ETHANOL PLANT STILL A POSSIBILITY FOR BOND COUNTY
During Tuesday’s Greenville city council meeting, City Manager Dave Willey mentioned that he felt discussions with perspective ethanol clients were getting closer. Willey told WGEL that they have talked with six or more prospects interested in the construction and operation of an ethanol plant. Several locations have been offered inside and outside the city limits.
According to Willey, all of the ethanol developers have a checklist of requirements but not all of those lists are the same. The essential issues are rail and highway access, water service availability, corn supply, and whether incentives are available. Once a site is selected, there is a lengthy permit process before ground can be broken for an ethanol plant.
Vandalia city officials have indicated that they feel very confident that an ethanol plant will be located near their west I-70 interchange. With the increased interest in ethanol, several plants are expected to develop in Illinois in the years to come.
HUMANE SOCIETY MAKES APPEARANCE ON TV PROGRAM
Several members of the Bond County Humane Society made an appearance in late August on KSDK’s “Today In St. Louis.” Twelve volunteers ranging in age from 14 to 87 got up bright and early to be in St. Louis by 6 a.m. when the program goes on the air. The Humane Society members brought along signs promoting their organization and the September 16th “Paws In The Park” event. A four-legged friend also made a guest appearance. Comet, a puppy that the Bond County Humane Society has available for adoption, made a big impression on the show’s co-host, Jennifer Blome. The organization is reporting that since their appearance on “Today In St. Louis” they have received several applications to adopt through their website.
CITY APPROVES SHORELINE BID
The Greenville City Council Tuesday night approved a $274,492 bid from Mid America Dredging for shoreline stabilization at Governor Bond Lake. The engineer's estimate for the project was around $20,000 less than the low bid. The city received just two bids for the project, which includes rip-rap around 4,000 feet of shoreline south of the railroad trestle and the area of the water treatment plant. The work will only be on city-owned property and is being funded primarily through the Clean Lakes grant program. The project could begin within the next two weeks.
COUNTY ZONING BOARD APPROVES REQUESTS
The Bond County Zoning Board of Appeals approved seven of the eight requests they heard Tuesday night. The board okayed four special use permits for mobile homes and one special use permit for a small business in an agricultural area. Jeff Hulvey was given permission to repair high voltage switches on his property along Dudleyville Road. All of the special use requests will require final approval from the Bond County Board.
Zoning also approved two variances while turning down a third. Billy Curtis was seeking permission to sell 3.26 acres of an 8.26 acre tract in Old Ripley Township. A variance is required for the sale of less than five acres and the request was denied.
RELAY FOR LIFE OVERVIEW
The Bond County Relay for Life is Friday, September 15th
at the Bond County Fairgrounds. Registration will open at 4:00 p.m. with a survivor reception in the Community Building at 4:30 p.m. The food court opens at 5:00 p.m.
At 6:00 p.m. the opening ceremony begins. During the opening ceremony the introduction of teams will be made followed by the survivor ceremony including survivor introduction and an honorary lap. Relay laps start at 7:00 p.m. and Larry Eyman’s Country Club will be performing at the Entertainment Building.
The Luminary Ceremony starts at 9:00 p.m. and the last lap of Relay 2006 will be at 5:45 a.m. with the closing ceremony at 6:00 a.m.
Survivors can use the west gate to enter and park near the Community Building. Survivors are invited out to the Relay and you do not have to be registered to attend, however you can sign up at the event. Josh Rench and Friends will perform for the survivors. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs as seating is limited.
MAN SAYS HE WAS SHOT IN THE LEG WHILE IN EAST ST. LOUIS
Smithboro First Responders and the Bond County Sheriff's Department responded Tuesday morning to a call concerning a man who had been shot in the leg. Emergency personnel went to a residence on Hookdale Lane and found a Madison County man who had sustained a gun wound. He was taken by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital. The victim told a Bond County deputy that he had allegedly been shot while in East St. Louis earlier in the morning. The case was turned over to East St. Louis police
WEST NILE CASES STATEWIDE CONTINUE TO RISE
The State of Illinois has had its third West Nile death this year. The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a Cook County woman in her 90's is the latest West Nile fatality. A Bond County man in his 80's died from West Nile last month. Twenty-eight new human cases of the virus have been reported bringing the total to 94. Nearly all of the new cases are residents of Chicago or Cook County. Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, encourages everyone to take special care to prevent mosquito bites. Although the summer is coming to a close, many people wrongly believe that the threat of West Nile virus has lessened.
EARLY DISMISSAL FOR HOMECOMING
The Unit 2 School District will have an early dismissal Friday (9/15) for a school improvement teacher workshop. The dismissal schedule is 12:30PM for the Greenville Elementary, Pocahontas Center, and Sorento Center; 12:35PM for Greenville Junior High; and 12:37PM for the high school. All morning KRP classes will run a regular schedule but afternoon KRP classes will not be in session.
The Comets were winners 2-1 over Staunton in overtime. Zach Nolker scored on a penalty kick and Trevor Suess in the first overtime with Nolker assisting. Dillon Heitzig recorded six saves in goal.
The Aces defeated Ramsey 6-2 on Tuesday as Aaron Kendall got the win. He also had three hits and scored three runs.
JR HIGH BASEBALL
The Bluejays won 7-3 over Carlyle. Kyle Washburn was the winning pitcher. Brady Huber and Dylan Jackson each had two hits.
84 year-old Bernice Bost, of Fillmore, passed away Tuesday September 12th at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Funeral services for 84 year-old Bernice Bost will be held Friday (9/15) at 10:00 a.m. at the Fillmore United Methodist Church. Burial in Glendale Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday (9/14) from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.
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