8-23-2007

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MORE DETAILS ON HAMEL STANDOFF

The Hamel Police Department issued a statement about a standoff that occurred Tuesday night on Meyer Avenue. According to the Police Chief Bronson Painter, officers responded to a call of a possible suicidal subject. Once they arrived on scene, with a Madison County Deputy, it was determined that the subject may have barricaded himself in. The wife of the man was concerned for his safety, according to Chief Painter. Information had been received that the man may have had several shotguns in the house and that the he may be having a physical reaction to medication. The Illinois State Police Negotiation team was contacted and eventually were able to get the man out of his home, just before midnight. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. No one was injured.


A YEAR OF WORK TO A 50 YEAR-OLD MILITARY VEHICLE

A local man, his son, and his father, have spent the last year working on a project close to their hearts. WGEL spoke with Jim Romack and his dad Jim Sr., about how it all started with a trip to Missouri to pick up a 54 year-old military Jeep. It is a 1953 Willy’s M38-A1, ¼ ton, the predecessor to the Jeep during WWII. Romack says that after being in the military and now with the Amvets, he thought that this a is good way for people to see what was used years ago.

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His father, Jim Sr., was in the Korean War, assigned to the 519th Military Police Company. Jim Sr. said that he that exact type of vehicle with General Taylor and with the Vice President of Korea, on separate occasions.

With a year of work, including stripping the Jeep down to it's axles, it now looks identical to the one in a picture that Jim Sr. carries with him. They've fitted the back spare wheel cap with a temporary Illinois tag, until their permanent license plate comes in. So, you might see the two of them out "cruising", topping out at speeds of 45 mph. The Romacks will also have the military Jeep in the Sorento Homecoming Parade this weekend.


UNIT 2 HIRES STAFF FOR 2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR

The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education hired several new staff to the district Monday night. Newly hired were Amy Gruner as a 2/5 Elementary Art Teacher, Bethannie Thole as a school nurse, Sheila Enloe as part of the custodian/food service personnel, Danielle Barton as the Sorento girl's basketball coach and bus drivers Ella Mains, Joe Pruitt and Shelli Hinkle.

In other business, district administrators reported on work done at their school buildings over the summer. All of them thanked the custodial staff and volunteers who helped with everything from painting to upgrading computers. Meg File reported that there was no machine left in the Unit 2 District that was running Windows 98. She also discussed the organization of a group, in the fall, that will be working on a Technology Plan, for the district over the next year. The next Unit 2 Board of Education meeting will be Monday, September 24th.

UNIT 1 DISCUSSES GOALS FOR ADMINISTRATORS FOR 2007-2008

The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education met Monday night and opened the preliminary budget presentation, at 6:40PM, with a summary presentation by Superintendent Greg Irwin. The tentative budget will be on display for 30 days. In the regular meeting, Principal Mike Gauch reported on the improving PASE test scores over the past five years. Goals for administrators for the 2007-2008 school year were discussed. These included updating the District School Improvement and Technology Plans. Online updates such as billing, scheduling and communication between the school and home, were also discussed.

In other business, the board hired Rhonda Elam, as the Junior High Cheerleading Coach, Karen Clark as the Assistant High School Volleyball Coach and Teresa Tompkins as the volunteer Junior High Softball Coach. The Unit 1 Board then approved a resolution for the 10-year extension of the Greenville/Smithboro Enterprise Zone. The next Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education meeting will be Monday, September 24th.


HIDDEN LAKE WINERY TO HOST FIRST STATE WINE FESTIVAL

A local winery has been chosen as the location for the inaugural Illinois Wine Festival this weekend. Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, will be the first to host the festival. The statewide wine festival series, featuring Illinois wines only, is the start of an annual tradition, that will showcase the high quality and diverse selection of wines being produced. Vintners from many of the Illinois wineries will pour samples of dozens of different varieties, ranging from dry and semi-dry to sparkling fruit and dessert wines.

The event, this Saturday and Sunday, August 25th & 26th, at Hidden Lake Winery will also feature gourmet cuisine, wine pairing and tasting, musical entertainment and an arts and crafts show. For more information, visit www.IllinoisWineFestival.org


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

COMETS & MCDONALDS SANDWICH GIVEAWAY

Every time the Comets score a Touchdown this season, we are going to drawn another winner of a free sandwich from your hometown Greenville McDonalds. Cheer on the Comets and get your name in the registration box at McDonalds. The next Touchdown could mean a free sandwich for you. Employees of McDonalds and WGEL are not eligible. No purchase necessary to register.




SPORTS

GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

The Comets golf team took 2nd place in a four-way match on Wednesday. The Comets shot a combined 169, and Tanner Neese shot a team low 41. The Lady Comets golf team took fourth in a four-way match on Wednesday. The Lady Comets shot a combined 223, and Stephanie Hoffmeier shot a team low 42.

GREENVILLE JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL

The Bluejays A team won 6-1 over Carlyle on Wednesday, and the B team won as well with a final score of 12-0.

MULBERRY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

The Aces won over Odin on Wednesday; the final score was 9-6.


OBITUARIES

NONE TO REPORT

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