ANOTHER WIN FOR THE COMETS FOOTBALL TEAM
The Comets football team’s great season marches on. The Comets beat Duquoin on Saturday, and are now set to face Marshall on Saturday the 10th at 2pm. The game is in Greenville, and you can hear it live on WGEL with Kent Kesner and Mike O’Boyle. The comets are 11-0 so far this season, and ranked first in their playoff bracket. Make plans to tune in this Saturday, kick-off is at 2pm here on WGEL. And you can pick up your FREE GO COMETS posters at WGEL Studios, or at NACO Printing in Greenville. Show your Comet Pride.
17 YEAR-OLD RETURNS HOME AFTER FALL IN SEPTEMBER
One young girl's strength has lead a community in what's been called a labor of love. 17 year-old Kailah Mustain was seriously injured in a fall from a tree on September 17th. The accident has left her paralyzed. The star Shot Putt athlete, who attends Highland High School, spent the last couple of months in the hospital and in rehabilitation. According to a family friend and neighbor, Mark Reaka, her courage and strength was the inspiration behind a month long project. Reaka, along with 30 various contractors, friends and community members, spent the time getting Kailah's house ready for her return.
The entire home has been made handicap accessible. Reaka said that they added a 650-square foot addition that houses a dining room, Kailah's bedroom, her walk-in closet and her bathroom. Every door in the house had to be widened, walls had to be moved, new flooring was installed, counters were lowered, the driveway was widened, and a ramp was built in the back of the house, along with a Shot Putt pad for Kailah. New appliances and furniture were also brought in. Reaka says that the estimated $125,000 renovation was 100% donated by contractors, friends, businesses and the community.
This past Saturday, everyone welcomed Kailah and her family home in St. Michael Court, in Highland. The family had not yet seen the finished renovations, prior to their arrival on Saturday. Kailah cut home wrap that had been streched between houses, as she made her way in the renvated house. Reaka said that this has been one of the greatest experiences of his life.
DRUG DETAIL ON I-70 FRIDAY
Several local authorities were involved in a Drug Enforcement Detail on I-70 Friday, near the Mulberry Grove exit. Officers from the Illinois State Police, Drug Task Force, Greenville Police, Bond County Sheriff's Department, Mulberry Grove Police, Hillsboro Police and Fayette County Sheriff's Department worked from 8am-4PM on the interstate.
Several arrests were made for drug related offenses and two people were taken into custody for Unlawful Use of a Weapon. They are currently being held at the Bond County Jail on no bond.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SEEKING SHOEBOX GIFTS
An international program, designed to reach out to children across the globe, is again collecting gifts for Christmas. For the past 14 years, Operation Christmas Child has delivered shoebox gifts around the world. For the last five years, the organization has had the help of the Greenville First Christian Church, an area drop-off point, and local residents. Sally Bolen, part of the local effort, says that over 45 million boxes have been sent with over 7.6 million going out last year. Last year, in the Greenville area, 1,455 shoeboxes were put on a trailer and shipped to Effingham. Bolen said her goal for this year is 2000.
The 2007 National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 12th through the 19th. Bolen said that they would like to have the boxes to them at the church by Thursday the 18th if possible. Shoeboxes can be filled with creative, musical, sports and play items. Hygiene products can also be sent, as long as it's not in a liquid form. Bolen said they also try to stay away from military things as most of these boxes go to war torn countries. And a letter and picture from your family can also accompany the package.
For more information visit www.SamaritansPurse.org or call the Greenville First Christian Church at 664-0652. And listen for more on Operation Christmas Child, in an upcoming Public Affairs Program on WGEL.
ACADEMIC FOUNDATION ANNUAL DINNER
The Academic Foundation is having their annual dinner and meeting this Monday night at Mabry's Restaurant in Greenville. The foundation was formed to help provide financial assistance to the Unit 2 school district. One of the most recent projects was getting the district equipped with SMART Boards. Currently there are 43 SMART Boards throughout Unit 2.
Grant requests for this year include science lab supplies, art equipment, computer software and more. The money needed to cover these requests is nearly $46,000. Many requests are turned down every year due to lack of available funding.
If you're interesting in helping to fund all or part of a grant, please attend the annual meeting at 6:30PM, Monday night at Mabry's. Tickets are for sale at all school offices, the Bradford National Bank, Watson's Drug Store and Bond County Realtors.
AMEREN REQUESTS RATE HIKE
After hearing reports that Ameren Corporation plans to file a request for a 10% electric rate increase with the Illinois Commerce Commission, state Representative Dan Beiser, of Alton, is urging the ICC to deny the request.
