1-22-2007


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SWIDA APPROVES PRELIMINARY REQUEST FROM NEVCO

Thursday night was the January meeting for the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority and the first meeting since Bond County became a member of the group on January 1st.  Bond County Representative Ed McMillan said that board members approved the preliminary Inducement Resolution request from the Nevco Scoreboard Company.  McMillan commented the move is an authorization from the SWIDA group for Greenville, Bond County and Nevco to move forward and put together a proposal for a Bond Issue as Nevco plans to construct a new plant in the Wolf Industrial Park. 

SWIDA issues industrial revenue bonds which are federal and state tax exempt with lower interest rates.  This makes them very appealing to prospective industry in the area. McMillan said that the meeting was extremely positive and that board members are very excited to have Bond County included in the authority.  He commented that they were also very pleased to have a Bond County item on the agenda of the first meeting. 

Another possible request for the board in the near future, according to City Manager Dave Willey, is one from Alternative Energy Sources, which plans on opening an ethanol plant in Greenville.  They have already sought bonding authority assistance on their Kankakee facility. 

The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority is comprised of Bond, Madison, St. Clair, and Clinton counties.

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TRACTORS DONATED AND RAIL DIVISION PROGRESSING AT AFHM

Several items were discussed Tuesday night at the monthly American Farm Heritage Museum meeting at the Greenville Firehouse.  It was announced that there are several anonymous donors who have committed to match cash contributions for the capitol campaign in 2007 for the museum.  AFHM President Ollie Schaefer also expressed appreciation for City Manager Dave Willey's support of the museum, as well as the city possibly matching funds.  A couple of tractors were recently donated to the museum.  Norman and Esther Schneider donated an Oliver 77 tractor to be used in conjunction with a fundraiser at this year's Farm Heritage Days.  And Maurice and Irma Harlieb donated an International 350 tractor for similar use at the 2008 show.

Updates were given on the progress of the rail division at the American Farm Heritage Museum with the hope of having phase one done in time for this year's annual show in July.  Board members discussed different fundraising ideas and upcoming AFHM events including the Pancake and Sausage Dinner on February 17 and the Annual Banquet in May.

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SHOAL CREEK HOSTS 3M FIRE FIGHTER MEETING

The Shoal Creek Fire Department recently hosted the latest 3M Firefighters Association dinner and meeting at their firehouse.  According to Shoal Creek Fire District President Brett Kunkle, 3M stands for firefighters in Madison, Monroe and Macoupin counties, but also has members from Bond and surrounding counties.  Kunkle said that over 90 members attended the meeting, representing nearly 25 area fire departments.  The guest speaker of the evening was Dave Foreman from the State Fire Marshal's office who discussed grant opportunities and other happenings at his office.  Members of 3M all contribute to the death benefit fund that is used for fallen firefighters.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL SLEEP DISORDERS CENTER TO PRESENT “AWAKE”

The Greenville Regional Hospital Sleep Disorders Center will present its first AWAKE meeting of 2007 at 6:30pm on Thursday, 1/25 in the hospital’s Community Room. AWAKE is an acronym for Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic. This support and informational group is designed for individuals with sleep disorders and their loved ones. AWAKE meetings are held quarterly and are free to attend. Each meeting will focus on a unique topic. Sleep Disorders Center Lead Technologist Stephanie Newell will present a program called “What is Obstructed Sleep Apnea: Signs and Symptoms”. For more information call the Greenville Regional Hospital Sleep Disorders Center at 664-1230 ext. 3406.

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STATE TO UPGRADE TO WEB BASED HIRING SYSTEM

The State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services announced last week that it will move to a web-based electronic hiring system in order to expand access to state employment.  Upon completion, all state agencies will convert to a centralized, electronic system for posting job openings, accepting applications and tracking the status.  The current system has been unchanged for nearly 20 years.  With the update, thousands of more people will be able to find out about and apply for state jobs.

Under the new system, the state will provide a single online repository of all open positions.  Candidates can browse openings and apply online.  Currently, the state accepts only paper applications.  The system will also ensure that hiring decisions are based only on qualifications and other required considerations such as veterans' status.  And once a person has applied for a position, he or she will be able to log on and check the status of the application.  Beginning February 15, 2007 all open state jobs will be posted at www.cms.illinois.gov.


UNIT 1 BOARD OF EDUCATION PREVIEW

The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education will meet for it's regular monthly meeting tonight (Monday) at 7PM.  Topics on the agenda include the principals' reports and the superintendent's report. 

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SPORTS

MONDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Comets finished 2nd at the Litchfield Invitational as they lost Saturday night 70-66 to Pana.  Brian Atchison had 23 and Josh Patrick 20 for Greenville.  Greenville had defeated Bethalto Civic Memorial Friday night 41-32 with Derek Atchison leading with 10.  Josh Patrick and Jason Mollett were named to the All Tournament Team.   

The Varsity Mulberry Grove Aces lost to St. Elmo 66-49 on Friday.  Jacob Jolliff was the Aces’ top scorer with 12.  The JV Aces won 47-42 as Jason Kendall had 12, Mitchell Lewis 11, and Bobby Coates 10.

The Freshman Comets were 60-54 winners over Southwestern on Saturday. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
St. Anthony is the winner of the 59th annual James Burke Memorial 8th Grade Boys Tournament.  St. Anthony defeated Hillsboro 50-13 to claim the 1st Place Trophy.  Effingham topped Carlyle 31-19 to take 3rd place while Aviston was a 43-33 winner over Greenville to win the Consolation bracket. 

7th grade boys regionals got underway over the weekend.  The Bluejays edged Pana 34-32 to win their first round game at the Blue Mound Regional.  Dannon Young led with 14 points. 

The 7th grade Mulberry Grove Eagles lost their opening regional game 46-27 to Brownstown.  John Rickman led the Eagles with 12 points. 

The Pocahontas Indians 7th graders dropped their regional game 41-25 to Cowden.  Brad Perry had 10 points. 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The GC Panthers and Lady Panthers lost to Eureka on Saturday.  The men fell 90-78 while the women were defeated in overtime 63-59. 


OBITUARIES

None to Report


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