3-9-2011

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SEVENTEEN CONFIRMED TORNADOS FROM FEB 28TH STORM

Seventeen tornados, including one in Bond County, have been confirmed by the National Weather Service so far from the Monday, February 28 storms.  The National Weather Service reported the following about the damage caused by the tornado in Bond County.  “A tornado touched down approximately 2.5 miles north of Pocahontas at a farm and residence along File Avenue.  A concentrated area of extensive tree damage was found next to the house. Every hardwood and softwood tree in this area was snapped at the trunk. Tree tops were thrown 30 to 50 yards. Several trees were also uprooted. The house sustained shingle damage and two supporting posts on the house were blown out.  A granary was destroyed with debris thrown between 50 and 100 yards.  A large metal storage shed lost its roof and two walls were blown out with debris scattered between 1/4 and 1/2 mile.  The maximum damage was rated EF1 with a maximum wind speed around 100 mph. The total length of the tornado was 300 yards with a maximum width of 20 yards.”
The National Weather Service also confirmed three tornados east of Vandalia, one in the Troy area, and another south of Edwardsville.   National Weather Service damage survey teams continue to work and more tornados may be confirmed.  Straight line winds of up to 100 mph were also reported from that storm system and caused substantial damage throughout the area.  To see the track the tornados took and some pictures of the damage they caused visit www.wgel.com and click on the link on our homepage.   



BOND COUNTY HEALTH BOARD MEETING

The Bond County Board of Health met Monday at 6:30 p.m. The board reviewed agenda items and then went into closed session to discuss the building and grounds report.  After the closed session, the board made a statement regarding the department’s former building and parking lot located at 503 Prairie Street in Greenville.  In the statement, the board reported they had considered and rejected a proposal for the sale of the building and lot due to terms which they found too restrictive. The board authorized their real estate agent to re-engage in efforts to sell the building and voted to approve the realtor contract for a period of six months.

An influenza update showed 32 cases of flu last month.  Of those cases, ten were Type A, nineteen were Type B, and three were Type A & B.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 11 at 6:30 pm.


MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD HIRES NEW BUILDING CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

After reviewing applications for the position of building code enforcement officer and interviewing a candidate, the Mulberry Grove Village Board Personnel Committee recommended the position be offered to Randy Radford of Pana at an hourly salary of $10.00.  Mr. Radford accepted the position on a part-time basis. 
The recent wind storm blew a village stop sign from its post and into a car causing $358.00 in damages.  The board is contacting its insurance provider to see about paying the damages.
A new computer and printer have been purchased for the village office at a cost of $1200.00.  The computer is being built and will be set up soon.  The board decided to purchase an accounting program to handle all printing and record keeping for village residents’ utilities such as water and sewer.  The cost for the new program is $2745.00.
The next meeting is April 11 at 7:00 p.m.

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CLINTON COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE EMPLOYEES RECEIVE SAFETY HONORS

Clinton County Electric Cooperative employees received two safety honors during the recent Safety Supervisory Technical Conference in Springfield.  The awards were for outstanding “no lost time” and “illness/injury” safety records for 2010. 

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OBITUARIES

JUDY A. BREUCHAUD

Judy A. Breuchaud, age 67, of Greenville, formerly of Woburn, passed away Monday, March 7. Graveside services will be Thursday, at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Woburn Christian Church. Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.

LESLIE L. “LES” WINTERS

Leslie L. “Les” Winters, age 88, of Highland, passed away Monday, March 7. Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra. Memorials are suggested to TIP Hospice.

AMY J. HENRY HENTZ

Amy J. Henry Hentz, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, March 8 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


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