12-19-2006 



BOND COUNTY 911 TO RECEIVE SURCHARGE ON VOIP

Although it is currently not required, Vonage has agreed to place a $1.25 surcharge per month on its voice over internet phone customers.  Bond County’s 9-1-1 system will receive the surcharge from local residents who have Vonage VOIP.  State law only requires 9-1-1 surcharges on landline and cellular phones. 

Bond County 9-1-1 finished the fiscal year with additional revenue for both landline and wireless lines than anticipated.  Coordinator Allan Davis told WGEL that the landline surcharge collected $142,684 in comparison to the $130,000 projected.  The wireless surcharge resulted in nearly $9,000 more than budgeted with a total of $48,947.  Davis said that some counties are finding that the wireless surcharge totals are catching up to landlines. 

Following up on a discussion from their November meeting, the Bond County Emergency Telephone Systems Board is still interested in providing 9-1-1 mapping to each fire district and EMS agency in the county.  Davis said each fire district and each EMS would receive one 9-1-1 map and laptop.  Although the current cost for the mapping license is $1,000, the company that Bond County purchases them from has agreed to sell it for the old rate of $500.  However, after the first of the year a new viewer-only license will be offered.  This provides limited access to the map but would satisfy the needs of firefighters and EMS.  Davis said this could be a viable option. 

The ETSB held officer elections at their meeting last Thursday.  The slate remains the same with Rex Catron, chairman; Robbie Neer, vice-chairman; Sara McPeak, secretary; and Lou Lorton, treasurer.


BROOM SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED AT UNIT 2 BOARD MEETING

The establishment of a scholarship in memory of two Greenville natives was announced at the Unit 2 Board of Education Meeting Monday night.  Gordon & Willard Broom presented a $100,000 check to the Academic Foundation to provide original funding for a four-year scholarship to a selected Greenville High School graduate.  Gordon and his brother Willard spoke on behalf of five brothers, their wives and children on the value of family, education and public service instilled upon them by their late parents, Ralph and Audrey Broom.  All five sons graduated from Greenville High School and went on to college; four to the University of Illinois, one to Western Illinois University.  Gordon said that college was never a choice, it was just something that they knew they were going to do after high school. 

The scholarship will start at $1,000 a year for four years and be offered to a graduate of Greenville High School who is an exemplary student and has enrolled in a four-year college, with preference given to those attending the University of Illinois. The Broom's heirs have supplied the original funding with the interest earnings from the investment to continue expanding the scholarship.

The Brooms thanked the school board for allowing the establishment of the scholarship in memory of their parents.  Board president, Mike Suess spoke on behalf of the board and said it was an honor for the Broom's to pick the Unit 2 school district to continue their parents values in education.  WGEL will have more from the Unit 2 Board of Education meeting in our afternoon newscasts.


UNIT 1 AND 2 SCHOOL DISTRICTS RECEIVE AED DEVICES THROUGH GRANTS

As a result of a recent grant from the Illinois Rural Health Association, every school building in the Unit 2 and Unit 1 School Districts now have Automatic External Defibrillator devices or AEDs. Susan Kelley, Registered Nurse for the Unit 2 School District, said their goal is to get the word out that they have these devices available while the school buildings are in use by the public.  She commented that up till now, the Greenville Elementary and Jr. High buildings each shared one AED, but with this grant, the Greenville Elementary now has it's own.  Kelley said there are signs in each building directing towards the AEDs.

Mulberry Grove High School Principal Mike Gauch said they received two AEDs through the Illinois Rural Health Association grant applied for by Superintendent Greg Irwin; one for the elementary school gym and one for the high school gym.  Gauch commented the district also has one in the school cafeteria. The state of Illinois requires all schools and other public buildings have AED's accessible.

STUDENTS RAISE MONEY FOR SENIOR CENTER CHRISTMAS DINNER

For the second year in a row, students at the Greenville High School will be donating money to the Christmas Day Dinner at the Bond County Senior Center, sponsored by the GPA.  Alex Dalenburg and Alex Lorton held a fundraiser by creating a Christmas Cookie Cookbook full of over 17 area recipes.  Jeanette Faircloth, Teacher Aide at GHS said this started as an assignment in Keyboarding class last year, and has turned into a wonderful gift for the Senior Center and the students alike. Today at 1:15PM at the high school, Dalenburg and Lorton will be handing the donation over to Becky Blackburn with the G.P.A.


DECEMBER IS 3D PREVENTION MONTH

Mayor Alan Gaffner has announced that the City of Greenville is proud to partner with the Illinois Department of Transportation to make roads and streets safer by proclaiming December 2006 as Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month.  Gaffner is asking citizens, government agencies, business leaders, hospitals, health care providers, schools and public and private institutions to promote awareness of the impaired driving problem during this holiday season and throughout the year.

Greenville, along with organizations throughout the state, have joined with the You Drink & Drive, You Lose program.  Motor vehicle crashes killed over 1,300 people in Illinois during 2005 and 43 percent of those deaths were in alcohol related crashes. The December Holiday season is traditionally one of the most deadly times for alcohol impaired driving.


SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR AURICULOTHERAPY CLINIC

There are still appointments available for the Auriculotherapy clinic, to be offered January 6, 2007 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Auriculotherapy is a powerful smoking cessation tool consisting of painless stimulation to the ear.  Treatment causes most tobacco users to completely lose their desire to smoke or chew smokeless tobacco.  The clinic will begin at 9:30am on Saturday, January 6 and will be held in the Greenville Regional Hospital Community Room and is open to the public.  The fee to participate is $125, which is billable to many insurance programs.  Reservations must be made in advance and received no later that Wednesday, December 20th.  For additional information call Melissa Siebert at 664-1230 ext. 3555.


ZONING BOARD PREVIEW

The Greeville Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at the Municipal Building tonight (Tuesday) at 8PM.  Topics on the agenda include old and new business and a request by Joiner Investments, Inc. for a zoning variance to allow parking within the required 25-foot setback at 905 E. Harris Avenue.


LEAF PICKUP FOR GREENVILLE RESIDENTS EXTENDED

The City of Greenville has extended leaf pickup through Friday, December 22. Residents are advised to rake leaves into piles and place them between the ditch and the road or the sidewalk and the road.


SPORTS

TUESDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Greenville Bluejays 8th graders won 45-28 over the Mulberry Grove Eagles.  Billy Nelson had 13 for Mulberry.  The Bluejays 7th grade team notched a 58-28 win.  For the Eagles, John Rickman had 14 and Kyle Bloemker 10.

TONIGHT ON WGEL
We'll have live play-by-play of the Comets at Gillespie.


OBITUARIES

ELIZABETH J DOLL

Elizabeth J. Doll, age 84 of rural Pocahontas, passed away Monday at her residence.  Funeral mass for 84-year-old Elizabeth J. Doll is Friday (Dec. 22) at 10am at St. Nicholas Church in Pocahontas.  Burial at Montrose Cemetery.  Visitation is Thursday from 3-8PM at the May Funeral Home.  Memorials to the Pregnancy Support Center, St. Nicholas Church or the donor's choice. 

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