UNIT 1 HIRES TEACHERS AND COACHES AND INCREASES SALARIES
The Mulberry Grove Unit 2 School Board met Monday night for their regular monthly meeting. Coach John Barnes discussed the possibility of exploring a girls basketball program at the Junior and Senior High levels. The board wants a follow up report at the July meeting. Principals Jim Rice and Mike Gauch, along with Superintendent Greg Irwin, presented monthly, district business and educational activity reports.
The Unit 1 technology team is currently installing new lab and classroom equipment in each building. Summer maintenance projects are moving along well. And the Mulberry Grove School has recently received over $6,000 for its participation in the State of Illinois DECO-Zero Waste Grant.
In other business, the Unit 1 Board of Education hired teachers Rhonda Elam and Becky Criner. They also hired coaches Bobby Koontz and Chris Johnson. Administrative goals, as well as salary increases were approved, along with the announcement that Principal Jim Rice will be retiring in 2009. In final business, the board approved the purchase a van, for less than $10,000, for student transportation.
PIERRON MAN TO SPEND 6 YEARS IN JAIL FOR RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY
A Pierron man was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections last week. 32 year-old Gary Christopher Lurkins was charged with Residential Burglary, a Class 1 Felony. It was alleged that Lurkins had entered a residence in Tamalco, on several occasions, between January 15th and January 19th of this year with the intent of theft. Lurkins pled guilty, with his sentence to run concurrently to a Clinton County sentence that he is currently serving in IDOC.
GOVERNMENT SENDS FAULTY EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION OVER AIRWAVES
A faulty Alert System (EAS) message, that was sent out Tuesday morning to broadcast stations around Illinois, was part of a federal government test of a new satellite system being installed. The messages sent out, and heard on WGEL at 7:37am and 7:49am Tuesday morning, were the emergency tones, followed by static. Both messages were actually Emergency Alert Notifications (EAN) for the U.S. However, there was no federal emergency at those times, to trigger the messages.
Andrew Velasquez III, Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) said that the new satellite warning system was installed in Illinois Monday. An internal test message was to be sent Tuesday morning to check the system. It's unknown why the government used a "hot" or active code, rather than a test code, for the messages.
The EAS system can be activated by the federal government, by states or the National Weather Service.
For the second time in two days a Greenville teenager was injured in a roll-over accident on Dudleyville road. At 10:30 Tuesday night a Bond County deputy responded to the accident. Morgan M. St. Peters age 19 of Greenville rolled her 98 Chevy Monte Carlo. The Arch Helicopter took Morgan St. Peters to St. Louis. Thursday afternoon another Greenville teen was injured when her vehicle rolled on Dudleyville Road.