11-02-2006




QUIET DAY AT GHS

Tuesday was uneventful at Greenville High School, which was great news for school administrators, staff, students, and parents.  On Monday, GHS Principal Kevin Cochrane and Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton held a school assembly to alleviate the fears of students created by graffiti found on a girl's restroom wall.  Police later determined that the girl responsible for the graffiti had done it as a prank.

The graffiti had made reference to something happening at the school on Tuesday but Cochrane told WGEL that everything went well.  Chief Lou Lorton and two city officers were at the school to increase the students' feeling of security.

According to Cochrane, there were 48 student absences on Tuesday but that number included students at an FFA contest and those participating in a college field day.


MGFPD NEW FLAG MEMORIAL COMPLETE

The Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District put the final touches Sunday on its new flag display east of the firehouse.  It features three flag poles bearing the United States, Illinois, and fire service flags and a brick wall featuring the department’s initials.  There are also individual dedication plaques recognizing the 1920 organization of the department, the 1989 creation of the fire district, and the September 2004 construction of the firehouse.

Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar said work began in May with donations covering the cost for the entire project which he estimated at $4,000.  The tallest pole featuring the American flag was donated by the Woodmen of the World.  Engraving for the plaques was donated by an Odin company while Fayette County Masonry chipped in half of the bricks for the wall. 

The Mulberry Grove Firefighters Association recently purchased a 2000 Ford Excursion for department use.  Volkmar said the SUV has been equipped for rescue calls and will also transport firefighters to training and meetings. 

The Mulberry firehouse has been getting a lot of use lately.  It’s been the site for EMT basic training through Kaskaskia College and this weekend is the host location for a hunter safety course.


MEET THE CANDIDATES PREVIEW

The Bond County Farm Bureau is hosting a special program to prepare voters for Tuesday's election.  "Meet the Candidates" will feature those running for Bond County treasurer, clerk, sheriff, and county board.  Each will be allowed a two-minute opening statement on their personal background and then four-minutes to answer previously submitted questions. 

"Meet The Candidates" begins at 7PM tonight at the Globe Theater.  WGEL will be taping the program for broadcast Saturday night following "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40."  Airtime should be a little after 8PM.


GC NOW UNDER A THREE-SCHOOL SYSTEM

Facing a marked growth in students and programs, Greenville College has restructured its system of academic divisions and departments into three schools.  These are the School of Education, the School of Professional Studies, and the School of Arts and Sciences.  One catalyst for this new structure was the growth in the Education Department.  Dean of this new school is Dr. Dave Holden, formerly dean of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Dr. Ivan Filby, head of the Management Department, is working to create a masters in Organizational Leadership.  GC’s program will focus on acquiring the new skills needed for strategic leadership and change. 

The School of Arts and Sciences continues to serve as a backbone for the college, housing many general education courses, as well as Music, the Sciences, Religion, and Communication.  Dr. Dale Martin, dean of the school, plans to add a contemporary edge to current majors and create new interdisciplinary majors.

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SPEAKER SAYS ILLINOIS WAS THE WILD WEST AT ONE TIME

Most of us have grown up with the image of the Wild West as shown on TV and movies.  Dr. John Hallwas, retired professor at Western Illinois University, says in the early 1800s Illinois was the western frontier.  Hallwas was the featured speaker at Monday night’s Bond County Historical Society banquet.  His program, entitled “Desperadoes:  Notorious Lawbreakers of Early Illinois,” spotlighted some of the state’s famous bandits including the river pirate Samuel Mason.  Cave In Rock along the Ohio River was a legendary hangout for Mason, the Harp Brothers, and the Ford’s Ferry Gang.  Hallwas described the Harp Brothers as the first serial killers in Midwestern history. 

Vigilante justice was big in the 19th century and many criminals were lynched before they ever had a day in court.  According to Hallwas, the Driscoll Gang tried to bypass the legal system in 1841.  When some of their members were captured and were waiting trial, the Driscoll Gang burned down the Ogle County Courthouse to destroy any evidence.  However, the county clerk had removed the records in anticipation of such a move by the Driscolls.

The state’s first prison was built at Alton in 1832.  It was followed in 1860 by the Joliet Prison which was designed to house 900.  Within twenty years, it held 1,900 prisoners making it the largest in the United States.  Hallwas shared vintage photos of the Joliet Penitentiary including one showing inmate Frank Rande, “the Bold Bandit of the Wabash.”  Rande had a connection to our area as he killed two members of a posse near St. Elmo.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL LABORATORY DEPARTMENT AWARDED ACCREDITATION

Greenville Regional Hospital's laboratory department as earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's national standards for health care and safety.  Bob Perko, manager of the hospital's laboratory, said they continually strive to improve the quality of services.  The Joint Commission evaluated the laboratory's performance in complying with nearly 300 standards including quality control, safety, infection control, leadership and other issues.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation.  Greenville Regional Hospital President and CEO Jim Hayes said the efforts to improve don't stop when the Joint Commission survey is over, no matter how well they did on that day, they still continue to strive to do better tomorrow.


SALES TAX REVENUE NUMBERS FOR 2005

The 2005 Sales Tax Revenue for cities, villages and counties in the region has been released.  For Bond County a total of $6.68 million in sales tax was collected.  This includes $4.98 million for the state of Illinois, $1.08 million for cities and villages in the county, $249,000 for the incorporated areas of the county and $85,000 for the unincorporated areas. 

Of those totals Greenville generated $3.66 million in state sales tax revenue and $883,000 for the city. Pierron came in second with $355,000 for the state and $73,000 for the village. Pocahontas also brought in some high numbers with $274,000 in sales tax revenue for the state and $61,000 for the village. Mulberry Grove took in $111,000 for the state and received $26,000 for the village.  Smithboro brought in $48,000 in state sales tax revenue and earned $10,000 for the village.  And Sorento delivered $50,000 to the state and received $11,000 for the village. 

Clinton County collected a total of $19 million in state sales tax revenue and Fayette County $7.4 million.


SMOKING BAN DISCUSSED BY SENATE COMMITTEE

A proposal to ban smoking in public places was an issue considered last week by the Illinois Senate Executive Committee.  Opponents of the legislation say the General Assembly already passed a law in August 2005 allowing local governments to make such decisions about smoking in their communities.  Opponents also believe such a ban would hurt bars and restaurants if people who smoke stay home instead of patronizing those businesses.

Supporters of the ban say a statewide smoking ban would protect non-smokers from the health effects of second-hand smoke.  They also point to helping employees of those businesses who are exposed to smoke.


OBITUARIES

GARY D WINTERS

Gary D. Winters, age 72, of Greenville passed away Wednesday at his home.  Funeral services for 72 year-old Gary D. Winters will be conducted Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 2PM at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call Saturday after 12 noon at the Young Funeral Home.  For those you desire, memorial contributions are suggested to the family.


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.


 


 

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