06-13-2012

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RON MARSHALL ON THE MUCH NEEDED RAIN

Weather conditions have been dry lately in Bond County but much needed rain moved through the area Monday.  Ron Marshall at the Bond County Farm Bureau said we were experiencing abnormally dry conditions.  With the conditions that our crops are in, this rain was extremely beneficial.  It was also a widespread rain and covered all of Bond County.  Rainfall this year is at a deficit compared to last year but crops are three weeks ahead of where they were last year.  Marshal also said that in some cases corn is 14 inches taller this year when compared to 2011. Marshall told WGEL Radio that we do need some more rain, but there is currently no precipitation in our forecast until next Monday night into Tuesday.


SMALL BOAT FIRE IN KEYESPORT

Keyesport Firefighters were dispatched on Monday, at 1:09 p.m., to a report of a boat fire on Walcott Road in Keyesport.  According to Chief Jim Golder, the trim motor on the boat appeared to have some sort of electrical short or wiring issue, which caused the fire.  The owner of the boat was able to remove the boat from the shed that it was sitting in.  The flames were small, and the owner was able to extinguish them with a hose before firemen arrived.  Mulberry Grove Firefighters were called for mutual aid; however firefighters were only on the scene for approximately 10 minutes.

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MICHAEL ZILM NEW INTERIM PRESIDENT AND CEO FOR HOSPITAL

Tuesday, June 5, it was announced that Michael E. Zilm of Kirkwood, Missouri was appointed to be the new interim President and CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital. Mr. Zilm told WGEL they have been in Kirkwood for just over 20 years. He has a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from Saint Louis University and has spent his whole career working in hospitals.  His career began in Florida and he has been the president of four hospitals and interim president of three hospitals, including Greenville. Zilm said when he first started talking to the people at the hospital, he thought they were outstanding individuals.  They were open and honest with him and he was very impressed by the auxiliary, staff, physicians, volunteers and board members. It was evident they truly care about the community and hospital.


NEW APARTMENTS IN GREENVILLE

Construction has begun on a new project on Elm Street in Greenville.  Matt Willman of the City of Greenville told WGEL the property was sold about a year ago and the owners are constructing a five-unit apartment building.  Each unit will have 2 bedrooms.  He estimated the buildings could be finished sometime late summer or early fall, just in time for the kids coming back for school.


AIRPORT AVENUE CLOSED TODAY

Airport Avenue will be closed today, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. between Dudleyville Road and Deerwood Trail, for cross culvert replacement.

 

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BRUSH FIRE ON I-70 MEDIAN

Greenville Firefighters responded Saturday, June 9, at 1:41 p.m., to the scene of a brush fire near the 46 mile marker on Interstate 70.  According to the fire report, when firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a 30x20 foot area of the median ablaze.  A hot vehicle tire is believed to have started the fire. Firefighters extinguished the flames and were on the scene about 25 minutes.


BOND COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP MEETING CANCELED

The Bond County Humane Society membership meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 13 has been canceled.

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OBITUARIES

Ruth A. Cherry

Ruth A. Cherry, age 50, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, June 12 at Doctor’s Nursing and Rehab Center in Salem.  Funeral arrangements for 50 year-old Ruth A. Cherry are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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