7-17-2006

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COAL RIGHTS MEETING IS TUESDAY

The Bond County Farm Bureau is hosting a meeting open to the public Tuesday night to discuss landowner rights and other topics related to coal mining.  WGEL talked with Farm Bureau board member Jim Zeeb who said this meeting is not intended for just farmers.  Any residents, investors, and real estate owners in A-1 zoned land are welcome.  He said this is an opportunity for land owners to learn whether they own their coal rights and subsidence rights.  Zeeb says the Bond County Farm Bureau understands that coal could be an economic engine for the county but not at the expense of the property rights of the landowners. 

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7:30pm at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church Hall on east State Street in Pocahontas.  Featured speakers are Dan Barkley from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Larry Miller of the Franklin County Landowners Association, and Jeff Mollet with the Silver Lake Law Group.  Zeeb told WGEL that a meeting will be held in August for Farm Bureau members to explain how negotiations with coal companies are conducted.

 
 

UNIT 1 AND 2 SCHOOL REGISTRATION ANNOUNCED

Registration for Mulberry Grove Unit 1 and Bond County Unit 2 school districts has been announced. 

For Mulberry Grove students, registration is Tuesday August 8 from 8am until 2pm and Wednesday August 9 from Noon until 6pm.  If these times are not convenient, you may call the Mulberry Grove elementary office or high school office to schedule an appointment.  Classes for Mulberry Grove students begin August 17 with an early dismissal at 11:00am. 

For Bond County Unit 2 students, registration for Greenville Elementary, Greenville Junior High, Sorento, and Pocahontas will be from 8am until 2pm Tuesday August 8 and 1-6pm on Wednesday August 9.  These registration times are for all grades K-8.  At Greenville High School, seniors may register Wednesday August 9 from 8am until Noon and juniors from 1-5pm; sophomores on Thursday August 10 from 8am until noon and freshman from 1-5pm that day.  New students at Greenville High School will register Friday August 11 from 8am until 3pm. 



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TWO INJURED IN ACCIDENT

Two Granite City teenagers were injured late Saturday night in a single vehicle accident on Old Ripley Road.  18-year-old Danielle N. Doty told deputies that she was southbound when she lost control of her car and drove off the road, striking a tree.  Doty and her 14-year-old passenger were taken by Pocahontas/Old Ripley ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital. 



FISCHER SENTENCED FOR ATV BURGLARY

A Greenville man pled guilty last week in Bond County court for his involvement in three burglaries.  19-year-old Jeffrey D. Fischer entered the guilty pleas for break-ins May 22 at the Greenville First Christian Church; May 28 at G and C Motorsports; and June 3 at a building on Ivy Street.  Five ATVs were stolen from G and C Motorsports during Memorial Day weekend.  They were all eventually recovered.  Fischer was placed on 48 months probation and must serve 60 days in the Bond County Jail with credit for time served.  He must also pay court costs. 

CALENDAR OF GREENVILLE HAS PICTURES FROM OVER 100 YEARS AGO

If you are wondering what the City of Greenville looked like over 100 years ago you can see it in a calendar.  Greenville resident Bill Davidson just completed a 13-month calendar that takes you back in time. 

Davidson told WGEL he decided to make the calendar because he was looking for ways to raise money for the Greenville Public Library.  He said he was in Wisconsin and there was a main street project in one of the small towns in Wisconsin and it was a calendar that showed historical pictures.  Davidson said he thought he would put a historical calendar together for Greenville and have the money benefit the library.

The calendars are only $10 and can be purchased at Greenville Public Library, Bradford National Bank, Watson's Drug Store, Rainbow House, and City Hall.  All proceeds will benefit Greenville Public Library.


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TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH WILL BE REBUILT

Plans are in the making to rebuild the Temple Baptist Church in Vandalia after a massive fire that was caused by lightening in June destroyed it. Deacon Ronnie Elam told WGEL that the congregation would like to be in a new church within a year, but they are currently waiting for their insurance company to give them the OK to get rid of what is on the site now.

