08-30-2012

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HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT SENDS FAMILY TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES

A family was walking on North 16th Avenue near Stratmeyer Trail north of Litchfield Wednesday, when a full-sized car struck family members from behind.  The father was pushing nine-month old baby in a stroller.  The father and infant were seriously injured and the mother was also injured.  The car did not stop at the scene of the accident.  The Montgomery County Sheriff’s department is looking for the full-sized car and say it could have damage on the passenger side and the mirror.  The car is believed to be white.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department at 217-532-9511.     


AREA FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT GRASS AND BRUSH FIRES ALONG RAILROAD

Firefighters from Keyesport, Mulberry Grove, Smithboro, Greenville, Pocahontas-Old Ripley, and Shoal Creek Departments were busy Wednesday afternoon, answering seventeen reports of grass and brush fires along the Burlington/Northern railroad running north and south through Bond County.  According to Greenville Fire Chief, Bill Johnston, the fires started south of Hookdale and were stopped south of Woburn, north of Route 140.  Chief Johnston said he believes a train must have had a locked up brake or some other issue which caused sparks.  As the train traveled along the tracks, the sparks caught the surrounding grass on fire.  He added, it was a blessing the sparks did not land in any standing corn, as the situation would have been far more dangerous.  There was no major damage and firefighters were on the scene about an hour.


UNCERTAINTY REMAINS OVER ISAACS PATH AND SPEED

Uncertainty remains over Isaac’s path and speed according to the National Weather Service.  The only thing that is certain is that Isaac is going to continue to dump huge amounts of rain.  Over the last 24 hours the NWS has issued three different rainfall predication maps for our area.  One predicted 2-4 inches, the other 7-8 inches and one map predicted over 10 inches of rain from Friday to Sunday.  Rainfall prediction is always difficult and can vary greatly even over short distances.  And with the slow speed of Isaac it’s possible the start of the rainfall could happen later on Friday.  The only thing that looks certain at this time is Isaac’s remnants will move through Missouri and Illinois before breaking apart, and that heavy rain will come with it. 

Below is a link to the latest predication map from the National Weather Service.

http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/qpf/tcqpf.php?sname=Isaac

 

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GREENVILLE COMETS FOOTBALL AT HOME FRIDAY

The Greenville Comets first home football game of the season is this Friday against Piasa Southwestern.  Greenville Athletic Director Joe Alstat said the game begins at 7:00 p.m. and gates open at 6:00.  Admission is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.  Alstat emphasized young children are not allowed to wander around the facilities during the game.  They must sit in the stands or watch the game from the fence.  The Comets Sports Boosters will be selling Comets merchandise and the FFA will be running the concession stands.  For more information, call the school at 664-1370. 


KASKASKIA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES PHASE TWO AT VANDALIA CAMPUS

A large crowd gathered at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus Tuesday afternoon for a press conference on the second phase of that campus.  The 25,317 square foot expansion will cost about $7.5 million.  KC will receive $5.6 million from the capital bill. Most of the rest of the funds were given to the college by the Ruth Davis and Mary Albert O’Neil estates.  A second phase expansion to the campus was always in the plans for Kaskaskia College. Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman said they are very excited to see this expansion happen.  The new facilities will include all purpose rooms, a fine and performing arts venue, nursing classroom and lab, computer rooms, industrial lab, and three business incubator offices. The expansion will greatly increase the number of degrees available at the Vandalia Campus. 


2012 VOLLEY FOR A CURE

The 2012 "Volley for a Cure" volleyball game between the Greenville Lady Comets and the Vandalia Lady Vandals will be in Greenville Thursday, September 27.  This event is dedicated to all men and women who have been touched by cancer with the hope this devastating disease will one day be cured.  Wes Pourchot will be at the event cooking his famous pork burgers, pork chops, and brats.  There will also be a silent auction.  All proceeds benefit the Bond County Relay for Life.  To help with this event or to make a donation, call Jody at 669-2438.

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