NEW HIGHLAND FOOTBALL COACH ARRESTED
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.
THREE DAY SOFTBALL TOURNMENT TO BE HELD IN GREENVILLE
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.
CAR SHOW SATURDAY AT FARM HERITAGE DAYS
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.
HOMETOWN AWARD REPRESENTATIVES VISIT GREENVILLE
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.