8-20-2009

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STORMS ROCK THE WGEL LISTENING AREA....TWICE

 

The first Tornado Warnings sounded around 5:00 PM yesterday as a series of very destructive thunderstorms came through Bond, Fayette and Montgomery Counties taking out trees, and power poles. In Greenville, lines and trees were down on Prairie, Charles, Oak, Elm, Locust, Hena, 4th, Killarney, Winter, and Willard Streets, and Bowman Drive. Several trees are down at the Greenville Country Club.  Tree limbs were down on Harris Avenue and Ameren was busy restoring power to many parts of the city. Southwestern Electric was working into the night in the county.  Greenville City crews were busy cleaning up downed trees. Storms early this morning brought down trees on Lynch Loop and Rt. 140.  Vandalia was hit hard with trees down, power poles cut in half and trees down on railroad tracks.   Almost the entire city was out of power following the storm.  There have been no reports of injuries from either batch of storms.

 

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As of 6:00 o'clock this morning, the sewer plant had received 1.4 inches of rain.  The station on 6th Street showed 1.95 inches and 1.68 inches were measured at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.

 

BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT

 

The Bond County Board heard from a resident near Donnellson concerning a property in Bond County and just outside of Donnellson that has multiple abandoned cars and other junk, including tires and barrels on it.  The resident brought multiple pictures she said were of the property that did show junk and cars in extreme disrepair.  The property it not a listed junk yard and the council said they would speak with State's Attorney Chris Bauer about any ordinances or state laws that might be in violation. 

 

The board approved the Sheriff's and County Clerk's reports.  The board also approved an appreciation certificate for Bond County servicemen and women who are returning from being stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan. 

 

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

The Greenville City Council will meet Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., at the Municipal Building. Items on the agenda include a public hearing for an appropriation ordinance, resolution for IHDA Energy Efficiency Grant submission, and an executive session to discus the purchase and sale of real estate, pending litigation and personnel matters.

 

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UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

 

The Bond County Unit 2 School Board met Monday night at the unit conference room. All the kindergarten, grade and high school students, along with the faculty, are excited as the new school year starts. There is an increase in student enrollment this year for most of the district. After all of the improvements at the high school, just a few things need to be finished. The district is still facing deficits due to not getting state payments on time. This is making it difficult to develop a budget for the district because the state and the comptroller cannot positively say what monies will be released to the district. At this time, Greenville is owed around $500,000 from the state. All the federal monies have been paid on time. Because of these funding uncertainties, the budget is scheduled to be presented at the September school board meeting.


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MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SHOOTING BALD EAGLE

 

An Illinois man pled guilty to shooting a bald eagle. Jerry Kronable, age 26, of Hardin, recently pled guilty, in U.S. District Court, to one violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Kronable was sentenced to pay a $5,000 fine, serve one year probation and forfeit the rifle he used to shoot the eagle. Kronable admitted that on January 17, 2009, he noticed a bald eagle feeding on a deer carcass near Hardin. He stopped his vehicle and shot the eagle. The eagle was struck by a .22 caliber bullet but was able to fly to a nearby tree limb but later died. Kronable was caught when several individuals came forward with information after a reward was offered. In an unrelated case, the mutilated carcass of another bald eagle was found 60 miles south of Hardin and there is still a reward out for information on that killing.

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OBITUARIES

CHARLES R. "DICK" GRAY

 

Charles R. "Dick" Gray, age 70, of Carlyle, formerly of Keyesport, passed away Friday, August 14 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.  A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Mary's Church in Carlyle. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Visitation for 70 year-old Charles "Dick" Gray will be from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Monday and 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.  

 

JOHN KETCHERSIDE

 

John Ketcherside, age 61, of Coffeen, passed away Saturday, August 15 at St. Francis Hospital.  Funeral services for 61 year-old John Ketcherside will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.  Burial will be in Valhalla Memorial Gardens.  Friends may call Thursday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

 

WILLIAM O. "BILL" MCCAW, JR.

 

William O. "Bill" McCaw, Jr., age 58, of Highland, passed away Monday, August 17.  Memorial services for 58 year-old William McCaw will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, Meals on Wheels, or to the family.

 

DANIEL L. DAN HABERER

 

Daniel L. “Dan” Haberer age 57 of Millersburg passed away Wednesday at his residence.  Funeral service for 57 year old Dan Haberer will be Saturday the 22nd at 11AM at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Interment will be at Hug Cemetery in Millersburg.  Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 and Saturday morning from 8-11 at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or Hug Cemetery.    


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