10-27-2006

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A dose of Cardinal fever has resulted in a Greenville Junior High teacher's class being featured on the KSDK Channel 5 news.  7th grade teacher Darci Materkowksi, known to her students as Mrs. Ski, encouraged her Language Arts classes to get dressed in their Cardinal attire to root the Redbirds on to a World Series victory.  The students not only wore their Cardinals t-shirts but many came to school sporting their Spiezios, red tufts of facial hair made popular by player Scott Spiezio. 

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Mrs. Ski took photos and sent them to Frank Cusamano in the KSDK Sports Department.  Wednesday night, the Greenville Junior High students' picture was shown during a newscast.  She told WGEL that she had promised the students on Wednesday that there would be no homework so they could watch the game.  However, Mother Nature rained out the game.  Mrs. Ski said she'll give the students a reprieve from homework again today in hopes that the weather will cooperate and game four of the World Series will be played.

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AUXILIARY APPLE BUTTER READY FOR 2006 HOLIDAY BAZAAR

Many local volunteers came together last week to continue the tradition of making Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary’s apple butter. The apple butter was cooked in copper kettles and canned on October 19 at the Bond County Fairgrounds, with auxiliary member Wendy White, of Greenville, serving as chairperson.

Prior to stirring the apple butter, 60 bushels of apples were washed by members of the Bond County Unit 2 High School Kiwanis Key Club and students from the Greenville Christian Academy at Smithgrove Baptist Church.  Community volunteers then peeled, cored, and sliced apples at the Greenville VFW Hall.  While it is unknown how long the apple butter tradition has been going on, it is believed to have started in the early 1960s.

Over 160 volunteers assisted with the apple butter project, from start to finish, which will be available for purchase at the 2006 Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 2 at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. A total of 178 quarts and 904 pints of apple butter have been prepared for sale. Sugar-free apple butter will be available for sale.


SPRINGFIELD WOMAN ARRESTED FOR VANDALIA ROBBERY

A Springfield woman has been arrested and charged for the October 16 robbery of the National Bank in Vandalia.  Vandalia police told WGEL that 34-year-old Lynette Hernandez was taken into custody October 20 in Springfield where she is still being held.  Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel has charged Hernandez with alleged robbery and theft over $300. 

On the morning of October 16, Hernandez allegedly entered the bank in Vandalia and according to the charges took money from a teller "by threatening the imminent use of force."  Vandalia police have said their investigation revealed the woman never showed a weapon or implied that she had one.  Authorities gained some information from two men who were allegedly riding in a car with Lynette Hernandez at the time of the robbery.  No charges have been filed against those men.


DELINQUENT TAX SALE IS TUESDAY

Bond County's delinquent tax sale is Tuesday, October 31 at 10am at the treasurer's office.  This is not a sale of property but a sale of unpaid taxes that were due by September 8 of this year.  As of Thursday morning there were around $200,000 in unpaid taxes, however, Treasurer Katie Weiss said the amount should be less come sale day because taxpayers can make payments until 9am Tuesday.  She encouraged delinquent taxpayers to try and make their payments by 4PM Monday, if possible.  Buyers must pre-register at the treasurer's office prior to the sale.


NEW BOOK COVERS ILLINOIS AND GREENVILLE DURING WWII

An area author who has spent several years researching the history of Illinois, recently published his 12th book titled "Illinois and WWII".  Bill Nunes told WGEL that his new book is in three parts.  The first part has information about the war, the second part covers the role of Illinois during the war, and the third part has interviews with Illinois veterans, of which three or four are from the Greenville area.  Nunes also explained that very few states did as much for the war effort as Illinois.  The state was the home of the largest ammunition and weaponry factory at the Rock Island Arsenal and one-third of the United States Navy was trained at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station

Nunes was born on September 1, 1939, the first day of WWII.  He remembers as a child how everyone saved tin and aluminum, bought war bonds and rationed food to support the war efforts. During his research, he found information on one particular event that took place involving a man who went before a judge in Greenville.  The man was drunk and disorderly, and instead of the judge throwing the guy in jail, he released him on the condition that he buy a couple of war bonds

"Illinois and WWII" was released in late September and contains nearly 700 pictures.  It is available at Watson's Drug Store, any major bookstore, and the Greenville Public Library.




