FATAL PLANE CRASH
Friday afternoon the Illinois State Police and Madison County Sheriff were called to the report of a small airplane down near New Douglas in Madison County. According to police, the single engine aircraft was occupied by only the pilot, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The decedent's name is being withheld pending positive identification, location and notification of next of kin.
The cockpit of the aircraft, identified as a Lancair 4P, came to rest in a yard located at 13132 Luescher Road in rural New Douglas. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:45 PM by Madison County Corner's Chief Investigator, Roger D. Smith. The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the site and an investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
HIGHLAND BASEBALL TEAM WINS STATE
It came down to the bottom of the last inning, with the bases loaded and the clean up hitter for Rock falls at bat, and Highland bulldog pitcher Jake Odorizzi put on the mound to get the last two outs with Highland leading the game 6 to 2. Odorizzi hit the first batter he faced to load the bases but he cranked up his fast ball and struck out the next two Rock Fall's hitters to give Highland it's first State Championship in school history. Danny Gifford pitched the first 6 and a third innings for Highland to take the win, Gifford ended the season with 10 wins and no loses. In that game heard here on WGEL Highland finishes their 2008-baseball season with 36 wins and only 4 loses and The Highland Bulldogs are the Class 3A Illinois State baseball champions.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an aftershock of 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit Illinois at 2:13am Thursday morning. The quake was centered in Allendale in southeast Illinois near the Indiana border, and was an aftershock to the 5.2 quake that hit the area in April.
BOND COUNTY TO GET GRANT MONEY FOR VAN
The Illinois Department of Transportation is awarding $4.5 million dollars in grants to purchase new ramp and lift-equipped vans. These vans are used to provide transportation for medical and nutritional appointments, shopping, employment and other needs.
Region 5, in Southern Illinois, will receive $1.9 million dollars of the total amount, and Bond County is on the list to receive $47,867.00 to purchase a new van. Marion County South Central Illinois MTD is also listed to receive $508,356.00 for two vehicles.
FAMILIES HAVE CHANCE TO VIDEO-CONFERENCE WITH SOLDIERS
Dozen's of Illinois families will have the chance to electronically visit face to face with their soldiers in the Iraq war zone with the help of the University of Illinois Extension. On July 9th and 10th individuals and entire families can come to one of several sites around Illinois for live, private interactive 30 minute video-conferencing sessions to see and talk with their soldiers.
The video-conferences are free, but registration is required. Families can participate at the U of I offices in Edwardsville, Mt. Vernon or Carbondale. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and will close at 5PM on Tuesday, June 24th. For more details, visit www.SeeYourSoldier.uiud.edu.
CHICAGO SELECTED AS FINALIST CITY FOR 2016 OLYMPICS
The International Olympic committee has selected Chicago as one of the finalist cities to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In response to the announcement, Governor Blagojevich said, "I will do everything I can to pass a public works program that will boost Chicago's efforts to deliver the crown jewel of international sporting events to Illinois."
BUY A PIE FOR THE RELAY FOR LIFE
Day one of the celebrity pie auction is in the books, and the total money raised was $1,635. A big thank you to all of our pie bakers, bidders and listeners. The auction continues tomorrow and the schedule is below:
Tues June 10
6:30AM State’s Attorney Chris Bauer
7AM Mayor Alan Gaffner
7:30AM Ryan Mifflin & Jim Hays Of Gv Regional Hosp
8AM Circuit Clerk John King
8:30AM Randy Alderman of Bradford National Bank
9AM Police Chief Lou Lorton
BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT BOARD TO MEET
The Bond County Health Department Board is scheduled to meet Monday, June 9th, at 6:30 PM. The agenda includes reviews of May 2008 activity and financial reports, appointment of Board of Health Members, and reports from the Building and Grounds and Finance committees.
WALGREEN'S SETTLEMENT NETS $1.3 MILLION FOR ILLINOIS
According to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the State of Illinois will receive more than $1.3 million dollars as part of a settlement, totaling $35 million, with Walgreen Company. The settlement resolves claims that Walgreens violated state and federal regulations by switching dosage forms of three medications commonly prescribed for Medicaid patients, causing Medicaid to pay more for these drugs. This settlement is the third and final in a series resulting from investigations of similar conduct by pharmacy providers nationwide, that has brought back more than $120 million dollars to Medicaid programs around the country.
APRIL 2008 SHERIFF'S REPORT
Bond County Sheriff, Jeff Brown, released his fees and earnings report for April 2008. Over $900 was received from Bond County Transit, $1,000 for inmate services, $2,300 for the police vehicle fund and over $5,000 federal prisoner reimbursement. A total of $8,262 was forwarded to the Bond County Treasurer's Office.
The Sheriff's Department's Activity report for the month of April included 144 speeding tickets, 17 theft under $300, 14 criminal damage reports and 10 non-injury accidents.
Melvis McFarland, 88 of Hillsboro, formerly of Coffeen, passed away Friday at his residence. Funeral arrangements for 88 year-old Melvis McFarland are pending at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.
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