5-21-2007


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SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT ZONES UNDERWAY LOCALLY

The Illinois Department of Transportation is continuing its mission to increase the State's seat belt usage rate to 90% during this year's "Click It or Ticket" Campaign. In 2006, safety belt usage had increased to 88%, however too many Illinois drivers still do not wear their seat belts regularly. Statistics show that nearly 66% of people killed in accidents during nighttime hours are not wearing a safety belt.

Starting today, Monday May 21st, the Greenville Police Department will join 12,000 national, state and local law enforcement safety officials for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization. Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton said that regular usage of safety belts is the single most effective way to protect people in motor vehicle crashes. The seat belt checks and campaign will run through June 3rd. There will also be special nighttime safety belt enforcement zones set up throughout Greenville and Illinois as well. For more details, visit www.BuckleUpIllinois.org.

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DIABETIC AND SENIOR LIVING FACILITY PROPOSED IN CARLYLE

A recent proposal to the Carlyle City Council would encompass senior living housing with a diabetic assistance facility. The $25 million project was presented to council members by Wes Sperr, President of the Professional Healthcare Services of St. Louis. He commented that for those with diabetes, training on how to adapt to a new lifestyle is a must. He says there are many programs out there for children, but adults with Diabetes rarely get the opportunity to have this type of assistance close by. With only a half a dozen facilities like this in the country, the closest is in Oklahoma.

The facility would have 50 single residences and 162 apartment units. It would offer 80 full time employment positions. Sperr says they are very interested in the Carlyle area with a couple pieces of property in mind. One is north of town and east of Lake Road, the other is located on Krebbs Hill. He said there is a lot of research to be done to figure out which location is best suitable for the community and the facility, and there is a lot of behind the scenes that needs to be done as well. Sperr says if everything goes as planned, he hopes to begin construction in the Spring of 2008.


BUILDING TRADES CLASS BUILDS 33RD HOME

A new home in Vandalia was recently turned over to its new owner. The 33rd house built by the Building Trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center was only on the market a short time before a retired Missouri man took interest. According to Okaw Director Darrell Fesser, the 26 students in class worked all school year on the over 1300 sq. foot home. The open floor-plan style home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a two-car garage was built on Karen Street in Vandalia. Fesser said that the kids did all of the work themselves, except for some of the plumbing and concrete work.

Each year, local property is purchased, a floor plan is created, a house is built and then sold. This was the first year a house was produced in the last six years, as the program was cut in 2000. But after several requests, the class was re-created last fall. Students from Greenville and Mulberry Grove participating this past year were Josh Hulvey, Aaron Kendall and Charles Lindahl.

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BOND COUNTY QUEEN PAGEANT REGISTRATION

The Bond County Fair will be held this year August 1st thru Agusu 7th,and the Queen Pageant Contestant registration is now under way. Qualified candidates must be 16 years of age by August 1, 2007 and must have not reached their 22nd birthday by January 1, 2008. Girls must also be a resident of Bond County for at least six months and never been married.

There will be an informational meeting Thursday, May 24th at 7PM at the Activity Building at the Fairgrounds. For more details, contact Brooke Earnest at 339-2606.


NOT MUCH DECIDED ON WITH BUDGET LAST WEEK IN SENATE

State Senators were busy last week as the spring session nears its end, according to Senator Frank Watson. Approval was given for a measure to move Illinois' Primary Election date up six weeks. Supporters say this will give Illinois a stronger voice in the next presidential election. The bill now awaits the Governor's signature.

As gas prices continue to rise, House Bill 576 was filed to eliminate the state's portion of the sales tax on motor fuel. Under current law, the tax is 6.25%, of that 5% goes to the state. Removing the state's portion could save taxpayers more than $600 million. Even though it was a busy week, there was still little progress made on budget issues.

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HORSES OWENRS URGED TO VACCINATE ANIMALS AGAINST WEST NILE

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is reminding horse owners to vaccinate their animals prior to the onset of mosquito season. In efforts to protect against the West Nile Virus, a booster shot is recommended before July 1, however if the horse has never had this vaccine, then two shots six weeks apart need to be given. Vaccines that protect horses against Western, Eastern and Venezuelan equine encephalitis do not protect against the encephalitis caused by West Nile.

Symptoms of the West Nile Virus in horses include lack of muscle coordination, weak limbs, partial paralysis and even death. Suspected cases should be reported immediately to the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 217-782-4944.


PLANNING COMMISSION MAY MEETING PREVIEW

The City of Greenville Planning Commission will meet tonight at 7PM at the Municipal Building for the regular monthly meeting. Items on the agenda include a request by Donald McCleary for a Special Use Permit, a review of a preliminary plat of the Oak Hill Estates Subdivision and a review of the preliminary plat for the Chips N' Salsa Subdivision.


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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

The Greenville Comets baseball team won their regional championship game on Saturday. Josh Fohne was the winning pitcher and the comets scored 11 runs to win 11-4. Greenville advances to the Kaskaskia Sectional to be played at Centralia their record on the season so far is 21-8. And the first game of the Sectional will be Wednesday against South Central at 4:30.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

The Greenville Lade Comets softball team played in Regional competition this Saturday. The team lost to Bunker Hill by a score of 3 - 7. The Mulberry Grove Lady Aces lost in the Waterloo Regional Championship on Saturday. The final score was Waterloo 2 Mulberry Grove 1.

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

Maria Pretnar of Hillsboro won the state title in shot put for the second year in a row and Lindsey Holden of Greenville took 7th place in the 200 Meter Dash.


OBITUARIES

VIRIGINIA HINCH

Virginia Hinch, 92 of Greenville, passed away Friday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Graveside services for 92 year-old Virginia Hinch were held Saturday at 1PM at Smithgrove Cemetery in Greenville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bond County Hospice. The Young Funeral Home in Greenville was in charge of the arrangements.


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