Another food recall has hit the U.S. and this time it involves pizza. General Mills Operations is voluntarily recalling approximately 3.3 million pounds of frozen meat pizza products because they may be contaminated with E. coli and may be linked to an outbreak of the disease across the country. Consumers are being urged to check their freezer for Totinos and Jenos frozen pizzas, and throw out any that have pepperoni as one of the toppings…this includes combination and supreme.


Each recalled product also bears the establishment number "EST. 7750" inside the USDA mark of inspection on the package, as well as a "best if used by" date on or before "02 APR 08 WS." The frozen meat pizza were produced on or before Oct. 30 and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.  Illnesses linked to the pizzas have occurred in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and several other states.


Capri IGA in Greenville told WGEL that they pulled the recalled pizzas off their shelves and will have a list at the store for customers to check.  Consumers can return the products to the store where they were bought.  For more information call 1-800-949-9055.



Veteran's Day is Sunday, November 11th, and WGEL spoke with Tony Koonce about the 10th Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony at the Bond County Veteran's Memorial, on the Greenville Square.  Koonce said that this will be a very special day as the Veteran's Memorial was dedicated 10 years ago, on Veteran's Day. It was originally sponsored by the local Amvets Post 140, and since then, most of the Bond County veteran's group, have gotten involved. 


The special guest speaker this year is Chief Justice Charles V. Romani, Jr., who was born and raised in Bond County. State Senator Frank Watson and Charles Kelly Ireland will also speak during the ceremony.  Reverends Elmer Fenton and Kendal Mayhew will give the benedictions. Boy Scout Troop 57 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. And music will be performed by Mike Gouge, the Daughters of 1812 and students from the Greenville Junior High and High School.


The public is invited to come out and attend the Veteran's Day Ceremony at 1PM on Sunday, November 11th.  In case of rain, the program will be moved to the United Methodist Church on 2nd Street in Greenville.



According to Greenville City Manager Dave Willey, the Love's Truck Plaza project for Greenville is making progress and may have a green light to began construction as early as this coming January. The land needed for the project has been purchased, and Love's and the Illinois Department of Transportation, have reached an understanding that the bridge over Beaver Creek will need only minor modification to allow for Love's entrance. Final plans for that entrance should take only a couple more months of working out minor details, and Willey believes this should be complete by January 2008.



Deer season is just around the corner and WGEL spoke with the University of Illinois' Extension Karen File about the warmer temperatures this Fall, and how this could cause food safety issues for hunters, who don't handle their freshly killed deer properly. 


File recommends taking some extra precaution, as bacteria doubles and triples quickly when meat temperatures are between 40° and 140°. Hunters are urged to pack the deer in ice, keep it clean, and get it to the processing plant or cooler quickly, as it's predicted that deer meat won't be able to hang outside too long this year.


The first Firearm Deer Season runs November 16th, 17th and 18th.  The second season will take place November 29th and 30th and December 1st and 2nd. For more information and tips on handling harvested deer this year, call the U of I Extension at 664-3665.


Over 90 West Nile Cases in Illinois

A late season increase in West Nile cases has put the state over the 90-person mark.  Eight new cases are being reported from throughout Illinois.  That puts the total for 2007 at 93 people who've gotten sick from the West Nile Virus…four have died.  Even with this recent increase, the numbers are still well below last year's marks.  215 human cases were reported, including ten deaths in 2006. 


State health officials say the cold weather usually brings an end of West Nile season.  But doctors say that as reports of illnesses trickle in, the state may see some more cases, as mosquitoes may be a problem till the first hard freeze.  West Niles cases typically peak in the late summer and early Fall.


The Comets football team’s great season marches on.  The Comets beat Flora last Friday and are now set to face Duquoin, Saturday, at 1pm.  The game is at Duquoin and you can hear it live on WGEL with Kent Kesner and Mike O’Boyle.  The Comets are 10-0 so far this season and ranked first in their playoff bracket.  Make plans to tune in this Saturday...kick-off is at 1pm, here on WGEL.

And pick up your free GO COMETS posters at the WGEL Studios or at NACO Printing in Greenville. Display your Comet Pride with a little help from your friends at NACO Printing and WGEL Radio.





The Greenville Comets football team will play in the second round of the IHSA playoffs Saturday at 1PM.  The Comets will travel to Duquion for the game, and you can hear the live play by play coverage here on WGEL with Kent Kesner and Mike O’Boyle. 




The Greenville Junior High Lady Bluejays 8th grade basketball team lost in overtime to Vandalia on Thursday.  The final score was 28-22; Rachel Sponsler was the Bluejays’ leading scorer with 8 points.  The 7th grade team lost as well, finale score 27-15.




Zelma Stone Isack, age 90, of Greenville, formerly of Keyesport, passed away Thursday at Fair Oaks.  Funeral services for 90 year-old Zelma Stone Isack well be at 11:00 am Monday, November 5th, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM, at the funeral home


Saturday: Mostly Sunny High: 62 Low: 34

Sunday: Mostly Sunny High: 67 Low: 36


Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Lou Cotton and Tony Koonce, with the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Traveling Wall Committee.  Lou and Tony will tell us when the traveling wall will be making it's way to Bond County, the importance of bringing it to our community and how exactly it represents the actual wall in Washington DC.  That's Public Affairs, this Sunday, following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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