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Smithville Fire Department Turning 80; New City Fire Truck to Arrive Next Week

January 8, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department will reach an important milestone next month.

During Monday night’s meeting of the Mayor and Aldermen, Fire Chief Charlie Parker said the department will officially be turning 80 years old on Saturday, February 3. The department was established on that date in 1938.

Chief Parker said members of the department hope to have a special observance soon to mark the occasion.

There will also be another reason to celebrate.

Chief Parker said the city is scheduled to take delivery on a brand new fire truck by next week. Members of the department plan to make a trip to Wisconsin this week to make sure the manufacturer has built the truck to specifications. “We leave Wednesday to go and do the final inspection on the truck. If everything is up to par the way its supposed to be then it should be delivered hopefully next week. They will deliver it to us on site. It will take a little time to get it in service. Some of the equipment that goes on it is already in but there is still more to come. Some equipment will come on the truck and the rest of it will be brought in over the next two weeks. We should be up and running by sometime in February,” said Chief Parker.

In January, 2017 the aldermen voted to spend $751,575 over a two-year period to purchase the new fire truck, a Pierce Impel PUC Rescue Pumper, which is a combination fire engine/rescue vehicle. It will replace the fire department’s oldest truck, a 1992 model, and a 20-year old rescue and service truck. The new vehicle will also come equipped with five air packs and other tools and equipment.

Once the new fire truck is in the fleet, the city plans to sell the 1992 truck along with the rescue truck and service truck.
The fire department has three fire trucks, a 1992 and 2001 model along with a 2012 ladder truck.

In other business, the aldermen approved Chief Parker’s request to approve the current list of volunteer firefighters and officers serving the department for the city.




WJLE RADIO SHOPPER RETURNS JANUARY 25

January 8, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

WJLE and participating local businesses are giving you a chance to bid on and buy merchandise at a discount in the RADIO SHOPPER on Thursday, January 25.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. that morning, WJLE will be opening up the phone lines for you to bid on various items from local businesses.

WJLE will set a minimum bid on each item and continue the bidding until the item is sold. The program on Thursday will be limited to around three hours. If we have more items to sell, the program will resume on another day. For bidders, they have a chance to buy merchandise or services at a discount. For the businesses, they get ads on WJLE just for putting items up for bids.

If your business would like to participate, contact Dwayne Page at 615-597-4265.

It’s going to be fun and exciting! Be sure to be by your radio and your telephone on Thursday, January 25 at 9:00 a.m. and call in a bid to RADIO SHOPPER on WJLE. The program will also be streamed LIVE at www.wjle.com.




DeKalb County GOP to Select Candidates on February 11

January 7, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Republican Party will be hosting a Caucus, more formally known as a County Convention, on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 2PM at the DeKalb County Courthouse, for the purpose of selecting the Republican Candidates for the Offices of County Mayor, Sheriff, Trustee, County Court Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, Register of Deeds, and Road Superintendent of DeKalb County. Republican Candidates will also be selected for all County Commission Districts.

A “Meet the Candidates” event will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 10AM at the DeKalb County Courthouse. The purpose of this event is for all Republicans to mix and mingle with candidates who will be seeking the Republican nomination at the Caucus on Feb. 11.

All DeKalb County Republicans are invited to attend the “Meet the Candidates” event and the Caucus. To participate in the Caucus, you must be a bona fide Republican and a registered voter of DeKalb County. The candidates selected at the Caucus will represent the Republican Party in the August 2, 2018, DeKalb County General Election.

For more information, please contact Republican Party Chair Mingy Bryant at 615-597-2600 or Vice Chair Clint Hall at 931-201-6962, or go to the Facebook Page at DeKalb County Republican Party.




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