A Wood River man was recently sentenced on child pornography charges in U.S. District Court. 51 year-old Kent E. Smith will serve 7 years in prison on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography. According to the Stipulation of Facts, filed with the Court, the investigation began on May 11, 2006, when an ex-girlfriend reported Smith to the police. Officers executed a search warrant and seized numerous media devices, including computers, VHS tapes, floppy disks and DVD's. An examination of the evidence revealed over 600 images of child pornography. Some of the pictures were of children under 12 years of age.


The Greenville City Council will meet tonight at 7:30PM for their regular monthly meeting. Items on the agenda include a final plat proposal for the Chips N' Salsa subdivision, the annual report from the Greenville Public Library, a discussion by the Tourism Committee in regards to Exit 45 off of I-70 and Route 40 and Route 127 road repair. Other items to be discussed include computer wiring and phone upgrades for the municipal building, patrol boat motor bids, leaf burning, vehicles for public works and the sale of surplus property.


Consumers are being warned of Salmonella linked to two different gourmet vegetable snacks. According to Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, Veggie Booty and Super Veggie Tings Crunch Corn Sticks Snack Food, have been voluntarily recalled by Robert's American Gourmet Food, Inc. There have been 57 reported cases of salmonella linked to these snacks, with one case from Illinois. Salmonellosis can cause serious infections, especially in young children. Dr. Whitaker says these veggie snacks are popular with toddlers, so parents need to make sure kids don't mistakenly eat them. Salmonellosis is often mistaken for the "stomach flu." Symptoms, which last from 24 hours to 12 days, include headache, muscle aches, chills, fever, nausea and dehydration. They usually appear six to 72 hours after ingestion. Consumers who bought Veggie Booty or Super Veggie Tings Crunch Corn Sticks can call 1-800-626-7557 for a reimbursement.


A new tool is available on the Illinois State Police website that gives communities the opportunity to view the names of offenders who have been convicted of manufacturing methamphetamines. In June 2006, Senate Bill 2915 was signed into law, requiring the Illinois State Police to create the registry, have a link on the website and make it accessible to the general public. The production of meth not only puts the user at risk, but entire communities, says Illinois State Police Director, Larry Trent. This database will allow citizens to be better informed of the potential dangers involved with the drug and those who are associated with it. The Methamphetamine Manufacturing Registry contains the name, date of birth, offense, conviction date and county where the offense took place. The database will be updated daily. For more details, visit www.isp.state.il.us.



Legislation was signed into law last week encouraging an increase in cable TV competition by allowing new video service providers to enter the Illinois market without having to negotiate separate franchise agreements in each municipality. This will give consumers more choices and better service. Senate Bill 678 also introduces a number of consumer protections. The bill requires that companies give consumers at least 30 days written notice of rate hikes or program eliminations. Customers must also have at least 28 days, from a bill's date, before the payment is due. And shutoffs are prohibited until 21 days after a notice or termination, with no termination fees allowed. New customers will have 60 days to cancel service without penalties and contracts can last no longer than one year. Cable service must be installed within seven days and outages must be repaired within 48 hours. Senate Bill 678 goes into effect immediately, with the service quality standards for existing companies to begin January 1, 2008.



William Clinton Staggs, age 80 of Mulberry Grove, Illinois, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 8, 2007 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove with Rev. Conrad Stone officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Memorials may be made to the Autistic Center, American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.

William Clinton, the son of the late Everett Lee and Mary Catherine (Sherrill) Staggs, was born August 15, 1926 in Hickoria, Arkansas. He grew up in Hickoria where he attended the local schools. Mr. Staggs served his country in the Air Force during WWII in the 1380 Airborn Division. He later moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he married Ivy Pauline Downey on September 27, 1948. William and Pauline had 7 children and all survive: John F. Staggs of Belleville, IL; Eddie R. Staggs of IL; twins Patrick D. Staggs of Mulberry Grove, IL and Michael Staggs of Granite City, IL; daughters: Carol Saunders of Vienna, IL; Joyce Ann Staggs of Plainview, TX and Kandy Staggs of Greenville, MO. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and 2 great - grandchildren. He worked for Crown and Cork in Missouri, a paper company, Sterlings Aluminum and Donnelly's Truck Service for 36 years, retiring in 1986. William and Ivy were foster parents to 70 children over 15 years. William was one of 10 children; surviving are his brothers David, Sammy and Danny. Sisters Lola, Lela and Vercie. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers and sisters: Gene Staggs, Merle Staggs and Lula May Sherrill. Mr. Staggs was a member of the Teamsters 600, St. Louis, MO.

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