3-27-2007

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PLANS FOR AN ALCO STORE TO COME TO GREENVILLE

On Monday night the Greenville Planning Commission reviewed a preliminary plat for a building development to be located at the corner of Rt 127 and South Idler lane. The plan includes a 25 thousand plus square foot store and a parking lot for 84 cars. Entrance to the parking lot would be off Idler Lane with on site storm water detention along Rt.127 treated as a green space.

Aaron Schlott of Insite Real Estate Development explained that his company, known as a build to suit company, would construct and own the building, and rent to a retailer. There is currently an agreement with Alco to rent the store. He described Alco as smaller than Walmart, but larger than Dollar General. There is an Alco Store in Hillsboro is similar to the one proposed in Greenville. If everything goes as planned construction would start this summer. No restaurant is currently planned at the site, though one had been considered in the past.

The commission gave 4 to 0 approval. The plan will move forward to the Greenville City Council.


WOMAN DIES OF ELECTROCUTION OVER THE WEEKEND

A Keyesport woman was accidentally electrocuted Saturday night outside her home. 47 year-old Cheryl L. Collman was found by her husband, around 11:30PM Saturday night. According to Clinton County Coroner Dave Moss, his investigation, along with the Clinton County Sheriff's Department's, showed that Collman was working in her yard when she grabbed a stake in the ground, that had a live electrical wire running through it to a flood lamp.

Moss commented that there was a timer on the flood lamp, and Collman may have been trying to adjust it, when a short in the wire grounded her, and caused 120 volts of electricity to run through her body. Moss says that it's not the volts that cause damage, but the amperage, that the body can not withstand. 120 volts is the same as a regular electrical outlet inside a home.


NASA FAMILY NIGHT AT GREENVILLE ELEMENTARY

The Greenville Elementary School will host a NASA Family Night tonight from 5:30-8:30PM. Retired Astronaut Roger Crouch will speak at 6PM during the main presentation in the Jr. High Gym. Crouch was Senior Scientist for the International Space Station from 2000-2004, Lead Scientist of the Microgravity Space and Applications Division from 1985-1996, Program Scientist on five different Spacelab flights and has spent nearly 500 hours in space, traveling 8 million miles. He will talk to students and the community about his experience as a NASA Astronaut.

Also during the main presentation, awards will be handed out to various students and the Bond County Farm Bureau will present a check for the NASA program. There will also be several centers open throughout the school, including a Zero Gravity experiment, the Young Eagles Flight Program, Lego Robotics, Ham Radio operation and the Star Lab.

The Book Fair will open in the library. And students can earn patches for the different centers they participate in. Shirts, pizza and soda will also be on sale.

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. 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. Currently, the company is building two other plants; one in Kankakee, Illinois and one in Boone County, Iowa.


ACADEMIC FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE

Academic Foundation will host an open house tonight from 5-8PM at the Greenville Jr. High School, in conjunction with the GES NASA Family Night. There will be demonstrations on the district's SMARTboards in a number of classrooms on a various curriculum subjects. The purpose of the open house is to raise awareness to the community on the SMARTboards as educational tools.


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LIPIZZANER STALLIONS TIX INFO

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions will perform Sunday at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Your friends at WGEL have Family Fun Packs of four tickets to give away on Wednesday morning. Tune in for your chance to win.

The Lipizzaner Stallions are in their 37th annual tour and have performed to millions over the years. This year’s performance features new music, routines, and choreography. You must be 18 or older to win tickets and may only win once. Only one winner per family. All prizes must be picked up prior to their expiration. Don’t miss your chance Wednesday morning to win a Family Fun Pack of four tickets to see the Lipizzaner Stallions Sunday night at 6pm at the Family Arena.




TUESDAY SPORTS

COMETS BOYS BASKETBALL

Three comets represented Greenville High School in the 5th Annual Carlinville Rotary Mid-Illinois All Star game. Bryan Atchison, Josh Patrick and Jason Mollett all played on the East Squad during the All Star game. The East bet the West 112-73 with Josh Patrick scoring 16 points and Jason Mollett scoring 7 points. Bryan Atchison scored 14 points and was named MVP; Atchison also won the dunk contest. Mulberry Grove was represented by Rueben Betts who scored 2 points, and Aaron Kendall who scored 5 points.

LADY COMETS SOFTBALL

The Lady Comets opened their season with a 1-0 win over Raymond Lincolnwood on Monday. Rebecca Peddicord pitched the complete game shutout for the Comets and struck out 14 batters, and allowed only 1 hit.

MULBERY GROVE BASEBALL

The Aces team was beat by Carlyle 8-0. The aces scratched out 4 hits against Carlyle.

LADY COMETS SOCCER

The Lady Comets Soccer team fell to Hillsboro 2-1 on Monday. Jamie Hoag scored the Comets Goal with Randalyn Bingham on the assist.


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