5-1-2009

 




H1N1 FLU AFFECTS MOST AG AREAS

 

WGEL spoke to Frank Doll, President of the Bond County Farm Bureau, who explained that the recent H1N1 flu outbreak affects almost all aspects of agriculture.  Frank said the virus title of swine flue is not good terminology and is taking a toll on hog producers.  Hog futures prices have fallen $5.00 per hundredweight, or about 20%.  There are not many hogs grown in Bond County at the present, but grain markets have also tumbled, as soybean meal and corn are main ingredients in hog feed and Bond County produces large quantities of soybeans and corn.  Doll reiterated that hog producers have nothing to do with the H1N1 virus and urged continued support of local pork products.

 

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KASKASKIA RIVER FLOOD WARNING

 

The United States Corp of Engineers has issued a flood warning for the Kaskaskia River area. As of Thursday afternoon, the river at Vandalia is expected to crest at 21.5 feet on Saturday, 3.5 feet above flood level.



CONTAMINATED WATER LEGISLATION

 

A new bill, submitted to the Illinois State Legislature, will require communities to notify residents if their drinking water supply is contaminated. The current law requires notification of contamination to the owners and operators of the water supply, such as, a village or township. It does not require notification to the people who drink the water. This bill originated from the problems of the village of Crestwood, IL. They were using a well, that had been contaminated more than 20 years ago, to supplement their drinking water. This new bill will require the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to notify residents within 14 days of determining a threat of contamination to the drinking water supply.


SCIGA LEARNS ABOUT AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT

 

At the last South Central Illinois Growth Alliance meeting, a three-person panel discussed benefits of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus package.  Chairman Alan Gaffner said the goal of the meeting was to provide information to communities about what is available through the stimulus package.  Community service block grants and rural community grants have received a huge infusion of federal dollars and communities are requesting assistance in writing grant proposals.  The effort to bring broadband capabilities to areas currently not served, received nearly seven billion dollars from the program.

 

In other business, the SCIGA voted to continue their membership with the World Development Economic Association.

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OBITUARIES

MILDRED MAYHEW

 

Mildred Mayhew, age 96, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, April 30, at Fair Oaks.  Funeral arrangements for 96 year-old Mildred Mayhew are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of scattered thunder storms, high 59, low 48

SUNDAY - 40% chance of thunder storms, high 62, low 48


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday to learn more on growing produce locally.  Our guest this week on Public Affairs is Lynn Wies, from the University of Illinois Extension. She’ll have information on growing your own garden, and let us know about some upcoming events offered by the Extension. That’s this Sunday following your Bond County News at Noon on WGEL.


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