4-12-2011

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HONORS FOR FALLEN AIRMAN, BRADLEY SMITH

Senior Airman Bradley Smith, of Troy, who died in the service of our country January 3, 2010 in Afghanistan, has been featured in Volume V “Portraits in Courage,” a book published by the Air Force. According to information on the US Air Force website, "After the blast from an Improvised Explosive Device, or IED, killed two soldiers and wounded one Airman, Senior Airman Bradley Smith rushed waist-high into a creek to save his wingman and recover the remains of the fallen. When Airman Smith arrived at the casualty collection point, he and a platoon medic were instantly killed from the blast of a second IED." Smith was awarded the Purple Heart and received the Silver Star, posthumously. The “Portraits in Courage” book may be found in PDF format online at www.af.mil.information. WGEL salutes all the service men and women who serve our country and honor the great debt we owe those who gave all.


CAR IN REVERSE STRIKES PARKED CAR SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

A Bond County Deputy responded to the scene of a two-car accident Saturday, at 4:35 p.m., at Willey and North Division Streets in Pocahontas.  According to the accident report, a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by April S. Clayton-Kimbro of Pocahontas was left in reverse gear and backed out of the driveway striking a parked 2002 Chevrolet Silverado across the street.  Pocahontas-Old Ripley EMS took Clayton-Kimbro to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland with minor injuries.  Clayton-Kimbro was cited for alleged failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.


TIPS TO HELP YOU SAVE ON FUEL COSTS

With gas prices rising, you might be looking for ways to save on gasoline costs.  Trading large gas-guzzling vehicles for more fuel-efficient models will save gasoline.  Walk or bike if your destination is close.  Plan your trips to include several needed stops along the way.  Maintain your vehicle with regular oil changes, tune ups, and proper pressure in your tires.  Buy gas at cooler times of the day because gas expands in warmer temperatures and you may pay more for less fuel.  Drive smart.  Avoid frequent stopping and starting which reduce fuel efficiency and lighten the load in your vehicle which will increase gas mileage.  For more helpful hints on how to save on gasoline, visit www.fueleconomy.gov.


Prairie Farms

BCHD HOSTS EVENT RAISING AWARENESS OF CHILD ABUSE

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families.  The Healthy Families Department of the Bond County Health Department is hosting an event for children and families entitled “Prevent Child Abuse America” Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Information will be available on ways to prevent child abuse.  There is no charge to attend and snacks and drinks will be provided.  For more information, call 664-1442, ext. 127.


ILLINOIS HOUSE PASSES BILL PROTECTING FOID CARD HOLDERS NAMES

According to Representative Ron Stephens, House Bill 3500 which would prevent the disclosure of who holds a FOID card and potentially owns a gun passed the House recently with a vote of 98-12.  The bill prohibits state and local governments from publicly releasing names or private information of FOID card holders or applicants.  Stephens said, “This is a victory for law-abiding gun owners, FOID card holders, and privacy activists around the state.  Individuals who chose to exercise their second amendment right should not have to fear their names being publicly released and their privacy violated.”  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.



CITY OF GREENVILLE POLICE PENSION FUND BOARD TO MEET

The City of Greenville Police Pension Fund Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Municipal Building.


MOTORISTS WATCH FOR SLOW-MOVING FARM VEHICLES

Illinois State Police Education Officer Doug Francis reminds you to be alert for slow-moving farm vehicles on the roads during spring planting season.  Watch for the slow-moving vehicle triangle and remain alert for oncoming traffic, farm vehicles with wide loads, proximity to farm and field roads, and farm vehicles which may not have turn signals making turns in front of you.  When you encounter farm vehicles on the road, drive at a safe speed, maintain a safe following distance, do not be distracted, and be patient.


OBITUARIES

LILLIAN A. MITCHELL

Lillian A. Mitchell, age 76, of Carlyle, passed away Thursday, April 7. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Holy Garden Prayer Church. Burial will be in Carlyle Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home and Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Holy Garden of Prayer Church or VNA/Tip Hospice.


JAMES J. “JIM” EVERSGERD

James J. “Jim” Eversgerd, age 63, of Germantown, passed away Sunday, April 10. A graveside memorial service will be Thursday, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Boniface Cemetery in Germantown. Memorials are suggested to the Germantown American Legion.

JANE HENSS

Jane Henss, age 93, of Trenton, passed away Sunday, April 10 at Countryside Manor in Aviston. A funeral Mass will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Memorials are suggested to the Cerebral Palsy Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Association.

MARK SCHRAGE

Mark Schrage, age 52, of St. Rose, passed away Sunday, April 10. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Rose Church. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to Ma-Cli-Bo Shriner unit.

LESTER G. REYMOND    

Lester G. Reymond, age 93, of Beaver Creek, passed away Sunday, April 10 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Greene Cemetery in East Pierron.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Greene Cemetery.

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