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.
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.