11-14-2006 



KPD NOT OPPOSED TO TIF PROPOSALS

The Kingsbury Park District will apparently have no objections to a pair of proposed TIF districts in the city of Greenville.  At Monday's KPD board meeting, Director Jerry Sauerwein reported that he had recently attended an advisory meeting for the TIF districts.  Sauerwein and Board President David Barbey both commented that if the TIFs promoted commercial and industrial growth in Greenville it would eventually benefit Kingsbury. 

Sauerwein said the dredging is done at Patriot's Park Lake but the wet weather has delayed completion of work on the dam. 

The Illinois Association of Park Districts' annual conference is coming up in January.  Matt Willman, Tommy Simpson, and Shannon McGuire will represent the Kingsbury Park Board. 

The meeting closed with a brief closed session to discuss a personnel issue.  No action was taken.  You can see the video of the Kingsbury Park Board meeting tonight at 6 on Greene County Cable Channel 3 in Greenville. 


LIBRARY BOARD SEATS NEW MEMBER, HAS OPENING FOR ANOTHER

The Greenville Public Library Board has seated a new member.  JoAnne Anderson was recently appointed by the Greenville City Council to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Nancy Nowlin.  Library Director Mike Westbrooks told WGEL that the board has another opening as Rosie Borror is stepping down after twelve years as a member.  Borror was involved in the library’s adult and children book selection committee.


CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO FIREHOUSE

Bond County deputies are investigating a report of criminal damage to the Sorento firehouse.  The sheriff’s department received the report on Sunday.  Several bricks that were part of a monument at the firehouse were broken overnight Saturday. 


TWO INJURED IN ACCIDENT ON INTERSTATE

A single vehicle accident Friday night on I-70 resulted in two people being taken to the hospital.  Illinois State Police report that around 8pm 37-year-old Michael Pilcher of Effingham lost control of his vehicle on the wet pavement and went through a fence.  Pilcher’s vehicle hit a tree near the 37 mile post.  The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Rescue Squad was called in for extrication and then transported Pilcher and his passenger, 43-year-old Marla Pilcher, to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries


ARREST MADE IN RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

Following an early morning investigation, Greenville police have made an arrest in a residential burglary in the 500 block of Harris Avenue.  The burglary was reported on Sunday.  Officers Monday morning took 19-year-old Darrin Michael Webb of Granity City into custody for his alleged involvement in the burglary.  Other alleged charges are pending.  Further details on this case will be released by Greenville police today.



LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP HELD FOR GHS STUDENTS

The Greenville FFA chapter sponsored a leadership workshop Friday in conjunction with the school's character education program.  Students participating included club officers, student council members, and homeroom mayors.  The keynote speaker was Tammy Craig Schilling of Monsanto in St. Louis and topics included choices and chances, lifelong learning, and compassion for others. 

The other speaker was Pastor Robert Weaver of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia.  He shared with WGEL the key points of his program including the moral characteristics of great leaders like Lincoln, Washington, and Gahndi.  Weaver explained that leadership is essentially influence and added that every leader must have followers.  Weaver said if you have no influence you are not a leader. 

Weaver's background includes a prominent role in FFA.  He was the Alabama State FFA President during his senior year of high school and later served as the southern region vice-president in 1985.  Weaver said being a national officer offered him the opportunity to travel the United States and foreign countries to promote the FFA.  He believes the experience gave him a deeper appreciation for his hometown and home country.


INFORMATION MEETING HELPS BLUEBIRDS IN BOND COUNTY

If you are a bird lover and would like to see more Bluebirds in Bond County then plan to attend a free informational meeting Thursday, November 16.  The purpose of the meeting is to encourage more people to put up Bluebird houses. 

Bluebird Coordinator Jim Wilson told WGEL that two short videos will be shown at the meeting.  He said he will also have information sheets that he will pass out and will save time for questions.

Wilson said a Bluebird Coordinator is a person who tries to get others to build bird boxes.  The organization Wilson is connected with is the East Central Illinois Bluebird Society.  He noted that around 500 Bluebird eggs were laid in Bond County over the summer and from those eggs about 350 Bluebirds were raised and left the nest.  The meeting is Thursday, November 16 at 7pm in the Bradford Room.

 

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HARRISBURG MAN SENTENCED IN MINE SAFETY CASE

49-year-old Lester Robert Erb, Jr., formerly of Harrisburg, was sentenced on Thursday to three years imprisonment and fined $10,000.  Erb, Jr., had previously been convicted by a jury on five counts in a federal indictment. The first three counts charged him with making or using false Mine Safety and Health Administration Certificate of Training forms in violation of federal law.  The last two counts charged him with making material false statements and representations to employees of the MSHA in violation of federal law.


FREE PROGRAM FOR PARENTS OF ATHLETES

A respected speaker on character education through athletics will be in Greenville Thursday night (Nov. 16).  Parents of athletes in the Unit 2 School District are invited to hear Bruce Brown share his message entitled "The Parents Role in Athletics."  Brown will talk about how parents can help their child's athletic performance, create good memories, and demonstrate respect.  The program is co-sponsored by the Kingsbury Park District and Greenville Probation Department in conjunction with the 4th Annual I-70 Baseball Coaches Clinic. 

This free assembly begins at 7PM at the Greenville Junior High gymnasium. 



CITY COUNCIL MEETING PREVIEW

The Greenville City Council will meet tonight at 7:30PM.  Items on the agenda include administrative reports from various departments, an audit report, future road projects, a Workforce Development Study update, and the Peterson Drive project bid award.  Other matters for consideration include a request from the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Bowman water line extension, painting of the police department and the remodeling of the code enforcement office.


TUESDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Bluejays lost to Triad on Friday 38-10.  Tanner Neese had 4 points.  The 7th graders won 50-39.  Sheldon Zamphier had 14 points, Dannon Young 11, and Brady Huber 10.  On Monday night, the 8th grade Bluejays lost to Highland 57-17.  Cameron Dugan and Zach Lewis each scored 4.  The Bluejays 7th grade squad fell 44-35.  Zamphier had 14 points. 

JR HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Lady Bluejays were defeated by Highland 33-13 on Monday.  Kayla Gray had 4 points and Carsen Funneman 6 rebounds.  The 7th grade team lost 27-15.  Elle Shaw and Alex Willey each had 3 points. 


OBITUARIES

RUTH ANN JAY

48-year-old Ruth Ann Jay of Litchfield passed away Monday at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.  Memorial services for 48-year-old Ruth Ann Jay are Friday at 11am at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call from 10-11am Friday at the Perfetti Funeral Home.

JIMMIE E. CRAIG

67-year-old Jimmie E. Craig of Mulberry Grove passed away Sunday at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham.  Graveside Funeral Services for 67-year-old Jimmie E. Craig will be held at 2pm Thursday at McInturff Cemetery.  For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to the B.C.M.W. or to Cherry Wood Nursing Home. 


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