09-03-2012

HAPPY LABOR DAY

Today is Labor Day.  Labor Day is an American federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers.  Labor Day is also unofficially known as the ‘end of summer’, although the official first day of Fall is September 22nd.

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REMAINS OF HURRICANE ISAAC HIT OUR AREA HEAD ON

The remnants of Hurricane Isaac hit our area head on starting Friday evening.  Isaac brought a tremendous amount of rain, swept away boats on Governor Bond Lake and at least one part of a boat dock that you can see in the picture below.  Isaac also delayed the Comet Football game until 6PM tonight.  Isaac also washed out the first day of the Labor Day tournament at Greenville Country Club.  Isaac also put the WGEL listening area under Tornado Watches Friday and Saturday.  From Friday evening to Monday morning at 6AM 7.39 inches of rain fell at the sewer plant.  Some totals are even higher than that.  At WGEL Radio just over 7 inches feel.  Large tree limbs, already brittle from the extreme drought, were brought down by the winds on Friday and Saturday, and light rain was still in the area Monday.  More rain is in the forecast for this coming week, but Isaac has moved on.   

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Part of a boat dock washed away to the Woburn Bridge

4-WHEELER ACCIDENT SENDS MAN TO HOSPITAL

A Bond County Deputy and Bond County EMS responded Thursday, at 12:32 a.m., to the scene of a 4-wheeler accident.  According to the accident report, Craig Argent, age 72, of rural Greenville, was riding a Polaris 4-wheeler on Memorial Avenue at Mt. Nebo Avenue.  The 4-wheeler ran off the road, hit a rut, and flipped over.  Bond County EMS took Argent to Greenville Regional Hospital and he was ARCHed to a St. Louis Hospital.


HEAD ON CRASH ON RT. 127 SENDS TWO PERSONS TO HOSPITAL

A head on two-car crash on Rt. 127 Wednesday, August 29, at 6:20 p.m., resulted in serious injuries.  According to the District 18 Illinois State Police accident report, Trish L. Ziegler, age 34, of Nokomis, was northbound on Rt. 127, in a ford Escort, about ¼ mile south of Waresgrove Avenue, approaching a curve to the left.  Jammie E. Hobbs, age 53, of Springfield, was southbound in a Chevrolet HHR.  For an unknown reason, Ziegler failed to negotiate the curve and ran off the right side of the road.  She over corrected and her car crossed into the southbound lane, crashing head on into Hobb’s car, causing severe damage to both cars.  The cars came to rest in the ditch on the west side of Rt. 127 and Hobb’s car caught fire.  Passersby removed Hobbs from her car before it was completely destroyed by fire.  Hillsboro Ambulance Service took both drivers to Hillsboro Area Hospital for treatment.  Ziegler was cited for alleged improper lane usage.

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JR. HIGH DRIVE RESURFACING

Jr. High Drive will be closed for resurfacing from Tuesday, September 4th through Friday, September 7th from Idler Lane to the Jr. High parking lot.


SHIMKUS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MILITARY ACADEMIES

Congressman John Shimkus is accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies.  High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for summer 2013 admission.  Applications must be received by November 2.  To be eligible, you must be a United States citizen age 17-23, unmarried, not pregnant, have no dependents, and a legal resident of the 19th Congressional District.  For more information or an application packet, call 618-344-3065.

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CAR STOLEN FROM BUNKER HILL RECOVERED IN HIGHLAND

A car reported stolen in Bunker Hill was recovered in Highland.  According to information from the Bunker Hill Police Department, a 2001 Buick LeSabre was reported stolen Sunday, August 19, from a residence on South Hickory Street in Bunker Hill.  Highland Police recovered the car Thursday evening, August 30, in the 900 block of Beech Street in Highland.  Bunker Hill Police assisted by Illinois State Police are continuing the investigation.

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SPORT TEAMS MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATES NOW AVAILABLE

According to Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Illinois sports teams’ motorcycle license plates are now available for purchase for $66.00.  Pricing varies for vanity and personalized license plates.  $25.00 from each sale supports the Professional Sports Teams Education Fund with proceeds going to the Common School Fund which supports public schools throughout Illinois.  You may order your motorcycle license plates at the website www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 

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OBITUARIES

Richard V. “Rich” Ambuehl

Richard V. “Rich” Ambuehl, age 69 of Sorento, passed away on Friday, August 31st at his home.  Funeral services for 69 year-old Richard V. “Rich” Ambuehl will be Wednesday at 11:00am at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be at Grantfork UCC Cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday from 4:00-7:00pm, or on Wednesday from 8:00am until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.


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