7-17-2007

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FFA MEMBERS MADE TRIP TO WASHINGTON DC

Four members of the Greenville FFA Chapter spent last week in Washington D.C. as part of their first place ranking in the Cooperative Activities Program and third place ranking in the Heritage Program at the FFA National Convention held in late June. Chapter Advisor Steve Zimmerman said the group spent six days touring various places in and around D.C.

A highlight of the trip was a tour of the Ag Research Service Center that covers nearly 7,000 acres. The students were also able to visit Gettysburg, Arlington Cemetery, the George Washington Mansion in Mt. Vernon and the Air and Space Museum. Near the end of the trip, the group attended the Senator's breakfast at the Capitol, where they were able to ask a few questions and meet with Senator Dick Durbin.

Again this trip was possible because of the accomplishments at the National Convention. Individual winners at the event included Kayla Hagler and Bryan Davidson who received their state FFA degrees, Zach Marchello who took first in the fiber and oil crop production category, and Amy Schaufelberger who was named a top 10 Chapter Reporter.


BOND COUNTY EMS PARTICIPATE IN EARTHQUAKE DRILL

Members of the Bond County Emergency Medical Services Staff, a department of Greenville Regional Hospital, recently participated in a disaster drill involving many first responders throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area. According to Emergency Medical Services Manager, Tom Hoffman, the drill was based on an earthquake, running along the New Madrid fault line. He said that Greenville Regional participated in the drill on paper only, which means that they worked over the phone, with agencies in the area, on how to handle such an event.

They received 26 "paper patients" who had to be decontaminated due to exposure to chemicals, with 2 patients who had potentially been exposed to chemicals released as a bioterrorism attack. As part of a fictional scenario, the Greenville Regional Hospital building sustained several broken windows and minor damage to the infrastructure.

In a true disaster situation, all first responders are treated immediately. In Bond County that amounts to nearly 800 public officials, hospital staff, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement agencies, health department who are treated within the first two hours. This allows for an adequate force to treat the public at large.


NEW CONSTRUCTION AT COFFEEN POWER STATION

Residents of Coffeen have seen many concrete trucks heading to the CIPS Power Station and may have been wondering about what was happening at the station. A new air scrubber and stack are being constructed. The new scrubber will remove more harmful gases from stack emissions than are currently being removed by the existing scrubbing equipment at the station. According to an employee of the Power Station with whom WGEL spoke with last week, construction began in the spring of 2007 and will take several years for completion.

INCREASED SEAT BELT USAGE IN ILLINOIS

Illinois is one of 10 states who have attained over 90 % seat belt usage by drivers and passengers in motor vehicles. Seat belt use has increased by 14 % and fatalities are down to historic lows since the Governor signed the primary safety belt enforcement law in July of 2003, allowing law officers to stop drivers for not wearing safety belts. As a result, more people are buckling up and helping prevent deadly accidents.

The number of fatalities on Illinois roads has shown a steady decline since 2003. In 2003, there were 1,454 total fatalities. That number was down to 1,254 by 2005, the lowest number of fatalities since 1924, and the decline has continued into 2007. Larry Trent, Illinois State Police Director, said, "The numbers speak for themselves in proving safety belts save lives." He added, "If motorists fail to wear a safety belt, they will receive a ticket."


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

Congratulations to Jim Blankenship, Jim won the tickets to the Chicagoland Raceway for a great weekend of NASCAR racing. But WGEL is not done with NASCAR. Saturday July 21st Gateway International Raceway host's the NASCAR Busch 250 and WGEL has tickets to giveaway. Tune into WGEL Wednesday July18th for your chance to win one of several pairs of tickets to teh NASCAR gateway raceway in Madison Illinois. More chances to win from your friends at WGEL Radio, no purchase necessary.




OBITUARIES

RICHARD COOPER

Richard A. Cooper, age 70 of Hornbeak TN. formerly of Greenville, IL, passed away Friday evening, July 13, 2007 at Ridgely Care and Rehabilitation Center in Reel Foot Lake, TN. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville, IL with interment following in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Greenville First United Methodist Church or the Greenville Public Library to be used to purchase science books in the children's section.

Richard A. Cooper, the son of Ralph and Vera Weger Cooper, was born October 13, 1936 in Highland, IL. He grew up in Greenville, attended the Wisetown Grade School and later Greenville High School where he graduated. Richard then went on to attend Gradwohl Lab Tech School in St. Louis, MO. and graduated from Greenville College with a BA. June 1, 1957 Richard was united in marriage to Suzanne Mollett in Greenville, they enjoyed 50 years of marriage.

Richard and Suzanne had 2 children, Stuart Cooper of Hornbeak, TN and Christy Cooper Shaffer of Chapel Hill, NC. They both survive. Mr. Cooper was a partner at Bass-Mollett publishers in Greenville for several years, then went on to operate the Winchester Cathedral Teen Club. He moved to Bloomington, IL where he was a drug rep. for some time and in 1969 moved to TN. Richard purchased the Boardman Resort and was very active in tourist promotion. Richard then became the owner of the Yamaha dealership with his son Stuart in 1981.

Over the years, Mr. Cooper was active with various clubs and organizations: The Greenville Jaycees, N.W. TN Tourist Council, Reelfoot Lake Tourist Council and promoted Reelfoot at sports shows. He was also a member of the First Methodist Church in Tiptonville, TN. Richard is survived by his wife, children, sister Dolores (Dodie) Johnson of Greenville, IL and 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.


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