10-16-2006

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CAMOUFLAGE OUTHOUSE IS THE FAVORITE FOR BIDDERS

Ten outhouses were featured at Saturday’s First Annual American Farm Heritage Museum National Outhouse Festival.  The event, held in conjunction with the AFHM’s yearly Fall Festival, drew a crowd of curiosity seekers as well as bidders.  A camouflage outhouse gained the highest bid of $550 followed by a cedar-siding privy for $500 and a John Deere model for $425.  Nine of the outhouses were sold for a total of $2,750. 

AFHM President Ollie Schaefer told WGEL that he fielded a phone call on Friday from a New York radio station that had heard about the event.  The first visitor to Saturday’s festival was a traveler on the Interstate from Ontario, Canada.  An added attraction was a slide show and lecture by Frank Hubbell of Mapleton, Illinois on the vanishing architecture of the outhouse.

Hubbell’s father had taken photos of 200 outhouses in the last twenty years of his life with 80 of those now comprising the program.  Hubbell said although his presentation refers to architecture it’s not really his focus.  He encourages audience participation and asks everyone to share their own outhouse stories.  Hubbell said it can be a humorous topic. 

Hubbell also brought along some outhouse pop culture items including an outhouse jigsaw puzzle.  The AFHM hopes Saturday’s festival will continue to grow and become one of their anchor events. 


POCAHONTAS FESTIVAL RAISES MONEY FOR FIRE DEPT

Hot chili and porkburgers helped to take the chill off of Saturday’s fall festival on the Pocahontas square.  The event was a fund-raiser for the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire, Rescue, and EMS department to construct a new firehouse on Route 40.  Visitors enjoyed a variety of activities including a car bash and an old fashioned ring-a-bell as participants could test their strength.  The day concluded with a live auction highlighted by the sale of autographed Gretchen Wilson items including a guitar which sold for $525.  Another unique collectible was a “Ladder 49” movie poster autographed by John Travolta.  It sold for $50. 


FIRE DRILL AT GHS

In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, the Greenville High School participated in a fire drill Friday afternoon. Greenville Fire Protection District responded to the scene and was back in service a short time later.  National Fire Prevention week is always celebrated the same week as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.


STATE'S ATTORNEY VICTIM/WITNESS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT

Bond County State's Attorney Chris Bauer has released the Prosecutor Based Victim/Witness Program report for July, August and September 2006.  There were nine new cases involving crimes against children: two for abduction, one for abuse, and two for sexual assault.  On July 10 of this year, the State's Attorney filed criminal charges against a male defendant for Aggravated Battery to a Child.  The victim and her family have been relocated to another state, and the Program Coordinator, James O. Stever, is in written and ongoing telephone contact with them.  On July 14 of this year, charges were filed against an Indiana man for Child Abduction.  Services and counseling are being delivered to the victims and their family. 

Also in July charges were filed against a 49 year-old male for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse involving four young males.  Stever has continuing communication with the victims' families and is in the process of securing medical records from doctors for prosecution use in trial.  On August 28, 2006 charges were filed against a male defendant for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse involving a 15 year-old female.  The defendant was sentenced to a term in the county jail and later placed on probation.

The goals of the Victim/Witness Program are to ensure victims have access to the criminal justice system and are provided support.

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CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERING OBTAINING RETAIL DATA

In the game of attracting retail business to a community, you have to be armed with the right tools.  The Greenville City Council could obtain some valuable retail research from the Buxton Company which promotes itself as the industry leader in customer analytics and retail site selection technology. City Manager Dave Willey has met with representatives from the Ft. Worth,Texas company and some city council members attended a session conducted by Buxton at an Illinois Municipal League meeting. 

Willey shared an example of how Buxton’s resources can be utilitzed.  It’s unlikely that a Home Depot would locate in Greenville due to our size and their target information.  Buxton’s database would confirm this.  However, they would also have information on retailers that would be interested in locating in Greenville because of our population, demographics, and relationship to the interstate and other retailers already located in the community.

