7-6-2007

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FIRE MARSHAL INVESTIGATING CAR FIRE

The State Fire Marshall is still trying to determine the cause of fire that resulted in the death of a New Memphis, IL man. The Clinton County Sheriff's Department received a call July 1st around 6:50PM of a car that was on fire on 4th Street in New Memphis, and that a body was still inside the vehicle. Deputies responded, along with New Baden Police, Fire and EMS, ClinClair Fire, Illinois State Police and the State Fire Marshal.

According to Clinton County Detective Doug Maue, the body was removed from the vehicle and taken to the coroner's office, where a wallet was found in a pants pocket. The next day, dental record comparison confirmed the body to be that of 42 year-old Curtis A. Pollman. Pollman owned the property where he and the car were found. Maue says an autopsy was done July 2nd and they are currently waiting for toxicology reports. He also commented that, as of now, they have found nothing suspicious in the investigation.


FIRECRACKER 100 THIS SATURDAY AT PATRIOTS PARK

Grab your bicycles and helmets and gear up for a 100-mile bike ride this Saturday. WGEL spoke with Judy Meyer, coordinator of the Firecracker 100, about the trip that will begin and end at Patriot's Park in Greenville. She said that the event is sponsored by Gateway Chapter of Hostling International. This is the third year in Greenville. You may time yourself for the ride for your personal best…it is not a race. There will be patches given out to those who complete the entire 100 mile ride.

Over the last three years, there have been between 150-200 participants each year in the Firecracker 100 in Greenville. The trail consists of two 50-mile loops, with arrows at every intersection. Maps and cue sheets will also be available. The first rest stop will have snacks provided, followed by lunch and another rest stop. Lunch will also be available for non-riding family/friends for $5 each. Registration is from 6-8am Saturday, with the ride starting shortly thereafter. For more details visit www.MoonLightRamble.com


NEW OFFICES ALMOST COMPLETE AT GOGGIN BUILDING ON THE SQUARE

It was announced at the Bond County Board meeting Tuesday morning, that work is almost complete for two new offices at the Goggin Building on North Second Street. According to Judge John Knight, over the past few weeks, four small rooms with a tiny bathroom have been remodeled into two bigger offices and a handicap accessible bathroom. The Regional Superintendent of Schools and the County Zoning Administrator will occupy these offices.

By the time it's all said and done, the cost of the project will be just over $10,000. County board members took a tour of the new space after the meeting Tuesday, and were pleased with the changes.


ILLINOIS' CAPITAL PUSHES TO BECOME "HOME OF THE SIMPSONS"

There are lots of Springfields across the country, but only one will be the official home of the Simpsons. Fourteen Springfields throughout the country have submitted videos of their towns, so internet voters can choose the "real Springfield." The contest is a tie-in with Fox's Simpsons movie due out later this month. Springfield Illinois Mayor Tim Davlin says the competition is over in his mind, he says Springfield Illinois is clearly the "home of Homer." Springfield Illinois is basing its claim on a number of references in more than a dozen Simpsons' episodes, including one that seems to show the Simpsons' hometown in the middle of Illinois. Mayor Davlin is encouraging everyone in Illinois to "vote early and vote often." You can vote at USA Today's website. You can vote only once a day, with the voting closing just before midnight on July 9th.


SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW

The Scott Airforce Base Air Show 2007 will be held this Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th. This year’s theme, “Heritage to Horizons,” commemorates the Air Force’s 60th anniversary and the base’s 90th birthday. Several premiere acts and displays will be at this year’s show including: the F-15 and F-16 West Cost demonstration teams, a performance by the Black Daggers parachute team, the GEICO Skytypers, an CV-22 Osprey, a static display of a B-2 stealth aircraft, a C-130 personnel and C-17 cargo drop, and much more. Admission and parking are free. For more details about the air show, visit www.ScottAirShow.com.


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OBITUARIES

MARGARET L. SCHMOLLINGER

Margaret L. Schmollinger, 93, of Greenville passed away Thursday, July 5th 2007 at Fair Oaks. Funeral Services will be held at 11AM Monday at the Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-8PM Sunday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Gilead Chuirch.


WEATHER

Saturday: Sunny High: Mid 90s Low: Mid 60s

Sunday: Sunny Warmer High: Upper 90s Low: Mid 60s


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Renee Morgan’s guest this week is Spokesperson for E2 Campus Brian Crum. Brian will talk to us about a new system that is out called Omnilert, which is used on cell phones and can help save lives in the wake of danger. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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