LOCAL MAN TO SPEND LIFE IN PRISON ON COCAINE OFFENSES
A Mulberry Grove man was recently sentenced, in U.S. District Court, on drug related charges. Walter C. Smith, III was sentenced to life in prison, this past Thursday. Smith was convicted, following a one-week jury trial, in October, on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine, two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine and four counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine.
The investigation was conducted by the South Central Illinois Drug task Force, the Bond County Sheriff's Department and the FBI.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT
At the most recent Bond County Board of Health meeting, Director Maxine Barth reported that the facility passed an inspection, by the State Fire Marshall, on January 6th. Environmental Health Director Tom Melvin provided information on the Food Protection Evaluation for 2007. With 70 food service establishments in Bond County, each is inspected two to three times a year. Melvin commented on the wonderful cooperation from all businesses in fixing any violations that arose last year.
In other business, the Bond County Health Department released the 2007 Annual Report. Home Health made over 6,000 visits to patients and Hospice made almost 4,000 visits. The WIC program served over 1,000 individuals, with nearly 600 people included in the average monthly caseload. There were 3,500 childhood immunizations and 1,700 flu vaccinations given and Mental Health and the Substance Abuse program provided over 7,000 hours of service. The report also outlined the leading cause of mortality, in Bond County, as being Heart Disease.
The next Bond County Board of Health meeting will be March 10th, at 6:30PM.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE HELD IN GREENVILLE
The Bond County Homemakers’ Extension Association sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive, at the First Christian Church Family Life Center, in Greenville. Forty-two units of blood were collected from 52 donors. Helen Feltmeyer donated her fortieth unit and was awarded a five-gallon pin and first time donor Stephanie Schanot, received a blood drop pin.