Greenville Firefighters responded Thursday, at 6:01 p.m., to a report of a fire at a home on College Avenue.  According to the fire report, the fire was in the attic and is believed to have been caused by sparking or arcing from a whole house attic fan.  Smithboro and Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters responded to provide mutual aid with manpower needed due to high temperatures.  Firefighters extinguished the fire and ventilated the house.  Most of the damage was confined to the attic and damage is estimated at $15,000.00.  No injuries were reported and fire department personnel were on the scene a little over two hours.

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The USDA Farm Service Agency has authorized emergency haying and grazing use of certain Conservation Reserve Program acres in 54 Illinois counties.  Bond County is included in this list, however it may be too little too late.  Ron Marshall at the Bond County Farm Bureau said unfortunately, the haying and grazing will not help farmers as much as they would like.  The extremely high temperatures and dry conditions have dried out the CRP lands set aside for haying and grazing.  Ron said there will be some grazing lands but the nutritional value will not be high.  He suggested farmers check with their local FSA office for guidelines, rules, and requirements in regards to emergency haying and grazing.  The haying authorization becomes effective Thursday, August 2, after the wildlife nesting and brood rearing season, and shall not exceed August 31.  The authorization to graze also begins August 2 and is not to exceed September 30.  In addition to Bond County, Fayette, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, and Montgomery counties are also eligible.  For more information about eligibility requirements and to request approval for emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres, contact your local County FSA Office.  In Bond County, the number is 664-3590, ext 2.



Local Veterinarian Edmar Schreiber said at this time, the Centralia Animal Health Lab is slated to close its doors Tuesday, August 31.  Once this happens, the state of Illinois will no longer have a National Animal Health Monitoring Systems Lab in the state.  They will also no longer have a lab capable of testing prepared tissues for analysis of mad cow disease and other various diseases.  There will also no longer be a water testing lab in the southern half of the state.  Schreiber said the closing of the Centralia Animal Health Lab will affect our public health issues in many ways.  To stop the closure, the General Assembly must be convinced to go back into session and do an override veto of the Governor’s decision.  Schreiber encourages you to contact President of the Senate John Cullerton or the Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, to tell them the lab should remain open.


This Saturday, the Model T Ford Club, based in St. Louis, will visit Greenville.  Greenville Tourism Director John Goldsmith said they are very excited about this unique group.  They think there will be about 12 or 13 Model T’s and around 40 people coming from the St. Louis area to visit Greenville Saturday.  They will be visiting the DeMoulin Museum and the Little Red Barn at the American Farm Heritage Museum.  At 2:45 p.m. Saturday, the Model T’s will gather in the parking lot at 3rd Street Market.  You are invited to come at this time to take pictures and see the vintage cars close up.  If you have a vintage Ford car or truck, you are encouraged to come and provide an escort for the Model T’s from 3rd Street Market to the American Farm Heritage Museum.  For more information, call the Greenville Tourism Office at 664-9272.



Greenville Firefighters responded Thursday, at 11:02 a.m., to a report of a fire on Willard Street.  According to the fire report, a dumpster in the parking lot of the housing project was on fire.  The cause of ignition is unknown at this time.  Firefighters extinguished the flames, and were back in service approximately 40 minutes later.


The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet Monday, July 23, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:00 in the Wedekemper Board Room.  The agenda includes administrative reports, adoption of the 2012-2013 budget, and approval of the master design for the Trenton Education Center expansion project.  The board will award bids for purchase of cosmetology program kits, student retention and grade book solution, and proceed to acquire proposals for a stage orchestra pit platform cover.  They will consider approval of reclassification of personnel, renewal of the health insurance plan, and discuss personnel and business matters in a closed session.


Leonard J. “Lenny” Sedlacek

Leonard J. “Lenny” Sedlacek, age 70, of Holiday Shores, passed away Wednesday, July 18 at his home.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marine.  Burial will be in Saint Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., and Monday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Saint Boniface Grade School, or to Saint Elizabeth Church.

Bruce Jeffery Weber

Bruce Jeffery Weber, age 61, of Keyesport, passed away Saturday, July 7 at his home.  Graveside services for 61 year-old Bruce Jeffery Weber were at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors.  Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle was in charge of arrangements.



SATURDAY - sunny, high 95, low 69

SUNDAY - mostly sunny and hot, high 100, low 74



Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is SWECI Director of Communications, Larry Deutsche.  They will talk about Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s new “Pay As You Go” program, how it works, and how it may help you save money on your power bill.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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