FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR BOND, FAYETTE, AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning, about 8:20 this morning, for Bond, Fayette, and Montgomery Counties. Heavy rain in the area prompted the warning which is in effect until 2:30 p.m. today. At 8:16 a.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated slow moving thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall across the warned area. Radar estimates two to three inches of rain have already fallen across portions of western Fayette County. Heavy rain has also fallen in Bond and Montgomery Counties. An additional one to two inches of rainfall are possible across the warned area. Once again, Bond, Fayette, and Montgomery Counties are under a flash flood warning until 2:30 this afternoon.
BOND COUNTY BOARD RECOGNIZES FORMER BCHD ADMINISTRATOR MAXINE BARTH
Rev. Daryl Bolen, Chairman of the Bond County Board of Health opened the board's meeting on Monday by presenting Maxine Barth, former Bond County Health Department Administrator, with a plaque for her many years of service. Barth has served the community for more than 25 years.
It was announced that the Kidney Foundation of Illinois will be doing a free kidney and diabetes screening on Tuesday, August 13. No appointment is necessary. It will be held in the Community Room of the Health Department on Fourth Street in Greenville from 10 am until 2 pm.
Mark Ayers, the new Administrator of the Health Department, discussed the bids for sealing the parking lot. He suggested the board approve the bid from a company who had done considerable business in the local community.
The board also discussed moving their meetings from the 2nd Monday to the 3rd of each month. The motion was passed.
Twenty batches of mosquitoes were tested for West Nile Virus. All were found to be free of the disease.
Daryl Bolen presenting a plaque to Maxine Barth for her decades of service
CONCEALED CARRY NOT IMMEDIATE, EVEN WITH OVERRIDE
The Illinois Senate joined the House on Tuesday and voted to override changes made to the concealed carry bill by Governor Pat Quinn. Concealed carry is now legal in Illinois, but the override doesn't mean gun owners can immediately carry a gun hidden from view. The bill as passed by the legislature requires legal gun owners to also get a concealed gun license that would be issued by the state police and the procedure for getting that license hasn't been developed yet. The law also requires 16 hours of firearms training and the state police would have two months to license gun ranges where that training would take place.
HIGHLAND-PIERRON FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO TRUCK FIRE ON I-70
Highland-Pierron Firefighters responded Monday, at 3:44 a.m., to a report of smoke from a semi tractor on Interstate 70, in the eastbound lanes. Highland EMS and Illinois State Police also responded. According to Fire Chief Steve Plocher, brakes on a semi tractor apparently locked, causing overheating and smoke. The driver reportedly used a fire extinguisher to put out any fire and disconnected the tractor from the trailer which was loaded with explosives used in mining. The fire was out when firefighters arrived and they checked the situation to be sure there was no danger. They were on the scene about fifteen minutes.
MOST ILLINOIS FARMERS SAY RAIN IS A-O-K
Illinois farmers say despite the state witnessing one of its wettest years on record crops are thriving. The Illinois Farm Bureau reminds folks that this time last year farmers were concerned about severe drought conditions and damaged crops. But the first six months of 2013 have been the wettest months on record in Illinois. Officials say Illinois' soybean and corn crops will in fact benefit from the additional moisture.