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Local News Archives for 2011-03

Macoupin County Business Park

By a unanimous vote, the Macoupin County Board at a recent special meeting approved the sale of just over 8 acres of property to Poggenpohl Redi-Mix, a local concrete business. The sale is not officially complete until it meets closing which is expected to be within the next 30 days.

The overall project is expected to create 5 jobs and approximately $20,000 in annual sales tax revenue. In addition, there will be an initial $500,000 investment by the company and the property will be returned to the County property tax roles. This is the first business recruitment win and first site development project underway for Macoupin Economic Development Partnership.

Macoupin County Board Chairman Andy Manor said that once the transaction is completed, the concrete operation will be the first to locate in what will then be called the Macupin County Business Park, just north of Carlinville.

Two People Arrested In Connection To Meth Manufacturing

(Hillsboro)--Two people were arrested on Tuesday in connection of meth manufacturing. According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, someone contacted the Sheriff's Office Communication Center Tuesday morning, and reported that two individuals were parked on his property near Niemanville Trial. The caller stated that he approached the indviduals, who left the scene in a vehicle.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office responded to the area, and materials used for meth manufacturing, and an active meth lab were seized. The South Central Illinois Drug Task Force and Illinois State Police Methamphetamine response team assisted in the investigation.

Thirty three year old Cory Eulberg of Sorento, and 20 year old Ashley Jones of Gillespie were arrested in Macoupin County in connection with the incident. Both were taken to Montgomery County jail, and are being held for the participation of meth manufacturing greater than fifteen grams.

Government Assistance Available Following Last Months Blizzard

(Springfield)--More than two thousand local goverments acrioss the state are eligible to receive federal assistance for their clean up efforts after last month's blizzard. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse towns up to 75 percent of the costs to remove snow and debris, repair damages to government owned buildings and other storm releated expenses.

Total damages across the state exceeded sixty four million dollars. Adams, Christian, Mercer, Peoria, Rock Island, and Winnebago counties are among those qualified to receive assistance.

Rural Palmyra Shooting

Some details about a reported shooting incident Friday night east of Palmyra have been released by the Macoupin County Sheriff's Office.

According to Macoupin County Sheriff Don Albrecht, deputies responded to reports of a person suffering from a gunshot wound at a residence in the 10,000 block of Blooming Grove Road around 6:00pm.

Initially, a call came in to the Macoupin County 911 call center from a relative of the shooting victim who lives in the same general area.

The victim a 61 year old male initially stated to a relative that he was shot by an intruder at his residence. He did not call for assistance and attempted to drive to the relative's home for help.In the process, the victim ran his vehicle off the roadway a short distance from the relatives home and proceeded to walk to the home.

He was treated at the scene by Northwestern Ambulance Service and Dunn's Ambulance Service and was later flown by ARCH helicopter to St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

The sheriff indicated that a firearm was removed from the victim's vehilce.

The incident remains under investigation by the Macoupin County Sheriff's Office and Illinois State Police Crime Scene personnel.

The man's name has not been released by authorities.

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