10-18-2006 




KIDNAPPING/MURDER SUSPECTS MAY HAVE BEEN IN BOND COUNTY

An Amber Alert was issued this Tuesday afternoon after alleged kidnapping and homicide suspects from a Kentucky case were possibly seen in Smithboro.  Henderson Kentucky investigators say nine-month-old Saige Terrell was allegedly abducted from his mother's residence and that a social worker taking part in a supervised visit there was found dead.  Kentucky State Police believe the developmentally disabled child was taken by his non-custoidial mother 33-year-old Renee Terrell and 23-year-old Christopher Wayne Luttrell.  Terrell is a white female, 5'5" tall, weighs 240 pounds and wears glasses.  Lutrell is a white male, 6'2" tall, weighs 150 pounds with a shaved head and tattoos on his arms.  The three may be on their way to Evansville or Ft. Wayne, Indiana where Renee Terrell has family.

Investigators are looking for a white 2000 Daewoo, 4-door station wagon with Kentucky plates 675DRV.  In the Amber Alert, it was reported that the homicide victim's credit card was used to purchase gasoline Monday evening around 7:32 at TNT Gas Mart in Smithboro.  Randy Tevis of TNT Gas Mart told WGEL that the security camera tape confirmed that the Kentucky vehicle was at their business but neither suspect entered their store as a credit card was used to pay at the pump.  Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown told WGEL that anyone who has seen this vehicle and has a possible direction of travel needs to contact his department at 618-664-2151.


DISTRICT NEWSLETTER, AUDIT REPORT, AND ACT SCORES AT UNIT 2 BOARD MEETING

The Unit 2 Board of Education met Monday night at the Pocahontas Center.  Superintendent Melanie Allyn reported to the board on a new district newsletter aimed towards employees that will be published monthly.  It will provide job-related information including health insurance, retirement, state testing and academic events.  She also said that the unit office has recently received materials for next year's school board elections.  The information will be available to the public on November 7.  Allyn then commented on a new superintendent-appointed-subcommittee that is working on how to best address the needs of children in the district.  Networking has started with Greenville College, Bond County Health Department and representatives from the Regional Office of Education.

Fred Becker, CPA from Glass and Shuffett, presented to the Unit 2 School Board the FY06 Annual Audit Report.  Becker said that since the Education Fund is doing better than last year, things are looking good for the district.  Carol Knight, head of the Character Education Program reported they are now part of the national "Character Plus" program.  This will allow access to better workshops for teachers and staff.  High School Principal Kevin Cochrane presented the College Readiness Report based on ACT scores.  Unit 2 students ready for college courses were shown to be just above state levels in English, Social Science and Biology. 

The Unit 2 Board of Education then voted to continue the joint agreement with the Okaw Area Vocational Center.  Over 1,000 Unit 2 students have benefited from the program since its inception in 1967.  In other business, the board approved the consent agenda, which included two resignations, one retirement, and nine high school seniors whom will graduate early.


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.

 
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GC HOMECOMING IS THIS WEEKEND

Greenville College's Homecoming festivities will include an honor for a former resident and the official dedication of the new music building.  Activities begin Friday morning during chapel services when Greenville native Paul Donnell is presented the college's young alumnus award.  Donnell was recently promoted to the position of manager within the Global Capital Markets group, a branch of PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm. 

Saturday morning at 11 the Whitlock Music Center will be dedicated.  Located in the former Free Methodist Church building, the center houses both contemporary and traditional music programs.  The recital hall has been named in honor of former GC music professor James E. Wilson who will be paid tribute at 6PM Saturday. 

A variety of athletic contests including football and soccer games are planned along with alumni events.  The GC Panthers football team hosts MacMurray at 1PM Saturday.  For students, this year's homecoming features a dance, a first in the school's history.


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 today beginning at 8 a.m. 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.


SHIMKUS TO BE IN GREENVILLE FOR NEWS CONFERENCE

Congressman John Shimkus will be in Greenville today for a news conference to discuss the President’s signing into law the WARN act.  This legislation deals with improvements to the emergency alert broadcast system.  Shimkus will conduct the press conference at 4:30pm at the Greenville police department.


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. 

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SPORTS

JR BASKETBALL

The Lady Bluejays defeated Vandalia in 7th Grade Girls Basketball Tuesday night at home. The score was 29-21 and the Lady Bluejays lead scorer was Kelley Faulkner with 11 points and Rachel Sopnsler had 10 points. Their current record is 5-4 and the next game is at Litchfield this Friday.


OBITUARIES

EVA GERALDINE RENCH

Eva Geraldine Rench, age 83 of Greenville, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2006 at Greenville Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in  Greenville with John Heston officiating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or Bond County Hospice.

Memorials to the First Christian Church or Bond County Hospice.


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