Elam also said that they are going to rebuild the church on the same site as the old church, but are not sure of the design right now.  Since the fire the congregation has been meeting in the Ramada Inn Conference Room in Vandalia, but at the beginning of August the congregation will be moving to Days Inn on Route 51.

Even though the fire destroyed the entire church, a battery operated clock that was in the church secretary's room escaped damage and operates just like it should.

AUDIOLOGIST SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FRAUD IN PROVIDING HEARING AIDS TO MINERS

37-year-old David M. Lewis of Marion was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, fined $50,000, and paid restitution in the amount of $172,786 to Freeman Coal and Arch Coal Companies on a plea of guilty to a six count Information which charged mail fraud, healthcare program fraud, and structuring offenses.

Five counts involved claims for reimbursement for expensive hearing aids provided to 61 Coal Mine Healthcare Plan beneficiaries for which forged doctor's prescriptions were submitted. Lewis is a corporate officer of Lewis Enterprises, which did business in Southern Illinois. He is a licensed audiologist that targeted the sale of hearing aids to miners represented by the United Mine Workers of America. Lewis forged doctors' signatures and falsified doctors' prescriptions in the providing of hearing aids. 

OBITUARIES

IELENE BURRIS

92-year-old Ielene Burris of Hillsboro passed away Saturday morning at her residence.  Funeral services for 92-year-old Ielene Burris will be held Wednesday at 11am at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday at 2PM at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg.  Visitation is Wednesday from 10-11am at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home. 

LEO WATSON

84-year-old Leo Watson of Vandalia, formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Saturday at his son's residence in Coffeen.  Funeral services for 84-year-old Leo Watson will be held Thursday (7/20) at 11am at the Young Funeral Home, Mulberry Grove.  Interment in Mulberry Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call from 6-8PM Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Fayette County Hospice. 

GERTRUDE "TRUDY" GAINES

88-year-old Gertrude "Trudy" Gaines of Pocahontas formerly of Champaign County passed away Thursday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for 88-year-old Gertrude "Trudy" Gaines will be held Monday (July 17) at 11am at the Broadlands United Community Church in Broadlands, Illinois.  Burial at Fairfield Cemetery in Newman.  Visitation is at the First United Methodist Church of Pocahontas and Monday (today) from 10-11am at the church in Broadlands.  Memorials may be made to the church of your choice.  Mrs. Gaines was the mother of Linda Trover of Pocahontas.  May Funeral Home in Pocahontas is handling the local arrangements. 

KENNETH W. TAYLOR

Kenneth W. Taylor, age 38 of Greenville, passed away at 10:19 a.m. Thursday, July 13, 2006 at his home in Greenville.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Monday, July 17, at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Maxey Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon on Monday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials may be made to the family.

Kenneth Wayne Taylor, the son of Herbert and Sharon (Garmon) Taylor, was born July 11, 1968 in Greenville.  Kenneth grew up in Greenville, attended the local schools and graduated from Greenville Highschool.  He then worked for Greenville McDonalds - where he worked for over 17 years.  Kenneth was a baseball lover - collected baseball cards and made model Cars.

Surviving are his parents, brothers and sisters: Mark Taylor of Greenville, Dawna Kious of Pocahontas, Laura Hunter of Granite City, Scott Taylor of St. Louis and Gary Taylor of St. Louis, MO.


Memorials may be made to the Taylor Family.


COUNTRY GOLD TOUR GIVEAWAY

The Country Gold Tour is coming to the Macoupin County Fair in Carlinville on Friday July 21 at 8pm.  This show features country greats Moe Bandy, T. Graham Brown, David Frizzell, and Leroy Van Dyke.  Tune in the Wednesday night Hayride with Branson Jerry Jansen for your chance to win a pair of tickets.  You must be 18 or older and may only win once.  Only one winner per family.  Don’t miss the Wednesday Night Hayride with Jerry and your chance to win tickets to see the Country Gold Tour at the Macoupin County Fair in Carlinville on July 21st. 

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