9-01-2006

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GROUNDBREAKING HELD ON ETHANOL PLANT

Groundbreaking was held Thursday of the Center Ethanol Company, LLC’s new $100 million ethanol production facility.  The new biorefinery, to be built near the town of Sauget is creating about 35 new permanent jobs, as well as 250,000 worker-hours of construction jobs.  The Governor recently announced nearly $5.7 million in grants and tax credits for the new biorefinery.

The groundbreaking follows the Governor’s announcement last week of his energy independence plan to replace 50% of the state’s current supply of imported oil with renewable homegrown biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel.

The facility will produce 54 million gallons of ethanol per year, use more than 19 million bushels of corn annually and produce about 160,000 tons of livestock feed each year.


BEAUMONT AVE TO BE RESURFACED AT A COST OF $320,000

The Greenville City Council conducted a lively discussion last night about resurfacing Beaumont Avenue. The usual resurfacing, last done 14 years ago, would cost the city about 150 thousand dollars. However the consulting engineers, The HMG Company, recommended a more comprehensive job which would require milling off all the old asphalt down to the original brick surface and applying a fabric liner with the new asphalt. That process would run about 290 thousand dollars plus 30 thousand for the engineering work. City Manager Dave Willey recommended doing the more comprehensive overlay, as the engineers believe most of the old asphalt has deteriorated.

The council voted to accept the engineering contract. HMG will begin advertising for bids next week and should have bids ready for opening and consideration at a special city council meeting on September 25th. That would allow construction to began in October. It was pointed out that construction would take place in the middle of harvest, and Beaumont gets a lot of incoming grain truck traffic. The city manager said that had been taken into consideration and with good weather the construction should take two but no more that 3 weeks. The entire council agreed it was past time to resurface Beaumont Avenue.


PSA TESTING OFFERED IN SEPTEMBER AT A REDUCED RATE

Greenville Regional Hospital and the Bond County Health Department have partnered to raise awareness of prostate cancer.  During the month of September, the Bond County Health Department will offer PSA or prostate specific antigen testing for the reduced fee of $20.  The Greenville Regional Hospital laboratory will analyze the blood samples.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men should receive the PSA test annually, beginning at age 50.  Men at high risk, however, should begin testing at age 45. Men at high risk include African Americans and men who have a close relative who had prostate cancer before age 65.

PSA testing will be performed by blood draw and will be conducted at the Bond County Health Department at 503 South Prairie Street in Greenville.



COAL COMPANY MEETS WITH FOUR COUNTIES

The Drummond Company recently hosted a meeting at the Depot Restaurant in Vandalia for representatives of four counties.  Drummond owns coal rights in Fayette, Montgomery, Shelby and Christian counties and is developing plans to resurrect the coal mining industry in the region.  One of the speakers was Garry N. Drummond, CEO for the Alabama-based company.

WGEL spoke with Fayette County Board chairman Dean Black who felt encouraged by what the Drummond people had to say.  They assured those attending that they do not want to take advantage of anyone and want to work with the Farm Bureau and Soil & Water Conservation departments.  Black said he felt very positive about what's happening based on this meeting and others he's had with Drummond representatives.

Black said Drummond has not given any timetable as to when work would begin; however, he feels sure that the company will eventually be mining in all four counties.  Among those in attendance were county board members, state's attorneys, and mayors from Fayette, Montgomery, Shelby and Christian counties. 






JUVENILE CHARGED WITH ALLEGED ROLE IN BURGLARY

Three charges have been filed in Bond County court on a 16-year-old male juvenile from Greenville.  The youth was charged with alleged Residential Burglary, Burglary, and Theft over $300 involving a March break-in at a home on Idler Lane.  Taken were musical instruments, sound equipment, an X-box, and Playstation. 


JUVENILE SENTENCED ON BATTERY CHARGES

A fifteen-year-old male juvenile has been sentenced to 15 months supervision on two counts of Aggravated Battery.  The incident happened earlier this week at Mulberry Grove High School when the boy struck another male student in the face with his fist.  He then shoved a school administrator in the chest.  The 15-year-old was also ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.


BUILDING SUPPLIES STOLEN

Mark Schellenger of Donnellson reported to Bond County deputies that some trim coil was stolen from his barn.  The coil is used for soffit and fascia siding.  It was valued at $800.





AUGUST RAIN TOTALS BELOW AVERAGE

The August rain totals for Greenville were below the average for the month.  City rain gauges measured 2.63 inches at the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Route 40, 2.79 at 6th Street, and 2.26 at Idler Lane and Route 140.  The ten-year average is 3.38 inches.  The wettest August in the last ten years came in 2000 when 6.43 inches fell.  Rain was recorded on nine days during the month. 


SPORTS

Tonight's High School Football Broadcast Schedule.

7PM: Greenville Comets at Gillespie

Following the Greenville Game: Highland hosting Marion


OBITUARIES

No New Local Obituaries


WEATHER

Saturday: Parly Cloudy-30-40% of Showers-High: 75-Low: 63

Sunday: Mostly Cloudy-30% of Showers-High: 74-Low: 60


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program.  Our guest this week is Tanya Hilpert, Program Director of the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Tanya will be talking to us about the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit and what it offers. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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