8-13-2008



 

LOCAL SOLDIER TO BE WELCOMED HOME

 

After serving 15 months in Iraq, 22 year-old Joshua Maroon is coming home to Greenville. His family will greet Maroon, who is stationed at Fort Brag, North Carolina, when he lands at Lambert Airport at 10 am this Thursday.  Maroon is married to Kerri Bourgeois of Greenville. They have one daughter that Maroon has not seen since she was 1 month old. His baby is now 13 months old. A welcome home celebration with family and friends is being planned for Joshua Maroon at his parent's house, on Hopewell Avenue in Donellson, for Saturday afternoon. 


SIX INDICTED IN FAYETTE COUNTY METHAMPHETAMINE CASE

 

 

Thomas E. Wilkerson, age 46, of Shobonier, David M. Fickes, age 39, of Effingham, David M. Murray, age 55, of Ramsey, and Donald R. Schultz, age 52, Billy D. York, age 49, and Wesley D. Conner, age 44, all of Vandalia, were recently indicted by a Federal Grand Jury, charged with alleged conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and posses with intent to distribute, methamphetamine, in excess of 500 grams.  Thomas E. Wilkerson was also charged, in a second count, with alleged possession of chemicals and products with the intention to manufacture methamphetamine.

 

According to the indictment, the conspiracy operated in and around Fayette, Clinton, and Madison Counties and in the Southern district of Illinois, from approximately May 2004 through November 2006. The first count carries possible penalties of not less than 10 years to life imprisonment, a $4 million fine, or both, 5 years supervised release and a $100.00 assessment.  The penalty applicable to the second count is up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, or both, up to 3 years supervised release, and a $100.00 special assessment.

 

This ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing activity is conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Team Initiative.


82ND AIRBORNE PARATROOPER DROP OVER MIDAMERICA AIRPORT THURSDAY

 

There are few divisions in the army with as storied a history as the 82nd Airborne.  The 82nd’s paratroopers dropped in Italy, France at D-Day and in Belgium, and were part of the U.S. forces rushed to the front during the Battle of the Bulge.  This Thursday, paratroops from the  82nd will be dropped over Mascutah at Mid-American Airport.  The demonstration drop will start at 10am as hundreds of paratroopers from the 82nd take part.  Anyone wishing to watch the event is encouraged to get to the airport grounds by 9:30.

 

The drop is in conjunction with the 82nd Airborne Division Convention and Reunion going on in St Louis this week.


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FALSE FIRE ALARM BRING FIRE DEPARTMENT TO THE GLENWOOD

 

The Greenville Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Glenwood in Greenville Tuesday morning at 8:30.  There was no fire, the alarm was triggered by burnt toast.  The fire department was on scene for about 10 minutes

SHIMKUS TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN GREENVILLE

 

Congressman John Shimkus will hold open office hours in Bond County on Tuesday,

August 19.  Shimkus will be available to meet with local residents from 12:30 - 2:00 PM, in the Greenville City Hall Council Chambers. Shimkus invites you to come in to discuss legislation pending before Congress or a problem you might have with one of the federal government agencies such as VA, IRA or Social Security.  Although appointments are not required, they will help reduce your waiting time. To schedule an appointment with Congressman Shimkus, in Greenville on August 19, call 344-3065.

 

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ILLINOIS INSURANCE HOTLINE

 

According to Senator Frank Watson, consumers who have questions about the complicated world of insurance can get assistance through a toll free consumer hotline.  Watson states that through the hotline, consumers can request and obtain free educational materials on a variety of insurance topics to help them make informed decisions about the type of insurance that's best for their personal situation.

The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and consumers may call toll-free by dialing 1-800-444-3338. The hotline is a nonprofit organization funded by the insurance industry and operated by the Illinois Insurance Association.  The hotline does not endorse specific agents or companies and no products are sold.

 

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SPORTS

FIRST TWO HOME GAMES FOR COMETS FOOTBALL WILL BE ON THE ROAD

 

With the new football field and facility still under construction the first two home games for the Comets football team will be on the road, according to Unit 2 Athletic Director Joe Alstat.  Alstat told WGEL that the week 3 and week 4 games, that had been scheduled to be home games, will be played away.  Week 3 will be at Carlinville and week four at Vandalia.  The location of the games for weeks 7 and 9, also originally scheduled as home games, is to be announced.  The Comets will hold their annual soap scrimmage game on Friday the 22nd, at 6:00 PM, at the Comets practice field.  The first regular season game is Friday August 29th. You can hear the Comets football games live on WGEL Radio.      

 




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