Beiser commented that for the last year, the General Assembly has fought to ensure that the people of Illinois, especially Ameren customers, were not victimized by utilities companies that are earning record profits. He continued by saying that after a long battle, Ameren agreed to pay millions of dollars back to consumers to offset their unfair rate hikes. Now, Ameren is planning to go back to the state agency that regulates electric rates and ask for another rate increase. Beiser said he thought this would negatively impact his constituents and that Ameren's increase request should be denied.
CONSTRUCTION ON KEYSTONE PIPELINE TO BEGIN IN 2008
The Keystone Oil Pipeline project is continuing a forward motion as TransCanada announced Tuesday that significant progress is being made. The company has entered into contracts and/or has been awarded approximately $3 billion for major materials and pipeline construction contractors. They are also continuing to secure land access agreements in preparation for the start of construction. The cost of the entire project is expected to be around $5.2 billion.
TransCanada plans to file an application with the National Energy Board in November, for additional pumping facilities. The Keystone Oil Pipeline would eventually make its way through southern Bond County and on to Patoka. The line would be able to transport nearly 435,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada. Construction on Keystone is scheduled to start in 2008 in Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, and in 2009 in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.
SHINGLES VACCINE CLINIC
The Bond County Senior Center, Bond County Health Department, and Watson’s Drug store will be holding a clinic for the Shingles vaccine Zostavax on Tuesday, November 13th,at Watson’s on the square, in Greenville. Contact your doctor to see if you would benefit from the vaccine and if you would your doctor will write a prescription. Under Medicare Part D, you may be eligible to receive the vaccine for as little as $20. Call the Senior Center to get help with determining how much the vaccine would cost you. Remember to take your prescription to the pharmacy and make an appointment by Tuesday, November 6th.
REGISTRATION FOR KC CLASSES IN GREENVILLE IN PROGRESS
Registration for classes for the 2008 Spring Semester at the Kaskaskia College Greenville Education Center is now in progress. Spring classes will begin the week of January 14th, 2008. Some of the classes offered at the center include Financial Accounting, 3D Design, Biology, Activity Programming, Science and Math for Young Children, Computer Application and Business System Concepts and many more.
For further information or to make a counseling appointment, call the Admissions and Records Office at Kaskaskia College at 545-3040. Start dates for some classes may vary. Contact Jerri Davenport, at the KC Greenville Education Center, at 664-9394.
SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
Since 1995, Southwestern Electric Cooperative has awarded college scholarships to students, amounting to $122,000. This year, twenty, $500 scholarships will be granted to students who plan on attending a college or vocational institution, full-time, in the fall of 2008 and meet eligibility criteria. Applicants must have a parent or guardian who is an active member of Southwestern Electric Cooperative, have required grades for acceptance into school, and exemplify good citizenship. Directors, employees, their immediate families and previous Southwestern scholarship winners are not eligible. The application deadline is Friday, February 8th, 2008, at 4:30pm. Members may call 664-1025 to receive an application or pick one up at the Greenville and St. Jacob locations.
GREENVILLE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS PREVIEW
The Greenville Zoning Board of Appeals will meet tonight at 7PM at City Hall. Max and Anne Aten are requesting a zoning variance to allow construction of a roof over their existing porch, which would require a front-yard setback. Wayne Korte is asking for a zoning variance to allow for construction of a boat dock, with the required setback of the side-yard property line. Ed Korte is requesting the same variance for construction of a boat dock on his property. Mark and Shelly Childerson are also asking for a zoning variance for a boat dock, yet with less than 100 feet of shoreline. And Gerald Ketten is requesting a zoning variance to allow an addition to his house.
SPORTS FOR MONDAY
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
The Greenville Comets beat Duquion on Saturday 17-7 in the second round of the IHSA football playoffs. The win raised the Comets record to 11-0 this season and advanced them to the third round of playoffs. Up next for the Comets is a game against Marshall on Saturday the 10th in Greenville at 2PM. You can hear the play by play action here on WGEL Radio.
JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Greenville Junior High Bluejays basketball team will start their regular season today at Carlyle.
HOMER "SONNY" GREENFIELD
Homer "Sonny" Greenfield, 85, of Troy, passed away Friday, November 2, at his residence. Mass of Christian Burial for 85 year-old Homer "Sonny" Greenfield will be held Tuesday at 11am, at the St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy. Friends may call after 4PM tonight at the Laughlin Funeral Home in Troy. Burial at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made in the form of Masses.
Homer is the father of Linda Marti of Greenville.
LLOYD J. KUHN
Lloyd J. Kuhn, age 83, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, November 1, at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 83 year-old Lloyd J. Kuhn will be conducted today at 11am at the Greenville First Baptist Church. Interment will be in Noffsinger Cemetery in Pleasant Mound with Military Graveside Rites by the Greenville VFW Post 1377. The Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bond County Hospice or the Greenville First Baptist Church.
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