9-15-2008

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STORMS AND HEAVY RAIN DRENCH BOND COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

 

Greenville firefighters, local law enforcement officers, state troopers and Southwestern power workers were busy Sunday, as the remnants of Hurricane Ike hit the Midwest.  Heavy rain and high winds hit the Bond County area about 9:00 Sunday morning.  Downed trees, power lines and power poles kept emergency personnel busy.  A tree was reported down at 9:36 on Ashbury Street in Greenville.  Power poles were down along Rt. 140, West of Smithboro, at 9:37 and Smithboro firemen were paged to a report of a power pole on fire at 3rd and Main in Smithboro, at 9:45.  At 9:53, Pocahontas firemen were dispatched to a report of a tree on fire on Academy Street, in Pocahontas.  Smithboro firemen were called again at 10:11 to a report of wires down at 5th and Jefferson Streets in Smithboro and Greenville firemen were paged to a pole on fire on Eden Lane. 

 

Greenville firefighters responded, after a tree limb took a power line down on Rocky Mountain Road, a little after 1:00 PM. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.  1,025 Southwestern Electric members were without power Sunday.  Linemen from Bond, Fayette, and Madison Counties worked to repair damages. District 18 State Police reported flooded roadways and underpasses Sunday morning.  The Highland Police department received reports, of downed trees and power lines.  There was also some flooding of roads and streets in Highland.

 

As of 5:50 Monday morning, Ameren was reporting 8,636 customers without power in the Metro east and Southern Illinois.


REGISTER TO VOTE

 

Voting is one of the best ways to get your voice heard, making sure you are registered is the first step. County Clerk Randy Reitz answered some questions you may have. Because the liquor referendum is on the ballot for Bond County, it is important that you get registered and vote.  The last chance to register for voting on November 4th is October 7th.


FATAL ACCIDENT IN MACOUPIN COUNTY

 

A car accident in Macoupin County claimed the life of a Brighton man. 35 year-old David Freer was traveling southbouth on Fosterburg Road, when his truck exited the roadway to the right and went about two feet into the ditch. Freer brought his truck back onto the road and then overcorrected back to the right causing his crew cab truck to rotate and overturn in the ditch, landing about 200 feet off the road, on the passenger's side. Freer was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

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GRABER ENDS TENURE AS CFO AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

 

Jerry Graber, of Greenville, was recognized for his retirement from Greenville Regional Hospital on Friday, August 29th. Graber served as the hospital's Chief Financial Officer since he was hired, 29 years ago. Graber said he worked for six months at an accounting firm and for about six years served as CFO at a hospital in Colorado, otherwise, all of his professional employment has been at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Graber joins his wife Mary in retirement. She retired from the Bond County Unit 2 School system in June. When asked what he will miss most, Graber says he will miss the great staff at Greenville Regional Hospital. 

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NWS RECOGNIZES ST. LOUIS AS STORM READY

 

The National Weather Service has praised the St. Louis area for completing a set of warning criteria to earn the honor of being a storm ready community. A storm ready community must pass a detailed list of guidelines including establishing a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, having more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts, developing a formal hazardous weather plan and more. The United States is the most severe weather prone region in the world, but now there are more than 1,300 storm ready communities in the U.S.

 

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BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT BOARD TO MEET

 

The Bond County Health Department Board will meet tonight at 6:30 PM.  The agenda includes a building update from Korte Company, policies for private duty home nursing and home services, officers for the board of health, budget and grants for fiscal year 2009, a job description addition, and a West Nile virus update.

 


 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

 

It's the time of year when Habitat for Humanity looks for a family with whom to partner. Habitat board member and Family Selection Committee member Barbara Risberg told us Habitat for Humanity houses are sold, they are not given away. The homes are affordable because the labor is generally donated and the loans are no-interest loans. Anyone with a housing need should come to an upcoming meeting. At the meetings, you will get more information and will be able to pick up an application. The application is due October 6th. The next habitat meeting is Thursday, Sept 18th, at 7PM, at the Sorento Village Hall. For more information contact Pastor Dave at 669-2180.


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SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

The Greenville Comets football team won 33-7 over Carlinville on Friday.  In a game broadcast live on WGEL the Comets improved their overall record to 3-0.  They will next play Friday at Vandalia

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

 

The Greenville Lady Comets Varsity and JV teams both beat Gillespie last week.  The Lady Comets are now 5-2 on the season. 

 

Mulberry Grove Lady Aces at Odin

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS

 

Greenville Lady Comets hosts Marquette Catholic

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

Greenville Comets JV team will play at East Alton Wood River

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

 

Mulberry Grove Aces host Odin

 

JUNIOR HIGH BOYS BASEBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Bluejays split two games with Piasa on Saturday.  The first game was a close 7-6 loss in extra innings, while the second game was a 10-5 win.  Greenville Bluejays will host Carlyle


OBITUARIES

GRACIE E. ALLEN

 

81 yr old Gracie E. Allen passed away Saturday Sept. 13th at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville. Funeral Services for Gracie E. Allen will be held at 2:30PM Monday Sept. 15th at Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Internment will follow in Greene Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 1:00PM until the time of service. Memorials may be made to Greene Cemetery.


 

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