TRICK OR TREAT HOURS

Trick or Treat dates, times, and age groups have been set for the area:

For Greenville Trick or Treat hours will be from 5:30pm-8pm on October 31 and is for children 13 and younger.

For Mulberry Grove, Pocahontas, and Smithboro, Trick or Treat hours will be from 5-8pm on October 31 and is for children 12 and under.

For Keyesport and Sorento hours are from 6-8pm on October 31. Ages for Keyesport are 12 and under and in Sorento it is toddlers to 8th grade.

The annual Greenville College Community Halloween Trick or Treating event is Tuesday, 10/31 from 5:30-7:00pm at Burritt Dorm on the Greenville College Campus, located off Beaumont Avenue.  There will be lots of candy, fun costumes, and Halloween decorations.

To help make Halloween safe this year local police departments remind parents that children should always be accompanied by an adult, restricted vision masks should not be worn, children should not take candy from strangers, children should only go to doors where the porch light is on, and children should not eat any candy until it is inspected by an adult. Notify your local police department if any suspicious treats are found or if you notice any suspicious activity.


EARLY VOTES STREAMING IN FOR BOND COUNTY

As reported earlier by WGEL, there are a variety of options for casting a vote prior to November 7 election.  WGEL spoke with Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz who said as of Wednesday there has been a total of 253 voters who have filled out ballots.  Of these, eight were "grace votes."  Those are people who did not register to vote by the October 10 deadline and had till October 24 to provide proof of identification and residence to the county clerk's office in order to cast their ballot.  More than one hundred people have voted in person at the Reitz's office under the "early voter" criteria and the rest applied for absentee voting, received their ballots, and turned them back in.

Reitz said this is the first general election where the clerk's office has offered early voting and grace votes.  Along with absentee ballots, the number of people who have voted so far this year is nearly four times the amount who had voted by this time four years ago.


TIME CHANGE IS THIS WEEKEND

Get ready to fall back as Standard Time resumes at 2AM Sunday morning.  This means that we'll need to set our clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.  The old saying is "spring forward, fall back."  This is also a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  Again, this Sunday morning at 2 is the time change as the clocks will need to be set back one hour.


PLAN COMMISSION MEETS MONDAY

The Greenville Plan Commission’s monthly meeting is Monday, October 30 at 7PM at the municipal building.  The commission will hear a request from Walter Barenfanger to vacate the alley on south Prairie Street adjacent to his business. 




FRIDAY SPORTS

HS VOLLEYBALL
Congratulations to the Greenville Lady Comets, winners of the Hillsboro Regional.  Greenville defeated #2 seed Alton Marquette 18-25, 25-15, 25-16 to claim their first regional title since 2001.  Hannah Elliott had 11 points and 3 aces, Katy Gilmore 12 kills, and Tracy Miller 20 assists.  Coach Hall after the match praised the total team effort, aggressive serving, and solid defense.  The Lady Comets will play in their own sectional on Tuesday.

HS FOOTBALL
It's playoff night for the Comets as they host the Columbia Eagles.  Kick-off is at 7PM.  The admission price set by the IHSA is $4.  Passes will not be accepted.  Greenville is 8-1 and Columbia 5-4.  You can hear the game live on WGEL. 


OBITUARIES

AUSTIN JAMES WALLACE HALL

Austin James Wallace Hall, the infant son of Patricia Wallace and Damon Gillet of Vandalia, passed away early Sunday morning at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Services for Austin James Wallace Hall will be held Sunday, October 29 after the morning church service at the Woburn Baptist Church.  Interment will be private.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


WEATHER

Saturday: Mostly Sunny High: 59 Low: 40

Sunday: Sunny High: 64 Low: 45


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Illinois State Trooper Mark Owensby.  Mark will be talking to us about his upcoming trip to Australia to compete in the World Action Pistol Championships.  Mark will also discuss how long he has been in competitions and what kind of competitions he competes in.  That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


IT'S FRIDAY AND WELCOME TO THE WEEK-END!!!

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