COUPLE RESCUED FROM FLOOD WATERS ON DOLL’S ORCHARD ROAD
A Greenville couple was rescued from flood waters Tuesday evening on Doll’s Orchard Road. According to Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Chief Kendall Brink, the couple’s car was in flood waters on the road in the Shoal Creek bottom. Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters and EMS responded along with a Bond County Deputy. Firefighters rescued the couple and the deputy took them home. No injuries were reported. Water was reported to be half way up the door on one side of the car and at the bottom of the door on the other side as the car was at the side of the road. The car could not be retrieved and a towing company was called to get the car.
RELAY FOR LIFE PROM DRESS SALE
The United Stationers’ Relay for Life team will hold a prom, or formal, dress auction Saturday, March 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Cunetto’s reception hall. The admission charge is $3.00 per person. Dresses will be marked starting at $25.00 to $50.00 each. A new dress will be offered through silent auction and you do not need to be present when the winner is announced at 2:00 p.m.
Call Jesi Larson at 618-384-0491 if you have questions or would like to donate a dress.
Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and there are many opportunities to support the event.
$3.2 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR RECYCLING PROGRAMS
The Illinois Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that $3.2 million is available to assist local government, businesses, and other public and private entities in enhancing their recycling efforts. The programs are funded through the Solid Waste Management fund which is a dedicated funding source supported by a surcharge on garbage placed in landfills in Illinois.
IDC Director Warren Ribley said the funding will help increase recycling efforts, helping both the public and private sectors save energy and reduce waste while helping create new “green sector” jobs.
The program provides matching grants to help fund ongoing and new recycling efforts as well as projects to advance food scrap composting. The program also provides educational and technical assistance about Zero Waste programs and practices to Illinois schools.
Resources, including a toolkit to evaluate and establish cost-effective and sustainable waste reduction programs, are available online at: www.illinoisrecycles.com.
FUTUREGEN SELECTS MORGAN COUNTY
FutureGen Alliance announced Monday that Morgan County, Illinois was selected as the site for the CO2 long-term storage facility. Four counties, including Fayette County, were being considered for the facility. Morgan County was selected because its high quality geology was well suited for safe and secure storage and its close proximity to the Ameren Meredosia power plant, which simplifies pipeline routing, would substantially reduce the project’s overall cost. WGEL spoke with Willow Grove representative Martin Culik who said they are going to continue to develop their CO2 storage facility in Fayette County. FutureGen said their selection of Morgan County would bring more than 1,000 construction jobs and 1,000 service sector jobs to that area.