ALTAMONT MAN KILLED AT EFFINGHAM COUNTY FAIR
Glen A. Mathias, age 54, of Altamont, passed away as a result of an accident at the Effingham County Fair Saturday, August 11. According to Effingham County Coroner Leigh Hammer, at 11:44 a.m., authorities received a 911 call from the fairgrounds in Altamont where workers were moving concrete barriers on the track. Mathias was run over by a pay loader while doing work on the track in front of the grandstand preparing it for the evening’s events. Mathias was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the Effingham County Coroner’s Office and the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department.
THE NEW WORK WEEK STARTS WITH OVERNIGHT RAIN
Showers and thunderstorms moved through the area early this morning. Here are the Greenville rain totals. 41 hundredths of an inch were measured at the Sewer Plant, 39 hundredths at the station on Sixth Street, and 45 hundredths at Idler Lane and Rt. 140. The gauge at WGEL showed about four tenths of an inch.
CHURCH HISTORY PROGRAM AT DONNELLSON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Donnellson Presbyterian Church in Donnellson will be featured at the annual church history program of the Bond County Historical and Genealogical Societies Monday, August 13. The program will include an overview of the history of the 193 year old church. Church members and friends will share memories of the church built in 1890. The program will also include information about the history of Donnellson and reminiscences of Reverend James D. Howie, who has served the Donnellson Presbyterian Church and the five other current member churches of the Parish of the Open Door for almost 58 years. Reverend Howie first began preaching in some of these churches in 1954 when he was a student at Millikin University and he was ordained in 1959 in the Donnellson Church. The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a potluck supper. Meat, beverages, and table service will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to share.
NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK SIGNS FOR GREENVILLE
Greenville residents will notice new pedestrian crosswalk signs at various intersections around town. Drivers are reminded they are now required to come to a complete stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the street within a crosswalk. Look for the new pedestrian crosswalk signs coming soon to Greenville streets.
FAYETTE COUNTY CROP SURVEY RESULTS
The Fayette County Crop Survey indicated the corn yield in Fayette County should average 41.65 bushels per acre, with a range from 0 to 170.2 bushels per acre. The average last year was 149.69. The soybean crop average should be 21.49 bushels per acre, with samples ranging between 2 and 51 bushels per acre. Last year, the soybean average was 32.48.
BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH TO MEET
The Bond County Board of Health is scheduled to meet Monday, August 13, at 6:30 p.m. The agenda includes a dental clinic update, fiscal year 2013 grants and budget, an IDPH H3N2 flu virus memo, and a West Nile virus update.
GREENVILLE FIRE DISTRICT JULY INCIDENT SUMMARY
The Greenville Fire Protection District released the incident summary for July. Firefighters responded to 28 calls with six of those calls to structure fires and one to a vehicle fire. Five calls were to grass, brush, and trash fires. Firefighters provided mutual aid twice, assisted EMS once, and were on standby once. They were dispatched twice to carbon monoxide alarms, three times for spills or leaks, and twice to smoke scares. There were two system activation alarms and three other type calls.