12-27-2007

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CITY OF GREENVILLE TO OFFER TREE RECYCLING PROGRAM

 

With Christmas now over, many are probably wondering what to do with their Christmas trees.  WGEL spoke with City of Greenville Public Works Director Bill Grider about a new tree recycling program that is being offered.

 

Anyone who used a real tree this holiday season, throughout the county, is encouraged to take their Christmas trees to the recycle bin at the corner of Water and 2nd Streets, just south of Harris Avenue. Greenville residents, inside the city limits, can also set their trees by their curb and city workers will come by and pick up the trees.

 

The Christmas trees will then be recycled into mulch for the Spring planting season.  Grider said that at that time, anyone who would like some mulch can contact the City of Greenville and come pick it up, free of charge.  Christmas trees will be collected through January 15th. For more details, call the Greenville City Hall at 664-1644.


SALVATION ARMY LOCAL CAMPAIGN SURPASSES GOAL

 

The 2007 Salvation Army Campaign wrapped up this past weekend.  WGEL spoke with Reverend Wayne Pierce who said they had surpassed their goal with $16,940 collected so far, plus some additional money expected to come in the next couple of weeks. 

 

More than 500 volunteers manned the red kettles at five businesses throughout Greenville.  They rang bells every weekend from Thanksgiving through December 22nd. Money collected by the Salvation Army stays locally to assist low-income families. Pierce said that for those who want to donate via an envelope received in the mail, turn that money in locally, so that it stays in the Greenville area.

 

Pierce thanks everyone that rang bells these last few weeks and said that the campaign went very well.  He also thanked Elmer Fenton, Ken Bryant, Dan Jensen, Frank Joy, Dan Willis and Dave Trover for their assistance this year.


NEW WEIGHT LIMITS POSTED ON TWO COUNTY BRIDGES

 

Weight limits are being posted on two bridges throughout Bond County, according to the highway department and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

The first bridge is the West Keyesport Bridge, located one mile west of Keyesport.  A new 10-ton weight limit, for all combinations, is in effect for that bridge. The second is the Hillcrest Farms Bridge on Pokey Road, one mile north of Pocahontas. The weight limits will now be 15 tons for a single axle, 20 tons for three or four axles and 25 tons for five or more axles.

 

The Bond County Highway Department encourages motorists to honor the posted limits, as failure to do so can result in structure failure, property damage and personal injury.  The department is in the process of trying to get these bridges replaced.  Any questions or concerns, contact the Bond County Highway Department at 664-1144.


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MORE NEW LAWS FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR

 

Over 100 new laws will go into effect in Illinois in less than a week. Senate Bill 641 will require eye exams for all kindergartners or first graders. SB 88 expands the offense of copper theft throughout the state. SB 441 creates an offense for failure to stop or yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk or school zone.

 

And from a year where electric rates were a huge issue for everyone, House Bill 351 allows a municipality or county to adopt an ordinance possibly allowing a way to provide alternative means of obtaining power. 

 

Finally, with December being 3D Prevention Month, families who lost loved ones in DUI accidents will now have roadside markers, erected by IDOT, as a result of HB 1900.  All of these laws will go into effect Tuesday, January 1st.


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THURSDAY SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL


The Comets Varsity basketball team will play 2 games in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament today.  The first is at 11AM against Vandalia, the second is at 6:30PM versus Wesclin.  The Wesclin game can be heard live here on WGEL Radio. 

 

The Lady Comets are playing the Riverton Tournament this week.  The Lady Comets won a close overtime game against Riverton on Wednesday.  The final score was 41-36.


OBITUARIES

MARY ANN PETERS

 

Mary Ann Peters, 75 of Greenville, passed away Friday, December 21st, at her daughter's home in Caseyville.  Funeral services for 75 year-old Mary Ann Peters will be held Saturday at 11am at the Smithgrove Baptist Church.  Interment in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Beckemeyer.  The family will receive friends Friday from 4-8PM at the church.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to Almira Manor.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is handling the arrangements.


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