WEATHER PLAYS HAVOC TUESDAY AFTERNOON
A virtual tour of weather extremes hit the WGEL listening area Tuesday afternoon. First we experienced a windy high of 63 degrees with an afternoon tornado watch. Next came thunderstorms at about 3PM with winds changing direction from south to north and falling temperatures.
At 3 PM, Southwestern Electric's Fruit substation near Marine went down. 350 Southwestern customers were out of power for 45 minutes. The same storm continued through Bond and Fayette Counties, taking down a Southwestern line northwest of Pocahontas and a substation in Fayette County. A tree fell on an Ameran line at Woburn Road and Route 140, but the line was unbroken. Another fallen tree blocked the road on Rt. 127, north of Rt. 140 and a fallen telephone pole was reported on Avery Branch Road.
About five hundred and thirty Southwestern Electric members, served by the cooperative's Fruit Substation, near Marine, lost power around 8:00 PM, due to high winds. Linemen worked to restore power by rerouting power from other substations.
WGEL talked to Ameren this morning and altogether some 30 thousand Ameren Customers in Illinois were without power from the storms across the state yesterday, currently some 4000 Ameren Customers are without power including 469 in Carlyle. An Ameren spokesperson told us he expected most customers would be back in the next few hours.
Temperatures plummeted and snow began to fall. In Clinton County the storms produced hail along with the rain and snow. A weather spotter reported a funnel cloud near I-64 near Nashville. That funnel never touched ground but high winds blew the roof off the high school in Nashville.
KEYESPORT AREA KILLINGS INVESTIGATION CONTINUING
WGEL spoke with Sergeant Dave Wasmuth, of the Illinois State Police, concerning progress in the investigation into the killings of George and Linda Weedon, last April, in the Keyesport / Tamalco area. According to Sergeant Wasmuth, the case has "livened up" recently. The Illinois State Police and the Bond County Sheriff's Department are looking into other aspects of the Weedon's lives. This investigation has provided additional information, which will hopefully lead to a resolution of the case. WGEL will have more on this double murder investigation, when information is released to the public.
MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETS
The Mulberry Grove Board of Education met Tuesday evening, January 22nd, at 6:30 PM for a closed session, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:00 PM. District Counselor Les Sinks demonstrated the "Career Cruising" software, emphasizing the program's capacity to help students explore a number of career interests and opportunities. Following a closed session, the board took action on several items. The 2008-2009 calendar and updated certified staff seniority list were approved and the board accepted a letter of retirement from high school teacher Dianne Neathery, effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
The next meeting of the Mulberry Grove Board of Education will be Tuesday, February 26th, at 7:00 PM, in the District Media Center.