9-25-2007

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ANOTHER ENTHONAL PLANT HAS PLANS TO OPEN IN GREENVILLE

 

Another ethanol manufacturer has announced plans to open a plant in Greenville.  Reed-Three Rivers Bio-Grain incorporated plans on building 20 Ethanol plants in total and 9 plants during the first phase of construction.  Greenville is included in the first 9.  WGEL spoke with Dale Elder of Reed-Three Rivers Bio-Grain, about the construction plans for the first plant, which is likely to be located in Havana or Danville Illinois and the unique process Reed-Three Rivers uses to produce ethanol.  Elder said that the Three River process for producing ethanol will allow the plant to use corn with more moisture than traditional manufactures.  Elder also said they are working on acquiring land for the plant in Greenville, but declined to indicate where. 

 

We also spoke with City Manager Dave Willey about the announced plant.  Willey was enthusiastic and pledged to do everything possible to make the plant a reality.  If the plant is built as planned it would employ approximately 205 individuals. 


GRAIN TRUCK FIRE

 

A grain truck caught fire Monday morning at 10:30am at the corner of Hookdale and Becker roads.  According to Smithboro fire Chief Dale Deverick the probable cause was an oil leak, and the fire was extinguished by a passer by before the fire trucks could arrive.  Damage was minimal to the truck and the department was on the scene for only 15 minutes.

RAMP CLOSURE

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the ramp from southbound interstate I-55 to eastbound I-70 and the ramp from northbound I-55 to westbound I-270 will be closed September 29th from 5am to 9PM.  The ramps need resurfacing.  A detour will be marked, and drivers should take the closure into consideration. 


TRANSCANADA PIPELINE GETS APPROVAL FROM NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD

 

It was recently announced that the National Energy Board has approved the application by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline to construct and operate the Canadian portion of the main line.  The proposed project would eventually make its way through southern Bond County and on to Patoka. The line would be able to transport nearly 435,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada.

 

The Keystone project would consist of 30" and 36" pipelines, within a 110' wide corridor; however, in Illinois, a portion is proposed with 24" line and a 95' wide corridor.  Construction on the $2.1 billion oil pipeline is scheduled to start in 2008 in Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, and in 2009 in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.

 

A representative from TransCanada will be the guest speaker at this week's South Central Illinois Growth Alliance meeting at Kaskaskia College.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

GREENVILLE JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL

 

The Bluejays baseball team’s great season continued on Saturday with a win in the Sectional over Chatham-Gleenwood, in Greenville.  The bluejays won 5-4 and will play next against Manteno, in Peoria, on Friday at 10AM, in the elite eight.  Principal of the Junior High, Gary Brauns, will provide WGEL Radio with reports during the game. 




TUESDAY SPORTS

 

GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

The Comets golf team took first place in the conference tournament held at the Rail in Springfield.  The Comets shot a combined 327 to win by six strokes.  Jordan Wright shot a 3 over par 75 to take first place.  Tyler Neese was also in the top ten and achieved all-conference status.  The Comets team will host Highland today.  The Lady Comets golf team will play in their conference tournament today. 

 

ADDITIONAL SPORTS SCHEDULE

 

The Comets soccer team will host Vandalia.

 

The Lady Comet volleyball team will host Litchfield.


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