9-26-2006 

AREA STATE TROOPER TO COMPETE IN AUSTRALIA

A local Illinois State Trooper has been invited to the one of the biggest competitions of his career.  Mark Owensby has been competing in shooting contests since 1992.  He said Rudy Dufour, the Action Pistol Coordinator with the National Rifle Association, called him at home in late August and told him he had been selected to compete in the World Action Pistol Championships in Sydney, Australia.  The event takes place October 31st - November 5th.  There are four individual matches from which the aggragate of those decides your place in the overall standings.  Each match is different, for example, in the Steel Plate Match there are six plates that must be shot within a 6 second time limit starting off at 10 yards away.  Each round moves the competitor a little further away with one second added to the time limit.  There are 16 people that make up the U.S Action Pistol Team: two open teams, a woman's team, a metallic team, and alternate and a captain.

Owensby said he has fired between 20,000 - 30,000 rounds of ammunition this year between practices and competitions and will go through another 4,000 for the World Championships.  He said while competitions are fun, everyone must remember the dangers of firing a weapon.  And that if anyone is really interested in learning about firearm safety, Owensby advises them to contact someone like himself or a group that teaches it to prevent accidents around the house

He also commented on the several documents, including an import and export permit, required for him to transport his gun in the cargo hold of the plane.  Supporting Owensby on the trip is his sponsors, Stiles Communication of Pocahontas and Rock River Arms; and Demoulin Bros. who is designing the team shirts.


COLLEGE STUDENTS MAKE A PLEDGE TO HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Greenville College along with the three area Free Methodists Churches are partnering together to raise money and build a house for Habitat for Humanity.  Affiliated with the Lewis and Clark Habitat Chapter, Bond County Habitat Board Member Joe Culumber said that 153 Greenville College students pledged at three different levels to be a part of this project.  The promised to pray, volunteer, and donate money.  This generation of students is very committed to reaching out the community, helping people, and assisting them into home ownership.  Therefore, they are very excited about this project. The Bond County Habitat is in the process of locating a lot in Greenville to build the house on and finalizing the family selection in the next couple of weeks.  The house will be similar to the ones previously built in Greenville.  The hope is to have the home completed and the family moved in by the first Saturday in March 2007.




HUGHES IS STILL THE CHAMP

Hillsboro's Matt Hughes is still the Ultimate Fighting Welterweight World Champion.  Hughes, nine-time UFC champ, defeated challenger B.J. Penn in the third round of Saturday night's bout in Anaheim, California.  The first two rounds were not easy on Hughes however; he recorded a technical knockout of Penn at the four-minute mark of round three.  The victory moves Hughes' lifetime record to 42 wins and 4 losses.  One of those losses was to Penn in January 2004.


SCRAP THEFTS ON THE RISE

The rising cost of scrap materials has led to an increase in the number of related thefts in the area.  As WGEL reported last week, both Southwestern Electric's Greenville office and the Mulberry Grove Water Treatment Plant were victims of thieves taking electric wiring.  At Southwestern, around 300 pounds of retired power line was taken when the culprits cut through a security fence, loaded the line, and drove off.  Southwestern's Joe Richardson told WGEL that Southwestern's Maryville and St. Elmo locations have experienced similar thefts.  According to Richardson, electric cooperatives nationwide have been targets for scrap thieves.

Greenville police chief Lou Lorton is recommending that scrap material be stored where it can not be seen from the road or locked up where it can't be easily accessed.  Chief Lorton also advises that if you see any suspicious activity, please call law enforcement. 



SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS GROWTH ALLIANCE MEETING

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance will be held at the Kaskaskia College Main Campus in the Student Center on Wednesday September 27.  The dinner and meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm.

Around 80 people were in attendance at the August SCIGA meeting held in Greenville.  Jim McShane, newly appointed Director of Crossroads Workforce Investment Board, will provide a presentation on Wednesday.  McShane has a long history in Economic and Workforce Development.


RHOADES TO FACE TRIAL IN TEXAS ON MURDER CHARGES

Robert Ben Rhoades, already serving a life sentence in Illinois for the murder of a 14-year-old girl, will now be tried in Texas for his alleged involvement in the 1990 deaths of a newlywed couple.  Rhoades was extradited from Pontiac Correctional Center to the state of Utah where he was facing alleged murder and aggravated kidnapping charges involving the disappearance and death of 24-year-old Patricia Candice Walsh.  Her nude body was found near Interstate 15 in Utah in October 1990.  Earlier that year, the body of Walsh’s newlywed husband was found near Ozona, Texas.

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that Rhoades rejected a plea deal in the Walsh murder and he will be tried in Texas on both homicide cases.  Rhoades was allegedly linked to Walsh through the woman’s DNA which was found on items belonging to Rhoades. 

Rhoades pled guilty in the fall of 1992 in Bond County court to murdering 14-year-old Regina K. Walters of Pasadena, Texas whose tortured body was found in an abandoned barn south of Greenville near Interstate 70.  Walters had been strangled to death with baling wire.  She and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Ricky Lee Jones, were last seen alive in February 1990 near Houston, Texas.  Investigators believe that Jones was also murdered but his body has never been found.  The 60-year-old Rhoades has been serving his life sentence since September 1992. 

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SPORTS

TUESDAY SPORTS

HS FOOTBALL
The statewide football rankings have been released and the Greenville Comets are number three in Class 3A while the Hillsboro Hilltoppers are number four in Class 4A.  Both teams are 5-0 on the season and will face one another Friday night in Hillsboro.

HS GOLF
The Comets shot a 345 and finished fourth of 11 teams at the South Central Conference Tournament.  Tyler Neese shot an 82 to finish 9th overall and received All Conference honors.  The boys match against Highland for today has been canceled.

HS SOCCER
The Comets were blanked by East Alton Wood River 6-0 on Monday. 

JR HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Lady Bluejays won 25-23 over Mt. Olive at the Hillsboro Tournament.  Carsen Funneman scored the winning bucket with 1.7 seconds left in the game.  She led the team with 10 points and 8 rebounds. 

The 7th grade Lady Bluejays won their game versus Mt. Olive 24-10 at the Hillsboro Tourney.  Kelley Faulkner had 8 points and 9 steals.  Alex Willey grabbed 5 rebounds.  


OBITUARIES

DR. DONALD E. HAYES

74 year-old Dr. Donald E. Hayes, of Greenville, passed away Monday September 25th at his home.  Funeral services will be conducted Friday, September 29th at 11 a.m. at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.  A visitation for 74 year-old Dr. Donald E. Hayes will be held Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Greenville First Christian Church.  For those who desire, memorial contributions are suggested to the Greenville First Christian Church.

VERNON MICK

Vernon Mick, age 80 of Sorento, passed away Monday (Sept. 25) in St. Louis.  Funeral services for 80-year-old Vernon Mick will be held Thursday at 1:00PM at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Visitation is Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00PM at the funeral home. 


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