5-17-2007


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PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR SPOKE IN GREENVILLE ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE

State Public Health Director, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, was at the Bond County Health Department Wednesday to meet with Health Department Director Maxine Barth, Mayor Alan Gaffner, members of the Health Board, employees of the Health Department and various representatives from other organizations. He spoke to everyone about the importance of having health insurance and how the Governor's Illinois Covered plan addresses the healthcare crisis in the state.

Over 1.4 million Illinois residents are without healthcare, most of whom are working adults. Another 9.7 million who do have healthcare, can't afford it. The Illinois Covered would have three parts to it. One would be for small business and individuals to create a collective group to negotiate better healthcare prices. The second part is for those who cant' afford the healthcare they have; the state would give a rebate above the researched cost of what the individual has paid. And the last part would be similar to those who are on Medicaid.

Dr. Whitaker says that the big problem now is finding a funding source for the Illinois Covered Plan. WGEL will have more from Dr. Whitaker's trip to Bond County in a future newscast.

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Bond County Health Department Director Maxine Barth and Dr. Eric E. Whitaker


POSTAL SERVICE FOOD DRIVE OVER WEEKEND

The U.S. Postal Service held a food drive this past weekend. Residents were asked to donate non-perishable food items by leaving them for mail carriers to pick up on their regular Saturday routes. WGEL spoke with Greenville Letter Carrier Ed Nowlin who said that this year they collected between 2,000 and 2,500 pounds of food. Items donated included cereals, canned food, boxed food and others.

Nowlin is in charge of the drive for Greenville. He said that Post Office has been holding this food drive for over 10 years and the totals from this year are comparable to last year. All items will then be donated to the Bond County Food Pantry at the Senior Center.


FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO CITY HALL TUESDAY NIGHT

A smell of smoke called Greenville firemen to the Municipal Building Tuesday at 8:47 PM. Upon arrival, no fire was found, but smoke was coming from one of the light fixtures in the foyer. A faulty light ballast was the cause of the smoke. Firemen turned off power to the light. They were back in service by 9:05.

Greenville firemen also responded to a report of a grass fire on a vacant lot East of Cardinal Hill Nursing home at 6:42 PM Wednesday. However, upon arrival, firemen found no fire and were back in service by 7:02 PM.

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KC BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING FOR MAY

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Success and Illinois Small Business Development Center will open the first week of June. The facility will house a Small Business Incubator with five turn-key offices available to tenants for an average of nine to 15 months. The facility will assist the tenant by providing officer space, services, training, mentoring and professional advisors for their start-up businesses.

The KC Dual Credit Program is continuing to expand with the first of many courses to be offered at local high schools this summer as past of the Summer Enrichment Program for Math and English. Future plans are to create a Dual Credit Committee composed of KC staff and high school administrators.

In other business, Linda Stover of Centralia was seated as a new Board of Trustee member and Sam Weems of Nashville was seated at the new Student Trustee of the 2007-2008 academic year.


EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY OFFERING BACHELORS AT KC

Representatives from Eastern Illinois University will be at Kaskaskia College Monday, May 21 and Tuesday May 22 from 9am-4PM for preliminary advising for the Spring 2009 Elementary Education Cohort. Eastern offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at KC by allowing students to complete general education coursework and prerequisites through the local college. Eastern then brings the necessary courses for the third and fourth years of the degree to the Kaskaskia Campus. Students interested in the cohort should plan to have at least 45-60 credit hours of appropriate coursework related to Elementary Education by the Spring 2009. For more details call 217-581-7895.



SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Greenville Comets will be in regional play today at North Clay High School in Louisville

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Greenville Lady Comets will play Altamont at Altamont in Regional play



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