ALTAMONT MAN KILLED AT EFFINGHAM COUNTY FAIR
Glen A. Mathias, age 54, of Altamont, passed away in 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 with the assistance by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department.
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.
KINGSBURY PARK DISTRICT DECIDES NOT TO RESCHEDULE FIREWORKS
At this month’s Kingsbury Park District Board meeting, the board decided it would be in the district's best interest not to reschedule the fireworks this year. The decision was made for several reasons; the burning ban is still in effect, KPD summer manpower has left, and it is unknown if the public would want to attend the fireworks on any other available date. The company supplying the fireworks did decrease the restocking from 40% to 30%, for a total cost of $3600.00.
Director Jerry Sauerwein said the new shade structure has been completed at the ball field and the JC parking lot has been rocked. He said the project with the incoming Greenville College freshmen will begin soon.
While the KPD Board still hopes for a settlement to be reached with their former accounts Luallen Cearlock Barth and Burnam, the board did authorize attorney Tom Niemann to enter into a lawsuit on behalf of the KPD if that agreement is not reached by August 24, which is 30 days after the towling agreement was cancelled by the KPD. The KPD is attempting to recoup money stolen by a former KPD employee during the time when Luallen Cearlock Barth and Burnam were the KPD’s accountants.