6-13-2007




HEAD ON COLLISION NEAR SORENTO TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle, head-on collision, Tuesday afternoon near Sorento. The Bond County Sheriff's Department, and Shoal Creek, Pocahontas-Old Ripley and Greenville Fire Departments responded to the injury accident around 1:26PM on the New Douglas Road near Giller Trucking Company. The head-on collision involved a small car and a pickup truck. The initial report was of a person trapped in a vehicle with the gas leaking out.

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The driver and the passenger in the truck, 48 year-old Robert E. Grigg and Gloria A. Barnett, both of Sorento, were taken to the hospital by ambulance. According to authorities, the driver of the car, 37 year-old Martha J. Paul of New Douglas Road, was ARCHed from the scene to St. Louis University Hospital.

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According to evidence at the scene and the statements of Grigg, the car driven by Paul allegedly crossed the center line. Grigg was unable to avoid the accident. The Sheriff's Department continues to investigate. WGEL will have more details when they become available.


BURGLARY AT CXS RAILROAD OFFICE

An employee of the CXS Railroad reported to Greenville Police Monday morning that their office had been entered sometime between Friday evening and 7:00 AM Monday morning. Taken were a computer monitor, keyboard, and modem, valued at approximately $700.00. Entry was gained through a broken window on the North side of the building. The case is under investigation.

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TAKE A DRIVE TO SMALL TOWN AMERICA THIS WEEKEND ON THE NATIONAL ROAD

This weekend, thirteen area communities are joining together to participate in the National Road Festival. Starting Friday, local towns from Marshall to Fairmont City and all along the National Road will celebrate, in their own way, the deep heritage that small town America still holds. In Greenville, you can celebrate the 15th Annual Dairy Day on Saturday at the Bond County Courthouse Lawn. In Troy, visit an Alpaca demonstration and in Brownstown be prepared to dunk for apples. Vandalia will host their 39th Annual Grande Levee at the Vandalia Statehouse and Pocahontas welcomes everyone to their live auction of memorabilia signed by Country singer, Gretchen Wilson.

WGEL spoke with the National Road Association of Illinois Board President and Festival Coordinator, Sheila Martin, about getting to each town this weekend. She said there will be passports and brochures available at each festival. If you visit the information center in the different towns, you can have your passport stamped. In the end, you could get registered for a drawing. Martin said residents should have no trouble visiting all of the participating communities in the WGEL listening area.

The unofficial kickoff will take place Friday, at 11am, at the historic covered bridge in Greenup. The brochures with each town's itinerary can be found at all Interstate rest stops, local City and Village Halls and various kiosks in towns along the National Road.


MARINER'S VILLAGE RESORT WASN'T ON AUCTION BLOCK

Last Friday, Mariner's Village Resort in Carlyle was to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, however, the sale was canceled and rescheduled for the end of the month. The auction will be held through the Clinton County Sheriff's Department as a Sheriff's sale.

By law, whenever there is a defaulted mortgage loan, with no more negotiations, the property must be sold to the public or bought back by the mortgage company. Depending on how the attorneys want to proceed, the auction will either be a Sheriff's Sale or Judicial Sale. In Clinton County, the Sheriff's Department handles about 4 or 5 sales a month. In Bond County, the Court handles the majority of foreclosure sales.

Mariner's Village encompasses the 65-room Mictrotel Inn and Suites, five cabins, an outdoor swimming pool, five-acre lake, restaurant, conference and banquet facilities. The City of Carlyle subleases the resort. The auction is now scheduled for June 29th, at 10am.

 
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BOND COUNTY HEALTH BOARD REVIEWS TWO PROPOSALS FOR NEW SITE DEVELOPMENT

The Bond County Board of Health is in the process of purchasing land off of 4th street, south of Greenville, and also developing a master plan for the site. The purchase of the land should be finalized by the next board meeting on July 9th.

