10-03 -2008

 




THE THRIFT SHOP IS BACK OPEN

 

The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop is now open.  The move was done quickly and extremely well, and the thrift shop is open again, at it’s new location, in the old Super-Valu building, in Greenville.  The new location is twice the size of the old store, and is ready for shoppers.  The thrift shop opens today, Friday, at 10:00 AM. According to Alan Gaffner, a Grand Opening is being planned for November.    


HIGHLAND MAN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

 

Sergeant 1st Class Gary J. Vasquez, 33, was killed September 29th while conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol in Afghanistan.  This was Vasquez's third deployment to Afghanistan.  Vasquez died from wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.  He was with the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

 

Vasquez, of Highland, Illinois and a graduate of Highland High School, entered the Army in January 2000 as a cavalry scout.  Following advanced individual training, he earned the coveted "Green Beret" in 2004 and was assigned as a Special Forces engineer.  His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Good Conduct Medals and many other medals, ribbons, and badges.  Vasquez is survived by his wife Sarah, of Raeford, North Carolina, and mother Margaret Du Hasek of Highland, a brother Barry and sister Keely. 

 

Funeral arrangements for Sergeant Gary J. Vasquez are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.



GRANITE CITY MAN DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT

 

Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn reported the death of a Granite City man. Just after 5:30 Tuesday afternoon, 39 year-old Brian M. Withers, of Granite City, was driving southbound on Illinois Route 3. He attempted to turn left onto Rock Road and crossed into the path of a Sierra pick-up truck driven by 31 year-old Joseph Cangelosi of Jerseyville. Wither's Ford mustang also struck a Freightliner truck stopped at the red light on Rock Road, at Route 3.  Wither's was wearing a seatbelt, and testing for the presence of alcohol is being performed. The crash remains under investigation by the Granite City Police Department.  


TALK OF IMPEACHMENT

 

Talk of impeachment is again surfacing in the statehouse, fueled by both a court ruling that the Governor once again exceeded his authority and convicted political fundraiser Tony Rezko. According to the Chicago Times, Rezko may be cooperating with federal investigators. Rezko, a longtime associate of the Governor, is scheduled to be sentenced this month as a result of his June conviction in a federal corruption trial.  Rezko is also awaiting trial on other charges.



LIFE CHAIN IN GREENVILLE

 

The 15th annual Metro-East Life Chain, an event to promote respect for human life, will be held Sunday, October 5. We talked to Dorothy Knight to get details on how to get involved locally. A local Life Chain, sponsored by the Pregnancy Center of Greenville, will hand out pro-life signs at 1:45 this Sunday afternoon and line up from 2:00 - 3:00 PM with an hour of silent prayer.   For more information contact the Pregnancy Center in Greenville.




SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

Greenville Comets at Hillsboro, and you can hear the game live on WGEL Radio, kick-off is at 7PM. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

 

Comets soccer defeated Breese Central 7-0 on Thursday to improve their record to 10-5 on the season.  Kyle Dannaman once again led the scoring with 4 goals. 


OBITUARIES

NONE TO REPORT


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Sunny, high 72, low 54

SUNDAY - Sunny, high 78, low 58


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us for Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News.  Tom’s guests this week are Lynn Weiss and Sandi Laurent with the U of I extension office in Greenville.  4-H week is coming up and Lynn and Sandi will tell us about the history of the organization, some newly added projects and how you can get involved.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News. 


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