort in Southwestern Illinois. Though many details of the plan are still tentative, the resort would likely be similar to the one in Branson, MO. Senator Frank Watson's office in Springfield said that a company based in Glen Carbon, has proposed swapping nearly 2,000 acres of land near Pinckneyville, for a part of the Pyramid State Park to construct this facility.
There is an amendment to legislation currently moving through the Senate, already passed by the House, in regards to recreational land use activity. The progress of the project is contingent upon the passing of this amendment. It has been estimated that the minimum private investment into this project will be $100 million, with more than 2,500 jobs created.
USE OF TEMPORARY BUILDINGS AT KASKASKIA COLLEGE COMES TO AN END
Last Wednesday, retired and current Kaskaskia College faculty and staff, along with foundation members, officially marked the end of the use of temporary buildings on the campus. The buildings were put in place in 1967 when the Centralia Junior College became Kaskaskia College.
KC President, Jim Underwood, thanked those responsible for installing the buildings 40 years ago, saying "Instead of waiting for permanent buildings to be constructed, they improvised and did not delay education," noting that thousands of students have been served by the buildings over the years. Tours of the new Health and Professional Careers building were also held. A groundbreaking for the new Lifelong Learning Center will be held at a later date..
GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL DISPLAYS SAFE HAVEN SIGN
Greenville Regional Hospital recently displayed a new sign at the emergency room entrance promoting awareness of the Illinois Newborn Infant Protection Act, also known as the "Safe Haven" law. Enacted in 2001, the law allows a desperate parent to safely and legally relinquish an unharmed newborn, up to seven days old, to personnel at a staffed fire station, police station, hospital, or emergency medical facility. They can do this anonymously and without fear of prosecution, with no questions asked.
The purpose of the law is to save the lives of newborns who might otherwise be abandoned. Since the law passed, 31 newborns have been safely relinquished. Unfortunately, during that same time period, 46 newborns were unsafely abandoned. 23 of those did not make it. For more information on "Safe Havens" visit www.SaveAbandonedBabies.org.
ROAD CLOSURE FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 20TH
The Bond County Highway Department will be closing Mt. Moriah Avenue (North County Line Road) today, Wednesday, June 20th, from 7:30am to 1:30PM, between the Red Ball Trail and Elk Road. The Closure is due to a cross-culvert replacement. A detour route will not be made available. Please take this into consideration if traveling in the area. Any questions or concerns, contact the Highway Department Office at 664-1144.
CYRIL B. SATTERLEE
Cyril B. Satterlee, 89 of Greenville and formerly of Old Ripley and Coffeen, passed away Tuesday, June 19 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services for 89 year-old Cyril Satterlee will be held Saturday at 2PM at the Young Funeral Home. Burial in Olive Hill Cemetery in Coffeen at a later date. Friends may call Saturday after 1PM, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
LOLA DARNELL BROWN
Lola Darnell Brown, age 82 of Greenville, passed away at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday at her home in Greenville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with Darryl Bolen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Central Christian Church.
Lola Mae Darnell, the daughter of William Augustas and Bertha Jane (Miller) Darnell, was born August 4, 1924 in Greenville. She grew up in Greenville, attending the local schools. Lola graduated with the class of 1942 from Greenville Highschool. She worked at Balder Electric and Joy's Store. Lola and LaMoine owned and operated Brown's Tractor Sales on Mill Hill for many years and they farmed together. June 25, 1950 Lola was united in marriage with LaMoine Dean Brown at the First Christian Church in Greenville. They enjoyed 50 years of marriage until his passing on May 15, 2000.
Mrs. Brown is preceded in death by her parents and brothers and sisters: Rolland, Ralph, Lewis, Paul, Charles, Nellie Turner and Gertrude Sussenbach. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Greenville.
Oraleana Wright, age 67 of Greenville, passed away at 9:22 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2007 at Greenville Regional Hospital. Homegoing celebration will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the House of Prayer to All Nations Church in Alorton, Illinois with interment following in Sunset Garden of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Bibleway House of Prayer in Royal Lake.
Oraleana was born May 23, 1940 in Bolen, Mississippi, the daughter of the late William Montgomery and Queen Victoria (Harris) Forest. She grew up in Madison, Illinois and attended the public schools; graduating from Madison Highschool. Oralean and Charles E. Griggs Sr. were married and later divorced. September 3, 1976 she was united in marriage to Thomas Wright with Edwardsville. Oraleana worked for McDonald Douglas and then Tree House East as a teacher, tutoring and doing missionary work. She also worked for Home Health. She married and raised her family in Madison, Illinois, later moving to Mulberry Grove where she lived for 22 years. In 2003 Oraleana and her husband Thomas moved to Greenville.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas; children Charles Edward Wright and wife Michelle of Greenville; Lydia G. Griggs of Lovejoy, IL; Victorria F. Mrs. Gregory Turner Sr. of Ft. Worth, TX. and Charity O. Griggs of Greenville, IL. Also surviving her are 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
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