09-18-2006

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FATAL ACCIDENT ON POKEY ROAD

At 9:10 PM Saturday, the Bond County Sheriff's Department received a report of a single vehicle accident south of Pocahontas. Larry N. Boente, age 64, of Carlyle, IL was fatally injured when his 2004 Chevrolet pick-up left the road and rolled over.  Pocahontas EMS was on the scene and advised the Sheriff's Deputy that Boente was partially trapped under the left front door area.

The accident occurred on Pokey Road about 1/2 mile North of Dolls Orchard Road. The pick-up was southbound when the vehicle made a hard right turn causing it to begin a sideways skid.  It then hit the west ditch, struck an embankment, became airborne, and upon landing, rolled over onto its top. Boente was partially ejected between the door and the cab of the truck during the accident.


GHS HOMECOMING PARADE IS A SWEET SUCCESS

Greenville high school students worked all week on their floats for Friday’s Homecoming Parade and the end result was one of the best parades in recent memory.  Retired teacher Pat Young served as the parade marshal and both the high school and Greenville Junior High marching bands participated.  There were numerous floats representing the various classes, clubs, and organizations.  Many of them cleverly utilized the “candy” theme including “Kiss The Vandals Goodbye,” “Zero Tolerance For the Vandals,” and one that played off the Snickers motto… “Hungry, Why Wait?  Grab a Vandal.” 

The annual homecoming festivities included the coronation of the king and queen, the snake dance, class games, and Friday’s game versus Vandalia.

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POW-MIA CEREMONY HELD THURSDAY

The VFW Post 1377 Ladies Auxiliary conducted a POW-MIA ceremony Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial on the courthouse grounds.  The program featured the playing of the National Anthem and then a flower and wreath laying ceremony.

Auxiliary chaplain Cheryl Buchanan shared a prayer for the prisoners of war and those missing in action.  Bill Kendall led the ceremony in which symbolic flowers and a wreath were laid at the base of the American flag.  Kendall explained the significance of the colors of the flag.  Empty chairs veiled with the emblems of each of the branches of service represented the POWs and MIAs.  This year marks the 92nd anniversary of the founding of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in America.

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JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF DEFENDANTS IN ACORN SUIT

Judge Richard Tognarelli has ruled in favor of the City of Greenville and the Bond County Sheriff's Department in a lawsuit involving a woman who slipped outside the jail.  On October 30, 1999, Leah Bradford was dropping something off at the Sheriff's Department.  As she left, Bradford cut across a grassy slope in front of the jail, slipped, and fell.  In her suit, she contended that leaves, twigs, and acorns on the slope had caused her fall.  The city of Greenville owns the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the street. 

Judge Tognarelli ruled that the sidewalk was available for use and that the leaves and acorns on the ground were "open and obvious."  He added that the "magnitude of guarding against such injuries is far too great a burden to be sustained" by either defendant.  Bradford had sought in excess of $50,000 from each defendant.

                   
 
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UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION PREVIEW

The Bond County Community Unit 2 Board of Education will meet in closed session tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Unit Office.  The board's regular monthly meeting begins at 7PM as they will receive  retirement and resignation requests and approve a Serious Safety Hazard Resolution and an overnight trip to Indianapolis for FFA.  The board will also review the 2007 budget.


PLAN COMMISSION MEETING PREVIEW

The Greenville Plan Commission will meet tonight at 8pm.  The commission will hear two requests.  The first is to rezone property on West Willard Street from M-2 Manufacturing to R-1 Single Family Residential.  The second is to rezone lots in the Greenwood Addition from R-3 Multi-Family Residential to B-2 Business.


LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CREATE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN IN OTHER COUNTRIES

Art students at Greenville High School have created a link with children across the globe over the past two years.  Created by Ben Schumaker, The Memory Project allows American students in Art programs to create "Books of Hope" and "Memory Portraits" for children living in orphanages in other countries. 

Mary Beth Kuenstler, GHS Art Teacher, said that students have worked with this project since the inception two years ago.  She commented that students love the program and have created anywhere from 75-100 books at this point.  Students must look at an age range for their book, come up with an idea, sketch it out and put it all together.  Once the books are finished, Kuenstler gets an address from Schumaker and sends the books off.

Several GHS Art students have been involved in the project including Jamie Hoag who said that it's been a great experience to give something to kids outside of our country. Katie Hinkle commented on how fun the project was and how she knew it would make a little kid happy.  Caily Flick said she's being involved in the Memory Project for two years and feels good knowing that each book gives little kids something to have and keep for themselves.  Tasha Buchmiller has produced two books about a snail and says the whole project has been very fun and has really enjoyed doing it.