The city council has made no commitment to purchasing the data from Buxton but is still giving their proposal consideration.


BULLETPROOF VEST GRANTS ANNOUNCED

The United States Department of Justice has awarded grants to several police and sheriff’s departments in the area for the purchase of bulletproof vests.  Among those receiving the grant money are the Greenville Police Department for two vests; Bond County Sheriff’s Department for five vests; and the Highland Police Department for two vests.  The maximum grant amount given is for 50 percent of the vests’ cost.


STAFF RECOGNIZED AT FCI GREENVILLE

Warden Sara M. Revell has announced the selections of Senior Officer Specialist Kelly Duncan as Correctional Officer of the Month and Employee Services Specialist Sherri Peters as Employee of the Month.  These staff members were recognized for exemplary professionalism, teamwork and dedication to duty.


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ANNUAL SLEEP WELL FEEL WELL COMMUNITY EDUCATION SEMINAR

Greenville Regional Hospital will present its annual Sleep Well/Feel Well Community Education Seminar on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm in the hospital’s Community Room. Douglas Dothager, M.D., will present a program on Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a common sleep disorder.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.  OSA occurs in all age groups and both sexes. There are a number of factors that increase risk, including having a small upper airway, being overweight, having a recessed chin, small jaw or a large overbite, a large neck size, smoking and alcohol use, being age 40 or older, and ethnicity.  Also, OSA seems to run in some families, suggesting a possible genetic basis.

Lack of proper sleep has been documented to cause such health problems as fatigue, depression, hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular, or organ failure. Symptoms of OSA include, among others; snoring, a choking sensation when sleeping, or a pause in breathing while sleeping.


UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION PREVIEW

The Bond County Community Unit 2 Board of Education will meet tonight at 7 PM at the Pocahontas Center for it's monthly meeting.  Topics on the agenda include the fiscal year 2006 Annual Audit Report, employee resignations, a letter of retirement and December Graduates.  The Board will also hear an update on the District Character Education Program, a resolution for the Okaw Area Vocational Center, a waiver of the School Code, and report on the A.C.T's.

MONDAY SPORTS

HS FOOTBALL
The Comets were 53-8 winners over Litchfield on Friday.  They are now 7-1 on the season.  Josh Hulvey scored three touchdowns, Josh Tebbe 2, and Nic Sies, Craig Spitler, and Nick Koonce one each. 

In other scores:
Mascoutah 20     Highland 14
Hillsboro 41        Pana 0
Vandalia 28        Staunton 7
B Central 20       Wesclin 13
Tolono Unity 17  Mater Dei 0
Carlyle 47          Brentwood 14

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The GC Panthers won 26-20 over Eureka.  Dominic Kegel scored touchdowns on a 1 yard run and a 2 yard run.  Bryson Taylor scored on a 46-yard pass from Kegel and Kyle Sanniec kicked two field goals for the Panthers who are now 4-2 on the season. 

HS SOCCER
The Comets season closed with a 5-0 loss to Carlinville in the Sectionals.  Dillon Heitzig had five saves.  Greenville finished with a record of 2-13-2. 


OBITUARIES

LOLA DUNCAN

Lola Duncan, age 92 of Sorento, passed away Saturday evening at Heritage Manor in Litchfield.  Funeral services for 92-year-old Lola Duncan will be Tuesday (Oct. 17) at 1PM at Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Visitation is Tuesday from noon until service time at Perfetti Funeral Home.

DELMAR LANGEL

Delmar Langel, age 86, of north of Greenville passed away Friday morning at his residence.  Funeral Services for Delmar Langel will be held Tuesday at 11:00AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. Friends may call after 4PM Monday at Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Masonic Services will be held at 7PM Monday by Greenville Masonic Lodge 245. Langel was a well known Roofing Contractor and active in the Masons and Shriners.


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