01-12-2011

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SNOW BLANKETS AREA CAUSING CLOSINGS AND ACCIDENTS

The snow had been forecast all week and it came Monday night and Tuesday with Greenville receiving more snow than many surrounding areas.  Accumulation at the Sewer Plant at 1:45 pm. was 5 ½ inches, 2 ½ of that falling since Tuesday morning. Many area schools, including all schools in Bond County, were closed Tuesday. The Illinois State Police reported seven accidents overnight and another 12 crashes Tuesday morning. At 8:00 a.m., a tractor-trailer jackknifed on I-70 westbound near the Pierron exit at milepost 30, requiring one westbound lane to be closed for cleanup. A second tractor-trailer, westbound on Rt. 185, drove off the roadway into a ditch, which caused the vehicle to turn over onto its passenger side.  Rt. 185 was closed for approximately an hour, with the Coffeen Fire Department assisting with traffic control. None of the crashes were considered serious nor are there any reported injuries. Winds were projected to be 10-15 MPH gusting up to 25 MPH causing drifting and blowing snow.  Temperatures are to remain well below freezing causing slick spots on roads, bridges and overpasses. Please allow more time for any necessary travel and allow more distance to stop. Stay tuned to WGEL, Radio 101.7 FM, for all local closing and cancellation information.

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GOVERNOR QUINN CONGRATULATES FELLOW DEMOCRATS ON INCOME TAX HIKE APPROVAL

Early this morning, a victorious Governor Pat Quinn congratulated fellow Democrats after the state Senate and House approved a huge income tax increase without any Republicans' support.  Beaming, Quinn shook hands on the Senate floor about 1:30 a.m. after the Senate passed the bill in a 30-29 vote.  The bill would hike the personal income tax rate by 67percent and the business income tax rate by 46percent.  Quinn said he would answer more questions about the bill at a 10:30 a.m. news conference today, hours before legislators elected in November are expected to be sworn in while the General Assembly begins a new session.

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BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT MEETING

The Bond County Health Department Board met Monday night. The board discussed the old health department building which is up for sale.  There are no new offers or interest in the building and the board might consider an auction.  The Building and Grounds Committee will discuss options. The board approved an additional $200,000 payment on loan principle saving annual interest of $7,800. Three documented influenza cases have been reported locally.  Two were Strain A and the other Strain B.  300 doses of influenza vaccine are available and you may call the health department to schedule a flu shot.


OBITUARIES

LORAINE M. MCCASLAND

Loraine McCasland, age 89, of south of Greenville, passed away Monday, January 10 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Ladies' Aid at Hug Cemetery. 

LORRAINE SCHAUFELBERGER

Lorraine Schaufelberger, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Monday, January 10 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at Campground Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  Interment will be in Campground Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home and Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Campground Church or Campground Cemetery. 

LUELLA BOEDICKER

Luella Boedicker, age 98, of Springfield, formerly of New Douglas, passed away Sunday, January 9 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston.  Burial will be in St. Ubaldus Cemetery in New Douglas.  Friends may call Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.


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