9-29-2006

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FUND RAISER FOR MAKE A WISH CHILD IS SUNDAY

A 13-year-old Madison County boy’s wish is to take his family to Disney World.  This Sunday a fund raiser at the Greenville VFW will attempt to raise money for that wish.  The Make A Wish Foundation was created over twenty years ago to help fund the wishes of very ill children.  Locally, Sugg Racing and Help U Sell Real Estate are sponsoring 13-year-old Austin.  They need to raise $5,000 and have set a goal of $2,500 for this Sunday’s event which includes a washer tournament. WGEL talked with organizer Cathy Sugg who said they will also have a barbecue, games for kids, music and more.  A tournament rules meeting is slated for 10:45am with the contest set for 11am. 

Also on the auction block are sections of Scott Sugg’s racing car.  Scott is retiring from the local racing scene.  Cathy told WGEL that she became interested in the Make A Wish Foundation and after contacting them was assigned Austin as their child.  Since 1985, more than 6,200 wishes have been granted through the Illinois chapter.  For more information on Sunday’s washer tournament call Cathy at 664-0249.


NASA TO KICKOFF GES PARTNERSHIP ON FRIDAY

A representative of NASA will be in Greenville on Friday for a kickoff celebration of that organization's three-year partnership with Greenville Elementary School.  Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr., director of NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, is the featured guest at a student assembly Friday morning.  Whitlow will share the Vision for Space Exploration with students and discuss how they can join the ranks of the next generation of explorers by pursuing studies in math and science.  GES is one of only 25 schools selected nationwide to be part of the NASA Explorer School program this year.  Students will participate in digital conferences with scientists and engineers at NASA.


LOCAL COUPLE HAS TIES TO CONTESTANT ON JEOPARDY

A woman with relatives living in Bond County was a big winner recently on a popular game show.  30 year-old Sara Terrell of Connecticut, great-niece of Lewis and Gladys Frueh of Greenville, was a contestant last week on the television game-show Jeopardy.  She is the daughter of Larry and the late Linda O'Dell-Terrell and granddaughter of Nellie Frueh-Terrell and the late Rev. James Frueh. Terrell is employed as a Veterinarian and active in her both her church and community. She won $72,000 during her time on the show between September 18th and the 22nd.

 

PANDEMIC FLU COMMITTEE CONTINUES DEVELOPING PLAN

Although there are still no confirmed cases of human to human transmission of the bird flu, a Bond County Health Department committee continues to develop a plan in case an outbreak ever occurred.  According to recent statistics, around 240 people worldwide have been infected with avian influenza with most of those living or working closely in the vicinity of infected birds. 

At the committee’s Wednesday night meeting, they talked about how a pandemic would affect local industry, schools, and nursing homes.  An important point coming from the meeting was that the committee’s work involves planning for a pandemic and not the typical flu outbreak.  If human to human bird flu cases develop and an outbreak hit the United States, it would take up six months for a vaccine to be developed.  During this time, the Bond County Health Department would coordinate with other agencies an educational campaign on how to prevent the spread of avian influenza.  Committee members agreed that most of the prevention relied on common sense judgment by the public.


BURGLARIES AND VANDALISM IN THE COUNTY

Bond County deputies are investigating burglary and vandalism complaints they received on Tuesday.  Brian K. Hellmann of Highland says a building he owns in Millersburg was recently damaged.  Seven windows were broken out.  The investigating officer recovered two hubcabs that were possibly used in the vandalism.  Deputies are also looking into the theft of tools and other items from a home on Mt. Nebo Avenue and a garage burglary on Willow Street in Sorento


COMBINE FIRE IN MULBERRY

Thursday around 12:40 p.m. Mulberry Grove Fire Department responded to a report of a combine on fire.  The equipment owned by Mike Cripe of Vandalia caught on fire under the engine due to cornhusks stuck to the undercarriage.  When firefighters arrived on scene, Cripe had extinguished most of the fire before it could spread to the surrounding field. 


RESIDENT RETURNS HOME TO A SMALL FIRE

Around 1:00 p.m.Thursday afternoon a resident returned to the home of Carol Leidner at #18 Illini Trailer Court to find smoke in the residence.  A small fire was located in the bathroom and extinguished with a garden hose.  When the Greenville Fire Department arrived on scene there was still smoke in the trailer, at which time they ventilated the residence.  The fire is believed to have originated in a trashcan in the bathroom.  There was a small amount of smoke damage to an adjoining bedroom.  


LAKE COMMITTEE WILL MEET MONDAY

The Greenville Lake Committee will meet Monday, October 2 at 7PM in the Municipal Building.  There are several agenda items for discussion including horsepower and boat length limits along with kite tubing.


PETIT JURY CANCELED

Petit jury for Monday in the Bond County court has been canceled. 




FRIDAY SPORTS

HS GOLF
The Comets were winners over Staunton and Roxana.  Greenville shot a 173 and was led by Jordan Wright with a 39 which earned him honors as match medalist.  Wright had a birdie and four pars. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The 8th grade Lady Bluejays lost the Hillsboro Tournament Consolation title game 21-14 to Piasa Southwestern.  Kayla Gray and Carsen Funneman each had 4 points.  Funneman also had 9 rebounds. 

The Lady Bluejays 7th grade squad won the consolation trophy at the Hillsboro Tournament with a 28-21 win over Vandalia.  Cheyenne Rogier had 9 points and 10 rebounds. 

HS FOOTBALL
Tonight on WGEL it’s the big conference battle as the Comets go to Hillsboro.  Both teams are ranked top ten in the state and are undefeated.  Following that game, you can hear the tape delay broadcast of the Highland Bulldogs’ homecoming game versus Bethalto.


OBITUARIES

JEWELL COOKSON

Jewell Cookson, age 78 of Collinsville, passed away Monday (9/25) at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite City.  Funeral services for 78-year-old Jewell Cookson are today at 1PM at the Fairview Heights Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Visitation is from 11am until 1PM today at the church.  Jewell Cookson was the mother of Shirley Cline of Pierron, Beverly Joiner of Mulberry Grove, and Robin Hanebrink of Greenville. 

CHLOE SMITH

Chloe Smith, age 92 of Springfield, MO and formerly of Coffeen, passed away Wednesday (9/27) at Magnolia Square Nursing Home in Springfield, MO.  Funeral services for 90-year-old Chloe Smith are Saturday at 2PM at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.  Visitation is tonight from 5-8PM at the funeral home. 


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Cloudy 30% of Showers High: 70 Low: 58

Sunday: Partly Sunny High: 75 Low: 62


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program.  Our guest this week will be Carol Knight who is a volunteer and coordinator for Character Education. Carol will be talking to us about Character Education and Development and will also discuss a seminar she attended over the summer. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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