ALDEN NETWORK TO LEASE AND REMODEL FAIR OAKS IN GREENVILLE
The Greenville Regional Hospital Board voted to move forward with the Alden Network to lease, remodel, and continue service at Fair Oaks Nursing Home on Monday. The Alden Network owns and operates several senior-living facilities in the Chicago area and is collaborating with the hospital to bring their unique approach to southern Illinois. Based on the current proposal, Alden will invest $3 million to remodel and refurbish the facility; addressing mechanical and aesthetic issues, as well as adding a new hair salon, ice cream parlor, therapy room, flat screen televisions, new beds & furniture.
Brian Nall, Greenville Regional Hospital CEO and president said, “This process will likely take a few weeks to finalize. Until then, we will continue to provide Fair Oaks residents with the best care possible.” Nall also said, “What excites us most is our seniors will receive unmatched quality of care.” Chairman of the Greenville Regional Hospital Board, Jeff Mollett, said, “We still have some contractual steps to go through before anything is finalized, but we’re encouraged and hopeful that this will become a reality for the community.”
TORNADO CONFIRMED IN MT OLIVE
The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado hit downtown Mt. Olive Monday night just after 10:00 p.m. According to the NWS, the tornado only lasted about one minute but managed to travel almost a mile leaving a path of destruction behind it. Several brick buildings were damaged. The second story of one building was completely demolished. Large pieces of roofs were blown two blocks away. The tornado reached a width of 75 yards and had winds of 120-125 MPH. Three minor injuries have been reported, but thankfully no one was serious injured.
ACCIDENT WITH INJURIES ON KEYESPORT ROAD
A Bond County Deputy, Keyesport First Responders, and MedStar Ambulance personnel responded Monday morning at 2:13, to a single-vehicle accident on the Keyesport Road, about half a mile west of Keyesport. According to information from the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, MedStar took one person to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment. No other information is available at this time.
LIGHTNING STRIKE POSSIBLY CAUSES FIELD FIRE IN POCAHONTAS
The Pocahontas/Old Ripley Fire Department responded to a field fire on Old National trail in Pocahontas Monday evening. According to Fire Chief Kendall Brink, they received the call at approximately 9:30 p.m. Kendall told WGEL that it was a corn stubble fire that most likely started as a result of a lightning strike. According to Kendall, the fire was too far off the side of the road for it to have been caused by a discarded cigarette butt and there were no brush fires nearby which could have spread. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately one hour.