02-02-2007

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UNSOLICITED MEDICARE SALESMEN IN GREENVILLE WEDNESDAY

Bond County Senior Center Director Anna Oestreich is alerting citizens that if they receive a visit from someone who claims to have an update to Medicare coverage, that they are not associated with the Senior Center. This comes after some Greenville residents reported unsolicited door-to-door salesmen in the area Wednesday morning.  Oestreich believes they might be selling Medicare related products or they might be looking to market a completely different product.  They may even use the Senior Center as a reference.  Oestreich says this is a complete misrepresentation, as the Senior Center never solicits door-to-door.


ARRESTS MADE IN RECENT BURGLARY

Greenville and Highland police have made several arrests allegedly related to a burglary reported earlier this month.  On January 18, William Bouley reported to Greenville Police that his dorm room had been entered sometime between December 16 and January 17.  Missing was a checkbook and some checks.

As a result of working with the Highland Police Department, the Greenville Police arrested 19 year-old Nnamdi A. Ugonna of Greenville for alleged residential burglary and forgery in the theft of the checks from Bouley's dorm room.

Highland officers arrested three East St. Louis men for their alleged involvement in the stolen checks.  Highland police took 23-year-old Paul H. Wright, 21-year-old James L. Samuels, and 23-year-old old Damian Banks into custody after they allegedly attempted to purchase over $1,100 in electronics from the Highland Wal-mart using one of the checks stolen from the dorm room.

Police are continuing to investigate the rash of burglaries and thefts from vehicles and business on the morning of January 18.


GES AND GREENVILLE COLLEGE KICK OFF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

This morning, the Greenville Elementary School will be having an assembly to kick-off Black History Month.  Helping with the event is a group of Greenville College Students.  WGEL spoke with the college's Director of Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Affairs, Michelle Griggs, about their performance.

Griggs said the students are performing an African Proverb Play that was found online. The students will be doing the dramatic readings with masks and props. She said it is to emphasize multi-cultural issues in Black History Month. Ten students are participating with one group consisting of the Intercultural Affairs Board and another group called Mosaic.

The group will perform at 9am and 10am at the Greenville Elementary School.  Along with today's performance, the students from Greenville College will be presenting other black history related shows at the junior high on February 15 and at the high school on February 21st.  Griggs also commented that several other musical groups will be joining Greenville College on the evening of February 16th for a gospel festival, and she invites the public to attend.


LOCAL BUSINESS ADDS NEW FAMILY MEMBER

A fifth generation family member has recently been added to a local business.  Schuette SuperValue Food Stores, Inc. was started back in 1863, during the Civil War, by Peter Schuette, who had developed a reputation for recognizing a fair food trade.  Generations and years later, the company's current president, Michael Schuette, is pleased to add a new partner to the family business - his daughter Tessa. 

Schuette said he has four daughters and Tessa is the third oldest and the first female coming into the business. Schuette said there has always been a rule within the family to never push any children into the business. He noted that Tessa has always loved the grocery business and helping people with their food needs. Schuette said that Tessa spends half her time in the stores and feels it will be interesting for customers to see Tessa’s hand at work. 

After receiving a degree in Marketing, Tessa is currently the new Store Marketing/Merchandising Manager for Schuette Super Value Food Store, Inc.


AUXILIARY HOLDS SHOPPING SPREES DONATION MADE TO LOCAL FOOD PANTRY

During the 49th annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar, held in December, people were given the opportunity to purchase tickets to win one of four three-minute shopping sprees at Capri IGA or Super Valu in Greenville. The sprees were donated by Super Valu, Capri IGA, Bradford National Bank, Midland States Bank, and the First National Bank. Holiday bazaar proceeds of over $38,000 were the third highest in the event’s history. The shopping spree promotion accounted for approximately $1,790 of the funds raised by the bazaar. Winners of the shopping sprees were Robert and Vickie Ellsworth, of rural Greenville; Robert and Pam Tompkins, of rural Smithboro; Mary Bauman, of rural Highland; and Loretta Schade, of rural Mulberry Grove. Two of the winners donated their grocery items to the Bond County Food Pantry, coordinated by the Bond County Senior Center in Greenville.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR...

A chance to win our 2007 Valentine's Day Prize Package. Valentine’s Day will be here soon and WGEL’s Cupid is ready to fly in for a visit.  Starting Monday February 5th, when you hear Cupid shooting his arrow, be one of the first ten callers to WGEL and you’ll be registered for our Valentine’s Prize Package.  You must be 18 or older and may only register once.  Employees of WGEL and our participating sponsors and their immediate family members are not eligible.  Cupid is coming to WGEL beginning Monday February 5th. 




FRIDAY SPORTS

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets lost to Breese Central 65-30.  Mady Willman had 14.

JR HIGH VOLLEYBALL
The Pocahontas Lady Indians 8th graders were 25-17, 25-21 winners over the Mulberry Grove Lady Eagles as Caitlin Nance had 7 aces.  The 7th graders won 25-8, 25-12 with Sheryl Kimbro recording 12 aces.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The GC Panthers defeated Maryville of Missouri 72-70.  Antonio Conquest had 14 for Greenville.  The Lady Panthers lost 78-70 to Maryville.  Trisha Draege led GC with 17.

TONIGHT ON WGEL:
The Comets are hosting Litchfield.


OBITUARIES

None to Report


WEATHER

Saturday: Cold, Partly Cloudy High: 26 Low:12

Sunday: Cold, Cloudy with Flurries High: 25 Low:10


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Ed McMillan and Jill Franks. Ed and Jill will be talking to us about the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority or SWIDA and its benefits to Bond County. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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