4-20-2011

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MULTIPLE TORNADO WARNINGS AND SEVERE WEATHER HIT TWICE IN ONE DAY

Two shots of severe weather struck the WGEL listening area Tuesday.  The first hit in the morning and brought severe thunderstorm warnings, hail and heavy rain.  The second and by far the stronger system struck around 8PM for the metro east.  3 different tornado warnings were issued for Bond County, also Clinton, Fayette, Marion, Montgomery, Macoupin, Madison and St. Clair counties were all under tornado warnings at different parts of the night.  Rotation was seen by the National Weather Service near multiple towns including Greenville, Mulberry Grove, Highland, St. Rose, Breese, Troy, Virden, Litchfield, Carlinville and in the St. Louis city area.  It will likely take some time before the National Weather Service will confirm any tornados, but damage and hail were reported including a roof blown off a building near Donnellson. A Tornado was caught on video last night in Montgomery County near Litchfield, at least one home was totally destroyed in Macoupin County, no injuries reported in those storms. There was a report of a Semi blown over on I-64.


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GREENVILLE COLLEGE PRESENTS AGAPEFEST 2011

The Greenville College 35th annual AgapeFest will be at the Bond County Fair Grounds April 29-30. This year’s AgapeFest is the largest in the festival’s history with more than 50 artists scheduled to perform.  Featured performers include Third Day, NeedToBreathe, Hawk Nelson, Tenth Avenue North, and Lecrae. The addition of a third stage allows the festival to better serve the hard rock crowd and a new partnership with the Greg Oliver Agency allowed the second stage lineup to bring in national touring acts like 33 Miles, Abandon, Rush of Fools, Jonny Diaz and Finding Favour. AgapeFest offers more than just music.  Activities such as laser tag, paint ball, and ultimate Frisbee are scheduled throughout the weekend as well as a variety of ministry opportunities with organizations like Interlinc and International Crisis Aid.  Festival goers will also enjoy the autograph tent, vendor pavilion, and free camping. The student-coordinated festival dates back to 1977 and has grown in many ways, now averaging an attendance of around 5,000. Ticket purchases may be made at www.itickets.com or by calling 800-965-9324.  For more information on the festival, visit www.agapefest.com.


BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT LUNCHEON

The Bond County Health Department and Hospice had a recognition luncheon recently at the health department building.  The event coincided with National Volunteer Week and was both a celebration and a chance to recognize those that give of themselves to volunteer. WGEL spoke with Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Smith about the event.  Smith said the volunteers give freely of their much valued time with caring, compassionate hearts and the luncheon and awards were a way the Hospice program could show their deep appreciation. Special recognition awards recognition were given to volunteers who have shown extraordinary commitment to the health department.  An award was given to Jane Neumann for 25 years of volunteer work with the group and the Volunteer of the Year Award went to Dorothy Demith. Hospice Director Candy Eveland said the program currently has 30 active volunteers and logged 974 hours of volunteer time last year, an average of 81 hours per month.  Medicare requires each Hospice to maintain a volunteer program and keep at least a 5% ratio of volunteer hours compared with employee hours.  Eveland said they had a ratio of 9.5%, nearly double the requirement.

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MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD WELCOMES NEW BUSINESS

At the recent Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting, Trish Jenner shared her plans to open a “Walk-in Barbershop and Salon” at 101 Maple Street.  The new salon should be open the first part of May.  The board welcomed her business plan. The budget committee is working on the 2011 budget due by the end of July.  The state is currently six months behind in aid payments to the village and the lack of these funds makes construction of a budget difficult. The board plans to advertise a surplus of push mowers for sale.  Call the village office at 326-8815 after April 18 for more information. Village Code Enforcement Officer Randy Radford reported since taking the position the first of March, he has made several building inspections and written a total of 47 ordinance infractions.  Only seven violations are being referred to the village attorney for prosecution. The new computer and software for the village office is being installed and should be fully functional by May 1. The next board meeting is scheduled for May 2 at 7:00 p.m.


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