1-05-2007

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CITY OF GREENVILLE MARKS GREAT PROGRESS THROUGH 2006

2006 was a busy year for Greenville. City Manager Dave Willey explained that in the area of economic development, the city has established and finalized the two TIF Districts to hopefully attract significant commercial development in Greenville.  On the industrial side, there was a new ethanol plant announced, Carlisle Syntec completed their warehouse and Nevco plans to move their main facility out to the Industrial Park.  Willey commented that in total, that amounts to around 120 local jobs.

On the commercial side of things, the Senior Information Center is now open and employs around 30 people. Tri-Ford opened a dealership in Greenville and retained approximately 17 jobs while The Glenwood has been very successful and has already started to expand.  Willey said that in order to get that accomplished, the planning and zoning committees were very busy by annexing around 200 acres into the city last year.  The public works department installed the city's own water mains this year and saved between $30,000 - $40,000.  Probably the most visible change was the re-paving of Beaumont Avenue.  The Municipal Building got some much needed tuck pointing and general maintenance.  Policy wise, the trash contract was extended, new rates for water and sewer were established and two union contracts were completed; one for the public works and one for the police.  And a new cat control policy was set for Greenville. 

Willey said that out at the lake all of the boat docks were inspected and the city continued the shore line stabilization to improve the silting problem.  And the sewer department continued their man-hole re-aligning project which stops water infiltration into our sewer system.  Willey concluded that it was a busy year for the City of Greenville, and hopefully 2007 will be just as busy.


HABITAT HOME GROUND BREAKING THIS WEEKEND

A new home will be going up soon with the help of Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat member Dave Trover told WGEL that this Saturday at 10am at 405 N 4th Street in Greenville they will be blessing the ground and have a groundbreaking ceremony for the next Habitat for Humanity Home.  This will be their fourth home and will be introducing the new partner family that will occupy and take part in building the house.  Trover said that this home was adopted by Greenville College and the Free Methodist churches in Greenville and Hillsboro.  There is an aggressive goal to get the home finished by late spring. The public is invited to attend Saturday's ceremony.


CAR INVOLVED IN HIT AND RUN MAY HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED

The Bond County Sheriff's Department's investigation continues into a fatal hit and run accident Sunday night.  Deputies are reporting they believe a passenger mirror found at the scene came from a Mazda MX6.  Authorities have been told that the mirror recovered following the accident was manufactured specifically for that make and model.  However, deputies also stress that it is possible the mirror could have been used as a replacement on a different brand of car.  44-year-old Richard Starkey was struck by a westbound car while walking along Panama Avenue Sunday night.  He died from his injuries Monday morning at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.  Witnesses told deputies that Starkey was hit by a smaller passenger car possibly red in color. 

 

SHOAL CREEK RESPONDS TO CHIMNEY FIRE

Shoal Creek Fire Protection District was paged out Wednesday afternoon around 3:40PM to a report of a chimney fire on Ripson Bridge Avenue.  Flames were reported to have been coming out of the home's wood burning stove. Fire fighters arrived on the scene to find the fire extinguished and after checking the attic to make sure the fire had not traveled elsewhere, were back in service a half-hour later after.


GREENVILLE FIRE RESPONDS TO CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM

Greenville Fire Protection District responded to a report of a carbon monoxide detector going off at a residence on Ward Street after midnight Thursday morning.  Fire fighters arrived on scene and used their detectors to find no reading of carbon monoxide in the house.  The homeowner's detector was believed to be faulty.  The Greenville Fire District was back in service a half-hour later.


CICBC BLOOD DRIVE TOTALS

Seventeen whole blood units were collected during a CICBC Blood Drive held Wednesday at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Returning donors included Jane Netzler, James Tischhauser, Carla Mollet, Marian Embry, William Johnston, Rodney Reavis, James Hayes and Mary Paoletti. The CICBC supplies to Greenville Regional with the next drive scheduled for February 6 at Greenville College from 11am-4PM.

 
 

SPORTS

FRIDAY SPORTS

JR HIGH BOYS BASKETBALL
Ramsey was the winner of the Mulberry Grove 8th grade Tournament as they defeated the Eagles 40-36 in overtime.  Sheldon Zomphier had 9 points for Mulberry.  The Sorento Greyhounds took 3rd place as they topped the Pocahontas Indians 47-41.  Jonathan Elliott scored 16, Kevin Foley 15, and Paul Schreiber 14 for the Greyhounds.  Brad Perry led the Indians with 21 while Jared Haberer scored 10. 

HS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets lost to Litchfield 66-41 as Monique Williams had 19 points and 16 rebounds.  The JV Lady Comets fell to Litchfield 54-33.

The Freshman Comets were 51-46 winners over Staunton.  Todd Eaton had 19 and Brian Doll 10 for Greenville.  The Freshman squad is now 3-2 on the season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The GC Lady Panthers defeated Knox 66-52.  Trisha Draege led Greenville with 19 points and 15 rebounds.  The Lady Panthers’ record is now 5-3.


OBITUARIES

GALE BREWER

Gale Brewer, age 59 of Sorento, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 3) at his home.  Graveside services for 59-year-old Gale Brewer will be held Saturday at 11am at the Bethel Cemetery in Reno.  VFW Post 1377 will conduct military honors graveside. The Perfetti Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  


WEATHER

Saturday: Cloudy then turning Partly Cloudy High: 45 Low: 30

Sunday: Partly Cloudy High 47 Low: 30


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Pat King from the Bond County Health Department will talk to us about what Cervical Cancer is along with signs, symptoms, and prevention methods. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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