TEMPORARY STATE BUDGET APPROVED BY ILLINOIS HOUSE
On Wednesday, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a temporary budget that would keep Illinois government running thru July. The senate is expected to vote on it this coming Friday. Feellings regarding the temporary budget varied among the representatives. Some felt it was necessary to have a temporary budget to keep state services coming to the citizens for Illinois, while others felt it is only delaying the difficult decisions that need to be made.
AFTER 28 YEARS, THE RAINBOW HOUSE IS CLOSING ITS DOORS
An area store will be closing it's doors at the end of this week. WGEL spoke with Sandy Lloyd about her, and her husband Van's, decision to sell the Rainbow House. She commented that it's taken them two years to come to conclusion to sell the store, and that it's been hard because the Rainbow House was there "baby". Lloyd believes that 28 years is a really good run for a store.
She said that some of their lines at the Rainbow House will be picked up by other stores in town. Sandy said she's looking forward to being a "homemaker" on the farm where she can cook and clean and do the daily stuff at home that she's missed so much. Sandy did say however, that if she ever feels like starting a new business, she'll do it all over again, because she knows that she can.
The Rainbow House will close its doors Thursday.
MULBERRY GROVE SOFTBALL TEAM WINS STATE TOURNAMENT
This past weekend, an area traveling team participated in a state softball tournament for girls age 16 and under. John Barnes, coach of the Mulberry Grove Jaguars talked about the State Championship they brought home Sunday. He said that this was the first time playing in, let alone winning, a state tournament. The Mulberry Grove Jaguars beat the Newton Hurricanes 10-2 on Sunday, to take home the State title. They will be heading to the National's sometime this summer.
Barnes explained that they've only been playing travel ball for the last couple of years. He said that the program is designed around the Junior and Senior High School programs. The traveling team allows the girls to gain the experience that will allow them to play at a more copetitive level when the spring school season begins.
Barnes' traveling softball team consists of 13 players, who are mostly from Mulberry Grove, with a couple girls from surrounding towns. In the next couple of weeks, the team will be playing tournaments in Trenton, Casey and Mt. Vernon to get ready for the next state tournement in Eureka.
24TH ANNUAL AUXILIARY BOOK FAIR HAS RECORD PROCEEDS
A new record was set again for at this year's Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair. The 24th annual event, which took place last Thursday through Saturday at the Greenville First Christian Church Family Life Center, had receipts of $10,831 - an increase of almost $100 over last year's record total.
This was the first time that the event was held in this location, with almost the entire inventory of 29,000 books was sold at the event. Jack Chism and Linda Hampton, both of Greenville, served as co-chairs for the book fair.