12-29-2008

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HIGH WATER RESCUE

 

The high water caused by Saturday's storms resulted in a water rescue by Greenville Firefighters on Sunday morning. According to the Bond County Sheriff's Department, Eldon W. Smith, age  84 of Greenville, found himself in his truck in chest high water as he attempted to drive South on Hazel Dell road just North of route 140. WGEL spoke with Greenville Police Sergeant, Tony Brooks, at the scene. He told us a passerby spotted Smith in the water and called police. After the rescue Smith was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment.

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GOVERNOR DOUBLE BOOKED

 

Governors often have to multi-task, but one day next month may be Governor Blagojevich's toughest challenge yet.  The Illinois Constitution requires Blagojevich to preside over the swearing in of the new General Assembly in Springfield on January 14th.  Also on that date, the governor is scheduled to be in a Chicago courtroom for a hearing in his ongoing corruption case.  Blagojevich was arrested December 9th and charged with bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud.

 

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WATER BREAK IN HIGHLAND

 

Unexpected maintenance was taken care of at Faith Country Side in Highland on

Christmas Day. Around 3 in the morning a main water line broke.  There was damage to one resident's room but no one was injured and no one had to be removed from the residence. A company from St. Louis came in to assist with cleanup.  WGEL spoke to Jerry Harmon at Faith Country Side and he said the water set the alarms off and the fire department along with the Highland Police Department responded to assist. The area was cleaned up that evening, and the one resident's room that was damaged will be repaired this week.

 

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FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO AMIRA MANOR

 

Greenville Firefighters were called out to a report of smoke at Almira Manor on Cedar Street in Greenville Thursday night just after 9PM. All the residence were moved to the first floor lobby area and the problem turned out to be a blower motor in the laundry room. The motor was fixed and all the residence were assisted back to their rooms. Firefighters were back in service after about an hour.

 

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LAWS TO BE PUT IN EFFECT IN 2009

 

Over 100 new laws will take effect on January 1st. 

 

Cyberstalking expands the current cyberstalking offense to include harassing a person on two separate occasions through electronic communications, knowingly soliciting that person or family member to commit an unlawful act and creating an Internet site for at least 24 hours that harasses or threatens another person.

 

In other Internet related bills passed, an Internet Safety Bill was passed that mandates schools to teach Internet safety at least once a year to all students in grades 3 or higher. 

 

The Shingles Vaccine Bill requires insurance to cover the cost of a shingles vaccine that is ordered by a physician for enrollees older than 60. 

 

Soybean Pricing amends the Soybean Marketing Act to define "net market price" and to alter the assessment from cents per bushel to a percentage of the market price for soybeans sold.

 

And the penalty for violating Scott's Law has been increased to a felony.  This law already in effect requires a driver to move to another lane of traffic if possible or slow down when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights.  The Secretary of State can only suspend a license for violating "Scott's Law" if the violation results in damage to property or death or injury.

These bills will become laws in 2009

 


SEMINAR TO EXPLORE LIVING SINGLE IN A COUPLED WORLD

 

A seminar entitled "Living Single in a Coupled World" will be offered Monday, January 21st, at 1:00 PM, at the Farm Bureau Meeting Room in Greenville.  Milly Kaiser, family life educator, will conduct the seminar.  There is no charge, but advance registration is needed.  To register, call the Extension office at 664-3665.

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SPORTS

COMETS DEFEAT SHELBYVILLE

 

The Greenville High School Comets Boys Basketball team started out slow but then poured it on, in a 65-33 blowout of Shelbyville Saturday afternoon at the Vandalia tournament. It was so lopsided that the mercy rule was in effect for most of the 4th quarter. Next the Comets play South Central,` Monday night at 8PM. Listen to the game live here on WGEL.


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