4-26-2007


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HOUSE FIRE LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF TWO BODIES

The investigation continues by the Bond County Sheriff's Department and the Illinois State Police into the suspicious deaths of two people north of Keyesport. Police are now confirming that 37 year-old George Weedon had been shot, and was found inside a vehicle, on a field road, about 100 yards from the house fire at 353 Town Hall Road. Around 7:45am Monday morning, the Keyesport Fire Department was paged to the fire. The older single story house was fully engulfed and the roof was caving in, according to Fire Chief Duane Wiegman.

The Mulberry Grove, Greenville and Smithboro fire departments were requested for mutual aid. Firefighters arriving on scene soon discovered the body of Weedon in the vehicle. A second body, of an unknown female, was later found inside the remains of the house. Positive identification is currently underway via dental and forensic records. Both bodies were scheduled for Autopsy Tuesday afternoon. Authorities have since confirmed that Weedon lived at that residence.

All four fire departments were on scene for nearly eight hours. The case is still under investigation. WGEL talked to State investigator Sargent Dave Wasmuth Thursday morning, and George Weedon's death is being treated as a homocide investigation. Weedon was a truck driver and he had rented the house since about the first of the year. Two dogs also perished in the fire. Wasmuth said there are several leads in the investigation.


ARBOR DAY THIS FRIDAY

Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner has announced that Friday, April 27th will be recognized as Arbor Day. In 1872 J. Sterling Morton proposed to recognize a special day be set aside for the planting of trees. Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world. Trees can reduce the erosion of topsoil, Cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air and provide habitat for wildlife. Trees planted in the city can increase property values and enhance the economic vitality of business areas.

Mayor Gaffner urges citizens to recognize Arbor Day on Friday and to plant trees in order to promote the well-being of present and future generations.


STUDENTS RECEIVE AWARDS AT UNIT 2

During the most recent Unit 2 Board of Education meeting, district principals presented reports on activities during the last month. Eighth graders Jonathon Elliot of Sorento and Ashley Horsfall of Greenville were selected as DAR winners. High School student Jeff Bingham was acknowledged at an IPA Student Recognition Breakfast. And the Yearbook Staff at the high school, headed by Kathy Stone, was presented with the "Golden Dozen Award" at the Southern Illinois School Press Association Awards. All principals commented on the success of the Extreme Makeover at all district buildings.

In closed session the Unit 2 School Board voted to hire Jeff Strieker as Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance for the 2007-2008 school year. Meg File was appointed as the 4/5 FTE Technology Curriculum Coordinator and Jay Winter as the Scholar Bowl Coach. Board members also voted to hire Shari DeJaynes as 1st grade teacher at GES and Kim Quesada as Pocahontas Center Secretary.

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ART IN EDUCATION ART SHOW TONIGHT

The Bradford National Bank, in conjunction with Our Common Ground, is hosting the 3rd Annual award winning Art in Education Art Show at the Bradford Community Building. Randy Alderman said the event will be held from 6-8PM tonight and Friday night and will feature artwork from Greenville Elementary and Jr. High Students. On Thursday, entertainment will be provided by Kim Lugge and students from GES. On Friday, Mikayla Roach and D.B. Railroad will be performing on a small stage outside the community building.

Our Common Ground President Martha Radcliff commented that the study of art has proven to help children grasp other educational studies and that the artwork on display is wonderful and represented in a gallery setting. The event is being catered by Cheri Schilling of Cheri's Garden Room.


CICBC BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS FROM GREENVILLE COLLGE

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center sponsored a blood drive at Greenville College on Wednesday, April 18th. Forty-eight blood donors presented at the drive, with 35 whole blood donations collected. Return donors included Daniel Jensen with 20 donations and Kassandra Morris with 19. The next CICBC Blood Drive will be at Greenville Regional Hospital in the Community Room on April 25th from 12-5PM. To schedule a donation time, please call 530-0687. Walk ins are always welcome.


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TOURISM MEETING CANCELED

The City of Greenville Tourism Committee meeting that was scheduled for tonight (Thursday, April 26th) at 7PM will not be held, due to no business to consider.


THURSDAY SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

The Lady Comets soccer team was beat by Metro-East Lutheran 2-1 on Tuesday. Rachel Zahniser scored the comets goal with Kelsey Spainhour on the assist. The Lady Comets will play next today at Roxana.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

The Mulberry Grove Aces baseball team will host St. Elmo today.

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Greenville Comets Tennis team will host Triad today.

JUNIOR HIGH TRACK

In a meet on Tuesday the Blue Jays Teams played Gillespie, Litchfield, and Girard. The 7th grade girls and boys team finished 3rd, the 8th grade boys finished first and the 8th grade girls finished 3rd.

COLLEGE SPORTS

The Greenville College Women’s team will play a doubleheader against Eureka.



OBITUARIES

AUGUST B. "GUS" KOMBRINK

August B. "Gus" Kombrink, 82 of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday at his residence. Funeral service for 82 year-old August B. "Gus" Kombrink will be held Friday at 10am at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. Interment in Highland City Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 4-8PM at the Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and also Friday from 9-10am at the church. Masonic services will be held Thursday at 6PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Bond County Hospice of VFW Post 5694.

DORIS MARTIN

Doris Martin, 71 of Panama, passed away Saturday at her residence. A memorial service for 71 year old Doris Martin will be held Sunday, April 29th at 2PM at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama. Friends may call Sunday from 1PM until service time at the funeral home.

JUNE COMPTON

June Compton, 73 of Panama, passed away Tuesday at her residence. Funeral service for 73 year old June Compton, will be held Friday at 10am at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church Hall in Greenville. Burial in Union Cemetery in Panama. Friends may call Thursday from 4-7PM at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.


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