12-08-2006

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GOVERNOR REQUESTS FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FROM WINTER STORMS

On Thursday, Governor Rod Blagojevich asked President Bush for federal assistance to help 49 Illinois counties, recently declared state disaster areas due to last week's winter storm.  The letter to the President requests federal snow assistance for counties with one, two or three day record snowfall and federal assistance with state and local costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures for counties severely impacted by extraordinary ice formation.  Area counties named in the request include Bond, Madison and Montgomery.  Blagojevich commented that response and recovery efforts continue, but these communities need federal help to fully recover and prepare for more severe weather.

Congressman John Shimkus also supports the request after hundreds of homes and businesses are still without power one full week after the storm, in the 19th District alone. 


OUTAGES CONTINUE THEIR DECLINE

AmerenIP is reporting two customers still without power in Bond County as of 7am this morning.  One customer in each Old Ripley and Pocahontas has yet to be restored.  Ameren says there are 22,219 customers in Illinois and Missouri without power. 

About 500 Southwestern Electric Cooperative members in Madison County saw their lights come on Thursday for the first time since last week’s storms.  Southwestern’s Joe Richardson says with the exception of some isolated accounts most Madison County customers had their power restored last night.  The cooperative enlisted line crews from Ohio, Kentucky, and throughout Illinois to assist with repairs. 


TIF HEARINGS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY

The Greenville City Council is hosting two public hearings Tuesday, December 12 to gather input on the two proposed TIF or Tax Increment Financing Districts.  The first hearing is at 6pm on the downtown/central area proposal.  This proposed TIF district not only includes downtown but stretches south to Monroe Street and also includes Harris Avenue.  The second hearing is slated for 6:30pm on the I-70/Route 40 TIF district.  The public is welcome to share their comments.  Additionally, copies of the TIF plans are available for public inspection at the Municipal Building or may be purchased for $25.  These hearings will be held prior to the regular monthly city council meeting.


PROGRESS ON SMALL BUSINESS INCUBATOR DISCUSSED AT SCIGA MEETING

The November meeting of the South Central Growth Alliance was held recently at Kaskaskia College.  It was announced that the Illinois Small Business Development Center at KC was presented with the Program Excellence Award by the Illinois Entrepreneurship Small Business Growth Alliance in recognition of the college's participation in SCIGA.  Progress regarding the KC Institute for Entrepreneurial Success in Centralia was mentioned including the space available for a small business incubator. 

There will also be options offered for education including a certificate in entrepreneurship and coursework applied to a business-related associate's degree.  Other workshops will be added, including QuickBooks, Internet Marketing, Home-Based Business, Website Design, and many other choices.  Team mentoring services will also be available to budding businesses to help them plan, document and prepare for their business.  Perspective businesses hopeful for a spot at the new location will be required to meet a series of qualifications determined by the IES staff.



NATIONAL ROAD DIRECTOR RETIRING

Jerry Roll, Executive Director of the Illinois National Road Association, is retiring effective April 1.  Roll has been a key player in the association since its inception.  The group will begin taking applications soon for the position.  Board president Mary Truitt reported that an effort is also underway to find a permanent office for the association.  She said a location may be available soon in Vandalia.

Roll said he is submitting the paperwork for a marketing grant for which the state would provide 80% of the funding.  The two-year grant would cover 2008 and 2009 and support a major advertising campaign to promote the National Road.  He also said that work continues on the welcome center located in Marshall.  Member communities are being asked to provide the information featured on the kiosks that will be erected next spring.  Greenville’s kiosk is planned for the parking lot south of the municipal building. 

The National Road is beginning to attract more interest.  The AAA Motor Club recently requested information on 2007 National Road Festival dates for inclusion in their travel guide.  President Truitt urged each community on the National Road to plan something special for February 2009 in recognition of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. 

Wednesday night’s Illinois National Road Association meeting was held at Funderburk’s in Pocahontas.  Representatives from member communities gave updates on recent happenings in their towns.  Points of interest for Greenville included the hospital auxiliary holiday bazaar, the Greenville Women’s Club house tour, and the 75th performance of Handel’s Messiah.


HOSPITAL BAZAAR CONTINUED TRADITION IN COMMUNITY

The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar has been a tradition for many years in our community.  In 1957 the first Holiday Bazaar was held in the basement of the Greenville Public Library.  Thirteen years ago, the event was moved from the Community Building at the Bond County Fairgrounds to the Greenville College Glen and Maxine Crum Recreation Center.  From 2002 through 2005 it was held in the Family Life Center of the Greenville First Christian Church.  And this year the bazaar was held at the Greenville Free Methodist Church.

