2-19-2010

 




COUNTY BOARD APPROVES UPGRADE TO RAILROAD SAFETY CROSSING

 

In the recent Bond County Board meeting, Highway Engineer Mike McCormick presented a plan to improve the safety of a railroad crossing near Smithboro on Woburn Road.  The improvements will include automatic flashing lights and gates.  Along with smoothing the transition from railroad to road to reduce wear to cars and the road.  The total cost to the county for the improvements is only %10 of the nearly quarter of a million dollar project or just over $25,000.  The board approved the project, no specific word on when the work will be done, but the project, once started, should only last about 12 days.  The board also approved a liquor license for Jim Miller for the business Just Jimmy’s in the old Scott’s Package liquor building.  It was also said at the meeting that IDOT had contacted Bond County Transit about state funds that are available to purchase another vehicle for Bond County.  The board passed a resolution to purchase the new mini van with state funds.  The money is from the stimulus and recovery act. 

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TRIAL POSTPONED FOR TRENTON MAN CHARGED WITH MAIL FRAUD

 

A Trenton man, charged with alleged mail fraud, had his trial postponed. According to a news release from the United States Attorney's office, Lavern Huelsmann, age 44, of Trenton, was indicted by a federal grand jury in a two-count indictment charging him with alleged mail fraud and engaging in a financial transaction over $10,000 from property derived from mail fraud. The investigation of this case involved the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Service and the Illinois Securities Department. If Huelsmann is found guilty, he could face up to thirty years imprisonment, a fine up to $500,000, three years supervised release and mandatory restitution. Huelsmann may also be required to forfeit $1,935,500. Huelsmann's trial has now been set for Tuesday, March 30 at 8:00 a.m. at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis.

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UTLAUT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION TELETHON

 

The Utlaut Memorial Foundation recently held an event to recognize volunteers involved in the organization's first year-end telethon which raised a total of $77,293. Nearly 1,800 people were contacted with more than 650 making a gift at some level. Thirty-one people, including hospital staff and volunteers, assisted in the telethon. Watson Tidball received special recognition as the caller raising the highest donation amount of $22,230 from 47 donors.


NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR GERALD TURLEY AWARD

 

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Gerald Turley Memorial Award.  The award recognizes those who have demonstrated personal sacrifice, involvement, innovation, and community leadership, to promote the ongoing success of Greenville.  Nominations may be mailed to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 283, Greenville, or emailed to: Greenville@newwavecomm.net.  For more information, call 664-9272.


 

OBITUARIES

 

BARBARA JEAN COOK

 

Barbara Jean Cook, age 84, of Taylor Springs, formerly of Coffeen, passed away Thursday, February 18 at Montgomery County Nursing and Rehab.  Funeral services for 84 year-old Barbara Jean Cook will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.  Burial will be in Myers Cemetery in Herrick.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - cloudy with a 30% chance of rain & snow, high 40, low 31

SUNDAY - cloudy with a 70% chance of rain & snow, high 36, low 24


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

It's a very important public affairs this Sunday.   Tom's guest this week is Assistant Greenville City Manager Lisa Stephens.  They'll discuss the large production facility, code named Project Carolina that is deciding where to locate, and Greenville is one of two finalists.  The project would mean hundreds of jobs.  Tom and Lisa will discuss a decision time line, the environmental concerns that have been voiced and how you could play a role in helping this major employer locate here.  That's Public Affairs following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio this Sunday. 


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