MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
The Mulberry Grove Village Board met in regular session recently. The board approved changes in fines associated with infractions of the village animal control ordinance. The fine for each offense will now be $150.00 plus court costs.
The city lot south of the old maintenance shed, located at 105 South Maple Street, is available for sale. Sealed bids will be accepted at the Village Hall or may be mailed to PO Box 8, Mulberry Grove, IL 62262. Bids must be received by 4:30 PM March 28, 2008.
The next scheduled Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting is April 6, 2008, at 7:00 PM.
METRO EAST JOBS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASES THROUGHOUT AREA
The Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area shows an increase in the unemployment rate for January 2008 to 7.3%, up from 6.1% one year ago. In Bond County, the rate was 7.0%, up from 5.9% last January, with Clinton County at 7.3%, up from 5.6% for the same time last year. Madison County also went up to 6.7%, up from 5.8% in March of 2007.
Even with the unemployment increase throughout the area, Metro East employers hired 3,300 more employees than one year ago. Payroll increases were broad-based across most sectors including Retail Trade, Educational and Health Services, Professional and Business Services and Wholesale Trade.
STAYING SAFE IN THE AFTERMATH OF STORMS
Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can cause mayhem and destruction, but many safety hazards still exist after a storm has passed. Safe Electricity offers these safety tips for dealing with the after math of storms:
- Stay away from downed power lines and be aware that debris may hide electrical hazards
- Do not operate electric yard tools if it’s raining, the ground is wet, or you are wet
- Be sure both electric and gas services are turned off before entering storm-damaged buildings
- Never step into a flooded room if water is covering electrical outlets, appliances or cords
- Do not use water-damaged appliances until a professional has checked them out
- And if a disaster leaves you without power for a prolonged period, never use a charcoal or gas grill to cook inside and if you use a portable generator, be sure a transfer safety switch has been installed or connect appliances directly to the generator.
For more information about electric safety, visit www.SafeElectricity.org.
RESOLUTION TO CREATE COAL MINERS STAMP
A resolution supporting the issuance of a stamp honoring coal minors was recently co-sponsored by Congressman John Shimkus. He explained that central and southern Illinois have a great history of coal mining, therefore he and many others have supported a stamp celebrating that contribution to the economy.
The resolution recognizes the difficult and dangerous work coal miners perform and how coal provides nearly 50% of the nation's electricity. It also states that issuing a stamp to honor the nation's coal miners is fitting and proper for the millions of coal mine workers over the last century.
MAN GETS SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS IN PRISON ON METH CHARGES
A Centralia man was recently sentenced in U.S. District Court to 21 years in prison. 48 year-old Richard D. Wrolen pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. The violation took place from November 2002 through April 2006 in Clinton and surrounding counties as well as surrounding states.
Twenty-five other co-defendants had previously been sentenced for their role in the conspiracy.
BURGLARY AT COURTHOUSE
At 3:45 PM Thursday, Greenville Police received notice of a brazen burglary from a courtroom in the Bond County Courthouse. A laptop computer, valued at $1500.00 was missing. Following a brief investigation, a Greenville man was arrested for the felony theft and the computer was recovered. The man is currently being held in the Bond County Jail, pending setting of bond.
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