10-17-2006 



ROBBERY AT VANDALIA BANK

Vandalia police continue their investigation into a robbery at the National Bank of Vandalia Monday morning.  Officers told WGEL that at this time the only suspect is a woman with reddish hair wearing a blue coat.  Police did locate a car with Missouri plates that they believe was used by the bank robber. WGEL has been told by Vandalia police that the woman did not display a weapon and it's not clear whether she ever implied to employees that she had one.  Authorities are not releasing the amount of money taken during the robbery. 


ANNUAL CRAFT FESTIVAL HELD AT GHS

For the seventeenth consecutive year, a fall craft festival was held Saturday at the Greenville High School gym.  Proceeds from the event always benefit the post prom party.  Organizer Dotti Corn told WGEL that the earnings are used to purchase the grand prizes for post prom.  There were 75 booths offering everything from scented candles to denim purses plus an ample supply of Christmas-related crafts.  Corn said dealers came from a forty-mile radius including Staunton, Granite City, and Litchfield.  The high school’s Key Club manned the food stand.


SMOKE-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY APPROVED FOR CITY EMPLOYEES

The Greenville City Council approved a Smoke-Free Workplace Policy last week at their meeting. City Manager Dave Willey said that the city building will become a smoke free environment for both employees and visitors.   From that perspective it will affect the entire community, however, on a general note it is really designed for city employees.

The city says they recognize the hazards caused by exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, therefore, the new policy will prohibit the smoking of any tobacco products and the use of smokeless or "spit" tobacco in the city facility, property surrounding the building, and city vehicles.  On November 14, there will be an employee meeting to discuss the upcoming policy change.  The council will pass the final smoking policy on December 12.  The "Quit For Life" program will be offered through the city's insurance company, GHP, starting January 9, 2007. The Smoke-Free Workplace Policy will take full effect on April 10, 2007.

Willey said that smoke-free plans are becoming more common place for corporate, municipal, and even citywide polices. For instance, Springfield recently passed an ordinance that eliminates smoking in any public building including restaurants and bars.  Willey stated that the Greenville City Council has directed him to research and prepare a proposal to ban smoking in all restaurants in the Greenville City limits.  Willey says he should have the beginnings of that proposal available for the November 12 council meeting.


APPLE BUTTER MAKING TIME

Peelers and stirrers, your favorite time of the year has arrived.  Volunteers will be preparing apple butter this week for the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar.  If you'd like to peel, core, and quarter apples, your services are needed Wednesday beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Greenville VFW.  Please bring your own knife and pan.  Stirring of apple butter gets underway early Thursday morning on the Bond County fairgrounds followed by the canning around noon that day.  This year's bazaar is December 2. 




FIRES IN THE AREA SATURDAY

Windy conditions can partially be blamed for at least two fires that kept area fire departments busy Saturday.  Keyesport firemen were called at 11:06 AM to a field fire on Keyesport Road west of Route 127 and the Smithboro fire department received a call at 4:42 PM of a fire behind two residences on Ohio Avenue in Royal Lake.  The Mulberry Grove fire department was called for mutual aid with a pumper truck to the Royal Lake fire.  Both fires were determined to be caused by burning trash being spread by the wind.

At 1:51 PM Saturday Smithboro firemen responded to a call of an abandoned trailer fire on Pleasant Mount Avenue.  Mulberry Grove firemen were also called to provide mutual aid. Greenville firemen were called to a bean field fire at 4:23 PM Saturday on the Charles Compton property on Sorento Avenue.  Shoal Creek firemen provided mutual aid with a tanker truck.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.  Greenville firemen were back in service by 5:38 PM. And at 5:11 PM Saturday Mulberry Grove firemen were called to West Taylor Street in Mulberry Grove to extinguish a tree on fire behind a residence.


