FIRE AT HIGHLAND APARTMENT BUILDING
Highland Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 11:50 a.m., to an apartment fire in the 1200 block of El Kay Court. According to Highland Fire Chief Rick Bloemker, two persons were allegedly carrying a live Christmas tree down a staircase when a lit cigarette fell, igniting the tree. Bloemker said firefighters thought they had the fire out after about thirty minutes and began blowing smoke from the building but soon discovered the fire had spread into the apartment’s walls. Firefighters were still spraying down flare-ups and hot spots at 3:30 p.m.
According to the report, one person was helped from a window in the back of the building and Highland Police Offices helped individuals through a window in the front. Five persons were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland for treatment but there were no serious injuries. Four were treated for smoke inhalation or minor burns and released. The fifth was still being monitored Tuesday afternoon for smoke inhalation.
Highland-Pierron, St. Jacob, and Grantfork Firefighters provided mutual aid. The Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting displaced families with a place to stay, food, and clothing.
HOUSE FIRE SOUTHEAST OF POCAHONTAS
Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters and EMS personnel responded this morning, at 1:45, to a report of a house fire southeast of Pocahontas. According to Fire Chief Kendall Brink, the fire was at 751 Dolls Orchard Avenue, the home of Mike and Beverly Weber.
A neighbor reported the fire and by the time firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed. Brink said the cause of the fire is unknown and the home was completely destroyed. No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. Greenville and Highland-Pierron Firefighters provided mutual aid with tankers and manpower. Firefighters were on the scene about two and a half hours.
ANNUAL FEET OF GRACE BENEFIT DANCE CONCERT
Greenville’s Fusion Dance Center and the Vandalia Performing Arts Center are presenting their annual Feet of Grace Benefit Concert, Saturday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m., at the Whitlock Music Center. Fusion Dance Center owner Heather Edwards said this year’s benefit will help Emily Leidner, an 8 year-old girl from Vandalia, who is battling cancer.
This has become an annual event, which Heather says helps her students use their talents to benefit others. They request a $5.00 love offering for admittance with all proceeds benefiting Emily. For more information, call the dance center at 960-6006.
BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETS IN SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY NIGHT TO DISCUSS ELECTRICAL AGGREGATION
The Bond County Board met Monday night to hear a presentation and consider electrical aggregation. The process would allow the county and those in Ameren service areas to put their electric service out for competitive bids, according to Phillip Carr of the consulting service Good Energy. According to Carr, Ameren would continue to deliver electricity which would come from the company offering the lowest price.
Carr said the average home could see savings of $150.00 - $200.00 per year. The program proposal must be put on the ballot and approved by voters. Also at Monday nights’ meeting to hear the presentation were representatives from surrounding communities in Bond County. The board chairman asked how this could affect those with South Western Electric Cooperative service. Carr said those on SWEC could not participate in the program but would be able to vote on the proposition.
The board passed a proposition to put the question on the April ballot. The City of Greenville recently passed a similar proposition concerning electrical aggregation. You may see the presentation and full county board meeting Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m., on Newwave Channel 12.