10-04-2011

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS HAVE A BUSY START OF THE WEEK MAN ESCAPES BURNING HOME ON SECOND FLOOR

Local firefighters have been busy during the start of this week.
Greenville Firefighters were called at 3:31 Monday morning to a report of a fire at the home of Caleb Thompson, located at 319 South Fourth Street in Greenville.  When firefighters arrived, flames were visible from both floors of the two-story home and it is estimated a total loss valued at approximately $80,000.  Mulberry Grove and Smithboro Firefighters provided mutual aid with manpower and equipment and the State Fire Marshal will investigate the cause of the fire.  No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene about four hours.

According to Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston, Caleb Thompson, owner of the home, had fallen asleep on the living room couch after coming home from a ballgame.  He awoke later and went upstairs to bed.  He woke up later for no apparent reason and smelled smoke in the house.  When he attempted to come down the stairway, the stairs were blocked with fire, smoke, and excessive heat.  Thompson then exited the second floor onto the roof of a porch and jumped to the ground.  Chief Johnston said Thompson drove to the firehouse to report the fire but found no one there so he then went to the Greenville Police Station where the alarm was sounded.  Johnston said the cause of the fire has been determined to be electrical due to a too small extension cord running to a space heater in the living room.  The home and contents are a total loss. 


Shoal Creek Firefighters responded to a house fire Sunday, at 6:53 a.m., at a residence on Renken Road, south of Panama Avenue, in rural Sorento.  A wood stove was reported to be the cause of the fire.  Firefighters were able to confine the fire and damage was limited to the attic and roof of the home.  No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene about one and a half hours.


ONE-CAR ROLLOVER ACCIDENT IN CLINTON COUNTY

A Clinton County Deputy, Keyesport First Responders, and MedStar Ambulance responded Sunday, at 3:55 p.m., to the scene of a one-car rollover accident on Hopewell Road south of the Keyesport Road in Clinton County.  According to the accident report, Ashley McNeill, age 18, of Keyesport, was northbound on Hopewell Road in a Kia Sephia and said she topped a hill and saw another car in the road ahead.  She swerved to avoid the car and lost control of her car.  The car skidded across the road, struck the ditch on the left side of the road and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  McNeill refused treatment at the scene but later went to Greenville Regional Hospital.  No citations have been issued.


NATIONAL 4-H WEEK IS OCTOBER 2-8

October 2-8 is National 4-H Week with the theme “Join the Revolution of Responsibility.”  Clubs are encouraged to put up displays in schools or local businesses.  If window displays are not possible, maybe local businesses will allow members to paint 4-H clovers or related themes on their windows.  Members are encouraged to wear their 4-H shirts this week to school, work, or play.  For more information, call the U of I Extension Office at 664-3665.


Prairie Farms

GREENVILLE RAIN TOTALS FOR SEPTEMBER

September average rainfall in Greenville was 2.97 inches, about eight tenths of an inch below the 44 year average of 3.79 inches.  The most rainfall in September over the past 44 years was in 1993 with 8.36 inches and the least was in 1979 with no rain in September.



OBITUARIES

Elva J. McKittrick

Elva J. McKittrick, age 110, of Sun City, Arizona, formerly of Highland, passed away Wednesday, August 10 in Arizona.  Graveside services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Highland City Cemetery Chapel.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

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