7-28-2010

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STRUCTURE FIRE IN POCAHONTAS BRINGS OUT SEVERAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS

 

Pocahontas firefighters were called Tuesday around 11:45 a.m. to a home fire on Stallard Street in Pocahontas.  The smoke billowing from the roof and multiple places from the home could be seen for miles.  Greenville was quickly called for mutual aid, and State Street that connects to Stallard was closed for some time to allow firefighters and emergency personnel to fight the fire.  Highland-Pierron, Grantfork, Keyesport and Smithboro firefighters were also called for mutual aid.   According to Kendall Brink, Fire Chief with the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department, the house and garage were probably a total loss and a young boy was in the structure when it caught fire. The boy said he threw a bucket of water on the fire in the garage ran out and was not injured. The cause at this time is undetermined and many fire departments were called because of the excessive heat. According to Fire Chief Brink, firefighters were called back to the scene around 5:15 p.m. to put out some smoldering embers and were there for approximately one hour.  According to information from the Greenville Police Department, Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters were called again just after midnight when the fire again rekindled.  The State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire.   

 

 

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DONATIONS BEING COLLECTED FOR FAMILY DISPLACED BY FIRE

 

Donations are being collected for the Randall family that was displaced and lost everything in the home fire in Pocahontas Tuesday.  Donations may be dropped off at Kalous Market in Pocahontas and for more information you may call Elliot’s at 669-2595.  All donations are welcome as the home was a complete loss.  The family has two children one boy and one girl. 


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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE TO USE ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKS IN AUGUST

 

During August, Illinois State Police Officers from District 11 will be conducting roadside safety checks in the Metro-East counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair.  Roadside safety checks are an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance with traffic laws by the motoring public.  The chance of coming across these safety checks encourages motorists to arrange for designated drivers, keep their consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits, or not travel in a motor vehicle after drinking.

 

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DISCOVER CHICAGO TRIP IN OCTOBER

 

Learn about geography, history, and science as you explore famous attractions in Chicago.  If you will be in the fifth, sixth, or seventh grade this September, you may register for the Discover Chicago trip October 9-11.  Discover Chicago is three jam-packed days of fun learning in one of our nation’s largest cities.  Build a robot, walk through a human heart, land an F-14, and explore a coal mine at the Museum of Science and Industry.  Dine on a medieval feast while watching brave knights show off their skills at Medieval Times.  View the city from the John Hancock Center, experience nature at Field Museum, eat at the Rainforest Café, and come face-to-face with marine life at Shedd Aquarium.  The cost for this trip is $299.00 which includes admissions, lodging, transportation, meals, and insurance.  The registration deadline is September 1.  Adult chaperones are also needed.  For more information, call the Extension office at 664-3665.

 

 

 

 

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SHIMKUS INTRODUCES RENEWABLE FUELS MARKETING ACT

 

Congressman John Shimkus recently introduced The Renewable Fuels Marketing Act of 2010 which would expand the availability of advanced renewable fuels at retail outlets.  Shimkus explained, “This legislation sets up a new system to determine if existing or new equipment is capable of handling higher levels of ethanol or biodiesel.”  The bill has support from the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, among others.  Shimkus noted, “They understand the equipment must be approved and available to them in order to sell E-15 or B-20.”  The bill has been referred to the House energy and Commerce Committee on which Shimkus serves.



OBITUARIES

RANDY L. MOLLETT

 

Randy L. Mollett, age 46, of Hillsboro, passed away Monday, July 26 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services for 46 year-old Randy Mollett will be Friday, at 11:30 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 


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