8-12-2011

 




TRACTOR TRAILER – CELEBRITY BUS ACCIDENT ON INTERSTATE 70 NEAR BROWNSTOWN

A semi-tractor trailer and a tour bus, carrying television and movie celebrity Miranda Cosgrove, crashed on Interstate 70 at 4:46 a.m. Thursday.  According to District 12 Illinois State Police, a 2007 Sterling Truck Tractor, driven by Phillip L. Carter, age 46, of St. Louis, was overturned on the roadway when it was struck by a 2000 Prevost Coach Bus, driven by Rodney D. McClure, age 55, of Hendersonville, Tennessee.  Both drivers were injured.  Carter was airlifted from the scene to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and McClure was taken to Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. Two pedestrians who were assisting the truck tractor driver were injured.  Eldon L. Coffey, age 45, of Harrah, Oklahoma and Jeyakumar Arumugam, age 45, of Toronto, Canada, were also taken to Fayette County Hospital. Two passengers in the tour bus, Christina Cosgrove, age 59, and Miranda Cosgrove, age 18, both of Downey, California, were taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham.  Miranda Cosgrove played the part of Carly on the Nickelodeon show "iCarly" and performed in the movie “School of Rock”.  Cosgrove is touring to promote her new album, "Sparks Fly."

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CRUISIN’ THE DAM CAR SHOW AND CRUZ-IN AT CARLYLE LAKE

The 15th annual Crusin' the Dam Car Show and Cruz-In returns to Carlyle Lake August 12. The event is at Mariner's Village Resort with more than 200 classic cars from across central and southern Illinois. An early car cruise at Carl's 4-Wheel Drive in Bartelso will officially kick off the show at 4:30 p.m.   At 5:30, the cars will leave Bartelso and drive to Carlyle, where you may view them from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. All types of vehicles will be at the event including classic cars, stock cars, drag cars, and custom bikes. There will also be food, drinks, games, prizes, and plenty of entertainment. The event is sponsored by the Mariner's Village Resort, City of Carlyle, Carl's 4-Wheel Drive and Misfit Motorsports Productions. For more information, call the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 594-2484.

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EVENTS THIS WEEK-END

Enjoy two days of fun and music at the Sorento Homecoming Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13. The Kiddie Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the theme “At Grandma’s Place.” Following the parade, The Chapman Brothers will be performing. The big parade is Saturday at 6:00 p.m. with Hard Drive performing afterwards.

Come and join the fun at the Mulberry Grove Firemen’s Association Homecoming Saturday, August 13 at the Firemen’s Park in Mulberry Grove. The parade begins at 4 p.m., serving of chicken dinners starts at 5:00, and live entertainment from Exit 36 and The Country Clan begins at 6:00.


NEW LAW TO HELP REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE

Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation recently designed to help reduce gun violence in Illinois as it will increase penalties for convicted felons who are found carrying guns. Senate Bill 1589 will fight gun crime in Illinois by ensuring that felons who are convicted of new weapons offenses will be sent to prison – not allowed to walk the streets of Illinois. Under the new law, a defendant convicted of unlawful use or possession of a weapon, who has previously been convicted of a felony, will be sentenced to two - ten years in prison.  The new law removes probation as a sentencing option. Additional violations will now carry a sentence of three - fourteen years behind bars. Felons who are currently on parole or mandatory supervised release may also be sentenced to three - fourteen years in prison. Under the current law, all of these violators could be sentenced to probation.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE OFFERS PARAMEDICINE DEGREE

Due to increased numbers of jobs in the field of emergency medical services, Kaskaskia College will continue to offer the Paramedicine Degree and Certificate this fall.  Courses for EMT-Basic will be offered in Salem, Greenville, and Nashville.  For more information about these classes and registration, call 545-3331.



OBITUARIES

None To Report


WEATHER

SATURDAY - mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers & thunderstorms, high 86, low 65

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 79, low 61


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area news on WGEL Radio.  Tom’s guest this week is Harry Buchannan.  They will give you the first look at this year’s Homestead Harvest Days at the Latzer Homestead just outside Highland.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday after the noon Bond County Area news. 


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