If a health emergency arises due to extreme heat, identify the symptoms and take the following steps.

Heat Cramps Symptoms: Muscle pains and spasms -- usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs -- usually caused by strenuous activity, which triggers heavy perspiration.
Treatment: Stop all activity and rest in a cool place. Drink cool, clear water, juice or a sports beverage. Avoid strenuous activity for a few hours after cramps to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment.
Symptoms: Heavy sweating, weakness, cold and clammy skin, a weak pulse, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting. If untreated, the victim's condition could worsen; the body temperature could keep rising, possibly leading to heat stroke.
Treatment: Rest in a cool place. Loosen clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or take a cool shower or bath. Drink cool beverages unless nausea occurs. If vomiting occurs, seek medical attention.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: The body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.
Symptoms: The ability to sweat stops; red, hot, dry skin; extremely high body temperature; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; unconsciousness. Body temperature can rise so high that brain damage or death can occur within 10-15 minutes unless medical help is immediate.
Treatment: Call 911 immediately for emergency medical services. Try to cool the victim as rapidly as possible. Remove clothing; use a cool sponge bath or fan; put the person in a cool bath or shower; use a garden hose. Do not give fluids.

Extreme heat can occur in may area of the country. However, people respond differently based on their place of residence, the precautions they take, and their personal susceptibility to heat. In regions of high humidity, excessive heat can make being outside unbearable. In regions of low humidity, the most common human response to extreme heat is dehydration.


Former State Senator and Senate Republican Leader, Frank Watson, will be honored at a ceremony designating a stretch of Interstate 70 the “Frank Watson Parkway”.  A sign that will be installed along the highway will be unveiled and shown to Watson, who will be in attendance.  The ceremony will take place this morning, July 19th, at 10:00 am at the Silver Lake rest area, located on the eastbound lane of I-70, near Highland.


North Pokey Road, between Illinois Rt. 140 and Meffert Road, will be closed Tuesday, July 19, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., for culvert replacement.  A detour route will be available.



Julie Wollerman is the new Regional Superintendent of Schools for the area serving Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.  Mrs. Wollerman officially took office Monday after her appointment was approved by a committee consisting of the county board chairpersons from the three counties. The Regional Superintendent of Schools is an elected officer whose duties include the licensing of professional educators, professional development for teachers and administrators, inspection of school buildings, compliance monitoring of districts, G.E.D. testing, bus driver training and issuing work permits to minors.  Governor Quinn eliminated the $11.3 million funding for the ROEs with his line-item veto power after State Legislators left the funding in place.

Prairie Farms



The Bond County Board will meet tonight at the courthouse.  Items on the agenda include the Bond County Circurt Clerk’s semi-annual report, the Illinois Department of Health Feral Cat Program, along with Cobra coverage offered to civil union partners.  Tune to WGEL Radio for full post meeting coverage. 


Nelda Hopkins

Nelda Hopkins, age 92, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Monday, July 18th at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Arrangements are incomplete at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.

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