SOUTH CENTRAL FS ANNOUNCES NEW $5 MILLION FACILITY
South Central FS announced they are in the initial planning stages to bring a $5 million facility to the northwest edge of Vandalia. CEO Byron Sikma said they are planning to relocate their present fertilizer distribution operation to a larger terminal. This will be a major investment in a very large, more efficient facility, with approximately a 14,500-ton capacity. Their present distribution center and the future needs of their customers were major considerations in the decision to build. Several new jobs will be available at the new facility. Construction on the project could begin as early as July.
ELECTRIC AGGREGATION RATE DETERMINED IN GREENVILLE
Wednesday, May 15, the City of Greenville entered into an agreement with Homefield Energy to provide aggregation services at a rate of 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour. Tom Leigh, Director of Midwest Energy Operations at Good Energy said the current rate is 5.6 cents. The new rate would be approximately a 23% savings. Tom said Ameren’s rates adjust once a year and should go down to just under 5.0 cents. Savings participants will see for the period after they switch over should be about 10-12% on an annual average basis. Aggregation rates should go into effect on the June or July bill. For more information about the program, call the city at 664-1644.
SWARM OF BEES AT BUCHHEIT IN GREENVILLE
The folks at the Buchheit in Greenville recently found a swarm of honeybees on their mailbox. Local beekeeper, Tim Lindley, handled the situation. He said this is the season for swarming. Tim put an empty hive beneath the mailbox and brushed the bees off the mailbox and into the empty hive. He waited until dark and went back to the location. The bees were all inside the hive and he took the bees home. According to Tim, when they are swarming, honeybees will send out scout bees to look for a new home and once one is found, they all fly to the new home together.
ADOPT-A-BIRD AT HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL
Kay and Phil Stoecklin are hosting a Hummingbird Festival at their orchard Saturday, June 15, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Kay told WGEL attendees will have an opportunity to "adopt" a hummingbird. Participants may hold the bird and release it back into the wild. If the bird is ever re-captured, you will receive a letter highlighting any physical changes in the bird. The cost to adopt a bird is $5.00. The orchard is located at 1709 Ayers Road in Donnellson. For more information about the festival, call 217-537-3477.
DARRYL BOLEN ON MAXINE BARTH’S LEGACY AT BCHD
Maxine Barth is stepping down from the administrator position at the Bond County Health Department after more than 20 years of service. Bond County Board of Health President Darryl Bolen said Maxine has been the Health Department Administrator since July 1992. She started in 1987 as a staff nurse. In 1990 she was promoted to Director of Nursing and took over the administrator position in 1992. Darryl said what has happened at the health department over the past 21 years is phenomenal. They offer a wide range of services at the health department. Darryl said Bond County owes a debt of gratitude to Maxine for all she has done. Current Bond County Health Department Director of Human Resources Mark Ayers will take over the administrator position beginning July 1.
OKAWVILLE POLICE CHIEF ARRESTS MACSOUTAH MAN AFTER BANK ROBBERY
Michael W. Dawson, age 33, of Mascoutah, was charged Thursday, May 16, in federal court in East St. Louis, with alleged bank robbery. According to a press release, Wednesday, May 15, Dawson allegedly robbed the First National Bank of Okawville. According to information from the Okawville Police Department, Okawville Chief of Police Steve Milikin was outside the bank and saw Dawson running from the bank on East Walnut Street around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The chief pursued Dawson’s vehicle on Interstate 64 until Dawson fled on foot. Chief Milikin caught up with Dawson after a short foot pursuit and arrested him at the 42.5 mile marker on Interstate 64. Officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Nashville Police Department, and Illinois State Police assisted in the pursuit. Police say Dawson was not armed during the robbery and no injuries were reported. If convicted, Dawson faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both, and five years supervised release.
LINCOLN LAND LEATHERNECKS AWARD THREE $500 SCHOLARSHIPS
The Lincoln Land Leathernecks Detachment 1174 of the Marine Corps League awarded three $500.00 grants to high school seniors in our area who are attending college in the fall, to assist them with their college expenses. The three recipients are Brandon McDonald of Ramsey, Alexander Stoff of Highland, and Jacob Thomas of Mulberry Grove.
Left to right: Dick Niepert (Grant Committee), Alexander Stoff, Brandon McDonald, Commandant Dan Betts, Jacob Thomas, and Henry Steiner (Grant Committee)
Deloris F. Schroer
Deloris F. Schroer, age 87, of Highland, passed away Friday, May 17, at Highland Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Summerfield Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.
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