HOUSE FIRE ON THIRD STREET
Greenville Firemen were called at 4:14 Thursday morning to a fire at a residence at 805 South Third Street, the home of Mat Eakle. Smithboro Firemen were called for mutual aid with manpower. According to the fire report, the fire is suspected to have started due to a plastic paint can laying beside the house that caught fire, which in turn caused the house to catch fire. Firemen investigated inside the home, cutting holes inside and outside. They extinguished the fire and removed smoke from the home. Damage is estimated at $3,000 and there are no reports of injuries. Firemen were on the scene for about an hour and a half.
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE FIRING RANGES OPENED TO HUNTERS
The Illinois State Police recently announced the "Open Range Program". This program opens firing ranges to hunters on Saturday, November 14 for sighting-in and test firing their shotguns in a safe environment for the upcoming deer season. According to an Illinois State Police spokesman, "The Open Range Program is another great way for hunters to hone their skills and practice safety by making sure their firearm is in proper working order and sighted accurately." The firing ranges in Effingham and Pawnee will be available to the public from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For a list of other firing ranges opened across the state, call 217-782-6637.
FIRE IN PANAMA
The Shoal Creek and Greenville Fire Departments were called out to a fire in Panama Tuesday afternoon. The call came in around 4:25 p.m. that a brush fire got out of control and caught a small garage on fire at 107 Murray Street in Panama. Firemen put out the fire but the garage and its contents were a total loss. At this time, there is no estimate on how much monetary damage was done. Firemen were on the scene for approximately one hour.
SMITHBORO VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
The Smithboro Village Board met Monday night. Ladies Auxiliary member Deloris Scott told the board the town hall roof needs repair. Mayor Laura Kennedy replied that the board has two bids of repairing the roof and a decision would be made soon.
Board members unanimously supported a resolution endorsing Jerry Coleman and Donald Roach as fire department board trustees.
The Village of Smithboro will be flushing hydrants Saturday, November 7 starting at 11:30 a.m., the ladies auxiliary annual Christmas party will be Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. and the last day to submit bids for mowing in the village is November 20.