9-03-2007

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THREE BOND COUNTY REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS REMOVED FROM MYSPACE

 

Since the middle of May, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office, along with others across the country, has been working to remove sex offenders from a popular social website.  MySpace has deleted the profiles thousands of offenders who have used their real name to create a profile.

 

WGEL spoke with a representative from Lisa Madigan's office who said that to date there have been three Bond County registered sex offender profiles removed from the website.  There have also been 45 from Madison County, seven from Clinton and four from Fayette deleted.  A total of 1809 Illinois registered sex offenders have been removed since May.  Their usage on MySpace, according to Madigan's office, was just under 170,000 logins. 

 

Residents should remember that even though the profiles have been removed, these same people could create a new profile the next day with another name, making it almost impossible to trace.  The representative from Madigan's office believes that they are just hitting the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sex offenders using MySpace.  If you have any questions, you can call 1-888-414-7678.  


 

GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETS FOR SPECIAL SESSION

 

The road was paved for major business expansion at Thursday nights Special Greenville City Council meeting. Pending several minor revisions, the TIF agreement needed to save developers property taxes over the life of the TIF district for two projects, were passed unanimously at the Council meeting. Bruce Franklin's new $3 million Sleep Inn and Suites, to be built at the site of the old Truck Plaza, at Route 127 and I-70, and the renovation of the former Darnel's General Store into the new location for Richard Zbinden's Z-1 Automotive, both gained necessary City Council approval for the tax incentives.

 

The Council also approved a $75,000, 4% interest loan from the City's revolving fund for the Z-1 project. Plus the Council voted to lend $135,000 out of the revolving fund, at the same 4% interest, to Wayne Mollett to expand Greenville Lumber and Landscape. This decision was made after they voted to annex the business into the city and rezone Mollett's property to M1. Wayne Mollett was at the meeting and said he was negotiating with Darnell's to purchase their paint business.

 

The Council also passed approval of the final plat for Jim McCasland's Oak Hill Estates, provided that the developer change the plat to meet the city's fire hydrant ordinance. The Council voted to test-drive a new water treatment system for three months at the cost of $11,000 for lease and installation of the new system. If it works it should save the city chemical costs and not have any adverse effect on the taste and smell of the water. The council then adjourned into executive session to discuss the sale of real estate. 


WGEL PIE AUCTION FOR RELAY FOR LIFE STARTS TUESDAY

 

The WGEL Great Celebrity Pie Auction is back for another year of fund-raising for the Bond County Relay for Life.

 

The schedule for Tuesday September 4th is:

 

7AM. Mike Gauch, Mulberry Grove High School Prinicipal and

       Ryan Bauer, Mulberry Grove High School Athletic Director

 

7:30AM  Ryan Mifflin and Jim Hayes from Greenville Regional Hospital

 

8AM  Randy Alderman from Bradford Bank

 

8:30AM   Joe Doll, WGEL Farm Director and Bond County Fair

             Queen Allie Grotts’s Mom, Bridgette Grotts


TRUCK CATCHES FIRE FRIDAY AFTERNOON 

The Greenville Fire District responded to a report of a vehicle on fire at the intersection of Idler Lane and Butternut, Friday afternoon at 1:34PM.  According to firefighters, when they arrived on scene, the Ford Ranger pickup, owned by Stefan Neece of Greenville, was fully engulfed.  They believe the fire started in the engine for unknown reasons.  Firefighters were on scene for around twenty minutes.  The pickup was a total loss.

 

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MULBERRY RESPONDS TO WHEAT FIELD FIRE NORTH OF MULBERRY GROVE

Mulberry Grove Fireman responded to a wheat field fire Friday, at 1:53PM, on Fox Road, near Dunkard, just north of Mulberry Grove.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the field owned by Roger Baringer, was mostly wheat stubble and burning fast, therefore he requested mutual aid in the form of a brush truck from the Greenville Fire District.  Firefighters were on scene for nearly two hours fighting the 40 acres of wheat stubble that was on fire.

 

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THREE NEW HUMAN CASES OF WEST NILE IN ILLINOIS

 

Three new human cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), bringing the total this year to 14. New cases include two Cook County men and a Woodford County man.

 

A total of 25 counties in Illinois have reported mosquito samples, birds or humans testing positive for West Nile virus so far this year.  They include Madison, Marion and St. Clair counties. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches. However, serious illness, such as encephalitis, meningitis, and death are possible.

 

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 


FIFTH, SIXTH, AND SEVENTH GRADERS DISCOVER CHICAGO

 

Fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students throughout Southern Illinois have an opportunity to Discover Chicago, thanks to a unique effort from University of Illinois Extension and 4-H.  "Discover Chicago" is three jam-packed days of fun learning about one of our nation's largest cities.  Students will visit the Museum of Science and Industry, Medieval Times, the John Hancock Center, Field Museum, and Shedd Aquarium.

 

All students who are in fifth, sixth, or seventh grade in September 2007, are eligible for this trip. For more details, contact Lynn Weis at 664-3665.

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FOURTH ANNUAL PAWS IN THE PARK

 

The Fourth Annual Paws in the Park event, sponsored by the Bond County Humane Society, is set for Saturday, September 8, 2007, at Patriot's Park in Greenville.  The day begins with a Wag-N-Walk fundraiser from 8:00 am - 11:00 am, to raise money for homeless and unwanted animals.  Event registration begins at 11:00 am for the agility course from 11:00 am - 4:00 PM and the dog show from 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM.  Micro-chipping will also be available. 

 

There will be a concession stand, doggie items for sale, animals eligible for adoption, and music, provided by Joe's Acoustic Jam.  For more information, contact the Bond County Humane Society at 664-4068.


BRAKES STOP WORKING ON CAR

 

A car that couldn't stop Friday, was the cause of a three-vehicle accident at McDonalds, around 4:34PM.  According to police the driver of a 1975 Buick Electra, ran into the back of a 1998 Chevy Pickup due to the brakes not working.  The driver of the Buick, then put the car in reverse and ran into a parked 1995 Ford Taurus.  The driver of the Buick, again put the car in drive, and with the assistance of the driver of the pickup truck, they were able to push the car in the bushes and get it stopped.  Damage to both the Buick and pickup were under $500.  Damage to the Ford Taurus was over $500.  Damage to the bushes at McDonalds is unknown at this time.


 

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OBITUARIES

LINDA M. HALLER LONG

 

Linda M. Haller Long, age 59, of Highland, passed away Friday, August 31st, at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra.  Funeral services for 59 year-old Linda M. Haller Long, will be Wednesday at 11:00 am at the Grantfork United Church of Christ.  Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday from 9:00 - 11:00 am at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the family.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

 

DAVID A. THACKER

 

David A. Thacker, age 50 of Ashdown Arkansas, formerly of Greenville, passed away suddenly of a massive heart attack on Saturday, September 1st, at his home.  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

 

 


 

THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

 

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