11-24-2006

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ONE KILLED AND TWO INJURED IN ACCIDENT NEAR MARINE

One person was killed Thursday afternoon in an accident at the intersection of Marine and Fruit Roads near Marine.  The Madison County Sheriff's Department responded to the two-vehicle collision and confirmed that two others were airlifted to St. Louis area hospitals.  No other details have been released as the investigation continues. 


KY COUPLE PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO MURDER OF SOCIAL WORKER

A Kentucky couple who were arrested near Godfrey, Illinois after allegedly murdering a social worker have pled not guilty.  33-year-old Renee Terrell and 23-year-old Christopher Luttrell entered their pleas Tuesday in Henderson County court.  They were additionally charged with alleged kidnapping, robbery, and theft.  Kentucky authorities allege that the couple killed the woman on October 16 during a supervised visit with Terrell’s baby son.  They allegedly took the child and then fled in the social worker’s car.  According to a security camera tape, they went to Illinois and were at TNT Gas Mart in Smithboro fueling the stolen vehicle.  At the time it was reported that the dead woman’s credit card had been used.  The couple was arrested in Godfrey a few days later.  A pretrial hearing has been set for January 8.


DISTRICT EVENTS AT GREENVILLE AND SORENTO SCHOOLS

At Monday night's Unit 2 Board of Education meeting, high school principal Kevin Cochrane provided information on events at the school over the last month.  Both the girls' golf and volleyball teams were regional champs this year, while the varsity football team advanced to the Elite 8 for the third time in school history.  The 50's themed fall musical directed by Shawn Cox, and the fall play "Beauty & the Beast" directed by Kathy Stone were both a huge success.  Students and the community came together for the 2nd Annual Veteran's Day program on November 10th.  And Steve Zimmerman had 45 students attending the Leadership Workshop.

Gary Brauns, Greenville Jr. High principal said Mrs. Peddicord's fall variety show was a big hit with skits from "Oklahoma", "Annie", and "South Pacific". Joanne Wagoner coordinated the food drive with students collecting 2,178 cans of food.  Brauns also commented on the success of Mrs. Adkins' tutoring program working with Greenville College.  Nearly 30 college students assist in tutoring 7th and 8th graders.

Bill Carpenter, Sorento principal told the Unit 2 board members about the victory of the 7th grade boy's basketball team winning the Ramsey tournament. The annual "Skate and Turkey night" was held on the 16th.  Community members and students brought food for the potluck and skated in the gym.  The PTO recently sponsored a sale with a goal selling 285 pies.  The goal was reached with a total of 290 pies sold and Wednesday afternoon Mr. Carpenter took a "Pie in the Face" at the school.


QUILTS, SPORTS MEMORABILIA, AND ANTIQUES HIGHLIGHT HOLIDAY BAZAAR

As part of the 49th Annual Holiday Bazaar, the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will once again host a public auction as part of the fundraising event.  The auction is set to begin at 11:30am Saturday December 2 with Langham Company Auctioneering conducting the event. Over the years, some of the most popular items have been the handmade quilts. Seven quilts and a coverlet will be auctioned this year. Three of the quilts are queen size, two are infant quilts, and two are twin-sized.

For the fourth year, an original print by local artist Robert Horsfall will be featured at the Holiday Bazaar. The original artwork is called “Sleigh Bells Ring,” and shares its name with the theme of the 49th annual event. The work features a depiction of the turret building. The print will be offered at the public auction, complete with matting and framing. An original 8 ½ X 11” prints of the “Sleigh Bells Ring” artwork will be available for $10. Greeting cards featuring the print will once again be sold in packs of six for $8 and postcards will be available for 50 cents.

Other items included in the auction are sports tickets and autographed memorabilia, antiques, and collectibles. A bat autographed by Lou Brock and a baseball autographed by Chris Carpenter will be auctioned off along with a football autographed by Tory Holt. St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, and University of Illinois basketball tickets will all be auctioned off. A few of the many antiques to be auctioned include an Inglis School desk, a booth from the Busy Bee Café, and a walnut parlor table.


