2-23-2007

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MINOR INJURIES IN HARRIS AVENUE ACCIDENT

Greenville Police responded to an accident at the intersection of Harris Avenue and Second Street around 10:25 Thursday morning.  According to the accident report, 47 year-old James Hicks of Greenville was southbound on Second Street.  In crossing the intersection, Hicks allegedly collided with a car that was traveling westbound on Harris Avenue. 

The driver of the gray two-door car, 31-year-old Shelly Scott, and a one year-old passenger were taken to Greenville Regional Hospital because of possible minor injuries.

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Emergency personnel assisting driver of vehicle


UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION ADOPTS POLICY REVISIONS

The Unit 2 Board of Education met Tuesday night, and passed final approval on several board policy revisions that included topics having to do with the board, the budget, personnel evaluations, hiring practices and curriculum requirements.  Several other board policy revisions were reviewed, to which final action will be sought at the March meeting.  The board then voted to maintain PRESS Plus services for the 2007 calendar year by the Illinois Association of School Boards for updating the Board Policy Manual.

The board approved all items on the consent agenda including letters of retirement from Bernice Lurkins, Pocahontas Center secretary; David Burgett, librarian; Marci Ganzer, Greenville Elementary teacher; and Harold Kemp, district bus driver.  There were also three letters of resignation from Charisse Haas, Greenville Elementary secretary; Allison McLaughlin, Junior High Special Education teacher; and Pam Goodenough, Band Director.

The Greenville High School Graduation date was set for May 19th at 7PM, along with an eighth grade graduation date of May 22nd district wide.  The Unit 2 Board of Education then met in closed session and approved the hiring of Mike Jones as the high school assistant softball coach and Rebecca Klawitter as a bus driver.


MATER DEI FOOTBALL PLAYER BATTLES OPPONENTS AND DIABETES

Since the age of 10, Jake Deiters of Breese has been living life with Type 1 Diabetes.  But that hasn't stopped the now 17 year old Mater Dei High School Senior.  Jake is on the basketball, football and track teams and works hard at maintaining a healthy life with the diabetes and continues to excel in all three sports.  He says that the disease has helped him to be a lot more disciplined and allowed him to realize the reality of his situation and do what he needs to do. 

Jake explains that when he feels his blood sugar go low during a game, he'll signal to his coach, come to the sideline, drink a Gatorade and be right back in there.  Jake hasn't let the disease slow down his sporting career at Mater Dei and he's also been spending his summers at a camp geared towards children with diabetes. For the last two summers he's been a counselor in training and will work as an actual counselor this year.

Jake checks his blood sugar 4-8 times a day and gives himself insulin injections after meals, all while being a regular teenager.  As the son of Larry and Darla Deiters, Jake has been an inspiration to his parents.  They comment that between his self-discipline and work ethics with school, sports and extra curriculars; they are very proud of what he's accomplished.

After the school year ends, Jake will be heading off to Carbondale to be a part of their Track Discus team, which is top ranked in the nation.

TOURISM DISCUSSES FARM MUSEUM FUNDING

The Greenville Tourism Committee met last night and the main topic on the agenda was their annual budget. Tourism director Julia Jenner proposed that they make 50 percent of their annual available budget or approximately $30,000 for the next 5 years for a total of $150,000 available to the American Farm Heritage Museum if the Museum can secure matching corporate donations. By committing those funds, Tourism dollars would not be available in the same amounts as previous years to other events.

Craig Woker president of the Bond County Fair Board told the committee that although the fair has made money the last two years, there were many years when they lost money.  He added that the tourism money given to the fair is spent on advertising and that money is invested prior to the event before anyone knows if the fair will be profitable or not. Committee member Kathy Brewer made a motion that they scale back their commitment to the American Farm Heritage Museum to $25,000. That motion passed and will be sent along to the Greenville City Council for their consideration at their March meeting.


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FRIDAY SPORTS

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Highland Lady Bulldogs season ended with a 52-48 loss to Belleville East at the O’Fallon Sectional.  Highland finishes with a record of 27-6. 

Congratulations to Rebecca Peddicord of the Lady Comets as she shot 10 of 15 in the State 3-point Shooting Contest and qualified for the finals on Saturday. 

Good luck to the Breese Central Lady Cougars and the Nashville Hornettes at the State Tournament this weekend.

TONIGHT ON WGEL:
In the Greenville Regional Title game, the Comets play Breese Central at 7:30.


OBITUARIES

GLEN A. WILLIAMS

Glen A. Williams, Sr., age 79 of Sorento, Illinois, passed away at his home Thursday, February 22, 2007. Arrangements are incomplete at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

ETHEL BURRIS

96-year-old Ethel Burris of Donnellson, formerly of Springfield, passed away Wednesday at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Funeral services for 96-year-old Ethel Burris will be held Sunday at 2pm at Greenville First Christian Church.  Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Springfield.  Visitation is Saturday from 2-5pm at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro. 


WEATHER

Saturday: Sunny High: 48 Low: 34

Sunday: 90% of Showers High: 46 Low: 32


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Mira Williams with the Central Illinois Community Blood Center and Julia Jenner. Mira and Julia will talk to us about the importance of platelet donations and share details on an upcoming platelet donation drive here in Greenville. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our Noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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