10-11-2006 




GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL

In the regular council meeting the board held a public hearing then OK'ed using the city as a bonding conduit for new dorms at Greenville College. The city often is used by non-profits like the college and the hospital at no cost to the city but with interest savings to the non-profit.

The council acted again to support the Housing Rehab Grant to help low income residence with home improvement money. They passed the necessary resolutions to move along the Grigg Street projects and passed a smoking policy for city employees that will take effect next year that prohibits smoking on the job except during breaks and only outside. 

The council set dates for two public hearings on the two new proposed TIF districts and heard an economic development report from City Manager Dave Willey who recommended the city evaluate research data to help attract more retail businesses.

On the city managers recommendation the council voted 4 to 1 to increase horsepower for inboard and outboard motors on Governor Bond Lake to 225. They raised personal watercraft horsepower to 135. The council set length limits of 22 feet for regular boats and 32 feet for pontoon boats. They kept the speed limit at 45 miles per hour.

During their early meeting last night the council discussed council salaries in executive session. In open session Councilman Kelly Ireland made a motion, that was later passed, that raised the mayor's annual salary from 1,500 to 3 thousand, raised councilpersons salary from one thousand to two thousand, and will pay councilman and the mayor 50 dollars for each special meeting they attend. The first pay increase in 26 years  passed by the council applies only to newly elected members and not current members. The new salaries will take effect for anyone winning a first term in 2007. 


TRICK OR TREAT HOURS HAVE BEEN SET FOR THE VILLAGE OF KEYESPORT

The Keyesport Village Board held their monthly meeting on Monday night. Tom Davis from Millies Café approached the board regarding the hours of his liquor license. Davis wants to have the restaurant open 24 hours a day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday without serving alcohol after 1AM. According to the Keyesport board if you have a liquor license you must be closed from 1AM to 5AM. Davis stated that alcohol would be locked and stored away from 1AM to 5AM. No action was taken on the matter. Davis told the board he would contact the state liquor commissioner.

For residents in Keyesport, next months water bill will include a notice about letting their lawns get too high. If residents don’t comply a lien will be placed on their property, and the their lawn will be mowed by the village employees. The board received a donation of $250.00 for the car show that was put on Sunday Aug 27 of this year. The annual Keyesport Halloween parade will be held on Saturday Oct 28 of this month. The board has decided to donate $250.00 to the parade. Trick or treat hours have been set for the village. Trick or treating will be Halloween night Tuesday Oct 31 from 6-8PM for kids 12 and under.


POCAHONTAS FESTIVAL OCTOBER 14TH

As reported previously by WGEL, the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue & EMS are making plans to build a new firehouse.  One of the ways they are hoping to raise the funds is by hosting the Pocahontas Fall Festival on October 14th.  The day is full of events and starts with the firefighters rodeo at 10 a.m. followed by chili judging at 11 a.m.  At noon you can try your might with a hotdog eating contest and display your talent for the painted pumpkin judging at 1 p.m.  Put you best sweet tooth forward for the pie eating contest at 2 p.m. and watch the extrication challenge at 3 p.m. followed by the carved pumpkin judging at 4 p.m. Other attractions throughout the day include the Old Time "Ring-A-Bell", car bash and dunk booth.  There will be children's games, kid's crafts, Kevin Heim's One-Man-Band and lots of food.

At 6 p.m. the firefighters and EMTs will auction themselves off and promise 4 hours of work to the highest bidder.  Also part of the auction will be a signed guitar donated by Gretchen Wilson.  WGEL will have more on Wilson's guitar in a future newscast.


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Congratulations to Julie Elam

LORETTA LYNN WINNER INFO

Congratulations to Julie Elam…our winner of the Hidden Valley Inn getaway including two tickets to see country legend Loretta Lynn in concert.  Julie will be traveling to historic Brown County Indiana courtesy of WGEL and Nicole Group, your premium home builder throughout the Metro East. 

WGEL and Nicole Group thanks everyone who registered for our contest


LEAF DISPOSAL OPTIONS FOR GREENVILLE CITY RESIDENTS

Residents in the City of Greenville have four options for leaf disposal again this year.  One option is the leaf vacuuming program that will start Monday, October 16 and run through Friday, December 15.  The city is asking that leaves be raked to the edge of the curb or edge of the road, but not into any ditches. All piles should be no higher than three feet and free of sticks, brush or other debris that could cause the machine to malfunction.