Kuenstler commented on the reaction of the orphanages receiving the books and how they had received a wonderful thank-you note from Nepal.  She said they were overwhelmed at how beautiful and individualized the books were.  Kuenstler also said it has been very important self-esteem wise for students and their humanitarian efforts in reaching out to something beyond Greenville, beyond Bond County. 

Kuenstler and her students are very excited to be involved with the "Books of Hope" again this year and has considered working with the "Memory Portraits".  Greenville High School Art students will continue this project for as long as they can.


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SALEM RESIDENTS RETURNING HOME AFTER DERAILMENT

All residents near the scene of a train derailment in Salem, Illinois, are back in their homes as of Friday morning.  About 20 cars jumped the tracks near Salem shortly after 4:00 Thursday afternoon, forcing the shutdown of a stretch of I-57.  Residents in a half-mile radius were evacuated because some of the cars were carrying potentially hazardous chemicals.  No one was injured.  The cause of the derailment is still not known.


SPINACH RECALL DUE TO OUTBREAK OF E COLI

According to officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health, preliminary evidence suggests that bagged fresh spinach is a possible cause of an outbreak of E. coli. So far no cases have been reported in Illinois but 8 states have reported cases including Indiana. E. coli causes diarrhea. Most healthy adults can recover within a week but the effects can cause kidney failure and possible death especially in older adults and children. The Illinois Department of Health advise people to err on the side of caution and not eat bagged fresh spinach. Locally Bob at Capri IGA and Scott at Super Value told WGEL that they had pulled their bagged spinach from the shelves and if you have bagged spinach purchased at either store you can return it and receive a refund.

MONDAY SPORTS

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The Comets are 4-0 on the season as they defeated Vandalia 44-19 in Friday’s homecoming game.  Nick Koonce scored three times and Josh Hulvey had two touchdowns while Derek Atchison returned an interception for 42 yards for another TD.  Greenville also scored on a safety. 

The Highland Bulldogs lost to Jerseyville 27-25. 

In other scores:

Breese Central 42       Carlyle 7
Mater Dei 41              Freeburg 0
Litchfield 27               Pana 0
Hillsboro 31                Staunton 0


OBITUARIES

GLADYS LUCILLE ZELLE

Gladys Lucille Zeller, age 64 of Greenville and formerly of Old Ripley, passed away Friday, September 15, 2006 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Brown Cemetery.  Visitation for Gladys Zeller will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Gladys Lucille Zeller, the daughter of the late Clarence E. and Nancy (VonBurg) Zeller, was born November 16, 1941 in Old Ripley, Illinois.  She grew up there, attending the public schools and working on the family farm. 

Ms. Zeller moved to Greenville and then to Edwardsville.  The past 10 months she has been a resident at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.

She was a long time member of the Old Ripley Church of Christ in Old Ripley.  She enjoyed participating in various activities and the Red Hat Society.

Gladys is survived by her sisters Nelda Hedger, Ethel Henke, and Mabel Boatright.  Sister-in-Law Aura Plunkett and husband James.  5 nieces and nephews and 5 great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Donald J. Zeller.

Memorials may be made to the Fair Oaks Nursing Home Activity Department, Old Ripley Church of Christ or the Donor's Choice.

DONALD BOURGEOIS

Donald Bourgeois, the son of Earl Henry and Aline Stearns Bourgeois, was born on February 1, 1934 in Greenville. He grew up here and attended the Greenville Schools. He worked for National U.S. Radiator, Crane Airconditioning, and Thermo King. He answered his countries call by joining the Army in 1956 serving 14 months overseas in Africa. He was honorably discharged in 1958. He began working for LaClede Steel in Alton in 1964 and worked for 31 years retiring in 1996.

Donald and Roya M. Bauer were united in marriage on September 13, 1958 at the First Baptist Church in Greenville and have enjoyed over 48 years together, she survives as do their three sons: Michael D. Bourgeois of Greenville, Fred E. (Rae Jean) Bourgeois of Greenville, and Larry L. (Teresa) Bourgeois, of Sorento, 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and two brothers: Larry (Ruth) Bourgeois of Smyrna, TN and Bill (Barbara) Bourgeois of Roseville, Michigan.

Don was a member of the Labor Local at LaClede Steel and the Wisetown Baptist Church.
Memorials to the Bond County Hospice.

VELERA JACKSON

Velera Jackson, age 91 of Staunton, passed away Friday at 3:55am at Anderson Hsopital in Maryville. The Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements. A private family graveside service will be held today at Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento.


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