GREENVILLE COLLEGE-GREENVILLE COMMUNITY MEETING
The GC to GC, Greenville College to Greenville Community committee met Thursday at the college and heard a presentation from the Dean of Students, Norm Hall, about the new resident dorm now under construction on campus at Prairie Street. The new facility is scheduled to open in July and should be ready to house 101 students next fall.
Acting College President Dave Hogue told the committee that in the last three weeks the college had received more student applications than any other three week period in the school’s history. Currently college enrollment is at an all time high of 1,200 students.
Robyn Florian talked about the NBC “Today” program coming to campus and it looks like the College should be featured on the “Today” program in early December.
Hogue also announced that due to increased cost of regulation, the college will be getting out of the internet provider business and is in the process of contacting current customers to suggest alternative providers.
PARK DISTRICT PETITIONS AVAILABLE
There are four seats on the Kingsbury Park Board up for election in April 2007. They are currently held by Diane Duff, Matt Willman, Shannon McGuire, and Tommy Simpson. McGuire and Simpson were appointed to the board to fill vacancies created by resignations. Candidates petitions and packets may be picked up at the KPD office on North 2nd Street. Twenty-five valid signatures are required on a petition. They can be turned in from Monday January 29th through 5pm Monday February 5th.
ITEMS SOLD AT AUCTION AND NEW PAINT FOR THE PD
During last weeks Greenville City Council meeting, members were presented with a list of items sold on eBay™ by the city. A total of $13,972 worth of surplus equipment and other items have been sold on the Internet auction site. The city was able to sell a 1973 John Deere Payloader End Loader for just over $9,000 and a 1960 Ford Dump truck snow plow for just under $2,000. Other items include a few vehicles and a couple bicycles.
City Manager Dave Willey was also given the go ahead to get bids on painting the interior wall of the police department. The City of Greenville has already received a bid from one company and is waiting on at least one more.
METH RING BUSTED IN ST. CLAIR COUNTY
Twelve St. Clair County residents have been arrested and charged in federal court for manufacturing methamphetamine. The federal indictment was handed down October 19th and as of Monday November 13th all twelve had appeared in federal court. Authorities say the defendants were involved in the alleged manufacture and possession with intent to distribute meth between June 2001 and September 2006. The alleged activities took place in St. Clair, Clinton, and Randolph counties.
The investigation was conducted by the Illinois State Police Zone 6 Meth Response Team, the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois, and local police. The meth response team was created in 2005 to combat methamphetamine on a full-time basis.
KC BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY PROGRAM GROWING
The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees heard a report during their Thursday night meeting on the growth of one of its programs. Tim Hood, Associate Dean of Community Education, said the Business and Industry department is growing rapidly in response to local professional training demands. Hood indicated that new and continued partnerships with regional industries have created the need for more seasoned business representatives and trainers on the department staff.
Mary Lou Whitten, KC’s Director of Nursing, reported on a partnership with a school of nursing in India to perhaps develop on-line courses and certification for these students.
The KC Board hired Clarke Griffin as the new Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts and Coordinator of Food Service Operations. They also adopted the annual tax levy and approved a contract with Bruce Unterbrink Construction for renovations to the One Stop Center in Centralia.