MAIL CARRIER FINDS DEAD MAN IN FAYETTE COUNTY
A Fayette County mail carrier found a dead man along Fayette County Road 750E two miles south of Route 51, Friday around 1:00 p.m. The Fayette County Coroner identified the man as 64 year-old Stephen Case of Rural Route Shobonier. Case was pronounced dead at the scene. The death remains under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday. No other information has been released.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS RELEASED ON CAPTURE OF INMATE
Bond County sheriff Jeff Brown has released more details on the capture of 30-year-old Andrew J. Walker, of Pierron, who allegedly escaped the Bond County Jail last week.
After receiving reports from several citizens, three Bond County deputies were searching for Walker in Pierron Monday morning, April 21, when he was spotted driving an allegedly stolen vehicle. Sheriff Brown told WGEL Walker attempted to disguise himself in women’s clothing and makeup, which he allegedly stole from a home he burglarized. Brown said Walker ultimately drew more attention to himself with his disguise.
Deputies said as soon as they turned on their emergency lights, Walker led them on a vehicle chase north out of Pierron. Brown said Walker’s speed throughout the chase ranged from 80 to 100 miles per hour. After six miles, Walker jumped out of his vehicle and was pursued by deputies on foot until he reached a steep bank creek where he was apprehended.
HEAVY RAIN SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING AND MORE ON THE WAY
Thunderstorms moved through the area Sunday night bringing heavy rain. Officially here in Greenville, 1.12 inches of rain were recorded at the Sewer Plant, 1.24 inches at the station on Sixth Street, and 1.2 inches at Idler Lane and Rt. 140. More storms are possible this afternoon and again tonight. The main severe weather threat will be during the afternoon hours Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is also in the forecast Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
CITY PASSES BUDGET WITH A SURPLUS IN GENERAL FUND
The Greenville City Council met in special session Thursday night to consider next year’s budget. The council had met earlier this week in an effort to go through the budget in detail. The budget passed Thursday night showed a $57,180 surplus in the general fund. The city’s fiscal year starts on May 1.
One of the items that had a big impact on the budget was employee health insurance. City Clerk and Finance Director Sue Ann Nelson presented the board with health insurance options. The board voted to stay with their current provider, Coventry, at an increase of 7.3 percent, which is less than the anticipated increase of 15 to 20 percent. Nelson also said that Coventry originally had proposed a 16 percent increase but during negotiations the increase dropped to 7.3. Nelson told the council that 4 percent of that increase was due to taxes from the Affordable Care Act. Coventry has also provided the least expensive health insurance option.
Councilman Roger Sanders moved to approve the budget, which was seconded by Kenny Hampton. Hampton, Sanders, and Mike Heath voted "yes" while Mayor Alan Gaffner voted "no".
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GRH WALK-IN HEALTH CLINIC CHANGES NAME TO “CONVENIENT CARE”
Greenville Regional Hospital recently changed the name of their walk-in health clinic, which opened its doors earlier this year, to “Convenient Care.”
Hospital President and CEO Brian Nall said the change was made in response to community feedback in order to better communicate the facility’s purpose of no-appointment-necessary medical treatment. The clinic will continue to treat common illnesses and minor injuries without an appointment.
For more information about “Convenient Care,” call 664-9390.
BCHS QUILT SHOW THIS SATURDAY
The 12th Annual Bond County Historical Society Quilt Show will be held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Greenville Free Methodist Church on State Route 140. Over 100 hand-quilted, machine-quilted, wall quilts and antique quilts will be on display.
Oleta Schaufelberger of rural Greenville is this year’s celebrated quilter. Oleta began quilting at the encouragement of her mother and had completed six quilts by the time she was married. Oleta counts the quilts she made for her seven grandchildren as one of her greatest accomplishments. She will have 12 of her quilts on display at the show.
Also spotlighted this year are DeMoulin quilts, made either with scrap material from the company or quilted by factory employees. As part of the show, a “red and white” quilt block contest will showcase 15 blocks. Admission to the quilt show is $3. For more information, contact Wanda McCracken, quilt show chair, at 326-8451.