10-23-2006

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PUBLIC HEARING DATE SET FOR TIF DISTRICTS IN GREENVILLE

The Greenville City Council has passed another resolution in the TIF District process. In their last meeting, council members agreed on a place and time for a public hearing.  City Manager Dave Willey explains that a TIF District allows a city to create incentives for developers through the use of additional taxes.  These due from developer because they have made improvements to the property. Those taxes are then used for infrastructure improvements both at that site and other sites in the TIF District

The boundaries have been set for both districts.  Willey said there is a downtown central district which includes roughly one block around the square, down 3rd to Harris Ave, and then from Harris almost to the RP Lumber site.  The other one is a Rt. 127/I-70 TIF that includes all real estate from the Rt. 40/Rt. 127 interchange out to interstate.
 
A book called, "The Redevelopment Plan and Project", is available for each district.  The book outlines boundaries and talks about how TIF Districts operate.  Notifications of the new TIF Districts will be sent in the mail and a public hearing has been set for December 12 at 6:00 and 6:30 PM at Greenville City Hall.


BOND COUNTY INSURANCE COMMITTEE PRESENTS REPORT TO BOARD MEMBERS

The Bond County Board met for a special meeting Thursday night.  Brooke Earnest, chairperson of the Insurance Committee presented to the board the report of insurance providers to be considered for FY06/07.  Dental insurance was recommended to be provided by Met Life for a one-year rate with a slight increase from last year's coverage with Delta. Vision insurance was not a concern as there is still coverage for another year. 

The Insurance Committee then recommended that the County stay with their current provider, GHP, but go with an alternative plan.  The new program, GHP PPO 900, will have a $1,500 deductible per employee, in which the employee will pay the first $500 and the county will pick up the remaining $1,000.  The committee believes this will benefit the County, while not losing much for the employees.  A motion was carried by the Bond County Board to accept, approve and enroll in the committee's recommendations for dental and health insurance.


BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 SCHOOL DISTRICT NOW PART OF CHARACTER PLUS

At Monday night's Unit 2 Board of Education meeting, Carol Knight, head of the Character Education Program, presented an update to the organization.  For the past two year the district-wide initiative has grown and is now affiliated with a more prominent, national program called Character Plus.  Knight stated that with this new affiliation it would allow the district better access to seminars and conferences with incredible teaching tools.  The services are available to administrators, faculty, support staff, parents, school board members and sometimes students. 

By being a part of Character Plus, Unit 2 will be able to send a certain number of participants to seminars at no cost. Knight explained that the Belleville School District has been a part of the program and has already received $30,000 in yearly services. Seven teachers in our district recently benefited from Character Plus by attending a Ruby K. Payne workshop in St. Louis.  Bond County Community Unit 2 is one of six districts state wide that has joined the national organization.


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NEW CLEVER CREDIT CARD SCAM OUT

There is a new credit card scam people are using where credit card holders are called by a person and provided all card information except for one piece of important information.

A person calls saying he or she is from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA and will provide you with a badge number. The person on the phone will ask if you purchased a specific item, usually in the price range of $297 to $497. After you say no the person says he or she will issue a credit to your account and the credit will be sent to you by mail.

The scam works by the caller saying he or she needs to verify that you are in possession of your card and will ask you to turn your card over and look for numbers.  There are seven numbers; the first four are part of your card number, the next three are the security numbers. The caller will ask you to read the three numbers to him or her. After you tell the caller the three numbers, he or she will tell you that is correct.

What the scammers want is the three-digit PIN number on the back of the card, do not give it to them. Tell the person you will call VISA or Mastercard directly for verification of their conversation. A real credit card company will never ask for anything on the card because the company already knows the information since they issued the card.


FCI GREENVILLE RECOGNIZES STAFF

Warden Sara M. Revell announced the selections of Senior Officer Specialist John Kocevar as Correctional Officer of the Month, and Captain Darrin Harmon as Supervisor of the Quarter.  These staff were recognized for exemplary professionalism, teamwork and dedication to duty.


