RASH OF ATTEMPTED BURGLARIES IN GREENVILLE
Greenville police officers were kept busy Thursday morning fielding complaints of damage to property including several break-ins of businesses. Police have compiled thirteen incidents that occurred between 10:30 Wednesday night and 5:45 Thursday morning. An undetermined amount of money was stolen from the Laborer's Local 622 hall on Beaumont Avenue, 1st Supply on Harris Avenue, and Neely's Electrical Service on Washington Avenue. Damage was also reported at McKay Auto Parts, Greenville Rehab and Pain Clinic, the Home and Garden Shop, Randy's Detail, and the Calvary Temple Assembly of God.
There were five vehicles damaged with a checkbook stolen from one of them parked on Elm Street. A residence on Beaumont Avenue was damaged when a rock was thrown through a window.
Officers did gather some evidence during their investigation and are trying to determine how many individuals were involved and if they traveled on foot or in a car.
LINCOLN LAND LEATHERNECKS INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
The Lincoln Land Leathernecks Marine Corps League Detachment 1174 held their Installation of Officers Banquet last Saturday at the VFW Post in Greenville. State Representative Ron Stephens and his wife Greenville Councilwoman Lisa Stephens, and Mayor Alan Gaffner were special guests at the banquet. Representative Stephens spoke on the war in Iraq and about the troops. Lisa Stephens talked about being married to a Marine and about her son's decision to volunteer for a third tour in Iraq. Mayor Alan Gaffner discussed his family's support and prayers for the military and the sacrifices of all Veterans who have fought for the freedoms we all enjoy.
The Installing Officer was National Vice Commandant Central Division, Jim Hackbarth from Dixon, IL. He is also the National POW/MIA Chairman. Officers sworn in for the 2007 Lincoln Land Leathnecks for 2007 included Paymaster Jim Price and Sergeant At Arms David Daniken, both from Greenville and Judge Advocate Ed Pilewski and Adjutant Robert Weber, both of Trenton
Front row: Jim Price, Charles Mandley, Dick Ponsler, Gary Pryor and Roger Holtgrave. Back row: Randy Weber, Bob Baker, Dave Daniken and Ed Pilewski
MISS BOND COUNTY IN STATE PAGEANT THIS WEEKEND
Miss Bond County, Cari Adams, is competing this weekend in the Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant in Springfield. Adams, the daughter of Gary and Mary Adams of rural Greenville, is a student at McKendree College in Lebanon. She was crowned Miss Bond County last August and has been busy participating in everything from WGEL’s Celebrity Pie Auction to ringing the bell for the Salvation Army during the holiday season.
Adams told WGEL that selecting the right clothes for the pageant is just one of the steps in preparing for t he weekend. She has ten outfits that must be perfectly matched. Cari has also been gearing up for the judges’ interview and practicing her speech. She’ll use the same one she gave during the Bond County Fair pageant because the local judges felt it was “funny and sweet.”
Even when the state pageant wraps up, Cari’s reign will continue until August and she has a busy agenda for the year. There are a lot of parades to attend along with visiting other county fair pageants. She also plans to promote recycling in Bond County.
Cari told WGEL that she hopes to represent Bond County well and have fun making some great memories this weekend.