3-05-2007


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WATER MAIN BREAK UNDER ROUTE 40

City of Greenville workers spent most of Sunday locating and repairing a water main break near the intersection of Route 127 and Route 40. The leak was discovered around 8am Sunday and was blamed on a break in the line under the westbound lane of Route 40. Workers had to jackhammer across concrete a foot thick and asphalt even thicker before they could dig down to the line which was about ten to twelve feet below the pavement. Public works director Gary Netzler told WGEL that they have made repairs to the line in the same area but this was the first time they've had to dig up a portion of Route 40. The repairs were complete around 9PM. There is a boil order for Greenville water customers south of Bowman on Route 127 and those living on Cardinal Drive until further notice. This boil order does not effect Chang's Restaurant or Jumpin' Jimmy's.


DISTRICT WIDE COLLEGE FAIR

Kaskaskia College will be hosting their District Wide College Fair tonight at the main campus in Centralia from 6:30-8PM. There will be representatives in attendance from over 20 colleges and organizations providing information to students of all ages. Some of the colleges represented during the event will be the University of Illinois Champaign, Urbana and Springfield; Webster University; SIU-Edwardsville and Carbondale; Truman State, Ranken Technical College; Milikin University; Mckendree College and MacMurray. There is no registration required. Fore more information call Kaskaskia College at 545-3048.


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EXPANSION OF ETHANOL RESEARCH CENTER AT SIUE AUNDI

Legislation allowing the expansion of services offered by the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at SIU-Edwardsville, passed the House Higher Education Committee Thursday. House Bill 1313, sponsored by State Representative Jay Hoffman, requires the NCERC to create an Illinois State Bio-refining Center of Excellence for ethanol training and research. The center would be the nation's preeminent Ethanol-related institution. The center will also serve as a third-party source to review, test and validate research from around the country on renewable energy. Hoffman believes that the Bio-refining Center for Excellence at SIUE will help Illinois continue to be the national leader in developing renewable resources that create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect the environment.


ONE INJURED IN I-70 ACCIDENT

Mulberry Grove first responders were called to a single vehicle accident at 9:47 Saturday morning on Interstate 70. The driver of a westbound pick-up truck lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the median at the 53 mile marker. One person was transported to Greenville Regional Hospital with minor injuries.

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GES TEACHERS BACK FROM NASA EXPERIMENT

A rubber duck, a marble, and a feather may not sound like the sort of things you'd find in a NASA experiment, but those were the basis of the work conducted by a team of Greenville Elementary School teachers. As reported earlier by WGEL, Jackie Blumer, Eric Ahern, Ben Cunningham, and Anne Langham attended a micro-gravity experiment February 11-18 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The experiment took place in a NASA DC-9 that gives scientists the opportunity to work in anti-gravity conditions. Blumer told WGEL that their experiment focuses on four containers and how the contents would react to micro-gravity and surface tension. Two of them had ten ounces of water in them. One contained a marble and the other a rubber duck. The other two held no liquid only a rubber duck in one and a feather in the other. Because of surface tension and microgravity the results were not as they anticipated. The GES teachers thought the water would "sphere up into a ball" in those conditions but it actually "crawled" along the inside of the container. She said they will analyze what they learned and determine how to achieve the results they had hoped for. Greenville Elementary students were able to communicate with Ahern and Langham through the Distance Learning Network while Blumer and Cunningham were in the air. GES is one of over 100 NASA Explorer Schools nationwide.


PARENTS TO POSSIBLY GET ACCESS TO TEEN DRIVING RECORDS

The Illinois House of Representatives has approved legislation initiated by the Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White that will allow parents or guardians access to driving records of their teenagers via the internet. Under the proposed HB 518, parents can view these records free online and will be able to access the information until their child turns 18 years old. White explains that this will enable parents to be more aware of their teenager's driving patterns as they proceed through the Graduated Driver's License program. The GDL increases driving privileges for safe and responsible drivers and maintains that parental involvement is a critical component in the successful completion of the program.


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ENTERPRISE ZONE MUST BE RENEWED

The Greenville/Smithboro Enterprise Zone is due to expire in 2007 if it is not renewed. The Greenville City Council took the first step to renew the Enterprise Zone recently. After hearing a recommendation from City Manager Dave Willey the council voted to hire consultant Fred Walker of the Walker Group. The cost of preparing the renewal application will vary depending on the number of taxing bodies and there would be additional cost if the City should decide to annex additional property. Walker lives in Salem and that should save the city big travel expense. Willey estimates the cost of the entire contract should be around 5 thousand dollars. According to Willey it will take approximately 3 to 4 months to complete the process and obtain approval from the State.


 


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OBITUARIES

CATHERINE MORRIS

88 -year-old Catherine Morris of Coffeen passed away Saturday, March 3, at Montgomery Nursing and Rehab. Center. No services are planned for 88-year-old Catherine Morris. Burial will be in Valhalla cemetery in St. Louis, MO. The Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.


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