2-05-2007

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ONE MORE DAY TO FILE PETITIONS FOR SPRING ELECTION

This is the last day for candidates to file petitions for the April Election.  As of Friday afternoon, Unit 1 School Board incumbent Teresa Tompkins filed her petition for another 4-year term.  She joins William Johnson who filed last week.  Kevin Rickman holds the other open seat.

For the Village of Mulberry Grove, incumbent Ron Hartman has filed his petition to retain another 4-year term.  He joins incumbents Don Smith who filed last Monday and Karan Belcher who filed Wednesday.  David Wilson also filed to have his name on the ballot for one of the trustee seats.

In the Village of Smithboro, all four incumbents have filed to retain their trustee seats; Prudence Edwards, Barbara Obermark, Ron Primo and Laura Kennedy.  The Village Clerk's position, currently held by Sue Primo, is also open with Angela Strohkirch filing for that position on the Spring ballot.

In the race for Kingsbury Park Board, Warren R. Kennedy filed a petition Thursday morning for one of the three 4-year terms, and then later that day withdrew that petition and re-filed for the 2-year seat.  Incumbents Matt Willman, Shannon McGuire and Tommy Simpson filed earlier in the week, as well as newcomers Doug Bohannon, Tim Sandifer and William Traylor.

Today (February 5) is the last day to get your name on the ballot.  WGEL will continue to keep you up to date on the names you'll see in the Spring Election.


METEOR SHOWER CAUSE OF UNIQUE LIGHT SHOW

A meteor shower is being blamed for an unusual light show Sunday night in the western sky.  Metro News Source reports that some of the meteors were so big and close to Earth that they appeared to have flaming tails and some made a booming sound as they streaked overhead.  The light show was seen in a wide area of Missouri including Sedalia, Cape Girardeau, and St. Louis to Alton and Bunker Hill in Illinois.  WGEL was contacted by listeners in the Hookdale area who saw the meteor show through a west window of their house.  They described it as a round, bright spotlight that streaked across the sky. 

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DRUG ARRESTS MADE ON GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Eight arrests were made Friday morning in Bond County based on indictments handed down in January by a Grand Jury.  The Bond County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police, the Drug Task Force, and the U.S. Marshal's office coordinated the arrests.  State's Attorney Chris Bauer told WGEL that the warrants were for either alleged Unlawful Delivery of Cannabis or Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine.  A ninth person was arrested on another warrant not related to this investigation.  The defendants appeared Friday afternoon in Bond County court for formal charges.  WGEL will have more details on this story, as they become available. 


CARLYLE GRAD HONORED AS IHSA BASKETBALL LEGEND

Last November the Illinois High School Association announced plans to commemorate the 100th IHSA boys basketball tournament through a series of special events.  One of these was the selection of the “100 Legends of the Tournament.”  Named to this elite list was Carlyle High School’s Tom Michael who led the Indians to the state title in 1989.  Michael scored 28 points against Rock Island Alleman in the championship game and tallied 121 for the tourney.  Following his graduation, Michael played college ball at the U of I.

On January 26th, Michael was honored during Carlyle’s basketball game as part of the “Ball of Fame Tour.”  This specially commissioned Wilson basketball is being signed by some of the living legends during a tour across the state.  Michael participated in the ball signing ceremony that night.

Also of local interest is Pleasant Plains’ coach Cliff Cameron whose teams won the state title in 2000 and 2002.  Cameron, a former teacher and coach at the Sorento School, will be honored during the “Ball of Fame Tour” at Pleasant Plains on February 3rd.

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NEW FACES AND PLACES SPOTLIGHTED AT MEETING

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce held their annual New Faces and Places meeting Friday morning at the Bradford room in Greenville. Some 65 new and expanding businesses were introduced to the packed crowd of Chamber members and new faces. Chamber director Julia Jenner told WGEL it was great to see so many new and expanding businesses in Greenville.


ASIAN CARP CAUGHT AT CARLYLE LAKE

A recent catch at Carlyle Lake has experts talking about some un-welcomed fish.  First surfacing in local rivers and lakes in the mid-1980's, Rob Maher with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, comments about the fish.  He says there are two Asian Carp species that everyone is concerned about; the big head and the silver. 

The silver carp can jump 5-10 feet out of the water and is making boaters and skiers nervous.  The one caught at Carlyle Lake is called the big head.  They are not prone to jump but they can grow to weigh over 100 pounds. Both have been a big problem in the Kaskaskia and Mississippi rivers.  Maher hopes they don't become a problem at Carlyle.  He said since they are not native to this area and that they can grow quickly, there is no real predator for them.

Maher commented that one good thing about the lake environment is that it makes it harder for these type of fish to reproduce. Legislation in Illinois regulates the transportation of live Asian Carp into the state, however, other states do not have these regulations.  Therefore, fish are able to travel up rivers and streams from other states and make it into our local waterways.

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GPD EXCEEDS GOAL FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS FOR 2006

The Greenville Police Department has been participating in fundraising for the Special Olympics for nearly 20 years.  Police Chief Lou Lorton commented on the money raised last year, and how this allows their name to be on the back of the torch run shirts for 2007. The Greenville Police Department raised over $21,000 for Special Olympics for 2006, ranking them 13th in the state. 

Coordinator for the department's fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics, Officer Russ Rieke, commented that all of the money donated goes to the athletes.  It helps them and their families to participate in events all year round as well as the Summer Games.  This allows them to not have any out of pocket expenses.

