1-16-2007



JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF KPD

Judge Richard Tognarelli has ruled in favor of the Kingsbury Park District in a small claims suit filed by a rural Greenville resident.  In his suit, Warren R. Kennedy had alleged that his property sustained damage due to the flooding of his lower pasture, deterioration of a fence, and other hardships created by the overflow of the silt basin from Patriot's Park Lake.  Kennedy and the park district share a boundary on the west side of Patriot's Park.  Serving as his own legal counsel, Kennedy called no witnesses during a recent bench trial.  The KPD’s attorney had several witnesses take the stand including district employees and those involved with the Clean Lakes Grant work done last year at Patriot’s.   

On Friday Judge Tognarelli issued his ruling that the plaintiff, Kennedy, had failed to prove the park district was guilty of “willful and wanton conduct.”  In his decision, the judge wrote that the KPD had hired an engineering firm to study the problem and to provide a remedy.  The judge added that although it was not satisfactory to Kennedy, there was no sign of negligence on the part of the park district.  Judge Tognarelli also noted that because the area in question is designated a “wetland,” the remedies available are limited. 


BOND COUNTY 9-1-1 TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL GRANT

One of the issues that Bond County 9-1-1 Coordinator Allan Davis tackled in 2006 was the dead spots in radio communication for emergency personnel.  In some areas of the county, firefighters, EMS, and law enforcement have had difficulties with their radio signal.  Davis tested the StarCom communications system and found that it could solve many of those problems.  The price tag would be high but a solution could be on the horizon.  At Thursday’s Bond County Emergency Telephone System Board meeting, Davis reported that the federal government is making an “interoperability” grant available to fund upgrades in communications.  The money would come from the Homeland Security Department for use during the 2007 fiscal year.  The ETSB instructed Davis to apply for the grant which would conceivably fund the purchase of new portable radios for all emergency personnel in Bond County.

The board also approved the expenditure of around $17,000 for purchasing one laptop computer with 9-1-1 mapping for each fire department and EMS district in Bond County.


ILLINOIS JOINS SEVERAL STATES IN RECOGNIZING AMBERT ALERT AWARENESS DAY

It was announced over the weekend, that Illinois is joining several states across the nation to recognize January 13 as AMBER Alert Awareness Day.  This past Saturday marked the 11th anniversary of the abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman in Arlington, TX.  As a tribute to her, the Amber Alert System began in 1997 and today is in place in all 50 states to help find abducted children.

As a part of the anniversary in Illinois, a poster contest for grades K-12 is being sponsored by the Illinois AMBER Alert Task Force.  The contest will run through May 25, 2007 with this year's theme being "Bringing Our Missing Children Home".  This contest will also allow teachers additional resources to teach students about safety issues.

The Illinois Amber Alert Task Force was created in 2003 and through this partnership, the Illinois State Police has been able to send information on abducted children to radio and television outlets throughout the state for immediate broadcast.  According to the U.S Department of Justice, the AMBER Alert System is a proven success and has helped rescue more than 308 children nationwide, including Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck this past Friday.



GREENVILLE OFFICER RECEIVES PLAQUE FOR 15 YEARS ON THE JOB

At the recent Greenville Police Department meeting, Chief of Police Lou Lorton presented Greenville Police Officer Jeff Gray with a plaque for 15 years of service to the department. Gray said he began his service with the police department in June of 1990 and is a currently a patrolman, generally working the midnight shift.  He is the K-9 Officer for Greenville Police and his partner from Slovakia, Bak, is rather new on the force.  Both attended the K-9 Academy in St. Louis this past year.  Now they attend monthly evaluations with instructors from the academy. 

Gray grew up in Beaver Creek and went Greenville High School and Kaskaskia College.  His wife, Cindy, works at McCracken-Dawdy-Hall Family Practice Center and he has three kids; Kayla, Whitney and Hunter. Gray said he has enjoyed working with the department and the public for the last 15 years and looks forward to continuing to serve the City of Greenville.

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Greenville Chief of Police Lou Lorton and Officer Jeff Gray


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL TO HOST PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

The Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center will present a Prepared Childbirth Class session in February. The program will be held from 7:00 – 9:00pm on Wednesdays, February 7, and 21 and Monday, February 26 in the hospital’s Community Room. The Prepared Childbirth Class is free to expectant parents who plan to deliver their baby at Greenville Regional Hospital. For parents planning to deliver elsewhere, the cost of the program is $20. Prepared Childbirth Classes are offered every other month. Every other session is held in the evenings, one night per week as a two-hour class. Alternating classes are held as an all-day course on one Saturday to allow parents-to-be with shift-work schedules to attend the class. Topics covered during the seminar include anatomy; warning signs during pregnancy; relaxation; nutrition; what to expect before, during and after labor; breathing techniques; delivery procedures; and more. The class includes a tour of the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center. For additional information about the February Prepared Childbirth Class or to sign up for the session, contact the Greenville Regional Hospital Family Birth Center at 664-1230 ext. 3450.


RAIN TOTALS

Rain totals for the city of Greenville from 6am Friday through 6am today were 3.31 inches at the wastewater treatment plant on Route 40, 3.07 at 6th Street, and 3.16 at Idler Lane and Route 140.


UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD PREVIEW

The Unit 2 Board of Education will meet tonight (Tuesday) at 7PM at the Unit Office. Topics on the agenda include proposed action on several board policy sections, the superintendent's report and the consent agenda.


SPECIAL STUDY SESSION FOR UNIT 1 BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education will meet for a special study session tonight (Tuesday) at 6:30PM.  Board members will review sections 6 and 7 of the Board Policy Manual.  The regular meeting for the Unit 1 Board of Education will be held Monday, January 22 at 7PM.


SPORTS

TUESDAY SPORTS (1/16)

HS BASKETBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces were 63-51 winners over Kincaid on Saturday and took 7th place at the Morrisonville Tourney.  Dustin Lindahl led with 16 points. 

The Freshman Comets won 42-30 over Metro East Lutheran on Monday.  Brian Doll had 18 and Todd Eaton had 14.  The freshman squad posted a 53-34 win over Alton Marquette on Saturday.  Eaton had 16 and Andrew Childerson 10. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
At the 59th Annual James Burke Memorial Tournament, the Greenville Bluejays lost to St. Anthony 59-21.  Will Florian had 6 for the Bluejays.  Other winners were Carlyle, Effingham, and Hillsboro.  Greenville plays Salem tonight at 6 in the consolation bracket.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The GC Panthers were winners again on Saturday as they defeated Lincoln Christian 93-62.  Antonio Conquest and Christopher Simmons each had 21 points.  The Lady Panthers also earned a win over Lincoln Christian 75-52.  Four players scored in double figures for the GC women. 

TONIGHT ON WGEL
The Comets play Nokomis at 6pm at the Litchfield Tournament.


OBITUARIES

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