STATE TROOPER INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT IN CONSTRUCTION ZONE
Construction that began Monday, July 9th, at the I-55/70/64 interchange in East St. Louis, was the scene of accident involving a state trooper Wednesday. According to Trooper Ralph Timmons, he was stopped on the Poplar Street Bridge around 6:50PM, about 150 feet into Illinois, in the eastbound lanes setting up cones. He had all of the emergency lights activated on his marked squad car, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle going 70 miles per hour.
Timmons said he received quite a jolt, but had no injuries. The driver of the other car, Victoria A Seibel, 22 of St. Libory, IL, was ticketed for alleged failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no proof of insurance.
Timmons urges motorists to keep it slow and pay attention in and around construction zones, especially these next two weeks in the Poplar Street Bridge area. He reminds residents that if you speed through construction zones, you not only run the risk of getting a hefty fine, but also injuring someone else.
FAIR BOARD APPROVES REQUEST FOR CIRCUS IN SEPTEMBER
The Bond County Fair Board met Wednesday, July 11, with just 20 days before the beginning of the 2007 Bond County Fair. Tony Koonce, chairman of the Bond County Veteran's Memorial committee presented more information about the Vietnam Wall, which is scheduled to be in Bond County during the 2008 Fair. The Fair Board has offered to display the Wall on the fairgrounds.
The Fair Board then approved a request by the Greenville Kiwanis Club to sponsor a circus at the fairgrounds on Saturday, September 1. And in other business, the resolution necessary to borrow the money to pay the premiums at fair was approved. It was announced that the board has purchased a small tract of land, east of the race horse barns, and will pay $4,000 and borrow the remainder.
The water leak was repaired, and new bleachers for the horse arena have been assembled. The water tank is now available. A dormant account with a balance of $8.48 will be closed. The next Bond County Fair Board meeting will be September 12.
POCAHONTAS PICNIC THIS WEEKEND
The Pocahontas/ Old Ripley Volunteer Fire, Rescue, and EMS Annual Picnic will be held Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th. Friday night food and beverages will be available from 6:00 to 10:30 P.M. Saturday night, the fun will start at 5:00 P.M. with Kevin Heim’s one man band, a parade at 6, and the Chapman Brothers will be playing around 8pm. Bob’s Legacy Carriage rides will be there Saturday along with pony rides for the kids, and a dunking booth.