8-08-2006 



NEW FIRE TRUCK DAMAGED BEFORE ARRIVAL

The arrival of the Greenville Fire Protection District's new truck has been delayed after it was involved in an accident.  District trustee Jim Romack told WGEL that the pumper/tanker truck was being delivered from the manufacturing plant in Colorado when it was sideswiped by another driver in St. Louis.  The truck was hit on the passenger side damaging two doors and causing some cosmetic damage.  Romack explained to WGEL that the truck was on its way to Truck Center in Troy for its final outfitting.  The truck is now there being repaired.  Replacement parts have already been ordered and once the body work is complete, members of the department will give it a final inspection.



10 YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE MURDER OF GREENVILLE ATTORNEY

It was late on the afternoon of August 12, 1996 when a Greenville man shot and killed his ex-wife’s attorney at close range.  For those involved in the Tom Meyer murder case those ten years have gone by quickly.  Kelly McGinnis is nine-and-a-half years into a 60 year sentence he is serving in Menard Correctional Center for killing Meyer.  He has a projected parole date of November 2031.  McGinnis was additionally sentenced to ten years by a Fayette County jury for firing a shotgun into the desk of his attorney, Larry LeFevre of Vandalia.  McGinnis had targeted Meyer, LeFevre and Judge Ann Callis believing they had conspired against him in his divorce case and child custody hearing. 

Bond County Circuit Clerk John King was Greenville Chief of Police in 1996 and also a close personal friend of Tom Meyer.  He told WGEL that he still misses the opportunity to pick up the phone and talk to his friend.  From a professional standpoint, King admits that the time from August 12 until November 6 when McGinnis was captured was stressful for he and his officers.  Meyer’s murder and McGinnis’ ability to escape capture attracted media attention to the case. 

McGinnis’ children were attending Greenville schools at the time.  King said McGinnis’ flight from police brought many things to light…including school security.  Because cell phones were not as prevalent ten years ago, teachers at the Greenville Elementary School were given two-way radios and the building was essentially placed under lockdown.

King said courthouse security was also re-evaluated.  He said one tough lesson was learned ten years ago. With Tom Meyer's murder, attorneys and judges realized that they could potentially be targets for violence. 

Along with his private practice, Tom Meyer was also the attorney for the city of Greenville and was involved in the Greenville Airport Authority Board. 

McGinnis paid two visits to his attorney’s office in Vandalia.  The first came in September but he was unable to get past a locked door.  It was during the second one in November 1996 that he fired shots at Larry LeFevre’s unoccupied desk.  LeFevre had been hiding since McGinnis’ first attempt to find him.  As he left, McGinnis was arrested by Vandalia police. 




GRAND FINALE FOR THE BOND COUNTY FAIR

It's the final day of the 2006 Bond County Fair.  Tumblers will be performing across from the Community Building at 5:30; the Carnival opens at 6PM; the big parade kicks off at 7PM; and the evening concludes with the Battle of the Bands in the Grandstand hosted by Big Jeff and the Smokers. 


4H LIVESTOCK AUCTION

WGEL's Joe Doll was at the 50TH Anniversary 4-H Auction last night at the Bond County fair and files this report: 

Some 50 area businesses and individuals were winning bidders at last night's auction and a total of $53,720.50 was paid for steers, barrows, wethers, goats, rabbits and milk products raised by 4-H members.  Another successful 4-H Auction at the Fair last night.



ADAMS IS MISS BOND COUNTY 2006

The Miss Bond County Fair Queen Pageant was held Monday night.  There were ten young ladies competing for the title.  Shortly past 9pm, emcee Scott Morrison made the announcement of this year’s queen…Cari Adams.

Cari is the 18 year old daughter of Gary and Mary Adams of Greenville and will be a sophomore this year at McKendree College.  1st runner up and Miss Photogenic was Whitney Loughary; 2nd runner up was Ashley Slatton; and 3rd runner up was Kayla Sanders who also was named Best Evening Gown.  Other awards were April Daniken, Miss Congeniality and Rachelle Daniken, Fair Participation.  You can see Miss Bond County 2006, Cari Adams, and her court tonight during the parade.

  fair winner

Pictured left to right: Kayla Sanders, Ashley Slatton, Miss Bond County Cari Adams, and Whitney Loughary.



TWO DEPARTMENTS BATTLE FIELD FIRE

A brush fire that got out of control brought out two area departments Monday afternoon.  The Greenville Fire Protection District was called to the Hollie Willmann residence on Dudleyville Road where the fire had spread to a field.  Smithboro firefighters provided mutual aid.  Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.


NEW DORM POSSIBLY IN THE WORKS FOR GREENVILLE COLLEGE

As reported earlier by WGEL, Greenville College is hoping to build a new residence hall this year due to the increasing enrollment numbers.  The site for the new dorm has not yet been confirmed, but will likely be on the northern side of Oak St. between Spruce and Prairie where there is currently a parking lot. Greenville College President Jim Mannoia said they are continually trying to prevent too much intrusion into the community, therefore the parking lot will be expanded to the north.  The college has also found ways to re-arrange current parking lots so that additional spots would be available.  Mannoia said that the long-term master plan calls for some additional changes that will remove some buildings in order to put in some grassy areas.  He advised that this change can not happen immediately as other buildings need to be built first to house some other functions.

And with Greenville College still growing, Mannoia said he was glad to explain to people that this is an exciting development, and the growth has been wonderful for the college and the community.  Mannoia stated that Greenville College continues to be careful with its expansion so that it impacts people in negative ways only minimally.


OBITUARIES

RAYMOND HECKMAN

Raymond Heckman, age 74 of Greenville, passed away Monday afternoon at St. Louis University Hospital.  Arrangements are incomplete at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. 


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