09-06-2012

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SEVERE WEATHER WEDNESDAY MORNING

Severe weather moved through the WGEL listening area Wednesday morning.  The storm prompted several severe thunderstorm warnings and a tornado warning in Montgomery and Fayette Counties.  According to Leigh Morris at Ameren Illinois, thousands of people in the listening area lost power.  At one time there were 1900 people without power in Montgomery County alone.  Bond County had 296 people without power and Fayette County 592.  Morris told WGEL in these types of cases, the power is generally taken out by a fallen tree limb or lightning. 

The villages of Coffeen and Sorento were without power for several hours Wednesday.  Power was restored to Coffeen and Sorento around 4:00 p.m. Sorento School Principal Bill Carpenter told WGEL they were able to provide hot lunches to the students and there was enough light coming through the windows to have class. 

Rain totals for Greenville, as recorded at 6:00 o'clock Thursday morning, showed 91 hundredths of an inch at the Sewer Plant, 1.1 inches at the station on Sixth Street, and 1.05 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.


BOND COUNTY BOARD TALKS RECYCLING WITH FAYCO

The Bond County Board will possibly work with Fayco for a recycling collection point in Bond County.  At Tuesday night’s Bond County Board meeting, Bob Lindberg with Fayco was on hand to discuss the possibility of a recycling collection point in Bond County that Fayco would service from their Vandalia Recycling Center.  Several possible locations were mentioned including those in the city of Greenville.  One location mentioned at the last meeting, the highway department, was ruled out by the board citing the heavy vehicles and traffic that already move through that location.  The board could possibly use funding from the tipping fees collected in Bond County prior to the landfill closing.  Those funds may only be used to promote recycling. 

Brock Willeford said language will be coming soon on the Bond County Video Gaming ordinance.  Video gaming machines will be coming to Bond County very soon and some are already in place waiting for approval. 

 

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COLLINSVILLE MAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY PICKUP TRUCK

According to a press release from Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn, Charles F. Bakken, age 68, of Collinsville, was riding a 1982 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Vandalia Street in Collinsville Tuesday, September 4.  Witnesses said Bakken was turning onto West Country Lane and his motorcycle had a mechanical failure.  Bakken was trying to push the motorcycle out of the intersection when he was struck by a GMC pickup truck southbound on Vandalia Street.  Madison County Coroner’s Office Chief Investigator Kelly Rogers pronounced Bakken dead at the scene at 4:45 p.m.  According to the report, Bakken was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.  Collinsville Police are investigating the accident.


BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING CANCELED

The Bond County Board of Health meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, September 10, is canceled.  Their next regular meeting is Monday, October 15.

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