10-30-2009

 




ILLINOIS CRIME RATE INDEX DECLINES FOR FIFTH YEAR

 

According to the Illinois State Police, the Illinois statewide crime rate index fell .3% in 2008.  Law enforcement data shows a total of 712 fewer crimes in 2008 than in 2007.  The crime rate index showed an increase in Chicago, Cook County and Suburban Cook County while the rest of the state, including the Chicago collar counties, urban and rural counties, all showed a decline in the crime rate, with the rate in rural counties down 4%.


H1N1 VACCINATION CLINICS CONTINUE IN BOND COUNTY

 

H1N1 vaccination clinics continue in Bond County area schools.  WGEL spoke with Bond County Health Department Director Maxine Barth about future clinics that are planned.  Barth said there will be two H1N1 clinics at the Mulberry Grove Unit 1 School.  The first will be for elementary school students November 3, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. and on the 5th for Jr. and Sr. high school students, also from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Barth said that clinics held so far at Unit 2 schools have gone well but no final numbers on how many students were vaccinated are yet available since the clinics continued through Thursday.  So far the Bond County Health Department has not received any more seasonal flu vaccine.  

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TRICK-OR-TREAT EVENT IN VANDALIA CANCELED

 

Due to the recent increase of flu in the community, Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center will not be holding their annual safe trick-or-treat event this year.


GREENVILLE FCI HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE

 

The Greenville Federal Correctional Institution recently sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive for their employees.  Nineteen persons registered with thirteen units collected.  Karen Landolt received a seven-gallon pin.


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

 

This Sunday marks the end of daylight savings time for this year as we return to standard time.  Be sure to turn your clocks back one hour before going to sleep Saturday night.  The official time for the change is 2:00 a.m. Sunday but if you don't plan to be awake at that hour, just change your clocks before going to bed.  If you have trouble remembering which way to change your clock, just remember the old adage, "spring forward and fall back."   Don't forget, turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night. This is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

 

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NEW I-57/64 INTERCHANGE OPEN IN MOUNT VERNON

 

A new interchange at the junction of Interstates 57 / 64 and Veterans Memorial Drive in Mount Vernon opened this week. The $15 million project greatly enhances access, safety and mobility for motorists traveling to and through the area.  Governor Quinn said, "The interchange will ease congestion and improve access to the interstate." Construction began October 31, 2007 and the project was completed eight months ahead of schedule.



 

CARING FOR ADULTS SEMINAR OFFERED

 

A seminar entitled "Caring for Others" is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., at Mariner's Village Conference Center at Carlyle Lake.  The seminar is for all who are caregivers for adults.  There is a $5.00 fee for the seminar and advanced reservations are required by October 26.  To register or for more information, call 664-3665 in Bond County or 526-4551 in Clinton County.


HUNTER ETHICS

 

As the traditional hunting season moves into full swing in November, you are reminded to practice ethical hunting while in the field.  Trespassing tops the list of illegal and unethical practices of hunters.  You must always obtain permission of the landowner before entering his land to hunt or retrieve game, regardless of whether or not the land is fenced or posted.  Another serious matter is the haphazard disposing of animal carcasses.  Indiscriminate dumping of carcasses in creeks, along roadsides, and in areas where remains are visible is unethical, offensive and illegal.  Remember your conduct while hunting may influence the landowner's decision to let you or others hunt in the future.  Be legal and ethical at all times.  For more information on hunting rules and regulations, call 618-594-2484.


LADY COMETS VOLLEYBALL PLAYING FOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Greenville Lady Comets Volleyball team is playing for the Regional Championship this Saturday at 2PM.  The game is at East Alton Woodriver and the Lady Comets will be playing Metro East Lutheran.  Good Luck to the Lady Comets. 


OBITUARIES

WILLIAM D. "BILL" PIERCE

 

William D. "Bill" Pierce, age 75, of Highland, passed away Friday, October 30 at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 75 year-old William "Bill" Pierce are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

 

HAZEL M. THOMPSON

 

Hazel M. Thompson, age 91, of Carbondale, formerly of Greenville and Panama, passed away Wednesday, October 28 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services for 91 year-old Hazel Thompson will be Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Illini Christian Children's Home.

 

ADELIA F. RUSTEBERG   

 

Adelia F. Rusteberg, age 85, of Moriarty, New Mexico, formerly of Highland, passed away Monday, October 26, at her residence.  Memorial services for 85 year-old Adelia Rusteberg will be Monday, November 2, at 2:00 p.m. in Moriarty, New Mexico and Friday, November 6, at 11:00 a.m. at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, November 6, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - mostly cloudy, high 54, low 41

SUNDAY - partly cloudy, high 59, low 43


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join Tom Kennedy for Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news on WGEL Radio.  Tom’s guest this week is Calvin Green with the Illinois Department of Insurance. Tom and Calvin will discuss recent changes and new programs for Illinois citizens from the Department of Insurance. That's Public Affairs following the noon Bond County area news.


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