ACCIDENT AT HARRIS AND 3RD STREET THURSDAY
Greenville Police responded to a two-car accident, Thursday evening around 5:30PM, at the intersection of Harris Avenue and 3rd Street. According to police, Carrie Anderson, of Greenville, was driving a Pontiac, eastbound on Harris, when she ran into the side of a Ford Pickup, driven by Allan Alexander, also of Greenville, who was northbound on 3rd Street.
Neither driver was injured. Damage to both vehicles was over $500. Anderson was issued a citation for alleged Operation of an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.
This accident was one of three, in about an hour and a half time span, to which Greenville Police responded. The others were at Harris and 4th and in front of Dollar General.
CITY WATER DISCUSSED AT COUNCIL MEETING
The taste of the city's water was brought up at Monday night's Greenville City Council meeting. City Manager Dave Willey reported that rainfall totals for 2007 in the area were 29.71", which is around 11 inches below the average rainfall for a ten-year period. He said that contributed to low lake levels, which in turn contributed to musty smelling water.
Willey explained that two new carbon caps on the water plant filter media are now in place; another two will be added in the next couple of weeks. The filter media helps to remove taste and odor from the water to further assist the new system that was installed in December.
He commented that reports of the change in taste of the water, since December, are all over the map, but believes that those closer to the plant are seeing results faster. Willey continued that biofilm is still eating the chlorine on the further reaches of the system, something that is still being worked on.
SENATE AND HOUSE ACCEPT SCHOOL FUNDING VETO
This past week, Legislature in Springfield accepted the amendatory veto of Governor Blagojevich on Senate Bill 783, a budget implementation bill, that allows increases to school funding. After waiting 59 days to sign the bill, the governor finally put his signature on paper on January 2nd. And due to changes that he made, the bill had to go back to the Senate and the House.
Now, after what should have been money for schools before last August, is funding that results in a $400 increase per student. Schools across the state have been waiting months for the money and now can rest a little easier with the funding increase in writing.
BOND COUNTY FAIR BOARD JANUARY MEETING
The Bond County Fair Board met Wednesday evening and approved the treasurer's report and payment of the bills. Present Woker read a letter from board member Jerry McCray announcing his resignation from the board of directors.
Joel Goodman, Staff Advisor at Greenville College, was present and informed the board that the college is ready to sign the third year contract for the Agape musical Festival with no changes. President Woker will send the contract to be signed. Agape will be held May 2nd and 3rd.
The Fair Board informed that the location of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, during the 2008 fair, would be moved to the south, at the location of the horse arena last year. The horse arena will be located this year at the southwest par of the fairgrounds.
Committee members for nine committees were appointed. Debbie Graves was approved the new rabbit superintendent. There was considerable discussion about the 2008 fair program, especially the tractor and truck pulling contests. The board agreed to allow the pulling contest superintendents to add classes, in order to attract quality contestants and more spectators. And several Fair Board members will be attending the state convention in Springfield in about two weeks.
NEW SEARCH POLICY FOR FEDERAL PRISON FACILITIES
A new change will be made to all federal prison facilities next week. Starting Tuesday, January 15th, the Federal Bureau of Prisons will implement new search procedures for anyone entering the institutions, excluding camps.
According to Greenville Federal Correctional Institute Warden Audie Sherrod, each individual, wanting to enter the facility, will be required to submit to, and clear, electronic searches. This will include walk-through or hand-held metal detectors for the person and x-ray machines for belongings.
Procedures will apply to everyone, including prison staff, contractors, volunteers, law enforcement, etc. Sherrod said that the Bureau believes that this change will reduce the potential for contraband to enter the facility and ensure a safe environment for everyone.
LAMP AND PACIFIERS BEING RECALLED
Two more products are being taken off the shelves in stores throughout the country. Kash N' Gold Tinker Bell novelty lamps are being recalled due to high levels of lead found in the paint. Nearly 60,000 of the lamps were sold between January and October 2007, for around $40, in electronic and appliance retailers.
And Shim is recalling "Baby Town" pacifiers due to a serious choking hazard. It's alleged that the pacifier backing is too small and that a baby could choke on it. The products were sold in dollar stores, for the past three years, for around $1 a piece. For more information on recent recalls, visit www.recalls.gov.
SALVATION ARMY NEARS $19,000 FOR 2007 CAMPAIGN
More donations have come in for the 2007 Salvation Army Campaign. At the end of December, the organization had just surpassed their goal of $16,000. And as of this week Reverend Wayne Pierce has reported that almost $19,000 has been raised for the 2007 campaign.
Pierce said that donations could still continue to come in and he's pleased with the money that has been collected so far. More than 500 volunteers manned the red kettles at five businesses throughout Greenville. They rang bells every weekend from Thanksgiving through December 22nd. Money collected by the Salvation Army stays locally to assist low-income families.
COAL MINE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM AT KC FOR FALL 2008
Kaskaskia College continues to add more programs each year and one of their newest ones is gaining attention from around the region. At the most recent KC Board meeting, George Woods, Dean of Workforce Education for Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, spoke about the Coal Mine Technology Program to be offered at Kaskaskia.
The two-year program places an emphasis on the development of field skills. Wood explained that students will be taught the safe and proper method of working around high-voltage and other mine equipment. Tim Hood, Vice President of Instructional Services at KC, said that this program is one of the most advanced in the state and employs 20 faculty members.
The Coal Mine Technology Program will offer both Associate Degrees and certificate programs. The goal is to have students signing up for the Fall 2008 semester.
BOND COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH JANUARY MEETING PREVIEW
The Bond County Board of Health will meet Monday night, at 6:30PM, for their regular monthly meeting. Items on the agenda include the Korte Company contract, a Flu update, the Home Health, PHS and Tobacco policies and the Administrator's evaluation. Other topics to be discussed include the Professional Advisory Committee review of Home Health, covering the scope of services offered, emergency care and review of community activity.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
The Greenville Comets beat Pana on Saturday in the first game of the Litchfield Tournament. In a game heard live on WGEL Radio, the Comets beat the Panthers by 13 points, 64-51.
In a game that went into overtime, the Mulberry Grove Aces beat Kincaid, 81-79, on Saturday.
JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Greenville Bluejays will play Salem, at 4:45 today, in the James Burke Memorial Tournament.
CHARLES E. "PUG" GOODMAN
Charles E. "Pug" Goodman, 59, of Greenville, passed away Friday at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City. Funeral services for 59 year-old Charles E. Goodman will be held Tuesday, at 11am, at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Friends may call Monday, from 5-8PM, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Susan Koman Foundation or the American Heart Association.
REV. C.W. OSCARSON
Rev. C.W. Oscarson, 88, of Greenville, passed away Friday at Fair Oaks. Funeral services for 88 year-old Rev. C.W. Oscarson will be held Tuesday, at 10:30am, at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 5-8PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church Building Fund.
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