THUNDERSTORMS / LIGHTNING CAUSE EQUIPMENT FAILURES AT POLICE STATIONS
Thunderstorms that moved through the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning caused some damage at the local police stations. Apparently, close lightning is to blame for equipment failure at both the Greenville Police Station and the Bond County Sheriff's Department. According to Greenville Police employees, about 11:30 Sunday night, the Greenville Police station lost their communications radio, several computers, the state computer for tracking license plates and phone service. Phones were out for only about 5 minutes, but city employees and the 911 coordinator worked throughout the night to restore the other equipment. Computers were up and running again by about 4:30 Monday morning at both stations.
Those thunderstorms brought rain to our area Sunday night and following are the rain totals as of 6 am Monday morning: 71 hundredths of an inch were recorded at the Sewer Plant, 6 tenths at 6th Street, and .58 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.
NEW COLGATE COUNTRY SHOWDOWN WINNER
A crowd of well over 150 gathered Friday night at the Greenville VFW Hall for the Colgate Country Showdown. 15 year old Mollie Lewis of Owasso, Oklahoma was named the winner of a very tough competition. From here, Mollie will go on to the state competition. Local favorite Jamie Nattier, of Patoka, sang two original songs and once again wowed the crowd. It was another successful night for the showdown and a big thank you goes to all the contestants, judges, everyone at the VFW Hall, Jeff Chapman with the music and the MC, Branson Jerry Jansen. You can see the 2008 Showdown on New Wave Channel 3, Tuesday night at 6PM.
BOND COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPT ROAD CLOSURES
The Madison County Highway Department has closed Baumann Road until Wednesday July 30th, between Cox Monument Avenue and Meffert Road. Baumann Road will be closed through the overnight for structure replacements.
The Bond County Highway Department will be closing Cox Monument Avenue at the North Pokey Road starting today, Tuesday the 29th, from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM, due to culvert repair. It will be at the intersection and the Pokey Road will remain open. A detour route is not available at this time for either road closure. For more information, call the Highway Department at 664-1144.