6-8-2006




LARGE FIRE DESTROYS NASHVILLE WAREHOUSE


Several Washington and Clinton County fire departments battled a large warehouse fire late Wednesday night north of Nashville.  Around 10PM the blaze broke out at Norrenbern's Truck Service located just north of Route 64 on Route 127.  The building was a warehouse and shipping facility.  Several explosions were reported during the fire.  Firefighters returned to the scene around 5am when the fire flared back up.  Metro News Source is reporting that the rekindle was quickly brought under control and that cleanup is now underway.  No serious injuries were reported. . 



STATE EYEING HONDA PLANT

The "Peoria Journal Star" is reporting state economic development officials are talking with Honda officials to have a Honda car plant built in the state.  They are trying to bring a $400 million plant to Illinois.  The paper says Honda has a spot picked-out, but is not saying where it is yet.  Illinois often offers huge packages of economic incentives to lure businesses to the state.  But the Governor's office says Honda has not asked for anything yet.  Honda already has five car plants in the United States.

 




COMPANY BASED IN CHICAGO HELPED IN CREATION OF VIETNAM TRAVELING WALL

If you went to the Breese Sesquicentennial this past weekend then maybe you got the opportunity to see the Traveling Vietnam Wall, which is a replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. honoring soldiers who died during the war. Dean Dubois, Vice-President of Engineering, with American Laser Mark, a company by Chicago helped with the creation of the wall by adding the names to it.

Dubois said he got involved in the project when they were contacted by a veterans group and they had to build a laser system and write custom software in order to accomplish making the wall.

Dubois said that his company has helped create five of the traveling walls so far and said it took about six months to get ready to start on the project and another two months to run and complete the project.

Dubois said that the experience, working on something that honors war heroes, was different from any thing else, he had ever done. The company does a lot of engrave, but nothing that has that sort of emotional or sentimental value.  He said that while working on it, pieces of it were sitting on a table and veterans would come and look at it and would cry, that is when you know there is something very special about what you are making.     

He said that the only rule to making the wall was to make it look as close as possible to the real wall in Washington D.C.  The traveling wall is made out of aluminum sheets with a black powder coat on it.

The wall was met in Effingham on June 1 and received a motorcycle and police escort into Breese, around 200 motorcycles were in the escort.

WALL

 

 


MULBERRY HAS NEW VILLAGE CLERK

The village of Mulberry Grove has a new clerk.  At Monday night's board meeting, Brooke Earnest was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Brenda McClelland.  The vote was 3-0 with one abstention.

Mayor Jana Willis reported that someone is circulating a liquor license petition.  Although the individual was not named they were said to be a non-resident.  The petition requires twenty-five signatures to allow the question to be put on the ballot.  Mulberry Grove is currently dry.

As part of village clean-up, there will be two dumpsters available on the Mulberry Grove school parking lot Saturday June 17 and 24.  Those wishing to use the dumpsters will be required to bring their water bill as proof of residency.  In past years, there have been problems with non-residents filling the dumpsters.

Mulberry building inspector Russ Jernigan reported on the on-going effort to demolish an abandoned two-story house on Route 140 on the western edge of town.  The building's owner has obtained a demolition permit but is yet to demolish the structure. 

MALLINCKRODT BLOOD DRIVE

A Red Cross blood drive was held Wednesday morning at the Mallinckrodt plant.  15 pints of blood were donated by employees and Tyson was awarded a pin for have donated two gallons of blood.




 

THREE CHARGED FOR UNDERAGED DRINKING INCIDENT AT BUSINESS

Three people have been charged in Bond County Court following an alleged drinking incident at the Ethan's Place bar.  The charges state that on May 4th the Bond County Sheriff's Department was investigating a report of an underage intoxicated person at the business.  A deputy later found the 20-year-old female in one of the rooms at the Best Western motel.  Charged were: 23-year-old Daniel J. Gehlhausen of Greenville for Unlawful Delivery of Alcohol to a Minor; 37-year-old Patrick S. Clements of Greenville for Obstructing a Peace Officer; and a 20-year-old female of rural Greenville for Unlawful Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor.   Clements, allegedly provided false information to the deputy on the whereabouts of the intoxicated female.  Gehlhausen allegedly served alcohol to the girl while he was in the employment of Clements' at the business.  All of the charges are Class A misdemeanors.

Clements was the owner of Ethan's Place and, as reported earlier by WGEL, voluntarily surrendered his liquor license and subsequently closed the business.


 




SPORTS

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CHESS CLUB STARTING AT FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

A chess club is starting up today (June 8) at the First Christian Church at 6:00 p.m. Lou Cotton, who has started the club and who is also a substitute teacher at Greenville High School, said he started the chess club because he saw kids in the library playing chess practically the whole day. He said that there are a lot of people in town who like to play chess, so he decided to organize a meeting place.

Cotton said he is trying to get people who are interested in chess involved in the club. All levels are invited to attend and there will be free instruction.  Games will be played during tonight's meeting and it starts at 6:00 p.m. and will run until 9:00 p.m.

Cotton also said that you can bring snacks with you to the meeting and said he plans on it being a fun get together with a lot of chess being played. If you have any questions, call 488-7471.




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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.

 

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