12-12-2006 



MONTGOMERY COUNTY RECEIVES PAYMENT ON COAL RIGHTS

Last week, the Montgomery County Board received the third payment installment from Colt, LLC for coal rights purchased in that county. Jim Morris, representing Colt, LLC presented a $1.31 million check for the 120,000-acre coal reserve purchased in December 2004. The $7.2 million sale began with a $500,000 deposit in both 2004 and 2005 and continued with this recent payment.

Colt, LLC owns the coal rights for the southern one-third of Montgomery County south of Hillsboro extending to Bond County, over to Fayette County and up to Walshville.  Hillsboro Energy is a subsidiary of Colt and will develop and build the coal mine with President Roger Dennison heading the project.  The mine is expected to extract 5 million tons of coal each year and provide nearly 170 full-time jobs at capacity with $17 million dollars in wages and benefits per year.


INCUMBENT HAMPTON FILES PACKET FOR SPRING ELECTION

Yesterday was the first day candidates could file petitions for a seat on the Greenville City Council.  Incumbent Kenny Hampton was the first person to file his packet for the spring election.  He is finishing his second term on the city council.  Lisa Stephens currently holds the other open seat. Candidate petitions can be turned in at City Hall, 404 S. 3rd St., until Monday, December 18 at 5PM.




AREA BUSINESSES INVITED TO HONOR FIRST BABY BORN AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL IN 2007

All area businesses and retailers are invited to participate in the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center 2007 New Year’s Baby Recognition Program. Items related or unrelated to the participating retailers and businesses may be given.  It is not necessary that gifts be offered personally.  Gifts and gift certificates may be taken to Greenville Regional Hospital for presentation to the infant and family. The family may also pick up donated items and gifts in the place of business, or gifts may be mailed to the infant’s home. Businesses and retailers who wish to be included in the 2007 New Year’s Baby Recognition Program are urged to contact Greenville Regional Hospital Coordinator of Marketing and Public Relations Ryan Mifflin at 664-1230 ext. 3006 by Sunday, December 31.


CITY COUNCIL PREVIEW

The Greenville City Council will meet tonight at 7:30PM at the Municipal Building.  Matters on the agenda for council discussion include the public hearing and resolution of support for a CDAP Application, an annexation request, a raise for the Tourism Director, and the Peterson Drive engineering contract.  Also on the agenda are the administrative reports from each of city departments.

The council will conduct public hearings on the proposed TIF districts prior to their regular meeting.  The first hearing is at 6PM on the downtown TIF followed by a hearing at 6:30PM on the I-70/Route 127 TIF. 

 


SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WARNS OF EMAIL SCAM

A warning has been issued by the Social Security Administration about a new e-mail scam message that is circulating with the subject of "Cost-of-Living for 2007 Update".  The message redirects the reader to a web site designed to look like Social Security's website.  After being directed to the phony site, the individual is asked to provide personal information such as their social security number, bank account information and credit card information.  To report this or any other suspicious activity, contact the Social Security's Office of Inspector General at I-800-269-0271.


STUDY SHOWS THE BENEFITS OF THE WIC PROGRAM

The Illinois Department of Human Services recently released a study showing the effectiveness of the agency's WIC program.  WGEL spoke with Judy Markell, the Maternal/Child Health Coordinator at the Bond County Health. WIC is a federally funded program helping to ensure that women of childbearing years who are pregnant, or have young children, and their babies and children get the proper nutrition.   WIC offers a lot of services such as nutritional assessments for moms to learn about nutrition while they are pregnant.  Food coupons are also provided for women and their children to have access to healthy foods. Bond County's local WIC office has Family Case Management for pregnant moms and babies to ensure they have all the resources they need.

Infants born to program participants were 62 percent less likely to be born prematurely, 38 percent less likely to have low birth weight, and had 33 percent lower health care costs during the first year of life.  The mortality rate among infants born to women in the program was 63 percent lower than among infants born to women who did not participate.  With these findings, Markell explained why the WIC program works.  She said participants receive more education about what's going on with them and their babies.  WIC tries hard to help women understand how important prenatal care and prenatal nutrition is, and how that can impact the outcome of their pregnancy.
For more information on the WIC program, contact the Bond County Health Department at 618-664-1442.


TUESDAY SPORTS

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets lost to Hillsboro 61-30.  Niqui Reinhard had 14 and Amy Schaufelberger 10 for Greenville.  The JV team fell 41-33 to Hillsboro.  Brittany Roadman had 13 for the Lady Comets. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Bluejays 8th graders were edged by Pana 28-27.  Max Harris and Zach Lewis each had 6 points.  The 7th graders won 37-36 as Brady Huber scored 13.

TONIGHT ON WGEL
We’ll have live play-by-play of the Highland Bulldogs at Wesclin


OBITUARIES

CHARLES E. MAROON, SR.

Charles E. Maroon, Sr., age 78 of Greenville, passed away Saturday at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services for 78 year-old Charles E. Maroon, Sr. will be held Thursday at 11am at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Interment in Macon Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8PM Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to his family.

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