ZONING RECOMMENDATION DENIED BY COUNTY BOARD
The Bond County Board met Tuesday morning and after a lengthy discussion, in regards to a zoning recommendation, they decided to deny, by a vote of 5-0, a Small Rural Business Special Use Permit to Ron Wick, to build a racing fuel storage and distribution facility near Woburn. The opinion of board members is that the facility would better fit in an industrial park, rather than on agriculturally zoned land.
County Board members approved county aid for two separate culvert replacements, one in Mulberry Grove Township, the other in Tamalco Township. Highway Engineer Mike McCormick requested a budget adjustment and yearly salary approval, as suggested by IDOT. Both requests were unanimously approved.
A representative from West & Company presented their audit of the county's finances and advised the general cash fund is slightly improved from the previous year. The representative recommended a monthly balancing, review and approval of restricted savings account and the closer monitoring of grants.
In other business, the Bond County Board set another budget meeting for Thursday, September 13th at 7PM. WGEL will have more from the Bond County Board meeting in a future newscast. You can see the meeting in it's entirety tonight, at 6PM, on New Wave Cable Channel 3.
SEVERAL FIRES IN AREA SUNDAY
Several fires kept area firemen busy Sunday afternoon. Reportedly, a grinder train, grinding the tops of the rails to keep them smooth, worked the stretch of track between Vandalia and Greenville yesterday, apparently sparking several grass fires along the tracks. At 12:09, Smithboro firemen received a call of smoke along the tracks along Rt. 40.
Mulberry Grove firemen received a similar call at 12:50 PM Sunday and responded to several grass fires along the railroad tracks. Both Smithboro and Mulberry Grove firemen received additional calls Sunday afternoon and evening to sites where the grass fires had re-kindled. Shoal Creek firemen were paged to a field fire Sunday afternoon about 3:30 PM at 170 New Douglas Sorento Avenue. Pocahontas - Old Ripley firemen responded to a call of a truck on fire on I-70 at Exit 39, Sunday evening at 4:21. The truck was reportedly a total loss.
Greenville firemen responded to an alarm at a residence on McAdams Street at 6:55 PM Sunday. Apparently a roast had been left on the stove too long, filling the house with smoke. Firemen cleared the house of smoke with fans. They were on the scene for about half an hour.
GREENVILLE POLICE INVOLVED IN PURSUIT
Greenville Police Officers were involved in a pursuit Sunday night about 9:50 PM. The pursuit developed as a result of an attempted routine traffic stop at Franklin Ave. and Willard Street. The suspect refused to stop, resulting in a pursuit which lead west on Old National Trail and then onto I-70 westbound. The pursuit ended just west of the Highland - Pierron exit on I-70. The suspect was identified as the driver of the vehicle and is facing charges of alleged attempting to allude, suspicion of driving on a revoked drivers license, alleged speeding, traffic sign violations, and improper or damaged head lights.
MORE INFORMATION ON SUICIDE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department has released more information regarding a suicide recently. According to the Undersheriff Rick Robbins, 39 year-old Richard Harsten, of Witt, IL, died from a self inflicted gunshot wound on Sunday, August 26th. Harsten was in the custody of the Montgomery County Sheriffs Department until he posted bond on August 20th. He had been charged with alleged Unlawful Use of Weapons. According to Robbins, Harsten had manufactured pipe bombs and was allegedly threatening to harm himself.
Up until the time of his arrest, Harsten was a Correctional Officer at the Graham State Correctional Facility in Hillsboro. He had been employed there for several years.
REPORTS MADE TO POLICE MONDAY
Greenville College personnel reported to Greenville Police that there had been damage to some ceiling tiles and equipment after a second story bathroom was flooded. There was also some vandalism in the bathroom. Police have some juvenile suspects and are continuing their investigation.
Brian Hilmes reported to the Bond County Sheriff's Department Monday morning that there was damage to his soybean field on Cottonwood Avenue. Damage was caused by an ATV, driving through the middle of the field, Monday morning, at 10:00 AM. Police are investigating.
Greenville Police received a report that a jar containing approximately $45.00 - $50.00 was taken from a residence on Elm Street.
KIDS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL; MOTORISTS REMINDED TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL
More than 2 million kids have headed back to school and the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Transportation reminds motorists to keep an eye out and be extra cautious on the roadways. The end of summer means that buses will again be on the road and students will be walking or biking to school. IDOT will be flashing message boards, reminding motorists of the start of the school year.
According to State Superintendent Christopher Koch, it's important to be careful and pay attention to kids on the streets in the morning and afternoon, especially in school zones. Motorists need to remember that the speed limit in school zones is 20mph on school days between 7am and 4PM, when children are present…its also a no passing zone. And drivers must stop before a passing school bus when the signal arm is extended and flashing. The ISBE and IDOT hope these reminders and tips will help to ensure the safety of young students.
U OF I EXTENSION TO OFFER CLOVERBUD PROGRAM
The University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development program will be offering a countywide program designed for 5-7 year olds. The Cloverbud Club will meet monthly on Saturday mornings, starting October 20th, at the Farm Bureau Meeting Room and continue on the second Saturday of each month from 9:30-11am, through March.
Like a traditional 4-H experience, 4-H Cloverbud members use hands-on activities to explore art, plants animals, science and the environment. For more details, contact the U of I Extension office at 664-3665.
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GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER
The Comets soccer team lost to Marquette 6-0 on Tuesday.
GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF
The Comets golf team took first place in a three-way match with Teutopolis and Hillsboro on Tuesday. The Comets team scored a combined 161, and low scorer was Scott Eaton with a 36, Scott made two birdies in his round. The Lady Comets golf team will be in action today at Triad.
GEENVILLE COMETS VOLLEYBALL
The Greenville comets volleyball team won four matches and went undefeated in the pool play on Saturday. The Comets won all four matches and both games in each match to raise their overall record to 6-0.
MULBERRY GROVE JUNIOR HIGH SPORTS
The Mulberry Grove Junior High baseball and softball teams will each host Ramsey today.
MULBERRY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
The Aces baseball team will play at Sandoval today; game time is 4:15
GARY W. WISE
Gary W. Wise, 60 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Monday, September 3rd, at Fayette County Hospital. Funeral services for 60 year-old Gary Wise will be Thursday, at 1PM at the First Christian Church in Greenville. Interment in McInturff Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 5-8PM at the Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Memorials to the family.
M. PAULINE FINK
M. Pauline Fink, 94 of Reno, passed away Monday at Cardinal Hill Health Care in Greenville. Graveside services for 94 year-old M. Pauline Fink will be held Friday, at 11am, at the Bethel Cemetery in Reno. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Cardinal Hill Activity Department. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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