MEN INDICTED ON TAX CHARGES
According to United States Attorney Courtney Cox, on September 17th, William Cunagin, of Litchfield, and Allen Ottensmeier, of Highland, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury, in East St. Louis, on an eleven count indictment charging them with a variety of alleged criminal activities. Cunagin and Ottensmeier are both charged in Count One with alleged conspiracy to impede, impair, obstruct and defeat the functions of the IRS in the ascertainment, computation, assessment, and collection of federal taxes. The violation is alleged to have taken place sometime between September 2002 and September 2006, in Madison County. Cunagin is also charged with an alleged attempt to evade or defeat tax and with allegedly failing to file tax returns. Ottensmeier is charged with allegedly making a false statement. Both men could face imprisonment and a fine of $25,000.
NATIONAL GUARD READINESS CENTER
Ground was broken September 25th for the new Mt. Vernon Readiness Center that will become the home to units from the Illinois Army National Guard and Army Reserves. The $23 million federally-funded readiness center will replace the Mt. Vernon and Salem Armories. It will include maintenance bays, classrooms, simulation rooms, storage areas, and a physical fitness room, among other amenities. A secure military vehicle parking lot will also be built. The Readiness Center is expected to be a team building environment focused on training and readiness. Expected completion date is August 2010.
GREENVILLE BAND RECIEVES FIRST PLACE
We had a chance to talk with Bond County Unit 2 High School Band Director, Ryan Thomason, to get details on the great success the Greenville High School Marching Band had this weekend. Saturday, the band traveled an hour and a half to Sparta, Illinois where they took part in the parade, took home first place in Division AA, and also received best musical performance for class 2 AA. The band performed their rendition of Booker T and the MG’s "Green Onions."