FORMER RESIDENTS RETURN TO GREENVILLE FOR VISIT
In 1979 with the assistance of the "Helping Hands program", the Phu and Lien To family came to Bond County from Vietnam. The family had to learn a new language and culture, which they did during their stay in Greenville. Phu, Lien and their children left in 1984 and have since settled in California. On Sunday a reception was held at Greenville First Christian Church for Phu, Lien, their son Long and his toddler Christopher. Long's wife is attending a conference in Orlando, Florida so he decided to take the opportunity to visit his former hometown with his parents.
WGEL talked to Long To about returning home and his busy life in California. Long said after leaving Bond County he finished high school, attended college, and then began working a series of jobs in the engineering field. He now works for a division of Boeing that creates solar panels for satellites. Long acknowledged that it was good to be back in Greenville and admitted that he admits the quiet life, friendly people, and less traffic.
Long added his thanks to Susan and Frank Watson for their friendship over the years and helping them when they first came to Greenville. Working in Boeing's Aerospace division has given Long To the chance to work on some important projects. One of those stopping by Sunday's reception was Long’s former elementary teacher Jerry Moyer, a man who has always had a love for the space program. Moyer said he was impressed with Long's work on the solar panels for the international space station and the Mar's rovers. Long will be sending some solar cells to Moyer which he would probably incorporate into his 6th grade Astronomy class and 7th grade Chemistry class.
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FENCE DAMAGED IN HIT AND RUN
The Bond County Sheriff's Department is looking for a hit-and-run driver who damaged a rural Greenville man's fence. Deputies report that sometime early Saturday morning an eastbound driver left Hastings Cemetery Avenue and struck a fence owned by Mike Cramerer. The vehicle then went 80 feet into a field.