TOTALS FOR FIRST WEEKEND OF DEER SEASON

Hunters in Illinois harvested 78,177 deer during the opening weekend of the state’s 2006 firearm season.  That number is an increase of over 1,000 from last year’s first weekend total.  In Bond County, 791 deer were harvested in comparison to 767 last year.  Other area totals were Clinton County 771, Fayette County 1,468, and Madison County 892.  The second portion of the firearm season is November 30 through December 3

 

PLAN TO OPEN INNOVATIVE PRISON TO TREAT METH ADDICTS MOVES FORWARD

Governor Blagojevich’s innovative Meth Prison and Reentry Program is moving forward toward its goal of becoming a first-of-its-kind national model for reducing crime and recidivism among meth offenders. The IDOC officially chose a group of partners and community-based providers to help build a new, cutting-edge model for reducing crime among meth-involved offenders.  Under the Meth Prison Initiative, hundreds of IDOC inmates at Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center will undergo a newly developed, highly intensive drug treatment and community reentry program to combat meth addiction and reduce crime.

The Governor’s Meth prison initiative includes creating two meth units, one at SWICC and one at the Sheridan Correctional Center in LaSalle County. The southwestern program is being supported through $1.9 million state funding and $4.78 million federal funding.


BOND COUNTY MEMBERSHIP IN SWIDA FACES VOTE NEXT WEEK

Earlier this year the Illinois General Assembly approved Senate Bill 830 which added Bond County to the membership of the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority.  However, Governor Blagojevich issued an amendatory veto of the measure on August 1st and requested that he be allowed to make two new appointments to the board.  The SWIDA board currently consists of 11 people and would increase by three with a Bond County representative and the Governor’s appointments.  The bill has resurfaced during the Illinois General Assembly’s fall veto session and last week the Senate approved the Governor’s requested change.  The bill now advances to the Illinois House for a November 28th vote. 

The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority is comprised of Madison, St. Clair, and Clinton counties and issues industrial revenue bonds which are federal and state tax exempt at lower interest rates.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FOR OCTOBER DOWN FROM LAST YEAR

The Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area shows a drop in the unemployment rate for October to 4.8%, the lowest since 2000.  In Bond County the rate was 4.6%, down from 4.8% one year ago. Madison County went from 4.9% this time last year to 4.5% currently.  However, Clinton County is at 4.1%, which is up from 3.7% in October 2005.  The strongest gains included Financial Activities, Wholesale Trade, Information, Construction and Retail Trade.  Local retailers added employees for the holiday shopping season.  Construction work continued, as weather conditions remained favorable.



SPORTS

FRIDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces are 2-0 on the young season as they defeated Brownstown 61-52 at the Mulberry Turkey Tournament Wednesday night.  The Aces had four players score in double figures:  Aaron Kendall with 19, Jason Kendall with 18, Rueban Betts with 12, and Jacob Jolliff with 10.  Dustin Lindahl had 12 rebounds.  In Wednesday night’s other game, Odin was a 58-56 winner over Mt. Olive.  Mulberry Grove plays Odin tonight in the tournament and you can hear the game on WGEL.

JR HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Pocahontas Lady Indians 7th graders are Morrisonville Regional winners as they defeated Divernon 32-30 in overtime.  With seven seconds left in OT, Shani Weiss drove the length of the court and passed the ball to Gene Timmermann who made the game winning bucket at the buzzer.  The Lady Indians had won 29-12 over Morrisonville earlier in the week to advance to the Regional finals. Pocahontas plays Jerseyville St. Francis in the Sectionals on Thursday.

HS FOOTBALL
Good luck to the Mater Dei Knights as they play Addison Driscoll today at 4pm for the Class 4A state title.  Mater Dei is 11-2 on the year and Addison Driscoll is 12-1 and have won the last five state championships.


OBITUARIES

None to report


WEATHER

Saturday: Most Sunny High: 62 Low: 44

Sunday: Mostly Cloudy High: 60 Low: 40


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program.  Our guests this week are Nancy Machmer, Boyd Vieregge, and Alan Gaffner.  Nancy, Boyd, and Alan will be talking about the 2006 Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar. They'll discuss the history of the bazaar along with what is new this year.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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