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FIREFIGHTERS ON SCENE FOR 4 HOURS AT MILLIES TAVERN

The Keyesport Fire Department was sent to a report of a fire at Millie’s Tavern, in Keyesport, Wednesday night around 9:30PM. According to Fire Chief Duane Wiegman, the fire was already coming through the roof when they arrived on scene. He said that the business was closed, therefore, no one was inside the building.

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Greenville and Mulberry Grove Fire Departments were then paged for mutual aid, in the form of manpower. Wiegman said that their department was on scene for nearly 4 hours and that there was extensive damage to the interior, and roof area of the building.

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The State Fire Marshall was called in early Thursday morning to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported. Millies is located on the southern edge of Keyesport, near the boat docks, on Republican Street. WGEL will have more details when they become available.


HERSHEL LIPE GOLF TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND

Several golfers will be playing in a huge tournament, north of Bond County, this weekend. Carman Knight talked about the event, in memory of her father, going on at Indian Springs Golf Course. She said that her dad helped with various projects during the construction of the golf course, and played on the greens whenever he wasn’t working. This will be the first year for the golf tournament. All proceeds will benefit the Montgomery County Cancer Society.

The Tournament, in memory of Hershel Lipe who passed away in 2003, will be held this Saturday, June 30th, with tee-off times beginning at 11am. Eighty, 2-person, teams have already signed up for the tournament, playing the best ball on the front nine, and scramble on the back nine. If you're interested in participating in the memorial tournament this weekend, call the Indian Springs Golf Course at 217-538-2392.


CERTAIN THOMAS TRAIN TOYS RECALLED

Consumers are being alerted of the recall of a popular children's toy. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling 1.5 million "Thomas and Friends" wooden railway toys, involving 26 different products in the Thomas line, and including several versions of the "Red James Engine" and the "Red James Coal Tender". The items were sold nationwide from January 2005 through June 2007.

The CPSC has determined that surface paint on the toys contains lead, which leaves children at risk for lead poisoning. For more details on the specific products related to the recall, or to get a replacement toy, visit www.recalls.gov.

PARENTS URGED TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE THIS FOURTH OF JULY

With the month of July just around the corner, and the sounds and sights of fireworks already in the minds of young children, parents are urged to keep safety in mind. One of the biggest dangers to children during the 4th of July are sparklers, firecrackers, and bottle rockets.

State Fire Marshall Dave Foreman says that sparklers can burn at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and remain extremely hot long after the sparks are gone. It's also noted that, firecrackers and bottle rockets may not light the first time. And many injuries are reported from trying to re-ignite a firework.

It's recommended to closely supervise children playing with novelty fireworks, and to keep them away from firework "shooting" areas. Discuss firework safety with your kids. Tell your children to never keep fireworks in their pockets, and teach them how to "Stop, drop and roll", should their clothes catch fire. Also show them how to put out fireworks by using water or a fire extinguisher.

Throughout the U.S. the majority of injuries during the July 4th Holiday season are to children, ages 5-14. Sparklers have accounted for more than half of the injuries for kids under 5. In all, approximately 4,850 children, ages 14 and under, are treated in ER's every year.


QUILTS ON DISPLAY AT BOND COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Tedra Johnson Quilts are currently on display in the Bond County Courthouse courtesy of the Our Common Ground Arts Council. The public is invited to come to the Courthouse and see the beautiful quilts.

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There will be various quilts displayed throughout this year.


OHIO MAN MAKES TRIP TO VANDALIA ON NATIONAL ROAD

An Ohio man estimates that he has bicycled at least 10,000 miles in his lifetime, 300 of those spent on the National Road recently. John Ludway, of Cleveland, Ohio, began his journey in Vandalia, Ohio on June 18th. He trekked across the "Road that Built a Nation" to Vandalia, IL, where he arrived Sunday, June 24th.

Members of the National Road Association of Illinois hosted a reception for Ludway, where he shared stories from his trip. Ludway commented that it was an excellent ride, despite the heat and headwind early in the week. He was lucky enough to dodge thunderstorms, while enjoying the ability to document his journey with pictures of the places and people he met.

Ludway, averaging 40 miles per day, highlighted his trip with the covered bridge in Greenup and Bluegrass festival in Casey. Ludway is a member of Adventure Cycling, a 42,000 member non-profit organization promoting bicycling to those of all ages.


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. And listen to NASCAR Today Monday through Friday at 5:15PM for more chances to register. You can register until Today, June 29th and we’ll draw the winner the week of July 2nd.




SPORTS

WEDNESDAY NIGHT GOLF LEAGUE

After 8 Weeks of play the Depot team leads the Wednesday Night Men's Golf League at the Greenville Country Club. The Bradford National Bank team is in Second place. Week 8 Low Gross Score was Jason Knight with at 34 and Low Net Score was B.J. Schneck with a 29.

SUMMER BASEBALL

The Bond County Cougars baseball team won two games last weekend. The Cougars beat Granite City 11-3 and Roxana 16-3.


OBITUARIES

STACY ANN CALCAGNO

Stacy Ann Calcagno, 39 of Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Alpharetta, GA and Woodriver, passed away Tuesday in Florida. Funeral services for 39 year-old Stacy Ann Calcagno will be held Sunday at 4PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6-8PM at the funeral home.


ROSE SMOOT

Rose Smoot, 93 of Donnellson, passed away Thursday at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services for 93 year-old Rose Smoot will be held Sunday at 2PM at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial in Bethel Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to service time on Sunday at the funeral home.


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Sunny Showers Likely High: 78 Low: 65

Sunday: Cloudy High: 85 Low: 65


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Joe Richardson with Southwestern Electric Cooperative. Many have heard reports of copper wire being stolen from area substations. Joe's going to talk to us about the recent increase in those reports and how long these type of thefts have been going on for utlity companies. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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