12-27-2006 




TRI FORD OPENS IN GREENVILLE TODAY

Greenville will again have a Ford dealership as of today as Tri Ford opens in the former Taylor-Derrick Ford building on Route 40.  The Ford Motor Company recently approved Tri Ford’s satellite operation in Greenville.  They also have businesses in Highland and Staunton.  The doors were closed last Friday at the Alhambra store, with everyone being moved to the Greenville location.  Tri Ford Mercury in Greenville will offer new and used sales plus service.  Greenville has been without a Ford dealer for almost two and half months.


ROAD WORK PLANNED FOR GREENVILLE IN 2007

With the Beaumont Avenue road project recently completed, WGEL talked to Greenville City Manager Dave Willey who said there are three large road projects in the works through the IDOT for the Greenville area.  This includes the overpass at SW Andrews Drive to Rt. 40 for the industrial park.  They'll continue with engineering work and towards the end of 2007 some construction might start.  The Grigg Street project includes Walnut to Elm and Grigg to Illinois Rt. 140.  It involves a complete reconstruction of curbs, gutters, storm sewers, sidewalk and a complete pavement overhaul. At Carlisle Syntec, Peterson Industrial Drive will be rebuilt to connect to the warehouse.

The Grigg Street project along with the Peterson Drive should take be completed by the end of 2007.  The overpass that will connect Rt. 40 with the industrial park should be complete in 2008.  Willey said there will also be other road projects in Greenville as the city continues to collect the $0.005 sales tax that is earmarked for road renovation. 

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ED MCMILLAN APPOINTED TO SWIDA BOARD

At their latest meeting, the Bond County Board announced the appointment of Ed McMillan of Greenville to the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority Board. McMillan said that Jill Franks talked to him about the possibility of the appointment six or eight months ago when SWIDA proposed Bond County be added. Greenville City Manager Dave Willey also discussed the county's possible membership in SWIDA and how it might benefit the city. McMillan said he researched the alliance to become better familiar with their purpose.

SWIDA was created several years ago as an entity to help advance development in the Metro-East for businesses, communities and education.  McMillan explained SWIDA could benefit Bond County through the funding of infrastructure, allowing business to come to Bond County for growth and expansion

The SWIDA Board meets the 3rd Thursday of every month and is comprised of two representatives from both Madison and St. Clair counties, one from both Bond and Clinton counties and five representatives appointed by the Governor.


POCAHONTAS MAN DEFENDANT IN ALLEGED FRAUD SUIT

A Pocahontas man has been named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Illinois Attorney General’s office.  Mark Meadows is the owner of Affordable TV Service and Big Screen Express and since January 2002 allegedly failed to register his business in either Bond or Madison counties and allegedly failed to complete repairs or deliver parts that customers had paid for.

The Attorney General alleges that complainants from East St. Louis, O’Fallon, Alton, Belleville, Waterloo, Dow, Collinsville, Carlyle, Washington Park, and Maryville reported that Meadows had allegedly failed to complete the work they paid for.  In some instances, Meadows told customers that he had fixed their television and would deliver it to their homes but allegedly failed to do so. 

The suit claims that Mark Meadows allegedly violated the Consumer Fraud Act and be required to pay a penalty of $50,000 for each violation.  The Attorney General is also requesting that Meadows pay an additional civil penalty of $10,000 for each victim 65 years of age and older.  The suit was filed in Bond County court last week.

 
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BOND COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK YEAR END REPORT

Bond County Circuit Clerk John King has released his office's annual report for FY 2005-2006.  Total funds transferred to the Bond County Treasurer were $688,832 and included money from Bond County traffic and criminal fines; Circuit Clerk, State's Attorney and Sheriff's fees; court operations and automation; and probation.  Funds paid to other departments and services were just over $344,000 and included driver's education, passport agency, restitution and traffic tickets written in all Bond County towns and villages. 

The Circuit Clerk's Office also received over $431,000 in child support payments for the fiscal year; over half were automatic deposits.  People could also pay for traffic tickets online by using E-Pay.  Over $106,000 or one-fourth of all traffic fines were paid this past year using E-Pay.  King commented that they have been using this system since August of 2003 and that this is the second year in row that they have brought in over $100,000 with E-Pay.

From January 1 of this year till now, there have been a wide variety of cases filed at the Circuit Clerk's office.  This includes 110 felony, 243 misdemeanor, 110 divorce, 114 orders of protection and almost 5,000 traffic cases.


FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE ON SATURDAY

As reported earlier by WGEL, the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District was called to a house fire Saturday, December 23 around 8:30PM, at the Jason Durrett residence on Zbinden Road, northeast of Pocahontas.  According to Pocahontas Fire Chief Kendall Brink, at the time the call was made to 911, a neighbor said a glow could be seen on the tree line behind the house and when firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed.  The newer two-story house with a basement was a total loss, according to Brink.  He said an investigator from the State Fire Marshal's Office was called to the scene.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but is believed to have started in the basement.

Fire departments who responded with mutual aid were Greenville, Keyesport and Smithboro. Firemen were on the scene until the early Sunday morning.

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Lady Comets lost their opening game at the Riverton Tournament 59-30 to #1 seed Flanagan.

HS BOYS BASKETBALL
The Comets play their first game in the Williamsville Holiday Tournament today at 12:30 versus AC Central.  Greenville is the #8 seed and AC Central is seeded ninth.


OBITUARIES

EDNA P HENDRICKS

Edna P. Hendricks, 82 of Greenville, passed away Sunday, December 25 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services and visitation for 82 year-old Edna P. Hendricks will be private and her body will be cremated.  For those who desire, memorial contributions are suggested to the Smithboro First Responders or the Hurricane Creek Church of the Brethren. The Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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