2-4-2008

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STEVE SCHMITT MOTORS IN GREENVILLE TO CLOSE

 

It's the end of an era for two local automobile dealership families, and according to Steve Schmitt Sr. it's also a sign of today's state of the auto industry.

 

February 1st, Steve Schmitt Motors in Greenville, closed its GM dealership and on February 15th, they will close their Chrysler dealership, in Greenville. The dealership will continue to operate in Highland with General Motor's brands including Buick, Pontiac, Chevrolet and GMC.

 

McGinley Incorporated in Highland has sold their Buick franchise to Steve Schmitbt but McGinley will continue to be the area's Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep dealer. "Consolidation is ongoing in our industry at every level, as it is in most American industries," Tim McGinley said. McGinley's sale of Buick to Steve Schmitt ends the company's 60-plus year association with General Motors.

 

Steve Schmitt commented that "For 24 years I lived in Greenville, started my family there, and always appreciated the kindness and support the community has shown my business and my family. The decision to close the Greenville location has been very difficult."

 

 

 

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FUTUREGEN IN TROUBLE

 

Could the SuperGen project, slated for Illinois, be in jeopardy?  The U. S. Secretary of Energy has submitted a proposal to dismantle FuturGen, the clean coal project, to be constructed in Illinois.  It was just announced in December, that Mattoon, Illinois was chosen as its location.  President Busch, in his state of the union address, talked about the need to develop clean coal technology.  Local politicians are lining up to fight Secretary of Energy Samual Bodman's, apparent change of heart on the project, which he says has gotten too expensive.

 

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SNOW TOTALS FOR GREENVILLE

 

We have information, from Rain-Man Rick, on the snow accumulations for Greenville from last week's storm.  Measurements taken at all three official locations, the sewer plant, 6th street, and Idler Lane at Rt. 140, indicated the same amount of snow for the area.  At 6:00 am Friday morning, 8 inches of snow were recorded at each location.  During the morning hours, an additional inch of snow fell for a total accumulation of 9 inches, throughout the Greenville area.

 

 

Saturday morning, the Greenville Police reported 19 non-injury accidents since the snow fell Thursday, and the Bond County Sheriff's Department reported 5 more including one car deer accident. Also several reports of Semi tractor trailer units losing control and ending up in ditches and across guardrails just East of Mulberry Grove in Fayette County. The State police handled those calls.

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LAKE COMMITTEE MEETING

 

The Greenville Lake Committee is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:00 PM, at the Municipal Building.  Their agenda includes a review of the 2008 Out-of-Country boat permit requests, in addition to other new business items.

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS DELAYED

 

Due to a Postal Service error, delivery of January 23rd unemployment checks has been delayed.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is offering two options for your consideration.  You can go to an IDES office with two pieces of identification and request a replacement check or wait to see if you receive the check currently missing at the U.S. Postal Service.  Hopefully these checks will be delivered in the next few days, but there is no guarantee.

 

Information, on filing for a replacement check, can be found at www.ides.state.il.us.


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STEPHENS CALLS FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

 

State Representative Ron Stephens has introduced legislation aimed at improving highway safety by expanding the use of steel cable barriers in highway medians.  "Cable barriers are one small step we could take to improve highway safety at a minimal cost to the state," said Stephens.  The resolution requests that the Illinois Department of Transportation study the expanding the use of cable barriers in Illinois.

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MONDAY SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

The Lady Comets will play Nokomis tonight and you can hear that game live on WGEL Radio.


OBITUARIES

REVEREND B. DAVID RODGERS

 

Reverend B. David Rodgers, age 100, of Marshfield, Missouri, formerly of Greenville, passed away Wednesday at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, of injuries due to a tornado on January 7th.  Funeral services for 100 year-old Reverend B. David Rodgers will be Thursday, February 7th, at 2:00 PM, at the Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


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