TORRENTIAL RAIN CAUSES WIDE SPREAD FLOODING SATURDAY NIGHT
The heavy rain hit almost everyone Saturday, but none worse than Montgomery County. The Greenville rain totals were just over an inch of rain, but you didn’t have to travel very far to the north to see those rain totals soar and damage to increase. According to the National Weather Service rain totals for Hillsboro were 4.81 inches. In Witt over 3 inches fell. And WGEL’s Mike Greenwood had over 6 inches in his rain gauge in the Coffeen area. Saturday’s storm changed directions, slowed down and speed up, grew in one place while it diminished in another. That pattern makes rain totals in neighboring cities inches apart. Several roads in Montgomery County were closed due to flooding. At the intersection of Route 127 and 16 2 feet of water was covering the road by 10:30PM barely 45 minutes after the rain started. Both Highways had several locations that were underwater. Firemen, police and even the Hillsboro dive team were kept busy rescuing stranded motorists and closing roads that had moving or standing water on them up to three feet deep.
MAN RESCUED FROM FLOOD WATERS ON HAZEL DELL ROAD
Greenville Firefighters, Bond County EMS, and a Bond County Deputy were dispatched at 4:26 this morning to a report of a vehicle trapped in flood water at the north end of Hazel Dell Road. According to Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston, the vehicle was still running and the headlights were on when firefighters arrived. Eldon Smith of Greenville was still sitting in the pick-up truck which had apparently become stuck in the flood water. Johnston said the truck was about 200 yards into the water. Emergency personnel rescued Smith and Bond County EMS transported him to Greenville Regional Hospital as a precautionary measure to check for possible injuries. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour and a half. Mulberry Grove Firefighters were called for mutual aid with a pumper and manpower to stand by at the Greenville Firehouse.
BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 SCHOOL REGISTRATION DATES SET
Registration for Bond County Community Unit 2 elementary and high school students will be August 10-13. Online registration for Greenville Elementary School only, may be accessed beginning July 26 and closes August 11. To complete registration, all students in kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grades must present evidence of a completed physical exam and immunizations. Students in kindergarten, second, and sixth grades must present evidence of a dental exam. Kindergarten students are required to have vision screening. New students must provide a birth certificate.
Registration for Greenville Elementary School and Junior High students is August 10, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and August 11, from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Students may register at Pocahontas and Sorento August 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. High school seniors register August 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., juniors, August 11, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., sophomores, August 12, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., freshmen, August 12, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and new high school students, August 13, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
GREENVILLE FIREMEN RESPOND TO MOBILE HOME FIRE ON LYNCH LOOP
Greenville Firefighters responded Sunday at 11:55 a.m. to a report of a mobile home fire on Lynch Loop the home of Felicia Hand. According to Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston, the fire started in a bedroom, the result of a child or children playing with a lighter. When the mother discovered the fire, she tried to put it out with water but the fire had too much of a head start. She and her two children escaped without injury. The mobile home sustained substantial damage, with damage estimated at more than $15,000.00. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours and fifteen minutes.
$500 MILLION INVESTMENT IN ILLINOIS MASS TRANSIT
Funding provided through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, calls for more than $500 million for critical mass transit infrastructure improvements throughout Illinois. While most of the money will be spent in the Chicago area and other larger cities, downstate Illinois communities are also earmarked for improvements. $472,500.00 has been designated to construct a new transit facility in Greenville and the St. Clair County Transit District is slated to receive $5,000,000.00 for rail slope rehabilitation for the MetroLink line.
AMERICAN FARM HERITAGE JULY MEETING
The July meeting of the American Farm Heritage Museum Board started with a grant application public hearing. Dale Schaufelberger explained to the crowd that a federal grant was available for their new geothermal heating and cooling system they were installing. The grant application process was approved. The new heating and cooling system will cost around $66,000 with the grant paying 35% of the total cost. A representative of the installers reported that everything should be ready to go before next weekend.
Several committee chairmen gave progress reports for the big event next weekend. Everyone at the Farm Heritage group is looking forward to the events planned for next weekend.
DOVE HUNT FOR SPORTSMEN WITH DISABILITIES
Disabled sportsmen may now reserve access to handicapped-accessible dove blinds for September 1-2, from 12:00 noon until sunset. The blinds are located among bountiful sunflowers at Stein’s Field Access. Blind use is by reservation only and limited to permanently non-ambulatory or semi-ambulatory hunters. An assistant, who may also hunt, must accompany each disable hunter. Hunters are encouraged to bring a dog to retrieve harvested birds. Reservation requests must be received by 4:00 p.m. August 31. For more information or to place a request, call 618-594-2484.
JOSEPH J. MADURA
Joseph J. Madura, age 97, of Summerfield, passed away Thursday, July 22 at Countryside Manor in Aviston. A funeral Mass for 97 year-old Joseph Madura will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Lebanon. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hempen Funeral Home and Monday, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to Aviston Countryside Manor Activity Fund or Camp Ondessonk.
Randall V. Owens, age 48, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, July 22 at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 48 year-old Randall Owens will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. Interment will be in Smithgrove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, after 10:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to Brauns Terrace.
Frances M. Brewer, age 86, of Greenville, formerly of Reno, passed away Saturday, July 24 at Fair Oaks. Funeral services for 86 year-old Frances Brewer will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Reno. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.
Roscoe Jackson, age 92 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Saturday, July 24 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services for 92 year-old Roscoe Jackson will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Mulberry Grove. Burial will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery with military honors by Mulberry Grove American Legion Post 1180. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Church of Christ or Bond County Hospice. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove is in charge of arrangements.
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