6-25-2007


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SEVEN FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE

One of the most dangerous situations in fire fighting caused the injury of four Greenville fire fighters Friday night, and in all 7 Greenville fire fighters were treated for injuries from that house fire. Two firefighters had burns to the face, six were overheated, and one firefighter had smoke inhalation.

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At 9:15 PM, the Greenville Fire Department responded to a house on fire at 510 West Spring Street. After dousing several hot spots on the second floor, they were rolled over with flames all around them, pushing them down a second floor stairway. One firefighter was knocked unconscious and another bailed out a first story window to escape the flames. All others escaped and with help of other firefighters, rescued their downed comrade. Firefighters were on the scene for four hours, . Mulberry Grove and Smithboro Fire Departments were paged for mutual aid, while Pocahontas and Keyesport Fire Departments were placed on standby at their firehouses.

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During the fire, a severe thunderstorm hit, knocking out radio communications to the dispatch center and making the situation even more dangerous due to the use of aluminum ladders, water and the presence of lightning. The good news is, all firefighters have been released from the hospital and the owners of the house, the Chris Bauer family, were not in town. Saturday morning, a ladder truck returned to the scene so the Fire Marshall could investigate the damage. According to Fire Chief, Bill Johnston, the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in origin.

 

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Returning Saturday Morning with Fire Marshall

 


DAMAGE TO TOWER AT POLICE DEPARTMENT

Along with some much needed rain, Friday nights storms created some expensive property damage. A lighting bolt struck the communications tower behind the Greenville Police Department around 10PM. Following the strike, City employee Denny Weiss, was busy all night and into the weekend working on computers, various communications equipment, as well as the internet. 911 also suffered damage and as of this morning was still not operational at the Bond County Sheriff's Department, however 911 county calls were being routed through the city.


THREE DAY RAIN TOTALS

The rain totals for the last three days were:

2.18 inches at the water plant,

2.06 inches at 6th street,

and 2.65 inches at Idler Lane and Rt 140.

 

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SCIGA PRESENTED WITH STUDY ON COAL TO LIQUID FUEL FACILITY

Information was recently presented to members of the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance regarding plans for a coal mine and coal to Liquid Fuel Facility that could be developed in an 11-county region that covers Fayette and Marion counties. The project would be one of the largest "coal mine based" energy producing facilities within the U.S. Over 165,000 acres of coal rights have already been purchased in Fayette County. An Economic Impact Study in October 2006, prepared by SIU-Carbondale noted the facility would produce 48,000 barrels of fuel per day in south central Illinois with the mining of 12.5 to 13 million tons of coal per year. There would be an anticipated investment of 4.36-$6.0 billion and the creation of 1,800 high paying construction jobs over an estimated 4 year construction period. With the creation of 1,200 high-skilled permanent energy related jobs. The project is to be implemented in 2012 to 2015 in the south central Illinois region.


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 of the roads. The campaign will be carried out over a two week period around the July 4th Holiday. ISP 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.

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GREENVILLE REGIONAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOST STROKE SCREENING

Greenville Regional Hospital and the Bond County Health Department recently held a "Stroke Prevention and Risk-Factor Screening." Thirty-six individuals attended the event on May 23rd. Since 1997, approximately 400 people have attended the free stroke-screening clinic. During the event, risk-factor screening, stroke prevention counseling and stroke educational materials were provided. Approximately 85% of all strokes are caused by controllable risk factors, such as high blood pressure, cardiac disease, obesity, alcohol abuse, inactivity and cigarette smoking. Each year, strokes affect 600,000 Americans, resulting in 150,000 deaths. This makes strokes the third leading cause of death in the U.S.


ILLINOIS MINIMUM WAGE TO INCREASE JULY 1ST

Beginning July 1st, the new minimum wage in Illinois will be $7.50 per hour. This is a result of Senate Bill 1268 that was signed by Governor Blagojevich in late 2006 increasing the state minimum wage to $8.25 per hour by the year 2010. Under the terms of the legislation, the hourly minimum wage is to raise $1 per hour this year and 50 cents per hour for the next three years. New employees and those under 18 years of age may be paid up to 50 cents less an hour. Employees who receive tips may be paid 60% of the hourly minimum wage, or $4.50 per hour. This is the second time the Governor has signed legislation raising the minimum wage. He first increased the wage in 2003 above the federal level to $6.50 per hour. The current federal minimum wage remains at $5.15 per hour.

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DAMAGE TO GAS PUMP AT CC FOOD MART

CC Food Mart reported to Greenville Police Friday morning, around 11:30am, that a pick-up truck, owned and driven by Larry Curnes of Missouri, drove away from the pump, without taking the nozzle out of the truck's gas tank. The pump hose broke away from the top of the unit, instead the break-away housing. There was no apparent damage to the truck. Damage to the gas pump, owned by CC Food Mart, was under $500.


IDOT SCHEDULING LOCAL ROAD AND BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS

State transportation officials will begin the review process soon on a new round of road and bridge projects, according to State Senator Frank Watson. As a crucial part of future growth of the area, a quality transportation system helps create a climate for economic development. On the list of the latest projects are removal and replacement of existing structure with a dual box culvert, located 1.7 miles east of the Bond/Madison County line on Route 40. The program cost will be around $450,000. Another project will be 14 miles of road surface work on Route 143 from Route 40 to Route 127 in Madison and Bond counties. That program cost is $4 million. The Illinois Department of Transportation had scheduled bid receipts on these projects and others for Friday, June 15. The agency will award the contract for the project within a 45 day time frame.


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