09-19-2006 



FIRST CASE OF E.COLI IN ILLINOIS RELATED TO SPINACH

An elderly woman from north-central Illinois is the first state resident to have contracted E. Coli from the national outbreak associated with the consumption of bagged spinach.  She was hospitalized in late August with a form of kidney failure and had a history of consuming fresh spinach.  Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, warns about the outbreak of E. Coli in multiple states and advises people to err on the side of caution and not to eat fresh spinach or products containing spinach. To date more than 100 cases of illness have been reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three lawsuits were filed in Wisconsin, Oregon and Utah on Monday on behalf of residents and children who became ill with the E. Coli strain after eating spinach.  The law firm Marler-Clark in Seattle says they currently represent 20 people and are investigating more around the country.  To date, one person in Wisconsin has died from this outbreak.


RELAY TOTAL SURPASSES 54K

Although the number of participating teams was down from previous years, the 2006 Bond County Relay for Life generated $54,905 for the American Cancer Society.  Over $11,000 of that amount came from corporate sponsors.  There were thirteen teams and The Just Us group was the top money maker with $8,279 followed by Touched By Angels in 2nd place and Orange Crush in third.  The top three individuals were Jerry McCray with $1,705 followed by Rick Wilkerson and Jason Koontz. 

This year’s theme was “The Groovy 70’s” and the crowd was entertained in the opening ceremony by Kim Lugge’s 4th grade music students performing a medley of 60s and 70s songs.  Chairman Andi Rule, in her second year in that role, talked about how cancer had affected her family and friends.  She said that she wished for a cancer-free world for her grandchildren.  Sally Stone spoke about the “Look Good, Feel Better” program for women with cancer and featured speaker Nancy Royer Green talked about her battle with inflammatory breast cancer.

Cancer survivors again led the traditional opening lap of the Relay.  Representatives from each team walked until 5:45 Saturday morning as a show of solidarity with cancer patients.  Participants enjoyed food and games throughout the evening.

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SURVIVOR WALK DURING OPENING CEREMONY

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WGEL's own John Goldsmith and Joe Doll swap hats for a day and raised $500 for Relay for Life



GREEN SHARES HER CANCER STORY AT RELAY

It is said to be one of the rarest forms of cancer and those attending Friday’s opening ceremony of the Bond County Relay for Life learned more about it from the featured speaker.  Nancy Royer Green was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer the week of September 11, 2001.  Green explained that 19 of 20 lymph nodes showed signs of cancer and she was initially given a 4 percent chance of survival. 

She talked to WGEL about how rare a form of cancer it is.  Nancy has been told that there have not been enough survivors for clinical research.  This is because they have been misdiagnosed and the cancer can develop to a stage three of four within two weeks. 

When she first got the diagnosis, Nancy went on-line but found only four web sites that even mention inflammatory breast cancer.  The information was all written by the same person.  She believes her survival is because of the research and contributions made everyday to the American Cancer Society.

Nancy Royer Green has done a lot of public speaking on her battle with cancer and the importance of connecting with the right team of doctors.  Nancy and her husband have volunteered to chair the 2007 Relay for Life.




GREENVILLE MAN'S KICKING TOE WINS USE OF NEW TRUCK

Sometimes experience can make a difference.  For Tommy Simpson of Greenville, his background playing football at Greenville College led to his winning a two-year lease of a 2006 F-150 from Taylor Derrick Ford.  The promotion was part of Ford's Punt, Pass, and Kick contest in which one person was drawn at random from the registration box during Friday's Comet homecoming game.  That person was Simpson and he was permitted one pass, one punt, and then one kick to move the ball from one goal post to the other. 

WGEL's John Goldsmith talked with Tommy Simpson about Friday night's contest.  He said he was "shaking like a leaf" but knew that with his experience, he would never live it down if he missed the kick.  Simpson said it was a 30-yard field goal attempt, which is common to kickers, and that his main concern was not the distance but his accuracy.

Simpson said he generally doesn't win contests and wasn't even going to enter until friends encouraged him to do so.  He said that he hasn't received any offers from football teams looking for a new kicker.


"NUNSENSE" A BIG HIT

A big shout out for a wonderful time Saturday and Sunday at the Greenville High School auditorium. The musical comedy Nunsense was presented by a talented hard working group of Greenville high school teachers.  The two performances were put on to raise money to renovate the auditorium. Saturday night the huge crowd gave the cast a standing ovation. Jamie Oestriech, Kathy Stone, Kim Lugge, Kristin MarKell and Sharon O'Boyle played a group of Catholic nuns trying to raise funds to bury fellow nuns that had passed away from eating bad soup. The soup was the only thing bad about this presentation. Funny stuff and great harmony plus a live orchestra pit with Pam Goodenough on piano, Kathy Beatty on drums and Laura Pennington on clarinet.


GREENVILLE COLLEGE LIBRARY TO HOST READING AND DISCUSSION SESSION

The Ruby E. Dare Library of Greenville College will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called "Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature and Imagination."  The series will explore Jewish literature and culture through discussions of contemporary and classic books on a common theme.  The library is one of over 150 libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series by Nextbook and the American Library Association (ALA). Jane Hopkins, Director of the Ruby E. Dare Library, says they are delighted to have been chosen to host this unique discussion series.  The first program will explore "Lost in Translation" by Eva Hoffman on Wednesday, September 20th at 7 p.m. in Studio A at the Library.  Additional books will be discussed throughout the semester. For details or to register call Jane at 664-6600.

 


CITY CREWS FIX COLLAPSED SEWER LINE

City of Greenville sewer department and street crews were called in around 6pm Sunday to determine the cause of sewage backup in two homes near the intersection of Vine and Elm Streets.  Workers discovered not only a clog but that the line had collapsed.  Around 1 a.m. Monday the section of the old clay line was replaced with new plastic pipe.  Work on the project resumed Monday morning.


ROAD CLOSURE ON IL RT 160

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that as of Monday Sept 18th IL Route 160 will have intermittent short-term roadway closures located south of Grantfork.  The closures will be only during the daytime hours and are to facilitate the delivery and raising of structural steel for the bridge replacement project which should be completed by this fall.  The closures should only be in effect until September 30th.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the closures, contact the Illinois Department of Transportation at 346-3350.


FIRE AT FCI LAUNDRY ROOM

A fire in a laundry tub brought the Greenville Fire Protection District to the Greenville FCI Monday around 8PM.  Smoke from the tub triggered the sprinkler system.  Firefighters ventilated the building and then stopped the water flow from the sprinklers.  The department was at the FCI for nearly ninety minutes.  Damage was estimated at $500.


SPORTS

TUESDAY RESULTS

HS VOLLEYBALL
The Lady Comets finished in 5th place with a 3-1 record on Saturday at the Vandalia Tournament.  Greenville picked up wins over Beecher City, South Central, and Brownstown but lost to Lebanon.  Coach Hall said this was the first time in her tenure as Lady Comets’ coach that they have defeated a South Central team. 

HS GOLF
The Lady Comets were winners over Pana 193 to 211.  Kirstie Childerson was medalist on the day with a 46. 

The Comets shot a 159 and finished first ahead of Litchfield, Pana, and Southwestern.  Tyler Neese led Greenville with a 38 including 6 pars. 

HS FOOTBALL
The JV Comets suffered a 26-6 loss to Vandalia. 


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