GREENVILLE MAN DIES AFTER BEING FOUND UNRESPONSIVE LAST WEEK
We have this information up-date on the near drowning that occurred Wednesday, August 8, at Governor Bond Lake. 56 year-old Ronald Johnson, of Greenville, was found by a friend unresponsive and face down in the water, around 2:54 PM, that Wednesday. Greenville Police, Lake Patrol, and Bond County EMS responded. Johnson was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital and then ARCHed to St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis. WGEL received notice Friday morning, that 56 year-old Ronald Johnson passed away Wednesday, August 15, at 10:45 PM, at St. Luke's Hospital.
ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ON I-70
We have more information from Illinois State police about the rollover accident Friday, on I-70. According to the police report, Elizabeth K. Downey, age 20 of Milford Connecticut was traveling west on I-70 near mile marker 52 when she attempted to switch lanes to avoid a stopped Simi Truck. She noticed a car in that lane and swerved to avoid that car, lost control went into the mediun where her Toyota rolled over. Elizabeth Downey and her passenger Pamela P. Tilla age 51 were both taken by Bond County ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital, where they were treated for injuries and released.
PLAN FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS
WGEL talked to Greenville City Manager, Dave Willey, about which city streets are going to be improved with the new sales tax receipts for 2008. Willey told us the Council gave direction to create a contract with the engineering firm HM&G to provide engineering services and seek competitive bids in a two-bid approach. The first bid would be for work on South Street, several alleys, Main Street, Vine Street and Chestnut Street. The second bid includes all those streets plus 4th Street. The theory, on this, is that if they get 2 bids they may be able to take advantage of the work in order to reduce the cost on 4th Street.
BURGLARY AT PANTHER PRODUCTS
Sometime Friday night, the rear east door of Panther Products was kicked in gaining access to the business. A money bag containing approximately $50.00 in cash was taken. The bag also contained checks and misc. documents. The burglary is under investigation by the Greenville Police Department.
FIRE MARSHALL'S CAMPAIGN FOR THOSE HEADING BACK TO COLLEGE
State Fire Marshal Dave Foreman kicked off the "LOOK UP!" fire safety campaign last week for students heading off to college. It's aimed at relaying the importance of working smoke alarms in both on and off college campus housing. More than 100 college students have died and many others have been injured in college housing fires since 2000. Illinois law requires that working smoke alarms be placed within 15 feet of every sleeping area and that alarms be maintained in working order. Most smoke alarms fail due to missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Foreman urges students to replace batteries in smoke alarms regularly, and suggests doing so at the same time they move clocks back in the fall and forward in the spring. For college students, never leave candles or incense burning unattended, keep all space heaters at least three feet away from furnishings; do not overload electrical outlets or power strips and learn how to properly use cooking appliances.
LAWS TO PROTECT POLICE OFFICERS TO GO INTO EFFECT IN 2008
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich recently signed legislation that increases protection for Illinois law enforcement officers. House Bill 162 protects the rights of pregnant law enforcement officials, and House Bill 166 expands the arrest powers of federal agents in Illinois. House Bill 162 gives federal agents the authority to make arrests for all state offenses. The current law allows them to make only felony arrests. House Bill 166 allows pregnant female law enforcement officials, the opportunity to temporarily transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position, during her pregnancy, by making it a civil rights violation for employers to refuse such a request. These laws go into effect January 1, 2008.
New legislation going into effect is designed to help law enforcement agencies better protect Illinois residents. Senate Bill 585 increases the penalties for those who try to bypass DUI interlock devices. These devices are installed on cars of DUI offenders. It requires the person to pass a Blood Alcohol Content test by blowing into the device, preventing an alcohol-impaired driver from getting behind the wheel. Senate Bill 639 permits police and fire departments to equip their bicycles with sirens. This will allow the public to be more aware of the location and presence of bicycle police officers, especially in an emergency situation. Senate Bill 1265 prohibits vehicles from having tinted or clear license plate covers. This will allow patrol officers to see the license plate numbers more easily.
911 BOARD MEETS
At the 911 Board Meeting Thursday morning, Allan Davis, 911 Coordinator, told the board that a new member has been recommended and will probably be appointed at the next Bond County Board Meeting on Tuesday. The 911 booth at the Bond County Fair received good response from fair goers, many stopping by to check the accuracy of their 911 addresses. Allan Davis has been helping with the NEMA booth at the State Fair in Springfield and will be working there again later this week. The 2007-2008 budget for the board was adopted as presented. Davis highlighted details of a grant for inter-operable communications, for which he will be applying. Due to several members attending a liability seminar on September 13th in Effingham, the next meeting of the 911 Board was set for September 20, at 9:00 am in the board room.
GREENVILLE CHAMBER BOARD MEETING NOTES
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce board welcomed its newest board member to their August meeting Thursday. Karen Smith of Enertech and Extreme Power Sports joined the board. Board Executive Director Julia Jenner, told the group that Greenville Tourism had been turned down for a grant. That grant was to help buy property where the plaque honoring the 1858 speech, in Greenville, by Abraham Lincoln is located. The Chamber board voted to host a meeting to discuss the next step in seeking funds for the Lincoln project. Letters will be going out soon explaining to Chamber members the new dates for dues payments.
GREENVILLE JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL
The Bluejays baseball team won two games on Saturday. They beat Mascoutah 13-3 and Salem 10-3. The Bluejays will play Monday at Highland.
MULBERRY GROVE JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL
Mulbery Grove will travel to Nokomis to play today at 4PM.
MULBERY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
The Aces will play in the Odin Tournament Today through Thursday.
INGRID D. JAHNSSEN
Ingrid D. Jahnssen, age 60, of Greenville, passed away on Sunday, August 19th, at Cardinal Hill Health Center. Funeral services for 60 year-old Ingrid D. Jahnssen will be Wednesday at 11:00 am at the Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church, west of Greenville. Interment will follow in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials are suggested to Barnes Jewish Center for Advanced Medicine Cancer Department.
Merl F. Dubach
Merl F. Dubach age 87 of Greenville, passed away at 4:30 PM Saturday August 18th in his home. Funeral services for Merl F. Dubach will be at 10am at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Internment in St. Lawrence Cemetery with Military Honors. The Family will receive friends at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home after 5PM Monday. Memorials may be made to Masses, Bond County Hospice or the Simple Room.
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