SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED FOR RAMSEY BANK ROBBERY
According to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, last Friday, 33 year-old Jason E Echols of Springfield was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, 3 years supervised release and $100 special assessment following his guilty plea for bank robbery.
According to court documents, in November 2007, Echols entered a the Ramsey branch of First National Bank of Vandalia, approached a teller and demanded money. The teller complied and Echols placed the money in a bag. Echols then approached another teller and threatened to shoot and kill the teller. Then Echols got into a vehicle and left the scene. Echols was stopped and arrested in Pana, Illinois where the money was recovered.
The sentence was ordered to run consecutively to an 11-month sentence imposed for violations of the terms of supervised release imposed.
BOND COUNTY SCHOOLS EARLY DISMISSAL
Bond County Community Unit 2 schools will have an early dismissal on Friday, September 12th for a school improvement teacher workshop. The dismissal schedule is as follows: Greenville Elementary, Pocahontas and Sorento Centers will dismiss at 12:30, Greenville Junior High at 12:35 and the High School at 12:37. Morning KRP classes will run a regular schedule and afternoon KRP classes will not be in session.
ILLINOIS LOTTERY MAY BE LEASED
According to Senator Frank Watson, Illinois House lawmakers are expected to return to Springfield on Sept 10th and 11th to consider a possible plan to lease the state lottery to help pay for a statewide capital construction plan. Details are still sketchy but the proposal could reap almost $10 billion in one time revenue. The money would go to finance road and bridge improvements as well as school construction projects. If the proposal is approved, Illinois would be the only state in the nation to lease its lottery.
ANNIVERSARY OF LINCOLN'S SPEECH
September 13th is the date of a special celebration on the grounds of the Hoiles-Davis Museum, in Greenville. John Goldsmith said the evening will begin with the annual Historical Society ham and bean supper with music by a Civil War Band from Springfield, Illinois at 5:00 PM, a performance by the Greenville High School Choir, and the formal program for the evening at 6:00 PM. This is a special anniversary commemorating Lincoln's visit to Bond County during the 1858 senatorial campaign and a major event in the celebration of the life of Abraham Lincoln, as we draw closer to 2009, the bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday.