10-02-2006

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SIX PEOPLE KILLED IN ACCIDENT

A fatal accident in St. Clair County Saturday night has taken the lives of six people including five members of one family from Pocahontas and Alhambra.   According to Illinois State Police, Gary D. Ohren age 40, Lora Ohren age 39, Cody Ohren age 12, and Emily Ohren age 7 from Pocahontas and 61-year-old Judy Ohren of Alhambra perished in the accident.   Judy Ohren was the mother of Gary Ohren.  Also killed was the driver of an SUV, Myron Schanuel age 39 of Smithton Illinois.

According to the Illinois State Police for unknown reasons the SUV driven by Myron Schanuel allegedly crossed from the westbound lane of Route 177 into the eastbound lane near Radio Range Road and struck head-on a van traveling eastbound driven by Gary Ohern.  The accident happened at 8:58PM Saturday night and according to Metro News Source, the Ohrens were returning home from a birthday party for Judy who would have turned 62 on Sunday.  A third vehicle driven by Marsha Holtz age 37 of Mascoutah also traveling east struck the SUV.  Holtz and her husband were treated and released at a Belleville hospital.

Lora Ohren, formerly Lora Scott, was a 1984 graduate of Greenville High School.  Cody attended Highland Middle School and Emily the New Douglas Grade School.  Gary Ohren had been a member of the Alhambra Fire Department for the past sixteen years. 

Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the Ohren family, arrangements were incomplete at time of publication.

NASA KICKOFF AT GES HELD FRIDAY

Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr. director of the John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and Bryan K. Smith, chief of Glenn's Orion Project Office with NASA the National Aeronautics and Space Administration came to Greenville Friday to kick off NASA's partnership with Greenville Elementary school students. Greenville is one of 25 schools nationwide and the only school in Illinois chosen to participate in the NASA Explorer School program.

At a student assembly Friday morning Whitlow and Smith shared their Vision for Space Exploration with students and discussed how they can join the ranks of the next generation of explorers by pursuing studies in mathematics and science. The NASA program is a three-year partnership, sponsored by NASA, to help educators and students promote science, mathematics and technology applications and career explorations. Elementary school principal Scott Pasley and 4th grade teachers Jackie Blumer, Eric Ahern, Donna Carlson and Karen Hicks pictured here will head up the local teacher team to integrate NASA material into the classroom. Marge Marcy from the Glenn Center will be visiting Greenville throughout the next three years working with students and teachers.

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GHS DRILL PREPARES STUDENTS AND FACULTY FOR INTRUDER

A drill Wednesday morning at Greenville High School prepared students and faculty if an intruder entered the building.  Ironically, the drill was held the same day that a man held several girls hostage in a Colorado school.  While all of us are familiar with fire and tornado drills, Wednesday's exercise was referred to as a "code red drill."

Principal Kevin Cochrane explained there are several color-coded emergencies ranging from a gas leak to an intruder.  The "code red" occurs when an intruder enters the building and a dangerous situation exists.  The school would go into immediate lockdown and students would remain where they were.  Cochrane indicated that doors would be locked and windows covered until an "all-clear" was given. 

WGEL asked Cochrane what he was looking for during the drill.  He said the most important thing is preparedness.  In this situation it's a matter of simply staying where you are rather than attempting to leave the building.  Cochrane pointed out this is obviously different than a fire drill where you must exit the building.  He also pointed to the drill creating a feeling of calm and confidence among faculty and staff in that if the scenario becomes reality, they will already know what to do. 

Cochrane added that it is naïve to think these sort of situations will never happen as no community, regardless of its size, is exempt.  He commended the students for their cooperation.


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GREENVILLE COLLEGE WELCOMES MISSIONARIES FOR GLOBAL IMPACT WEEK

Global Impact Week at Greenville College takes place October 2-6. The week focuses on missionary living, both within the states and worldwide, through chapel speakers and additional campus wide programming.

