9-12-2006 



PIE AUCTION TOTALS

WGEL thanks all of our celebrity pie bakers in the Great Celebrity Pie Auction 2006…Mike Gauch, Ryan Bauer, Alan Gaffner, Randy Alderman, Lou Lorton, John King, Todd Cantrill, Aaron Duff, Darryl Bolen, Joe Doll, Mike O’Boyle, Dave Willey, Mike Suess, Gary Brauns, Steve Darbyshire, Ryan Mifflin, Jim Hayes, Chris Bauer, Cari Adams, Chuck Reed, and Steve Schmitt.  They raised a total of $6,879 for the Bond County Relay for Life.  Thanks to all our bidders and buyers for making this year’s pie auction another success.



LOCAL RESIDENT RECALLS RECENT VISIT TO NY

September 11, 2001 has joined the list of tragic days in American history that evoke instant memories.  Like the Pearl Harbor attack, the assassination of President Kennedy, or the Challenger explosion, we all can recall what we were doing on that morning when terrorists attacked the United States.  WGEL was in the middle of its Pie Auction fund raiser with Greenville College president James Mannoia as our on-air guest when we began getting the first reports of a plane hitting the World Trade Center. 

Greenville resident Pat King and her daughter Amy visited New York last month.  The World Trade Center site was one of the first things they saw during their shuttle bus ride from the airport to the hotel.  They later returned during a bus tour for a second look.

Pat shared with WGEL her thoughts about the experience which she described as “emotional.”  While others got off the bus for a close-up look at Ground Zero, Pat and Amy opted not to.  She said that the majority of the clean-up is complete and the area is again “vibrant” adding that in some ways there are no signs of the devastation from five years ago.  They also visited the nearby church where many of the wounded had been brought to for treatment.

Pat and Amy had a sobering reminder of the War on Terror before they even left St. Louis.  Pat said their flight to New York was the same day that a large terror plot was foiled in London.  Upon their arrival at Lambert Airport, they were told that liquids were no longer allowed on the plane.  Pat said they had intended to bring some Ginger Ale along but had to repack their luggage before boarding the plane. 


TRAFFIC DETAIL RESULTS IN SEVERAL ARRESTS

The Bond County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of several agencies including the South Central Drug Task Force and Greenville K-9 unit conducted several traffic stops Thursday on I-70 in the Mulberry Grove area.  At least five arrests involving cannabis, controlled substance, or drug equipment were made.  So far, four people have been charged in Bond County court.  The include:

31-year-old Chana M. Martin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

25-year-old David R. Guinn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

26-year-old Caleb J. Moore of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

43-year-old Richard M. Terhune of Fishers, Indiana

All were charged with Unlawful Possession with Intent To Deliver Cannabis.  An officer with the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force told WGEL that Thursday's effort resulted in the confiscation of seven-and-a-half pounds of marijuana from one vehicle and two-and-a-half pounds from another. 




CITY COUNCIL TO MEET TUESDAY

The Greenville City Council will meet Tonight at 7:30PM at the Municipal Building.  Their agenda includes several items related to road improvements including approval of an IDOT joint agreement for federal funding of the Grigg Street project; adoption of a resolution loaning $100,000 from the General Fund to the Industrial Overpass Fund for design engineering payments; and designation of Peterson Industrial Drive as a Class III truck route. 

The council will also consider a smoking policy for city employees and possible revisions to the sign ordinance. 


TIRE COLLECTION TOTAL JUST UNDER 10,000

The Bond County Highway Department was the resting-place for used tires on Friday and Saturday.  The Bond County Health Department and the Illinois EPA co-sponsored the tire collection as 9,700 passenger-vehicle equivalent tires were dropped off by 164 participants.  As WGEL reported on Saturday, the tires will be recycled as fuel for a concrete kiln, landscaping material, and a variety of other uses.  Tom Melvin, Bond County sanitarian, told WGEL another used tire collection will likely be held in two years. 

TIRE RECYCLE



SUBJECT CITED FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT

According to Greenville police Friday around 10:20 a.m. a pick up truck driven by Brent Louis Worker, age 20, of Sorento allegedy hit the rear of another pick up driven by Russell F. Dowell, of Mulberry Grove, at the light at the intersection of Harris and Elm in Greenville. Police allege Worker then pulled around the Dowell vehicle and left the scene. Dowell followed Worker for approximately 25 miles to a residence in Montgomery County.  Worker told police he could not stop due to the fact he has no front brakes and then he drove away and tried to avoid a police report because he has no insurance on his truck. 

Brent Worker was issued 6 citations including alleged leaving the scene of an accident, operating a vehicle with defective brakes, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to reduce speed and an expired registration. According to the police report both vehicles sustained over 500 dollars in damages.  


MAN HOLDS AUTHORITIES AT BAY FOR AROUND THREE HOURS

An Effingham teenager was involved in a stand-off with police for nearly three hours Monday afternoon.  Effingham police were attempting to arrest 19-year-old David L. Verdeyen on an outstanding warrant when he allegedly placed a 38 caliber revolver to his head.  State police report that Verdeyen then walked for several blocks with the gun to his own head.  He eventually turned himself over to police negotiators without further incident. 



ALDERMAN AND FOHNE ARE NEW GHS ROYALTY

Homecoming week is underway at Greenville High School.  During a ceremony Monday morning, Jill Alderman was named Queen and Josh Fohne the King for Homecoming.  The assembly began with a moment of silence in remembrance of the 5th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on America.  During the program, a video was shown of the high school students in class and around campus.  It will be a busy week of Homecoming activities culminating with Friday's game versus Vandalia. 


LARGE CROWD SUPPORTS FUNDRAISER FOR FORMER OFFICER

Around 500 tickets were sold for a recent fundraiser to benefit former Greenville police sergeant Paul Omelson.  The event was sponsored by the Freeburg Police Department which Omelson has been a member of for over fifteen years.  He was recently diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.  The dinner and auction raised over $28,000 to assist with Omelson's medical expenses.  The Freeburg Police Department sends its thanks to everyone who participated.  He served on the Greenville Police Department from 1981 through 1990. 


SPORTS

TUESDAY (9/12) SPORTS

HS GOLF
The Lady Comets were outshot by Belleville West 194 to 201.  Chelsi Braye was Greenville’s top golfer with a 46.

The Comets shot a 176 and finished second behind Alton Marquette’s 175.  Scott Eaton had a 41.  Adam Simmonds had a birdie and Scott Eaton 6 pars. 


OBITUARIES

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