GIRL TO BE ON CHANNEL FOUR APRIL 1
15-year-old Melinda Rode from Alhambra won The Junior Stars
Competition on Channel Four earlier this month by singing
Martina McBride's song "Happy Girl".
told WGEL about the contest saying that it is a TV show
from Channel 4 called Junior Stars and sponsored by St.
Louis Community College. Rode said she and her friend
auditioned and made it on to a tapping. Rode's friend
competed, but did not win while Rode competed and won
is a sophomore at Highland High School and will be on
Channel 4 on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Rode said that she is
extremely excited to be on TV.
MARCH IS NATIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
has been designated as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Month. According to the National American Cancer Society,
colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer,
if detected early colorectal cancer is treatable. Dr. Peter
S. Kim of Greenville Gastroenterology says that the key
when dealing with colorectal cancer is early detection.
Dr. Kim points out that the average risk of colorectal cancer
is fairly low until the age of 50 and rises with advancing
age. When a person reaches the age of 50 you should have
a colonoscopy performed. Colonoscopies have become largely
the primary screening method in the detection of colon cancer.
For more information on colorectal cancer and colonoscopies,
contact your primary care physician. Screenings are conducted
at Greenville Regional Hospital.
PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR WARNS OF SLIGHT INCREASE IN TB
In conjunction with World Tuberculosis Day Dr. Eric E. Whitaker,
state public health director, announced the number of TB
cases in Illinois increased slightly in 2005 after the state
saw a record low in 2004. This is the first increase in
tuberculosis cases in Illinois in nine years. Almost 45%
of the TB cases in the state are among individuals born
in other countries where TB is common such as Mexico, India,
and the Philippines. Tuberculosis is a contagious and potentially
life-threatening disease that is transmitted from person
to person by tiny airborne particles of bacteria; TB can
be cured however. TB affects any part of the body like the
brain, lungs, and kidneys or spine. Symptoms include fatigue,
weight loss, fever and night sweats. If TB is in the lungs
a person may experience a persistent cough that can produce
blood and chest pains.
METALIZE SPOTLIGHTED IN KASKASKIA COLLEGE SMALL BUSINESS
Kaskaskia College Small Business Development Center recently
spotlighted Precision Metalize, Inc. in Greenville. Todd
Tracy of the Kaskaskia College Small Business Development
Center told WGEL why Precision Metalize was spotlighted
saying that at the Small Business Development Center they
look for about six or seven businesses per year or about
every two months. They look for businesses they have helped
to start up or expand or that they have provided services
to that seem to be having some degree of success. Tracy
said that Precision Metalize fits that category. Tracy said
that they have expanded sales and grown over the last three
years. Tracy said it hilights the services they have at
the Small Business Development Center in getting businesses
started through the planning process and helping them along
Kaskaskia College Small Business Development Center occasionally
reviews successes of small businesses located in the Kaskaskia
College District in order to recognize a variety of business
options and successful business ventures.
you would like to attend a "How to Start A Business
Class, preparing a business plan, developing a new business
idea, or for specific consultation needs, prospective
or established business owners and/or entrepreneurs can
call Todd Tracy at the Kaskaskia College Small Business
Development Center at 548-9001 ext. 4006.
WATER DEPARTMENT GIVEN FLUORIDE HONOR
The Greenville Water Treatment Plant is one of 461 community
water systems recently honored for maintaining fluoride
levels. That announcement was made last week by the Illinois
Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency. Each year, water systems that maintain
state mandated levels for all twelve calendar months are
recognized. Fluoride in drinking water is said to improve
the quality of life through less tooth decay and less
money spent to restore, remove, or replace decayed teeth.
The city of Greenville received a certificate in recognition
of the water departments achieving the highest
standard of compliance in accordance with the Illinois
Fluoridation Act. Jeff Leidner is the Greenville
Water Plant Superintendent.
Alberta Willis of Greenville, formerly of Shiloh passed
away today (Friday) at Cardinal Hill Healthcare. Funeral
services for 90-year-old Alberta Willis will be Monday
at 1:30 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial
will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Fairview Heights.
Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. on Monday at Young Funeral
Home. Memorials are suggested to The Greenville Kingdom
Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Alberta was the sister of
Betty Holt of Greenville.
