ANOTHER RIDE ON THE WEATHER ROLLER COASTER
Temperatures soared into the 60s yesterday and are expected to again today. However, a low pressure system will bring cooler and wetter weather to the region tonight and Wednesday. Sharply falling temperatures will cause rain to change to snow tonight. Some locations may even experience one to two inches of accumulating snow, although the recent warm temperatures should keep the ground warm enough to limit accumulations.
Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service
CHOPPER SPOTTED CHOPPING TREES IN BOND COUNTY
You may have seen a strange looking helicopter hovering around Bond County this past week. Sherry Schaefer from Heritage Iron Magazine told us this chopper is one of only 20 of its kind worldwide and is specifically designed to trim trees.
“The helicopter itself is a Huey 500 MD helicopter, and it’s got what I would call 90 foot of pipe in sections that hangs from the belly,” Schaefer told WGEL. “It’s got a coupling on it, so that it can’t spin around but it hangs down. At the bottom of it is an engine actually hanging there in a cover. It’s a small Kohler engine, similar to what you’d find on a lawn mower—a big lawn mower. Then there are blades hanging on the bottom of it…all these combination of saw blades.”
Schaefer said the helicopter was commissioned by the gas company, Buckeye, to trim trees from Wood River to Terre Haute. The chopper has finished its work in Bond County and has now moved on to eastern Illinois.
Photo courtesy of Sherry Schaefer
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS PARKING RESTRICTIONS
The Greenville City Council will discuss adding parking restrictions to the Locust Street area between College Avenue and Beaumont at their regular March council meeting. Mayor Alan Gaffner told us more about the issue.
“In the areas where ‘no parking’ signs are not present, it’s created parking on both sides of the street and resulted in a narrow traffic lane—a narrow travel lane to the center of the street, and the city council wants to address that at its regular March meeting,” Gaffner told WGEL. “We wanted to share in advance our discussion of that topic with not only those who live on that section of Locust Street but with the community so that they would have the opportunity to be part of that discussion if they desire.”
Gaffner said the city doesn’t have the authority to make this decision without the city council creating an ordinance. The meeting is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m.
DOWN IT COMES
Crews tore down the house on the corner of College Avenue & North Spruce Street in Greenville Monday. The property is owned by Greenville College.