10-28-2009

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SHED EXPLOSION NEAR POCAHONTAS

 

A shed and all it’s contents were lost in an early Sunday morning explosion at 774 Zbinden Road near Pocahontas.  Pocahontas Fire Chief Kendal Brink said the shed, which measured 40' by 60', was a complete loss. Inside the shed were two tractors, a dump truck, a motorcycle and many other items.  Everything was lost in the explosion.  The explosion blew out the bottom of the walls and the top part of the walls, along with the roof, came crashing down.  Brink said the call came in around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and when firemen arrived on the scene, the property and shed were already destroyed.  No one was hurt.  Brink also told WGEL that the state fire marshal was on the scene Monday to try to determine the origin of the fire. 

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LEGOLAND IN GLEN CARBON?


Governor Pat Quinn's trip to Copenhagen to woo Olympic officials wasn't a total loss.  He came back with a bid to build a Legoland in the state.  The Danish company that owns Legoland had tried to build an amusement park in Columbia, Illinois, reports NBC.  But that deal fell through.  The lucky location this time is Glen Carbon, next to Edwardsville, and only 40 minutes from Greenville.  The company wants tax breaks that include forgiving all sales taxes so investors can pay off bonds faster.  WGEL Radio spoke with Glen Carbon Mayor Robert Jackstadt who said he has had meetings with officals of Legoland.  Jackstadt declined to make further comments about the possible project or details of those meetings. 


PHANTOM LOADS MAY BE HAUNTING YOUR HOME AND COSTING YOU MONEY

 

In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.  Many appliances and electronic devices continue to use power even when they are turned off, creating "phantom loads."  Common culprits are televisions, DVD players, stereos, computers, kitchen appliances and charging devices.  Here are some simple tips to reduce phantom loads.  Unplug televisions, office equipment and other high-tech devices if you are going to be away for an extended time.  Use power strips for as many electronic devices as possible and turn off the strip when you are away or sleeping.  Use LED nightlights, remove unnecessary nightlights and other non-essential electronic equipment to help reduce your electricity consumption and your bill.


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IDOC ANNOUNCES COST-SAVING MEASURES FOR 2010

 

Illinois Department of Corrections Director Michael P. Randle reported recently that the agency will save 2.5 million dollars through reduced spending in fiscal year 2010.  A new program encourages IDOC employees to identify opportunities to cut costs.  Since late July, more than 200 suggestions have been received, typically in the areas of staffing, operations, paroles, administrative management and technology.  Randle highlighted planned cost-cutting measures, which include elimination of executive staff positions, reduction in overtime pay, reduction in executive staff vehicles, and changes in transferring inmates.

 

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FAYETTE COUNTY SWCD HAS TREES FOR SALE

 

The Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District has trees for sale.  Available varieties include white pine, Norway spruce, blue spruce, red oak and a bird and butterfly packet of trees and shrubs.  Order your trees now and pay for them in the spring.  Call 283-1095 for more information or to place your order.

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OBITUARIES

WELDON TROWBRIDGE

 

Weldon Trowbridge, age 78, of Lincoln, IL., father of Deborah and Mrs. Charles Bone of rural Mulberry Grove, passed away Friday, October 23 at Fayette County Hospital. Graveside funeral services for 78 year-old Weldon Trowbridge will be Saturday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m., at the Zion Cemetery three miles north of Lincoln. The family will welcome friends to join them at Zion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mulberry Grove First Responders. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.


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