10-06-2006

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ARREST MADE IN MARINE SHOOTING

Madison County Deputies have arrested a man for allegedly firing a shot at a man at a Marine business.  As reported earlier on WGEL, 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. 

25-year old Travis S. Cavaness of Marine was charged Thursday in Madison County Circuit Court with alleged Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Residential Burglary. Detectives were able to identify Cavaness as a suspect during the investigation as a result of doing a neighborhood canvass. As a result, detectives located a home that had been burglarized the previous night, but not yet reported to police.  While speaking to the homeowner it was learned that a gun was taken during the burglary. Bond for Cavaness has been set at $150,000.


PANAMA'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER

Panama's Centennial Celebration is being planned for October 6th-8th. Panama's Mayor, Joe McCario, said the weekend kicks off with the opening ceremonies at 5 PM on Friday with rides, food and entertainment from the Uptown String Band from 9 PM to 1 AM.  On Saturday, October 7th there will be a kiddie parade at 10:00 a.m. followed by a talent show and karaoke by M & M Karaoke. The main parade is at 4 PM.  A spaghetti dinner will be offered in the evening with the Swamp Daddies performing from 9 PM to 1 AM.  There will be a Coal Miner's Memorial Rededication at 10 AM Sunday morning at the Union Cemetery with a complimentary meal to follow featuring a centennial cake.  Pastor Dave of the Methodist Church will conduct the closing ceremony at 2 PM.

Many speakers have been lined up for Sunday's events including Senator Deanna Demuzio, Gary Butler from District 12, and Bill Hobeck with the State of Illinois' Coal Development.  The theme for the big parade this year is "Memories".  Anyone interested in entering the parade should please contact Joe McCario at 217-537-3232.


MULBERRY POLICE OFFICER ENCOURAGES USE OF E-MAIL

Mulberry Grove Police Chief, Robert Sutton, is encouraging residents to utilize the village’s special e-mail address to report any criminal activity they see.  At Monday’s village board meeting, Sutton said that anyone who e-mails a tip will remain anonymous.  The e-mail address is MGPD700@yahoo.com. Sutton added that Mulberry residents can also send their information through the mail or leave him a phone message at either the village hall or the Bond County Sheriff’s Department.  However, any emergency should be reported immediately to 9-1-1 or the Sheriff’s Department.

In his monthly report, Sutton said Mulberry Grove Police conducted 18 traffic stops in September with 3 citations written and 19 warnings issued.  Warnings were also issued for 7 ordinance violations.  Officers work with the Mulberry Grove board in monitoring violations like abandoned cars and tall weeds.


AFHM RAIL DIVISION PREPARING FOR FESTIVAL

The American Farm Heritage Museum’s Outhouse and Fall Festival is October 14th and members of the AFHM Rail Division are hoping to have more track laid for the event.  Members are having a work day this Saturday at the site from 10am until 3pm.  They are looking for volunteer helpers to assist with ballasting track, moving tie plates and spikes, and laying 90 pound rail for the crossing.  Another work session is scheduled for Tuesday the 10th.  Once completed, the miniature passenger service will give visitors a scenic trip around the museum grounds.  If you’d like more information about the AFHM Rail Division and how you can help, contact David Kessinger.


NEW FIRE GRANT AVAILABLE

The state has unveiled a new grant program to help fire departments purchase new, much needed equipment.  The program will make $1 million in grants available to local fire departments during Fiscal Year 2007. 

Under the "Small Equipment Grant Program," fire departments, fire protection districts, and township fire departments can apply for grants of up to $26,000 for purchasing small equipment, such as turnout coats, firefighting tools, and extrication equipment.  Larger items, such as fire trucks and other vehicles, are not eligible. 

The Office of the State Fire Marshal will accept applications until March 15, 2007.  A committee appointed by the State Fire Marshal will review applications on the basis of equipment and financial needs of each department. 




WOODEN PALLETS STOLEN

Around one hundred wooden pallets have been stolen from Value City.  An employee reported to Greenville Police that the pallets were behind the building at the time of the theft.  Officers have a description of a suspect who was seen allegedly driving away from the business with the pallets on a flat bed trailer.


