07-04-2012

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FOURTH OF JULY NO BURNING OR FIREWORKS

Today is the fourth of July and on this date in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted, declaring our independence from Great Britain.  As reported earlier this week on WGEL, the Kingsbury Park District’s fireworks scheduled for this evening are canceled due to overly dry conditions.  A county-wide ban on outdoor burning has been established and remains in effect until further notice.  Area fire chiefs stressed the importance of this ban saying at this time a small fire may easily get out of hand and cause serious damage.

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2012 BOND COUNTY FAIR PREVIEW

The 2012 Bond County Fair is just around the corner.  The fair begins Thursday, August 2 and concludes Tuesday, August 7.  There are dozens of fun activities scheduled.  The carnival opens every night at 6:00 p.m. with armbands available Thursday and Monday.  A special Kids Day Carnival is Saturday, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Thursday, at 6:00 p.m. is the talent contest in the grandstand.  Friday is a big night with the Western Horse Speed Warm-Up Show, Morgan’s Merry Makers Square Dancers, and the Lawn Mower Derby and Figure 8 Race.  The Antique Farm Machinery Expo is open Friday through Sunday.  Saturday, a Tractor Parade begins at 1:00 p.m. with the Demolition Derby at 7:00.  Monday, the 4-H Auction begins at 6:00 and the lovely ladies of Bond County will compete in the Little Miss & Queen Pageant at 7:00.  Tuesday, the parade starts at 7:00 p.m.  Livestock entries must be turned in by Thursday, July 26.  For more information, a 4-H schedule, or a full schedule of events, go to www.BondCountyFair.com.


GREENVILLE LAKE COMMITTEE MEETING

The Greenville Lake Committee met this week. Matt Willman said permits are selling better with 735 sold so far. He said the lake is down about 10 – 12 inches, dropping about ½” per day and the Lake Patrol is on a random schedule. The major discussion item of the meeting involved a request to increase the boat motor horsepower allowed on Governor Bond Lake.  A resident inquired about the possibility of raising the limit or granting a temporary exemption to the rule, as he had a boat with a larger motor than is currently allowed. The committee discussed the request and decided against it. Ron Grissom moved to keep the limit as is and the motion passed.  The lake committee makes recommendations to the city council. 

 

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DAYTIME LANE CLOSURES FOR ROUTE 40 AND IL 127

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced there will be daytime lane closures on Route 40, from Overpass Road to Silver Street just west of IL Rt. 127, and on IL Rt. 127 from Main Street to College Avenue beginning Thursday, July 5.  These lane closures are for pavement patching, milling, and resurfacing.  The project should be completed by Friday, October 12.


GREENVILLE FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO KITCHEN FIRE

Greenville Firefighters responded Monday, at 10:17 p.m., to a report of a structure fire at a residence on Harris Avenue.  According to the fire report, the fire was a grease fire on the stove in the kitchen.  The fire was confined to the kitchen area and damage was minimal.  Firefighters cleaned smoke from the home.  Damage is estimated at $300.00.  No injuries were reported and firefighters were on the scene about half an hour.

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