06-06-2007




EDWARDSVILLE GIRL DIES AFTER TOUCHING ELECTRIC LAMP

An Edwardsville girl is dead after apparently being electrocuted at a swimming pool. Authorities say 12-year-old Caitlyn Mackenzie had gotten out of the pool at a friend's house on East Clay Street in Troy, Sunday evening when she tried to move a lighted metal lamp and collapsed. Caitlyn died later at an area hospital. An autopsy revealed no evidence of disease and no physical findings in her heart muscle, which investigators say is consistent with electrocution.


IDOT AGREEMENT AND LIQUOR LICENSES APPROVED BY COUNTY BOARD

The Bond County Board met Tuesday morning and approved a sign grant agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation. County Highway Engineer, Mike McCormick, explained that the pilot program is to help place and maintain regulatory and warning signs along county highways. Also presented to the board was a request for a budget amendment from the Bond County Health Department to purchase 28.7 acres along 4th Street near the state shed. The request was unanimously approved by board members.

In other business, Betty Shenkel, Rev. Darryl Bolen, Dr. Andrew Goggin and Algren Anderson were re-appointed to the Health Board. Liquor licenses were approved to The Mill, Nuby's Steak House, VFW Post 1377, Circle B and Oasis Tavern. The Bond County Board approved a request from the Greenville Business and Professional Association to use the courthouse lawn on Dairy Day, June 16. You can see the meeting in its entirety tonight at 6PM on New Wave Cable Channel 3.

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SMITHBORO FIRE RECEIVES GRANT TO PURCHASE SMALL EQUIPMENT

It was recently announced that 54 fire departments throughout Illinois received grants to help them purchase small equipment and protective clothing that will enable them to better serve their communities. Smithboro Fire Chief Dale Deverick, who is head of one of the departments to receive the grant, commented that they applied for the grant back in March and just recently were notified that they had received $26,000, which is the most you can get, in grant money.

Deverick said that the funds will be used to buy a skid unit that fits into the back of a pickup to be used for brush fires, lighter hoses, a foam nozzle, and dump tank along with some other hand held equipment. Applications were reviewed by a committee appointed by the State Fire Marshall on the basis of equipment and financial needs. Smithboro was one of only two fire departments to receive the full $26,000 in grant money.


ROD AND GUN CLUB DRAINS LAKE BEGINNING A FIVE YEAR PROCESS

A local club is in the process emptying a lake and starting all over. WGEL spoke with Rod and Gun Club President, Bob Sutton, about the draining of their south lake. Last year they experienced a major fish kill. In meeting with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, it was realized that the lake was too shallow to produce the right environment. They are now beginning to drain the lake, which is the start of a five-year process.

According to Sutton, it will take most of the summer to drain the south lake, into which the north lake will flow. By next summer, they should be able to start digging out the north lake and then wait for it to fill again with rain. In about five years, the fish restocked into the lake will be big enough to catch. Sutton said that last year, they lost thousands of fish. He hopes that by starting over, they'll be able to create a better lake environment.

 
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SMITHBORO VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

At the Smithboro Village board meeting Monday night, the board denied a request by the homecoming committee to close Main Street for homecoming, June 9th. The board said the lateness of the request, IDOT considerations and liability problems were all reasons for their decision. Smithboro will be getting new signs; sixteen stop signs, 4 speed limit signs and 3 Children at Play signs will be installed. Mayor Susan Moore will continue to pursue the Weather Siren installation and back up generator plan and should have more information on that project at the next meeting.


SHIMKUS TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN GREENVILLE

Congressman John Shimkus will hold open office hours in Bond County on Saturday, June 9. Shimkus will be available to meet with local residents from 10-11:30am at the First Bank Conference Room, 200 West Main Street, Greenville. Shimkus commented that these open office hours provide an opportunity for constituents to meet with him personally. His office deals with government issues such as Social Security, Medicare, IRS, VA, the military, housing, agriculture and many more.

Those who are having a problem with one of those federal agencies are encouraged to meet with a member of the Shimkus staff. Residents can also express their opinion on pending legislation and get information on how to purchase Flags that have been flown over the U.S. Capitol. Those interested in meeting with Shimkus on Saturday should call 618-344-3065 to make an appointment.

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OUTDOOR GRILLING TIPS FOR SUMMER

The warm weather is here and people are making plans to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the summer. To help people enjoy a safe summer, the State Fire Marshal's Office is trying to increase awareness of fire safety tips when it comes to outdoor grilling.

Don't place the grill to close to your home or close to combustible materials. Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in the trays below the grill. For charcoal grills, after applying lighter fluid to coals, wait a minute before igniting. Hot coals should always be disposed of in designated containers, using plenty of water to cool the coals.

For gas grills, check the cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose, will quickly reveal propane leaks by releasing bubbles. Always shut off the valve when not in use, and never store propane gas cylinders in buildings or garages. According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas-fueled and charcoal grills are involved in nearly 1,000 residential structure and home outdoor fires each year.

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