9-12-2011

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SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ANNUAL MEETING

There were three board seats to be filled at the election Saturday during the Southwestern Electric Cooperative annual meeting at the Greenville Junior High School. Incumbents Richard M. Gusewelle from Edwardsville representing District 1 Madison County and Barbara A. Tedrick from Vandalia representing District 3 in Fayette County were re-elected. In District 2, Bond County Challenger Sandra S. Nevinger of Greenville received 641 votes to win election beating incumbent Carl “Shorty” Barth of Sorento. Barth got 565 votes and candidate Richard R. Zbinden got 133.


WILD DOG PROBLEM IN DUDLEYVILLE AREA

At the recent Bond County Board meeting, the board received information about a problem with packs of wild dogs in the Dudleyville area. It was reported many residents in the Dudleyville area have complained about a roaming pack of wild dogs.  Board member Jack Langel said a pack of at least six dogs has been traveling in the area and two persons told him these dogs have killed a few deer.  Langel said this is a public safety issue. Two wild dogs were shot while trying to get into resident's chicken coops.  Bond County animal control officer Matt Willman reportedly caught two wild dogs in traps in the Dudleyville area.  The board may consider an ordinance to limit the number of dogs one owner can posses as it is believed these wild dogs are roaming free from one unnamed owner who allegedly does not care for the dogs.  Langel said the safety of the people in the area is most important and any dog that can catch and kill a deer is a big problem. 


ILLINOIS EPA TIRE COLLECTIONS IN METRO EAST

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is currently removing thousands of illegally dumped waste tires from the Metro East area.  The tires, found along roadsides, in public parks, and on abandoned sites, are being collected by the EPA and local government partners in Madison and St. Clair Counties to be disposed of properly at a registered commercial processing facility. A new law makes it a Class 4 felony to illegally dump more than 50 waste tires in Illinois.  The Environmental Protection Act allows state and local law enforcement officers to issue citations of up to $1500.00 for each violation.

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ILLINOIS DROUGHT CONDITIONS

The National Weather Service issued a report on the drought conditions in Illinois.  Dry conditions over a large part of central Illinois during July and August, combined with excessive heat during much of this period, accelerated development of drought conditions over the area. WGEL spoke with Chris Geelhart, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service who said we have had drought conditions spreading across Central Illinois for the last couple of months.  Typically, drought conditions take a lot longer to form but the excessive heat in July and a good part of August, dried out the otherwise moist conditions that had been prevailing over a good part of the area for the first half of the year. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor from August 30, severe drought conditions had developed over a large part of central and west central Illinois.  Moderate drought conditions extended northward to roughly the I-74 corridor, and southward to the I-70 corridor.  60-day precipitation has tallied less than 25 percent of normal rainfall from southeastern Iowa into central Illinois.


CARABBEAN SOUNDS KICK OF KC’S SEASON OF ENTERTAINMENT

The group “OD TAPO IMI” kicks off the sixth season of Kaskaskia College’s Guest Artist and Speaker Series Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.  The group mixes Caribbean sounds with percussion and showmanship to entertain you and keep you laughing.  The group’s name is an acronym for “Oil Drums That Are Pounded Out Into Musical Instruments.”  Tickets are on sale now at the KC ticket office for $23.00 for adults and $12.00 for youths 18 and under.  For more information or to order your tickets, call 545-3223.

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OBITUARIES

Nina V. Clover

Nina V. Clover, age 86, of rural Pocahontas, passed away Friday, September 9 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will be in Sunset Hills in Edwardsville. Friends may call Tuesday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or Fair Oaks Nursing Home.

Rhonda Goodall

Rhonda Goodall, age 54, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, September 7 in Warrenton, Missouri.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Burial will be in Warrenton City Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Benevolence Fund at the Assembly of God Church.

Grace L. Clarkin

Grace L. Clarkin, age 94, of Highland, passed away Saturday, September 10 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Highland.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to St. Paul School Educational Foundation or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Vernon T. Heuer

Vernon T. Heuer, age 44, of Lebanon, Tennessee, passed away Friday, September 9.  A celebration of life service will be Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m. at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Friends may call Wednesday, after 4:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Vern Heuer Nieces and Nephews College Fund.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.


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