11-24-08

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OBAMA PUTS IN BID FOR ILLINOIS

 

Chicago is still in the running to host the 2016 Olympics.  A Chicago TV station reports that President-elect Barack Obama has recorded a message to be played at the International Olympic Committee Meeting in Turkey.  Chicago Mayor Daley is scheduled to be in Turkey to present Chicago's bid.


TOP DAY FOR HOME COOKING FIRES

 

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  Thanksgiving Day 2006 topped the charts as the peak day for home cooking fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 1,400 home structure fires involving cooking equipment that year, which is more than three times the daily average.

 

Cooking fires can easily be prevented, by following a few simple precautions.  Remain in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.  Keep kids away from cooking areas, and never hold a small child while cooking.  Keep things that can easily catch fire, such as potholders, oven mitts and wooden utensils, away from your stovetop.  For additional safety tips, check the NFPA's website.

 

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CENTRALIA MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION

 

Kevin M. Cooper, age 55 of Centralia, was sentenced to life in prison this week, in United States District Court in East St. Louis.  In August 2008, Cooper was convicted by a federal jury on the sole count of conspiracy to distribute, and posses with intent to distribute, more than one hundred grams of heroin.  Evidence at the trial established that Cooper was involved in a conspiracy that was bringing heroin from Chicago to Southern Illinois for distribution in the Centralia area.  Cooper was responsible for distributing nearly 1,000 grams of heroin between approximately 2005 through January 29, 2008.

 

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INCREASED CASES OF WHOOPING COUGH IN ILLINOIS

 

As we enter flu season, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold reminds you of the importance of vaccinations and preventive measures to help avoid getting sick.  An increased number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases are being reported already this year in northern Illinois counties when compared with 2007.  Whooping cough is highly contagious and is easily spread from person-to-person through coughing and sneezing.  An infected person is contagious from just before the onset of symptoms, and up to three weeks following the beginning of symptoms. 

 

You can do some simple things to help prevent the spread of disease, like covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and thoroughly washing your hands with soap and warm water.  Be sure your children's vaccines are up to date, and practice good health hygiene to prevent the spread of pertussis, flu and other illnesses this year.

 

 

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MURDER OF UNBORN CHILD

 

A Fayette County jury found 29 year-old Michael York of Vandalia guilty on three felony offenses, including first degree murder.  York was convicted with the murder of Krystal Heggie's unborn child, aggravated battery and aggravated battery of a pregnant person.  York was sentenced on November 18th to 20 years in prison for first degree murder and 5 years in prison for aggravated battery.


 

GOVERNOR MUST TURN OVER SUBPOENAS

 

An appellate court judge in Chicago has ordered Governor Blagojevich's office to turn over subpoenas delivered by federal investigators in 2006.  The judge said Illinoisans have a right to know what investigators wanted from the Governor's office.  A suit has since been filed to see any federal subpoenas delivered to the Blagojevich administration since 2003.  A spokesman for the Governor's office says they will abide by the court's ruling.


HISTORICAL MEETING TO BE HELD

 

The Bond County Historical Society will hold an organizational Meeting on Tuesday Nov 25th at 7:30 at the Bond County Housing Authority Building.

 

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OBITUARIES

ROGER RIEDEMANN

 

Roger S Riedemann age 94 of Greenville passed away on Friday November 21st at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral Services were held on Sunday at 2PM at The Greenville Presbyterian Church.  Interment will be in Montrose Cemetery with full military rites by Greenville VFW Post 1377.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville Regional Hospital.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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