11-21-2006 


SHOW GIVES GLIMPSE AT HOBBIES OF AREA RESIDENTS

Friday's 7th Annual Hobby and Collector Exhibition at the Greenville First Presbyterian Church gave those who attended a chance to see what their friends and neighbors do in their spare time.  A large crowd attended the event, which featured over 30 hobbyists.  If you were interested in local history, Bill Davidson, John and Holland Anthony, and Gerry and John Morgan all brought vintage postcards, photos, and other memorabilia from Bond County's past.  Baby boomers likely were drawn to Dick Franks' Cisco Kid collection.  Reverend Ken Bryant brought his Thai handcrafts which he collected during his 14 years in that country.  Toy enthusiasts enjoyed Kevin Kaegy's vintage wind-up toys, Richard Lehn's John Deere toys, and Larry Watts' firefighting collectibles.  Friday's show is a service of the First Presbyterian Church's outreach committee.


DUDLEYVILLE 4H CLUB DONATES CARE PACKAGES TO SOLIDERS

Thanks to the Dudleyville 4-H Club soldiers serving in the Middle East are receiving care packages.  33 care packages were sent out Sunday.  With the help of 30 volunteers 14 soldiers can expect care packages in two weeks.  The packages include snacks, games, sunglasses, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and shampoo. The Dudleyville 4-H Club has sent care packages every other month for three years.  The next shipment will go out on February 25.  If you would like to donate items you can drop them off at the 4H office at 925 East Harris in Greenville or take them to Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss.


GC STUDENTS MINISTER TO INMATES

Greenville College faculty and students brought inspirational music and words to the Greenville Federal Correctional Institute on last Thursday.  Twenty-one members of the Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jeff Wilson sang to fifty male inmates in the main facility and then 125 female inmates at the prison camp.  Basketball coach George Barber then spoke to the prisoners.  Both the music and Barber's talk were received with standing ovations in both locations.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL CAFETERIA TO SERVE MEALS ON LIMITED BASIS DURING REMODELING

The Greenville Regional Hospital cafeteria will be serving meals on a limited basis beginning from November 26 through December 3. The cafeteria will be closed to staff and patients due to remodeling. Lunch will be served from 11am – 1:30pm in the Greenville Regional Hospital Education Classroom.  Dinner will be served from 4pm – 5:30pm and brown bag lunches will be provided for $2. Food and Nutrition Services Manager Mary Kaiser said that each meal will consist of a sandwich, chips, a piece of fruit, and some type of cookie or candy bar. There will only be one meal option.

Patrons will be responsible for their own beverages. Vending machines will be moved into the Education Classroom during the remodeling. A microwave will also be provided in the temporary cafeteria and limited seating will be available. The cafeteria will reopen Monday, December 4; a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned.



ETSB APPROVES BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR OFFICE RENTAL

Since the late 1990s the Bond County 9-1-1 Coordinator has been allowed rent-free office space in the courthouse.  That will change in the coming fiscal year. The Bond County Board submitted a letter to the Emergency Telephone Systems Board or ETSB requesting $400 a month rent for use of an office in the basement of the courthouse.  Based on research on rental costs for office space around the square, the ETSB submitted a counter proposal of $300 a month which will apparently be accepted by the county.

During a special ETSB meeting Monday night, the group reviewed its options which included finding a different office.  However, 9-1-1 Coordinator Alan Davis pointed out that the current arrangement is beneficial because his office is now under the county’s insurance umbrella and he also has access to the copier and Internet in the courthouse.  By a 4-0 vote, the ETSB approved the rental expenditure.

The board also okayed amending the budget for the purchase of mapping software licensing and computers for fire departments and EMS in the county.  Davis said some firefighters had asked about equipping their trucks with the new mapping system.  He estimated the cost at no more than $15,000.  The 9-1-1 answering points at the Greenville police department and the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, 9-1-1 Coordinator Davis, and the Bond County Highway Department already have the system.


BELL RINGERS WILL BE OUT WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Bell ringers for the Bond County Salvation Army effort will be manning the red kettles for the first time this holiday season on Wednesday night.  Reverend Wayne Pierce, one of the local committee members, told WGEL that they will begin on a small scale Wednesday but be at full force this weekend.  The red kettle campaign extends to other parts of the county as Pastor Dave Trover is the coordinator in Pocahontas and Jerry Libsack of the Mulberry Grove American Legion is in charge of the effort in that community.


