6-22-2007

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WORK AT UNIT 2 DISTRICT SCHOOLS CONTINUE OVER SUMMER

During Monday nights Unit 2 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Melanie Allyn provided information about continued work at the district this summer. Maintenance and custodial employees are working to get the elementary schools ready for the new computer labs. Custodians will be resurfacing gym floors, while roof work is beginning at the Pocahontas Center. Terry Diesselhorst, Maintenance Coordinator, reports that work throughout the district is slightly ahead of schedule.

Carol Johnson, with the Bond County Project Parenting, reported on her recent trip to Washington, D.C. where she advocated for early childhood education. She was able to speak with several legislative assistants and encourage voting in favor of SB 667 and HB 2234 - the Education Begins at Home Act. The bill would provide several hundred million dollars, over a three-year period, for early childhood home visitation programs.

After returning from closed session, the Unit 2 School Board approved the hiring of Sue Stone as the High School Flag Team Sponsor. Their next meeting will be July, 16th at 7PM


THURSDAY BUSY DAY FOR FIREMEN

Local firefighters were kept busy Thursday. Around 11:36am, Greenville Fire Department was paged to a vacant house on fire along Well Road in Reno. Pocahontas-Old Ripley and Shoal Creek fire departments were requested for mutual aid due to a report that the fire was spreading to another residence. Once Greenville firefighters arrived on scene, they found that the fire wasn’t spreading as much as initially reported.

Then around 1PM, another call came in for a field fire at the intersection of Old Ripley Road and Ripson Bridge Avenue. Units from Pocahontas and Greenville fire departments arrived on scene to find that it was a small fire and had nearly been extinguished.

Shortly after leaving that location at 1:31PM, a hay baler was reported on fire on Plant School Avenue. Again Greenville responded to the scene to find that the fire was under control and had been extinguished. Firefighters were on the scene for about 20 minutes.


CAR SEAT INSTALLATION THIS WEEKEND

Nearly 80% of all child safety seats are installed incorrectly. The Greenville Police Department reminds us that proper installation can dramatically reduce the risk to all passengers in the case of a crash. According to Sgt. Deb Keserauskis, this weekend the Greenville Police Department will be sponsoring a child seat installion workshop.

Residents can bring in their vehicle with the car seat, and drive it through the garage at the police department. There will be technicians on hand to inspect the seat to make sure it’s installed correctly. Any questions you might have about car seat and seat belt laws can also be answered that day.

There is no cost for the service. Sgt. Keserauskis advises to bring your car, car seat and children to insure proper installation. The checkpoint is this Saturday, June 23 from 10am-2PM.

IDOT AND ISP LAUNCH DUI ENFORCEMENT FOR JULY 4TH HOLIDAY

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police have announced an aggressive $1 million enforcement and education effort, aimed at keeping impaired drivers off the roads. The campaign will be carried out over a two-week period around the July 4th Holiday.

The Illinois State Police and 172 local police partners plan to carry out 230 Roadside Safety Checks, with 87 of those local police agencies planning Saturation Patrols. The law enforcement crackdown is backed by funding from IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety and coupled with the "You Drink & Drive. You Lose" campaign. The campaign will take place from June 25 through July 8.


ILLINOIS GAINS 12,200 NEW JOBS IN MAY

The Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area shows a boost in employment, by 1,300 jobs, from May 2006 to May 2007. In Bond County the unemployment rate was 4.5%, down from 4.8% one year ago, with Clinton County at 3.8%, down from 4.0% in May 2006. However, Madison County went up slightly in unemployment from 4.6% this time last year to 4.9% currently.

The leading over-the-year job gains were in Information, Wholesale Trade and Educational and Health Services. The overall May unemployment rate was 4.8%, the same as one year ago.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

NASCAR TICKET GIVEAWAY

8 Tickets, 2 Races, 1 Winner. It is the WGEL NASCAR Giveaway, and it’s your chance to win four tickets to the NASCAR race on July 14 and July 15th at Chicagoland speedway in Joliet, Illinois. 1 lucky winner will win all 8 tickets, and you can register to win, no purchase necessary, at McDonald’s restaurant in Greenville and Highland, Chubby Chassis and Scott’s Package Store. You can register until June 29th and we’ll draw the winner the week of July 2nd.




WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Cloudy 40% of Rain High: 87 Low: 68

Sunday: Partly Sunny 20% of Rain High: 90 Low: 68


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Joyce Fikri and Carl Baumann with the St. Louis District Dairy Council. June is Dairy Month. Joyce and Carl will talk to us about the importance of area dairy farmers to Illinois' industry. They'll also offer advice on some of the best ways to get your nutritional 3-A-Day of milk, while on the go. That’s Public Affairs, this Sunday, following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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