At Monday night’s board meeting, two presentations by companies interested in being hired to develop the site, were reviewed. One was from Noel Fehr, Planning Design Studio along with Bob Winters of Ottolino, Winters and Huebner. Their plan outlined 4 phases starting with Program Development and Master Plan phase, 3months, Design and Construction Document phase, 6 months, Bidding and Contract Awarding phase, 2 months, and the actual construction phase about 12 months.

The second presentation was from Dennis Calvert of the Korte Company. Included in his presentation was a review of the process of selecting an architect/planner, how the needs assessment and master plan would be developed with location of roads, retention ponds, etc. Calvert recommends two entrances with the road thru the middle connecting 4th Street and Bowman Industrial Drive. A legal survey of the land is the first step needed in site development. Health board members are to review the presentations. No action was taken at this time.


FLAG DAY CEREMONY IN MULBERRY GROVE

The American Legion Post 1180, of Mulberry Grove, will fly the Memorial Avenue of Flags on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14th. The flags will fly from 8am to 6PM at the Mulberry Grove Cemetery, weather permitting. At 6PM Post members will lower the Avenue of Flags. Later that evening, the post will conduct a flag burning ceremony. The Flag Burning Ceremony is for the proper disposal of worn and tattered American Flags. Anyone having a worn flag can bring it to the cemetery or give it to a Legion member. The public is invited to attend.

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A "REAL" BIG FISH STORY OUT OF GREENVILLE

Stan Casey, of Panama, along with his friend Bob Allen, were fishing on Governor Bond Lake Saturday, June 2nd, in their favorite spot. At first Casey thought the line had snagged, but then the catfish started swimming around and pulling the boat.

Casey said he caught the catfish on a regular fishing rod with a 12-pound test line. The pair took the fish back to a friend's house and weighed it. It tipped the scales a couple ounces shy of 50 pounds. But what surprised Casey was the amount of meat they got from the catfish…26 pounds. He commented that, in hindsight they maybe should have weighed it again or on a different scale, because the fish might have actually weighed closer to 60 pounds.


LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS JUNE MEETING

The Greenville Public Library Board of Directors meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 14th, has been canceled. The meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, June 21st. The Annual Meeting will begin at 4:15PM. The Budget Hearing will start at 4:30PM and the Regular Meeting will follow at 4:40PM.

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OBITUARIES

LEONA HAMBY

Leona Hamby, 97 of Hillsboro, passed away Monday at Hillsboro Healthcare Center. Funeral services for 97 year-old Leona Hamby will be held Friday at 11am at the Sorento Assembly of God Church. Friends may call Thursday from 5-8PM at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial in Sunnyside Cemetery.


JEWEL MCVEY FOLEY

Word has been received of the death of Jewell McVey Foley, age 93, of Peoria. She passed on June 11, 2007 at St.Francis Hospital, in Peoria, at 5:15 a.m. Graveside Funeral Services will at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St.Lawrence Catholic Cemetery with Father Vic Kaltenbach, officiating. Memorials may be made to Masses or to the St. Lawrence Catholic Church at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home or at the Service.

Jewell G. McVey Foley, the daughter of Cleve and Trace Willman McVey, was born on October 8, 1913 in Kankakee, Illinois. After her birth the family moved to the Shawnee area of Bond County where she went to Shawnee School and Greenville High School. After graduation she and Louise moved to Los Angeles. She met John Roger Foley and married on October 5, 1941. They were later divorced. The family moved to Peoria in 1947 where Jewell worked for Sears and Bergner's for many years, making custom slip cushion and draperies until she was sixty five and then she was a receptionist for Beetler's Beauty Salon for 23 years.

Jewell is survived by three children; Edie, Mrs. Bill Nichoalds of Bartonville, IL, Kathy, Mrs. Steve Ford of Trivoli, IL, and Barb, Mrs. Jerry Pruitt of Pekin, 2 nieces, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Jewell is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Don McVey, her sister Louise Evanko, her son James C. Foley, and her grandson Scott Ford.


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