4-12-2007


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REQUEST FOR MINOR SUBDIVISION TABLED AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The big crowd at city hall Tuesday night was mostly there in opposition to a proposed three-lot subdivision on Iron Gate Road. Larry Snow, speaking for the group, presented a petition from area residence asking that the city not approve the subdivision. The council ended up tabling action when City Manager Dave Willey told the group that he needed to get some questions cleared up with Mark and Kim Gan, the couple that are proposing the subdivision. According to Larry Snow the petition to deny was based on the poor condition of Iron Gate road and surrounding roads.

In other action the council approved a contract with Korte Construction to build a parking lot for the new Nevco Scoreboard plant in the Industrial park. According to Dave Willey the state grant for 410 thousand dollars to build the parking lot has been approved and final changes to the contract with Korte set a limit of that grant amount for the City's commitment to the project. Mayor Gaffner hailed this as the first step to beginning the construction of the new Nevco facility in the Industrial park.

The Council passed the Tourism Committee's budget, they discussed purchasing with Greenville College a pedestrian traffic control light at Ganton Circle and Beaumont and under new business they discussed the possibility of taking sewer service South of I-70. Willey believes there is already a casing under the Interstate.


CITY OF GREENVILLE WANTS TEN YEAR EXTENSION FOR ENTERPRISE ZONE

The Greenville City Council voted to seek a ten-year extension of the Greenville-Smithboro Enterprise Zone at their April meeting. If not renewed the zone will expire on December 31st of this year.

According to City Manager Dave Willey the zone has been successful in attracting commercial, industrial and even multi-family residential investment to the tune of over 47 million dollars thus far. Nearly 750 jobs have been created and one thousand retained for local residents. The zone has helped to lower the unemployment rate in Bond County from more than 9 percent in 1998 to an average of 4.8 percent in 2006.

A majority of mid-sized to larger communities in South Central and Southwestern Illinois continue to offer the enterprise inducements and failure to extend the zone's life would leave Greenville-Smithboro at a distinct disadvantage.

Again the Greenville City Council passed an ordinance authorizing an extension of the original termination date of the Greenville-Smithboro Enterprise Zone until December of 2017. The extension will have to be passed by the Smithboro Village Board and certified by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


USPS CREATE FOREVER STAMP TO COMPENSATE FOR RATE INCREASES

It's soon going to cost you more to mail letters and boxes through the United State's Postal Service. Beginning May 14th, prices will increase for most services through the USPS. Stamps will cost $0.41, a two-cent increase. Each stamp will be good for one piece of First-Class mail weighing up to 1-ounce. Retail flat and parcel rates will also go up, along with international rates.

To compensate for the inconvenience of past rate increases, the USPS will be issuing for the first time, a Forever Stamp. It will initially be sold at the new 1-ounce First-Class rate of $0.41. The value of the Forever Stamp will be that of the 1-ounce First-Class rate on the day of mailing, and be unaffected by any future increases. The Forever Stamp goes on sale Thursday, April 12th and is available in booklets of 20.


SIXTH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD IN ILLINOIS

After a cold February, Illinois saw their sixth warmest March on record since 1895. Temperatures averaged 6.5°F above normal. Statewide March precipitation was 3.43 inches above normal, with most of the heavier rainfall covering the northern part of Illinois. The National Weather Service outlooks for April through June and July through September call for both temperatures and precipitation to be near normal.

State Climatologist Jim Angel says that warm March temperatures may have fooled Illinoisans into thinking Spring was here to stay, but freezing April temperatures still found their way into the mix.

 

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KINGSBURY PARK BOARD CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT THIS ELECTION

Residents will be heading to the polls next week to cast votes on several board openings. On the Kingsbury Park District Board, there are three full-term seats open with incumbent Shannon McGuire on the ballot, along with Douglas Bohannon, Tommy Simpson, Tim Sandifer, and William L. Traylor vying for the positions. There is also a two-year unexpired seat available with Matt Willman and Warren "Butch" Kennedy racing for that.


TUNE IN TO WGEL FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!!!

The Friends of NRA’s big fund raising dinner is coming up this Saturday and WGEL has tickets to give away. Tune in this Thursday for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the NRA dinner Saturday at 7pm at the Greenville VFW. Be the correct caller and win. You must be 18 or older to win, only one winner per family, Employees of WGEL are not eligible.

The Mulberry Grove Firemen Association and American Legion Post 1180 are having their First Annual Chicken Dinner on Saturday April 14th and you could win tickets. Be listening today for your chance to win two tickets to the dinner being held at the Mulberry Grove Community Park from 5 to 8 pm. Throughout the day Thursday, WGEL will ask for a certain number caller, and if that is you, you win!! It’s that simple. More chances to win from WGEL…

 

 


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MAGAZINE TO SHOWCASE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WRITING AND ART SKILLS

A new local magazine will begin circulating in the next couple of months. The Drama-Lit Club at the Unit 2 High School is currently putting together a literary magazine called "Libretto". It will consist of written and art submissions from students and staff at the high school, according to teacher Denise Ukena.

Over the past month, students have been asked to submit projects done for homework or personal use. According to Ukena, they will be going through the selection process and begin putting the "Libretto" together. She comments that it will contain poetry, short stories, possibly essays and art submissions, and be unlike your regular coffee table magazine.


CORRECTION TO HISTORICAL QUILT SHOW INFORMATION

IT WAS ORIGINALLY REPORTED THAT THE HERITAGE DAY QUILT SHOW WOULD RUN FROM APRIL 14 THRU THE 19TH.. THAT IS INCORRECT.. THE QUILT SHOW IS ONLY ON APRIL 14TH.


THURSDAY SPORTS

COMETS TENNIS

The Comets will travel to East Alton Wood River for a match that begins at 4:30PM.

COMETS SOCCER

The Comets soccer team will play at home against Hillsboro Thursday at 4:30PM.

COMETS TRACK

The Comets Track team will travel to Nashville for a meet at 4PM.



OBITUARIES

FREDERICK C. "FREDDIE" BRIGGS

Frederick C. "Freddie" Briggs, age 83, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Wednesday, April 11th at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements are pending at Yound Funeral Home, Mulberry Grove.


THE WGEL SECRET WORD IS GIVEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY IN THE 11AM, NOON, 1 & 2PM HOURS. WRITE IT DOWN AND WHEN WE CALL, YOU COULD WIN $50.

 

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