9-20-2006 




FINANCIAL PRESENTATION, HOMECOMING, AND BUDGET TOPICS AT UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

Following a special closed session Monday night, the Unit 2 Board of Education heard a presentation from Scott Smith, with PMA Financial Group, on services offered to assist in long term financial planning for the school district.  With the ability to look at five years of history and future regarding financial, staff, and enrollment, PMA would allow Unit 2 to be proactive in any changes and decisions that might need to be made.  The board unanimously approved the hiring of PMA Financial Group. 

As part of the Superintendent's report, High School Principal Kevin Cochrane said Homecoming week was a success along with the musical "Nunsense" which raised over $3,000 for the Theater Patrons Program to go towards lighting and electrical upgrades to the auditorium.  Praise was given to the efforts the Key Club for the assistance in the Sorento Homecoming and to Mary Beth Kuenstler and the Art Program for the participation in the "Memory Project".  Jr. High Principal Gary Brauns thanked Mrs. Peddicord's success with the Marching Band and Coach Stoecklin's success with a 12-6 season record.  Elementary Principal Scott Paisley commented on the many activities coming up including the NASA kickoff and Red Ribbon Week.  Pocahontas Principal Mike O'Boyle advised the board on money received for the accelerated reader program from an auction of the 4th grade art quilt.  And Sorento Principal Bill Carpentar noted the success of the Open House and their new Smart Boards.

In other business the Board approved the Consent Agenda which included the retirement of GES Teacher Lynn Blockyou and the adoption of a Serious Safety Hazard Resolution for students walking on certain streets near the schools.  Okayed by the Board were also a Public Participation form for meetings, the Treasurers Report and the Final Budget for Fiscal Year 2007. 


PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS REZONING REQUESTS

The Greenville Planning Commission met Monday night and held two public hearings on zoning changes. After some discussion the commission passed along for city council consideration two zoning changes. One was a request to rezone property on Willard Street from Manufacturing to Residential and the second request was to rezone property next to Donnell Wiegand Funeral home from Residential to B-1 Business.


RURAL GREENVILLE FARMER INJURED IN FALL

A rural Greenville man was injured Friday morning on his farm.  Bond County EMS was originally dispatched to a report of a man who had fallen thirty feet from an auger.  A family member told WGEL that Doug Schaufelberger was moving the auger when a chain broke flipping him about twenty-five feet into the air.  He was transported by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital and then flown to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.  Doug has had several surgeries since Friday and was expected to be moved out of ICU. 


HUNTER INJURED IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

A Highland teenager was injured Monday night while teal hunting at the Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management Area.  According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 18-year-old Tanner Kunz of St. Jacob was sitting on a fallen tree with his shotgun on his lap when the weapon accidentally discharged hitting 18-year-old Cody Krotz who was only ten feet away.  Krotz suffered a wound to his left thigh and wrist.  The victim was driven to Keyesport where they were met by Keyesport First Responders.  Krotz was taken by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital where he was treated and then transferred to a St. Louis hospital.  According to an IDNR spokesman, Krotz was listed in stable condition Tuesday morning.  The shooting has been ruled an accident. 

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HILLSBORO MAN IS SUBJECT OF 60 MINUTES FEATURE

Hillsboro's Matt Hughes will be the subject of a "60 Minutes" feature this fall.  A "60 Minutes" crew including reporter Steve Pelley shot footage at the Hughes farm and also in Iowa where the UFC champion trains.  The 32-year-old Hughes will defend his UFC World Welterweight Title on Saturday versus B.J. Penn.  Hughes has 41 wins and 4 losses in his ultimate fighting career.  One of those losses was to Penn in January 2004.  The event will be held at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.  The "60 Minutes" story will likely air in November.  Hughes makes numerous personal appearances in the area including a Christian youth rally recently in Donnellson.


ST. LAWRENCE YOUTH PROJECT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER

Local youth from the St. Lawrence Catholic Church are planning a Work-Weekend Service Youth Project on Friday October 6th and Saturday October 7th. Tiffany Mueller stated that the youth group has attended Catholic Heart Work Camps the last seven summers in different cities around the U.S. doing service projects.  They thought that at some point they needed to offer the same service back to our local community. So, they are trying to put together a work weekend and are looking for people who need help for any type whether it be physically or financially. 

The kids simply want to go out and make difference for somebody.  Mueller said they are going to try and not turn anyone down and will help figure out how to get those projects done.  Whether it be washing windows, raking leaves, minor home repairs, painting, help moving furniture or even cleaning out a garage; it can be a thirty-minute or six-hour job. The work is free and they are not asking for any compensation.  Mueller says the youth are doing this out of the goodness of God's work.

Around 50 kids ages 13 and up will be participating in the project followed by a Contemporary Catholic Concert on Saturday night.  If you have a small job they can help with or if any other youth groups would like to help, call the St. Lawrence Catholic Church office at 664-9149 or Mueller at 664-0214.


MADIGAN AND DEVINE ASK APPELLATE COURT TO REVERSE ICC DECISION TO APPROVE ELECTRICITY AUCTION

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State’s Attorney Richard A Devine filed a brief in the Illinois Appellate Court as part of their ongoing efforts to stop the electric rate increases that were announced by Commonwealth Edison and Ameren.  Electric rates are expected to skyrocket in 2007 as a result of the electricity auction that Commonwealth Edison and Ameren held in early September.

Madigan said that the rates are 25% higher than the rates that small customers are currently paying in surrounding states. The Attorney General and State’s Attorney are appealing the Illinois Commerce Commission’s decision to approve the auction.


WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS GOLF
The Lady Comets placed 3rd of five teams with a 200.  Hillsboro won with a 171.  Katie Bohle had a birdie and two pars and led Greenville with a 46.  The Comets finished 2nd behind Centralia’s 159.  Adam Simmonds was Greenville’s top golfer with a 42. 

HS SOCCER
The Comets posted their second straight win with a 1-0 shutout of Mater Dei.  Adam Stroud scored for Greenville and Dillon Heitzig had three saves in recording his first shutout of the season in goal.

HS BASEBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces won their opener at the Windsor Tournament 17-7 over St. Elmo.  Aaron Kendall was the winning pitcher.  Reuben Betts had three hits including a triple and scored four runs.  Dustin Lindahl had a homerun and two doubles.  Mitchell Lewis also had three hits.
 


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