3-1-2007


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HOUSE DEVOTES ENTIRE DAY TO UTILITY RATE HIKE

It promised to be a lively day in Springfield on Tuesday when the Illinois House met as a Committee of the Whole to discuss the utility rate hike.  Representatives from Ameren and ComEd were allowed to share their side of the story while consumers talked about the huge spike in their power bills.

Representative Ron Stephens commented that he has heard a lot of comment from Ameren customers in his district.  Stephens said some of these people are paying as much as $5 or $10 a day more for their electricity.  Stephens says the state needs to take the lead and roll back to the regulated energy days. 

Ameren is hoping 35-million-dollars in refunds, bill assistance, and patience is enough to convince Illinois lawmakers not to refreeze rates.  The company is pitching a plan to give rebates up to 56 percent for sky-high heating bills.  ComEd CEO Frank Clark is telling lawmakers in Springfield his customers are not upset, and are not paying too much.  Clark says ComEd has received only 27-hundred bill complaints, and there are over three-million customers.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's been fighting against ComEd and Ameren’s rate hike for months, and is ready to continue the fight. 


AVISTON AND BECKEMEYER DEPARTMENTS RECEIVE GRANTS

Two Clinton County fire departments have been chosen for grant money through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The Aviston Fire Protection District will receive $92,808 and the Beckemeyer-Wade Township Fire Protection District $72,818.  The grant announcement was made Wednesday by Congressman John Shimkus. 


FEBRUARY SNOW TOTALS ABOVE THE TEN YEAR AVERAGE

Greenville’s February snow totals were well above the ten-year average.  9.25 inches was recorded at the sewer plant on Route 40, and 9.5 inches at both 6th Street and the station at Route 140 and Idler Lane.  The February ten-year snow average is 3.39 inches.  The heaviest snowfall last month was on the 17th when 4.5 inches fell.  The biggest February snow total in the last ten years came in 2003 with 12.5 inches.

Rain totals for February were close to the average of 2.73 inches with 2.62 at the sewer plant, 2.32 at 6th Street, and 2.47 at Idler and 140. 


WIDEL AND GAFFNER TO REPRESENT LOCAL OPTIMISTS

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Greenville Optimist Oratorical Participants: Front (L to R); Jonah Gaffner, Brandon Braye, Jasmine Patel. Back (L to R); Ashley Widel, Abby Balducci, Carlee Braye, Hannah Paul, Jordan Willeford. 

Ashley Widel and Jonah Gaffner have been selected as the winners of the Greenville Optimist Oratorical Contest.  The topic was "My Biggest Challenge" and the event was held February 22 at the Greenville Junior High.  All eight participants were junior high students.  According to local coordinator Larry Martin, Widel and Gaffner will now represent the Greenville club at the Zone Oratorical Contest in March. 


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POLAR PLUNGE COMING MARCH 10

Have you ever been told to go jump in a lake? Now is the time to do it. Jump into the waters of Carlyle Lake on Saturday March 10 to support Special Olympics Illinois Southwestern/Area 12. Police officers from Greenville and other departments will be participating to support the local Special Olympics athletes. All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $75 in donations and every plunger receives an official Polar Plunge sweatshirt and lunch following the plunge. People are encouraged to come in costume. The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will take place at noon March 10 in Carlyle Lake, west access, main beach, with a post-plunge party immediately following at 1pm at the Carlyle Knights of Columbus Hall.



THURSDAY SPORTS

HS BOYS BASKETBALL
At the Mater Dei Class AA Regional, the Mater Dei Knights defeated Salem 42-40 in overtime.  Josh Donnewald had 16 points for Mater Dei.  The Knights play Mascoutah Friday night at 7:30 for the regional title.

The Wesclin Warriors will face the Breese Central Cougars Friday night for the Dupo Sectional title.  Wesclin won its game Wednesday by forfeit as the IHSA ruled that Lovejoy-Lincoln had won its regional championship with an ineligible player.  The situation came to the attention of the IHSA on Tuesday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
In NCCAA North Central Regional action, the Greenville College Lady Panthers were 76-72 winners over Trinity International.  Tricia Frost had 19 points and Natalie Lappe and Trisha Draege had 15 each.  Draege also had 11 rebounds. 



OBITUARIES

NONE TO REPORT


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