2-09-2007



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GREENVILLE REPRESENTED AT RETAIL SHOW

The city of Greenville continued its pursuit of new businesses earlier this week at a two-day retail show in Chicago.  City Manager Dave Willey attended the International Council of Shopping Centers’ “alliance program” on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Willey says it’s a chance for communities and retailers to court one another.  The show features workshops, round tables, and trade shows in which communities attempt to attract retailers and retailers look for locations.  The city manager pointed out that it’s a great opportunity to meet several retailers in a single location rather than traveling across the country.

Willey says while each community touts the benefits of opening in their town, the key is making a good match.  Often the demographics or spending habits of potential customers eliminate towns from contention for a retailer. 

Willey talked to WGEL about Greenville’s shopping list which includes a restaurant, shopping experiences currently not available, and an apparel store different than any Greenville has today.  He said the show allowed him the huge advantage of seeing the marketing materials other communities use.  Willey says this will be helpful in Greenville developing its own marketing plan.

Another meeting is scheduled for May and Willey anticipates that Greenville will be represented again.  The city had earlier contracted with the Buxton Company to provide data necessary in attracting retailers. 


FFA AUCTION IS MONDAY

Over thirty-five members of the Greenville FFA chapter will be on the auction block Monday night.  The annual Chapter Work Auction is a fundraiser for Greenville FFA field trips, conventions, and other activities.

Chapter advisor Steve Zimmerman told WGEL that students are sold for an eight-hour work day and are bid upon by the hour.  For instance, a winning bid of $20 per hour would equal $160 for the entire work day.  A free pulled pork dinner is offered prior to the auction in the GHS cafeteria.

Zimmerman said each buyer will then work out the arrangements with the student concerning the job they’ll do. The complimentary dinner is served at 6pm followed by the auction at 7:30pm.

 



SHED BURGLARY IN GREENVILLE

A shed on 1st Street in Greenville has been broken into.  Larry DeCrevel reported to police that the shed was burglarized sometime between December 1st and February 6th.  Over $1,000 worth of aluminum guttering and other property was stolen from the shed.


GFPD RESPONDS TO FALSE ALARMS AND SPACEHEATER CALL

The Greenville Fire Protection District was dispatched around 5PM Thursday to a report of smoke in a residence on Iron Gate Trail.  Firefighters went to the Rodney Brewer home and found that an electric space heater had caused an overloaded circuit to smoke.  There was no major damage and the department was on the scene for thirty minutes.

Greenville firefighters responded to two fire alarms that were caused by malfunctions.  The first call came at 5PM Thursday at Greenville Regional Hospital while the second was as 2AM this morning at Greenville College's Joy Hall.




MT. VERNON TRUCK DRIVER ARRESTED IN NEW MEXICO

A truck driver from Mt. Vernon has been charged for allegedly causing $500,000 in damage in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  According to the Mt. Vernon Register-News, 28-year-old Eric R. Dubach allegedly drove his semi into four homes, a business, and struck over twenty parked cars.  Dubach was arrested Sunday morning on 29 counts of criminal damage to property and driving under the influence of drugs.  Dubach allegedly admitted to New Mexico authorities that he had used methamphetamine prior to his damaging joyride. 


SPORTS

On WGEL Tonight...

High School Boys Basketball:

Greenville at Pana

Waterloo at Highland: Tape Delayed


OBITUARIES

None to Report


WEATHER

Saturday: Mostly Sunny High: 29 Low: 15

Sunday: Mostly Cloudy Slightly Warmer High: 39 Low: 20


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

This Sunday on WGEL’s Public Affairs program we will talk with Bishop Will Boyd about Black History Month. Bishop Boyd will discuss why February was selected for this honor along with the history of slavery and segregation in America. He will also discuss the roles of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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