1-26-2011

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GREENVILLE POLICE CHIEF LORTON ON TASERS

WGEL spoke with Greenville Chief of Police Lou Lorton about the acquisition of TASERS® for the city’s officers.  Although they add some weight to their duty belts, the officers are excited to be receiving a non-lethal tool for situations where the well-being of citizens or officers must be protected but where the use of deadly force would not be justified.
Chief Lorton said a generous donation from Bond County Sheriff Brown and the Bond County Sheriff's Department enabled the city to purchase ten TASERS for city police officers.  These devices will be worn on the officers’ duty belts, opposite their firearm.

When they strike a suspect, TASERS use electricity to disrupt normal muscle function immediately disabling a person. They are a non-lethal tool for officers to use to protect life and limb when arresting suspects that represent a threat to civilians or officers.

 

 

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BOND COUNTY DEPUTY DISPLAYING TASER


LINCOLN VICTORY BALL IN VANDALIA

The Lincoln Victory Ball will be Friday, February 11, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.  Abraham Lincoln served in the House of Representatives in the Vandalia State House and several events are being held around the state this year to celebrate President Lincoln’s history in Illinois. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and February 11, 1861 was the date of Lincoln’s famed Farewell Speech to the people of Springfield as he departed to Washington, DC for his inauguration. The Salt Creek Band will provide music with a dance caller from Indiana.  Refreshments from 1860’s recipes will be available.  Admission is $5.00 but attendees in period costumes will be admitted free.


CITIZENS SPEAK OUT AT UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MONDAY NIGHT

At the Unit 2 School Board meeting Monday, several citizens spoke about the district superintendent living in the district.
Teacher Michael Young spoke against the superintendent having to live in the district. He said he feels the superintendent has plenty of opportunity to mix with the public at the many athletic and academic functions he attends and living in the district has nothing to do with job capability. Junior high teacher Scott Spencer addressed the ad in the shopper calling it a tactic to try to embarrass the board and superintendent. Spencer said he’d like to see Strieker move to the district because he would be proud to have him as a neighbor. Everyone who spoke had praise for Strieker’s job performance, some do believe that living in the district should be a requirement for any superintendent.  Robert Ellsworth spoke in favor of Strieker living in district. He felt it would encourage people who were considering moving to Greenville to know that the current superintended lived in the district he served. Phil Spies also spoke in favor of the superintendent living in district. The subject is likely to be discussed at future board meetings

 

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OBITUARIES

ARVILLE “VILLA” BROWN

Arville “Villa” Brown, age 46, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 25 at her home.  Funeral arrangements for 46 year-old Arville "Villa" Brown are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


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