With a large number of family, friends, soccer fans,
and present and former players looking on, the new Tom
Doll Soccer Field was dedicated Saturday morning. Doll,
a former school board member and driving force behind
the creation of a soccer program at Greenville High
School, died in September 2004. There were several speakers
during the program including current Unit 2 School Board
president Mike Suess who recalled that Tom Doll was
passionate about two things
soccer and kids. Suess
said naming the field in Doll's memory was an appropriate
that sentiment was former Unit 2 superintendent Dr.
Mike Westbrooks who said that soccer at GHS was the
culmination of the efforts of many people but Doll provided
the "vision and determination." Doll's sister,
Diane Bingham, read a poem she wrote for the occasion
while his son, Jake, talked about his dad's influence
upon his life. Jake Doll added that soccer was something
his dad believed in and ten years ago it would have
seemed impossible to imagine a soccer field for Greenville
High School. In years past the Comets and Lady Comets
soccer teams have played on green space at the Greenville
former GHS soccer player, Jacob Schlemper, explained
how his life had benefited from the efforts of Tom Doll
and others. Schlemper's mother, Jane, was another important
backer of soccer in Bond County. A memorial bench is
planned in her honor.
talked with Janice Barth, another sister of Tom Doll's
and also someone who is active in local soccer, about
this honor for her brother. She admitted that Tom would
have been humbled by the field dedication and would
quickly pointed to everyone else's efforts. She explained
that this field is important to the players as it gives
them a home on the high school grounds.
trivia night will be held this Saturday at the Greenville
Junior High to benefit the Tom Doll Soccer Field and
Jane Schlemper Memorial Bench. For details, contact
COULD BE GETTING ETHANOL PLANT
opening of an ethanol plant in Vandalia is being considered.
The Vandalia City Council signed an option agreement
with National Ethanol for 70 acres of land in the city's
western Interstate 70 interchange. Vandalia City Mayor
Rick Gottman told WGEL that he is excited about and
has met with two companies in the last month. One company
came to him and asked for an option on 70 acres of land
that the city owns. This would employ over 50 jobs with
salaries being set in the teens.
said he thinks it would be a good boost for the farmers
in the community because they would be able to get a
better price for their grain per bushel. Gottman also
told WGEL that the spin offs from an ethanol plant would
be good because we all see the rise in gas prices throughout
the United States and he thinks we should look at other
alternatives for fuel and he feels this is a good opportunity
for this region and for the City of Vandalia.
is not sure how long construction would take for the
project, but said the company did take a six-month option
on the property to make sure that they have everything
in line. Gottman also said that five plants are being
planned in the State of Illinois.
is also not sure how much money it would cost to build
the plant, but said it would be a significant amount
of dollars to build.