Thomas R. Paglairo 32 of Brighton was arrested Thursday morning in Godfrey Illinois. According to the Madison County Sherriff’s office Paglairo occupied a park car with a 16 year old unidentified girl. When the police approached the vehicle, which was parked in front of a vacant house, Paglairo drove away at a high rate of speed with his headlights off. The short chase ended when Pagliaro allegedly ran into mailboxes. Paglairo is charged with felony charges of alleged aggravated criminal sexual abuse, alleged criminal sexual abuse and aggravated fleeting and attempting to elude a police officer and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property.

Paglairo was hired to be the Highland High School head football coach and a special education teacher at the High School starting in August. It was confirmed by WGEL with Highland School district superintendent Marvin Warner that an investigation is being started by the school district. Warner declined to comment further as this is an ongoing investigation, but did say that more information will be available at a later date. Paglairo previously coached at Alton Marquette High School and was hired in Highland to replace Steve Lanxon who is now Highland High School Athletic Director.


The 6th Annual St. Lawrence Catholic Church Kids for a Cause Softball Tournament will be held August 3rd through the 5th. One of the coordinator's, Randy Alderman, said that the event will take place at the Jaycee, Greenville High School and Greenville College softball fields. There are 19 teams signed up to particapte and who will be traveling to Greenville from throughout Illinois. Alderman explained that an event like this brings a lot of people to the area and the St. Lawrence Youth are able to raise funds for the Relay for Life, the Pregnancy Support Center and for the Catholic Heart Work Camp.

On Saturday, there will be more than 30 games played in Greenville. The categories are broken down by age group: 18 and under, 16 and under, 12-14 and 10 and under. The Tournament has received a reputation for being a great event for the community, the participants and the St. Lawrence Catholic Youth. The majority of the games will be held at the Jaycee fields, starting Friday at 6PM and continuing through Sunday evening. The public is invited to come out and cheer on their local teams.

Alderman said that volunteers are needed to assist with concessions, parking and umpiring. If teams are interested in participating, there's still room to get into the tournament. For more details on the Kids for a Cause Softball Tournament, you can contact Randy and Amy Alderman at 664-4013 or Tiffany Mueller at 664-0214.


A Car Show will be held at the Farm Heritage Days this Saturday at the American Farm Heritage Museum grounds in Greenville. Registration will run from 8am-12PM. There are several classes, including Stock 1946 to present, Corvettes - all stock, Limousines, Street Rods, Truck Stock 1945 to present, Truck Modifieds, and many more. Trophies will be awarded at 3:30PM, with first, second and third places given in each category. The first 100 people will receive dash plaques. For more details visit www.AmericanFarmHeritageMuseum.org.


As part of the process in choosing communities for the 2007 Governor's Hometown Award, Greenville welcomed site representatives to the area last week. On Thursday, July 19, Joseph and Rosemary Ragusa, from Elwood, IL, spent an hour and a half touring Greenville. Together with Lucille Ireland, Wendy Amos and City Manager Dave Willey, the group drove down Harris Avenue and walked around the downtown area and part of the Greenville College Campus.

Highlights of the tour included the Greenville City planters lining Harris and 3rd Street, the acorn lighting around the courthouse and various downtown businesses, and the new and remodeled stores and restaurants that opened in Greenville last year. Lucille Ireland said that the Ragusa's really enjoyed the tour and especially liked the downtown area, along with the volunteerism behind each project. She said the next thing to do is simply wait to hear who has been selected for this year's Hometown Award. That letter, or phone call, should come sometime in September.


The Pocahontas Village Board met Monday night and voted to approve an ordinance that puts a Drug Testing Policy in place for Village employees. A daily work activity log will be implemented and any non-emergency job unfinished at the end of a work day, will be finished the next day. Village equipment will be restricted from personal use, unless approved by the Board.

Elementary students will soon be seeing the picture that they had voted on, placed on the Water tower. The Pocahontas Village Board voted to spend the funds necessary to add the picture of an Indian Chief, as well as "Home of the Indians" to the tower. Board members would like to ask residents to keep their lawns mowed and their property kept neat. Well manicured lawns not only improve the looks of the home, but it makes the whole village more attractive.

And once again, the number of delinquent water bills is extensive and the board reminds residents to come to the board meetings if they are needing help with the payment of a past due bill.



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Saturday: Partly Cloudy 50% of Rain High: 88 Low: 60

Sunday: Partly Cloudy High: 90 Low: 62


Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Program Administrator for the Office of Elder Rights and the Illinois Department on Aging, Lois Moorman. July is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Lois will discuss the importance the public's help plays in identifying elder abuse and what type of abuse is reported most often for Illinois residents. That’s Public Affairs, this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News, here on WGEL.

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