03-13-2009

 




 

COUNTY COULD BE APPROVED FOR NEW SQUAD CARS

 

The Bond County Board recently discussed the possibility of upgrading four patrol cars.  Four squad cars have over 150,000 miles, making it necessary to replace them.  According to Board Chairperson Jill Franks, the county has applied for a grant for $27,000 and a loan for $50,600 from Rural Development.  The loan would be repaid over 5 years. When drivers receive a traffic citation, there is a $20 fee tacked on to keep it off their record.   Funds to pay back the loan would be provided from the citation fees.  The board is anticipating a response from Rural Development as soon next month. 

 

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LIQUOR LICENSE HEATS UP BOARD MEMBER

 

The Keyesport Village Board met Monday night. The board approved a bill to the Illinois Department of Transportation of more than $28,000 for road improvements. The board also approved the rehiring of last years auditor for this year. Then the meeting became argumentative. At issue was the liquor license given to a restaurant. A trustee heatedly argued that the license, which was issued by the mayor, was invalid since the board members had not all voted on it. The board went into closed session for about 20 minutes. After closed session, the meeting was quickly adjourned with no further action taken.



FOOD SAFETY BILL PROPOSED

 

After recent food safety issues involving peanuts, spinach and jalapenos, a new food safety bill has been proposed. Congressman John Shimkus, of Illinois, has co-sponsored a bill that will give the Food and Drug Administration more authority with both foreign and domestic food suppliers. The bill, called Safe Food Enforcement, Assessment, Standards and Targeting Act (Safe FEAST Act), allows the FDA to deny food entry into the marketplace if the suppliers do not meet strict FDA standards. Among other provisions, it gives the FDA authority for a mandatory recall of products when firms fail to recall the products themselves and establishes new safety standards for fruit and vegetables.

 

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STARCOM CLOSE TO INSTALLATION

 

The Bond County ETS Board met for their regular meeting.  The installation of Starcom 21 was the major topic.  Motorola is scheduled to be at the police department Thursday or Friday to install equipment.  Allan Davis reported the license has been approved and received from the FCC.  The Environmental Analysis Statement is done but needs to be signed and is being held up in Washington D.C.  This statement is needed to move forward with installation, but there is currently not a Secretary of Commerce in Washington, to sign the statement.  Davis told the board that once the 200 radios are disbursed, they will phase them in with the police department, then the fire departments and eventually it is planned to have the communication system in the schools.      


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LOCAL TALENT IN SEMI-FINALS OF WIBI'S OPENING ACT CONTEST

 

Kristen Markell, Director of Worship Arts at the Greenville Free Methodist Church, is one of eight semi-finalists in WIBI's Opening Act Contest.  The contest is a praise and worship vocalist competition and Kristen will be performing tonight at 7:30 PM, at the First Baptist Church of Maryville.  Four finalists will continue to Nashville, Tennessee to record a professional demo.  For more information and to purchase concert tickets, call 800-707-9191.


OBITUARIES

DONALD E, SWANSON

 

67 year-old Donald E Swanson of Kamloops British Columbia passed away on Tuesday March 3rd at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops British Columbia Canada.  Graveside services will be held Saturday at 3PM at Mount Auburn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Graveside services.  Memorials are suggested to the Gideon's at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Donald is the brother of Norman and Carol Swanson and Myriam Turbyfield both of Greenville. 


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Sunny, high 49, low 28

Sunny, high 54, low 33


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for Public Affairs.  Following your Bond County News at noon we will talk with Pastor and Author Phil Chapman.  He will give us a new outlook with a daily dose of encouragement and we will hear a passage from his book. It’s Public Affairs this Sunday following your Bond County News at noon on WGEL.


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