11-28 -2008

 




 

CARLYLE FARMER PLEADS GUILTY TO BANKRUPTCY FRAUD

 

The delayed federal trial of Carlyle area farmer Joseph Diekemper will now not be necessary.  On Wednesday, 60 year-old Joseph Diekemper plead guilty in federal court on charges of conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, on one count of making a false statement to the US Department of Agriculture and one count of perjury.  All offenses happened in Clinton County. 

 

The investigation included the FBI, United States Postal Service and the US Department of Agriculture.  Diekemper now faces up to 20 years in prison, and or a $250,000 fine and up to 5 years supervised release.  Sentencing is schedule for March 9, 2009.  How, if at all, this plea impacts the state murder investigation into the killings of George and Linda Weedon is unclear.  The Weedons were killed and their rented home was burned to the ground just a few days after George Weedon contacted the FBI about a tractor being hidden in a barn on the property where they lived.  The tractor belonged to Diekemper and was part of the bankruptcy fraud investigation.  No one has yet been charged in the double murder case.   


MOVIE TAX CREDIT FOR ILLINOIS

 

State Senator Frank Watson's office recently released a statement that the Illinois Senate passed a number of bills. Among them: A movie tax credit which extends a tax credit to encourage making movies in Illinois, increased hunting fees for pheasant hunters, and a housing bill that allows borrowers up to a 90 day grace period before foreclosure, if they seek HUD approved counseling.


GREENVILLE HOSPITAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

 

The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary 51st Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, December 6. 28 booths will offer a wide variety of unique items this year, including Christmas decorations, crafts, gift items, jewelry, antiques, wreaths and of course the Auxiliariy's famous apple butter. The Holiday Bazaar auction starts at 11:30 AM with many donated items such as quilts, autographed sports memorabilia, St. Louis Cardinal tickets, antiques, furniture and much more. It starts at 9:00 AM and lasts until 2:00 PM with an early-bird admission at 8:30 AM at the Greenville First Christian Church. Since 1957, the Bazaar has raised more than $3 million dollars. For more information call 664-1230.



FIRST FIREARM DEER SEASON NETS MORE THAN 71,000 DEER

 

Illinois hunters harvested a preliminary total of 71,894 deer during the opening weekend of the 2008 Firearm Deer Season, November 21-23.  In Bond County, 632 deer were killed, 635 in Clinton County, 1480 in Fayette County and 648 in Madison County.  2008 totals are well under the first season 2007 totals by about 200 deer in each of these counties.  The decrease in numbers of deer killed may have been due to colder temperatures Friday and some corn still in the fields.  The second weekend of the firearm season will be December 4-7. 

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LINCOLN LAND LEATHERNECKS AND SANTA

 

Santa Claus and the U.S. Marines are teaming up again this year to help out local children of low income families. The Lincoln Land Leathernecks are collecting toys for needy children. The Marines have set up their toy collection station at Daniken Tree Farm, five miles west of Greenville on Rt. 140. Please donate a toy still in its original packaging. The Leathernecks will also be selling hot dogs, bratwurst and other refreshments.



PUBLIC AFFAIRS THIS SUNDAY

 

Join us this Sunday for Public Affairs.  We'll be talking with members of the Greenville Regional Hospital auxiliary about this year's Holiday Bazaar.  We'll get you a sneak peak of what booths will be on hand, let you know about new and unique items offered this year and fill you in on the early bird hours. It's Public Affairs this Sunday following your Noon Bond County area news on WGEL.




OBITUARIES

VERNON VOLKMAR

 

Vernon Volkmar, age 81, of Donnellson, passed away Wednesday, November 26th at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  Funeral arrangements for Vernon Volkmar are pending at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Cloudy, high 47, low 32

SUNDAY - 30% chance of showers or snow flurries, high 39, low 25


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