3-24-2011

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BRUSH FIRE DISRUPTS POWER TO HUNDRED IN FAYETTE COUNTY

A brush fire that was fueled by dry conditions and high winds caused hundreds in Fayette County to lose power Wednesday afternoon. According to Larry Deutsch with Southwestern Electric Cooperative, the fire was about four miles north of Brownstown.  The fire burned down one of the coops transmission poles knocking out the transmission feed to approximately 675 customers.  The coop was able to reroute service to 375 of those customers.  However the remaining three hundred were not anticipated to have service restored until about midnight.   With high winds and dry conditions in many areas it is wise to put off any controlled burns to another day.  Breezy conditions are likely to remain until today.  


TRUCK BRAKE FIRE AT LOVE’S

Greenville Firefighters were dispatched at 5:07 Wednesday morning to a report of a brake fire on a semi-truck at Love’s Truck Stop.  According to the fire report, the bracket holding the air lines on the trailer broke letting the hoses drag.  A hole in the lines caused the brakes to drag resulting in a small fire.  Firefighters cooled the brakes and trailer and extinguished the fire.  No injuries were reported and damage was minimal.  Firefighters were on the scene for about half an hour.


CITY OF CARLYLE AND CORPS OF ENGINEERS IMPROVE MULTI-USE TRAIL

Carlyle residents and Carlyle Lake visitors will soon benefit from a $25,000.00 grant to improve recreation opportunities at Carlyle Lake.  The grant, given to the City of Carlyle and the US Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project, will support improvements to an existing multi-use trail including a development of a Kaskaskia River Walk.  The 1.5 mile section of trail below the main dam will include a wheelchair accessible fishing pier, renovations to the existing city park trail, benches, bike racks, signs, and interpretive stations.  For more information, call 594-2484.

 

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SPRING FROST PROTECTION

The occurrence of frost in both spring and fall is of interest to farmers, landscapers, and gardeners. Frost in Illinois is usually not measured directly at weather stations. Instead, it is inferred from the air temperature when the air temperature crosses the threshold of 32°F. The actual date varies from year to year but in our area it usually occurs between April 7th and April 14th. To protect plants from frost, the University of Illinois Extension website suggests using old pillowcases for slipping over taller upright plants and glass jars work well for smaller plants that cannot be brought inside.  Milk jugs or buckets provide similar frost protection. The Extension office advises not to make the mistake of thinking that plants may remain covered for a few days when the weather calls for more than one night of frost.  The protection needs to be taken off every morning when the sun comes out. Plants may easily overheat under a heavy container, a layer of straw, plastic, or fabric.

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OBITUARIES

NELSON L. MEWES

Nelson L. Mewes, age 86, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, March 22 at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Jamestown. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas.  Memorials are suggested to St. Paul United Church of Christ. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is handling the arrangements. 


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