12-06-2006 




POWER BACK ON AT SORENTO SCHOOL

Power was restored to the Sorento School late Tuesday afternoon and was ready for students this morning.  All Sorento students including the Sorento KRP class, which had previously been canceled, are back in school today at their building and running on their regular schedule.

All KRP classes in the Bond County Unit 2 School District are also in session again today and running on their regular schedules.


SWECI WRAPPING UP BOND COUNTY RESTORATION

Southwestern Electric work crews are wrapping up their efforts in Bond County.  Linemen were concentrated near Pocahontas, Hookdale, and Reno on Tuesday.  In Madison County, crews continued to repair damage near Collinsville, Edwardsville, Troy, Bethalto, Marine, and New Douglas.  Most of the linemen working in Bond County will shift to Madison County today.  Southwestern’s Joe Richardson said line crews from Ohio, Kentucky, and throughout Illinois are assisting.  At the peak Friday morning, more than 7,000 Southwestern Electric customers were in the dark.  That number was down to around 2,000 Tuesday morning. 


SUNDAY'S HOUSE TOUR HELPS FUND COURTHOUSE LIGHTING

A several area homes were on display this past Sunday for the Greenville Women's Club Annual House Tour. Lucille Ireland said that despite the weather and many other things, the house tour was the best received in the 32 years of the Greenville Women's Club.  She commented that the homes were historical, charmingly furnished, and beautifully decorated.

Three hundred and fifty tickets were sold and Ireland explained how the proceeds from this plus monies given from community will guarantee acorn lighting for the south and east sides of the courthouse lawn next spring. 

There were five homes on the tour this year.  Ireland said she received many compliments and was excited to see people attending not only from Greenville, but Highland, Vandalia and Hillsboro as well.


ELECTRIC RATES STILL TOPIC FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN JANUARY

The Illinois General Assembly concluded the second week of the 2006 Fall Veto Session on November 30 and failed to come to an agreement on the future of electric utility rates according to Senator Frank Watson.  The 94th General Assembly will meet for one final week in January before the new 95th General Assembly is sworn into office on January 10, 2007.  A 10-year rate freeze on electric utility rates is set to expire on January 1 and has prompted the legislature to try and resolve issues of utility rates.  One measure approved by the Senate would phase-in the increase and place a cap on how much a rate can increase over the next three years.  Ameren customers would be capped at an increase of 14 percent over the next three years.

Proponents for the legislation maintain that by phasing in the increase, Illinois residents will receive much needed relief from the threat of an increase all at once.  Opponents argue that by extending the freeze, Illinois will become susceptible to an energy crisis.  Still others lobbied for a longer phase-in to soften the blow for customers.


GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL HOLDS CICBC BLOOD DRIVE

The CICBC conducted a blood drive at Bond County Community Unit 2 High School on Wednesday, November 29.  73 students and teachers were present to donate blood with 60 units being collected.  45 new donors were recognized. 

The CICBC is also inviting Bond County residents to participate in the "High School Challenge".  It is a scholarship program established by the CICBC and the Memorial Foundation from Belleville Memorial Hospital to introduce high school students to the importance of donating blood and help a deserving high school senior continue their education of graduation.  To help a senior win a $1,000 scholarship, attend any CICBC blood drive now through May 11, 2007 and tell the registrar that you would like your donation to be credited to Unit 2 High School.  The CICBC is the sole blood supplier for Greenville Regional Hospital.

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LOCAL MAN LIVING DREAM IN HOLLYWOOD

Many children grow up chasing dreams of being famous, whether it be in a band, in a movie or on TV.  One local man made this dream come true. Derek Seifert graduated from Mulberry Grove High School in 1998 and went on to Kansas City Kansas Community College where a couple of Theater classes paved the way to his career. 

Seifert has spent the last five years in Los Angeles as an actor.  He's had roles in a few short films, of which one was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.  Last year he landed a spot in the pilot for a show called Brats.  Seifert then played a reoccurring character for Boston Public for five or six episodes.  Recently he was in an episode of the CBS drama Close to Home, but said the most exciting thing for him was the chance he got to audition for a pilot called Friday Night Lights.

Seifert said he made it through several casting auditions with network executives and in the end, the role was given to a Canadian man whose long hair and rough appearance was what the producers were looking for.  This next pilot season starts in January with producers casting for new shows they hope the executives will like.  Seifert says it is never a dull moment in Hollywood.


STATE PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR ISSUES GUIDANCE TO HELP LIMIT AND CONTROL PERTUSSIS OUTBREAKDS IN SCHOOLS

Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, State Public Health Director, issued recommendations to limit transmission and control pertussis outbreaks in Illinois secondary schools. More than 470 cases have been reported this year with a significant portion of these occurring among secondary school students. Pertussiss outbreaks in schools, in which numerous students are ill, often last for many months and can be extremely disruptive to academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities. Measures to help limit the impact include vaccination, identification of students with pertussis, and exclusion from schools and extracurricular activities. Pertussis is a respiratory disease caused by bacteria. Symptoms begin with a running nose, mild fever, and mild cough, similar to a cold, but progress to severe spasms of coughing that can interfere with eating, drinking, and breathing.


GREENVILLE JR HIGH CHRISTMAS CONCERT RESCHEDULED

The Greenville Junior High Christmas Concert that was canceled Monday night has been rescheduled for Monday, December 11 at 6:30PM in the gymnasium.  The 6th, 7th and 8th grade band will play and the 7th and 8th grade chorus will sing.

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Comets were 66-37 winners over Roxana.  Kyle Dannaman had 16, Jason Mollett 14, and Josh Patrick 13.  The JV team earned a 53-30 win. 

The Varsity Aces won 73-59 over Patoka.  Top scorers for Mulberry Grove were Aaron Kendall with 21, Dustin Lindahl 13, Reuben Betts 11, and Jacob Jolliff 10.  The JV Aces won 60-39.  Ethan Neathery led with 15 points. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Pocahontas Indians defeated the Sorento Greyhounds 51-48.  Jarod Haberer had 22 points and Brad Perry 20 for Pocahontas.  Paul Schreiber led the Greyhounds with 15.  Sorento won the 7th grade game 36-18 over Pocahontas.  Austin Lee had 8 points for the Greyhounds and Devon Lawson, Adam Kalous, and Brett Nelson each had 6 for the Indians.
 


BILLION DOLLAR PLAN TO HELP ILLINOIS HOSPITALS

The Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Governor Blagojevich's plan for securing $1.8 billion in new funding to strengthen Illinois' health care system over three years.  Senate Bill 157 will help hospitals continue to recruit doctors and provide advanced medical care.  Revenue generated by the assessment will boost the amount the state receives in matching funds from the federal government.  Illinois will leverage additional federal resources of $600 million to the health care network in years 2006, 2007 and 2008.  Hospitals will benefit by $470 million per year.  The state will also use $130 million per year to help with Medicaid health care needs such as funding for nursing homes, the developmentally disabled and other Medicaid services.


OBITUARIES

MILDRED E. "MILLIE" HIMSTEDT

Mildred E. "Millie" Himstedt, age 93 of Greenville, passed away Wednesday November 29th at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday, December 7th, at 11AM at Young Funeral Home, Greenville. Interment will be in Morrisonville Cemetery, Morrisonville, IL. Friends may call Thursday after 10AM at Young Funeral Home. For those who desire memorial contributions are suggested to The Greenville First United Methodist Church.


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