9-21-2006




WHITE PLEADS GUILTY TO ESCAPING FROM BOND COUNTY JAIL

Anthony S. White, the Decatur man who escaped from the Bond County Jail on the night of June 24th, has been sentenced to four years in prison.  White pled guilty to the escape charge while a theft charge was dismissed.  White hid in the shower during the evening shift change and then ran out the front door of the jail.  Authorities believed he stole a car from a residence on Main Street.  He was captured a week later in Kentucky. However, State’s Attorney Chris Bauer told WGEL that the investigation continues into who may have aided White in his escape.  It is possible that further charges could be filed concerning the theft of the car.

White was in the Bond County Jail awaiting trial on a December 29, 2004 incident where it was alleged he had fired a 12 gauge shotgun at another man in a residential area of Pocahontas.  White pled guilty to the Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm charge and was sentenced to an additional four years.  Both sentences are to be served consecutively with White getting credit for time served.


SPECIAL USE PERMITS AND SURPLUS EQUIPMENT TOPICS AT COUNTY BOARD

Howard Elmore, Zoning Administrator, recommended approval from the Bond County Board Tuesday night on five Special Use Permits granted by the Zoning Board on September 12th.  Four permits were to allow either double-wide or single-wide manufactured homes to be placed on different properties in the county and one was from Jeff Hulvey to establish and operate a small business servicing high voltage switches.  The board unanimously approved all requests.  Mike McCormick, Highway Engineer asked the board to allow his department to sell surplus equipment by a bidding process that included a 1982 Dodge 1-ton truck and a 1985 dump truck.  The board okayed his request.

In other business the board approved the appointment of Sandy Lang to the Health Department Board of Health replacing Tim Pate.  All members voted to change their scheduled meeting date of November 7th to the 8th due to the election and to set a Special Service District meeting for October 3rd at 9:00 a.m.  Before recessing the meeting until October 3rd to continue budget discussions, the board okayed the County Clerk's Report, the Sheriff's Monthly Report, and the bills as presented.


ZONING BOARD AGREES TO TWO REQUESTS

The Greenville Zoning Board of Appeals is recommending final approval for two requests they received Tuesday night.  The board agreed with a request from Pam Gall for a zoning variance allowing the construction of a porch at her residence on East Vine Street.  The porch will infringe upon the front yard setback requirement.  The city's zoning board also approved a request from Greenville College for a height variance for their new dorm.  The new building will be 3-foot 10-inches taller than the 35-foot height limit.  Both requests must receive final approval from the Greenville City Council.

The board tabled a request from Emerald Glen Management to allow an enclosed courtyard at the Glenwood.  The Greenville Fire Protection District has raised some concerns over the available escape routes from the enclosed courtyard in the event of a fire.  The Glenwood and the fire department will continue discussions on the issue.


ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS RYAN'S PENSION SHOULD BE FORFEITED

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says former Governor George Ryan should forfeit his pension benefits.  Madigan's recommendation is based on the fact that Ryan's felony conviction was in connection to his service as a state official.  She further advised that the General Assembly Retirement System may suspend Ryan's pension benefits as of the date of his sentencing.  However, Ryan will be entitled to a refund of the contributions he made to the system.  He was sentenced last week to six-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty on 22 counts of corruption

 

 
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STUDENT EXPELLED DURING CLOSED SESSION MONDAY NIGHT

The Unit 2 Board of Education had a special closed session prior to their scheduled meeting Monday night.  Following which, the board unanimously voted that an unidentified student referred to as Student A-07 had been found to have violated school rules under aggressive behavior and that said student would be expelled from school and all school activities for the remainder of the current 2006-2007 school year.  However, starting January 3rd the student may enroll in the New Approach Alternative School in Vandalia.  If passing grades and good standings are kept, the student could remain there until graduation.  If not, the expulsion would immediately go back into affect. 

In another closed session following their regular meeting the board approved the hiring of part time aides and special route drivers.  Greg Groves was hired as the 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach and Carol Knight was hired as a High School Tutor.


ILLINOIS YOUTH DEER HUNT SET FOR OCTOBER 7-8

The annual Illinois Youth Antlerless-only Deer Hunt is October 7-8 for those youth who have a valid permit issued earlier this year by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting parent, guardian or responsible adult who has in his or her possession a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card.  Shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

Counties open to the youth hunt are Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Madison, and Montgomery


THURSDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH BASEBALL
The Bluejays A team finished their season with a 14-6 record as they lost their Regional championship game 5-2 to Piasa Southwestern on Monday.  Greenville was the #1 seed and Piasa #2.  The Bluejays scored their first run on an RBI single by Cameron Dugan.  Tanner Neese scored the second run on a squeeze play bunt by Cy Perfetti.  Piasa scored four runs in the sixth inning as the Bluejays committed three errors in the frame.  Greenville had posted a nine-game winning streak prior to Monday’s loss.

HS VOLLEYBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets were winners over Hillsboro on Tuesday 25-23, 18-25, 25-20.  Hannah Elliott had 9 points and 4 aces.  The JV Lady Comets defeated Hillsboro 25-14, 25-19.  Kristin Morgan had 8 points.  The freshman Lady Comets were also winners. 

HS GOLF
The Lady Comets recorded a 204 and finished third behind Highland’s 170 and Collinsville’s 195.  Chelsi Braye led Greenville with a 49.
 

 

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