2-28-2011

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TORNADO WARNING AND OVERNIGHT STORMS DAMAGE

Straight line winds, measured at up to 70 miles per hour, and possible tornados tore through Greenville and all the surrounding area about 12:20 a.m. WGEL received damage reports from around the area.  Reports of damage have come in from nearly every corner of Bond County including power lines were down in many places, trees are down, and structures did not fare much better in some places, buildings damaged include a pole barn was destroyed at PDR just South of the Interstate, the roof is off an office building on Route 40 in Greenville, a shed is gone near the Greenville Vet Clinic, with the Clinic receiving roof damage, and tents in the back of the Greenville VFW were blown into the power lines.  Two machine sheds north of Mulberry Grove were destroyed and a report of 2 x 4’s blown through the walls of a house northwest of Mulberry Grove.  Downed Power lines and trees closed multiple roads and constricted traffic on others, including Rt. 40 east of Greenville to Smithboro which is likely to be closed all day according to the state highway office, a large tree is down on Rt. 40 near Pocahontas, there were power poles down on south 4th Street, power lines down on College Avenue, power lines and poles down at Ridge and Eagle Roads, power poles were reported down on Mt. Moriah Road, and power lines were down on Woburn Road north of Iron Gates.  Mulberry Grove Firefighters were called at 6:30 this morning to a report of a tree fire northeast of Mulberry Grove.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, a downed power line caused the fire and firefighters were on the scene for about an hour and a half.  Southwestern electric was called to make repairs.  Ameren Illinois reported 11,700 customers still without power late this morning and Ameren said all customers should have power back by the end of the day, and Southwestern Electric said about 4,400 members lost power due to the storm damage.  Highland Police and the Clinton and Fayette County Sheriff’s Offices were called concerning damage in those areas.  Highland and Clinton County report power outages, no injuries and minor damage.  The story is different in Fayette County.  The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department reported power outages and serious damage but no injuries.  If you have storm pictures you can send them to tom@wgel.com.  Remember to stay safe and stay far away from any downed lines. 

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Off Route 40

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MAN CONVICTED IN HEROIN OVERDOSE

Travis D. Doyle, age 42, of East St. Louis, was recently found guilty of distribution of heroin resulting in death, maintaining premises for the use and distribution of controlled substances and distribution of crack cocaine to a person under the age of twenty-one. According to evidence, Doyle sold heroin to Jonathan “J.J.” Ward May 28, 2009 at a crack house which Doyle maintained.  Ward, an Effingham resident, was pronounced dead on arrival at Barnes Hospital the next day.  Witnesses testified that Doyle refused to allow anyone at his residence to call 9-1-1 when Ward collapsed.  Instead, Doyle attempted to revive Ward by placing frozen meat in his pants.  When the frozen meat had no affect, Doyle insisted for several hours that Ward “just needed to sleep it off.”  Acquaintances of Ward eventually transported him to Barnes Hospital twelve hours after his collapse. According to witnesses testifying at the trial, Doyle sold both crack cocaine and heroin from his Walter Street residence. The court also heard testimony that Doyle provided copious amounts of crack to a 17 year-old runaway from rural Kentucky during the summer and fall of 2008. Because Doyle was convicted of distribution resulting in death, he faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without parole.  His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 3.

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MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION ACTIONS FOLLOWING CLOSED SESSION

Following a closed session, at the recent Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting, the board approved employment for several persons.  All non-tenured staff were re-hired for 2011-2012.  Non-tenured staff members include Susan Hall, Laci Hollenkamp, Marcy Mollett, Angie Koontz, Jessica Boese, Tommy Baro, Karen Neathery, Justin Joiner, Robyn DeMoulin, Karla Harre, Brian Cook, and Michelle Huhn.  Tenure was granted to Karen Clark, Matt Elam, Rhonda Hentz, and Becky Criner.  The board hired Maggie Gunn elementary special education teacher, Bobby Koontz high school social science teacher, and Teresa Tompkins assistant high school softball coach, all for 2011-2012.  Contracts were extended for Ryan Bauer junior/senior high principal and Annette Hartlieb elementary principal through the 2013-2014 school year with compensation and contract language to be determined.


AVISTON AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY PLANS RUMMAGE SALE

The Aviston American Legion Auxiliary is planning a rummage sale Wednesday through Saturday, March 2-5 at the Legion Hall at 601 S. Clinton.   Sale hours Wednesday are from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a bake sale.  Thursday there will also be a bake sale and the rummage sale will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Take advantage of half price day Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and there is a $2.00 brown bag sale from 9:00 a.m. until noon Saturday.  For more information, call 618-228-7416.


BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 BOARD TO MEET TODAY

The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Greenville Elementary School Gym.  The agenda includes consideration of a leave of absence, principals’ and superintendent’s reports, policy and curriculum committee recommendations, and a closed session.

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OBITUARIES

MYRTLE MAE DOTHAGER

Myrtle Mae Dothager, age 81, of Pittsburg, passed away Thursday, February 24 at Fayette County Hospital.  Funeral services are Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial is in Noffsinger Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.   Memorials are suggested to Kaskaskia College or the Fayette County Hospital EMS.


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