01-26-2006

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GRIGG STREET PROJECT GETS UNDERWAY NEXT WEEK

The first big road project in 2007 for the city of Greenville will get underway at the end of the month. Greenville City Code Official Bill Grider said that next week on Grigg Street, crews will be cutting down trees and putting in new water and sewer lines.  The electric and gas companies will be relocating their poles and lines.  This will take approximately three weeks, according to Grider, and then the actual roadwork will begin.

The portion of Grigg Street undergoing construction is located by the hospital, just south of U.S. Route 40 and up to Walnut Street, including the corner of Walnut and Elm. Grider said the road will be closed to through traffic, however, local residents will still be able to get in and out.  While the actual road construction is going on, as some of the road will need to be lowered and/or raised, a temporary parking area for residents will be provided.  If you have any questions, contact City of Greenville Code Official Bill Grider at 664-1644.


OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW FIREHOUSE IN SORENTO

The Shoal Creek Fire Protection District will be hosting an open house this Saturday at their new firehouse on Main Street in Sorento.  Until now, the district's engine house was located in the town's office building.  The new firehouse for Shoal Creek consists of three drive-thru bays, a work bay, a banquet room, a district office, the chief's office, a dispatch office and a lounge for firefighters. The open house at the new Shoal Creek firehouse starts Saturday at 10am.  Hotdogs, chips and soda will be available.


LOCAL WGEL SHOWDOWN CONTESTANT CONTINUES PURSUIT OF DREAM

Jamie Nattier, the Patoka High School student who finished second in last year’s WGEL Colgate Country Showdown, has recently recorded a demo CD.  The disc features four songs---two original compositions and two country classics.  The songs are recorded with the Backwoods Band, a group of musicians that Nattier has performed with during live appearances in area venues.

One of the songs Jamie recorded for the demo disc is the Ray Price classic “Heartaches By The Number.”  He has sent copies of the CD to country radio stations.  Along with his second place finish at the WGEL Colgate Country Showdown, Jamie Nattier was the Illinois winner of the North American Country Music Association International “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Most Promising Male Entertainer of the Year” at a ceremony held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. 

Currently a junior at Patoka High School, Nattier is active in FFA and 4-H when he’s not singing or writing songs.

TOURISM CONSIDERS MAJOR FUNDING OF AFHM

The Greenville Tourism Committee met last night and due to the resignation of Chairman Ed Nowlin elected Cathy Wiedenhoeft their new Chairperson. The big topic of conversation last night centered on a proposal put forth by Tourism Director Julia Jenner to help finance the American Farm Heritage museum with 50 percent of Tourism revenues up to a total of $30,000 a year for the next five years. Greenville City Manager Dave Willey was at the meeting and expressed his opinion about the possibility of the Farm Museum becoming a tourism destination and a big creator of economic development from overnight stays. In outlining the current budget Director Jenner told the group most events Tourism has historically helped finance would have to do with less help and she suggested no funds in the budget for two annual events this year…Agape festival and the Bond County Fair.

The huge investment in the Museum would come with some strings including a Tourism member on the Farm Heritage Museum Board and making any funds subject to that organization obtaining matching funds from corporate donors. The board took no action on the proposal but asked Jenner to come back at the next meeting with a written proposal.

After the meeting WGEL asked City Manager Willey about the energy seminar the City put on to help local business owners deal with higher energy costs. It seemed to be a consensus of the meeting that if your current electric bill was over 500 dollars you should investigate what alternative suppliers may be able to do to reduce that bill. 


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR...

WGEL and Z-One Automotive are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Tony Award winning musical “The Light in the Piazza” at the Fox Theatre.  Tune in Wednesday for our “Get It Wrong” game.  The correct caller will have thirty seconds to give the wrong answers to three questions.  It may sound easy…but it’s not.  Our winners get tickets to see “The Light In The Piazza” on Saturday February 3rd at 2pm at the Fox.  Get it wrong and you can win this Wednesday on WGEL courtesy of Z-One Automotive.




SPORTS

FRIDAY SPORTS

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
Staunton was a 55-49 winner over the varsity Greenville Lady Comets on Senior Night.  Niqui Reinhard had 17 points and Monique Williams 12. 

JR HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
The Mulberry Grove Eagles 8th graders were 48-24 winners over Brownstown at the Vandalia Tournament.  Billy Nelson had 15 and Sheldon Zomphier had 10.  The Eagles finished 7th in the tourney with the win.  Mulberry Grove plays Cowden on Saturday at Beecher City 8th grade Regional.

TONIGHT ON WGEL
The Comets are hosting Hillsboro.  Saturday night we’ll have coverage of Highland hosting Breese Central. 


OBITUARIES

E. MURIEL GOGGIN

E. Muriel Goggin, 90 of Greenville and formerly of Elk Grove, IL, passed away Wednesday at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 90 year-old Edna M. Goggin will be held Sunday at 2PM at the Elk Grove First Baptist Church.  Interment in Ellis Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday from 5-8PM at the Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Chester, IL.  Memorials may be to the Habitat for Humanity at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.

E. Muriel Goggin is the mother of Dr. James E. Goggin of Greenville.


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Cloudy High: 35 Low: 25

Sunday: Cloudy-Snow Flurries High: 35 Low: 27


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Joyce Fikri with the St. Louis Area Dairy Council. Joyce will give us healthy recipe ideas for Super Bowl parties. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our Noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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