FAYETTE COUNTY MAN SENTECED TO 14 YEARS
A Fayette County man, Edward Cunningham, age 30, of Vandalia, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the conviction of the Class 2 Felony of aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. The Class 2 indicates the victum was 13 years old or younger at the time of the abuse. The Crime happened on Mach 24, 2007 and Cunningham was sentenced on Tuesday. Charges were brought by the Fayette County State's Attorney.
LOLA BROWN AUCTION RESULTS
One of the largest land auctions in Bond County history happened all day, last Thursday, at the Greenville VFW Hall. The Lola Brown Estate Auction drew a big crowd, and included over 300 registered bidders. The Auction total reached over 5.5 Million dollars, including Land tracts 1-7 going to one bidder for over 1 Million. The Concrete Dealership, at the bottom of Mill hil,l reached 150,000 dollars, and several bidders were successful in buying land. Aumann Auctions were the auctioneers.
$10.3 MILLION LIBERAL ART BUILDING DEDICATED AT SWIC
Representatives from the Capitol Development Board recently joined Southwestern Illinois College officials to dedicate the new Liberal Arts Building on the Belleville Campus. The $10.3 million building included $7.7 million from the state's Opportunity Returns economic program.
According to CDB Administrator Ron Wright, the new Liberal Arts Center will help SWIC continue its mission in providing training for in-demand, well paying jobs. The 46,000 square-foot building will serve 4,500 students and includes 248 class sections and 16 new classrooms, an expanded bookstore, 16 faculty offices and an expanded parking lot.
Southwestern Illinois College serves over 26,000 students annually at the Belleville, Granite City and Red Bud campuses.
NEW ORGAN/TISSUE DONOR REGISTRY TOPS 3 MILLION
It was just announced that the First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor registry in Illinois has topped 3 million. According to Secretary of State Jesse White, this milestone occurred in just over two years since the new registry was established.
White explains that promoting the importance of organ and tissue donation is a top priority and that this new registry saves 100 more lives annually. One single donor can save or enhance the quality of life for 25 people.
With 3 million signed up on the new registry, there are still more than 4,500 people in Illinois on waiting lists for organ transplants. And since the beginning of 2006, a person's decision to donate is now legally binding and can not be altered by family members. For more details, visit www.LifeGoesOn.com.
SCHOOLS TO BE SELECTED FOR STATE'S NEW TEEN DRIVING PROGRAM
There are nearly 225 Illinois High Schools that have signed up to participate in the Operation Teen Safe Driving Initiative. Under the new program, schools around the state will be encouraged to identify the major teen traffic safety problems, in their communities, and propose creative solutions.
Judging, for the entries, is taking place and the 101 selected schools will be notified sometime this month. Selection, of the schools to participate, will be based on the effectiveness of identifying a problem, creating a proposal to address the problem and the program's ability to reach teens and the entire community
STATE'S ATTORNEY VICTIM/WITNESS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT
Bond County State's Attorney Chris Bauer has released the Prosecutor Based Victim/Witness Program report for October, November and December of 2007. A total of 21 victims were added to program, including two for battery, one for sexual assault, six for domestic violence, four for DUI and five for home invasion.
Clients received help in many areas including 60 hours of general, ten hours of medical, 30 hours of social service and 60 hours of legal advocacy. The goals of the Victim/Witness Program are to ensure victims have access to the criminal justice system and are provided support.
SPORTS FOR MONDAY
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
The Greenville Comets lost 58-48 on Saturday against Litchfield.
The Greenville Lady Comets will play host to Hillsboro.
None to Report
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