10-24-2006 



ETHANOL PLANT COMING TO GREENVILLE

Greenville has been chosen for a proposed ethanol plant by a Kansas City-based company.  In August of this year, Alternative Energy Sources Incorporated, or AENS, reported that they had plans to build ethanol plants in Central Iowa and Northern Illinois.  In an announcement Monday by AENS one of those plants will be built on one hundred acres at the John W. Kelsey Business & Technology Park.  The plant will be adjacent to the CSX and BNSF main railroad lines and served by the Illinois Western Railroad. Mark Beemer, president and CEO of AENS, said that with access to both mainline railroads and Interstates 70, 55 and 64 they will be able to serve national markets as well as Central and Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri. 

Construction is planned to begin within the next year, with the plant scheduled to open by late 2008.  Once in operation, the plant will provide jobs for 45-55 people with payroll between $2.5 and $3.5 million.  The AENS plant will be a major consumer of corn grown in Bond, Fayette and Effingham Counties using more than 40 million bushels of corn annually and producing 110 million gallons of ethanol.

Mayor Alan Gaffner told WGEL that the city has talked with several companies interested in building ethanol plants but AENS was the first to finalize a deal.  Gaffner said they received confirmation of the company's intentions last Friday morning. 

City Manager Dave Willey indicated that attracting the ethanol facility was a group effort by Economic Consultant Rita McDowell, Charlie Barenfanger of Vandalia, and AgraCel in Effingham and himself.  Ethanol production requires a lot of water and Willey confirmed that although a formal agreement has not been reached, the water will be provided through Governor Bond Lake.  The city already has water mains to the site and they can be extended for the plant's use.  According to Willey, some other details need to be worked out but can't until AENS finalizes their infrastructure needs.   The city manager told WGEL that he doesn't foresee any roadblocks in the plant coming to Greenville. 

Mayor Gaffner pointed to the permanent jobs created by the plant and the purchase of corn from area farmers as major benefits.  He added that the wages earned by those employees will also be "turned over" up to seven times in the community.  Gaffner believes the potential exists of other related projects following and that the selection of Greenville for this plant will showcase what the community has to offer other perspective industries. 


GREENVILLE COLLEGE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW DORMITORY

Last Thursday, Greenville College broke ground on another housing facility. This 101-bed, traditional residence hall will open in time to house underclassmen in the fall 2007 semester.  Full dorms have led college administrators to review future options for additional housing.  In July, the executive committee of the board of trustees approved an $8 million bond issue.  The bond will provide $3.7 million for the construction of the new dormitory, $1.5 million for remodeling existing residences, and $2.8 million to refinance existing debt.

Located at the south end of Snyder parking lot, just behind the Synder Science Building, the residence hall will feature individual heating and cooling in each room as well as data ports and wireless capability. The three-floor structure will also include lounges on each floor, study areas on two upper levels, and a two bedroom apartment with an office for the dormitory’s Coordinator of Residence Education.


DINNER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR COURTHOUSE LIGHTING

A dinner with live music is going to be held in early November to raise funds for the permanent courthouse lawn lighting. Cheri Schilling, owner of Cheri's Garden Room said that only the food expense will be taken out of the profits and the rest will go towards the lighting.  The Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the Greenville Women's Club and the Greenville Business and Professional Association are endorsing the dinner.  Donations were being asked for the lighting, so Cheri's husband Tom came up with the idea to offer the dinner so people that are donating money can have a nice meal and still feel like they're getting a little something.  Food for the event includes pork loin in a raspberry glaze, chicken with a wine sauce, baked potatoes, vegetables and a cheesecake assortment.  Tom Stampfli at the piano will be providing the live music for the evening.

Permanent lighting is still needed for the south and east sides of the square.  Each "Acorn" light can be decorated for the different seasons and holidays.  Schilling said there are still 25 seats available at $20 a plate.  She believes if the dinner is filled to capacity, there will be at least $1000 to give towards the lighting project itself. The dinner will be held Thursday, November 2 at 6PM at Cheri's Garden Room in Greenville.  Today is the final day reservations will be accepted. Call 664-4610 to get your ticketst.


