12-4-2006


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SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE OUTAGES

Sunday night some 2 thousand Southwestern Electric Cooperative members were still in the dark caused by last Thursday's ice storm and many may not see power until mid-week. According to Joe Richardson, Southwestern Director of Communications, "It's going to take days to frame and set new poles, replace power lines and restore electricity”.  Richardson said Sunday night that linemen are working 16-hour shifts and staking engineers have worked all weekend, he added "We're making progress, but it's slow work, and we're still fighting the weather”. 


WILLEY AND FRANKS COMMENT ON SWIDA

Last week WGEL reported that the Illinois General Assembly had approved the Governor’s requested changes to legislation allowing Bond County to join the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority.  The economic impact to Bond County could be big.

Greenville City Manager Dave Willey commented that work on this legislation began not long after he was hired.  He praised the efforts of County Board Chairperson Jill Franks, Senator Frank Watson, and Representative Ron Stephens for getting it done. 

Bond County Board Chairperson Jill Franks,explains that SWIDA can issue tax exempt bonds that are very advantageous in attracting industry.

Alternative Energy Sources, which plans on opening an ethanol plant in Greenville, is currently seeking the help of bonding authority assistance on another project.  According to Willey, AES has requested $70 million in tax-exempt bonds for their Kankakee facility. 

Bond County joins St. Clair, Clinton, and Madison in the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority. 


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MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD MEETING MOVED

The Mulberry Grove village board’s monthly meeting scheduled for Monday has been moved to Tuesday night at 7pm.  The change was needed because the board would not have had a quorum. 


MINIMUM WAGE WINS APPROVAL

Legislation increasing the state’s minimum wage to $7.50 per hour in July 2007 and to $8.25 an hour by 2010 won final legislative approval Thursday.  The measure passed in the Illinois Senate on a 40 to 17 vote.  The legislation will include annual twenty-five cent per hour increases for three years.


WATSON REELECTED SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER

State Senator Frank Watson was re-elected leader of the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus by unanimous vote on Tuesday.  Watson was first elected Senate Republican Leader in January 2003.  He began in the State Senate following the 1982 election, having served four previous years in the Illinois House.  Watson was Assistant Majority Leader from 1993 to 2003.


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NOVEMBER DRYER THAN NORMAL

The city of Greenville rain gauges indicate that November was dryer than normal with showers recorded on only eight days.  The ten-year November average is 3.89 inches.  The totals were 2.21 at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Route 40, 2.36 inches at 6th Street, and 2.24 inches at Route 140 and Idler Lane.  The wettest November in the past ten years came in 2003 when 6.4 inches of rain fell.  The dryest was in 2002 with 1.09 inches recorded.


ICE IS NOT FOR THE BIRDS  

Large birds have not faired well since the storm on Thursday. Saturday morning the Sheriff's department had a report of a turkey that hit the side of a vehicle causing damage to the passenger side mirror. There was nothing in the report about the condition of the turkey.

Sunday Greenville police received reports of two dead owls in Greenville. Also Saturday a Greenville resident told WGEL he had seen at least 14 wild turkeys foraging for food near Sunset Point.


GREENVILLE FIRE RESPONDS TO POWER LINE ON FIRE

Greenville Fire Department was paged to a power line on fire at the corner of College Ave and Locust St. at 8:43AM this morning.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find the line arching with the outer coating of the line burnt off.  Ameren IP was on scene around the same time to fix the line. Greenville Fire Department was back in service a short time later. This was just one of manyl calls that fire departments have responded to over the last few days regarding electrical lines.


CANCELLATIONS AND SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR DECEMBER 4TH   

The elementary school book fair as been rescheduled for Tuesday from 3 to 8:00 pm for all parents and students.

The Greenville Junior High Christmas Concert is cancelled for this evening and will be rescheduled for a later date.

First Christian Church Pre School is closed today.

Greenville Junior High boy’s basketball will have practice today from 3 to 5:30

The Christmas program scheduled for this evening at the Pocahontas School has been cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday December 7th @ 6:30pm



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SPORTS

College Basketball

Greenville College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams both posted wins.  Greenville Men’s Team defeated Blackburn College 88-75; while the Women’s team beat Clark College 61-41.


 

OBITUARIES

LINDA KLINE

Linda Kline, the daughter of Norvel and Helen Liedner of Smithboro, passed away Friday morning at St. Louis Universtity Hospital from a one vehicle accident. Visitation is today from 5 to 8pm at the Rogers Adkins Funeral Home in Salem, Illinois. Funeral Services are Tuesday December 5th at the Kinmundy United Methodist Church at 10:30am


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

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