W. Reed, age 80 of Greenville and formerly of Lawrenceville,
Illinois, passed away at 6:25 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2006
at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the
Emmons-Macey-Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville with
Rev. John Lefler, officiating. Interment will follow in
Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Friends may call in Lawrenceville
from 1 p.m. Monday until service time.
Paul Warren Reed, the son of John Linch Reed and Lillian
Irene Strange Reed, was born September 17, 1925 in Lawrenceville,
Illinois. He was raised in Lawrenceville, attended the
Bridgeport High School and graduated with the class of
1943. Paul served our country in the United States Army
1943-1945. He then attended Greenville College, graduating
with a Bachelors Degree. He then attended Eastern Illinois
University in Charleston, Illinois, getting his Master's
Degree in 1970 in Science Education. He was an educator
for 34 years serving as principal for two different schools.
Earlier in life he had served as minister for the Free
Methodist Church in many pastorates in southern Illinois
and Indiana. The family retired to Greenville in 1996.
Paul and Marjorie Anne Calvert were united in marriage
on July 3, 1945 in Lawrenceville and enjoyed over 60 years
together, she survives as do their three children: John
Paul Reed and wife Jennifer of Greenville, Richard Oran
Reed and wife Bonnie of Duncanville, TX and Judith Camilla
Anne, Mrs. Thomas Diver of Winchester, Mo, 9 grandchildren
and 2 great-grandchildren, brothers Morris E. Reed of
Florissant, MO., Robert E. Reed of Cordova, IL, and sisters:
Donna Faye MacMillan, of Clearwater, Florida, Eleanor
R. Biehl of Bakersfield, CA, and Doris Carswell of New
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, brothers John
Robin Reed age 16, Connell M. Reed, and 2 grandchildren.
Paul was a former member of the Kiwanis Club, retired
Teachers Assn., helped found and was the first President
of the Sign of the Kingdom East, served on the Board of
the Senior Citizens Club, former President of the Ambraw
Federal Credit Union, and a faithful member of the Lawrenceville
Free Methodist Church where he served on the Board and
was a Delegate to Conference.
George Gordon "Piccolo" Smith Sr. passed away
at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Graveside
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at
Brown Cemetery with Rev. Tom Hoffmann, officiating. The
family will receive friends at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral
Home in Greenville from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday. For those who desire memorials may be made to
the Bond County E.M.S.
Bobbie George Gordon "Piccolo" Smith Sr. the
son of Ernest and Zella Hagler Smith, was born on April
28, 1932 in East St. Louis. He grew up there and attended
the public schools.He raised his family in the Belleville
area working out of Labor Local # 100 of East St.Louis.
He also did home improvements. He moved to Pocahontas
Piccolo and Anna Mae Ralls Smith were united in marriage
on March 3, 1951 in Pocahontas, Arkansas and enjoyed over
fifty years together. She preceded him in death on May
27, 2001. He is also preceded in death by his parents,
sisters; Anna Mae Smith, Sevah Davis, Alene Carnahan English,
brothers: Ardell Smith, Gerald Smith , Hiram (Lolly) Smith,
and grandson Zachary Smith.
Piccolo is survived by their three children: Kathy, Mrs.
Allen Husmann of Greenville, Tammy, Mrs. Jerry Calvin
of Pocahontas, and Bobbie (Ethel) Smith Jr. of Pocahontas,
sister Catherine Mrs. Rollio Burgdorf of Fairview Heights,
and Ernest Smith of Belleville, sister in law Lou Youngman
of and brother in law Bill Ralls of southern, Illinois.
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren; Tracy and Jessi Smith,
Bobbie and Angel Smith, Tommy and Cindy Smith, Robbie
Bates, D.J. Kent, Barry and Brandie Smith, Shannon Bates,
Chris Kent, Charles Legg, Sean and Kerri Bates, Tommy
and Bertha Muertz, Ashley and Mike Huff and Angela Tubbs,
and 33 great-grandchildren; Joshua Smith, Kirkland and
Madison Bates, Jordan and Jada Collins, Donovan and Dominique
Bates, Savannah Davis, Jessica , Levi, Bobbie, Randa,
Cooper, Joleena Borders, Corey , Samantha and Stacey Kent,
Karen, Kayla, Kyle, Keith, Keenan, and Kevin Kent, Brittany
and Kyle Phillips, Aaron Jackson, Bobby Joe Smith, Christopher,
Andrew and Bradley Huff, Sarah , Benny, Cody.