9-14-2007



ACCIDENT LEAVES ROUTE 4 SHUT DOWN OVERNIGHT

 

IL Route 4, in the St. Jacob Township, near U.S. Route 40 has been shut down since 11PM last night due to an overturned tractor trailer.  According to the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred when a 2003 Dodge Neon, driven by 20 year-old John Crow, of Carlyle, was traveling northbound on Route 4, and allegedly fell asleep.  His vehicle then went into the southbound lanes and struck a semi tractor-trailer, driven by 45 year-old Jackie Wayne Manes, of Malden, MO.

 

The impact caused the tractor-trailer to overturn.  The Highland Ambulance, along with the Illinois State Police and St. Jacob Fire Department responded.  Crow was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland for treatment of minor injuries.  He was ticketed for no seatbelt and improper lane usage.  Manes was not injured.  As of 9am this morning, Route 4 was still shut down due to the cargo that was lost from the overturned semi.  There's no word yet on when police might re-open the highway.

 


9TH ANNUAL BOND COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE

 

Today is the 9th Annual Bond County Relay for Life at the Bond County Fairgrounds.  The event gets under way at 6PM with the opening ceremony.  The Survivor Victory Lap will begin at 6:30PM.  The theme for the year's Relay is "Walking the World for a Cure".  Teams this year will have their campsites decorated to represent countries throughout the world.  The will offer various food and entertainment based on their country.

 

At 9PM the Luminary Ceremony will be held to honor both the survivors and loved ones that have finished the fight with cancer. The ceremony's keynote speaker will be Dr. James Mannoia, President of Greenville College.  Throughout the evening, there will be games, prizes, food and drinks, music, movies, contests and fireworks.  The public is encouraged to come out, bring their lawn chairs and join in the celebration.

 

 


BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HEARS 2006 AUDIT REPORT

 

At the Monday night Bond County Health Board Meeting, Alison Sears, from West and Company, presented the Fiscal Year 2006 audit. Included with the audit was a letter outlining ways to strengthen internal controls and increase operating efficiency.

 

The recommendations in the letter suggested relocating work space, adding or reassignment of existing staff, more staff training with the Therapist Helper software, more staff cross training, and to consider software alternatives. Alison said it was important that the billing staff adhere to the billing policy, that states billing be done on a monthly basis, and that the administrator receive a copy of billing documents along with an aging report with proof.

 

Maxine Barth, Health Department Director, told the board that many of these suggestions have already been implemented, but because of space constraints in the current building it is not possible to relocate the staff.

 

The 2006 audit for fiscal year ending November 30th was basically positive, and did show a net income of $17, 000 for Mental Health, net income of over $237,000 for Hospice, and net income for Nursing General of over $260,000.


RATE INCREASE IN 2009 FOR SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC MEMBERS

 

Southwestern Electric has announced that after a decade of financial windfalls that included four years of falling electric rates, two months of free energy and the return of millions of dollars in patronage capitol, a rate hike is on the horizon for cooperative members.  President Alan Libbra reported that power rates would rise about 24% in 2009.  However, co-op members will still have some control of how the increase is implemented.

 

The announcement was made Saturday at the Southwestern Electric Cooperatives 69th Annual Meeting of Members.  Libbra continued by saying that the co-op has the ability to phase in the rate increase due to the good run over the past 10 years.  He says that after the initial increase, rates should be relatively stable.

 

The cooperative last raised rates in 1993.  Between 1999 and 2001, four rate reductions, totaling an 18.5% drop, were implemented.  Members also received free energy during the month of November in 2003 and 2004.

 


NAMING OF THE CLOCK TOWER AT KASKASKIA COLLEGE

 

Kaskaskia College held a press conference this past weekend to honor a family for their generous gift towards the construction of a Clock Tower on the KC Campus. The 50-foot landmark will be known as the "Jerome and Mildred Rakers, and Family, Clock Tower". KC President, Dr. Jim Underwood, said that the college is very grateful for the gift and is a symbol of excellence in higher education.

 

Jerome Rakers is a past KC board member and he, his wife and family were on hand for the ceremony. The clock tower will be part of the construction of the Life Long Learning Center project and will be placed at the entrance of the visiting parking lot. The Rakers family chose the inscription "A Time to Build Your Future".


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

COMETS & MCDONALDS SANDWICH GIVEAWAY

Every time the Comets score a Touchdown this season, we are going to drawn another winner of a free sandwich from your hometown Greenville McDonalds. Cheer on the Comets and get your name in the registration box out at McDonalds. The next touchdown could mean a free sandwich for you. Employees of McDonalds and WGEL are not eligible. No purchase necessary to register.


LINDA WILLIAMS PURCHASES CARDINAL TICKETS IN THE WGEL AUCTION

 Linda Williams was the high bidder in the Cardinal Ticket Auction this morning on WGEL.  She purchased four tickets to the Cardinal game this Monday night with a donation of $400.

 

Thank you Linda, and thanks to all our bidders including Rich Torrence, Matt Willman, Floral Designs By Cindy, and Shane Bowen.

 

Money raised goes to the Bond County Relay for Life.


 

SPORTS FOR FRIDAY

 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

The Comets will take their 3-0 record to Vandalia tonight.  The game can be heard live on WGEL Radio 101.7FM; game time is 7PM.

 

The Highland Bulldogs football team will play at Mascoutah tonight.  That game can be heard on WGEL Radio following the completion of the Greenville Comets game.

 

In Kaskaskia Volleyball, the Blue Angels lost to SWIC in games played on  

Wednesday

 

The Greenville Junior High Baseball Blue Jays defeated T-Town on Thursday with a score of 19 to zero, setting another school record for most wins in a season. Their record stands at 18-2. The Blue Jays play in Greenville on Saturday in state regionals at 10am against Chahokia Wirth.  That game will be followed by Piasa versus Stauton.  The winners of the two games will play Monday at 4pm at the Greenville Junior High field to decide the regional championship.




OBITUARIES

MELVIN WEINBURG

 

Melvin Weinburg, age 66, of Kilgore, Texas, formerly of Sorento, passed away Tuesday at his home.  Memorial services for 66 year-old  Melvin Weinburg will be held in Sorento at a later date.  The Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements.


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Cloudy..High in the upper 70's..Low in the low 40's

Sunday: Partly Cloudy.. High in the mid 70's.. Low in the mid 50's


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Lynn Weis and Karen File with the University of Illinois Extension in Bond County.  Lynn and Karen will talk about the different components of the extension, the programs and support towards the youth, and the reason why the U of I Extension can be a benefit for anyone. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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