5-16-2006 



MULBERRY GROVE BOARD TO EXPLORE LIQUOR ORDINANCE

While Mulberry Grove is currently dry, the village board has decided to explore the possibility of developing a liquor control ordinance.  At Monday nights meeting, the board discussed hiring a consultant to create the ordinance which would establish guidelines for liquor sales in the village limits.  Any effort to go from dry to wet would require a question on the ballot.  A petition requesting an alcohol referendum would need the signatures of at least 25% of the villages registered voters.  At this time, no one has expressed a desire to start such a petition.

After months of consideration, the Mulberry board adopted a manufactured home ordinance.  In the past, the villages zoning regulations covered mobile homes but not manufactured homes.  The ordinance is patterned after one used in Sorento.

Brenda McClelland has submitted a letter of resignation as village clerk.  She is moving outside the village limits.  The board will accept letters of interest for the job.

Bids are being accepted from trash haulers for the placement of two dumpsters during village cleanup week.  The board is also accepting bids for a one-day trash pickup service in conjunction with the cleanup.



RESTAURANT CLOSED, MOTEL OPEN

Ethan's Restaurant closed over the weekend and the City of Greenville may be out over $250,000 from the City's Community Development Assistance Program Revolving Loan Fund.  The money was loaned to Clements Enterprises owners of Ethan's Place and the Best Western Motel. A hearing on the matter will be held May 22 at the Bond County Courthouse. Midland States Bank filed a complaint to foreclose Clements mortgage last summer. And according the City Manager Dave Willey, Patrick Clements surrendered his county liquor license. The Best Western Motel remains open while the Restaurant and Lounge are currently closed.




SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES GES/NASA GRANT AGREEMENT

After hearing an enthusiastic report last night about the NASA grant making Greenville Elementary one of a select group of schools across the country to become a new NASA Explorer school, the board voted unanimously to approve the team of teachers, Karen Hicks, Eric Ahern, Jackie Blumer and Donna Carlson, to enter into the proposed partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Along with the honor comes a 17,500-dollar grant to be used for materials to implement the Explorer program.

The Board also heard a presentation about the work of the High School Key Club and High School Principal Kevin Cochran told the board that his Assistant Principal Wendy Porter was named Assistant Principal of the year by the Illinois Principal Association and the Kaskaskia Region.

After an Executive session, the board hired Paul Thies as High School girls basketball coach and Scott Pasley to be the new Greenville Elementary School Principal and Dennis Lloyd as the high school head golf coach.

SMITHBORO TRACKS CLOSED AGAIN TUESDAY

The Burlington Northern railroad crossing on the south end of Smithboro will be closed again today.  Due to heavy train traffic, railroad workers were not able to complete the maintenance project.  Work began at 8am and will continue until completion.  During this time, the south railroad crossing in Smithboro will be closed to traffic. 


WINNERS OF DIAPER DRIVE TREATED TO LUNCH

Two students at Greenville High School were treated to lunch at the country club last Thursday.  Sophomores Josh Diemer and Hannah Elliot were picked for the prize after they brought in diapers for the Student Council Diaper Drive, which supported the Pregnancy Support Center.

Theresa Dissen told WGEL that every student who brought in a box diapers got his or her name put on a piece of paper and that paper was placed into a hat.  Last week Diemer and Elliot's names were pulled out of the hat and that is how they won.  Dissen said they both brought in one box of diapers during the diaper drive.

Diemer and Elliot were both transported to the country club by a limousine and were able to invite a guest. Dissen said that the student council collected over 100 boxes of diapers and plan to do it again next year.

 


CORRECTION

In our story about Cheris Catering the building the business is located in was referred to as the former Wiedenhoeft Building. That is incorrect. The building is currently owned by Bob and Cathie Wiedenhoeft.

RAIN TOTALS

Rain totals on Monday for the city of Greenville were .16 inches at the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Route 40, .17 inches at 6th Street, and .13 inches at Idler Lane and Route 140.

BLAGOJEVICH SIGNS NEW LAW BANNING SMOKING IN COLLEGE DORMS, SOROITIES, AND FRATERNITIES

Governor Blagojevich has signed a new law to reduce the risk of second-hand smoke and smoking related fires by banning smoking in dormitories at all public and private colleges and universities in the state.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoking is the third leading cause of fires in U.S. college dorms. 

Effective immediately, the bill prohibits smoking in public and private college and university dorms.  It applies to dining facilities, laundry rooms, lobbies, hallways, and other areas.  Only commercial facilities such as coffee shops and restaurants are exempt from the law.  Aside from dorms, it also includes sorority and fraternity houses that are owned and operated by a university.

TUESDAY SPORTS

HS BASEBALL
The Comets were 10-2 winners over Pana on Friday.  Scott Lurkins had a homerun and 3 RBI and pitched a two-hitter for the win.  Craig Kniepmann and Brett Walker each had 2 RBI.  On Saturday, the Comets defeated Nashville 2-1 with Scott Eaton getting the win and Jason Mollett picking up his 7th save.  Triad defeated the Comets 8-1 with Andrew Wilfong picking up two hits. 

HS SOFTBALL
The Lady Comets were 9-1 winners over Pana on Friday as they improved their conference record to 10-0.  This is the first time in school history that the softball team has been undefeated in conference.  Erin Peper got the win.  The Lady Comets then won the Wesclin Round Robin Tournament on Saturday by defeating Salem, Wesclin, and Carlyle.  During Saturday's tourney, Alyssa Sutton got her 5th win of the season and Rebecca Peddicord and Hannah Bingham also posted victories.  Heather Alford had a three-run homer in the Wesclin game.  Greenville is now 21-5 on the season tying the school record for wins by the softball team. 

JR HIGH TRACK
Two members of the Greenville Junior High track team have qualified for State.  7th graders Nori Stone in the Long Jump and Tishelle Riggins in the Discus were qualifiers at the SIU-E Sectional.  The state meet is this weekend at East Peoria. 

HS SOCCER
The Lady Comets season came to a close as they lost to Columbia 6-1 in Sectional soccer.

REGIONAL BASEBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces Regional game will be played at home today rather than at Brownstown.  The starting time is 4:30pm.


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