3-24-2008

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FARMER’S LIVESTOCK CLOSES

 

Last Friday a spokesman for Farmer’s Livestock Marketing Association, told WGEL that the auction facility in Greenville had closed their doors. Today WGEL talked to Bill McKinney manager of the facility. Bill told us Farmers Livestock was in voluntary liquidation, and creditors should be paid. If any sellers have any questions you can call USDA Packers and Stockyards 515-323-2579 that’s area code 515-323-2579.

 

Farmers Livestock Marketing Association is an incorporated cooperative of livestock producers. Initial operations started in 1921 and operated at the St. Louis National Stockyards since its inception, until the yards closed in December 1997. The association leased facilities in Greenville and started operations in January 1998.

 

Again Farmers Livestock Marketing Association is currently closed and announced they are in voluntary liquidation.


BEAVER CREEK LEVEE BREAKS, FILLING ROCK QUARRY

 

The recent rain is continuing to cause more damage as the Beaver Creek levee broke early Thursday morning filling a quarry pit with several feet of water.  According to Bond County Highway Engineer Mike McCormick, the quarry at Keyesport Sand and Gravel is located just inside Clinton County and had water filling all but the top 15 feet of the pit.  Submerged in the water are several pieces of heavy machinery used at the rock quarry.  Pumps are being used to clear the water from the quarry.

 


SPRING 2008 MARKS 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF GREAT FLOOD OF 1993

 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Great Midwest Flood of 1993, when excessive snowmelt and heavy rains caused one of the largest floods in U.S. History.  The National Weather Service is predicting similar weather conditions this spring.

 

In 1993, from April through October, nine states, including Illinois, suffered widespread flood devastation resulting in $15 billion in damages. Just this week, Governor Blagojevich directed the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield to monitor flood conditions in southern Illinois. Over nine inches of rain fell in parts of the state since Monday.

 

The recent rain was a good thing for Governor Bond Lake, as after months of water levels remaining low, last week, lake levels were recorded at 6 inches above normal.  As of Friday, lake levels are now 10 ½ inches above normal, with water covering most docks around the lake.  Greenville Police took two reports Thursday of boats getting loose from docks and floating in the middle of the lake.

 

 

POWER OUTAGE FOR SW ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS

 

Around 2,000 Southwestern Electric customers, in Madison County, lost power Friday around 11:00am. According to Joe Richardson with SW Electric, there was a fault in the transmission line that feeds the St. Jacob, Fruit Road, and Edwardsville substations.  Power was re-routed and everyone had power restored a couple of hours later.

 

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GREENVILLE REGIONAL NOW RECOGNIZED AS RESOURCE HOSPITAL

 

Greenville Regional Hospital recently received "resource hospital" designation from the Illinois Department of Public Health.  As a resource hospital, they are now able to implement and follow their own polices and procedures in regard to treatment administered aboard Bond County Emergency Medical Services ambulances.

 

According to Bond County EMS Manager Tom Hoffman, Greenville Regional, in the past, fell under the umbrella of St. John's Hospital in Springfield. When responding to an emergency scene, paramedics receive orders regarding treatment. While the orders come from a Greenville Regional Emergency Physician, the policies and procedures are followed according to the St. John's Springfield Area Mobile Intensive Care System.

 

In addition to setting its own policies and procedures, Greenville Regional will now be qualified as a training center for local first responder organizations.

 

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BOND COUNTY UNIT 1 MEETING

 

The Mulberry Grove Community Unit 1 School District Board of Education met last week.  The Board thanked all involved in the recent staging of "The Curious Savage" at the high school.  The board also moved to hire the following individuals for the 08-09 school year:  Karla Harre as district counselor, Michelle Huhn as junior high language arts teacher, Karen Neathery for Spanish, and Teresa Tompkins and Connie Morgan as assistant high school softball coaches.  The board accepted the resignation of high school teacher Lauren Feuhne.  The next meeting of the Unit 1 Board of Education will be April 21st.

 


 

NATIONAL ROAD ANNUAL MEETING IN APRIL

 

The annual membership meeting for the National Road Association of Illinois, with the election of the Board of Directors, will be held Wednesday, April 2nd, at 6:30PM, at the Effingham City Hall.  Items to be highlighted include a wrap of the 2007 events and activities and what's to come in 2008.  All association members are invited to attend the meeting.  For more information, call 978-2232.


KC BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES NEW TUITION FEES

 

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Thursday, March 20th for their regular monthly meeting.  Tim Hood, Vice President of Instructional Services, provided an update of the KC at Work Program with new classes beginning in Greenville, Carlyle and Salem.  The program allows adult learners to complete KC course and degree programs on-site, at participating work places.  One of those facilities is Carlisle Syntec, who offered a 60-hour leadership program last year.

 

In other business, the board approved the re-activation of the Paramedicine Program and was told of the strong need and interest for the program in the surrounding area.  And the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees okayed tuition and fees as follows: $65 for tuition, $5 technology fee and $3 student activity fee per semester.  Out of District tuition will be $130 per credit hour.

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SPORTS

 

The Comets Varsity Baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday, beating Teutoplis 15 to 1 in the first game and losing 2 to nothing to T-Town in the second game.

 

The Comets Varsity baseball team takes on Brownstown today at home at 4:30, the JV takes on Brownstown at 2PM, and both those games are weather permitting.

Mulberry Grove plays Carlyle at Carlyle today at 4:15.

 

In high school softball the Comets Varsity Girls take on Lincolnwood at 4:30 at Greenville. In girls soccer, Greenville takes on Carlinville at 4:30 in the Bulldog/Panther Soccer Classic at Litchfield.

 


OBITUARIES

NO NEW AREA FUNERAL NOTICES TO REPORT


 

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