07-04-2013

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FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORK SAFETY

This is the 4th of July and Greenville Fire Chief, Bill Johnston, said that when it comes to fireworks, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.  However, Chief Johnston acknowledged that realistically people don’t always adhere to the state’s ‘no fireworks’ laws.  If you are going to be using fireworks this week, be sure to keep all children at a safe distance.  If a firework does not launch correctly, stay away from it.  It could potentially ignite at any time, and cause serious injuries.  Before you throw away your spent fireworks, douse them in water to ensure that they will not catch fire.  Chief Johnston told WGEL that fireworks cause approximately 8,500 – 9,500 injuries annually.  Injuries can range from minor burns to deaths.  Every year, there are 4-5 firework-related deaths.  For more information, contact your local fire department.


GREENVILLE UNDER BOIL ORDER DUE TO WATER MAIN BREAK

A boil order has been issued for the entire City of Greenville.  The boil order is due to a water main break which occurred on Hena Street Wednesday morning.  The citywide boil order was put in effect due to the water main break and low water pressure.


JULY 4 POLICE REPORT

Greenville Police are investigating a reported burglary from a motor vehicle parked at a residence on Second Street.  According to information from the Greenville Police Department, the passenger window was broken and a purse, with contents valued at approximately $450.00, was taken.
Greenville Police are investigating reported damage to property at a residence on Chestnut Street.  According to information from the police department, a window was broken by a rock.  Value of damage is unknown.
A Bond County Deputy responded Wednesday, at 10:06 p.m., to a non-injury car/deer accident on Rt. 127 north of Greenville.

The I-70 Patrol from the Bond County Sheriff’s Department wrote 24 speeding tickets Wednesday.

 

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COUNTY BOARD MAKES BOARD OF REVIEW APPOINTMENTS

The Bond County Board appointed three individuals to the County Board of Review on Tuesday.  The board appointed Howard Wise and Kraig Hudson to terms through April 30, 2015.  The board also voted to fill a vacancy on the Board of Review for a term through April 30, 2014.  The board voted 3 to 2 to approve a recommendation made by Bond County Democratic Chairman Dan Sidwell to approve Rondald D. Shevlin, of Sorento, to fill the vacancy. The two 'no' votes were cast by Wes Pourchot and Eldon Young.

Board Chairman Howard Elmore encouraged board members to learn as much as they can about the practice of fracking.  While fracking has not been conducted in Bond County, the practice is growing in popularity and is being done in towns as close as Salem.  Elmore said the practice has a positive impact on local economies, but a negative impact on county roads and infrastructure, due to transporting the heavy equipment used in the process.  He urged board members to be ready for a possible discussion of an ordinance to keep county roads and infrastructure safe in the future.

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HILLSBORO BUSINESS OWNER FOUND DEAD IN LAKE SUNDAY

The body of local businessman, William Milanos, was found Sunday in Glenn Shoals Lake in Hillsboro.  On Sunday, June 30th at approximately 5:03 p.m., the Hillsboro Police Department Lake Patrol received a report of an empty boat floating in the middle of the lake.  The boat was retrieved by the Lake Patrol and Police Department and returned to its lake lot.  At this time, the Milanos’ whereabouts were unknown; he was last seen on the lake lot.  The Hillsboro Fire Department Dive and Rescue Team was dispatched to help with search and rescue efforts and later recovered Milanos’ body from the lake.  Milanos was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m. by the Montgomery County Coroner.  Autopsy results are pending at this time.  Milanos owned Milanos Café in downtown Hillsboro.  The Hillsboro Police Department, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources are investigating the incident.


HOT BRASS TO PLAY AT PB&J FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN HIGHLAND

The United States Air Force Band of Mid America’s group, Hot Brass, will perform at 11:30 a.m. at the Peanut Butter & Jam Festival in downtown Highland on Friday, July 5th.  Hot Brass is an energetic and multi-talented group of musicians performing billboard and popular music hits, new and old.  This event is free and open to the public.

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OBITUARIES

Gail K. Stoecklin Links

Gail K. Stoecklin Links of Coffeen, formerly of Greenville and Hillsboro, passed away Sunday in Louisville, Kentucky.  She is survived by her husband, Butch, three sons, Mike Stoecklin of Saunemin, formerly of Greenville, Trevor Stoecklin of Greenville, and Tim Stoecklin of Greenville, as well as her stepson, Greg Links, of Greenville.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Hough & Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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