6-28-2010

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NWS SERVICE SAYS THREE INCHES OF RAIN HIT GREENVILLE

 

The storms came quickly Sunday evening then left, and then came again even heavier.  According to the National Weather Service 3 inches of rain fell on Greenville in just a few hours time frame.  The NWS uses multiple trained weather spotters and rain gauge reports that are then averaged for the 3 inch total.  Flood water was reported over route 40 and 127 and a Flash Flood Warning was issued till late into the evening.  Strong winds, lightening and hail were also included in the storm system.  Trees were reported down in many parts of the WGEL listening area including through out Bond County, Madison County along with Vandalia and St. Elmo.  55+ MPH winds were reported in several parts of Clinton County and its likely winds were that strong through out the listening area. 

 

Thunderstorms that dumped a reported five plus inches of rain in northern Bond County Sunday evening also left roads and streets in Vandalia flooded and impassible.  According to Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason, water in some low-lying streets was as high as the roofs of cars.  One such spot was at the intersection of Randolf and Elm Streets next to the Vandalia City Public Works Department.  Eason said some east-west roads were impassible last night due to standing water and some streets on the west side of the city still have water on them this morning but are open to traffic.  Reported damage in Vandalia includes wide-spread flooding all over town, trees down, water damage in some homes, and backed up sewers. 


HIGHLAND MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD SCHEME

 

Robert Mark Koch, age 39, of Highland, pled guilty to two counts of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud.  According to court documents, the violations occurred between February and September 2006, when Koch, who was doing business as Elite Building and Development, knowingly and willfully devised a scheme to defraud customers by entering into contracts to construct steel buildings while having no intention of performing the work.  Each count carries a possible penalty of not more than twenty years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000.00 or both and not more than three years supervised release.  Sentencing is scheduled for September 17.

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BIGHEAD ASIAN CARP FOUND IN CHICAGO AREA

 

A Bidhead Asian carp has been found in Lake Calumet, along the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS), approximately six miles downstream from Lake Michigan.  This is the first specimen found in the CAWS above the US Army Corps of Engineer’s Electric Barrier System.  Another Asian carp was found December 3 below the barrier, just above the Lockport Lock and Dam.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service continue sampling actions on Lake Calumet and the Calumet River leading to Lake Michigan.  Electrofishing gear and commercial fishing nets will be used to aid in finding Silver or Bighead Asian carp in the area.  This fish sampling is part of the effort to keep the Asian carp out of Lake Michigan where it is feared the carp will damage the commercial fishing industry.  More information on the Asian carp control framework may be found at www.asiancarp.org.

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BROADCAST FROM SLOAN IMPLEMENT IN HAMEL

 

Come join Tom Kennedy and Tom Dooly, on Tuesday, June 29th as they broadcast live from Sloan Implement in Hamel.  If you have ever thought about owning or test driving a John Deere, now is the time as Sloan Implement celebrates Drive John Deere Green Days.  Also it is your chance to sign up for WGEL’s 25th Anniversary Giveaway and register for Cash Call, Secret Word and Wheel of Meat. Come meet the two Tom's between 10am to 1pm this Tuesday.

 

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LISA STEPHENS ANNOUNCES HUD GRANT FOR GREENVILLE

 

 

Assistant Greenville City Manager Lisa Stephens told WGEL that for the past three years, she and others have been involved in the application process for a business incubator grant to help Kaskaskia College and Greenville and area residents.  There was a lot of governmental red tape and paperwork to complete but finally with the help of Congressman John Shimkus, who helped sponsor the grant, the application has been approved.  Greenville is receiving a $147,000.00 grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.


MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL STILL EXPECTING SECOND STATE AID PAYMENT

 

The Mulberry Grove Board of Education met recently.  Superintendent Mike Gauch presented the financial report.  He said that according to the May report, the district is actually in better financial shape than a year ago.  However, that situation may change this month.  Unit 1 has received the first categorical state aid payment and the second payment is promised by June 30.  The third and fourth payments are not expected, leaving the state owing the district about $100,000.00 following receipt of the second payment.

 

The board approved a reimbursement resolution relating to disbursement of bond monies, district property, casualty, and workman’s compensation insurance coverage for another year, renewal of the School Reach mass calling system, and the prevailing wage resolution for 2010-2011.

Following a closed session, the board hired Robyn DeMoulin to fill a leave of absence in Jr. High English, Brian Cook was designated yearbook sponsor, and Alisha Johnson was moved from half-time aid to full-time aid.

 

The next regular board meeting will be Monday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.

 

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OBITUARIES

NO NEW AREA FUNERAL NOTICES TO REPORT


 

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