The Greenville City Council worked through their December meeting agenda Tuesday night. If all goes as planned, Greenville will have a new CVS drug store by August. According to a CVS spokesperson, the new facility will be 12,000 square feet of their latest style store, at the Northeast corner of Elm and Harris, across the street from their current location.   The new store will be almost twice the size of the current CVS and construction should start in the first quarter of 2009.  Following the presentation, the City Council voted to enter into a TIF or Tax Increment Financing agreement with CVS that should save them over 400 thousand dollars in TIF eligible expenses.


In other action, the Council passed the annual tax levy with a five percent increase over last year.  They approved a revolving loan for 120 thousand dollars to help in the construction of a meat market next to Wayne's Produce on 4th Street. Wayne Ambuehl, owner of Wayne's, told the Council his new Morton building will be arriving this Thursday morning.  City Manager Dave Willey is continuing to look into the cost of beginning a dredging program at the east end of Governor Bond Lake. The City Staff and Council will continue to work on details for the new City Liquor Ordinance and a new draft ordinance should be ready by the January meeting.



At the most recent Greenville City Council meeting, the Greenville Police Department released the crime statistics for the first 11 months of 2008.  Statistics show that the number of burglaries, including residential, shoplifting and motor vehicle, is nearly the same as in 2007.  There has been a substantial drop in traffic violations in 2008.  Speeding tickets inside the city limits were 77 in 2007, and are 52 in 2008.  And traffic arrests are down from 411 in 2007 to 234 in 2008. 



Illinois State Police in Litchfield were requested to assist the Macoupin County Sheriff's Department in reference to a train crash that occurred on Mile Station Road at Logan Street, in Rural Brighton.  The train was a four unit and one locomotive Amtrak passenger train.  The train struck a truck tractor pulling an empty drop deck trailer.  24 year-old Dustin Kroeschel, of Medora, Illinois, tried to cross the railroad tracks and the drop deck trailer became stuck on the railroad crossing.  The Amtrak struck the trailer and the train derailed, but remained upright.  Nearly 100 feet of railroad track were destroyed.  The driver of the truck was not injured and nine passengers from the Amtrak and one Amtrak crew member were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.






According to Detective Sergeant Matt Hillbrecht with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, a former Highland man will spend life in prison.  38 year-old George Luna had rented a home from 46 year-old Debra Hendrickson of Benton, Kentucky in 2007.  According to police, firefighters were called around 8:00 PM on September 8,2007, to a fire at Hendrickson's home.  Investigators found her body inside the home and her vehicle missing.  Luna was pulled over in Williamson County, Illinois that evening for driving well over the speed limit in Hendrickson's truck. A Marshall County, Kentucky jury convicted Luna of arson and murder in August.  The jury recommended two life sentences which means Luna could be eligible for parole in 20 years. 



Officials from Illinois, are hoping that President-elect Barack Obama's pledge of a massive public works program, will help stimulate the state's economy. The proposed federal stimulus package includes highway, airport, railway and transit infrastructure projects

that are ready to begin immediately. These projects are estimated to cost $2.37 billion and are estimated to create more than 94,000 jobs for Illinoisans. 




Virginia T. Cureton, age 86, of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, December 8, at her home.  A funeral Mass will be Friday at 10:00 AM at St. Nicholas Church in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Meredith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.  Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's, the Cancer Society, or Hospice of Southern Illinois.



Jeannette Wall, age 84, of Vandalia, passed away Tuesday, December 9th, at her home.  Funeral services for 84 year-old Jeannette Wall will be Saturday, at 1:00 PM, at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento.  Friends may call from 5:00 - 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

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