4-21-2006




TOM DOLL SOCCER FIELD TO BE DEDICATED SATURDAY


The new Tom Doll Soccer Field will be dedicated Saturday morning prior to the Lady Comets soccer game versus Olney. Doll was a staunch supporter of the soccer program and was instrumental in its creation while a member of the Unit 2 School Board. Tom Doll died in September 2004.

Greenville High School Soccer Coach Mike Young commented to WGEL on Doll's importance to the program. According to Young, without Doll's leadership it is very possible that the fifty kids involved in boys and girls soccer at the high school would not have a sport to play. Young added that he felt naming the field after Tom Doll was an appropriate tribute.

The dedication begins at 11:30am with the game set for noon. The field is located east of the Greenville junior high baseball diamond. A trivia night to benefit the Tom Doll Soccer Field and Jane Schlemper Memorial Bench is scheduled for Saturday April 29th. For more details, call Jane at 664-0703. Jane Schlemper was another key supporter of the soccer program.

ILLINOIS FINALIST SITE NAMED FOR $1 BILION COAL PLANT OF THE FUTURE

The last phase of the Illinois selection process for the $1billion FutureGen coal-to-energy plant has begun after four locations were announced that meet the rigorous site review standards established by the FutureGen Industrial Alliance. The finalist sites are Effingham, Marshall, Mattoon, and Tuscola. They will be considered as the state prepares its bid to host this facility. They will undergo further assessment before a final selection or selections are submitted to the Alliance by May 4th. The finalists were selected by using site review standards established by the Alliance, based on recommendations of experts from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or DCEO, the Office of Coal Development, the Illinois Clean Coal Institute and the Illinois Coal Association. Illinois is among many states competing for the coal plant and Illinois has been laying the groundwork for FutureGen since 2003.

 

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FIRE DESTROYS POCAHONTAS GARAGE

A backfiring motorcycle has been blamed for a fire Thursday night that destroyed a garage in Pocahontas. The fire broke out in a detached garage at the Leonard Moss residence when a motorcycle that was being worked on backfired and caught some rags on fire. The blaze quickly spread and took the garage and its contents. No one was injured but the heat from the fire did melt the siding of the nearby Moss home. Damage has been estimated at $20,000. The Pocahontas/Old Ripley fire department was called back this morning to a rekindle of the fire.





CHILDRENS WING SET TO OPEN SUNDAY

The new children's wing called Kid Venture at the Greenville First Christian Church is scheduled to open this Sunday. Senior Minister Darryl Bolen said that the open house is from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and there will be a dedication service at 6:00 p.m. Bolen said that all of the children's choirs will be presenting their spring music program at 7:00 p.m. Bolen added that if you wants to ride down the slide you can.

There will be a ribbon cutting and they will recognize people that have been a part of the project and just celebrating the event. Bolen said that the church will start using the Children's Wing this Sunday.

Bolen also said that the Children's Wing is 11,000 square feet and takes care of nursery through 5th grade. It also houses the Sonrise Christian Education Center, which is upstairs. The pre-school program will be downstairs. Also in the wing is a large gathering area and stage downstairs for the children's programming.

The church also remodeled and made a large room in the old wing that connects with the new wing for junior high age kids. Bolen said the construction on the wing started last summer, but the church had been working on the project for three years.

MEASURE LIMITS GOVERNMENTS ABILITY TO SEIZE PRIVATELY OWNED LAND

The Illinois House of Representatives approved a measure co-sponsored by State Representative Kurt Granberg limiting the ability of government entities to seize a person's land for the private economic benefit of another individual. Senate Bill 3086 strengthens current law and only allows for the use of eminent domain to eliminate blight or when the land transfer for non-blighted areas is of great benefit to the public. The legislation also provides new measures to compensate the landowner. Senate Bill 3086 now returns to the Senate for further consideration. For information you contact Granberg at 618-533-0296 or visit www.ilga.gov.



IDOT WANTS ROUTE 140 FROM MULBERRY GROVE TO VANDALIA RECLASSIFIED

The Illinois Department of Transportation wants to downgrade the classification of Illinois Highway Route 140 from Mulberry Grove to Vandalia to a regular roadway. City Mayor Rick Gottman told WEL that some of the concerns if Route 140 is re-classified from a highway to a regular road is that there are a lot of landmarks on Route 140.

Gottman said that Route 140 goes through Downtown Vandalia and their concern is they are not sure that they will still receive the same type of maintenance that they receive currently because Route 140 is considered a state highway.

Gottman is not sure why IDOT wants to re-classify Route 140 from a highway to a regular road, but expressed concern that the road will not be kept up that well and it won't get the same federal dollars to maintain the road through IDOT because the highway standard is different than a regular roadway. In changing the road to an "unmarked route" IDOT will remove all Illinois Route 140 signs in about three months.






SPORTS

FORMER SORENTO COACH NAMED TO LEGENDS LIST


Former Sorento School coach and teacher Cliff Cameron has been named to the IHSA's 100 Legends of the Boys Basketball Tournament. Cameron, who coached Pleasant Plains to state titles in 2000 and 2002, was recently selected for the list, which honors the players, and coaches who have starred in the state tourney. Fans selected the first 82 legends while a blue-ribbon committee chose the remaining 18 honorees. The 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament will be recognized during a ceremony in conjunction with the 2007 tourney. Cliff Cameron graduated from Virden High School and played basketball for Lincoln Land. He both taught and coached at Sorento early in his career.

FRIDAY SPORTS

HS BASEBALL
The Comets lost 11-1 to the Highland Bulldogs. Scott Lurkins had two hits and Chad Nelson doubled for Greenville.

HS SOFTBALL
On Wednesday, the Lady Comets were 6-1 winners over Vandalia. Hannah Bingham was the winning pitcher as she struck out 11. Jessie Miller had 4 RBIs.

SPORTS SHOP
Our guests include Lady Comets soccer coach Mike Young, Lady Comets track coach Allison Hall, and Lady Aces softball coach John Barnes. A reminder that the dedication of the Tom Doll soccer field is Saturday at 11:30am prior to the Lady Comets game versus Olney.





OBITUARIES

JOHN FATBOY MORRIS JR

80-year-old John "Fatboy" Morris, Jr. of Highland passed away Wednesday morning at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland. Funeral services for 80-year-old John "Fatboy" Morris, Jr. will be Friday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Visitation will be Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens in O'Fallon, IL.


WEATHER

Saturday----Partly Cloudy High of 72 ----- Low of 48

Sunday------Mostly Sunny High of 77----- Low of 50


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO


April is Autism Awareness Month and our guest on Sunday's Public Affairs program is Linda Haley from the Judevine Center for Autism. Linda will explain what autism is and what services are available to autistic children and their families. That's the WGEL Public Affairs program this Sunday following our noon local news.


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