5-02-2006 



GENEROUS DONATION TO SORENTO SCHOOL

A second donation of money to Sorento School from a man employed by Truck Center, Inc. to purchase eight new Smart Boards and projectors came on April 24. Principal Donald Harris said that the anonymous benefactor came to the school in the beginning of the year and decided that he wanted to donate some money to the teachers.

At the beginning of the year, he asked Principal Harris if he could come back at the end of the school year and see if there was anything else the school would need.

The man decided to come back to the school on April 24 and looked at the Smart Boards and Projectors and saw two teachers give a lesson on them. Harris said that the donator decided it would be great if every teacher had a Smart Board and Projector so that is when he donated the money for them. In all, eight Smart Boards and Projectors were purchased.

A Smart Board operates like a computer screen that is projected on the wall. You can write on it like a chalkboard. With the Smart Boards, teachers will also be able to use the Internet to teach class. Harris is hoping to have the Smart Boards and projectors installed by the beginning of next school year. Every room in the school will now have a Smart Board and projector in it for teachers to use for lessons.

DERRICK MOTION DENIED BY JUDGE

Judge Harrison has denied a motion by Terry Derrick for a new trial in her lawsuit against the Bond County Fair Association. The judge announced his ruling Friday during a hearing on the case. The lawsuit stemmed from a July 1998 celebrity cattle penning contest at the Bond County Fair during which Terry Derrick was injured. The Derricks sought in excess of $50,000 for each count of a multi-count suit. The jury deliberated for three hours before returning their verdict in favor of the Bond County Fair Association. The Derrick's attorney filed his motion seeking a new trial just a few days later.

 

SUSPENSION ON SALES TAX ON GASOLINE WILL HELP FAMILIES SAVE MONEY

In response to soaring gasoline prices, State Representative Ron Stephens is supporting legislation in the Illinois General Assembly to take a summer "holiday" from the state's portion of sales tax on fuel sold in Illinois. According to Stephens, House Bill 5785 eliminates the 5% state portion of the sales tax on motor fuel between May 15 and September 15. Illinois has a 6.25% sales tax on fuel, 5% is allocated to the state for general government expenses and 1.25% goes to local governments. Stephens said that eliminating gas tax over the summer months will not create a burden on the state, but will help families save hard-earned dollars during the predicted increase in gas prices.




GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL REAL ESTATE AUCTION NETS OVER $460K


The real estate auction conducted at Ethan's Place Friday evening by the Langham Auction Company was well attended. The 96-acre tract of land located northwest of Greenville at the junction of Illinois State Routes 140 and 127 had been donated by the Lemuel Rhodes Trust to Greenville Regional Hospital. Proceeds of the sale will be used in the hospital's current expansion program. The real estate has highway frontage on two sides and sold in four tracts. When the final bids were recorded a neighboring landowner had purchased all four tracts, for a total of $468,000, an average of $4,879 per acre. Lemuel Rhodes is also remembered for his previous generosity when he provided cash for a cancer foundation that has made funds available to help cancer patients who have a need to finance treatments, travel costs, and other expenses.



GLEN CARBON MAN CHARGED WITH ONE DORM BURGLARY


20-year-old Reginald Anthony of Glen Carbon has been charged in Bond County for the alleged burglary of a dorm room at Holtwick Hall on the Greenville College campus. The burglary took place on April 10th and the charges come as a result of an investigation by Greenville police. As reported last week on WGEL, officers were able to recover items taken from several recent burglaries on the college campus.

 


RAIN TOTALS FOR APRIL

The April rain totals for Greenville were 2.19-inches at The Greenville Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2.6-inches at 6th Street, and 2.5 inches at Route 140 and Idler Lane. April 2006 was under the 10-year average of 3.92-inches. Rain was measured on six days and the wettest April in the last ten years was in 1996 with 9.08-inches.

RAIN TOTALS FOR MONDAY NIGHT STORM

Official rain totals for the city of Greenville from Monday night's thunderstorms are .55 inches at the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Route 40, .41 inches at 6th Street, and .44 inches at Idler Lane and Route 140.

TUESDAY SPORTS

HS BASEBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces lost 16-6 to South Central. Josh Elam and James Lynch each had 3 hits.

HS SOCCER
The Lady Comets were blanked by Alton Marquette 10-0.


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