NASHVILLE MAN DIES AT CARLYLE LAKE
A Nashville man lost his life on Carlyle Lake sometime Monday. According to the Clinton County Sherriff’s Department, the body of Chad Matthews, age 31, of Nashville, was recovered north of Allen Branch Boat Dock on Carlyle Lake around 6:40 a.m. Wednesday. Matthews was first reported missing Monday when he did not show up to meet friends. Matthews' boat was found empty Monday, on the west shoreline. A search Monday and Tuesday did not locate Matthews. The Clinton County Sherriff’s Department, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Department of Conservation all assisted in the search and recovery of Matthews’ body.
NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT CAN MAKE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT
An expansion and construction could be underway soon at the industrial park in Greenville. Lisa Stephens, Director of Economic Development for Greenville says, “We are excited about the upcoming development at the Wolf Industrial Park in Greenville. The company is called Molinero Incorporated. They will be bringing at least 45 full-time jobs and will pay from $12.00 - $20.00 an hour. Because of the specialty white corn they will be using, Clarkson Grain plans to construct a grain elevator operation near the facility. The 45 jobs at Molinero and the 10 permanent jobs at Clarkson Grain will have a great impact on our community. Molinero is expected to be in full production in 18 months."
NEW LEGISLATION CRACKS DOWN ON EXCESSIVE SPEEDERS
Senate Bill 3796, initiated by Secretary of State Jesse White to crack down on excessive speeders, was signed into law recently by Governor Pat Quinn. The new law prohibits the issuance of court supervision to drivers ticketed for speeding 40 or more miles-per-hour above the posted speed limit. The measure also establishes speeding violations of 30-39 miles-per-hour above the speed limit as a Class B misdemeanor. Published records show that more than 40 percent of drivers ticketed statewide since 2006, for driving in excess of 100 miles-per-hour, received court supervision. White initiated other legislation, targeting excessive speeders in Illinois, in 2000 and 2006. This new law becomes effective January 1, 2011.
ILLINOIS SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL GAMES
Seventy-one athletes and seventeen coaches from Illinois will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to compete in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games July 18-23. The week-long event will feature thirteen Olympic-style competitions and other non-competitive special events such as the opening and closing ceremonies, the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and the Special Olympics Town, a designated area of family fun. Area athletes competing in Nebraska include James Albers of Germantown, Matthew Albers of Bartelso, Matthew Davis of New Baden, and Marla Scoggins of Godfrey. Stacey Methaney of Lenzburg will coach bocce ball for Team Illinois.
WGEL’s Tom Kennedy will be broadcasting live this Saturday from the Pocahontas Gretchen Wilson American Legion Park to help celebrate the 175th birthday of the Village of Pocahontas, and the 150th year of the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department.
Stop in to see Tom as he broadcasts from noon till 2:00 p.m. Register for the WGEL Cash Call-Secret Word and the WGEL 25-year anniversary drawings.