1-31-2011

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DANGEROUS WINTER STORM SET TO BEGIN...

According to the National Weather Service, Bond County may well be at the dividing line with snow to the north and ice south. Major ice and snow accumulation is expected before the storm ends. Expect freezing rain tonight with minimal accumulation as the temperature is expected to remain right around the freezing point. As the temperature drops Tuesday, the amount of ice will increase with 1/4 - 1/2 inch of ice and 3 - 6 inches of snow expected. Precipitation is expected to change over to all sleet and snow by Tuesday evening. Winds are expected to increase Tuesday evening through Wednesday which will blow the light powdery snow into the air causing visibility problems as well as drifting snow. There might be some light snow remaining Wednesday morning but snow should taper off and end by Wednesday evening.

The greatest snowfall amount is will likely occur across central and northeast Missouri and west central Illinois, where amounts between 12 and 18 inches will be likely.  Ice accumulations of one half inch to one inch are likely for areas south and east of Saint Louis in southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois. According to the National Weather Service models as of Monday morning Bond County was in the 1/4-1/2 of ice range with higher totals further south. And not to far south as Nashville Illinois is projected to get .70 inches of ice.

The snow will end Wednesday but winds will increase beginning Tuesday and continue through Tuesday night and Wednesday as the storm system deepens.  Blowing and drifting snow as well as an increased risk of damage and power outages due to the ice accumulation will last into Wednesday.

To see maps showing the total ice and snow accumulations for Bond and surrounding counties over the next 54 hours, please click on the link below that will take you to the National Weather site, the graphics will be on the right side of the page.

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BE PREPARED TO SURVIVE A WINTER POWER OUTAGE

With a major winter storm on the horizon with significant accumulations of freezing rain in the forecast, here are some tips to help you prepare in advance for a possible power outage.  If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, be sure you have an adequate supply of seasoned firewood.  If you plan to use a generator in the event of a power outage, remember to keep the generator at least ten to fifteen feet from your house.  Carbon monoxide, resulting from burning fuel in a generator, is deadly.  Keep flashlights with fresh batteries on hand as well as a portable, battery-powered radio.  Have at least a three-day supply of prescription medicines on hand as well as a three-day supply of canned and non-perishable food.  Dress for the temperature, preferably in layers.  If you do lose electricity, food in your refrigerator should be good for at least six hours and food will keep in the freezer for up to two days.  Remember not to open the refrigerator door any more than necessary.  If it is cold enough, food may be moved outside and stored in a cooler, however do not put the cooler in the sunlight, this will raise the temperature inside to unsafe levels. 


UNIT 2 BOARD ACTIONS FOLLOWING CLOSED SESSION

Following a closed session of the Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education, the board took action to hire Alicia Stefanisin Greenville High School assistant softball coach.  The board also passed a motion to pay a $5.00 per day stipend to a staff member, properly trained by the school district nurse, to administer medication to a diabetic student, with consent of the student’s parents.


STATE ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT FOR FORMER INDIAN REFINERY

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois EPA, and Attorney General have settled the natural resource damage case on and near the former Indian Refinery south of Lawrenceville.  The site was listed on the Superfund site list in 2000 due to contamination from various hazardous substances resulting from decades of operation as a refinery.  The contamination affected the wetlands that are connected to the nearby Embarras River. The settlement with Texaco Inc, the former owner of the refinery, requires the company to provide more than $1.7 million dollars for habitat enhancement and related costs and the transfer of approximately 2,300 acres of land south of the former refinery to the Department of Natural Resources.  The IDNR and the Illinois EPA will restore and enhance habitat on those tracts of land, which are a part of the Embarras River watershed.

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KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD HEARS REPORT OF ONLINE STUDENT SURVEY

At the last Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees meeting, the board received a report of an online survey of students during the 2010 fall semester.  Highlights of the report showed an average of 96 percent of students responding rated technical support assistance, online class experiences, course quality, and online instructor feedback as excellent, good, or average.
Representative John Cavaletto presented Kaskaskia College a proclamation in recognition of the college’s 70th anniversary.
The Illinois Weatherization Assistance Program will use Kaskaskia College as a training site for area contractors resulting in certification to do energy remodeling on low income households.
In personnel action, the board accepted the resignation of Mr. Tim Hood - Vice President of Instructional Services, approved the hiring of Pat Stansfield - Learning Specialist for the TRIO Program, and approved David Holshouser for continued tenured faculty.


PUBLIC ADVISORY ON ELECTRONIC REQUESTS FOR W-2 INFORMATION

Clinton County State’s Attorney, John Hudspeth, cautions you about responding to any email which may appear to be generated by the Internal Revenue Service.  Hudspeth says his understanding is that the IRS would not contact a taxpayer by email. According to Hudspeth, a local household recently received an email message which appeared to be from the IRS and advised the recipient they were late in updating their W-2 form.  The recipient of the email was asked to send a completed W-2 update form using an electronic link. Fortunately, the recipient did not respond to the request and no personal information was disclosed. Hudspeth advises you not to respond to electronic communications from unknown sources.  Hudspeth says, “Beware of electronic scams and don’t feel compelled to respond to something just because it appears in your inbox.”

 

 

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OBITUARIES

DALE L. BLOEMKER

Dale L. Bloemker, age 72, of Alhambra, passed away Friday, January 28 at Alhambra Care Center. Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

JEANNE DIAMOND

Jeanne Diamond, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Friday, January 28 at Helia Health Care in Greenville. Funeral services will be Monday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church.

JERRY MAHLANDT

Jerry A. Mahlandt, age 83, of Ft. Myers, Florida, formerly of Breese, passed away Saturday, January 29 at his home in Trenton. A memorial service will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ in Breese. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery in Breese. Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ in Breese. Memorials are suggested to St. John United Church of Christ. Moss Funeral Home in Breese is in charge of the arrangements.


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