11-28-2006 



OVER 40 TICKETS ISSUED SATURDAY FOR SEAT BELT VIOLATIONS

Greenville police conducted their third day safety belt roadside checks on Saturday at 4th and Franklin and later at Butternut and Idler.  Police Chief Lou Lorton told WGEL that a total of 42 tickets were issued with all but two for failure to wear a seat belt.  The other citations written were for no insurance and expired registration.  Lorton said he would like to see more voluntary compliance and that the number of tickets his department has issued so far is higher than what they had anticipated.  The roadside checks will continue periodically over the next week and are funded through a state grant.


FUTURE GENERATIONS MAY SEE DECREASE IN SENIOR SERVICES

With the decrease in funding the Bond County Senior Center has been experiencing the last few years, maintaining services could be a problem down the road.  Anna Oestreich talked to WGEL about the generation currently receiving services and how this could differ for future generations.  She said that there are a high percentage of people over 60 and the needs of that population are changing.  This is the first year that the "baby boomer" generation is turning 60 and the needs of that generation are the same as the "sandwich" generation.  Some are still raising children and caring for parents.  There is a more diverse need for different types of services.  And this will only increase as the baby boomers continue to reach that level and services are adjusted.  After the boomer generation, the population of next generation is 20 million less.

The boomer generation is around 78 million with the next generation around 57 million.  Oestreich believes that in terms of sustaining quality of life, it will be difficult to provide the kind of support that the boomer generation did for those generations before them. She also fears that unless a way is found to provide basic services for future generations that include our children and grandchildren, levels of assistance will not be sustainable.  It will not only affect community services, but retirement benefits as well.  Oestreich says there is a lot to consider and appreciates the support of the community in facing these challenges.


APPLE BUTTER AVAILABLE AT HOLIDAY BAZAAR

One of the most beloved aspects of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary is the annual making and selling of the group’s famous-recipe apple butter. A total of 178 quarts of apple butter have been prepared for the Auxiliary’s 49th annual Holiday Bazaar. The apple butter was cooked in copper kettles and canned in October. Prior to the stirring of the apple butter, 60 bushels of apples were washed by members of the Greenville High School Key Club and students from the Greenville Christian Academy at Smithgrove Baptist Church. While it is unknown how long the apple butter tradition has been going on, it is believed to have started in the early 1960’s.  The bazaar will be held Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Greenville Free Methodist Church on Route 140. 




INFLUENZA VACCINATION WEEK

The Centers for Disease Control have designated this as National Influenza Vaccination Week through December 3.  The agency is encouraging anyone not vaccinated to do so.  Nationwide, 77 million doses of flu vaccine have already been administered this fall with that number expected to reach 115 million.  Locally, the Bond County Health Department still has around 60 doses available.  Anyone interested can contact the Health Department or walk-ins are also welcome.


BIDS OPENED FOR GRIGG STREET PROJECT

The Illinois Department of Transportation opened bids November 17 for the Grigg and Walnut Streets project in Greenville.  City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL that Keller Construction submitted the low bid of $561,055, which is about 3% over the engineer's estimate.  The project includes pavement reconstruction, curb and gutters, storm sewer improvements, and sidewalks.


BURNING TRASH LEADS TO HAY BALES ON FIRE

Greenville Fire Protection District was paged Friday afternoon around 2:30PM to a report of hay bales on fire on Ayers Road heading towards the residence.  Shoal Creek fire was also paged for manpower and a tanker.  Fire fighters arrived on scene and were able extinguish the fire before it reached the residence and barn.  The property owner had been burning trash in a barrel when the fire spread to the hay bales.  Fire fighters were on scene for over three hours.  

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DRIVER KILLED IN ACCIDENT FAILED TO STOP

An Alhambra man killed in an accident Thanksgiving afternoon near Marine allegedly failed to stop at the intersection where the collision occurred.  According to the Madison County Coroner's Office, 26-year-old Christopher M. Babic was northbound on Marine Road and allegedly missed the stop sign and was struck by a westbound car on Fruit Road.  Babic was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident but died later from his injuries at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Two people in the other vehicle were flown to St. Louis hospitals for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.  A third person in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries

 



NO BOND COUNTY NEWS AT SIX DUE TO COMETS BASKETBALL

Due to Greenville Comets Basketball coverage, there will be no Bond County News tonight at 6:05PM.  USA Network News will still air at 6PM immediately followed by coverage of the Greenville Comets versus Wesclin game at the Carlyle Tournament.


LISTEN FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THOMAS AND ROYAL TICKETS

Two great singers who have crossed the boundaries of country and pop music will be in concert Saturday, December 2 at Nashville North USA in Taylorville.  B.J. Thomas and Billy Joe Royal are performing live Saturday and your friends at WGEL are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets. 

Tune in the Wednesday Night Hayride with Jerry Jansen.  When you hear the B.J. Thomas hit “Hey Won’t You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” be caller #9 and you’re a ticket winner.  You must be 18 or older.  Employees of WGEL, Nashville North, and their immediate family members are not eligible. 

Don’t miss the Wednesday Night Hayride on WGEL and your chance to be a ticket winner to see B.J. Thomas and Billy Joe Royal.  B.J.’s hits have included “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” and “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love.”  Billy’s hits have included “Down In The Boondocks” and “Burned Like A Rocket.”


TUESDAY SPORTS

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets defeated Kincaid/South Fork 43-33.  Ashley Shellman had 14 points and Niqui Reinhard 10.  The JV Lady Comets earned a 56-15 win over Kincaid/South Fork.  Taylor White had 25 points. 

HS BOYS BASKETBALL
The Freshman Comets were 46-43 winners over Mater Dei.  Todd Eaton had 15 points and Brian Doll 11.

JR HIGH VOLLEYBALL
The Lady Comets are conducting a junior high volleyball camp today through Thursday at the Greenville Junior High.  Coach Allison Hall told WGEL that the hours are from 3:30 until 5pm on Tuesday and Thursday and from 5-6:30pm on Wednesday.  For more details, call Coach Hall at Greenville High School.

TONIGHT ON WGEL
The Greenville Comets varsity boys' basketball team begins their season against Wesclin at 6:15PM.  You can hear the action on WGEL. 


OBITUARIES

EDITH V. LINTON

Edith V. Linton, 84 of St. Charles, MO and formerly of Keyesport passed away Sunday in St. Charles.  Funeral services for 84 year-old Edith V. Linton will be conducted Thursday at 10AM at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Interment in McKendree Chapel Cemetery.  Friends may call on Wednesday from 6-8PM and also on Thursday from 8AM until time of service at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.

WAYNE LONG

Wayne Long, age 73 of Sorento, passed away Monday (Nov. 27) at St. John's Hospice in Springfield.  Funeral services for 73-year-old Wayne Long will be held Wednesday at 11am at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial at Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4-8PM tonight (Tuesday) at the funeral home. 


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