3-2-2011

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FATALITY IN FIRE AT ROYAL LAKE

A mobile home fire early Tuesday afternoon in Royal Lake claimed one life.   According to Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown, the sheriff’s office received a call asking for an officer to check the wellbeing of a person in Royal Lake due to prior psychiatric problems.  Deputies made contact with Robert Alford, age 52, of Mulberry Grove at his mother’s home at 1153 Michigan Avenue.  Alford allegedly tried to throw gasoline on the deputies and he went back into the trailer.  Shortly thereafter, deputies could see smoke and fire inside the trailer.  They tried several times to get Alford to come out without success.  Smithboro Firefighters were called to the fire just after noon.   Smithboro Fire Chief Dale Deverick said the fire started in the kitchen area but the cause is unknown.  Mulberry Grove and Greenville Firefighters were called for mutual aid.  Sheriff Brown said when the fire was extinguished, Alford was found deceased on the bathroom floor.  Damage to the home was extensive, especially in the kitchen and living room areas.  The Illinois State Fire Marshall was called to investigate the origin of the fire and the fire scene.  The investigation continues by the State Fire Marshal, Bond County Sheriff’s Department and Bond County Coroner.   No one else was in the home at the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured.  Firefighters were on the scene for more than four hours.     


FEBRUARY 2011 PRECIPITATION TOTALS FOR GREENVILLE

Greenville and Bond County received all types of winter precipitation in February.  Greenville recorded an average of 2.22 inches of rain, 7.38 inches of snow, one half inch of ice and three inches of sleet.  The three and one half inches of ice and sleet is much more than has been seen in Greenville in the past 44 years.  One half inch of sleet was recorded in 1987.  February rainfall was about average and the more than seven inches of snow places tenth highest with nine Februarys in the past 44 years with more than seven inches of snow.


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GREENVILLE COLLEGE STUDENTS WIN ADVERTISING AWARDS

Greenville College students and Graphic Design Professor Jessa Wilcoxen recently attended the American Advertising Association Gala in Peoria.  This is the first year Greenville College students entered the competition and they won two gold awards including best of show and five silver awards.  Kelly Baker and Beky Smith received gold with Kelly Baker receiving Best of Show.  Kimberly Minshall, Kristin Minshall, Blake Holderread, Logan Shaw, and Miranda Caulkins received silver awards.  Baker and Smith’s gold winning designs will be judged in the regional competition March 19.

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FARM CREDIT OFFERING COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS   

4-H club and FFA chapter members are encouraged to develop an improvement project in their local community. Farm Credit Services of Illinois will be awarding up to 60, $250.00 community improvement grants for proposals submitted by 4-H and FFA members.  This is the third year Farm Credit has funded grants for 4-H clubs and FFA chapters are eligible for the first time this year.  Community residents with community improvement ideas should contact a local 4-H or FFA member.  Applications must be submitted online by the organizations no later than March 31.  Anyone with questions should send an email to info@fcsillinois.com.

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