TWO NEW ILLINOIS CASES OF E COLI RELATED TO CONSUMPTION OF BAGGED SPINACH

A woman from the downstate area and a child from the northeast area of Illinois are the two latest E. Coli cases in the state connected to the national outbreak associated with spinach consumption. The spinach from the downstate woman’s household tested positive for E. Coli at the Illinois Department of Public Health laboratory and it was determined to be the national outbreak strain. This is the third case in Illinois linked to the national outbreak and the second batch of spinach to test positive in the state.


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METRO EAST AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WILL RECEIVE FEDERAL HELP TO RECOVER FROM STORM DAMAGE DURING JULY STORMS

The State of Illinois has announced 12 counties in the Metro East and Southern Illinois areas damaged by the storms in July will receive assistance from the federal Small Business Administration.  The SBA assistance will allow homeowners, renters, and businesses hit by the storms to qualify for low-interest loans. Two of the 12 counties that will receive assistance include Clinton and Madison. If you would like to receive information and loan applications you can call toll-free at 1-800-659-2955. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is December 18.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 18, 2007.


SEVEN NEW CASES OF WEST NILE IN ILLINOIS

The Illinois Department of Public Health has received reports of seven new cases of West Nile virus which brings the total West Nile disease cases to 202.  The latest reported cases include a Madison County female teen with West Nile Fever. To date, 75 counties out of 102 have reported positive test results for West Nile virus in humans, mosquitoes, birds, and horses. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

MONDAY SPORTS

HS FOOTBALL
The regular season wrapped up Friday night for area teams with many of them advancing to the playoffs.  The Greenville Comets finished 8-1 with their 42-20 victory over East Alton Wood River.  The Comets host Columbia Friday night at 7 in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Other scores:

Highland 29                Charleston 12

Hillsboro 51                Gillespie 6

Vandalia 24                Piasa Southwestern 7

Newton 35                 Mater Dei 23

West Frankfurt 30       Carlyle 20

Playoff pairings:

CLASS 4A
Effingham at East Alton Wood River

Mahomet-Seymour at Mater Dei

Vandalia at Mascoutah

CLASS 3A
Petersburg Porta at Hillsboro

Breese Central at Carterville

CLASS 2A
Wesclin at Casey-Westfield

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The GC Panthers picked up their 5th win of the season during Saturday's Homecoming game against MacMurray.  The final score was 34-20.  Bryson Taylor scored two of Greenville's touchdowns. 


OBITUARIES

MUREL AND NADINE CUNNINGHAM

83-year-old Murel Cunningham and 82-year-old Nadine Cunningham of Edwardsville, formerly of Sorento, passed away Saturday, 10/21. Joint funeral services for Murel and Nadine Cunningham will be Wednesday, 10/25 at 11am at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be at Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento. Visitation is Tuesday from 5-8PM at the First Assembly of God Church.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham died of natural causes a few hours apart. 

JIMMY BONE SENIOR

54-year-old Jimmy W. Bone Senior of rural Keyesport passed away Friday, 10/20 at his home.  Funeral services for 54-year-old Jimmy W. Bone Senior will be Tuesday, 10/224 at 8PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove with burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8PM Tuesday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.  Memorials may be made to his children.

CHARLES EMERICK

77-year-old Charles L. Emerick of Vandalia passed away Sunday, 10/22 at his home.  Funeral services for 77-year-old Charles L. Emerick will be Tuesday at 10am at the Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia.  Visitation is Monday from 6-8PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

ALICE MARIE GRIGG

78-year-old Alice Marie Grigg of Lincoln, formerly of Sorento passed away Saturday, 10/21.  Funeral services for 78-year-old Alice Marie Grigg will be Friday, 10/27 at 11am at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-8PM Thursday at the funeral home.

 

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