03-28-2007




MORE NEWS FROM PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Monday March 26th, the Greenville Planning Commission gave approval to Mark and Kim Gan’s request to create Iron Gate Springs Subdivision. Their property, located along Iron Gate Trail, would then be able to be subdivided into two additional lots. The Gan plat now goes on the the Greenville City Council for approva.l

Though there was no opposition to the subdivision, there were several citizens that live along Idler or Iron Gate Trail, that did voice concerns about the condition of the roads. Listed in their concerns, were blind spots, crowns and crests in the road that obstructed the view, narrowness especially one of the bridges, erosion with exposed culverts, flooding, and an intersection that was poorly aligned. The citizens are hoping to make officials aware of the condition of the road, feeling that safety is a big concern. Adding to the difficulty of possible road improvements is the fact that part of the road is in the city limits, while other parts are in Lagrange and Central townships.

Also on the agenda was a request by Steve and Georgia Shank for subdivision and commercial plat approval along Cardinal Drive and U.S. Route 40. Approval was withheld at this time, with the commission needing more details as to easements, set backs, etc in the plat drawing itself.


EARLY VOTING UNDER WAY

The Spring Election is just around the corner. And as always, people have an early opportunity to cast their votes. Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz explains that there are three different ways a resident can do this…with absentee, early voting and grace voting. Voter registration has ended, so if a resident did not make that deadline and is not registered they have until April 3rd to cast a grace vote.

A form of ID and proof of residence is required to cast your vote early. For more information, contact Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz at 664-0449.


HEALTH FAIR 2007 PERFORMS RECORD NUMBER OF BLOOD TESTS

The Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair was held last Friday. 2007 was another record-setting year with approximately 3,700 blood tests drawn, nearly 500 more than last year. Over 40 national, state and local organizations and exhibitors participated in the 28th annual event. Participants were offered comprehensive blood tests at a discounted price, while many other services were available as well.

Thirteen free health tests were offered including screening for cataracts, glaucoma, scoliosis, hearing, vision and blood pressure screenings. The day was made possible by the work of numerous people including nearly 300 volunteers. Several businesses provided donations. Many attendees traveled from throughout the St. Louis area, and some even came from as far as Kansas City and Chicago.


NO ACTION TAKEN IN OPEN SESSION FOR KPD AND CITY

The Kingsbury Park District Board conducted a special joint meeting with the Greenville City Council Monday night at the First Baptist Church. Board members met in closed session for two and half-hours. Once back in open session, no action was taken.

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TOURISM MEETING LAST WEEK TOUCHES ON FUNDING

The Greenville Tourism Commission held their March meeting last Thursday at 7:00pm at the Municipal Building. The proposed budget was discussed. Tourism director Julia Jenner talked about her ideas for the new budget based on increasing overnight stays in Greenville. Funding for $2,000 to new events, $500 for Paws in the Park and $1,500 for the Bond County Fair and Air Extravaganza was presented. The amounts for the fair and the Airport open house were half of last year's Tourism expenditure.

The Show Me advertising will be dropped this year but St. Louis Cable TV advertising will be kept. The board wanted to make clear the $25,000 to the American Heritage Museum is a matching grant and the museum can only get funding based on obtaining matching funds. It was also reminded that funding requests must be given a month in advance to receive consideration.

The Tourism Board did not have quorum so they could not vote on their proposed budget. The board agreed to hold a special meeting Monday April 2nd when it is hoped they can get the needed members to act.


SUPERINTENDENT ALLYN REPORTS ON VARIOUS EVENTS AT UNIT 2

Superintendent Melanie Allyn reported to board members at the most recent Unit 2 School Board meeting on several things happening in the district. Interim State Superintendent Christopher Koch recently announced the first public demonstration of the Revitalization Initiative Curriculum. The purpose is to design, develop and disseminate web-based model Career and Technical Education curriculum and lessons that are aligned with Illinois learning and professional content standards in the fields of Industrial Technology. It will be modeled after the Agricultural Education Curriculum model.

It was indicated that last year the attendance at spring Parent/Teacher conferences at the high school had substantially declined. Teachers recently spent time in professional development with Character Plus presenter Dr. Marvin Berkowitz on how that time could be spent in a more proactive way. This year, the recent conferences throughout the Unit 2 School District, were successful communication efforts between home and school.

This Saturday the Unit 2 School Board will sponsor a community service project called "Extreme Makeover" to improve the "curb appeal" at each center. This will be the first of several phases.

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SPORTS

LADY COMETS SOCCER

The Lady Comets will travel to Litchfield for a game Wednesday evening at 6PM.

COMETS BASEBALL

The Comets Varsity and Junior Varsity teams will be in action on Wednesday against Civic Memorial at home.


OBITUARIES

GARY L. TAYLOR

Gary L. Taylor, 40 of Greenville, passed away Tuesday in St. Louis. Funeral services for 40 year-old Gary L. Taylor will be held Thursday at 2PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment in Maxey Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after noon on Thursday until service time. For those who desire, memorials may be made to his family.


LLOYD S. "BUNNY" WARD

Lloyd S. "Bunny" Ward, 83 of rural Mulberry Grove, passed away Monday, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. In accordance with his wishes, his body will be cremated and no services are planned for 83 year-old Lloyd S. "Bunny" Ward. A private interment will be in McInturff Cemetery, Hagarstown, IL at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mulberry Grove American Legion Post #1180 or the Greenville Country Club. The Young Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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