3-16-2007

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CARLYLE POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN APPROACHING CHILDREN

The Carlyle Police Department is investigating two incidents involving a man who has allegedly approached two groups of children in the last week. On Sunday, March 11th, police were notified of a man who allegedly offered to pay two children $1 each to help him find a lost cell phone in his car. The suspect was described as a white male, in his 20's with brown spiked hair and light facial hair. He has been seen wearing a button down shirt and a tan cowboy hat. He was reported to be driving a light blue, possibly Dodge Dynasty, mid size car with a black stripe and spoiler on the trunk. It was then learned that on Saturday, March 10th, a man matching the same description approached another two children and allegedly asked them to help find his dog.

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Sketch of alleged suspect supplied by the Carlyle Police Department

Clinton County Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the alleged suspect's arrest. If anyone has any information, please contact the Carlyle Police Department at 594-2488.


LOCAL RESIDENCE TO BE FEATURED ON HOME AND GARDEN TV PROGRAM REZONED

A Greenville residence will be featured in the program reZoned on HGTV this coming Sunday. ReZoned showcases buildings that at one time had a different use such as a church, firehouse, pump house, barn, etc and now are homes.

In November of 2005 a crew from High Noon Entertainment spent a day in Greenville filming the home of John and Ellie Kennedy. John and Ellie own and operate WGEL and live above the radio station at 309 West Main in Greenville. The Kennedy’s purchased the building about 12 years ago with the idea that when they became empty nesters they would live above their business. It took quite a bit of work to restore the tin ceilings and make the space their home but they were successful and moved in July 2003.

The idea to submit the home for the program came from Julia Jenner, Greenville Tourism Director, when she received an e-mail asking for possible candidates for the show. The criteria for the program was that the building had not been used as a residence in the past, and the owners live and operate their business in the same building. Since the second story of the building had once been used as a funeral home it did have an interesting past. The business name was W.D. Undertaking and Furniture, which evolved into the Donnell-Weigand Funeral Home. It was owned and operated by W.D. Donnell, a relative of the current funeral home owner, Bill Donnell.

The program will air Sunday March 18th at 6PM Central time on HGTV. Also featured in the program will be an Alabama pump house, a Florida synagogue, and a Connecticut mill.

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View of the Greenville Square from the sun porch of the Kennedy Home. Note the tin ceiling


UNIT 2 EXTREME MAKEOVER MARCH 31ST.

For years the Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education has wanted to improve the "curb appeal" of all buildings at BCCU#2. To get this project moving, the Board of Education has volunteered to start a service project called Extreme Makeover. This will be a landscaping project that will occur this year at all centers and involve not only board members and employees, but community members as well.

Extreme Makeover is designed so that no one person will have to make a significant contribution of time. There will be over 150 volunteers, working during a four hour time period on Saturday, March 31st from 8am-12PM. The project will continue throughout the years, as new areas will be landscaped and old areas touched up.

The Bond County Board believes that the first impression of school facilities is important for visitors, and students need to see that educators are striving for excellence in all areas. If you would like to volunteer for the Extreme Makeover project on March 31st, contact the building administrator of where you would like to participate.


BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS SCHEDULES RECRUITMENT PROCESS

The Greenville Board of Police Commissioners held their annual meeting last week. An election of officers was conducted with James O. Stever elected as Chairman, Anthony "Tony" Koonce as Vice-Chairman and Robert S. Wiedenhoeft as Secretary.

The current eligibility list for possible employment by the Greenville Police Department is due to expire this October, therefore the Greenville Board of Police Commissioners determined the schedule for recruitment, testing and formulating the new list. Starting in June, applications will available, orientation is scheduled for August, with agility and written exams a few weeks later and the posting of the new list on Friday, October 19th. This new list will be valid for another two years.

SCOTT AFB WELCOMED NEW C-40 AIRCRAFT

Last month U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Congressman Jerry Costello and John Shimkus were at Scott Air Force Base to welcome the first of three new C-40 aircraft to the base. The three legislators secured over $263 million to expand the mission of the 932nd Airlift Wing at Scott as part of the Defense Appropriation bill for fiscal year 2005. Acquiring the C-40's was the centerpiece of a plan to keep the 932nd at Scott, as well as the 1,000 reservists and civilians employed by the wing and the $27 million in contributions to the local economy. This was after funding was eliminated for the C-9's in 2003. Durbin, Costello and Shimkus also added tens of millions of dollars to maintain the C-9's and prepare for the C-40's which is the military version of the 737 jet. Durbin commented that the addition of the C-40 reinforces and strengthens the presence of the 932nd Airlift Wing. Costello believes the men and women of Scott set a high standard and continue to serve the United States with great distinction. And according to Shimkus, the arrival of the C-40 is a major step in continuing one of the many missions that are performed at Scott.


DEADLINE TO PURCHASE VETERANS MEMORIAL BRICKS

March 31st is the deadline to order a Veterans Memorial brick to be placed at the Veteran's Memorial in time for Memorial Day. Applications may be obtained at any bank in Greenville or at the Bond County Clerk's Office. The cost of the each brick is $100. The veteran does not have to be deceased to obtain a brick. Applicants are asked to follow the instructions on the application and if they have any questions, to contact Tony Koonce at 664-1976.


DOODLEBOPS COMING TO THE FAMILY ARENA.. YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS

The Doodlebops are coming to the Family Arena in St. Charles on Sunday March 25 and WGEL and TNT RV and Generators have tickets to give away. Dee Dee, Moe, and Rooney Doodle are Disney Channel stars and you could win tickets for their March 25th concert.

On Wednesday, March 21st when you hear Durwood the Doodlebop fan open the WGEL ticket window, be caller 8 and you’ll win a Family Fun Pack of four tickets courtesy of WGEL and TNT RV and Generators. You must be 18 or older and may only win once. Only one winner per family. Employees of WGEL, TNT RV and Generators and their immediate family members are not eligible.




METRO EAST JANUARY UNEMPLOYMENT RATES LOWEST SINCE 2001

The Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area shows a drop in the unemployment rate for January 2007 to 6.0%, the lowest this month has seen since 2001. However, in Bond County the rate was 5.8%, up from 5.7% one year ago, with Clinton County at 5.5%, up from 5.2% in January 2006. Madison County did go down from 5.7% this time last year to 5.6% currently. Robust hiring increases were reported in retail trade, education and health services and wholesale trade.


OBITUARIES

EUNICE M DANIKEN

Eunice M. Daniken, 86 of Greenville, passed away Thursday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for 86 year-old Eunice M. Daniken will be conducted Monday, at 11am at the Greenville First Christian Church. Interment in Montrose Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday after 4PM at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Greenville First Christian Church.


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Sunny.. High in the mid 40's..Low around 30

Sunday: Mostly Cloudy..High around 50..Low mid 40's


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. March is Women’s History Month and our guest this week is Molly McGregor, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The National Women’s History Project. Molly will talk to us about why March was chosen as Women’s History Month and she will also talk to us about important women in history along with the Women’s Suffrage Movement. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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