8-10-2007


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MORE INFORMATION ON BURGLARY AT B-TAGGS IN POCAHONTAS

The Bond County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate a burglary in Pocahontas early Wednesday morning. According to the police report, the owner of B-tags Tavern reported that someone entered the building sometime between 1:30-7am Wednesday. Money was taken from the cash register, all video poker machines, jukebox and a cigarette machine. Police say that the amount of money taken is not known at this time. The estimated damage to the machines was around $2,000. The owner also reported around $350 worth of damage to a door that was used to gain entry to the building.

This is the third break-in to a business in Pocahontas over the last month. Funderburk's Gas, Grill and Deli was broken into sometime during the early morning hours of July 18th. An undetermined amount of money was taken from the ATM machine and office area. Leisure Lounge was burglarized on August 1st, sometime after midnight. An unknown amount of money was taken from the cash register and poker machines. The Bond County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate all three cases.


GROUNDBREAKING AT KASKASKIA COLLEGE

Another expansion for Kaskaskia College has started on the main campus in Centraila. College officials, local politicians and students braved the heat and gathered Wednesday for the groundbreaking of the new Lifelong Learning Center. This one story, 18,000 square foot building, will house up to six classrooms or meeting rooms at a time.

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KC President, Dr. Jim Underwood, said that he hopes the new facility will allow KC to reach even more students, and President Underwood described the groundbreaking as another joyful and proud day for Kaskaskia College. Shores builders, of Centralia, will do the construction and KC will use BLDD architects, the same architects that have worked on the Vandalia Campus.


RECALL ISSUED FOR GREEN BEANS

A recall remains in effect for green beans manufactured by Lakeside Food. The French-Cut, 14.5 ounce cans of green beans, may be contaminated with botulism. The Lakeside green beans are sold nationwide under the labels Albertsons, Happy Harvest, Best Choice, Food Club, Bogopa, Valu Time, Hill Country Fare, HEB, Laura Lynn, Kroger, No Name, North Pride, Shop N Save, Shoppers Valu, Schnucks, Cub Foods, Dierbergs, Favorite, IGA, Best Choice, and Thrifty Made. Consumers with questions or concerns should call Lakeside Food at 1-800-466-3834, extension 4090.

According to Capri IGA in Greenville, they removed all IGA brand cans of French Style Green Beans from their shelves this past Saturday, due to the recall.

GREENVILLE MAN ARCHED TO ST. LOUIS AFTER NEAR DROWNING WEDNESDAY

More details have been released on the near drowning, Wednesday afternoon, at Governor Bond Lake. The Greenville Police, Lake Patrol and Bond County EMS all responded to the area of East Lake Drive, around 2:54PM. According to police, 56 year-old Ronald Johnson, of Greenville, was found by a friend, unresponsive and face down in the water. Johnson was transferred to Greenville Regional Hospital and then ARCHed to St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. As of Thursday afternoon, Johnson was listed in critical condition.


PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

The First Presbyterian Church in Greenville hosted an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, August 8th. A total of 34 units were collected. A 16-gallon pin was presented to John Wait, Kevin Budde received a 9-gallon pin, John "Chet" Shank earned a 6-gallon pin, Judy Barbey was awarded a 4-gallon pin and Randal Halbert received a 3-gallon pin.


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OBITUARIES

NORINA SANTORO

Norina Santoro, age 82, of Collinsvill e, passed away Wednesday, at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville. Graveside services for 82 year-old Norina Santoro will be Saturday at 12:45 PM at Union Cemetery in Panama. Friends may call Saturday from 11:30 - 12:30 PM at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.


WEATHER

Saturady: Sunny and Hot High: 95 Low: 66

Sunday: Mostly Sunny High: 96 Low: 65


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Steven J. Schmidt, the Founder and Director of the distribution of "Love Packages". For the past 32 years, Steven and many others have been sending Christian literature to countries throughout the world. We'll talk to Steven about the local and national Bible Drive going on during the month of August. That's Public Affairs this Sunday, following our noon Bond County Area News, here on WGEL.


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