MULBERRY GROVE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO A TRAIN FIRE
The Mulberry Grove Fire Department was paged to a train engine and brush fire along the tracks at Rt 140 and Hurricane Creek on Monday afternoon. Twenty minutes later the Greenvile Fire Department was paged to respond with a tanker, brush truck, and manpower. The train was a CSX freight train with approximately 95 cars. The engineer had heard a loud noise as the train was traveling from Smithboro towards Mulberry Grove, knew something was wrong, and stopped the train. It is believed that at that time the generator on the locomotive exploded or in some way came apart, causing an engine fire and also igniting brush along the tracks.
A locomotive is powered by a diesel motor, that controls a generator, which then powers the wheels. Fuel was cut to the engine but initially it continued to run and time was needed to let it cool down. Both fire departments were on the scene for over 2 hours. The cost of damages is undetermined at this time, but an engine for a locomotive can cost as much as a million dollars.
THE GAN REZONING REQUEST DISCUSSED BY BOND COUNTY BOARD
Mark and Kim Gan's request to be allowed to rezone their 7.45 acres from A-1 to R-1 classification was discussed by the Bond County Board for the second time Tuesday morning. The Gan's plan to create a minor subdivision and divide their property into three lots. The Zoning Board of Appeals had turned down the request by a vote of 3-2 because of narrow roads and high traffic. To address this issue the Gan's had altered their preliminary plat to show a 20 foot easement for utilities and also for widening the road.
Several residents spoke before the board expressing their concerns about the roads, traffic, and the need for the city and county to develop a sub-division standard and stick to it. Board Chairman, Jill Franks, commented that she understood the residents concerns, but that the Gan's had fully met all the zoning requirements in regard to minor sub-divisions.
A motion was made not to approve the zoning boards recommendation and to approve rezoning the property from A-1 to R-1, contingent on approval of the final plat. This passed by a 3 to 2 vote. Voting yes was Jill Franks, Frank Lucco, and Joe Whalen. Voting no was Jack Langel, and Jerry McCray. The motion only needed a simple majority to pass.
The zoning change still needs approval of the Greenville City Council since the Gan property is with a mile and half of the city. The last time the rezoning was presented to the city council it was tabled.
You can view the Bond County Board meeting Wednesday evening at 6PM on New Wave Channel 3.
GREENVILLE REGIONAL BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS
Greenville Regional Hospital recently hosted a CICBC Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 25th. Eighteen whole blood donations were collected. Returning donors included Jane Netzler, 102 times, Gail Bryan, 93 donations, Roya Bourgeois, 43 times, Joyce Schantz, 35 donations and Marian Embry 31 times. The CICBC is the sole blood supplier for the Greenville Regional Hospital and sever other local hospitals in the Madison and St. Clair counties. The next CICBC blood drive will be at the Greenville Free Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 8th from 10am-1PM. To schedule a donation time, call 530-0687
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
National Day of Prayer is Thursday May 3rd. Wayne Pierce with the Bond County Ministerial Alliance has organized a local prayer service to be held at noon on the south side of the courthouse lawn. In case of rain, the service will be moved to the First United Methodist Church.
VARIANCE REQUEST LEADS TO LENGTH DISCUSSION AT PLANNING MEETING
After a lengthy discussion Monday night the Greenville Planning Commission passed a motion related to a sub-division off Cardinal Hill Drive being developed by Steve and Georgia Shank . The motion was to grant a variance that would allow the street in the subdivision to be only 24 feet wide, to eliminate the Culdesac requirement at the end of the road, to require a 10 foot easement on each side of the road, and eliminate the contour interval. This motion did not eliminate the curb, gutter, and sidewalk requirements. During the meeting both Chairman Hugh Seifken, and City Manager Dave Willey stressed the importance of sidewalks for safety of the residents. Willey said if sidewalks are not put in during the initial development, they can be very disruptive to put in later. The variance motion will now move forward to be considered by the Greenville City Council.
GREENVILLE REGIONAL TO HOST WOMEN'S PROGRAM MAY 3RD
The Greenville Regional Hospital will host a free program for women dealing various from of pelvic floor dysfunction on Thursday, May 3rd from noon to 3PM in the community room. Speakers at the event include licensed physical therapist Christy Irving and OB specialist Ramon G. Lopez. Lunch will be provided. While women are three times as likely to suffer from issues with the pelvic floor, but men can be affected by similar issues. The program on May 3rd will be more female oriented, but men can call the Rehabilitation Services Department anytime for information on treatment options at 664-1230 ext. 3600.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Greenville will host Pana and Mulberry Grove will play at Mt. Olive
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Greenville will play at Pana
JUNIOR HIGH TRACK
On Tuesday the Blue Jays Junior High track teams were in action in a three way meet with Hillsboro and Gillespie. The 8th grade boys placed first, and the 8th grade girls placed 2nd. The 7th grade boys finished 2nd and the 7th grade girls team finished third.
Greenville College will play at Illinois College, and the Greenville College Panthers lost to Washington University 8-0 on Tuesday
JUANITA M. ROBERTSON
Juanita M. Robertson, age 62 of Vandalia, passed away Sunday morning at her residence. Funeral services for Juanita M Robertson will be held at 11AM Thursday (May3) at Holt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Visitation will be from 9 to 11am on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family. Juanita was the mother of Ronnie Eiler of Sorento
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