7-20-2007

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TRACTOR ACCIDENT TAKES LIFE OF HIGHLAND MAN

According to Madison County Coroner, Stephen P. Nonn, a Highland man was killed Thursday when his tractor tipped and threw him into a pond. Timothy Cochran, age 53, was found dead in a farm pond owned by his brother, Perry Cochran. Timothy Cochran had been mowing property in the 6000 block of Fedder Lane, a rural area between Collinsville and Troy. The coroner's office said the wheels of the tractor went too far over the edge of the earthen berm while Cochran was driving across a dam on the pond. The coroner will be performing an autopsy to aid in the investigation.


THIRD HUMAN WEST NILE VIRUS CASE IN ILLINOIS FOUND IN MADISON COUNTY

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the third human West Nile virus case in Illinois for this year. A Madison County man in his 60s has West Nile neuroinvasive disease, which is the most severe form of the West Nile virus, as it affects a person’s nervous system. Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, said that this third case should make residents even more cautious when it comes to mosquitoes.

Last year, 77 of the state’s 102 counties were found to have a West Nile positive bird, mosquito, horse or human case. A total of 215 human cases of West Nile disease, including 10 deaths, were reported in Illinois in 2006. Only about two persons out of 10, who are bitten by an infected mosquito, will experience any illness. Symptoms can include fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis, meningitis and death are possible. Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reminds residents that the best way to prevent West Nile disease, or any other mosquito-borne illness, is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.


BURGLARY AT FUNERBURKS OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY

In update to the burglary at Funderburk's Gas, Grill and Deli in Pocahontas, owner Tracy Funderburk reported that someone entered the business between 10:45PM and 3:58am. The suspects took an undetermined amount of money from an ATM machine and the office area located inside the business. The Bond COunty Sheriff's Department continues to investigate.


BOND COUNTY TO AUCTION DELIQUNET TAX PROPERTIES

All properties that were delinquent on taxes in 2003 and prior years, and have been obtained by Bond County, will be up for auction next month. There is approximately 32 items available on a sealed bid auction sale at the Bond County Treasurer's Office. The sale will help to benefit the County and neighboring property owners by eliminating abandoned properties and putting them into the hands of owners who will keep the taxes paid and the property maintained.

A minimum bid of $655.00 per item is required with a sealed bid cut-off date of August 9, 2007. All items will be sold to the highest bidder. A bidder's packet and sale catalog is available at the Treasurers Office for $5.00.

HEALTH OFFICIALS FIND BOTULISM IN LEFTOVER CHILI

A potentially deadly toxin that sickened several people has led to a large recall of canned chili in several states. According to Metro News Source, the Indiana State Department of Health says that botulism was found in chili partially eaten by an Indiana couple that became seriously ill and had to be hospitalized after ingesting the toxin. Two people also became sickened from botulism in Texas. Health officials say the toxin is so potent that any exposure can cause botulism, even if the toxin gets on people's hands or face. Federal and state health officials are urging all consumers to not even open the cans of the affected chili.

The botulism has been linked to Castleberry's Hot Dog Chili Sauce. The company is now recalling Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce with "best-by" dates from April 30th, 2009 through May 22nd, 2009. Also being recalled is Meijer Corned Beef Hash, Morton House Corned Beef Hash and Southern Home Corned Beef Hash.


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SPORTS

MENS GOLF LEAGUE

After 10 Weeks of play the Elliott's Towing team leads the Mens' Wednesday Night Golf League at the Greenville Country Club. Bart Knight shot a 33 to win low gross score and Rick Blockyou and Jeff Stevenson tied for low net score at 30 strokes.


OBITUARIES

MARY BOYD

Mary Boyd, 89 of Colby, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday at the Colonial Centery In Colby. Funeral arrangements for 89 year-old Mary Boyd are pending at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.

Mary is the sister of Mae McCaslin and Florence Davis, both of Greenville.

H.LEROY HUNTER

H. Leroy Hunter, age 51 of Greenville, passed away Wednesday at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Sunny High: 80 Low: Mid 50's

Sunday: Sunny High: Low 80's Low: 60


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Greenville Code Enforcement Officer and Senior Lake Patrol, Matt Willman. He'll be talking to us about boat safety, rules and regulations while on the lake and the importance of having a designated driver not only on the road, but on the water as well. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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