MOBILE HOME FIRE IN GREENVILLE IS ALLEGED ARSON
Just after midnight Sunday morning, Greenville Firefighters were called to a mobile home owned by Lewis Green of Greenville, at 1301 Yellow Street in Friendly City Mobile Home Park. The home sustained major damage and firefighters were on the scene until 3:45 AM
A neighbor called in the fire and other observers said that there was smoke coming out from both sides of the home. No one was injured or inside at the time of the fire.
The fire department estimates damages between ten thousand and 24,999 dollars. The State Fire Marshall investigator was called in.
After an initial investigation, Greenville Police officers arrested 37 year old Lewis E. Green Jr., 1301 Yellow Street, Greenville, for allegedly setting the fire. He was charged with Residential Arson.
TRAILER ON YELLOW STREET
FATALITY IN TRAILER FIRE IN KEYESPORT
Keyesport Firemen were paged to a trailer fire, at 701 West Hayes Street in Keyesport, Sunday night at 9:30. Greenville, Mulberry Grove, and Smithboro Fire Departments were called a few minutes later for mutual aid with manpower, pumper trucks, and tankers.
According to Keyesport Fire Chief, Duane Wiegman, a 41 year-old lady perished in the fire. Her name is being withheld at this time pending notification of family. The fire marshal was called and is currently on the scene.
The cause of the fire is being investigated, but is thought to have started from a candle. A dog inside the home also died. No other injuries resulted.
Keyesport Firemen were on the scene for over 6 ½ hours, until 4:00 AM this morning. Other departments were released about 12:30 AM.
UPDATE ON SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
According to the Bond County Sheriff’s department, Kristopher E. Huffman, age 25 of Greenville, was injured early Saturday morning in a one vehicle accident on route 140 near Daniken’s Tree Farm. Huffman was traveling eastbound on Route 140 when he allegedly lost control and hit a guard rail. Kristopher Huffman was taken by Arch helicopter to St. Louis for treatment of injuries. Greenville firefighters were called for assistance and washed down the accident scene. A full report on this accident was not yet available.
CITY PAVES WAY FOR NEW HUMANE SOCIETY FACILITY
Prior to last Tuesday night's Greenville City Council meeting, the City’s Planning Commission voted to subdivide 8 acres and create a two-acre parcel which will allow for construction of the Bond County Humane Society facility between Enertech and FCI. Later, the Council also approved the proposal. According to Rachel Hundsdorfer, the next step will be to apply for a grant to build the new shelter that will become home to stray dogs and cats.
LEM RHODES CANCER FOUNDATION BOARD TO MEET
The Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation Board of Directors will hold their regular monthly meeting, at noon, Thursday, August 21st. The lunch meeting will be in the Greenville Regional Hospital Administration Boardroom. To apply for assistance through the Lem Rhodes Foundation, or to make a contribution to the organization, call Donna Dothager at 664-1230.
THREE SEMI'S COLLIDE ON I-70
Westbound lanes of I-70 were closed until about 6:30 Friday morning, due to an early morning accident in Fayette County. According to Master Sergeant John Gardner with the Illinois State Police from District 12 in Effingham, at about 1:30 am, a westbound semi truck driver apparently fell asleep and his truck ran off the road into the median, at the 54 mile-marker. The truck then ran back onto the roadway and tipped over, spilling it's load and blocking both westbound lanes. A second semi, trying to avoid the first, ran into the median and came to a stop and a third semi ran between the first two, hitting both trucks. In addition to state police, Fayette County Deputies, Fayette County Ambulance and Bond County EMS also responded. Ambulances transported two drivers to area hospitals for treatment, one to Fayette County Hospital and one to Greenville Regional Hospital. Neither was thought to have life threatening injuries.
BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 SCHOOLS TO OPEN SOON
Bond County Unit 2 Schools will open soon. The year begins with a teacher inservice day August 21st and all students will begin classes August 22nd, with an early dismissal. On the 22nd, the high school will dismiss at 11:07 am, the junior high at 11:12 and all other centers at 11:00 am. A one hour early dismissal will be observed for all Unit 2 schools during the week of August 25th - 29th.
Kindergarten orientation for parents will be Tuesday, August 19th, at the Greenville Elementary School, at 6:30 PM. The first day for Kindergarten students to be transported on busses will be August 25th.
OKAW vocational classes will begin Wednesday, August 20th. The ECE class at Greenville elementary will begin September 4th.
MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET
The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education will meet tonight, Monday, August 18th, at 6:30 PM for a special meeting at which the 2008-2009 budget will be presented. The regular board meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. Items of business include a NASA grant for the rocket club, technology update, a writing proposal, principal's and superintendent's reports, and a closed session.
BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET
The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education will meet tonight, Monday, August 18th, at 7:00 PM in the unit office conference room. The agenda includes a health life safety amendment at Pocahontas, bid for tires, state and federal grants, a look at a preliminary budget for 2009 and a closed session.
HIGH SCHOOL GOLF
The Varsity Comets boys golf season tees off today with a match at Belk Park against Southwestern, East Alton Wood River, and Hillsboro.
JUNIOR HIGH SOFTBALL
The Mulberry Grove Lady Eagles will play at Effingham St. Anthony. The Lady Eagles team won three games at the Beecher City round robin tournament over the weekend. They beat Beecher City, Newton, and Stew Strauss.
JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL
The Mulberry Grove Eagles baseball team will also play at Effingham St. Anthony. The boys went 1-1 in the Beecher City tournament over the weekend.
Byron Myers age 94 of Greenville and formerly of Mulberry Grove passed away on Friday August 1st, in Greenville Regional Hospital. Memorial services for Byron Myers were held at 10 am on Saturday August 16 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville. Memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Catholic Church.
William Haynes, age 71, of Greenville, passed away Saturday at Greenville Regional Hospital. A memorial service for 71 year-old William Haynes will be Tuesday, August 19th, at 7:00 PM, at the Woburn Church of Christ.
MARY RUTH McKINNEY
Mary Ruth McKinney, age 80, of rural Neoga, passed away Saturday, at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, in Effingham. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Wednesday, August 20th, at the Swengel-O'Dell funeral Home in Neoga. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Tuesday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Cumberland County 4-H Club, Lions of Illinois Foundation, or to the donor's choice. Mary Ruth McKinney is the mother of William "Bill" McKinney.
Dorothy Vollintine, age 87, of Taylor Springs, passed away Saturday at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services for 87 year-old Dorothy Vollintine will be Wednesday, at 11:00 AM, at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial will be at Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home
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