1-18-2007


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SMART BOARD TECHNOLOGY ON RIGHT TRACK IN UNIT 2 SCHOOL DISTRICT

The first readings for several proposed board policy revisions were approved at the Unit 2 Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.  These included items having to do with the board, the budget, personnel evaluations, hiring practices and curriculum requirements.  Each of these policy revisions will be voted on at the February meeting.  Meg File presented a technology report to board members outlining the districts inventory and the need for system upgrades for the majority of their computers.  File noted though, that the district's SMART Board technology is on track and is continuing to move in the right direction through research and training.

The retirement of John Ward as a speech instructor was approved by the Unit 2 Board of Education along with the list of high school honor students receiving an "A" on all classes throughout the first semester.  Superintendent Melanie Allyn and Greenville Elementary Principal Scott Pasley reported on a $1,000 donation to the district from Pfizer Incorporated, in support of Science and Technology for GES.  Both noted that Michael and Jennifer Mitchell were instrumental in obtaining this grant.  In other business, the Unit 2 Board of Education approved the consent agenda, the treasurer's report and the bills as presented.



FLOODED ROAD SWEEPS CAR INTO FIELD

A St. Jacob man had to be rescued from his vehicle by firefighters early Monday morning.  WGEL spoke with St. Jacob Fire Chief Scott Prange who said that 25 year-old Mark Schlemmer of St. Jacob, made a call for help after he became stranded atop his 1999 Chevy Blazer in a flooded field.  Prange said when they arrived on the scene at Lebanon Road near Illinois Route 4, only the top foot of the vehicle was visible with Schlemmer sitting on the roof.  Troy Fire fighters arrived on the scene with an aerial truck along with Maryville Fire District who brought a rescue boat.

According to Prange, Troy fire fighters used their aerial truck and lowered the 75-ladder down to Schlemmer, who was able to climb into the bucket.  Schlemmer was checked by emergency personnel, but required no treatment.  Prange indicated that Schlemmer allegedly tried to drive down the road, got halfway and was swept 25 feet off the road into the nearest field.


GFPD RESPONDS TO RESIDENTIAL CALLS WEDNESDAY

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The Greenville Fire Protection District responded to a pair of residential calls Wednesday afternoon.  Around 3:30PM, the department was called to a house fire on Rogier Drive at Governor Bond Lake.  The homeowner told firefighters that an electrical receptacle had become overheated.  The department's thermal imaging camera showed that there was some heat in the wall and it was cut open to search for the problem.  Assistant Chief Denny Wise told WGEL that insulation in the wall might have stopped it from spreading.  The resident had also sprayed the receptacle with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived.  The Mulberry Grove and Smithboro departments were put on standby but were not needed.

At 5:30PM, the Greenville department was sent to a report of smoke behind an oven at the Glenwood Apartments.  When firefighters arrived they found that grease in a stove had created smoke in the kitchen and no fire was found. 


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94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONCLUDES FINAL ACTION ON BILLS

The Illinois General Assembly concluded final action on bills left over from the 94th General Assembly last week, according to Senator Frank Watson.  The Senate convened a rare Sunday session on January 7 to override a gubernatorial veto on legislation that would allow specific Illinois school districts to borrow money for construction and adjust their tax structure to suit budgetary needs.  Senators also passed comprehensive coal mining legislation that will enhance safety in Illinois in the wake of the West Virginia mining accident early last year.

General Assemblies run for two consecutive years consisting of a legislative driven agenda in the first year and a more budgetary focused second year.  All bills that are unable to make it through the legislative process by the end of the second year, of the particular General Assembly, are either re-introduced and sent through the legislative process again, or are no longer valid.


KC BOARD OF TRUSTEES PREVIEW

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees will meet tonight (Thursday) in the board room on the KC Campus.  Topics on the agenda include the University Alliance update, Friends of the Fine Arts update, the KCSA report and a personnel update.  Other reports include those on the nursing program, the KC Foundation, capitol projects and technology projects.  The summer 2008 calendar will be submitted for final approval.



SPORTS

THURSDAY SPORTS

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Lady Comets lost 49-19 to Nashville at the Highland Tournament.  Niqui Reinhard scored 5 for Greenville. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
There are two games scheduled for tonight at the James Burke Memorial Tournament.  St. Anthony plays Carlyle at 6pm followed by Effingham versus Hillsboro.  The tournament wraps up Friday night.


OBITUARIES

None to Report


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