POCAHONTAS AND SORENTO KINDERGARTEN SCREENING AND PRE-REGISTRATION
The Pocahontas and Sorento centers will be holding Kindergarten Screening and Pre-Registration for the 2008-2009 school year. Those who are eligible to attend kindergarten are children who will be 5 years old, on or before September 1, 2008.
The screening and pre-registration will be held Wednesday, April 9th, from 9am-2PM, at each center. Students will be screened for hearing. Parents need to bring a birth certificate and immunization record and need to schedule a screening time by calling 669-2296 for Pocahontas students and 217-272-4111 for Sorento students.
CANADIAN RESIDENT CONVICTED ON TELEMARKETING FRAUD
Leslie Anderson, 56 of Toronto, Canada, was recently convicted in U.S. District Court on 24 counts of telemarketing fraud. According to court records, the defendant was engaged in a fraudulent telemarketing operation based in Canada, that operated under the name First Capitol, and solicited in various areas including the Southern District of Illinois.
The fraud consisted of Anderson, with others, offering brand name credit cards, to people with less than perfect credit, for an advance payment fee around $200. Charges were then submitted through bank collection channels, exceeding $19 million, to be deducted from consumers' bank accounts. Credit cards were never sent to consumers and First Capitol did not have permission to use the credit card brand names. Sentencing is set for July 11th, with Anderson facing life in prison.
ELECTRICAL HAZARDS DURING PLANTING SEASON
Spring planting season will soon be here and Safe Electricity urges farmers and farm workers to take some precautions when working near power lines.
- Always lower portable augers or elevators to their lowest possible level before moving or transporting and use care when raising them.
- Always use a spotter when moving large equipment or high loads near power lines.
- Never attempt to raise or move a power line to clear a path.
- Assume every power line is energized, even if it is a downed line.
- Always use the transfer switch whenever using a standby generator for emergency power.
- Make sure there is a minimum 10 feet clearance for farm equipment around all power lines.
- Be extremely cautious when moving irrigation equipment.
As a part of the new "Teach Learn Care" TLC Program, parents and others are urged to make sure young farm workers are aware of all safety precautions.