It took until around 2:00 p.m. Thursday for the heavy snow to finally leave the Bond County area and before it departed it dropped seven inches of snow at the sewer plant.  That is the most we have gotten in one single storm this year.  It could have been much worse.  As you travel west on I-70, the totals get higher very quickly.  Highland reported just over eight inches by noon Thursday.  According to the National Weather Service, areas of Edwardsville received more than ten inches and more than a foot of snow was reported in the St. Louis Metro and parts west.  Illinois State Police from district eleven responded to about 15 accidents due to the snow and about 50 vehicles that needed to be pulled out of ditches. 
With temperatures staying well below freezing don’t expect the snow to go anyway anytime soon and there is a chance of light snow each day until Monday. No big snow storms are in the forecast but the cumulative effect could add another inch or two over the next four days. 



State Representative Dan Beiser from Alton is co-sponsoring a bill for the 97th Illinois General Assembly regarding concealed-carry of guns. Representative Beiser says there is a divide that creates controversy over the issue but that the split is not between political parties.  He says the divide is between northern and southern parts of the state with those in the south typically pushing for laws allowing people to carry guns while Chicago politicians say access to guns contributes to increased crime. Illinois and Wisconsin are the only states in the country without some type of concealed-carry law.


It is not every day that people are willing to “go jump in a lake,” especially in winter, but that is exactly what will happen in Carlyle Saturday, February 26 as part of the annual “Law Enforcement Polar Plunge” to benefit Special Olympics. Any adventurous soul is invited to join law enforcement officers, as well as media, business, and civic leaders, by donning bathing suits and jumping in the lake.  Each plunger must collect a minimum of $75.00 which will be used to support Special Olympics programs in Illinois. All plungers will receive gifts, compete for prizes, and enjoy food and camaraderie.  You may register at the Illinois Special Olympics website at www.plungeillinois.com or by contacting David Crouthers or Sandy Stover at 654-6680.



Vincent Deiters, age 71, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, January 18 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  Funeral services will be private but the family will receive friends Monday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Memorials are suggested to the family. 


SATURDAY -partly sunny, high 27, low 17

SUNDAY - mostly cloudy, high 23, low 20, 40% chance of snow Sunday night


Tune in for Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News.  Tom’s guest this week is Dr. Phil Siefken.  They’ll discuss ways to stay healthy and safe this winter season.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 

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