STOLEN GOODS RECOVERED, NO ARRESTS YET

In a follow-up to a story first reported Tuesday on WGEL, the Bond County Sheriff’s Department has recovered several stolen items at a rural Greenville residence.  Sheriff Jeff Brown told WGEL that his department followed a tip and found scrap iron and a gooseneck trailer stolen from another residence along with the grates taken from the Mulberry Grove sewer plant.  The items were found last Thursday but no arrests have been made at this point as deputies continue to investigate.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY UNVEILS NEW EXHIBIT

To coincide with the opening of the newly restored Union Station, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library unveiled its latest exhibit, Union Station: Tracks Through Time 1897-2007.  It will run through early 2007 at which time renovations at Union Station are expected to be complete.  Union Station was built in 1898 and is adjacent to Union Square Park in Springfield.  Renovations began in May 2006 and once finished it will serve as the gateway to the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library Complex and other historic sites.  A major aspect of the project is to recreate the clock tower that was an original element of the station, but later removed in 1946.  There are over 100 artifacts on display from Union Station including period photos, original construction blueprints, passenger tickets, and items from the Pullman Train Company founded in 1867 by George M. Pullman.


LOCAL OFFICES CLOSE FOR COLUMBUS DAY

Monday October 9th is Columbus Day. All Secretary of State offices and facilities, Greenville, Pocahontas, Sorento and Mulberry Grove Schools, the Bond County Courthouse and all county offices, all local banks and all local post offices will be closed for the Holiday.  The Greenville Municipal Building and all city offices will be open with regular business hours that day.



GEORGE STRAIT SPECIAL

George Strait fans, we’ll be celebrating the incredible career of this country legend Saturday night at 6 on WGEL.  It’s a very special radio program…George Strait:  25 Years of Hits.  Two hours of classic Strait from “Unwound” to his latest number one “Give It Away.”  Tune in George Strait:  25 Years of Hits, this Saturday from 6 until 8pm on WGEL.


SPORTS

FRIDAY SPORTS

HS SOCCER
The Comets finished in a scoreless tie with Carlyle.  Abe Barth and Josh McCario recorded the shutout in goal for Greenville.

HS FOOTBALL
Tonight on WGEL it’s the Greenville Comets hosting Staunton followed by our tape delay broadcast of Highland at Waterloo.


OBITUARIES

ANNA MARIE THACKER

Anna Marie Thacker, age 82 of Greenville, passed away at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Mulberry Grove, Illinois.  Visitation will be held after 5:00 p.m. today at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  

Anna Marie is the daughter of the late Carl H. and Esther A. (Henschen) Mindrup.  She was born on August 17, 1924 in Mt. Olive, Illinois. 

Memorials to Central Christian Church or Fair Oaks Nursing Home.

MARY DELLA MAXELL

Mary Della Maxwell  age 90 of Spring Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Florida and Greenville, passed away in Jackson, Michigan at 6:45 a.m.Tuesday. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Luzader Chapel in Greenville in the former Free Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Boileau, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Greenville. The family will receive friends at the Luzader Chapel from 9:00 a.m. Monday until service time. Memorials may be made to Greenville College.

Mary Della Campbell, the Daughter of Rev. Raymond Brandt and Nettie Pascoe Campbell, was born on January 30, 1916 in Pittsburgh, PA. She attended Chesbro Seminary and 1 year of College. She then moved to Greenville where she graduated from Greenville College with a Bachelors degree in Education. She received her Certificate of Interior Design from LaSalle Institute of Design in Chicago. She taught second grade at Dean Elementary School in Woodstock, Illinois. They lived in Woodstock, Beloit and Aurora retiring from Woodstock. They made their home in Lakeland, Florida for many years.

Mary Della and William Eugene Maxwell were united in marriage on September 27, 1938 at her parents home on Elm street by her father Rev. R. B. Campbell. They enjoyed over 52 years together. W. E. preceded her in death on March 13, 1991. They are the parents of their three children who survive: Sandra, Mrs. Richard Boileau, of Champaign, IL, Clinton (Jane) Maxwell of Sun Prairie, WI, and Ray Brandt (Karen) Maxwell of Elgin, IL, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Louise Whippo Titus of Erie, PA. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother Emerson Whippo.

She is a member of the Lakeland Free Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida.

Memorials to Greenville College
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WEATHER

Saturday: Sunny...High of 72

Sunday: Sunny...High of 76


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program.  Our guest this week will be Nancy Royer Green.  Nancy will tell her story of being diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer five years ago and how she was given a four-percent chance of survival.  Nancy will also discuss what inflammatory breast cancer is along with signs and symptoms. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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