Chief Lorton then commented on how important the Special Olympics is for the participants.  He said the focus is on what the athletes can do, and they strive to be their best.  The events stress sportsmanship on the court and field and are very inspirational. Law Enforcement in Illinois is the biggest funder for the state's Special Olympics.

This year's efforts by the Greenville Police Department for the Special Olympics will get underway with the Polar Plunge in March and the Torch Run and BBQ on June 14th.


GFPD RECEIVES GRANT FOR GENERATOR

The Greenville Fire Protection District has received grant funding for the purchase of a generator. The announcement was made Thursday by Congressman John Shimkus that the GFPD will receive $47,500 through the Department of Homeland Security.  Greenville Assistant Chief Jeff Benson told WGEL that the money will go towards the projected $53,000 cost of installing a generator at the firehouse.  Benson said the rash of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in recent years led to the department considering a generator for backup power.  Benson indicated that once the system is installed, the department’s meeting room can be used as a public shelter during power outages.

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MONDAY SPORTS

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The Comets V and JV teams were winners over Litchfield on Friday.  The Varsity Comets are now 15-8 overall, 6-3 in the conference, with their 57-46 win over Litchfield.  Derek Atchison had 16, Kyle Dannaman 12, and Brian Atchison 10.  Jason Mollett grabbed 7 rebounds. 

The Freshman Comets defeated Taylorville 41-36 at the Hillsboro Tourney on Saturday.  They play Effingham tonight at 7:15.

The Varsity Mulberry Grove Aces lost to Bunker Hill Friday night 65-44.  Aaron Kendall and Jacob Jolliff each scored 10.  The Aces fell 55-47 to Beecher City with Kendall leading Mulberry with 27 points. 

The Lady Comets are hosting their own Regional beginning tonight.  Greenville plays Brownstown at 7:30.


OBITUARIES

EUELL DOC GRIFFITHS

95-year-old Euell “Doc” Griffiths of Sorento passed away Friday February 2 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 95-year-old Euell “Doc” Griffiths will be held today (Monday) at 11am at Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery. 

THOMAS N. JOINER

Thomas N. Joiner, age 56 of Greenville, passed away Friday February 2 at his home.  Memorial services for 56-year-old Thomas N. Joiner will be held today (Monday) at 1pm at Young Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the family. 

OLLIE O. SCHNECK

Ollie O. Schneck, age 88 of Greenville, passed away at 12:43 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Greenville Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Greenville with Rev. Charles Reed Officiating.  Interment at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the New Douglas Cemetery. Visitation will be held on tonight (Monday) from 4-8 p.m. at the Donnell  -  Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Bond County Senior Center or Greenville College.  

Ollie Overa, the daughter of the late George Arthur and Mary Ellen (Maroon) Cruthis, was born March 28, 1918 on the Cruthis farm, Sorento.  She grew up near Sorento and attended the local schools. Ollie helped on the family farm growing up, as well as doing housework. Ollie was the oldest of 4 girls, surviving are; Ruby Arndt of Sorento, Illinois, Opal Stiritz of Tucson, Arizona and Irene "Midge" Anderson of Oakdale, California. 

Ollie was united in marriage to Arthur Henry Schneck on August 20, 1936 at the Court House in Greenville.  They enjoyed 56 years of marriage before his passing on December 9, 1992.  They were blessed with 4 children, Alvin G. who passed away at birth, Allen Dean who passed away in 1940 at age 2, William D. Schneck and wife Judy of Greenville and Wanda L. Mrs. Allen Blackburn of Sorento, IL. 

Ollie was a loving grandmother to Rebekah Blackburn, James Allen Blackburn, Sarah Lee Elliott, William J. Schneck III and Randall C. Schneck.  Great-grandmother to Nick Blackburn, Brittany Blackburn, Johnathon Elliott and Caitlynn Elliott.  She was preceded in death by Julianne Marie Schneck, her granddaughter.

Ollie was a member of the Utlaut Hospital Auxillary, V.F.W. Auxillary, Bond County Senior Citizens Center, and her church the First Baptist Church of Greenville.

Memorials to the Bond County Senior Center or Greenville College.

DOROTHY M. BRITT GILLESPIE

Dorothy M. Britt Gillespie, age 89 of Greenville, passed away at 7:21 p.m. Saturday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenville First United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Watkins and Rev. Elmer Fenton officiating. Interment will follow in Robinson Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. tonight (Monday)at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Dorothy Murle Britt, the daughter of Oscar Edwin and Lucy Vera Callison Britt, was born on November 23, 1917 in Pocahontas. She grew up there and attended the Pocahontas Schools graduating from Pocahontas High School in 1935. Following her marriage she helped her husband in Gillespie's Market for 8 years, then worked in the cafeteria at the Greenville Junior High for 22 years retiring in 1981.

Dorothy and Robert R. Gillespie were united in marriage on July 8, 1937 in Auburn Indiana and enjoyed over 61 years together and are the parents of 4 children. He preceded her in death on January 29, 1999. Dorothy is survived by three of their children: Jean, Mrs. Thomas Daugherty of St.Louis, Mo, Robert R. (Karen) Gillespie of Port Isabel, Texas, formerly of Jerseyville, Il, and William R. (Peggy) Gillespie of Bonne Terre, Mo, 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, 8 step grandchildren, 14 step great grandchildren, and 5 step great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Oscar E. Britt Jr. of Pocahontas, and two sisters, Margaret L. Brown of Greenville and Marian M. Marcoot of south of Greenville.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, their son James B. Gillespie, and twin sisters Vera and Verda Britt at birth.

Dorothy has been an active member of her church, the Greenville First United Methodist Church. 
Memorials to Parkinson's Foundation or the First United Methodist Church


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