5-24-2006 




BEST WESTERN AND ETHAN'S TO SELL AT AUCTION

If you're in the market for a motel and restaurant, you'll want to mark June 22nd on the calendar.  Following a foreclosure hearing Monday afternoon in the Bond County courthouse, Patrick and Melody Clements of Clements' Enterprises agreed to the foreclosure with Midland States Bank.  Judge John Knight set June 22nd at 8:30am in the courtroom for the sale, which includes the real estate and contents of the Greenville Best Western and Ethan's Place Restaurant.  Others with an interest in the foreclosure include the U.S. Small Business Loan Administration and the city of Greenville, both of whom have provided funding to Clements' Enterprises. 

According to City Manager Dave Willey, the Clements owe $252,351 to the city from its business loan fund.  Willey said the city would pursue whatever means of collection available following the foreclosure sale.  He added that several of these loans have been successful and helped other businesses.  Clements Enterprises still owes some monthly tourism tax to the city but Willey believes that it will be collected. 

 



LOCAL RESIDENT ASSISTS WITH HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF

Greenville resident Tony Koonce took a trip to the Gulf Coast earlier this month to help assist with the Hurricane Katrina relief.  Koonce traveled to Pascagoula, MS with a group that was set up through the Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in O'Fallon, IL. Koonce said that he and the group spent the week dry-walling and doing just about anything to help people out. 

Koonce said that the first four blocks on the coast were completely wiped out and there are a lot of vacant lots and buildings where people have decided not to rebuild their businesses or homes.  Koonce said that it is a mess down there and it is unbelievable what the hurricane did.

He said that he worked on a total of three houses and said that everybody in Pascagoula had around four to eight feet of water in their homes after the 30-foot wave from the hurricane hit the coast.  He also noted that just about everybody in the town has been living in FEMA trailers by their homes.  

 





WATERMAIN BREAKS FOR FOURTH TIME IN GREENVILLE

A watermain break by Chang's Chinese Restaurant on Route 127 in Greenville last Thursday was the second problem with that line within two hours.  Another break had occurred just a short time before on the northwest corner of Route 40 and Route 127. Greenville City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL that the break seemed to be pressure related because there was a hole in the line.  Willey said the watermain was fixed by wrapping a sleeve around it and clamping it down.  This was the fourth time in two months that the watermain has experienced leaks.  The two leaks last Thursday caused a boil order for people in that area of town and was lifted Friday afternoon. 

 



BLAGOJEVICH SIGNS LAW AMMENDING THE ILLINOIS PESTICIDE ACT

The Governor signed several bills into law last week including House Bill 4462, which amends the Illinois Pesticide Act.  The bill says that it is unlawful under the Illinois Pesticide Act to sell any pesticide labeled for restricted use over an Internet website to an Illinois resident who is not a certified pesticide applicator.  This bill will go into effect January 1, 2007.

Senate Bill 2334 will amend the Wildlife code.  This bill says that it is unlawful to intentionally allow a dog to hunt upon the land of another without first obtaining permission from the owner or tenant.   Senate Bill 2334 is effective as of January 1, 2007.

And Senate Bill 2728 will require the Department of Public Health to develop educational materials on meningitis for distribution in elementary or secondary schools.  This bill is effective immediately.

 

YARD SALE TO STRETCH 824 MILES

A very long yard sale will begin on May 31 and last until June 4 and will cover six states including Illinois and Bond County.  The 2006 Historic National Road Yard Sale Days will be held from dawn to dusk along the Old National Road and U.S. Route 40 from St. Louis, MO to Baltimore, MD.

Patricia McDaniels, Chairperson for the event, said that other events are going on including Knightstown, Indiana, which is 35 miles east of Indianapolis, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the movie "Hoosiers" so a festival will be going on there from June 3 until June 11. 

McDaniels said this is going to be an annual event and said that the long yard sale has received publicity in several magazines including Midwest Living, Country Living, Southern Living, Maryland Life, Ohio Magazine, Indiana and Ohio Home And Away Magazine, and Indianapolis Monthly.  CNN is expected to cover the event as well.

Antiques, furniture, glassware, fresh garden produce, and other collectibles will be available at parts of the yard sale and this is a wonderful opportunity to travel along a historic highway.  If you have any questions about the Historic National Road Yard Sale Days you can call Patricia McDaniels at 765-478-4809 or 765-825-6295.  Everyone is welcome to participate in this event and any other events people would like to do besides the yard sale are welcome.  



FAIR OAKS CELEBRATES NATIONAL NURSING HOME WEEK

Fair Oaks in Greenville celebrated National Nursing Home Week with a variety of activities, including special meals and programs.  Residents conducted a red, white, and blue balloon launch on May 17.  A Golden Treasures Festival was held on May 18.  Watson Tidball of Greenville served as emcee of the event, which consisted of a "show and tell" type program.  Each resident of Fair Oaks was invited to display items they had created or collected through the years, or items that held special meaning for them.  Displays at the Golden Treasures Festival included doll collections, vintage photographs, original paintings, poetry, and Red Hat memorabilia. 

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Longtime Greenville resident and one-time nurse, Alice Wasmuth, poses with many of her original paintings. Wasmuth said most of the paintings are based on photographs she took during her travels all over the world. Pictured Wasmuth with her daughter, Phyllis Johnson, of Highland, and great-grandson, Alex Lorton. Wasmuth holds one of her favorite original paintings of her home on North Prairie Street.


WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS SOFTBALL
The Lady Aces play Breese Central at 4pm today in the Greenville Sectional.  Mulberry Grove is 19-6 on the season while Breese Central is 15-16.  The winner plays Saturday for the Greenville Sectional title.  WGEL's Kent Kesner will be phoning in reports from today’s game.

Seven members of the Lady Comets softball team have been named to the South Central Conference All Conference Team.  They are pitchers Rebecca Peddicord and Alyssa Bingham; catcher Jessica Miller; second baseman Kara Morrill; shortstop Crystal Stevenson; and outfielder Hannah Elliott.  Third baseman Kacie Hinkle was an honorable mention pick.

HS BASEBALL
The South Central Conference All Conference Baseball Team has been announced.  Representing the Comets are pitcher Dan Leitschuh; first baseman Scott Lurkins; utility infielder Jason Mollett; and outfielder Chad Nelson.



OBITUARIES

KEAGAN AUGUST POGGEMOELLER

One-day-old Keagan August Poggemoeller passed away Sunday at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services for one-day-old Keagan August Poggemoeller will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Lesicko Funeral Home in New Douglas.  Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Lesicko Funeral Home in New Douglas.  Memorials may be made to the family or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis.  Keagan's parents are David and Tina Poggemoeller of Sorento.

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