7-18-2007




LITCHFIELD TEEN DIES IN CAR FIRE MONDAY

A 16 year-old Litchfield teen died Monday in a vehicle fire near Walshville. As previously reported by WGEL, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Old Brushy Trail Monday afternoon around 12:30PM. The original report was that the vehicle was on fire and had one person trapped inside. The Shoal Creek Fire Department, along with the Litchfield Fire and Ambulance and the Illinois State Police responded to the accident report.

Around 1:30PM, Montgomery County Coroner, Rick Broadus, pronounced 16 year-old David W. Long, of Litchfield, deceased. He was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle. The Montgomery County Sheriff's and Coroner's Office continues to investigate.


SCHOOL REACH PRESENTED TO UNIT 2 BOARD MONDAY NIGHT

The Unit 2 Board of Education met Monday night for the regular monthly meeting. Chris Skillian, a Public School Specialist with SchoolReach Instant Parent Contact, presented information regarding a parent notifying system by telephone. Many schools use the system for emergencies, school closings and school events. The information will be reviewed for further consideration.

High School Principal, Kevin Cochrane, presented a Science Lab fee proposal to assist in covering the costs for teaching materials. A few years ago, supply budgets were cut for High School Science, and even with the $1,000 to be restored to the line item, it will not be enough for a quality lab. The recommendation to pass the proposed fee for students, was sent back due to lack of a second motion by board members. The Unit 2 Board did however, pass a pay increase, with a vote of 5-2, to Junior and Senior High game officials to be in line with surrounding school districts.

In other business, tire bids were accepted based on the lowest bid for each item and a request for proposals for facility improvement was passed by the board. The Unit School Board then approved the resignations of Mike Patrick as the high school boys' and girls' Tennis Coach, Susan Kelley as the School Nurse and Wanda Blackburn as a custodian.

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TRAVELING VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL TO MAKE ITS WAY THROUGH BOND COUNTY

The Veteran's Organizations in Bond County will be bringing the Vietnam Veteran's Traveling Memorial Wall to Greenville during the Bond County Fair in 2008. Tony Koonce said that the same wall will be traveling through Bond County next week on Tuesday, July 24th, on it’s way to Troy, IL. Koonce is hoping to show support by having people on the bridges over I-70, waving American Flags. The hope is to have residents from Mulberry Grove and Pocahontas do the same thing.

The Vietnam Veteran's Traveling Memorial Wall will be leaving Effingham on Tuesday, July 24th around 5PM, with an escort of around 1000 motorcycles. Koonce asks that those who are interested in participating, show up at the I-70 Exit 45 overpass by McDonalds no later than 5:30PM to get everyone organized and in place. If you have any questions, you can contact Koonce at 664-1976.

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ONE YEAR AGO, HEATWAVE HIT HARD DURING THIRD WEEK OF JULY

One year ago, during the third week of July, most of country suffered from an extreme heat wave. According to the National Weather Service, in many areas the temperatures reached over 115ºF. In and around Bond County temperatures remained just above or below 100ºF. The hot temperatures in the area were responsible for severe storms that produced tornadoes and straight line winds, causing major damage to many local communities. During that time, there were 22 deaths in 10 states blamed on the excessive heat wave.

So far this summer, there haven't been many days with excessive heat, but as July progresses, the temperature will continue to rise. Residents are reminded that the most important thing to do when temperatures begin to rise is to drink plenty of water and wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing. Stay in the shade if you're outside and have fans and air conditioners running if you're inside.

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BOND COUNTY FAIR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

The Bond County Fair is just two weeks away. Wednesday, August 1st will kick-off the start of the fair with the Garden Tractor Pull at 6:30PM. Judging in the Community Building will start Thursday at 9am with the steer show that day and the County Tractor Pull that night at the grandstand. Friday will host the annual Demo Derby at 7:30PM with a Western Horse Speed Warm-Up Show at 7PM.

Saturday will start off with the Sheep Show at 8am and continue throughout the day with tractor games and the tractor parade in the afternoon. The Talent Show starts at 4PM in the Activity Building with the Mud Drags at 6:00PM in the grandstand. Sunday will feature the chain saw cutting contest at 2PM with the County Truck Pull at 5PM and the ITPA Truck and Tractor Pull at 7PM. The Little Miss and Queen Pageant will be held Monday night at 7PM with the 4-H auction to begin at 6PM. And Tuesday wraps up the Bond County Fair with the parade at 7PM.

This year's Carnival will be open every night starting at 6PM with Kids Days from 1-4PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And the Antique Farm Machinery Expo and Farm Toy Show will be on display Friday through Monday. The gate admission this year is $2 per person… kids ages 10 and under are free.

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OBITUARIES

DAVID LONG

David Long, age 16 of Litchfield, passed away Monday, July 16th as the result of a single vehicle accident, north of Sorento. Funeral services for 16 year-old David Long will be held Friday at the 10am at the Litchfield High School Gymnasium. Friends may call Thursday from 4-8PM at the school gymnasium. Burial in Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento. The Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of the arrangements.


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