BOMB THREAT AT HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
A bomb threat was received via telephone to the Highland Police Department on Thursday at 2am. The caller indicated that he received information that a bomb was located in the Highland High School. Highland Police and Fire Departments, along with school officials responded to the scene and an exterior search of the building was conducted.
The Illinois Secretary of State Police Bomb Search Team completed an extensive search with a bomb canine unit at 6:45am with no indication that a bomb was present in the building. School officials reviewed surveillance footage and determined that no entry had been made to the building between 11:30PM, which is the end of the custodial shift, and the time the call came in at 2AM.
No disruptions were made to the school day schedule. The Highland Police Department will continue to investigate the reported bomb threat with hopes of identifying a suspect.
(Correction to the first day of school for Bond County Unit 2, it was originally reported as Monday, August 21st, however, the actual date is Monday August 20th 2007)
TAX INCENTIVE REQUEST AT COUNTY BOARD MEETING
During Tuesday night's Bond County Board meeting, board members discussed a request for a Retailers Occupation Tax Incentive from a person interested in opening up a restaurant in the old "Ethan's Place" building. The tax incentive requested would amount to an estimated $400 a month in reimbursements of the state sales tax over a two-year period. Chairperson Jill Franks commented that the building has sat empty for awhile, with no money coming in to anyone.
Board members discussed certain stipulations that they would like to see on an agreement, including a maximum amount that could be reimburse per month and the idea that only new businesses to the area could receive this type of incentive. Bond County Board members agreed to move forward and see what type of agreement the county and the interested party can come up with.
SHERRIF'S FEBRUARY EARNINGS REPORT
Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown has released his fees and earnings report from February totaling $8,200. This includes over $1,000 from the Bond County Transit, over $700 from inmate phone commission and bail bond fees, almost $1,900 from the police vehicle fund, and over $2,300 for federal prisoner reimbursements.
NEW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AT CITY OF GREENVILLE
According to Greenville City Manager Dave Willey, effective Friday morning, Bill Grider has accepted the position of Public Works Director at the City of Greenville. Willey commented that they are pleased to have him in this new position as he holds various experience in skills needed for the job.
Grider was the Building Inspector/Code Official before taking this new position and will continue to handle some code enforcement duties until a replacement is hired. The City of Greenville will be taking applications for the Building Inspector/Code Official position until April 13th, after which a final decision will be made and the position will be filled.
EAGLE PANEL SYSTEMS NOW ENERGY STAR MEMBER
A Mulberry Grove company continues to make constructing homes easier and more energy efficient. Eagle Panel Systems, Inc. recently introduced a new brand name called the ISIP™ Roof System which is not only a roof system, but an interior ceiling, insulation system and panel system with easy installation. For 14 years, Eagle Panel has been helping residents build more energy efficient homes.
In 2006, Eagle Panel Systems, Inc. became an Energy Star Member and produced panels for three Energy Star Qualified homes. These homes meet the data put together by the EPA and Energy Star analysts. Tests are done on how well the home is sealed, the quality of the ductwork and the overall heating system.
One home that was built is owned by Eagle Panel Systems, Inc., another is owned by the company's Logistics Manager, Deanna Steiner and the third is owned by the company's Project Manager Chad Waters who has recently been appointed the consultant for the Energy Star Qualification Program.
SORENTO CROWNS NEW KING AND QUEEN FOR 2007
New royalty was crowned at the Sorento Coronation. Eighth grader Sarah Kolodgie daughter of Laurie and Jason Richardson, was named the school's 2007 Queen, and 8th grader Paul Schreiber, son of Dr. Edmar and Penni Schreiber, was named the 2007 King. The court was made up of twelve queen candidates and twelve king candidates. First runners up were 7th grader Stephanie Caulk and 7th grader Alex Bone. Gift bearers for the evening were kindergartners Gabby Young and Brandon Blumer. Train bearers for the ceremony were 1st graders Maggie Poynter and Christopher Morgan. The retiring Queen was Nichole Suess and the Retiring King Benjamin Bassett.
The theme for this year's Sorento Coronation was "Creating Memories". Melody Bassett was the evening's moderator and Jerry Dowding with Revival Music Ministries provided the entertainment. A dance for all students followed the ceremony.
CITY PLANNING MEETING PREVIEW
The City of Greenville Plan Commission will meet Monday night at 7PM. Items on the agenda include a request from Thomas and Betsy Rose for a Special Use Permit at 809 E. Washington Street to allow for rebuilding of a home in an M-1 zone, should anything happen to the present home that is of non-conforming use. Reviews for preliminary plats from Mark and Kim Gan, InSite Real Estate, and Steve and Georgia Shank for subdivisions throughout Greenville will be discussed.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL AND KPD JOINT MEETING
There will be a joint meeting of the Greenville City Council and the Kingsbury Park District on Monday, March 26th at 7PM at the First Baptist Church on South Street in Greenville. There will be a closed session, followed by a discussion on Dewey Street and adjoining Jaycee Park.
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MONDAY SPORTS RESULTS
Greenville College Baseball
Greenville College and Westminster College of Missouri split a double header over the weekend. Westminster won the first game 6-4 and Greenville College winning the second game 9-6.
Lady Comets Soccer
The lady Comets are 3-0 so far this season. Their latest victory was a 2-1 win over Highland on Saturday. Rachel Zahniser scored both goals against Highland.
CHERYL L. COLLMAN
Cheryl L. Collman, age 47 of south of Keyesport, passed away accidentally at her home on Saturday evening at 11:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 28, 2007 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home with Darryl Bolen, officiating. Interment will follow in Brown Cemetery. Friends may call at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral home after 4 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. Wednesday until service time.
Cheryl Lynn Gall, the daughter of John Henry Gall Sr. and Willa E. Lohman Gall, was born on August 11, 1959 at Highland Hospital. She grew up in Reno, Greenville and Wisetown, graduating from Greenville High School in 1977. She and Roy G. Snow were united in marriage on September 9, 1977. They were later divorced. She is survived by their two children: Megan R. Snow of Greenville and Nicholas Kyle "Nick" Snow and his wife Cara of Mulberry Grove, Illinois and one granddaughter Haley R. Snow.
Cheryl and Robert L. Collman were united in marriage on June 30, 2000 at his rural Keyesport home and he survives, as do her mother Willa E, Mrs. Harry Earnest of rural Sorento, grandmother Wilma L. Lohman of Reno, Step mother Margaret Gall of south of Greenville, Robert's two sons, Bret W. Collman of Vera, IL, and Brian R. Collman of Vandalia, two step grandchildren Megan A. Collman and Robert W. Collman, brother John H. Gall Jr. of Mulberry Grove, Step sister Peggy Crouch of Mulberry Grove, Step brother Larry Earnest of Vandalia, and step sister Cindy Helfin of Pittsburg, Illinois. Also surviving is her father in law George Collman of Alhambra. Cheryl is prececded in death by her father John H. Gall Sr, and her brother Eldon Eugene Gall at birth.
Cheryl started working at Nevco Scoreboard in 1977 and has worked in the office there with a little time off when her two children arrived. She was affiliated with the Reno Bethel Presbyterian Church in her youth. Memorials to Brown Cemetery or Keyesport First Responders
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