01-19-2011

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ANOTHER ROUND OF WINTER WEATHER ON THE WAY

The last snow isn’t completely melted yet and already another round is on the way.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 6PM Wednesday until 6PM on Thursday.  The snow is expected to start sometime in the late evening hours, continue overnight and well into Thursday.  The latest accumulation totals are between 4-6 inches for the Bond County area.  Totals for the Metro East range from 3-5 and 4-6 inches.  After the snow stops on Thursday temperatures will continue to plummet reaching a low Thursday night of 2 degrees with wind chills dropping to around minus 10-15 degrees.  Expect snow to be on the ground Thursday morning and allow for extra time to travel.  Tune to WGEL Radio for the latest weather and snow totals. 


LOCAL GIRL AND FAMILY START FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Trystan Watson, age seven, of Greenville, was diagnosed with cancer in April 2009 and underwent nine months of aggressive chemotherapy and two surgeries.  On February 1, 2010, Trystan was declared to be cancer-free and now Trystan and her family want to give something back to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Trystan and her sister, Alyssa, age 10, wanted to find a way to thank the hospital for saving Trystan’s life and now they have a unique fund raising idea.  The Watson’s are asking local employers to allow employees to wear jeans to work throughout February and pay $1.00 per day for permission to do so.  Donations collected will go to the 9th Floor Hematology / Oncology Department at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Mrs. Watson asks those with contributions to contact her at 664-2968 so she and her daughters may personally pick them up. Commitments to the fund raiser have already come from Greenville Elementary, Pocahontas School, St. Mary’s School, and area businesses. Mrs. Watson, speaking to WGEL, said, “We are very proud of our girls for wanting to give back.”


FAYETTE COUNTY IN RUNNING FOR A C0/2 STORAGE FACILITY

At a press conference in Vandalia, Future Gen Alliance announced that Fayette County is one of four counties in the running for a CO/2 storage center, training center, and research center. Also being considered are Douglas, Christian and Morgan Counties. The CO/2 would be turned into a liquid and run from the Meredosia power plant by pipeline to a storage facility. The CO/2 will then be stored underground. Along with the storage facility, the project would provide 25-50 million dollars to be used for a visitor and training center. This project will create approximately 1,000 construction jobs in Illinois and a projected 175 permanent jobs. The location of the project will be announced in the mid-February. Construction is planned to start in 2012 and be completed in late 2015. 


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HIGHLAND SUICIDE IDENTIFIED

The Madison County Coroner’s Department has released the identity of the person who committed suicide Sunday, January 16.  The body of Jarrett W. Buckner, age 37, of Highland, was found at 11:10 p.m. approximately 20 feet from the Highland Police Department’s main entrance. During the course of the investigation, a note was found in Buckner’s apartment expressing his despondency and providing some instructions for the disposition of his property.  The Highland Police video surveillance system captured images of the event and indicated no one else was involved.  A .38 caliber revolver was recovered at the scene. The coroner reported that Buckner died of a single gunshot wound to the head.  Toxicology tests for alcohol and drugs are pending.

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OBITUARIES

CHARLES B. ORRELL

Charles B. Orrell, age 81, of Highland, passed away Sunday, January 16 at his home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Highland.  Burial will be in the Restitution Church and Cemetery in Casey.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland, and Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

LAVERN E. LALLMAN

Lavern E. Lallman, age 83, of Beckemeyer, passed away Sunday, January 16 at his home.  A memorial service will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial with military honors will be at the Beckemeyer Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or VNA-TIP Hospice.

NORMAN E. BROWN

Norman E. Brown, age 71, of Beckemeyer, passed away Sunday, January 16 at his home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery in Old Ripley.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to VNA-TIP Hospice.


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