ILLINOIS OFFERS DIFFERENT WAYS TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 7TH

With the November elections less than a month away, the State of Illinois is offering people other ways to place their vote. Randy Reitz, Bond County Clerk, explained the differences between absentee voting and early voters.  He said that absentee voters are asked for the reason why they need to vote absentee, whether it's because they will be out of the country, incapacitated, or something of that nature.  A request form can be picked up at the County Clerk's Office or mailed to the voter's residence.  Once it's filled out and mailed back, the actual ballot is sent to the voter who will mail it back once it's completed. Early voters aren't required to have a reason to vote early.  They can simply come into the clerk's office, vote right then and have their vote taken care of before November 7th.

Applications for absentee voting can now be requested through the Bond County Clerk's Office with ballots being accepted from October 16 to November 6.  Early voters may vote in person at the clerk's office between October 16 and November 2.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8AM to 4PM and Saturday, November 4 from 8AM to 12 Noon.


UPGRADES CONTINUE AT PATRIOT’S PARK

The Kingsbury Park District has purchased fifteen heavy duty plastic picnic tables for the Patriot’s Park pavilions.  At Monday night’s KPD board meeting, Director Jerry Sauerwein said there is always a need for picnic tables at Patriot’s and he hopes to purchase more in the next year or two.  The Clean Lakes Grant-funded work at Patriot’s is about to move into other phases.  Sauerwein said the dam is now wider and easier to mow.  The district is finalizing the paperwork for additional EPA grant money to cover more dredging at the lake.  And plans for constructing wetlands on property north of Route 127 owned by Jay Young are being reviewed.  Sauerwein reported that he is still awaiting the plans for the new boat ramp on Patriot’s Park Lake.

Kingsbury has been selected for nearly $18,000 in grant money for reseeding the pavilion area of the Nature Preserve with native prairie grasses.  Sauerwein also announced to the board that he has been elected to a one-year term as President of the Southern Illinois Parks and Recreation Association.

After a forty minute closed session, the park board approved Sauerwein’s salary for the coming year and gave him a $1,000 performance bonus citing the number of grants he has secured for the district.  The board then ratified a three-year contract calling for a 5% annual increase and 2% bonus based on the grants received. 

You can see the video of the Kingsbury Park Board meeting tonight at 6 on Greene County Cable Channel 3 in Greenville. 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS PREVIEW

The Greenville Zoning Board of Appeals will meet tonight at 7PM in the municipal building.  The board will discuss a zoning variance request from Emerald Glen Management for an enclosed courtyard at the Glenwood development.  The question was tabled at last month's Zoning Board of Appeals meeting after it was agreed that Glenwood representatives would discuss the issue with the Greenville Fire Protection District.


MONDAY RAIN TOTALS

The City of Greenville's rain gauges confirmed what we already suspected…it rained a lot on Monday.  Official totals were 2.24 inches at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Route 40, 2.28 inches at 6th Street, and 2.65 inches at Idler Lane and Route 140. 


TUESDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Lady Bluejays lost 47-5 to St. Rose on Saturday.  Micah Rush and Carsen Funneman each had 2 points.  Kayla Gray grabbed 3 rebounds.  The 7th grade Lady Bluejays fell to St. Rose 33-14.  Kelley Faulkner, Tesia Snow, and Rachel Sponsler each had 4 points. 


OBITUARIES

LARRY K. MURPHY

Larry K. Murphy, age 68, of Dentin, TX passed away Tuesday October 10, 2006.  A memorial service for 68 year-old Larry K. Murphy will be held Thursday, October 19 at 2PM at the Church of Christ in Greenville.  Larry was the son of Nell Murphy of Greenville.

URBAN HENRY KAMPWERTH

Urban Henry Kampwerth, age 84, of Greenville and formerly of Carlyle, passed away Monday at his residence.  Funeral services for 84 year-old Urban Henry Kampwerth will be held at 10AM Thursday October 19, at Carlyle Christian Church.  Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Zieren Day Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8PM and on Thursday at the church from 9AM until service time.  Memorials may be made to the Carlyle Christian Church Building Fund or to Bond County Hospice.

GERALDINE RENCH

Geraldine Rench, age 83 of Greenville, passed away Monday evening at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral arrangements for Geraldine Rench are incomplete at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  She was the widow of Bert Rench. 

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