3-22-2007


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DEPUTIES STILL LOOKING FOR MAN IN ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY

The Bond County Sheriff's Department is still looking for a suspect in an attempted armed bank robbery Monday afternoon March 12th at the First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust in Pocahontas. According to deputies, a clean cut white male with blonde or reddish color hair, walked into the bank around 2:30PM wearing a full ski mask, brown Carhart jacket and blue jeans, and displayed a black colored hand gun. Bank tellers were able to see him enter the building on their monitors, therefore, they did not walk up to the counter. Instead, a couple of volunteers signing up people for the health fair were allegedly directed by the suspect to give him money. According to deputies, they responded by saying they didn't have any, to which the suspect turned around and left the bank. Deputies advise that the suspect was probably only in the bank a matter of 30 seconds. The suspect was driving a newer style, between 2002 and 2005, red Jeep Cherokee with a gray bottom. The Bond County Sheriff's Department is continuing the investigation with assistance from the FBI. They ask that if anyone has any information on the suspect or vehicle, to please contact the Bond County Sheriff's Department at 664-2151.

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Picture of Armed Robbery in Progress..Date is incorrect


UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD TO SEEK BIDS ON TWO DISTRICT BUSES

At the Unit 2 Board of Education meeting Monday night, board members approved their membership renewal with Southeast Purchasing Cooperative. This will enable them to save money on items regularly ordered for the cafeterias. Jay Young, Sara McPeak and Ron Smith were appointed to the Negotiations Team to serve at meetings in regard to the one-year contracts for certified staff that will be expiring soon.

The Unit 2 School Board agreed to seek bids on two 71-passenger full size buses for the district per the request of Max Aten. They also agreed to seek bids for vehicle tires, sales and service. The school calendar for 2007-2008 was okayed by the board with school beginning on Monday August 21, 2007 and final report cards handed out Tuesday June 3, 2008. Board members also approved several board policy updates.

In closed session the Unit 2 School Board hired Eric Swingler as principal at the Pocahontas Center for 2007-2008 and Karen Simmonds as receptionist at the Greenville Elementary School. District building administrators were also re-hired.

(Correction to the first day of school in the above story, Monday, August 21st is incorrect, the actual date of the first day of school for Bond County Unit 2 is Monday, August 20th 2007)Correction posted on March 24th 2007


2006 ETHANOL PRODUCTION UP NEARLY 25 PERCENT OVER 2005

Production and demand for ethanol in the United States soared to new heights in 2006, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Production of ethanol in 2006 reached 4.86 billion gallons, an average of 317,000 barrels per day, an increase of 24.3% over 2005. Likewise, demand for ethanol also increased by 33%. RFA president Bob Dinneen comments that America's ethanol industry is clearly stepping up to fulfill increased demand.

There are currently 114 ethanol biorefineries nationwide with an additional 78 refineries under construction. Locally, Alternative Energy Solutions is on a time-line to build a 108 million-gallon ethanol plant in Greenville. Currently, the company is building two other plants; one in Kankakee, Illinois and one in Boone County, Iowa. It will be located east of Carlisle Syntec along U.S Route 40.

National Ethanol LLC is set to build a 50-million gallon per year plant in Vandalia. Construction is to start in late 2007 with operation beginning in late 2008, or early 2009.

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TRAILER OVERTURNS LOAD OF DIRT

A Greenville man was not injured Tuesday morning when the trailer he was pulling overturned along Route 40 near Elm Street. City police say William Bone was westbound when the trailer began swaying out of control. It rolled over into a ditch spilling its load of dirt.


TOURISM COMMITTEE MEETING PREVIEW

The Tourism Committee will meet Thursday night at 7PM at the municipal building. Items on the agenda include the budget and any old or new business.


 

SPORTS

HS SOCCER

The Varsity Lady Comets opened their season Tuesday with a 1-0 win over East Alton Wood River. Rachel Zahniser scored the goal on an assist by Niqui Reinhard. The JV team finished in a 0-0 tie.

HS TRACK

The Comets boys got underway Tuesday at Hillsboro. First place finishers were Jim Dierkes in the Discus, Brad Rice in the Long Jump, Mitch Willman in the High Jump, and Lance Ward in the 400 and 800.

UNIT 1 SPORTS AWARDS

The Mulberry Grove Junior High Athletic Awards were presented Tuesday night. In Softball, winners were: Zoe Zinkgraf, MVP and Best Hitter JoAnna Brewer, Defense Award Megan Blankenship.

Pitching Award In Volleyball, winners were: JoAnna Brewer, MVP Amanda Thomas, Best Serves Kaylee Wehrle, Most Assists Brooke Clanton.

Most Kills In Basketball, winners were: Billy Nelson, MVP and Defense Award Kurtis Devore, Rebounding Award Zach Heilig.

Free Throw Award In Baseball, winners were: Allen Tompkins, MVP and Pitching Award Kyle Bloemker, Hitting and Defense Award.



OBITUARIES

ANGELA L BAXTER RAUCH

Angela L. Baxter Rauch, 30 of Villa Hills Kentucky, passed away Tuesday at her residence. Memorial services for 30 year-old Angela L. Baxter Rauch will be held Friday at 7PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Friends may join the family Friday evening after 6PM until service time. Memorials to the American Heart Association.

Angela is the daughter of Bill and Sandy Baxter and granddaughter of Bill and Reva Smith of Greenville.

BETHANY G BOSSART

Bethany G. Bossart, 91 of Clinton Township, Michigan and formerly of Greenville, passed away Friday, March 16 at William Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan. Funeral services for 91 year-old Bethany G. Bossart will be held Saturday at 11am at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4-8PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

PAULINE V DAVIS

Pauline V. Davis, age 82 of Greenville, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday at Fair Oaks in Greenville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Jerry Watkins and Rev. Elmer Fenton, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Pauline Violet Elam, the daughter of Marquis Andrew and Anna Stipp Elam, was born on December 16, 1924 in Blue Mound, Illinois. She was raised along the rail road at Anna, Brownstown, St. Jacob, and Pacahontas. She attended the Pocahontas Schools. She worked at the Highland Show factory, the Vandalia Shoe Factory and for Highland Box Board retiring in 1990.

Pauline and W. Edwin Davis were united in marriage on September 22, 1951 in Greenville by Dallas Newby and enjoyed over 52 years together. He preceded Pauline in death on December 28, 2003. Pauline is survived by 2 brothers, Robert (Marianne) Elam of Streator, Donald Elam of Vandalia, Lucille Freeze of Mt. Zion, Il and Margaret Matthews of West Palm Beach, Florida, and a host of nieces and nephews. Pauline is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edwin, brother Loren Elam and sister Frances Willman Braun.

Pauline is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Vandalia for over 30 years, helped in the Utlaut Memorial Hospital Thrift shop, a member of Utlaut Hospital Auxiliary and a faithful member of her church, the First United Methodist Church of Greenville. Memorials to First United Methodist Church or Greenville Regional Hospital


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