07-13-2012

 




RAIN IN BOND COUNTY

Rain showers moved through portions of Bond County Thursday evening.  87 hundredths of an inch were recorded at the Sewer Plant, 39 hundredths at the station on Sixth Street, and 19 hundredths at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.  Here at the WGEL studios in downtown Greenville, we showed three tenths of an inch.


USDA STREAMLINES DISASTER RELIEF PROGRAM FOR FARMERS

The United States Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday they intend to stream-line the program which provides assistance to farmers and ranchers devastated by natural disasters, such as extreme drought, in an effort to provide faster and more flexible help.  Ron Marshall at the Bond County Farm Bureau said as of the last drought report, approximately 56% of the United States was under some sort of drought condition. 

Here in Illinois, the whole state is in some form of drought.  If a county is considered to be experiencing "extreme drought" conditions for a certain number of weeks, then they are automatically eligible.  At this time, Bond County is not included in the extreme drought category.  This process will also make farmers who are in the extreme drought counties eligible for low interest loans.  Ron said at this time, much of the corn crop has received too much stress and is already gone and farmers are hoping for rain to help the soybean crop.  For more information about the changes, go to www.usda.gov.

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GREENVILLE FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO REPORT OF BARN FIRE AND ARCING POWER LINE

Greenville Firefighters responded Thursday, 4:54 p.m., to a report of a barn fire at a residence on the Dudleyville Road.  According to First Captain Jim Sutton, when they arrived, there was steam from a machine shed caused by rain on the hot metal roof.  Apparently a lightning strike ignited some grass nearby but the rain extinguished the fire.  There was no damage and firefighters were on the scene about 20 minutes.

Greenville Fire Department Personnel were dispatched this morning at 1:18, to a report of a power line arcing to a tree limb at a residence on Oak Street.  Ameren IP was called to fix the problem.


KIDNEY MOBILE COMING TO BOND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The Kidney Mobile is coming to the Bond County Health Department again August 21.  There is no charge for this important screening for kidney disease.  This is the nation’s only Kidney Mobile and nearly 30,000 people have received free screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure, and chronic kidney disease through the Kidney Mobile Program.  For more information about schedules for screenings, call the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442.


UNIT 2 ACTION FOLLOWING CLOSED SESSION

Following a closed session at the recent Unit 2 Board of Education meeting, the board hired Christine Bauer to be a math teacher at the Greenville Junior High School for the 2012-2013 school year.

BCMW OFFERS SUMMER COOLING PROGRAM

BCMW is setting up appointments for their summer cooling program.  Program Director Brenda Holle said the program is for those who are most at-need during these hot temperatures.  This includes households with members age 60 and over, 60 months and under, someone currently receiving social security disability or SSI, or anyone who may have an illness which could be aggravated by extreme heat.  Documentation may be necessary to prove age or illness.  For more information or to make an appointment, call the BCMW office at 664-3309.  Brenda told WGEL they will only be able to assist approximately 140 households.


DEADLINE DATE EXTENDED FOR 4-H SLOGAN AND LOGO ENTRIES

The Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington Counties’ 4-H Unit is asking 4-H members to create a slogan and / or logo for the unit.  The deadline to submit entries has been extended.  Entries are due in the local Extension office by August 3.  There will be prizes for all entries.  For more information including logo and slogan requirements, call 548-1446.



OBITUARIES

Joseph “Joe” Rakers

Joseph “Joe” Rakers, age 58, of Carlyle, passed away Thursday, July 12 at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville.  Funeral arrangements for 58 year-old Joseph “Joe” Rakers are incomplete at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - mostly cloudy, 40% chance of showers & thunderstorms, high 88, low 70

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 93, low 72


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Tom’s guests this week are Jack Chism and Allan Gaffner with the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary.  The 29th annual Auxiliary Book Fair is coming up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 149th through the 21st at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Tom, Jack and Allan will discuss this year’s fair, how you can get involved and volunteer and how important the Auxiliary is to health care in Bond County.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 

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