2-26-2007


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MAN INJURED IN ROLL-OVER ACCIDENT

A Greenville man was injured early Friday morning in a one-vehicle rollover accident on Red Ball Trail. Kenneth Eakle age 44 of Greenville was injured when the car he was driving rolled shortly after midnight Friday morning. Kenneth Eakle was taken by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital and transferred.  We'll have more on this story when an official report is issued.

In other news Greenville police report that the front window of the Greenville Senior Center was shattered when the driver of a truck attempting to park backed into the glass.


ONE PERSON INJURED IN TWO CAR ACCIDENT

One driver was injured Sunday afternoon in a two-car accident at the intersection of Wyatt and St. John Streets in Greenville.  City police say Daniel G. Hargrow of Memphis, Tennessee was southbound in a Ford Explorer when he collided with a westbound car driven by 18-year-old Katherine M. Wachal of Greenville.  Hargrow was taken by ambulance to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


POWER OUTAGE

Saturday night many residents of Greenville were without power as Ameren experienced trouble with a transformer and substation.  The traffic light at the corner of Route 40 and Route 127 was out and city police were called out to direct traffic at that intersection.  In downtown Greenville the West Side of the square was dark including the Globe Theatre. Lights went out around 7pm and an estimated 782 customers were in the dark until 10:25pm.

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TWO VARIANCE REQUESTS FOR COUNTY ZONING

The County Zoning Board of Appeals met Tuesday night and heard two variance requests.  The first was from Jason and Laura Pierce on Old Route 127 for them to build a garage within 15 feet of their property line.  The board unanimously approved the variance. 

Eugene and Barry Henson on Dolls Orchard Road requested a variance to allow them to sell off 2.5 acres of a 5-acre tract.  The County Zoning Board of Appeals turned down this request by a vote of 1-4. 


LONGTIME RESIDENT IS 19 GALLON BLOOD DONOR

If you are a blood donor in Greenville you probably know Dan Jensen. Dan has donated blood 155 times making him a 19-gallon donor. He started donating blood at the age of 25 and has continued this commitment to his friends, family, and neighbors ever since. Dan came to Greenville from San Diego, California in 1960 to accept a teaching position at Greenville College, and also witnessed the dedication of the hospital that year. His retirement in 1996 from the college has not stopped him from being very active in the community, and his dedication to the community does not end with blood donation. He has participated in a Habitat for Humanity project, organizes college students for the Salvation Army Bell Ringers campaign at Christmas time, and also help with lunches for senior citizens.

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To help ensure that Greenville Regional Hospital has an adequate supply of blood, a blood drive will be held Wednesday, 2/28 at Greenville Regional Hospital from 12-4pm. Citizens are asked to help their local hospitals by donating blood and platelets. Platelet donors need to make an appointment in advance by calling Lindsay Spears at 530-0687.

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VANDALIA ETHANOL PLANT BACK TO ORIGINAL SIZE

It was recently announced that the proposed Ethanol Plant in Vandalia would be scaling back it's design to cut utility costs.  The most recent plans from National Ethanol LLC was to build a 100-million gallon per year plant, but due to the costs of water and natural gas, the company has decided to go back to it's original plan of a 50-million gallon per year plant.  National LLC had figured that they would need to pull 1.37 million gallons of local water each day for the larger plant, which concerned residents of the Vandalia Lake area.

Mayor Rick Gottman said that by scaling back the plant, National LLC can still pull water from the existing Kaskaskia River source system, and not use the nearly 75% of the cities daily water capacity that was originally proposed.  Gottman also commented that the cost of the utilities wasn't feasible for a plant of the that size.  With the 50-million gallon a year plant, it will still employ the same number of people as originally proposed.  Gottman said that National Ethanol, LLC is still calling for construction to start  in late 2007 with operation beginning in late 2008, or early 2009.

