1-30-2007



SHILOH BOY KILLED WHEN SCHOOL HIT BY CAR

The St. Clair County Coroner's office says an 8-year-old boy is dead following an accident Monday morning at Shiloh Elementary school. Eight-year-old  Ryan Wesling died of neck and chest injuries he suffered after a car crashed through the wall of the school cafeteria around 11:45 Monday morning. Two other students were injured. The Belleville News Democrat is reporting that those children were treated at the Belleville Memorial Hospital emergency room and then released.  The driver, an elderly woman from Shiloh, remains hospitalized.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused her to crash into the building.  Classes at Shiloh Elementary School resumed today.



NEW FIREHOUSE IN SORENTO OPENED TO THE PUBLIC

The public got its first look at the Shoal Creek Fire Department’s new Sorento firehouse on Saturday.  The 9,600 square foot building features larger office and truck storage space and a banquet room. 

Shoal Creek Fire Chief Eric Ernest was pleased with the response to Saturday’s open house saying that it met with positive feedback from the public and adjoining fire districts.  Chief Ernest commented that the new building represents a big step forward for Shoal Creek as it houses seven trucks while the only firehouse could only hold two.

WGEL also talked to district trustees Charlie Wilkinson and Brett Kunkel.  Wilkinson said the new firehouse will benefit the community in many ways including the banquet room that can be rented.  Kunkel explained that the district has owned the land for many years and a $90,000 grant from State Senator Frank Watson was a key in the construction process. 

Kunkel said the department has been gradually moving into its new home over the last seven months.  Both Kunkel and Wilkinson praised the volunteer effort to get the building erected which has created thousands of dollars in savings to the Shoal Creek taxpayers.  Future plans include one truck replacing two of the older ones in the Shoal Creek fleet. 




UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS FOR DECEMBER

Unemployment numbers for December 2006 were lower than they were one year ago according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  In Bond County, unemployment last month was at 4.8% compared to 5.2% in December 2005.  In other area numbers, Clinton County was 4.1% down from 4.8% and Madison County was 4.2% down from 4.8%.  Among the sectors showing strong job growth were transportation, warehousing, utilities, and retail trade. 



FILING PERIOD UNDERWAY FOR CANDIDATES

It should be a busy week for candidates filing their petitions to appear on the spring ballot in a variety of races.  These include openings on the Kingsbury Park Board, Unit 1 and Unit 2 school boards, along with village trustees in Keyesport, Mulberry Grove, and Pocahontas. 

In the park board race, there are four seats open…one of which is a two-year unexpired term.  As of 4PM Monday, Shannon McGuire, Tommy Simpson, Doug Bohannon, Tim Sandifer, and William Traylor have all filed for the three four-year seats.  Matt Willman has filed for the two-year term. 

In Mulberry Grove there are three village trustees seats on the ballot and a two-year unexpired term for village clerk.  Incumbent Don Smith has filed his petition for another term as trustee.

WGEL will keep you updated on the candidate filings.  The period to file ends Monday February 5th. 



AUXILIARY TO HOLD ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary and community residents are cordially invited to attend the auxiliary’s annual general membership meeting Tuesday February 6 at 7pm in the Greenville Regional Hospital Community Room. Tuesday’s meeting will consist of the traditional presentation of the auxiliary’s annual gift to the hospital and the installation of new officers. A light dinner will be served, free of charge, at 6pm. Members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary planning to attend the dinner are asked to RSVP by 5pm on Friday February 2. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 664-1230 ext. 3003.


TUESDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Bluejays 8th graders season ended Saturday with a 42-33 loss to Litchfield at the Vandalia Regional.  Will Florian had 9 points and Zach Lewis 10 rebounds. 

JR HIGH GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The 8th grade Lady Indians were 25-12, 25-15 winners over Brownstown and are now 5-0 on the season.  The 7th graders lost to Brownstown. 

HS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets lost to Litchfield 90-47.  Monique Williams had 12.

TONIGHT ON WGEL
The Greenville Comets go to Staunton followed by our tape delay broadcast of Mascoutah at Highland.


OBITUARIES

PHILIP W. SCHILDKNECHT

Philip W. Schildknecht, age 83, of Greenville passed away Monday January 29th at Greenville Regional Hospital. FUneral arrangments are pending at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.

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