06-27-2007




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.

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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.


ROLL-OVER ACCIDENT

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.

 

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GREENVILLE REGIONAL ADDS NURSE-MIDWIFE TO STAFF

Greenville Regional Hospital has announced the addition of Certified Nurse-Midwife Deb Morris to the staff of Greenville Obstetrics & Gynecology. Morris joins OB/GYN Ramon G. Lopez at the practice. A nurse-midwife, a professional healthcare provider, is a registered nurse who has graduated from one of the advance education programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. They must pass a national certification examination and meet strict requirements set by state health agencies.

Morris, a resident of Nashville, IL, obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Arkansas and her Masters of Science Degree from the Georgetown University School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of obstetrical/genealogical care and has initiated midwifery practices in Florida and Illinois.

 

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GOVERNOR'S OFFICE MAY BE "FLEXIBLE" ON POWER DEAL

As state lawmakers draw close to their own deadline for a power deal, there are indications that something short of a rate freeze may be the best alternative. According to Metro News Source, many at the Capitol fear a freeze will lead to a years-long court battle with Ameren and ComEd, and force customers to suffer through already sky-rocketing prices. Now Governor Blagojevich's office says he may be willing to back off of his earlier stance to sign a freeze. A spokesman for the Governor says he'd be willing to look at other options, as long as people get immediate help.

The Governor has been almost silent on a rate freeze or power deal for months, legislative leaders have handled the negotiations with top utility managers. Lawmakers had hoped to have a deal by this week, and were talking about forcing a showdown Tuesday, with a freeze vote, if there was no deal. However, both the Illinois House and Senate canceled Tuesday's sessions.

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POCAHONTAS VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

The Pocahontas Village Board voted to approve Ordinance 0607 establishing Prevailing Wages for Workers Employed in Public Works as well as Ordinance 0507 adopting a budget and Appropriation for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2007 and ending on March 31, 2008.

Steve Gruner attended last nights meeting to discuss building storage units on the old lumber yard site. The Village Building Inspector, George Shaw asked for the architects plans and drawings. As long as everything is within codes, construction may begin.

Mr. Shaw reported there are several properties in the village with dilapidated buildings needing attention. He will mail letters asking property owners to make needed repairs or demolish the buildings. If the letters bring no response, it is possible legal action may be the next step. The Pocahontas Village Board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel issues.


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