8-31-2007



LAST WEEKS STORM LEAVES DAMAGE BEHIND IN CLINTON COUNTY

 

It's been almost a week since severe storms rolled through the area last Friday.  Residents in Bond County saw spots of heavy rain and high wind gusts, but the storm left some damage behind in parts of Clinton County.  According to the National Weather Service, 1-inch hail was reported in Aviston, with wind gusts of 50 mph.  Several trees and the sides of buildings were damaged due to the wind.  At Hidden Lake Winery, one of the damaged trees fell onto a car.  City workers had to quickly clean up the mess at the winery, so that the festival could get underway Saturday.

 

The National Weather Service also reported trees blown down in various areas including Breese and Jamestown.  The Clinton County Sheriff's Department reported that their ESDA building was damaged severely by the storm and will have to be taken down.  The storm had also blown over about a dozen sailboats at the Carlyle Sailing Association Harbor. Many of the storm reports were received over the weekend, after residents had time to go out and survey various damage.


LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE OUT IN FULL FORCE TODAY

Illinois State Troopers will again be out in full force today in another enforcement aimed at increasing safety and reducing fatalities over the Labor Day holiday.  The "Stay Alive on the I's" begins today at 2PM and continues through midnight.  During that time, all Illinois interstates will be saturated with Troopers placed every 10 miles, along interstate corridors.

 

According to Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent, the goal of the enforcement is to reduce the numbers of crashes and prevent injuries and fatalities.  In fact, the idea came from the Memorial Day, "Stay Alive on I-55", when no fatalities were reported on I-55 during that time.  Some of the violations that troopers will be looking for include speeding, following too closely, improper lane usage, DUI and no seatbelts.


TOURISM COMMITTEE TALKS ABOUT FORMING A LINCOLN CELEBRATION COMMITTEE

 

The Greenville Tourism Committee met last week and voted to give the requested amount of $620 to Paws in the Park.  Committee members then voted to purchase a membership in the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association for the three current hotels, in hopes of getting the publication into rest stops along I-70. The committee is looking at ways of how to use their money to increase overnight stays. Currently most of the funding is going to local festivals that are nice for regional visitors, but none with the exception of the Farm Heritage Days and AGAPE that promote overnight stays. 

 

The Tourism Committee also had a lengthy discussion concerning forming committees to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's speach in Greenville in September of 2008, and for the 200th anniversary's of Lincoln's birthday in February of 2009.

SIGNS DAMAGED IN POCAHONTAS

 

Sometime during the evening hours Tuesday, or the early morning hours Wednesday, someone used spray paint to damage the "Welcome to Pocahontas" sign at the north village limits and a large park rules sign, in Pocahontas.

 

The bond County Sheriff's Department and the Pocahontas Police Department are investigating.  Anyone having information concerning the incident is asked to contact the Bond County Sheriff's Department at 664-2151 or the Pocahontas Police Department at 669-2431.  A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the damage.


 

OFFICES CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY

 

Labor Day is Monday, September 3rd.  Offices closed for business on Monday include all local schools, banks, City of Greenville offices, Bond County and Courthouse offices, the Greenville Public Library and the Greenville Post Office.

 

The Greenville Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed Saturday, September 1st, in recognition of Labor Day, since they are normally closed on Monday.  They will resume regular business hours on Tuesday.


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FRIDAY SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

The Greenville Comets varsity football team will play Marquette Catholic High School tonight at 7PM.  The game will be broadcast live on WGEL Radio.  The Comets are 1-0 on the season.

 

The Highland Bulldogs will travel to Marion tonight for a game at 7PM; the game will be rebroadcast on WGEL Radio following the Greenville Comets game.

 

GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

The Lady Comets golf team took third place in a four-way match on Thursday.  The Greenville squad shot a combined 212, and the low individual scorer was Stephanie Hoffmeier with a 46.  The Comets boys’ team will play at Carlyle today.

 

GREENVILLE JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL

The Bluejays baseball A and B teams both posted wins against Staunton on Thursday.  The A team won 7-0, and improved their record to 10-1; while the B team won 2-0, and post a record of 6-0.  The Bluejays will next play today at South Central Middle School. 

 

GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

The Comets soccer team beat Teutopolis 2-1 on Thursday.  Dwight Sanders and Kyle Dannaman scored the two goals.  The junior varsity team also won 2-1. 

 

GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

The Lady Comets volleyball team defeated Roxana on Thursday; scores of the two game match were 21-19 and 21-15.

 

MULBERRY GROVE JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL

The Mulberry Grove team will play at Patoka today at 4PM.


OBITUARIES

JAMES F. HORTON

 

James F. Horton, 84 of Holiday, FL, formerly of Olney, IL and Greenville, passed away Tuesday, August 21st at Gulf Side Regional Hospice in New Point Richie, FL.  Funeral services for 84 year-old James F. Horton will be held Sunday at 4PM at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Greenville. Full Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion and VFW of Greenville.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greenville Free Methodist Building Fund.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


WEATHER

Saturday: Sunny High: 86 Low: 56

Sunday: Sunny High: 92 Low: 59


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week Gary Hisel, a crew member for the LST-325. The 64 year-old Landing Ship Tank, that was part of the second wave on D-Day during WWII, will be docked in Alton, on the Mississippi River, next weekend. Gary will talk about the history of the ship, the group that brought it back to the states and how you can get a tour of this piece of history. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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