Director of World Outreach and Missions, Elizabeth Hehman, organized this week to encourage the college community to focus on needs and problems around the world and ways they can get involved to make an impact. Different missionaries and mission agency representatives from various organizations and ministries nationwide will be visiting the Greenville College Community. Some of the participating organizations include African Inland Mission, International, Café 140, and Food for the Hungry.

In addition to a special chapel schedule, special guests and events will allow students to explore opportunities for global impact and network with various Christian sending organizations. Chapel times on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday begin at 9:30am in the Whitlock Music Center, Vespers on Thursday begins at 9:30pm in the Whitlock Music Center, and Tuesday prayer and meditation chapel begins at 1:30pm in the sanctuary of the Free Methodist Church.  The public is invited to attend.


UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCEDURE

There are many times at which community members seek permission to speak to the Unit 2 Board of Education about matters concerning the quality of education for students.  At their September 18th meeting, Unit 2 Board Members approved a public participation procedure.  All requests must be submitted to the Unit Superintendent no less than five working days before the next scheduled meeting.  If the Superintendent is unable to resolve the issues for which the request is made, the topic will be added to the "public participation" portion of the meeting. The Superintendent will provide pertinent information regarding the issue to the board, followed in turn by information from the "public participant".  The participants must identify themselves with names and addresses and hold their comments to a maximum of five minutes on the topic, unless the board President has given advance notice for more time allowed.

The board will hear matters pertaining to the overall welfare of the district, but will not allow issues on the evaluation of personnel.  These matters will be handled first through the appropriate administrative protocol.  The board president may shorten or lengthen a person's time to speak and may also deny any person who has addressed the board with the same issue in the last 2 months.

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VFW BLOOD DRIVE TOTALS

Twenty-eight units of blood were collected Thursday, September 28th during an American Red Cross drive at the Greenville VFW.  Pins awarded were Tom Whalen, 16-gallon; Rodney Christin, 13-gallon; Richard Hosto, nine-gallon; Roya Bourgeois, six-gallon; Helen Feltmeyer, four-gallon; Lonis Gruen, three-gallon; and Dennis Kelly, one-gallon.

The next American Red Cross blood drive in Bond County is October 9 at Southwestern Electric.


KINGSBURY BOARD TO MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION

The Kingsbury Park Board has called a special meeting for Monday (10/2) at 5PM at the district office on North 2nd Street.  The board will discuss the availability of additional state funding for the work at Patriot's Park Lake.  A decision is expected concerning the amount of grant money the park district will request.


CITY COUNCIL TO MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION

The Greenville City Council will meet for a special session on Tuesday, October 3rd at 1 p.m. at the Municipal Building to discuss the Grigg Street Land Acquisition.

MONDAY SPORTS

HS FOOTBALL
The Varsity Comets suffered their first loss of the season as they fell 20-13 to Hillsboro on Friday.  Greenville scored all thirteen of their points in the third quarter on touchdowns by Erik Fohne and Josh Hulvey who had 120 yards on 14 carries.  Greenville is now 5-1, 2-1 in conference play.  They host Staunton this Friday. 

In other scores:

Highland 19        Bethalto Civic Memorial 7

Vandalia 42        Litchfield 13

Staunton 24       Pana 21

Wesclin 23         Carlyle 22

B. Central 24      Red Bud 0

Mater Dei 14       Jennings, MO 0

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Panthers won 14-7 over Aurora on Saturday.  GC’s touchdowns were scored by Cody Griffith and Dominic Kegel who had 59 yards passing and 105 yards on the ground. 

HS SOCCER
The Comets were blanked by Metro East Lutheran on Friday 3-0.  Dillon Heitzig had three saves in goal. 

HS BASEBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces earned a 5-2 win over Brownstown in the opening game of the Brownstown Tourney.  Aaron Kendall was the winning pitcher.  Kendall, Dustin Lindahl, and Ethan Rickman each had two hits. 


OBITUARIES

ANDY HILL

Andy Hill, age 39 of Greenville and formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Friday (9/29) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  Funeral services for 39-year-old Andy Hill will be held Tuesday at 11 AM at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Interment in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation is tonight from 4-8PM at the Church.  Memorials may be made to the Greenville First Christian Church or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


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