05-15 -2008

 




FRANK WATSON MAKES EMOTIONAL RETURN TO SPRINGFIELD

 

Long-time State Senator Frank Watson made an emotional return to the capital in Springfield recently.  Representative Ron Stephens was there and he talked with WGEL about what happened. Stephens said that Frank walked onto the House of Representatives floor where, being a former house member, he has eternal house privileges. Frank was introduced and got a standing ovation. Stephens added that he had not seen Frank for a couple of months because he was rehabilitating. He hugged him on the house floor and a lot of members wanted to talk with him. He also said that he noticed that Frank had a tear in his eye. Stephens said, "Frank has been in Springfield for more than 30 years. He has made a lot of friends and has huge respect on both sides of the aisle. He has worked hard and given so much to the people of Illinois."


PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE IS THIS SATURDAY

 

"Paint Our Town Purple" is a big part of the relay for life celebration and it's coming up this Saturday. Fundraising events will be taking place and Mayor Gaffner will read a proclamation at 9:00 AM proclaiming Saturday as "Paint Our Town Purple" day in Greenville.  Gaffner will then paint the traditional purple cancer ribbon on the street in front of Watson's on the Greenville square.  If you want to purchase a ribbon or bow for your home, yard, car or anywhere else, call 664-1075.  And don't forget to get out the purple on Saturday.  The Bond County Relay for Life is scheduled for the evening of June 5th to the morning of June 6th

 

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CITY CREWS WORK TO REPAIR SEWER LINE

 

City crews worked to repair a sewer line near Pauls Friendly City  in Greenville.  The 18 inch gravity line is one of the deepest sewer lines in the city and will take excavating before repair.  There is no word yet on why the line failed.  Work will continued into the night and the city crews had to block off Red Street from Highway 40 to Gold Street for the repairs.   



THUNDERSTORMS CAUSE DAMAGE IN GILLESPIE

 

Thunderstorms moved through Illinois early Thursday morning.  There have been no reports of damage in Bond County, but some residents lost power for a short time Thursday morning.  In Clinton County, power lines were down in Aviston. Damage was much more sever in Gillespie.  WGEL spoke this morning with the Gillespie City Police who said power poles and lines were down in the town.  Schools were closed this morning due to damage from the storm.  Approximately 10 homes, in a housing complex behind Main Street, were evacuated due to power lines down and arching.  Ameren IP crews and city crews started working at 2:00 o'clock Thursday morning to restore power and clean streets of downed power poles and debris. 

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OBITUARIES

VIRGIL L. HOLDEMAN

 

Virgil L. Holdeman, age 85, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, May 13, at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.  A memorial service for 85 year-old Virgil Holdeman will be Friday, May 22, at 8:00 PM at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Graveside services will be Sunday, May 24, at Linn Hebron Cemetery in Hebron, Illinois.  Friends may call Friday, May 22, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ.

 

FRIEDA C LUEKER-JONES

 

Frieda Luecker-Jones, age 90, of Alhambra passed away Wednesday, May 13 at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra. Funeral Services for Frieda Lueker-Jones will be 11am Monday, May 18th, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel. Burial will be in Spangle cemetery in Livingston. Visitation  is Monday from 9am until 11am at St.. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - 40% chance of thunder storms, high 68, low 47

SUNDAY - Mostly sunny, high 65, low 44


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us for Public Affiars this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area News.  Our guest this week is Illinois State Trooper Ralph Timmons.  We’ll discuss Scott’s Law and other ways to stay safe on the roads .  That’s Public Affiars this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area News. 


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