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FAIR OAKS CROWNS VALENTINE QUEEN AND KING

Fair Oaks held is annual King and Queen ball Wednesday afternoon, February 14th.  The program was hosted by Watson Tidball, of Greenville, who interviewed several Fair Oaks residents to learn the stories of how they met their spouses.  Greenville College staff member Jesse Wall performed live music for those in attendance.

Ermal Harnetiaux, of Greenville, was named the 2007 Valentine King and Edna Kaegy, of Greenville, was crowned Valentine Queen.  Catherine Koonce, of Vandalia, and James Neely, of Greenville, were selected as king and queen runners-up.  The honor of "Mr. Nice Guy" went to Richard Forrester, of El Dorado, IL.  The "Miss Congeniality" award was given to Loretta Garrison, of Mulberry Grove.

2006 Fair Oaks Valentine Queen Culah Thiems, of Greenville, retired her crown and the late Leland Scroggins, of Mulberry Grove was recognized as the retiring 2006 Fair Oaks Valentine King.


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SPORTS

MONDAY SPORTS

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Congratulations to the Breese Central Lady Cougars as they are the Class A Girls State Champions.  Central was a 47-41 winner over Rochester Saturday night to capture the crown.  Breese defeated St. Joseph-Ogden on Friday in the quarterfinals and Walther Lutheran in the semi-finals Saturday morning. 

Also, congratulations to Rebecca Peddicord of the Lady Comets as she finished 3rd overall in the Class A Girls 3-Point Shooting Contest.  Peddicord hit six three-pointers in Saturday’s finals.

At the Greenville Boys Regional Friday night, Breese Central was a 52-49 winner over the Comets.  Central plays Madison Tuesday night at the Dupo Sectional. 


SUPER BOWL WINNING COACH COMING TO GREENVILLE

This year’s winning Super Bowl coach is coming to Greenville for the annual FCA Banquet.  Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts is the keynote speaker Monday March 19 at the All-South Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes event.  Dungy was scheduled to speak last year but was forced to cancel due to a family emergency.  The banquet will be held at Greenville College’s Crum Recreation Center.  Dungy began his career in the NFL as a player for the Pittsburg Steelers and San Francisco 49ers.  His first head coaching assignment was in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Dungy has led the Colts since the 2002-2003 season. 

 

OBITUARIES

RONALD RICE

68-year-old Ronald W. Rice of rural Smithboro passed away Friday, 2/23 at his home. Funeral services for 68-year-old Ronald W. Rice will be conducted Tuesday, 2/27 at 2pm at the Young Funeral Home Mulberry Grove Chapel with burial following in McKendree Chapel Cemetery in Keyesport. Friends may call Tuesday, 2/27 at 12pm at the Young Funeral Home Mulberry Grove Chapel. Memorials may be made to the family.

JUDITH FERRY

66-year-old Judith L. Ferry of Greenville passed away Friday, 2/23 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO. Funeral services for 66-year-old Judith L. Ferry will be at 11am Monday, 2/26 at the Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with burial in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8pm Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Bond County Health Department.

GRACIE MARIE WHEELER

66-year-old Gracie Marie Wheeler of Collinsville, formerly of Vandalia, passed away Friday, 2/23 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Funeral services for 66-year-old Gracie Marie Wheeler are Monday, 2/26 at 1pm at the First United Methodist Church in Collinsville with burial following in Frieden’s Cemetery in Troy. Visitation is Sunday, 2/25 from 4-8pm at the Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville.

CHARLES NATTIER

66-year-old Charles E. Nattier of rural Patoka passed away on Friday, 2/23 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. Funeral services for 66-year-old Charles E. Nattier are Monday, 2/26 at 11am at the Day Funeral Home in Patoka with burial following in the Cruse Cemetery in rural Patoka. Visitation is from 5-8pm Sunday, 2/25 and from 8am until service time Monday, 2/26 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cruse Cemetery. Mr. Nattier was the father of Janice Romack of Greenville.


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