The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Pay Attention To Illegal Dumping
Last week I was in the process of taking one of three truckloads of grass and tree branches out to the village property North of town and I stumbled across a junked vacuum cleaner.
Because of illegal dumping, the village has had to lock the property gate from time to time.
We are very fortunate to have the privilege of using this property and it is a shame that a very few inconsiderate people put it at risk for those of us who appreciate the convenience.
Road Needs Attention
I am writing on the condition of Road 1350 E (A.K.A. The Keithsburg Blacktop). There are several places on that road where the gravel shoulder drops away from the blacktop up to and over 6 inches.
Those of you that have traveled or live on that road know that it is never well maintained.
When there is a snow or ice storm, most of the time, you are lucky to see the snow plows out there within the first 6 hours of the storms. I know, I lived out there on that road for several years.
There have been way too many accidents to count at the south end of it due to the fact that the County Highway Dept. can't seem to find the time to get up there and get that intersection salted.
Yes, there is a reason that I am writing this letter. On the morning of July 30th, my son was driving north on that road and his right wheels went off the road and into the gravel.
It was in one of the spots where there is a four inch drop from the pavement to the gravel where he came back onto the road. When he came back onto the road it spun his car 180 degrees and threw his car across the road into the opposite ditch.
His car slid sideways and went up onto it's side and would have flipped through a cornfield had the roof not hit a utility pole. The utility pole caused the car to flip back on it's wheels.
I know that part of the blame is my sons due to his inexperience of driving a car, and he should of slowed more than 55 before coming back on the road.
But should there be a drop-off of 4-8 inches along the edge of the road. I know for myself I have driven off the side of that very road and had a hard time getting back on the road and I have over 20 years of driving experience.
People of Northern Henderson County why do we just sit around grumble about "That's just the way it is", why don't we start writing letters complaining about these things before more serious accidents occur or Heaven forbid someone dies.
I just thank the good Lord for watching over my son and looking out for his safety that morning, because the Henderson County Highway Dept. wasn't.
Thank you for your time,
Tina L. Waterman
Help Wanted With Care Packages
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
We will be having a Carepackage Drive for Aaron Landers and his unit now serving in Iraq.
It will be at the Hendserson County Library in Biggsville on August 11th from 9-3.
You may drop items off during this time or before or afterwards, and you can also drop theim off at the Landers home in Biggsville.
Cash donation for postage and phone cards are gladly appreciated.
Let's show these guys we haven't forgot them, we are behind them, and we support them.
Food items and non-food item suggestions:
Batteries, some AAA Granola Bars, Protien Sports Bars, Germ X Anti-bacterial, anti-bacterial hand wipes, single serving packetes of drink mixes with Caffeine, Gold Bond extra strength powder , Pop Tarts, cereal bars, body wash, Cortisone Cream, Tootsie rolls, Wipes, sunscreen, Lip Balm, eye Drops, Single serving Tuna with crackers, toothpaste, insect repellent 25% DEET, Gatorade, Crystal light, Toothbrushes, Finger Toothbrushes-Floss, Crackers & Peanut Butter, Tape, small tubes of Super Glue, name brand chewing gum, Blow Pops, suckers. Low cost flash lights, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers, Trail Mix, Cash donations for postage and other items needed, small individual packs of Oreos and Nutter Butter, and other small packages of powdered energy drinks.