FFA MEMBERS HEADING TO NATIONAL CONVENTION

The annual FFA National Convention is this week.  Steve Zimmerman told WGEL's Joe Doll that this is an annual trip and this year it's being held in Indianapolis for the first time.  He said they would take some time to get acquainted with the city and surroundings in order to look for some good activities and educational experiences for the kids.  Zimmerman also said they would be receiving 2-Star National Chapter Award based on program activities with the local chapter and their participation in the community.




LOCAL WOMAN HEADS TO IRELAND FOR LEUKEMIA/LYMPHOMA FOUNDATION

A Greenville woman has been busy raising money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Foundation this past year.  She's now heading to Dublin, Ireland to participate in a marathon for the cause. Laura Weiss told WGEL that she will be walking in 26.2 mile marathon through Teams In Training of the St. Louis Gateway Chapter for Leukemia/Lymphoma.  Weiss has been training since May by walking 2-4 miles through the week and 12-24 on the weekends.

This is the 26th year that Dublin has held this marathon with over 10,000 participants raising money for several different organizations. Weiss said she has walked 20 miles in 5 hours, 50 minutes and plans on finishing the marathon in about 8 hours.  She has raised $5,000 for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Foundation thus far this year by letter writing, hosting a kick ball tournament, and having a quilt auction.


SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC HELPS TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN SAFELY

Southwestern Electric has announced that it is National Cooperative Month, a time when co-ops around the country take time to point out how they differ from other organizations. With roles in the community being very important, Southwestern Electric has opted to recognize this month by helping kids celebrate Halloween safely.  Until October 31 (or while supplies last) Southwestern Electric will offer free reflective trick-or-treat bags and glow sticks to children 12 and under. They are available at Southwestern Electric's headquarters in Greenville and at police departments in Bond and Fayette County and at the Highland Police Department.

Southwestern Electric also wants to remind you keep safety in mind when decorating.  Don't overload electrical outlets and always keep jack-o-lanterns and hot electric lamps away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children will be walking.  And on Halloween, greet children at your door with your porch light on.  If you spot any suspicious activity, report it to the police immediately.


FIRE CALLS OVER THE WEEKEND

Area firemen were busy again this past weekend.  At 1:30 PM Saturday, Mulberry Grove Firemen responded to a call of a field fire at 11393 on the Mulberry Grove Blacktop.

At 4:23 PM, Greenville Firemen were called to a combine fire along Rt. 140 just East of the Country Club.

And at 14 minutes past midnight Sunday morning, Greenville Firemen responded to a report of an accident on Rt. 127 south of Greenville at the Dutch Mill.  Firemen, police, and an ambulance went to check on the reported accident but found nothing.  Firemen were back in service by 12:45 AM.



IDOT OPENS SECTION OF IL-255 ALTON BYPASS TO TRAFFIC

State and local representatives joined with the Illinois Department of Transportation in officially opening a new section of the IL 255 Alton Bypass. The 7.6-mile section of new four-lane highway opened to traffic Friday and cost $78.1 million to build. It is the second of three sections of IL 255 needed to complete an Alton Bypass from Interstate 270 to US 67 in Godfrey. The addition of a four-lane road in the area will help to ease congestion, making commutes safer for residents of Alton and the surrounding communities. Construction began in the summer of 2000 and this is the latest in a series of projects with a goal of creating a four-lane highway from I-270 to US 67 in Godfrey.


METRO EAST AND SOUTHER 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


SPORTS

TUESDAY SPORTS

HS VOLLEYBALL
At the Hillsboro Regional, the Lady Comets were winners over Mulberry Grove 25-17, 25-14.  Greenville plays Hillsboro tonight at 7:30. 

HS FOOTBALL
Greenville High School Athletic Director Larry Stewart has provided some more details on Friday’s Comets playoff game versus Columbia.  The admission price is $4 and no passes will be accepted.  This is an IHSA policy.  All players, coaches, cheerleaders, and administrators are instructed to use the north gate.  Kick-off is 7pm at Don Stout Field and you can hear all of the action on WGEL. 


OBITUARIES

MUREL AND NADINE CUNNINGHAM

please note visitation time change from yesterday's Daily.

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 6-8PM at the First Assembly of God Church in Edwardsville. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham died of natural causes a few hours apart. 


 

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