7-4-2007




4TH OF JULY AREA EVENTS

If you're looking to have some fun this 4th of July Holiday, you can head on out to a couple different events in the area. The Annual 4th of July Celebration at Patriots Park begins at 4PM today, with several food choices and the Root Beer Floats like last year. The dunk tank gets under way at 5PMwith the Muny Band at 6PM and the Photoside Café band at 7PM. The Firework display will begin at dusk. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

The public is encouraged this year to not park along Route 140 or Route 127. The west gate at Patriots Park will be for handicap parking. The east gate will be for regular, limited parking. Both gates will have parking attendants. And due to the limited parking, there will be a free shuttle service from the Greenville High School Parking lot beginning at 4PM and going back and forth all evening.

Also today, the Alhambra Jaycees will be having their 4th of July Celebration at the Alhambra Firemen-Legion Park. Food will be available starting at 6PM. The menu will include burgers, hot dogs, brats, pretzels, funnel cakes and soda. All proceeds will benefit the July 4th fireworks fund. Fireworks at dusk.


AGREEMENT WITH IDOT DISCUSSED BY COUNTY BOARD

At Tuesday's Bond County Board meeting, County Highway Engineer Mike McCormick presented details on sixty IDOT crash locations in Bond County, that occurred prior to 2005, that can't be added to their database without someone physically going to each location with GPS and GIS. The state will provide the necessary equipment and $10,000 for the county to do the work. In return, Bond County will have access to the final database. County Board members approved the request, with it to be ratified at the next meeting.

Also to be discussed in two weeks will be an Illinois Central Management Service agreement allowing the county access to state surplus property.

Under clarification from Zoning Administrator George Shaw, Bond County Board members requested that building permits not be handed out for other county municipalities. All requests for those permits should be directed to the appropriate village hall.

In other business, the Bond County Board appointed Brenda Miller to the Board of Health and announced the vacancy to the Robinson Cemetery Board with Barb Kalous looking to fill the seat.

WGEL will have more from the Bond County Board meeting in a future newscast. And you can see the meeting, in its entirety, Thursday night at 6PM on New Wave Cable Channel 3.

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QUARTERLY REPORT FOR STATE'S ATTORNEY VICTIM/WITNESS PROGRAM

Bond County State's Attorney Chris Bauer has released the Prosecutor Based Victim/Witness Program report April, May and June 2007. Three children, who were victims of sexual assault, were added to the program, along with five victims of battery, six victims of domestic violence and four adult victims of sexual assault. Coordinator James Stever has continued to work with these victims. Several cases in the past are pending and have requested continuances for various reasons, while defendants remain either incarcerated in the Bond County Jail or free on bail.

In March 2007, domestic battery charges were filed against an individual who was recently released from the Illinois Department of Corrections. After the incident, he was returned to IDOC. The victim is receiving services through the victim/witness program. In the same month, the Bond County State's Attorney filed charges against a male individual for failure to register as a sex offender and felony deceptive practices. The Coordinator is providing notifications of court dates and proceedings to a victim in South Carolina.

The goals of the Victim/Witness Program are to ensure victims have access to the criminal justice system and are provided support.


HILLS FORT TOPIC OF FIRST LECTURE SERIES

The Kaskaskia College Community Education Department is partenering with the Centralia Area Historical Museum to offer a monthly lecture series beginning July 10th. The first speaker will be William "Bill" Wilson, President of the Hill's Fort Society. He will speak at the museum starting at 7PM, about the history of old forts and blockhouses built in Illinois prior to the war of 1812. Wilson will explain the importance that the forts played in the early history of settling our country. He has co-authored the books "The Tales of Hill's Fort" and "Forts and Blockhouses of Early Illinois". For more details on the lecture series, call Kaskaskia College at 545-3038.

 
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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE TELL DRIVERS TO SLOW DOWN, BUCKLE-UP

The Illinois State Police are gearing-up for another big holiday driver safety push. Troopers aren't saying how many men and women they'll put on the highways across the state, but say they will be out in force. The warning is the same as every holiday, and almost every year. The ISP says slow down, buckle-up, don't drink and drive, and be careful in construction zones.

Local police departments across the state are also getting into the action. The "Click-It or Ticket" campaign, means cops in every town across Illinois will be watching to make sure you are wearing your seatbelt. Troopers will keep their holiday patrol rolling through July 5th.

 

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MEGA PASSES FOR THE 2007 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR AVAILABLE

Special passes for the 2007 Illinois State Fair are now available for purchase. The passes, which allow fairgoers unlimited rides on the attractions in the Carnival Midway and Adventure Village, are good for Preview Night, Aug. 9, and the entire State Fair, which will be held Aug. 10-19. They cost only $50 until July 14.

To purchase a Mega Pass, either call or stop by the Illinois State Fair Credentials Office. The office is located in the Emmerson Building on Main Street at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also call 217-782-0775.

 

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OBITUARIES

RUTH A. ENNEN

Ruth A. Ennen, age 59 of Vandalia, passed away Friday, June 29th, at St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, MO. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, July 7th at 11am at The Greenville Free Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association. The Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove is handling arrangement.

 


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