01-30-2013

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WEATHER DELAYS CLOSING OF NORTH POKEY ROAD TILL MONDAY FEB 4TH

Weather delayed the closing of North Pokey Road.  According to Bond County Highway Engineer Doug DeLong, construction work will start Monday, February 4, if the weather cooperates, on the bridge on North Pokey Road, about one mile north of Pocahontas. DeLong said some of the signs are up, but until Monday, the bridge will remain open to traffic. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2013.


HEAVY RAINS TUESDAY NIGHT

A large weather system brought heavy rain and some thunder storms to the WGEL listening area Tuesday night. Here in Greenville, 1.62 inches of rain were recorded at the Sewer Plant and also at the measuring station on Sixth Street. 1.46 inches were measured at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD HEARS REPORT ON SAFETY AND SECURITY

At the recent Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees meeting, the board reviewed the College’s Safety and Security Plan.  All safety and security officers are trained in CPR/AED/and First Aid.  Emergency call boxes are available on the main campus.  Up-to-date procedure maps and lists of safety and security contact information are in all classrooms, the main entrances to buildings, and primary campus parking areas.  Salem Police Chief Ron Campo recently provided safety and security training for faculty and staff.   An Emergency Plan Task Force is being developed to visit each KC site and make recommendations. 

 

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SUSPICIOUS FIRES IN MADISON COUNTY

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating two suspicious fires in rural Troy, Illinois.  Sheriff’s Officers and Troy Firefighters responded Sunday, January 27, at 1:21 a.m., to the intersection of Lebanon Road and South Liberty Road, in Troy, in reference to a report of two pieces of heavy equipment on fire.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found the interior cabs of a back hoe and excavator engulfed in flames.  Troy Firefighters extinguished both fires without incident.  The fires substantially damaged both pieces of equipment, valued in excess of $300,000.00. The origin of the fires is suspicious and the Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating.  Anyone having information relating to the fires please contact the sheriff’s office at 692-4433.


GREENVILLE EDUCATION CENTER TO OFFER CNA CLASS

Kaskaskia College is offering a Certified Nurse Assistant class at the Greenville Education Center Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, February 4 – April 12.  The class meets from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and there will be clinical days in a long term care facility.  For more information or to register, call 545-3040.




UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL IN MOST METRO ILLINOIS AREAS

According to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, December local unemployment rates fell in nine of twelve metro areas in Illinois.  The December 2012 unemployment rate for the Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area fell to 8.3 %, down from 9.8 % one year ago.  In Bond County, the rate fell from 9.4 % in December 2011 to 7.8 % in 2012.  The unemployment rate also fell in area counties.  Clinton County fell from 8.5 – 7.0 %, Madison County from 9.5 – 8.1 %, and St. Clair County 10.4 – 9.0 %.


OBITUARIES

Lois M. Rench

Lois M. Rench, age 86, of Hillsboro, passed away Monday, January 28, at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.


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