POWER OUTAGE AND BROWNOUT IN GREENVILLE
Parts of Greenville experienced a power outage or brownout for around an hour Wednesday morning. At the WGEL studios, our power disappeared briefly around 9:50 a.m. Full power was restored around 11:00 am. We received numerous phone calls from residents and businesses concerning the outage. An Ameren IP spokesperson told WGEL that an estimated 340 customers were without power. The cause has been blamed on high winds that caused wires to touch creating a short. Ameren IP workers at the scene said that a utility pole will need to be replaced to avoid the problem from reoccurring.
Shortly after the outage began, the Greenville Fire Protection District was called to a report of sparks in the back of the Cardinal Hill facility. Firemen say a ground wire became energized creating the sparks. There was no damage.
COUNTY INSURANCE, HOLIDAY SCHEDULE, & TAX SALE AT BOND COUNTY BOARD
Chairman for the County Insurance Committee, Brook Earnest, presented to the Bond County Board Tuesday updates on insurance quotes for county employees. Earnest said that every employee has filled out medical questionnaires and the committee should have quote from the prospective insurance company by October 18th. A motion to have a special meeting to discuss the final quote was approved for October 19th.
Board members passed the motion to adjust the Bond County holiday schedule in order to include November 7th, Election Day. County Treasurer Katie Weiss reported that 97% of county real estate taxes has been paid; up from 96% this time last year. Weiss said the option to pay taxes online and over the phone was added a year ago, which has attributed to the percentage increase. She also stated that the Tax Sale has been scheduled for October 31.
Due to the passing of Virgil Schoen, the Robinson Cemetery Board made a recommendation to replace his position on the board with Roger Frey. The board will vote to approve the replacement in their next regular meeting. In other business, the board approved the State's Attorney's budget adjustments and the minutes of the September 19th meeting.
FALL FRENZY SALE HAS ARRIVED
They are calling it the Fall Frenzy Sale and judged upon the number of items being offered, the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop’s four day rummage sale should be a hit. According to Auxiliary member Nancy Machmer, what makes this sale unique is that it consists of the Thrift Shop’s surplus that was in off-site storage. Volunteers sorted for two days and she promised some great never-before-seen bargains.
For those who have never seen the backroom of the Thrift Shop where the donations come in, it can look like a maze. The backroom is also used for storage of books for the book fair. Machmer praised the volunteers at the Thrift Shop were working around the shortage of space. Additionally, she said those volunteers assure the success of the auxiliary which constantly attracts praise from other auxiliaries around the state.
Machmer also expressed her appreciation for the donation of items that are sold at the Thrift Shop. As for her goal for the Fall Frenzy Sale, she said $1,000 or $2,000 would be great but added that everyone in Greenville spent one dollar at the sale, around $7,000 could be generated. The sale at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church hall began on Wednesday. The hours are 10am until 5pm Thursday;10am until 6pm Friday; and 7:30am until 11:30am Saturday. Specials include 50% off all items on Friday and a $5 bag sale on Saturday.
FIRST ANNUAL AUTUMN ART WALK IN GREENVILLE
As reported earlier by WGEL, the 1st Annual Autumn Art Walk in Greenville will be held on Friday October 6th from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday October 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Li'l Pig and Apple Day. Various Artists will be displaying their work at different locations throughout downtown. Lynn Reznick, a Vandalia native, will be the guest of Martha Iler of Ten Talents and will be showing her depictions of local landscapes that have taken top honors at art shows. Our Common Ground will present landscape artist John Dean, and potter Bob Allen from The Foundrey in St. Charles. Both will display and demonstrate their work at the Bradford Community Room on Friday October 6th. John Hubbell, mural artist from Greenville, will be the host. At Greenville College's Maves Art Gallery, Professor Steven Heilmer will feature pottery created by students from the SIUE art department. There will be live music along the path and refreshments available at each stop.
NO ONE INJURED IN SHOOTING AT MARINE BUSINESS
The Madison County Sheriff’s office is investigating what they are describing as a “random shooting” at a Marine business. On Tuesday, the owner of Goodall Sports Services in Marine reported that he was working on a motorcycle in the garage of the business. The customer who was in the garage at the time said he felt something hit his pant leg and then heard a loud bang. The man then realized that he had been shot at and a bullet went through his pant leg but did not hit his body. The bullet did strike a battery cover inside the garage causing the loud noise.
The victim and owner of the business saw a suspect in the Marine Park across the street flee the area on foot. He has been described as a white male, around 15 or 16 years in age, short blonde curly hair, and wearing a white t-shirt and khaki pants. Madison County investigators say the victim was not from the area leading them to believe it was a random act. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 692-0871 or their anonymous tip line at 296-3000.
ST. LOUIS MAN SENTENCED FOR THREATENING FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AT FCI GREENVILLE
Mario Grimes, age 22, of St. Louis was sentenced on September 29 in United States District Court in East St. Louis for seven counts of threatening to murder and/or assault federal correctional officers and one count of assaulting a federal officer. The violations occurred from March to November 2005 while Grimes was an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institute in Greenville. Grimes pled guilty to the seven counts involving the correctional officers and a jury convicted Grimes of the one count of assaulting a federal officer while acquitting him on another charge involving a federal officer. Grimes received 72 months of imprisonment on each count, to run concurrently, three years supervised release on each count, to run concurrently, fined $1250, and ordered to pay an $800 assessment. The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott
Congratulations to the Lady Comets as they are Regional Champs. Greenville shot a 411 at Rolling Hills in Alton to take first place. The Lady Comets' Katie Bohle led all golfers on the day with a 98 and teammate Kirstie Childerson shot a 99 to tie for second overall. Greenville now advances to the Breese Central Sectional at Governor's Run on October 9th.
The Mulberry Grove Aces lost 15-2 to St. Elmo at the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament semi-finals. The Aces only had two hits in the game. Aaron Kendall drove-in both runs.
The Varsity Lady Comets were defeated by Pana on Tuesday 25-23, 23-25, 25-23. Tracy Miller had 9 points and 3 aces. Two players were in double figures in kills, Katy Gilmore with 11 and Hannah Elliot with 10. The JV Lady Comets lost to Pana 25-22, 16-25, 26-24. Kay Koonce had 13 points, Karaleigh Dorries and Julia Gibbs 6 kills each, and Hannah Groves 15 assists. The Freshman Lady Comets also fell to Pana.
JR HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Lady Indians were winners over the Lady Bluejays on Tuesday 32-29 in overtime.
WIN A TRIP TO BROWN COUNTY INDIANA
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