12-12-2012

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DRY NOVEMBER AGGRAVATES DROUGHT CONDITIONS

A very dry November aggravated the drought conditions we experienced this year.  Meteorologist Jim Kramper said after the very dry spring and summer, the listening area received a bit of relief in late summer and early fall with some rain.  This alleviated much of the drought conditions in most of Illinois.  November, however, was very dry again.  Drought levels have begun to creep back up throughout parts of Southern Illinois.  At this time, Bond County is not considered to be too terribly dry and the county has not been raised to a "Moderate Drought Level."  Jim said if we get more rain, things should hopefully get back to normal.


2012 FIREARM DEER SEASON TOTALS

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released the preliminary totals for the 2012 firearm deer season.  Hunters harvested a total of 99,324 deer this year, approximately 1500 more than in 2011.  Despite the overall increase, numbers in our area were slightly lower than last year.  In Bond County, hunters got a total of 754 deer this year compared with 786 in 2011.  Clinton County showed a decrease of about 100 deer with 756 deer taken in 2012.  Hunters in Fayette County got 1,722 deer this year, compared to the 1,952 deer from 2011.  The archery deer season continues through January 20, 2013 and the seven-day split late-winter firearm antlerless-only deer season and special CWD deer season are December 27-30 and January 18-20.  For more information about the firearm totals or the upcoming deer hunting opportunities, visit the Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.  

 

 

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US APPEALS COURT FINDS ILLINOIS GUN LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL

A federal appeals court found Illinois’ ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional.  According to the official 47-page ruling, the Supreme Court decided, “The amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside.”  The Second Amendment declares a right for people to “keep and bear arms.”  In their ruling, the court found the right to "bear arms" as distinct from the right to "keep arms" is unlikely to refer to the home.  A right to bear arms thus implies a right to carry a loaded gun outside the home.”  Currently, Illinois citizens are not allowed to carry a loaded gun on their person unless they are on their own property, they are hunting, or a member of law enforcement.  Illinois is the only state in the country which does not currently allow some form of concealed carry.  Illinois legislators have 180 days to draft a new gun law.


FAYCO RIBBON CUTTING

Fayco Enterprises invites you to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new recycling facility in Vandalia.  Fayco President Bob Lindberg said the new recycling center on Wagner Street allows them to take more recycled material.  All recyclable materials collected from Greenville are processed at Fayco.  The new recycling facility is located at 2022 Wagner Street in Vandalia.  The ceremony is Wednesday, December 12, at 11:00 a.m. and refreshments will be served.

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OBITUARIES

Bette J. Verstegen      

Bette J. Verstegen, age 88, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, December 11, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  Funeral arrangements for 88 year-old Bette J. Verstegen are pending at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.


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