8-22-2007



FIRE IN MADISON COUNTY

Highland - Pierron Firemen responded to a call of a fire along Interstate 70, Tuesday morning about 1:30 am. Motorists on the interstate reported the fire to the Greenville Police dispatcher who relayed the information. A barn on the Gary Schuster Dairy Farm on Schuster Road, about one mile east of the highland exit, was ablaze. The barn housed cattle and hay. All the cattle were saved, but the building and hay were a total loss. St. Rose firemen were called for mutual aid and provided a tanker truck to help haul water. Firemen were on the scene for about 4 hours.


UNIT 2 POSTS PRELIMINARY FY08 BUDGET

The Unit 2 Board of Education met Monday night and voted to post the Fiscal Year 2008 Preliminary Budget for public view, for 30 days, until the final approval. Due to the fact that Illinois still does not have a state budget, which funds a large portion of the school district, a reduction is shown in some areas of the positive balances. Assistant Superintendent Jeff Strieker, added that the Unit 2 School District currently has 78 days of cash reserve, without funding from the state.

The board then approved to accept the low bid for cost plus gasoline, B11 diesel, anti-freeze and motor oil from Tri-County Petroleum. They also voted to enter into a one-year contract with Bushue Human Resources to provide background checks and fingerprinting for employees. And district administrators reported a smooth student registration process and great first day of school.

In other business, the Unit 2 Board of Education accepted the resignations of Bonnie Cole as co-coach for high school girl's tennis and Dave Doll as a mid-day vocational route to Vandalia. Jan Schutte also submitted a letter of retirement from her teaching position at the Elementary School, effective at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. WGEL will have more from Monday night's Unit 2 Board of Education meeting later.

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GREENVILLE SCHOOL BUS INVOLVED IN MINOR ACCIDENT

A Greenville School Bus was involved in a minor accident Tuesday morning, about 7:45 am, as it was picking up students. According to the Bond County Sheriff's Deputy who responded, the accident happened at 802 RC Cardinal Lane. An S-10 pick-up truck, driven by Kayla Hays of Greenville, was backing from a private drive when the truck struck the stop arm of the bus. Bus driver Kent Kesner, saw the truck in time to stop the bus so only the stop arm received damage. There was also minor damage to the rear of the truck. No students on the bus or any other people involved, were injured.


911 PAGING SYSTEM GRANT UPDATE

At the 911 Emergency Telephone Service Board (ETSB) meeting last Thursday, Director Alan Davis, informed the board of the need for improving communications among emergency services in Bond County. Federal grant funds, of about a billion dollars, are available to assist with purchase and maintenance of equipment, and Illinois should receive about 46 million dollars of this amount. According to Davis, individual jurisdictions will not receive grant funding. Only regional grants will be allowed. As a result, Bond County is working with at least two surrounding counties in writing and submitting this grant proposal.

Davis also told the board of tests he and others have been doing with radios from Motorola using the STARCOM system. He recommends using STARCOM for all emergency paging in the county combining fire and EMS paging systems. All paging would then be done from the same tower, on the Red Ball Trail, using one frequency.

WGEL spoke with Alan Davis, Tuesday, concerning the status of the grant application. He said the grant is in the process of being written. It should be ready to submit in a month or two, with notification, of which regions will receive funding, anticipated by the end of the year. Funds should be released after the first of the year, 2008.

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MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

At its meeting Monday evening, the Mulberry Grove Village Board welcomed John Goldsmith from the National Road Association. The village is getting a sign, identifying Mulberry Grove as a National Road Association Member. At their September meeting, the board will complete contractual agreements with the National Road Association for the erection of a 3-panel kiosk, displaying information about the village. The location of the kiosk and the installation date will be decided at a later meeting.

Mayor Jana Willis, reported that the rough draft of the liquor ordinance, written by the board and mayor in special session, was reviewed by a representative of the Illinois Liquor Commission who recommended changes to the draft. A re-worded draft of the ordinance should be ready for consideration at the September meeting.

The board approved a request for the installation of a "Slow - Children Playing" sign at the corner of Church Street and Banks Lane.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD MEETS

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Thursday, August 16, for their regular monthly meeting. Interim Dean of Instructional Services Tim Hood, reported that a committee has been established to stabilize and maintain the unprecedented enrollment growth at Kaskaskia College over the past six years. Better services and academic support are planned for current students, developmental students, high school students, the business and industrial workforce, and adult learners. Programs are also being offered which provide more opportunities for working adults to complete KC degrees at their work sites.

Four industrial plants; one in Salem, two in Greenville, and one in Vandalia, are currently involved and several more companies are eager to participate in this new initiative. Donations of automobiles, an engine, and an engine cradle were gratefully received for the Automotive Technology Program. Naming rights for rooms and other areas in the new Sports and Wellness Complex, tuition and fees for the Truck Driving Program, and the tentative budget for 2007-2008 school year were all approved.

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McKENDREE UNIVERSITY ENACTS EMERGENCY SAFETY MEASURES

McKendree University has implemented several new security and safety measures, including emergency text messaging and the addition of two Code Blue Phones. McKendree’s Emergency Alert System is a text messaging program that allows the school to instantly communicate information to it’s entire campus community through mobile phone text messaging, e-mail, web sites, personal internet portals, and wireless PDA’s. The system will also be used to send school closings and extreme weather updates.

The two Code Blue phones are located in the Melvin Price Convocation Center north parking lot and in the commuter parking lot near the campus fitness center. The phones are for emergency use only and provide instant connection to the school public safety services.Todd Reynolds, vice president for student affairs, told WGEL that because of events around the country, it is vital to have an emergency notification system. He said the school had looked at several different options and felt that this system offered a real time notification with quick response. Back up generators are also in place in case of a power outage.


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SPORTS

GREENVILLE JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL

The Bluejays defeated Gillespie Tuesday with a final score of 17-2, and the Bluejays will play Carlyle today.

GREENVILLE COMETS SOCCER

The Comets varsity soccer team lost their season opening on Tuesday 1-0 against Hillsboro. The junior varsity team won 2-0 also against Hillsboro.

GREENVILLE COMETS GOLF

The Boys golf team took first place on Tuesday in a three-way match with Carlinville and Southwestern. The Comets shot a team score of just 158, and Jordan Wright shot an even par 36. The Lady Comets team finished last in a four-way match with Hillsboro, Triad, and Litchfield. The Lady Comets shot a combined 227. The Lady Comets will play at Collinsville today, and the Comets team will play at Edwardsville.


OBITUARIES

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