AVOID FOOD POISONING DURING THE HOLIDAYS WITH SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS

The Illinois Poison Center expects an increase in food-related poisoning calls during the holiday season, according to experts at the statewide hotline. Food poisoning is generally a mild illness that results from poor food handling with meat, poultry and fresh eggs being the biggest culprits. Symptoms can include fever, headache, stomach pain and vomiting. Symptoms usually develop within a few hours to a few days after eating contaminated food. The Illinois Poison Center offers the following tips to keep safe from food bacteria:

Never defrost a turkey on the counter at room temperature or refreeze a thawed uncooked turkey.  Be sure to defrost a frozen turkey by refrigeration or a cold-water bath. If using the cold-water bath, change the water every 30-minutes.  You should also allow one day of thawing for every five pounds of turkey. Also, you should never partially cook the turkey one day and continue roasting the next day and never cook stuffing inside the turkey or leave leftovers on the counter longer than three hours.  To check is the turkey is done use a thermometer.  A fully cooked turkey should be 180-degrees.


TROLLEY RIDE WITH SANTA AND MRS CLAUS TO RETURN THIS YEAR

Santa and Mrs. Claus will return to Greenville on Friday, November 24 to take kids on a trolley ride.  Sandy Loyd, Main Street Coordinator, told WGEL the trolley rides will begin at the Greenville Square at 5:30pm and last until 8pm.  She noted this year the rides will go up Beaumont Avenue and come back down College Avenue. Loyd said she would like the rides to last longer so that the kids can enjoy talking and singing Christmas Carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  After a ride on the trolley Cheri’s Garden Room will be providing hot chocolate and cookies.

EARLY DISMISSAL AND NO SCHOOL FOR UNIT 2 STUDENTS

Bond County Community Unit 2 School District will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, November 22.  The Greenville Elementary, Pocahontas Center and Sorento Center will dismiss at 2PM.  Greenville Jr. High will let out at 2:05PM and Greenville High School will dismiss at 2:07PM.  All KRP classes will run regular schedules and PM KRP will get out early at 2PM. Students will not have school on November 23 or 24.  Classes will resume Monday, November 27


MULBERRY GROVE NO SCHOOL FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK

The Mulberry Grove Community Unit 1 School District will have a 2:10PM early dismissal on Wednesday, November 22 and no school on Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24 for the Thanksgiving break.


CITY ZONING BOARD CANCELED

The Greenville Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled fo tonight at 7pm has been canceled and is in the process of being rescheduled.   The board was to hear a variance request by Joiner Investments to allow parking within the required 25-foot setback.


TUESDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
At the opening night of the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament, Odin defeated Sandoval 60-31 and Brownstown was a 59-53 winner over Mt. Olive.  Tonight on WGEL we'll have live play-by-play of the Aces versus Mt. Olive.

The Varsity Lady Comets lost to Carlinville 54-40.  Ashley Shellman had 14 points and Niqui Reinhard 11.  The JV Lady Comets defeated Carlinville 41-39.  Madyson Willman had 12, Kay Koonce 11, and Monique Williams 10.

JR HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
At the 7th Grade Girls Regional hosted by Greenville, the Lady Bluejays lost 25-21 to Carlinville while Piasa was a 25-23 winner over Gillespie.  Piasa plays Litchfield tonight at 6 followed by Carlinville against Staunton. 

The 8th grade Lady Bluejays notched a 34-33 overtime win against Lebanon.  Greenville came back from a 10 point deficit in the 4th quarter to send the game into overtime.  Nori Stone and Carsen Funneman each had 10 points.  Funneman also grabbed 10 rebounds.  In the other game, the Lady Bluejays “B” team lost to Lebanon 41-14.  Katie Alderman had 6 points. 

JR HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Bluejays lost to Altamont 41-24 as Zach Lewis had 6 points.  The 7th graders were 41-13 winners with Sheldon Zamphier scoring 10. 


OBITUARIES

MARTHA L. CLAYTON

Martha L. Clayton, age 74 of Pocahontas, passed away Saturday at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Funeral services for 74 year-old Martha L. Clayton will be held Tuesday at 7:30PM at the May Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Visitation is Tuesday from 4PM until time of service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Emergency Medical Service of Pocahontas or Camp Callahan.


HAYRIDE CHANGE OF TIME THIS WEDNESDAY

Because of WGEL’s live coverage Wednesday Night of the Mulberry Grove Aces basketball game against Brownstown, the Hayride will begin an hour earlier.  Tune in Jerry Jansen and the Wednesday Night Hayride right after the 6pm local news.  We’ll join Kent Kesner for play-by-play from the Mulberry Grove Turkey Tournament around 7:45pm and then return to the Hayride following the game. 

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