8-09-2006 




NEW TECHNOLOGY AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

Greenville Regional Hospital now offers a powerful new diagnostic imaging tool for physicians known as PET/CT.  This hybrid technology combines the strengths of two well-established imaging formats in one session to more accurately diagnose and locate cancers while increasing patient comfort. 

PET/CT is provided at Greenville Regional Hospital through an agreement with Shared Medical Services of Madison, Wisconsin.  Medical personnel from Shared will administer PET/CT scans in a modular unit located near the entrance to the hospital’s community room. 

Greenville Regional’s Imaging Services Manager, Paul File, commented that a PET/CT scan is noninvasive, painless, and takes about thirty minutes.  It reduces the number of scanning sessions a patient must undergo.  While PET/CT is primarily used in cancer treatment, it also has applications in cardiology and brain imaging.

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Paul File and the PET/CT Scanner



PARADE AGAIN A BIG DRAW

The Bond County Fair Parade again proved to be the biggest draw of the seven-day event.  A large crowd began packing the grounds well over an hour before the parade's 7PM start.  Float winners were:

Business, Professional Built: Bradford Bank for the Little Miss Float

Business, Non-Professional Built: Floral Designs by Cindy

Church/Club/Organization, Non-Professional Built: 1st Christian Church

Kids Wagon or Float:  Miranda Barnhart and Mary Kate Long

Kids Bicycle:  Beth Barnhart





COUNTY CONDUCTS SURPLUS PROPERTY AUCTION

Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss opened bids last Friday for the county’s Surplus Property Auction.  Weiss told WGEL that 24 parcels were available with many of those in Pleasant Mound and Shoal Creek Townships.  Thirteen sealed bids were received on eleven parcels.  The minimum bid was $655 per parcel.  The bids have been forwarded to the county’s tax agent in Edwardsville where they will be reviewed and finalized.  Weiss told WGEL the sale of these parcels allows them to return to the county’s tax rolls. 


SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL HAVE MEDIATORS HELP WITH CONTRACTS

Mediators have been requested to help with contract negotiations in two area school districts.  Unit 2 Superintendent Melanie Allyn told WGEL that a mediator will work with the school board and the teacher’s union to iron out a contract for the certified staff.  A date for that session has not been set and the teacher’s contract expired June 30.  Allyn said she is hopeful that a deal can be worked out soon.

Highland District 5 teachers and school administrators will also sit down with a mediator in hopes of resolving their contract impasse.  The two sides last met on July 19 and the contract for Highland teachers expires in two weeks. 



KASKASKIA COLLEGE MOVING AHEAD WITH ONE-STOP CENTER

Kaskaskia College recently completed the acquisition of the former CVS building in Centralia.  It will now house two new centers for the College.  The Institute for Entrepreneurial Success will combine KC's Illinois Small Business Development Center, educational programs, business incubator, consulting services and expertise to entrepreneurs.  The Institute is being put together by the College, South Central Illinois Growth Alliance, K-12 Educators, KC faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, local entrepreneurs, and the KC University Alliance.  The other center, The Crossroads Workforce Investment Board's (CWIB) One-Stop Consortium, will accommodate several agencies and partners.  KC President Dr. Jim Underwood says the college is excited to be part of the project and feels these programs will be a great asset to the community and the area.

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COUNCIL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY

Because of the Bond County Fair Parade falling on their regular meeting tonight, the Greenville City Council will meet tonight at 7PM.  Among the items on the agenda: discussion of a water and sewer rate increase and consideration of a five-ton load limit on Beaumont Avenue.  Due to excessive truck traffic, Beaumont is deteriorating faster than normal.  The council will also discuss adding cats to the existing animal ordinance.  The change would establish procedures and fees for the release of an impounded cat. 


OBITUARIES

Raymond M. Heckman

Raymond M. Heckman, age 74 of Greenville, passed away Monday morning at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with interment with full military honors in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Raymond Morris Heckman, the son of Laurel and Oradelle File Heckman, was born on  September 18, 1931 in Greenville. He grew up here and attended Central School. He answered his countries call by joining the Army before he was old enough. That did not last long and when he was old enough he joined the Marines and served overseas during the Korean Crisis. He was honorably discharged and returned to Greenville where he worked for Thermo King and Highland Box Board. He worked for as a Police Dispatcher then joined the Greenville Post Office working as letter carrier for 28 years retiring in 1990. As a side line he had worked for many years as carpenter doing home repairs. In retirement he and Phyllis did Wood Crafts for 20 years.

Raymond and Phyllis J. Brown were united in marriage on August 22, 1954 in Greenville and enjoyed over 51 years together. She survives as do their two children, Bradley M. Heckman of Greenville and Sharon, Mrs. Roger Snively of Macon, four grandchildren: Ashley Heckman, Adam Snively, Jason Heckman and Ethan Snively, and one great grandson Gunner Heckman.

Raymond is preceded in death by his parents brother Donald and sister Debbie. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the Greenville First Christian Church.
Memorials to the First Christian Church

Clarence E. Hubbell

Clarence E. Hubbell age 91 of north of Greenville, passed away Tuesday August 8th, 2006 at Fair Oaks. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Internment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitiation will be held on Saturday from 11am until service time at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or Bond County Hospice.


 

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