6-17-2011

 




POCAHONTAS GIRL STARTS LEMONADE STAND FOR JOPLIN VICTIMS

Abby Weiss, an 8 year-old from Pocahontas, daughter of Jeffery and October Weiss, wants to have a lemonade stand, but not for herself. She wants to donate the money to the victims of the tornado in Joplin, Missouri.  WGEL spoke with October Weiss about how Abby came up with the idea. Weiss said Abby got into trouble and was sent to her room and when she came out she said “Mommy, I want to start a lemonade stand and send the money to the families of Joplin. They have lost everything and I have so much.  I think I need to help them.” The stand will be on the Square in Pocahontas June 18. A second lemonade stand will be set up July 9 at Funderburk’s in Pocahontas.  The stands will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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FIRST MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold announced a mosquito sample collected in Tazewell County has been confirmed as the first positive West Nile virus test results in Illinois this year. Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois began May 1 and includes laboratory tests on mosquitoes, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds as well as sick horses and humans with West Nile-like disease symptoms. The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.  Additional information about West Nile virus may be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s web site.


BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH TO MEET

The Bond County Board of Health is scheduled to meet Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m.  The agenda includes a review of May activities and financial reports, board members resignations and reappointments, the 2010 audit, West Nile virus and flu vaccine updates, and a closed session.

AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY COMING SOON

The Okaw Valley Amateur Radio Club Annual Field Day exercise is Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26 at Patriot’s Park, Lake Pavilion.  The event begins at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, ending at noon Sunday.  Ham radio operators will be on the air during the 23 hours talking with other Hams around the world.  Only emergency power is used during field day as this is a simulation of an emergency situation.  Special operators will be on hand to assist school age Hams and their parents in making contacts.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be available at no cost and there will be a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m.  For more information or to reserve your spot, call John at 664-0219.


GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MAKES TWO APPOINTMENTS

The Greenville City Council made two appointments at Tuesday’s meeting.  David Royer was appointed to be the City Representative on the Greenville Airport Authority and Rena Ward was appointed to a vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Mayor Alan Gaffner nominated Royer and Ward for the positions and the council unanimously approved the nominations.


FARM HERITAGE TRAIN

It was a big day last Saturday at the American Farm Heritage Museum just South of Greenville. Volunteers and friends of the railroad helped hammer down the ceremonial gold spikes that finished the one mile track that circles the museum grounds

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OBITUARIES

PAUL N. RANSON

Paul N. Ranson, age 69, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, June 15 at Barnes Jewish Hospital Extended Care in Clayton, Missouri.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, after 4:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home.  There will be a prayer service at 8:00 p.m.  Memorials are suggested to Comets Sports Boosters or St. Lawrence Church.

HAROLD J. STOCKSTILL

Harold J. Stockstill, age 78, of Greenville, formerly of Litchfield, passed away Thursday, June 16, at his home.  Funeral arrangements for 78 year-old Harold J. Stockstill are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

CHARLES L. MILLER

Charles L. Miller, age 62, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Friday, June 17 at his home.  Funeral arrangements for 62 year-old Charles L. Miller are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.

GHLELA “LEA” O’BRYAN

Ghlela “Lea” O’Bryan age 81 of Highland passed away Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for 81 year old Lea O’Bryan will be Monday the 20th at 10AM at Highland Hope United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow in the Friedens United Church of Christ Cemetery in Troy.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8PM at Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home and Monday from 9-10AM at the church.  Memorials may be made to Highland Home or the Highland Food Pantry. 

RAYMOND A. BLASÉ

Raymond A. Blasé age 86 of Hamel passed away Wednesday at his home.  Funeral services for 86 year old Raymond A. Blasé will be Saturday June 25th at 11AM at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel.  Visitation will be Saturday the 25th from 10-11AM at the church.  Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Donor’s Choice.  The Dauderman Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. 


WEATHER

SATURDAY - partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers & thunderstorms, high 91, low 73

SUNDAY - partly sunny, high 92, low 74

 


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join Tom Kennedy this Sunday for Public Affairs after the Noon Bond County Area News.  Arthritis affects millions of people and is the topic for this week’s Public Affairs.  Tom will be joined by Dr. Kamat to discuss ways to recognize arthritis early, how to slow the progress and find relief.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 


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