8-25-2009

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ILLINOIS FARM DEATHS INCREASE

 

Illinois farm-related deaths increased for the second consecutive year in 2008-2009, according to a survey by Country Financial.  Deaths totaled 33, from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009, up from 29 the previous year.  Tractor rollovers are the leading cause, accounting for 30% of farm-related deaths.  Roadway collisions are second with deaths involving grain bins third.  The 2008-2009 total is the highest since 2000-2001 when there were 38 farm-related deaths.  To boost awareness of increasing casualties, "Rural Roadway Safety - Alert, Aware and Alive" is the theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week September 20-26.

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FIRST H1N1 DEATH REPORTED IN MADISON COUNTY

 

It was confirmed Friday that an over-the-road trucker died from the H1N1 flu virus at Anderson Hospital in Madison County. According to a press release from the Madison County Coroner's Office, Derrick Keel, age 45, of Beaverton, Oregon, was admitted to the hospital Sunday, August 16 complaining of fever, shortness of breath and a non-productive cough. Keel's condition worsened and he died Wednesday in the intensive care unit. Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn said an autopsy verified the presence of the H1N1 virus. Although the presence of H1N1 was not determined until after Keel's death, Nonn said that Anderson Hospital staff took the necessary precautions to prevent contamination. The virus has now been linked to 17 deaths in Illinois. Keel had traveled through several states, so it is not known when or where he contracted the virus. The best treatment to prevent the spread of the H1N1, or any other virus, is frequent hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and staying home if you are sick.

BRIDGE ON DUDLEYVILLE ROAD CLOSED

 

The bridge on Dudleyville Road is closed and is scheduled to re-open today at 5:00 p.m.


MOBILE HOME FIRE IN FAYETTE COUNTY

 

Vandalia Firemen were dispatched Sunday morning at 9:40 to a mobile home fire at the Chris Dugan residence, just east of the Pittsburg crossroads.  According to Vandalia Fire Chief Merle Aderman, the cause of the fire is unknown at this time but damage was extensive.  Mulberry Grove Firemen were called for mutual aid with a tanker truck.  There were no injuries and firemen were on the scene for about 45 minutes.

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TUESDAY SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

 

The Greenville Lady Comets took third place in a match with Hillsboro and Pana at Hillsboro on Monday.  The low scorers for the Lady Comets were Shay Smith and Jessica Grigg both shooting 64.  The Lady Comets are 0-2 on the season.

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Bluejays baseball team beat Highland on Monday.  A 4 run first inning set the Bluejays up for a 9-4 win. 




COMETS FOOTBALL TICKET PRESALE

 

The Greenville High School Comets football team season opener is this Friday at home against Litchfield at 7:00 p.m. Pre-sale of tickets to the game starts today. Starting at 3:00 p.m., tickets go on sale at the high school office, with adult tickets $3.00 and student tickets $2.00. If you cannot attend the game, listen to it live on WGEL.


OBITUARIES

RAYOLA BURRIS

 

Rayola Burris, age 71, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, August 23 at her home.  Funeral services for 71 year-old Rayola Burris will be today, at 11:00 a.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call today, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.


 

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