6-22-2006




SECOND ALLEGED DAIRY QUEEN ROBBER PLEADS NOT GUILTY

The second of three men charged for their alleged involvement in the May 3 robbery of a Dairy Queen employee has pled not guilty.  20-year-old Barton Davis entered the plea Wednesday morning in Bond County court to two counts of alleged Aggravated Robbery.  Davis and 19-year-old Brandon Stewart have both pled not guilty.  A third defendant, 19-year-old Jason McCullough has not entered a plea.  He is scheduled to make a court appearance on June 28.  A pre-trial hearing for Davis was set for July 20. 



FOURTH PERSON ARRESTED IN ATV CASE

Another person has been arrested in the ATV theft from G and C Motorsports of Greenville.  O'Fallon police with the assistance of the Metro East Auto Theft Task Force arrested 22-year-old Dorian E. Boyd of Madison on June 14th.  The Illinois State Police told WGEL that Boyd allegedly took the stolen ATV to an O'Fallon business for repairs.  Employees became suspicious when Boyd said the ATV belonged to his cousin but did not want the warranty to cover the cost for the repairs.  The Metro East Task Force arranged for the business to call Boyd and tell him the ATV was ready for pickup on June 14th.  When Boyd arrived, he was arrested and charged with alleged Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Alleged Theft over $300.  Greenville police say this was the fifth and final ATV to be recovered from the burglary which occurred Memorial Day weekend.  Three others, including two juveniles, have been implicated in the G and C burglary. 

VANDALISM AT SORENTO SCHOOL

The Bond County Sheriff's Department is investigating a vandalism at the Sorento school.  The damage was discovered Tuesday afternoon.  Two windows were broken.  Deputies believe a BB gun may have been used.




23rd ANNUAL GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY BOOK FAIR HAS RECORD PROCEEDS

For the 18th time, a new sales record has been set at the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair. The 23rd annual event, which took place at the Greenville First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall last Thursday through Saturday brought in a total of $10,736 - a 20% increase over last year's record total of $8,956. Proceeds will be used by the auxiliary to fulfill the organization's pledge to support the renovation and expansion of the Greenville Regional Hospital Laboratory and imaging services departments.  More than 70 volunteers were involved with all aspects of the book fair.  Event organizers expressed thanks to Capri IGA for the donation for paper sacks and milk crates that were borrowed.  RP Lumber provided planks for the book fair.  Book donations were received locally and from outside the immediate area.  A record number of 50,000 books were donated during the past year.  Book fair customers began lining up hours before the doors were opened at 5:00 p.m. last Thursday and first-day attendance numbered at 175.

 


HARTMAN ENDS PETITION DRIVE

Earlier this spring, you may have noticed or even met a man standing in front of the of the Greenville Post Office collecting signatures for a petition. That man was John Hartman and he was collecting the signatures to get his name on the ballot for the United States House of Representatives for the 19th Congressional District.  Since then, he has ended his petition because he says state election rules have forced him to end his third-party campaign for congress. 

He said that at the end of May he could estimate how many signatures he would get by the June 26 cutoff. He said that at the most, he could have gotten 9,000 to 10,000 signatures, but said that he would need about 23,000 signatures to get his name on the ballot.  

Hartman is a business manager of a biotech company and resides in Edwardsville.  He said that he had nearly 5,000 signatures at the beginning of the month.  State rules allowed him to begin circulating petitions March 28. 

Hartman also said he was not sure if he planned on collecting signatures again in the future, but he may go to Springfield to discuss signature requirements.  According to Hartman, the signature requirements for the State of Illinois are too high.




VOTER REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT SENATOR WATSON OFFICE

The fall election is about five months away so if you are planning to register to vote, you can do so at Senator Frank Watson's district office in Greenville.  Public Act 94-645, which was signed into law in August 2005 allows voter registration at state legislative offices.  Those state employees working at the offices are also permitted to serve as voter registrars. Permitted activities include simply providing voter registration forms, assisting constituents in filling out the forms and mailing the registration materials to the appropriate election authority for the registrant.  The law prohibits any campaigning or the distribution of campaign literature.  Watson's office in Greenville is located at 1355A South State Route 127 and the phone number is 664-9108.

PERSON OF INTEREST IN MURDER LOCATED IN BOND COUNTY

A 23-year-old man who has been described by Illinois State Police as "a person of interest" in a murder investigation has been found in Bond County.  The Greenville police department was contacted earlier in the week concerning the whereabouts of Dorian L. Wilborn of Villa Park, Illinois.  Based on information gathered by the Illinois State Police and U.S. Marshals, Wilborn was believed to be in the Greenville area.  Authorities were seeking Wilborn for questioning as part of their investigation of the murder of a 29-year-old Centreville man whose body was found Saturday afternoon in a Centreville apartment. 

City police spent most of Tuesday searching several residences around Greenville.  Around 7PM the Bond County Sheriff's Department and Greenville police took Wilborn into custody at a home in Smithboro.  Police chief Lou Lorton told WGEL that another person at the home, a former Greenville resident, was arrested on an unrelated warrant. 


 




 

MULBERRY GROVE UNIT 1 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

At Monday's Mulberry Grove Unit 1 School Board meeting, Sara Johnson was appointed to the Board.  Johnson will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of member Jeff Koontz.  Johnson will serve the remainder of the term that will expire in April 2009.  In closed session, the Board approved the renewal of the District Insurance Program.  The insurance program will be increased .38% for the 2006-2007 school year.  Superintendent Greg Irwin told WGEL that he is very pleased that the increase was so low. 

The Unit 1 Board also approved the renewal of the annual MeccaTech agreement.  MeccaTech is an agency that helps with Medicaid funds for special education needs.  Irwin told WGEL that MeccaTech represents several districts in the area. 

The Board approved a joint resolution for the purchase of property for the Okaw Area Vocational Center.  This is part of a building and trades program provided by the Vandalia School District where other districts in the area can share the cost of an instructor and students are able to build a house and sell it.  The Unit 2 District passed the same resolution Monday night.

In other business, the Board approved changes of fees in several areas for the upcoming school year.  Registration/book fees have increased $5 at each grade level.  This is the first increase in fees the Board has approved in three years.  Driver's Education will now be $50 per semester.  Irwin said that this increase will help with fuel costs.  Lunch fees have also went up 10 cents per meal or 50 cents per week. 




OBITUARIES

LENARD MOSS Sr.

84-year-old Lenard H. Moss, Sr. of Pocahontas passed away Wednesday night at Hitz Memorial Nursing Home in Alhambra.  Services are pending at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville for 84-year-old Lenard H. Moss, Sr.


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA TICKET GIVEAWAY

The Phantom of The Opera is coming to the Fox Theater and you could be the winner of a pair of tickets for Monday night’s 8pm performance.  This Friday during the Mike and John Show, we’ll have Phantom Trivia.  The correct caller with the correct answer wins a pair of tickets to see this legendary show at the Fox.  You must be 18 or older to win and may only win once.  Only one winner per family.  It’s Phantom trivia this Friday morning on the Mike and John Show on WGEL.

 

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