PAWS IN THE PARK IS NEXT WEEKEND
The sixth annual Paws in the Park is Saturday, September 12, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Patriot’s Park. The event is put on by the Bond County Humane Society. Bring your pet and enjoy the Wag-N-Walk fundraiser, the canine unit demonstrations, and more pet related contests through out the day. Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. Dog and cat microchipping will also be avliable from 1:00 - 3:00 for $15.00. Remember to bring your pet with you and enjoy the day of fun at this years Paws in the Park.
FIRE ALARM AT GREENVILLE COLLEGE
Greenville Firemen responded to a fire alarm Wednesday afternoon at 5:36, at 220 Beaumont Avenue on the Greenville College Campus. Upon arrival, firemen found no fire. According to First Captain Jim Sutton, they determined the cause to be smoke from a grill in the college kitchen that had drifted into a dorm room through an open window and set off the alarm. Firemen were on the scene for only a short time.
HIGHLAND MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CLASS X FELONY
Jamil Jaber, age 21, of Highland, pled guilty in Clinton County Court to Aggrevated Criminal Sexual Assault that caused bodily harm, a Class X Felony. The plea was entered late last month but sentencing will be postponed until November 24. The plea agreement involves the dropping of another charge of Criminal Sexual Assault by Force. According to papers filed at the Clinton County Courthouse, the agreement includes a caping of prison time to 6-17 years and another three years of supervised release, and registration as a sex offender. Jaber assaulted a 17 year-old female, in January of this year, while riding with that female in a car. The victim was left with bruises on her arm from the assault.
DOES FUTUREGEN HAVE A FUTURE
FutureGen is going to get a new price tag from the federal government. Illinois' senior Senator Dick Durbin says the feds will meet again with the FutureGen Alliance to try and fast-track the clean coal plant that was to be built in Mattoon, Illinois. The plant was scuttled under the Bush administration because of cost. Planners had pegged FutureGen as a billion dollar facility, but the price tag soon jumped almost a billion dollars more. Durbin says everyone involved wants to get a firm price tag so the project can move forward. FutureGen was supposed to bring thousands of jobs and have a billion dollar economic impact to Mattoon and eastern Illinois.
MATER DEI GRAD GETS TWO HITS IN FIRST MLB GAME
Josh Thole is a 2005 graduate of Mater Dei and earlier this week he was called up to the New York Mets and started his first game at catcher for the Mets yesterday (Thursday). Thole went 2 for 5 with a deep double to center and he stole a base. Including a single in his first every Major League at bat. Thole also stole a base in the Mets win over the Rockies.