THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN EFFINGHAM COUNTY KILLS TWO
A three-vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Effingham County resulted in the death of two persons. The accident occurred on I-57, approximately three miles north of Effingham. A semi-truck, driven by Nick Radcliffe, age 24, of Altamont, was southbound on I-57 when it crossed the median and struck a Dodge van head-on. A second semi-truck then also struck the van. Nick Ratcliffe, driver of the first semi was killed in the accident. The second fatality was Cecil E. Haynes, age 30, of Owen, IL, a passenger in the van. Two other persons were taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Effingham for treatment of injuries.
SEMI-CAR ACCIDENT ON I-70
The icy weather caused several accidents through out Bond County and the entire Metro East. One of the worst was Tuesday morning on I-70. A car that was traveling eastbound lost control, crossed the median and hit a semi head on. The semi was traveling westbound. According to the Illinois State Police there were injuries but no fatalities and at news times names had not been released by the ISP.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES CONTINUE TO RISE
According to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor, unemployment rates in Illinois increased in November 2008. This is the 19th consecutive month rates have increased. The unemployment rate in the Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical area was 8.6 percent in November 2008, up 2.8 percent from November 2007. In Bond County, unemployment is at 8.8% compared to 5.1% a year ago. Clinton County shows an increase from 4.8% in 2007 to 7.6% currently, while the Madison County rate increased from 5.5% in 2007 to 8.2% in 2008.
MANUFACTURER EXPANDING INTO CENTRALIA
The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met recently with exciting news that after hard work and cooperation a new company will relocate to the area. According to Tom Hood, Vice President of Instructional Services, Hawkins, Inc., a wholesale chemical and industrial equipment manufacturer, will soon be expanding into Centralia. Hood worked with local city governments and SCIGA to get this done. Hood also announced that another company is scheduled to move to Centralia. In other news, an on-line Kaskaskia College student survey report was released. This report showed that 57% of students responded with high results. For example, 77% rated that their experience in an on-line course at KC was excellent or good. A very successful High School Career Fair was held at the College November 7, with students from Bond, Fayette, Marion, Clinton and Washington Counties participating. The Board approved a new student services fee of $11 per credit hour starting next summer semester. Finally, the Board approved the issuance of $3,300,000 in general obligation community college bonds as an alternative revenue source.