04-25-2007




HOUSE FIRE LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF TWO BODIES

The Illinois State Police and the Bond County Sheriff’s Department are continuing to investigate the deaths of two people at 353 Town Hall Road north of Keyesport. The Keyesport Fire Department was paged to the house fire Monday morning around 7:45am. Greenville, Mulberry Grove and Smithboro Fire Departments were all requested for mutual aid.

Keyesport Fire Chief, Duane Wiegman, said that the older single story house was fully engulfed with the roof caving in. Firefighters discovered one person upon arrival to the house fire. Later investigation lead to the discovery of the second body.

According to the press release from the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, both bodies were scheduled for Autopsy Tuesday afternoon. Authorities have confirmed that the first body found was 37 year-old George Weedon, who lived at that residence.Also confirmed by police is that the second body found is a female and positive identification is currently underway via dental and forensic records.

All four fire departments were on scene for nearly four hours. The case is still under investigation. WGEL will have more details when they become available.

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353 TOWN HALL ROAD WHERE TWO BODIES WERE DISCOVERED MONDAY MORNING


ENTERPRISE ZONE APPROVED BY UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD

Information regarding the extension of the Greenville-Smithboro Enterprise zone was presented to the Unit 2 Board of Education Monday night by Greenville City Manager Dave Willey. Created in 1987, the zone it set to expire December 31st of this year. In order to submit the renewal, a resolution must be approved by all taxing bodies in the zone, which includes the school districts. Unit 2 Board members unanimously approved the resolution.

Also approved were curriculum recommendations for elementary and junior high grade levels. These included four early dismissal days for curriculum work among teachers, the development of technology curriculum for grades K-8, the reinstatement of writing portfolios, and the establishment of a committee to study textbooks.

High School Principal, Kevin Cochrane, then presented information regarding a summer Math and English program for students who would benefit from the extra instruction for transition into higher course levels. Cochrane noted that this program benefited many students last summer. Board members approved the classes for Summer 2007.

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COUNTY BOARD SAYS NO TO COMBINING ZONING JOBS

In a very short meeting Tuesday night the Bond County Board met to consider the possibility of working with the City of Greenville to hire one person to fill both city and county zoning positions. A motion was made not to co-operate with the city, and the motion passed by a 3 to 2 vote. Voting yes, or not to work to combine the positions, were Jerry McCray, Frank Lucco, and Joe Whalen. Voting no, were Jill Franks and Jack Langel. The invitation to consider combination of the county and city zoning jobs had been presented to the city by County Board Chairman, Jill Franks.

Several applications for the county zoning position have been received and the board will begin interviewing. The job becomes open at the end of April with the retirement of Howard Elmore.

 
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POCAHONTAS VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

The Pocahontas Village Board met Monday night and discussed whether a village board member could hold a liquor license. The issue was brought up because in the last election Joe Rakers, owner of Lenjos, was elected to the village board. According to the village attorney, the only restrictions for any board member holding a liquor license would be that the member could not participate on issues involving sale of alcohol within the village, and could not be president of the board since the president of the board is also the Liquor Commissioner.

In other action the board dealt with two properties they were considering for demolition.

They heard a presentation on building a Kiosk for the National Road Association from Road Association Executive Director, John Goldsmith.


STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR STATE EXAM SCORES

Greenville students were honored this week for a test they took nearly one year ago. Forty-one Bond County High School Seniors enjoyed a luncheon at the Greenville Country Club Tuesday for achieving high levels on the PSAE state achievement tests last year. The state exam tests skills in Math, Reading and Science.

These 41 seniors scored at the "meet" or "exceed" level in every category. Six students, exceeded in every category; they were Jeff Bingham, Katy Gilmore, Quinn Seitz, Jesse Shaw, Kelsey Spainhour and Lance Ward. The luncheon is funded by the academic foundation as an incentive and recognition of the students' achievement.

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GREENVILLE FFA CHAPTER TAKES FIRST IN DAIRY JUDGING

The Greenville FFA Chapter has been very busy the last couple of weeks. Lead by Steve Zimmerman, they recently participated in the Section 21 Dairy Judging Contest at the Bond County Fair Grounds. The Greenville Chapter took 1st place out of 12 teams. The top 12 individuals included Tyler Carter with 1st, Amy Schaufelberger taking 2nd and Kelcie Woker with 3rd.

Last week, members also participated in the Section 21 Livestock Judging Contest. The Greenville Chapter took home 4th place overall, with Josh Tebbe being the 12th place individual. FFA members also assisted 5th Grade students at the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation Day last Thursday at the First Christian Church.


PARENTS CLUB OF GES BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

The Parents' Club of the Greenville Elementary School sponsored an American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, April 18th. Nineteen units were collected. Nick Wacker earned a blood drop pin as a first-time donor. James Matthew and Dan Wacker were each presented a one-gallon pin.

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

JUNIOR HIGH TRACK

The Greenville Junior High Blue Jays had a Track meet on Monday with Beecher City, Vandalia and Pana. The 8th Grade Boys and Girls Team each finished 3rd, as did the 7th Grade Boys team, the 7th Grade Girls finished 4th.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Greenville Comets will play against Staunton today. The Mulberry Grove Aces team beat Sandoval at home on Tuesday; the Aces scored 11 runs on 9 hits and won the game 11-1.

HIGH SCHOOL LADY COMETS SOCCER

The Lady Comets soccer team will play at Mater Dei

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

The Lady Comets softball team will play against Staunton today, and the Mulberry Grove Lady Aces will play against South Central.

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

The Comets tennis team will play against Effingham today.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Greenville College will play Blackburn College in a doubleheader at Carlinville.

BOWLING

John Helige, owner or 4th street lanes in Greenville, bowled at 300 game last week in the big tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio. John and his partner Trevor Stoeklin are currently in first place in doubles at the Tournament that continues through Thanksgiving.


OBITUARIES

NO AREA FUNERAL NOTICES TO REPORT


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