01-08-08

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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN BELLEVILLE ON SUNDAY

 

The Illinois State Police have released information regarding an officer involved shooting, on Sunday around 2:20PM, at the Belleville Quick Stop.  According to police, the shooting occurred after officers responded to a 911 call of an armed subject, in front of the store.

 

Responding officer's confronted an African American male who displayed, what had appeared to be, a handgun.  A Belleville Police Officer fired one shot, striking the subject.  He was transported to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.

 

The State Police will present the completed investigation to the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office for review of the police officer's use of deadly force.  No additional information will be provided until after review by the State's Attorney.


A LOOK BACK AT THE CITY OF GREENVILLE IN 2007

 

It was a busy year for the City of Greenville.  2007 began with a contract between the City and the Buxton Research Company to search for appropriate commercial businesses and industrial prospects for the area. City Manager Dave Willey then attended a two-day retail trade show in Chicago, in February, and Las Vegas in May, which allowed Greenville to be available to several retailers.

 

Early last year, the City also began getting things in order to renew the Greenville Smithboro Enterprise Zone.  After attending several board meetings, the enterprise zone was renewed.  Bill Grider was hired at the City's new Public Works Director and Matt Willman was hired as the new Code Enforcement Officer. In May, the old Greenville Water Reservoir on 3rd Street was taken down in order to create more space for the public works department.

 

Former City Councilwoman Lisa Stephens was hired in May as the first Assistant City Manager, with her focus to be on bringing more businesses to Greenville. Representatives for the Governor's Hometown Award visited the area in July.  The City then received the award in November.  Greenville also purchased new equipment for the water plant in hopes of producing better smelling water to customers and reducing the yearly costs of chemicals.

 

In September, another Ethanol Plant, Reed-Three Rivers Bio-Grain, announced interest in opening a plant in Greenville.  AENS has already been trying to get a plant in the area for the past year and a half. A couple new businesses will be opening in Greenville though, a new hotel south of I-70, where the old Skelly's restaurant used to be and the Molinero Plant, in the Wolf Industrial Park.


BODY SHOP IN HILLSBORO BURNS TO THE GROUND

 

This past Wednesday, employees at a Hillsboro Auto Body Shop were lucky to be out to lunch when a fire broke out in the building.  According to the Hillsboro Fire Department, a call came in around 12:27PM that the Dowalder Auto Body building was on fire.

 

Eleven firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, after being on scene for over four hours. Later that evening, around 8:45PM, firemen were called back to the auto body, due to a rekindle. It was extinguished again within a half-hour.

 

Firefighters believe that according to evidence at the scene, ashes that were dumped out from a wood-burning stove probably caught some dry leaves on fire and it then spread to the shop.  The 60-foot by 50-foot building was a total loss, including everything inside it.  The Fire Marshall's Office was not called, due to nothing being found to suspect foul play. The remaining steel frame has since been torn down.

 


 

REGISTER WITH NATIONAL BONE MARROW DONOR PROGRAM TO HELP LOCAL CHILD

 

This week, local residents will have the chance to register with the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. Recently, 21 month old Nora Fay Busby, the daughter of Jared and Kelsey Busby, of Greenville, was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. The only option for curing the disease is a bone marrow transplant.

 

On Friday, between 10am and 6PM at Greenville College's Krober Room, donors can register cheek swab tests to see if they could be a match to Nora or one of the other 6,000 people waiting for a bone marrow transplant.  The test costs $25 and donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60.

 

Those who can not afford to pay for the test, are encouraged to still stop by. For those who are not eligible, monetary donations will also be accepted to help pay for those tests.  For more information, call 664-7107.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR...LONGHORN RODEO TICKET GIVEAWAY  

The Longhorn World Championship Rodeo is coming to the Family Arena in St. Charles and WGEL has several family packs of certificates, good for 4 tickets, to the Sunday January 13th, 3PM Rodeo. Friday January 11th, tune in for your chance to be the correct caller and answer the WGEL Rodeo trivia question, and you could be one of our winners. No purchase necessary, you must be at least 18 years old to win, employees of WGEL, the Family Arena and their immediate family members are not eligible. One winner per household please and all decisions of the judges are final.




SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Comets will play host to Litchfield tonight, and you can hear the game live here on WGEL Radio. 

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Bluejays will play at home against Vandalia. 

 

The Pocahontas Indians will play at Ramsey. 



OBITUARIES

LAUREL ANNE "LAURI" BROFKA

 

Laurel Anne "Lauri" Brofka formerly of Greenville, died Sunday January 6th.  A memorial service will be held Saturday Jan. 12th at 11am at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.  Visitation will be from 10-11 am on Saturday January 12rh at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.  Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association. 


ROBERT L. WALL

 

Robert L. Wall, 64, of Greenville, passed away Sunday at St. Lukes Hospital in Chesterfield, MO.  Funeral arrangements for 64 year-old Robert L. Wall are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


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