HOUSE FIRE ON FRANKLIN STREET
At 10:25 am, Tuesday morning, the call came through of a house fire, at 709 Franklin Street, in Greenville, the residence of Jim and Maxine Mays. According to Denny Wise of the Greenville Fire Protection District, the flames were coming out of the windows, on the east-side of the house, when the firefighters arrived, and smoke was pouring from under the roof, on all sides of the building. Firefighters battled the flames for nearly 2 hours. No one was home when the fire started, but two family pets, a dog and a cat, where lost to the blaze. Damage, to the home, is substantial with one room completely gutted and others suffering smoke and water damage. The fire reportedly started by a short circuit, in an electrical wire, in a bedroom. A monetary fund has been set up, for the Mays family, at the First National Bank.
Note the yellow reflective material on the jacket, visible in the window, of a firefighter already inside the burning building.
SEMI ACCIDENT ON I-70
There was a Semi Tractor Trailer accident, Monday afternoon around 3:45PM, on Eastbound I-70, around mile marker 34 ½. The Semi jack-knifed on the interstate, but there were no injuries. Traffic was backed up, while the accident was cleared, but that lasted less than one hour.
OVER 7600 VALENTINES RECEIVED FOR VETERANS
More than 7600 valentines were sent recently, to Congressman John Shimkus, for distribution to veterans. Due to the huge response from school children, church groups, and individuals, the valentines will be divided between several veterans' facilities. "The response was overwhelming," said Shimkus, who expressed his own thanks and thanks on behalf of the men and women who will be receiving the cards and notes. Shimkus added, "This response shows the patriotism and generosity that exists in central and southern Illinois."
MERCK SETTLEMENT WINS $18.5 MILLION FOR ILLINOIS MEDICAID
It was recently announced that the State of Illinois will receive $18.5 million as part of two global settlements, totaling $649 million, with Merck & Co, Inc. and involving 49 other states. Merck is the manufacturer of the drugs Zocor, Vioxx and Pepcid. The agreements, with the company, resolve allegations that they failed to pay rebates due to state Medicaid programs.
Under the Federal Medicaid Drug Rebate law, Medicaid programs receive the benefit of giving the best price available for products and pharmaceutical companies must provide a rebate to participating programs.
UNIT 2 STUDENTS PLACE IN ACADEMIC CHALLENGE
Students from the Bond County Unit 2 High School recently competed in the annual Academic Challenge Contest, held at Kaskaskia College. The challenge contained topics in several areas including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Math and Physics.
Brianna Kalous received first place in Biology; and Jonathan Brooke placed first in Chemistry and tied for third in Math.
FEDERAL MONEY TO HELP PROMOTE THE LAND OF LINCOLN
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says an often-talked about, sometimes controversial, legislative process helped get the state some important money in time for Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. The Senate Majority Whip used Knox College in Galesburg to announce that Illinois stands to receive about a half-million-dollars, for nearly a dozen communities, to help showcase how the nation's 16th President was important to them. Durbin says yes, a congressional earmark got the state the money, and he has no problem standing up for that and other earmarks in the future, since, he says, Illinois puts more money in than it ever gets back. As for the money to be doled out by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, he says it's a good investment, one that will not only encourage tourism and economic development, but could also create jobs.
TUNE INTO WGEL FOR
The legendary Tom Jones is back in concert and is coming to St. Charles MO.
Thursday and Friday March 6 and 7 whenever you hear a clip of the Tom Jones hit song “What’s New Pussycat” be caller number 6 and we’ll be sending you to the show. Tom Jones live and in person at the Family Arena in St. Charles Tuesday March 11 at 7:30PM. That’s your chance to win Thursday and Friday March 6 & 7 with pairs of tickets to see Tom Jones at the Family Arena. WGEL Radio, with your next chance to be a ticket winner!
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
The Greenville Comets season ended Tuesday night with a second round regional lose to Trenton Wesclin. The Comets lost the game 69-54.
The Mulberry Grove Aces lost to Brownstown on Tuesday. The final score in the game was 62-48.
REV. WAYNE L. CONANT
Reverend Wayne L. Conant, age 88, of Greenville, passed away Saturday at his home. Funeral services for 88 year-old Rev. Wayne L. Conant will be Saturday, February 23rd, at 2:00 PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will be in Haviland Cemetery in Kansas at a later date. Friends may call Saturday, from noon until service time, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Greenville College or Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas.
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