The leaf-burning season starts Sunday, October 15th and will run through Friday, December 15.  Burning will be allowed on Mondays and Thursdays from 10AM to 2PM and the first and third weekends of the month from 12 Noon to 5PM.  Leaf burning is permitted on private property only…not on any public street, sidewalk or alley.  The city suggests that burning not be used since they will be collecting leaves, but that if you do burn leaves you must do it in a way as not to allow the smoke to blind passing motorists.

Some other ways to get rid of your leaves is to mulch leaves in place with a mower blade attachment or place them in a compost bin.  Leaves may also be bagged and placed at curb side for collection.

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OUTHOUSE FESTIVAL COMING TO GREENVILLE

If you’ve always wanted to own an outhouse, your chance is coming.  Saturday October 14th is the date for the 1st Annual Outhouse Festival and Auction on the American Farm Heritage Museum grounds. 

AFHM President Ollie Schaefer explained that this is a contest and fundraiser.  Schaefer is encouraging everyone to build an outhouse and bring it out.  A variety of prizes will be offered including Most Unique.  Schaefer gave a NASCAR outhouse as an example of one of those being built.  They will then be auctioned for use as a tool shed, conversation piece, or as an outhouse.  The outhouse auction conducted by Aumann Auctions gets underway at 2pm. 

In conjunction with the Outhouse Festival, the AFHM is also hosting its Family Fall Festival with games, hayrides, a wiener roast, costume contest and other activities for children from 10 until 2.  Another attraction is the farm museum’s railroad.  Track is being laid regularly by AFHM rail division members.


HOMEBUYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AVAILABLE THROUGH BCMW

A program funded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and offered through BCMW Community Services is helping people into home ownership.  Keith Brown, Executive Director of BCMW says the Homebuyer Assistance Program was started in 1997 and is awarded $640,000 by the IHDA every two years to help 16 area families find homes.  Those interested in home ownership fill out applications. Based on income and family size, those eligible are added to a list, first come first serve. Brown said that each buyer is financed through a bank of his or her choice, just like anyone else, but BCMW is there to help with the small things that might otherwise prevent the loan from being approved.  If the applicant has credit problems, BCMW will work with them to raise their score.  Money from the Homebuyer Assistance Program is also used for closing costs, fees and prospective home rehab.

The program serves residents in Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington Counties.  Brown is pleased that so many people have benefited from this type of assistance over the years.  If you would like more information on the Homebuyer Assistance Program, contact BCMW at 618-532-7388.


ZEIGLER MAN SENTENCE TO 15 YEARS FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MAIL AND WIRE FRAUD

42-year-old Jeffrey Borders of Zeigler was sentenced on Friday on one count of Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud to a term of 15 years imprisonment, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $305,000. 

Borders pled guilty in May to conspiring to run an “Ad-Scam from 1996-2005.  According to the evidence presented in the conspiracy, Borders and his co-conspirators identified advertisers in law enforcement magazines and then sent fake billing statements to those advertisers.  Borders attempted to steal approximately $1.2 million from more than 3,000 businesses and succeeded in stealing $305,000 from more than 900 businesses around the country.


SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC BLOOD DRIVE TOTALS

Southwestern Electric Cooperative sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive Monday.  Seventeen units were collected.  John Harrison was awarded a 14-gallon pin and Pam Tompkins a four-gallon pin.  Annette Brown and Dean Schnurbusch were first-time donors.

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Lady Bluejays picked up their second win of the season Monday night as they defeated Gillespie 39-22.  Carsen Funneman had 12 points and 6 rebounds.  Mallory Smith also grabbed 6 rebounds.  The 7th grade Lady Bluejays lost 22-20.  Shelby Barber had 10 points and Alex Willey 5 rebounds. 

HS SOCCER
The Comets lost 1-0 to Breese Central.  Dillon Heitzig had 5 saves in goal. 


OBITUARIES

LUCY CALUFETTI

Lucy Calufetti, age 84 of Panama, passed away Tuesday (Oct. 10) at the Hillsboro Health Care Center.  Funeral arrangements for 84-year-old Lucy Calufetti are incomplete at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama. 

MARY VAIL

Mary Vail, age 94 of Panama, passed away Monday at her residence.  Funeral services for 94-year-old Mary Vail will be held Thursday (Oct. 12) at 11:30am at the Perfetti Funeral Home.  Friends may call Thursday from 10:30am until service time at the funeral home.


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