08-01-2007




BOND COUNTY FAIR IS HERE

The Bond County Fair is officially here. WGEL spoke with Judy Debatin about the events kicking off today, Wednesday, August 1st. She said the Fair will start 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.

Debatin said that 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. Tuesday wraps up the Bond County Fair with the parade at 7PM.

She commented that this year's Carnival will be open every night starting at 6PM with Kids Days from 1-4PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 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.


MISSING CHILDREN FOUND HALF HOUR LATER IN GREENVILLE

Around 12:50PM, Tuesday afternoon, the Greenville Police Department received a call that two children were missing from their residence on Cooper Street. Deputies from the Bond County Sheriff's Department, along with Greenville Firefighters and Greenville City Workers responded to assist Greenville Police Officers in locating the 3 year-old and 4 year-old little girls.

Around 1:15PM, the two girls were found in the 500 block of North Locust, by a Bond County Sheriff's Deputy. They were then reunited with their parents. According to Greenville Police Chief, Lou Lorton, the girls had wondered off from their home. There was no foul play involved.

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ACCIDENT CAUSES I-70 SHUTDOWN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING

At 4:46am Tuesday morning, the Mulberry Grove and Smithboro Fire Departments, Bond County EMS, the Bond County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police from Districts 11 and 12 responded to a single vehicle accident on Interstate 70 at the 52 mile marker, under the overpass at the Mulberry Grove exit. According to the Sheriff's Department, a mother and her two daughters were traveling Westbound when the mother, who was driving, fell asleep, crossed the median and ended up in the eastbound lanes. One of the passengers was trapped in the vehicle prompting the request for extrication equipment.

At 5:19am, an ARCH helicopter was requested. Westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed down and traffic was being routed off the highway at the exit and then back on again on the other side of the overpass. Eastbound lanes were closed upon arrival of the ARCH helicopter. No further details are availble at this time.


OLD UNIT 2 SCHOOL BUS CATCHES FIRE

A bus, that was recently replaced by the Unit 2 School District, caught fire last week in Montgomery County. Over the summer, the Unit 2 School Board purchased two brand new buses for their fleet. Last Thursday, around 10:28am, while on it's way to Ponder Equipment, in Litchfield, one of the replaced buses caught fire.

According to the Hillsboro Fire Department, the fire started in the engine and when they arrived on scene, the front quarter of the bus was engulfed. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in less then 10 minutes, but the bus was a total loss. The driver was the only occupant of the bus, and he was not injured.

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES ROAD REPAIR FOR 4TH STREET

The Greenville City Council met Friday to discuss street repair issues throughout the City. According to City Manager, Dave Willey, council members walked down 4th Street, from Oak to Winter, to determine the repair needed for the road. The question was to either mill and fill the street or repair the curbs, parking areas, storm inlets etc. The consensus of the council members was to get the estimate on the whole project and fix everything, not just smooth the street.

Willey said he had also been asked to get road repair estimates on various other city roads, such as Vine, Chestnut and South Streets. The consensus again was to fix everything that needed repair on those streets as well. Willey said that the Greenville City Council will vote on road work for 4th Street, from Oak to the railroad tracks, at a regular monthly council meeting.


RAIN TOTALS FOR JULY

According to the city of Greenville rain gauges, the month of July brought in the least amount of precipitation so far this year. There were 1.81 inches of rain reported at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Route 40, 2.23 inches at 6th Street, and 2.44 inches of rain at Route 140 and Idler Lane. The ten-year July average is 3.7 inches of rainfall.

During the Month of July, there were only 5 days that recorded rain. The last report of rain was Friday, July 20th when .40 inches fell in Greenville. The rain totals for this July were nearly 2 inches below the ten-year average.



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LIONS PROGRAM COMBATS DEAFNESS

Each year, Lions Clubs of Illinois sponsors free hearing screenings for persons 18 and older, and for 10-17 year olds with parental consent. As part of that program, the Greenville Lions Club will sponsor a hearing screening from 9:00am - 12:00PM on Thursday, August 9th, at the Bond County Senior Center. Protection of our hearing is very important, and Greenville Lions Club Members hope the community will take full advantage of these hearing screenings.

The screening takes but a few minutes and persons who fail the screening are referred to hearing professionals for further evaluation and treatment. For additional information, contact Shiela at 664-1146.


ILLINOIS LEADS NATION IN JOB GROWTH

The Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area shows a boost in employment, by 1,700 jobs, from June 2006 to June 2007. In Bond County, the unemployment rate was 4.8%, down from 4.9%, one year ago, with Clinton County at 4.2%, down from 4.4% in June 2006. However, Madison County stayed the same with a 5.1% unemployment rate.

Robust hiring in Educational, Health Services and Government, and gains in Financial Activities, Manufacturing, and Retail Trade, demonstrated a strong hiring activity in the region.

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JOHN PATRICK CONNER

John Patrick Conner, 46 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Monday at his residence. Funeral arrangements for 46 year-old John Patrick Conner are pending at the Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.


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