1-08-2007


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2006 BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED FOR CITY OF GREENVILLE

City of Greenville Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector, Bill Grider, has released his report on 2006 Building Permits.  There were 24 permits issued for the remodeling of homes, 19 for additions such as decks, carports and boat docks and 18 permits for roof work.  Grider issued 15 permits for electrical upgrades to buildings and 14 for fence construction. Eight new houses were built in Greenville throughout 2006 along with six garages and two swimming pools.  A total of 171 permits were issued by Grider with the fees collected totaling over $20,000.  There were also 129 boat decks inspected last year with $2,500 also collected in fees.


HOUSE PASSES RATE FREEZE

A week into 2007, Illinois House members have made good on a promise to address a hike in utility rates for Ameren and ComEd customers.  The House has passed a three-year rate freeze to counter a projected 22 to 55 percent jump in the amount customers will pay this year.  Although Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan supports the freeze, the House's top Republican, Tom Cross, says the bill faces a huge hurdle in the state Senate. 


2006 RANKS AS 9th WARMEST YEAR FOR ILLINOIS

Based on preliminary data, average temperatures of 54ºF statewide made 2006 the 9th warmest year in Illinois since 1895.  State Climatologist Jim Angel, of the Illinois State Water Survey, said this was largely a result of a record-setting January last year with above average temperatures of 37.9ºF.  Similar annual average temperatures were recently seen in 2005, 1998 and 1987.  The warmest year on record was 1921 with an average temperature of 55.6ºF. 

It was also the 15th warmest December on record with temperatures 5.4ºF above normal.  Other than snowfall recorded from the November 30 storm, no other significant snowfall was reported statewide. The National Weather Service outlook for January through March calls for temperatures above normal with precipitation below normal for Illinois.

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WHEATFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT MONEY FOR NEW EQUIPMENT

The Wheatfield Fire Department recently received a FEMA grant for a new truck.  Fire Chief Don Beckemeyer said the department was awarded a FEMA grant to purchase a new pumper-tanker truck.  This is the third time they have applied for this grant.  The new truck replaces a 33-year old truck and 27-year old truck.  Beckemeyer anticipates lower maintenance costs with the new fire-truck and safer more reliable responses to emergencies. Wheatfield Fire District will have to come up with $12,500 or 5% of the truck's cost, while the grant will provide $237,500.


ILLINOIS RANKS SECOND IN CORN AND SOYBEAN PRODUCTION

The state’s position as a leader in agriculture was solidified by the recent release of the USDA’s 2006 Annual Bulletin.  Illinois placed second in both corn and soybean production for 2005.  Illinois ranked fourth in hogs and pigs marketed but 26th in cattle and calves. 

Locally, Bond County was tenth in the state for wheat production with a total of 1.29 million bushels in 2005 with an average yield of 62 bushels per acre.  Bond County farmers produced 7.5 million bushels of corn with an average yield of 114.  The average soybean yield was 38 bushels per acre with a 2005 total of 2.94 million. 

Livestock numbers for Bond County in 2005 were 11,100 head of cattle and calves and 9,100 hogs and pigs.

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SENATOR WATSON'S LOOK AT 2007

The inauguration for Illinois office holders and lawmakers will be this Wednesday, January 10 in Springfield. Senator Frank Watson talked about legislation he would like to see addressed in 2007.  He said there has been concern over the direction of the job climate in Illinois the last several years and more needs to be done to bring businesses to the state. In Greenville, Watson commented, they are fortunate that the city administration has done a great job in attracting people and business to the area. 

Another concern, Watson said, is funding for schools in Illinois.  Many schools are financially struggling and becoming more dependent on property taxes, which is never good.  Watson believes that Unit 2 residents are fortunate to have a great school administration who has done well financially over the last few years.

One more concern is the ethics in government at all levels.  The state needs to do more to clean up the possibility of corruption in government and Watson believes they need to bring more visibility of what's going on in Springfield, to the public.


POCAHONTAS WOMAN ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY IN ACCIDENT

A Pocahontas woman refused medical treatment at the scene after her Jeep Grand Cherokee struck a guardrail and a tree Thursday night.  Bond County deputies say 29-year-old Shannon R. Tongay was westbound on Route 127 when she lost control of her Jeep and jumped the guardrail.  The vehicle came to a stop after striking the tree.  Tongay told deputies that she was reaching down to pick up a cigarette when the Jeep left the roadway.

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UTEP GRADUATES HONORED AT DINNER AT KC

Greenville College honored its first nine Undergraduate Teacher Education Partnership (UTEP) students at a dinner held at Kaskaskia College.  The students completed their course work and student teaching, and will participate in a formal graduation ceremony at Greenville College this May.  The UTEP program, which began last January, allows students enrolled in Kaskaskia and Lewis and Clark colleges to complete their bachelor's degrees on the community college campuses. 

Greenville College added Special Education to course offerings at both KC and Lewis and Clark in the fall of 2006. Music Education will be available at the Lewis and Clark site beginning in the Fall 2007 semester.


BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH PREVIEW

The Bond County Board of Health will meet tonight at 6:30PM.  Topics on the agenda include the Mental Health management report, flu update and the Professional Advisory Committee's review of the both the Home Health and Hospice's policies and procedures.  One item to be discussed during closed session is the purchase of property.

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SPORTS

WEEKEND SPORTS RESULTS

HS BASKETBALL
It was a good weekend for the Varsity Comets as they picked up wins on Friday and Saturday.  Greenville topped Staunton 51-43 on Friday as Derek Atchison had 13 points and Jason Mollett 12.  The JV Comets were 52-44 winners.  The Comets notched a 64-47 win over South Central on Saturday at the Highland Shootout.  Derek Atchison had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Bryan Atchison 16, and Josh Fohne 10. 

Also at Saturday’s Highland Shootout, the host Bulldogs lost to Louisville Ballard 87-43.  Ballard is the #3 ranked team in the state of Kentucky.

The Varsity Mulberry Grove Aces lost to Altamont on Friday 73-35.  The Aces fell behind 23-5 at the end of the first quarter.  Reuben Betts led Mulberry with 10 points. The Aces lost their opening game at the Morrisonville Tournament 57-44 to Springfield Lutheran on Saturday.  Reuben Betts had 18 points.

The Varsity Lady Comets lost to Alton Marquette 44-39. Niqui Reinhard scored 12. The JV squad lost 53-33.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The GC Panthers won 91-58 over Principia on Saturday.  Greenville had five players score in double figures led by Bryson Taylor with 12.  The Lady Panthers earned a 78-66 win over Principia.  Greenville native Natalie Lappe had 10 points in the game for GC.


 

OBITUARIES

MARY MONTE

Mary Monte, 93 of Panama, passed away Saturday, January 6 at Montgomery Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Taylor Springs.  Funeral services for 93 year-old Mary Monte will be held Wednesday at 11am at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.  Burial in Union Cemetery, Panama.  Friends may call on Wednesday, one hour prior to service time.

WILLIAM ETCHESON

William Etcheson, 72 of Greenville, passed away Sunday, January 7 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral arrangements are pending for 72 year-old William Etcheson at the Young Funeral Home.


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