Over 210 volunteers staffed this year's booths and approximately 100 area businesses donated funds and items to the bazaar or the public auction.  Many anonymous contributors also supported the event.  And in continuing its reputation as one of the largest and most popular holiday bazaars in the area, individuals from the St. Louis metropolitan area and throughout the state were represented, including visitors from numerous other states.

Remaining holiday bazaar items will be sold at this Saturday's 55th annual Greenville Kiwanis Club Pancake and Sausage Day at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church from 7AM until 2PM.  This year's 49th annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar brought in over $38,800 total revenue.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE DEDICATED JANE KNIGHT AUDITORIUM

Kaskaskia College recognized a lifetime dedicated to education and the fine arts when the College officially renamed the KC Auditorium the Jane Knight Auditorium in honor of the former Centralian.  The ceremony took place during intermission of the College’s Winter Concert Tuesday night. A longtime educator who taught in Michigan, Jane Knight returned to the area following her retirement but never lost her desire to teach, serving as a tutor in the Reading Link program and volunteering many hours to helping others learn. In recognition of her commitment and service, Mrs. Knight was named Volunteer of the Year in 1996 for the Reading Link program. This dedication was due to the generosity of Mrs. Knight’s family in supporting the Kaskaskia College mission and their wish that she be remembered for her love and commitment to the college’s support fine arts.


MANDATORY TRASH PICKUP SHOULD BEGIN IN JANUARY FOR MULBERRY GROVE

Although they accepted a bid several months ago for mandatory trash pickup, the Mulberry Grove village board hasn’t finalized a contract with Doty Sanitation.  The board reviewed the contract with a Doty representative Tuesday night.  Some changes in the terms of the two-year contract were discussed and agreed to by Doty.  The village board will meet December 13 to vote on the final contract.  There is an option for a third year which calls for a 15% increase.  If accepted, Doty Sanitation begins trash pickup in Mulberry Grove on the first Tuesday in January.  Commercial customers are not required to have dumpsters through Doty but are encouraged to call the company to inquire about rates.

The board voted in favor of the $40,290 tax levy for the coming fiscal year.  Mayor Jana Willis said a check for $1,400 had been received from the Circuit Clerk’s office for recent fines collected.  They also okayed Christmas bonuses for village employees.  It was announced that Santa Claus will visit the community building at the Fireman’s Park on December 10th from 2-4pm.  He will arrive in Mulberry on a fire truck.  

Mulberry Grove Police Chief Robert Sutton reported that 39 traffic stops were conducted last month with 18 tickets written.  There were three arrests made and three ordinance violation warnings issued.

TOTAL DEER NUMBERS SLIGHTLY UP FROM LAST SEASON

Hunters in Illinois harvested 115,192 deer during the seven-day firearm season.  That is around 1,000 more than the deer taken in 2005.  The largest single county total was Pike County with 3,795 deer.  The second weekend of the season ran from November 30 through December 3.  In Bond County, 860 deer were harvested in the first weekend and 225 in the second for a total of 1,085.  This is slightly up from last year’s total of 1,078.  Other totals were 1,071 in Clinton, 2,229 in Fayette, 1,156 in Madison, and 1,419 in Montgomery. 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that unfilled firearm and muzzleloader-only permits will be valid for next month’s late-winter antlerless-only firearm deer season.  This runs from January 12-14 and includes Bond County.


FRIDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets were defeated by Pana 63-37.  Niqui Reinhard led Greenville with 8 points.

The Freshman Comets boys team lost to Hillsboro 44-41.  Gavin Heitzig had 12 points and Todd Eaton 11. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Bluejays 8th graders fell to Litchfield 42-31.  Will Florian was Greenville’s leading scorer with 9.  The 7th grade Bluejays posted a 35-20 victory with Dannon Young scoring 14.

The 8th grade Mulberry Grove Eagles lost to Ramsey 36-28.  Billy Nelson and Kyle Bloemker each scored 10 points.  The 7th grade Eagles won 27-24.  Jacob Rickman had 13 and Bloemker 10. 

TONIGHT ON WGEL
The Comets host the Vandalia Vandals in boys basketball.


OBITUARIES

NORMA JEAN DUVALL

72-year-old Norma Jean Duvall of rural Vandalia passed away Wednesday, December 6 at her home. Funeral services for 72-year-old Norma Jean Duvall will be Saturday, December 9 at 1pm at The Mulberry Grove First Church of Christ. Interment will be in Maxey Cemetery in Smithboro.  Friends may call after 11am Saturday at the church and memorials are suggested to the family.


WEATHER

Saturday: Sunny Warmer High: Mid 40's Low: 20

Sunday: Partly Sunny High: Upper 40's Low: 22


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program.  Renee Morgan’s guest this week is Joyce Fikri with the St. Louis Area Dairy Council. Joyce will give us tips on how to eat healthy during the holiday season.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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