CELEBRATION IN POCAHONTAS
The Village of Pocahontas is preparing to celebrate 175 years and 150 years of the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department. The event is this weekend, July 9-11. Friday, July 9 activities begin at 5:00 p.m. with a carnival, crafters, pony rides, an antique tractor exhibit and food and drink stands. A kiddy parade is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., bingo starts at 7:30 and the Chapman Brothers Band will play from 8:00 until midnight.
Exhibits open at 11:00 a.m. Saturday and the carnival and pony rides start at 2:00 p.m. A Civil War reenactment is scheduled for 2:00, the parade at 5:30 and the Rock House Band plays at 8:00.
Sunday’s church service starts at 11:00 a.m. The carnival opens again at 2:00 p.m. and the Double D Band performs at 5:45. The evening concludes with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. For more information about the Pocahontas celebration, check the website www.pokey2010.com.
CAR STRANDED ON FLOODED ROAD NORTH OF MULBERRY GROVE
According to the National Weather Service, 2-3 inches of rain fell on Bond County, before 2:00 p.m. Thursday. The heavy rain caused flooding on roads that stranded one motorist on Hastings Cemetery Avenue, east of Woburn Road, north of Mulberry Grove, just before 11:00 a.m. Thursday. According to Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, Barbara Caramer, of Hastings Cemetery Avenue, tried to drive through standing water on the road and her car flooded out. The car was stranded in about one and a half feet of water. Mulberry Grove Firefighters and Bond County Deputies responded to the scene. Greenville Firefighters responded with mutual aid, bringing their boat which was used for the rescue. Volkmar said they were on the scene for about two hours until Mulberry Grove Township workers brought barricades to block off the flooded road. More rain fell during the evening and overnight. Watch for water on roads and never attempt to drive through flooded areas.
ILLINOIS STATE TROOPER WITH MINOR INJURIES AFTER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
An accident involving an Illinois State Trooper squad car happened around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Maryville - Glen Carbon area of Route 162. Trooper Phill Huniak and Intern Emmarie Snyder were traveling westbound when a pick-up, driven by Danny Briggs of Glen Carbon, crossed the center line and struck the front driver side of the squad car. Briggs said he was disoriented by a car with high beam lights that had just gone by him and that caused him to cross over into westbound traffic. Both Huniak and Snyder were transported to Anderson Hospital in Maryville with minor injuries.