NEW OFFICER JOINS COUNTY POLICE
A new K-9 officer is in training to join the Bond County Sheriffs Department. We talked with Sherriff Jeff Brown about what the unit’s purpose will be, and how this was added without using tax payer money.
Brown said the dog is something the Sheriff’s Department has needed for years but has not been able to afford. Forfeiture funds allowed the purchase of the K-9 unit without any cost to tax payers.
Deputy Dave Dunn is attending school with the dog for six weeks and after the schooling the two will be on the road and active.
The primary purpose for the dog is drug detection but tracking people can also be done. According to Sheriff Brown, the dog and training cost $13,000.
PATTI THOMPSON ON RADIATION TESTING
There has been a lot of precautionary radiation testing since the earthquake and power plant disasters in Japan. WGEL spoke with Patti Thompson, Communications Manager for the Illinois Emergency Management Association about test results and follow-up plans.
Thompson said that the IEMA had completed a few rounds of testing to see what types of effects are being seen in Illinois. Very low levels of radioactive iodine and cesium have been seen in some samples taken from air, grass and vegetation, milk, and rain water. Radioactive iodine was found in all samples and a very small amount of cesium was found in some of the grass and vegetation samples.
Since the half-life of radioactive iodine is about six days, subsequent testing should show little or no radiation. Even though there was no threat to public health and safety, Thompson said random testing would continue.
FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT MEETS WITH SOUTH AMERICAN OFFICIALS ABOUT FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS
Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson, a grain and livestock farmer in Seneca, recently returned from a ten-day market study tour to Brazil, Panama and Columbia. Nelson met with officials of those countries regarding the passage of Free Trade Agreements. He said the South American officials explained the market share has continued to erode due to a Free Trade Agreement these countries have negotiated with our trading partners in Canada. This has made the United States less competitive given the tariff on our products entering that country. Governmental and agricultural officials in Columbia and Panama said they want to do business with the United States but need to see quick action or those markets will go to other countries. Nelson said he hopes the Obama administration has resolved their issues and in the near future these agreements will go to Congress for discussion and hopeful passage so these markets may be recaptured.
CANCELLATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD AGENT HOURS
WGEL received a phone call from Anna Oestreich of the Bond County Senior Center who wanted to let people know about an immediate issue regarding social security field agents.
Oestriech said social security field representatives would no longer be coming for field station hours to the senior center or other location.
She felt the action would come as a shock because there were quite a few people who were expecting to come this week to meet with a representative. For those people there are a couple of alternatives. They may come to the Bond County Senior Center to speak with the social security through a telephone link or try to get their business done via the social security website or the toll-free number. They also have the option of driving to the Litchfield or Alton sites.
Oestreich apologized for the action and the late notice but said it was part of a national effort and is something that will just have to be dealt with.
KINGSBURY PARK DISTRICT DEADLINE FOR SUMMER BASEBALL APPROACHING
At the recent Kingsbury Park District Board meeting, Director Jerry Sauerwein said the deadline for summer baseball is April 20 at 5:00 p.m., at which time the draft will be done. The recreation brochures will be going out to the public by the end of April with deadlines for the other summer activities.
After the good response from last year’s Fourth of July celebration at Patriot's Park, fireworks will be purchased from the same company as last year, totaling $12,000.
Additional parking will be added to JC Park by changing the parking in front of the playground area to parallel parking.
At the May annual meeting, new board members will be sworn in.
GHS SPRING RECITAL
The Greenville High School Spring Recital is Saturday, April 16 in the high school auditorium. The recital is an all-day event at which students will perform solos and ensembles for a panel of judges. The band portion of the day is from 8:30 a.m. until noon and the vocal portion is from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Admission is free.
DONALD D. ZOBRIST
Donald D. Zobrist, age 79, of Pekin, formerly of Greenville, passed away Monday, April 11. Graveside services for 79 year-old Donald D. Zobrist will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Friends may call today, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home in Pekin. Memorials are suggested to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, Harbor Light Hospice, or Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter.
SATURDAY - mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain, high 51, low 38
SUNDAY - partly sunny, high 66, low 49
Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following your Noon Bond County Area News. Tom’s guest this week is Mike Westbrooks with the Greenville Public Library. Tom and Mike will discuss some the rich history of the library, the services it offers and some of the upcoming events. The library is a great piece of working, living Bond County History tune in this Sunday after the Noon Bond County Area News to learn more about it.
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