02-06-2009

 




 

REPUBLICAN COUNTY CHAIRMEN TO CHOOSE NEW SENATOR

 

Republican County Chairmen will have the responsibility of selecting a person to serve the remainder of Senator Frank Watson's term, following his retirement.  We talked with Bond County Republican Party Chairman Curt Haas who thanked Frank Watson for his years of service in the Illinois House and Senate.  Haas then explained the selection process.  He said that each Republican County Chairman will have a weighted vote based upon the number of votes cast for Frank Watson in the November 8th General Election.  That weighted vote will determine who serves as the next Senator from the 51st Legislative District. 

 

There will be an application process for securing a list of persons from whom to choose.  If you are interested in applying for this appointment, contact Curt Haas at 664-1084 for an application and additional information.  Curt said they have 30 days from Frank's official retirement on February 16th to select a new Senator.

 

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LOCAL COMPANY HELPING TO RESTORE POWER IN KENTUCKY

 

A local company is helping to get power restored in Kentucky. Greenville based Southwestern Electric Cooperative has sent 11 linemen to assist crews from Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation to restore power to Kentucky residents after the ice storm that hit early last week. Kentucky was one of the states that had the most damage from the storm. Jeff Hofman, Operations Supervisor for Southwestern Electric said "Right now our guys are working 17 hour shifts." He added, "We may have to send fresh troops in the days ahead."



THREE KILLED IN EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT THURSDAY

 

An early Thursday morning crash on Interstate 255, just south of I-270, claimed the lives of three people and sent two more to the hospital.   The crash occurred around 1:30 AM.  According to the Madison County Coroner's office, Newton M. Kenne, age 46, of St. Louis, Missouri was allegedly driving northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic.  Kenne's vehicle struck a 2008 Chevy Aveo, driven by Tawanda Jackson, age 32, of Murfreesboro, TN, formerly of St. Louis.  The accident killed Tawanda Jackson, her 9 year-old son Arnold Jackson and a third passenger in the Jackson car, Jon Moss, age 28, of Delwood, Missouri.  11 year-old  Takia Jackson was taken to a St. Louis area hospital in critical condition.  Newton Keene, the alleged driver of the car going the wrong way on I-255, sustained injuries and was transported to a St. Louis hospital for treatment. According to Metro News Source, 46 year-old Newton M. Keene, of St. Louis, has been charged with six counts of aggravated driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, which results in a death, among several other charges. Keene's bond has been set at one million dollars.

 

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LIBRARY TEMPORARILY CLOSING

 

Due to the renovation work, the Greenville Public Library will close at noon Saturday, February 7 and will reopen Tuesday, February 17.  Books may be returned in the outside drop box in the front of the Library. Please do not order books online during this period of time. 

 

Tax forms may be picked up at the Municipal Building in Greenville during the library's closure

OBITUARIES

None to Report


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Partly cloudy with a slight chance of afternoon showers, high 58, low 39

SUNDAY - 30% chance of showers, high 48, low 40


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for Public Affairs. Our Guests this week are John Goldsmith and Mary Truitt from the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia. We’ll learn a lot about Lincoln history and where to celebrate his upcoming birthday.  That’s Public Affairs, this Sunday following your noon Bond County area news on WGEL.


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