TWO-CAR ACCIDENT ON RT. 140 SENDS THREE TO HOSPITAL
Greenville Firefighters and Bond County EMS were dispatched Wednesday, at 3:35 p.m., to a report of an accident with injuries on Rt. 140 just west of Qualls Road west of Greenville. Illinois State Police Officers handled the accident and according to the accident report, Oscar Garrison, age 68, of Pocahontas, in a Ford Explorer, was stopped behind a school bus on Rt. 140. After letting off students, the bus pulled away and the Garrison car started moving. Paul Schreiber, age 18, of Sorento, in a Cadillac Deville was approaching the stopped vehicles and struck Garrison’s car in the rear causing Garrison to lose control and the Explorer to flip onto its side. Bond County EMS took Garrison and two passengers to Greenville Regional Hospital with incapacitating injuries. Schreiber was cited for alleged failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
MORE INFORMATION RELEASED ABOUT SUNDAY EVENING ACCIDENT
Illinois State Police have released more information about a three-vehicle accident Sunday night, on Route 127 near Shoal Creek Trail, that sent two people from Sorento to the hospital. According to Illinois State Police, 21 year-old Jacob Perry of Hillsboro was northbound on Rt. 127 and started to turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail. Mathew Coulter, age 27, of Sorento, was southbound on Rt. 127 when Perry allegedly pulled in front of him to make the turn onto Shoal Creek Trail. Coulter, on a Harley Davidson, was thrown from the motorcycle by the collision. Coulter was then struck by another southbound vehicle while he was in the roadway. Coulter was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries. Sarah Coulter, age 27, of Sorento, was a passenger on the motorcycle and was also taken to St. John’s Hospital with serious injuries. As of Friday morning both Mathew and Sarah were in fair to good condition at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
CELEBRITY PIE AUCTION 2011
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 16-18 are the dates for this year’s Celebrity Pie Auction hosted by WGEL. From 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. each day, local celebrities will auction their pies to raise money for the Bond County Relay for Life.
Mike and Tom will host the auction and celebrities from law enforcement, government, business, and education will use their “star power” to raise money for a great cause. Be sure to tune in for the fun and be sure to call in and bid.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT BOARD MAKES BIG PAYMENT ON NEW BUILDING LOAN
The Bond County Health Department Board made another early, large payment on the loan for the new health department building. The old health department building sold for a price of $210,447.00 and that money will be used to pay down the debt of the new building saving thousands of dollars in interest payments. The board voted unanimously to use the money to make a payment on the new building. This is at least the second time that a large extra payment has been made on the new building loan. Health Department Director Maxine Barth updated the board on the money owed the department by the state of Illinois. The total is around $500,000.00 to several departments on different grants. It is not known when those payments will be received.