3-30-2007

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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 approval.

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 difficult 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 a 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.


NEW PRINCIPAL HIRED FOR POCAHONTAS CENTER

During the most recent Unit 2 Board of Education meeting, it was announced that the district had hired a new principal for the Pocahontas Center. Current Principal Mike O'Boyle, will be retiring at the end of this current year. After several applicants and interviews, Eric A. Swingler, of Bloomington, was selected for the job.

Swingler is currently a fourth grade teacher and holds a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. During the last eight years of working within his current school district, Swingler was the Principal for the ESL and Special Education Summer School in 2005 and 2006 and has held the position of Principal Designee since 2003. He has taught grades first through fifth, coached men's tennis and works on several school committees. He has worked in his current school district for over eight years, and was involved in several administrative activities.

Swingler will take on the position of the Pocahontas Center Principal starting this fall with the 2007-2008 school year.


FIREMEN CALLED TO SMOKE ALARM

Greenville Firemen were called at 10:36 Wednesday night to Prairie Street in Greenville. The fire alarm thankfully turned out to be just smoke caused by a cook stove which had not been cleaned and when heated up again was producing enough smoke to cause the alarm. Firemen were on the scene for about 20 minutes and were back in service by 11:00 PM.

VANDALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES TIF ASSISTANCE FOR OCTOCHEM EXPANSION

During the most recent Vandalia City Council meeting, board members approved TIF assistance for various businesses. One of the requests was for an expansion to the Octochem manufacturing facility located in the industrial park on Wagner Street. Mayor Rick Gottman said the company, that packages sample medication, will be constructing a 22,500 square foot addition to the north of the current building's location. Under the agreement, Octochem will receive 70% of the new property tax revenues generated over the next ten years, as a result of the company's expansion.

Gottman also commented that the City of Vandalia is still working on getting the third TIF District that would include west of the interchange by the new truck stop and continue to the Main Street overpass


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

SMOTHERS BROTHERS TICKETS

The legendary comedy team, Tom and Dick Smothers, are coming to the Family Arena in St. Charles and you could win a pair of tickets. WGEL and Tri County Petroleum present the Classic Comedy Teams Trivia Contest on Monday, April 2nd. The correct caller with the correct answer wins a pair of tickets. You must be 18 or older and may only win once. Only one winner per family. Employees of WGEL, Tri County Petroleum, and their immediate family members are not eligible. It’s Classic Comedy Teams Trivia Monday April 2nd between 10am and 3pm with Brad Rogers. You could win Smothers Brothers tickets from your friends at WGEL and Tri County Petroleum.




FRIDAY SPORTS

VARSITY COMETS BASEBALL

The Comets will host Carlinville on Friday, the game starts at 4:30PM

VARSITY LADY COMETS SOFTBALL

The Lady Comets will travel to Carlinville for a game on Friday, the game starts at 4:30PM.

LADY COMETS SOCCER

The Lady Comets Soccer team will travel to Litchfield for a match against Carlinville on Friday.


OBITUARIES

NO NEW AREA OBITUARIES TO REPORT


WEATHER

SATURDAY: Cloudy 40% of Rain/Storms High: 75 Low: 60

SUNDAY: Partly Cloudy 30% of Rain/Storms High: 72 Low: 60


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Guidance Counselor at Greenville High School Steve Dannaman. Steve will talk to us about key components of youth development and youth leadership. He’ll also tell us how kids with a low self-esteem can help raise it to a high self-esteem. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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