6-12-2007

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ULTRA LIGHT PLANE CRASHES IN CLINTON COUNTY SUNDAY

Sunday afternoon, the Clinton County Sheriff's Department responded to a plane crash, southwest of Trenton around 4PM. WGEL spoke with Sheriff, Mike Kreke, who said that 57-year Phillip Creath, of the Troy, IL area, had taken off from a strip in Trenton, and was heading back to Greenville. A few hundred yards from the airstrip, witnesses reported hearing an engine sputter and saw the Ultra Light go down. Creath was found in the compartment of the plane, hanging from the limb of a tree, about 30 feet off the ground.

Sheriff Kreke said that a local resident brought out a human lift and a local business brought out a bucket truck. Between the two apparatuses, Creath was able to be stabilized and lifted out of the tree. He was then ARCHed to a St. Louis area hospital where his condition is unknown at this time. The Ultra Light was then cut out of the tree and transferred to a flatbed truck.

Sheriff Kreke thanks the over 20 different agencies and local people that were on scene to assist in the rescue Sunday afternoon.


FIRE MARSHALL INVESTIGATES HOUSE FIRE ON ST. JOHN STREET SUNDAY

Greenville Firemen responded to a 911 call Sunday afternoon, shortly after 2PM, in regards to the smell of smoke coming out of a vacant house at 723 St. John Street in Greenville. According to Greenville Police Chief, Lou Lorton, firemen arrived on scene to find that the upstairs of the house had been charred. Greenville Fire Chief, Bill Johnston, contacted the State Fire Marshall's Office in Springfield.

An investigator responded Monday with a specially trained arson dog. Lorton said that according to the investigation, there were several places in the residence where an accelerant had been used. The home is owned by Lester Harnetiaux and Winford Holzinger of Bond County Realtors and has been vacant since last July.

Lorton asks anyone who might have seen somebody in or near the residence at 723 St. John Street, to call the Greenville Police Department at 664-2131. The case is still under investigation.


RIBBON CUTTING FOR OPENING OF LITTLE RED BARN AT AFHM

This past Saturday, June 9th the American Farm Heritage hosted a day of activities. It started with a ribbon cutting at 9am to celebrate the new hours of Little Red Barn.

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The 2nd Annual Tractor Drive was held at 10am with tractors parading throughout the southern part of Bond County. Throughout the day, railroad ties were laid along AFHM track, while the Hills Fort Society placed logs at the location of the Hills Fort.

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The Little Red Barn will be open every Saturday, from 8:30am-3:30PM.


PLANS STILL MOVING FORWARD WITH ETHANOL PLANT

Last October, it was announced that Alternative Energy Solutions was looking to build an ethanol plant in Greenville. The original timeline called for construction in 2007 and to have the plant up and running in 2008. In February, AENS spokesperson, J.B. Voss, said that they were still moving forward with all plans for Greenville and have engaged a company to get the air permit applications in order. During this time, the company is also trying to build plants in two other locations.

This past week, AENS received the operational air permit and final go-ahead for it's planned 110 million gallon plant near Ogden, Iowa. Progress will continue this year on that particular plant as well as seeking the permits and financing sources for the proposed Greenville and Kankakee Illinois plants.The 108 million-gallon per year Greenville ethanol plant would be similar in design to the other two. There will also be a loop track design to load 100 car trains. The AENS plant would be located east of Carlisle Syntec along U.S Route 40.

CARLINVILLE MAN KILLED IN IRAQ

The Department of Defense announced Monday that a local man was recently killed in Iraq. 22 year-old Specialist, Jeremy Costello, of Carlinville, IL was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Bliss Texas. According to the report, Costello was killed from wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Funeral services for Jeremy Costello were held Monday at the Carlinville Southern Baptist Church.


KIDS FOUND THE BIG CATCH AT PATRIOTS PARK FISHING DERBY

This year's Fishing Derby at Patriot Park, hosted by the Kingsbury Park District in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the University of Illinois Extension, was a huge success on Saturday. The weather was great for the 71 participants that showed up, fishing poles in hand. Levi Seibert came out on top with the biggest catch of the day - a 19 and 3/4-inch catfish. The biggest bass caught was by Emily Abbot. It was measured at 13-inches. The biggest bluegill, measuring 8 and 1/4 inches long, was caught by Christian Sauerwein.

The Fishing Derby was for kids 15 and under. Those who placed in the top of their categories took home a fishing pole or tackle box and a hat. Everyone went home with a fishing and outdoor goody bag.


GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL TO APPOINT NEW MEMBER

The Greenville City Council will meet tonight at 7:30PM for their regular monthly meeting. One of the big items on tonight's agenda will be the appointment of a new city council member. They will fill the vacant seat left by Lisa Stephens when she was hired as the Assistant City Manager. Other topics include an owner’s agreement on the Illinois Western Railroad, a resolution of Support for the Safe Route to School Grant application, the College Pedestrian Crosswalk and Stop signs and recommendations from the planning commission.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

TOBY KEITH SPECIAL AND ALBUM GIVEAWAY

Toby Keith's new Album, Big Dog Daddy, goes on sale this Tuesday and you could win a copy.. WGEL will play the Toby Keith Radio Special featuring the songs in the new album, Tonight, June 12th at 7PM. Vickie Sumner will have two copies of the album to give away during the special. Stay tuned Tuesday night for details and your chance to win,, and enjoy new music from Toby Keith..




OBITUARIES

CHARLES C. RENFRO

Charles C. Renfro, age 63, of Donnellson passed away Friday, June 8, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, MO. Funeral services for 63 -year-old Charles C. Renfro will be Wednesday, June 13, at 2:00 PM at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery in Greenville. Friends may call tonight from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions are suggested to Union Grove Cemetery.


VERA M. FURRY

Vera M. Furry, 82 of Keyesport, passed away Wednesday, June 6, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services for 82 year-old Vera M. Furry will be Wednesday, June 13, at 11:00 AM at the Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Interment will be in South Hill Cemetery in Vandalia. Friends may call tonight from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Memorial contributions are suggested to Greenville Regional Hospital.


EVELYN BREUER

Evelyn Breuer, age 84 , of Greenville, passed away Sunday, June 10, at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield. Funeral services for 84 -year-old Evelyn Breuer will be held Thursday at 2PM at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial in Montrose Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday after 11am at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Heart Fund.

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