ACCIDENT ON ROUTE 127 WITH POWER LINES DOWN
Bond County Sheriff's Department Officers, Illinois State Police, and Greenville Fireman responded to the report of a non-injury accident on Route 127 approximately a mile and a half north of Patriots Park around 10am Monday. Aa semi truck drove off Rt. 127 and struck an Ameren power line pole. This caused power outages throughout the WGEL listening area. At it's peak, 3,267 Ameren customers and 600 Southwestern Electric customers were without power. The outages affected Greenville, Pocahontas, Reno, Donnaldson and many areas around Bond County. The outages started at 10:06 and the majority of customers had service restored by 10:49.
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
The Greenville City Council held another special meeting at noon Monday and gave their blessing for the submission of two resolutions of support for state grants. The first grant application is for money to fund bike trails to connect all the city parks, the second is for state money to purchase and plant trees. Assistant City Manager Lisa Stephens told the Council that to do all the bike trails would be an 8.5 million dollar project, but she did not expect anywhere near that amount. However, any grant would be helpful in starting the process of constructing the park bike trails. In other action, the Council awarded a contract to West and Company CPA's to do the city audits for the next three years. West and Company's proposed cost was 9 percent lower than the city's current auditing firm. City Manager Dave Willey said the city's current auditor had done excellent work but recommended West and Company based on the lower cost.
GREENVILLE COLLEGE BOOKSTORE HELPS PLANT TREES FOR NATIONAL FOREST
The Greenville College Bookstore joined 280 other college bookstores across the country in the nationwide "Buy a Book, Build a Forest" campaign throughout the past school year. Students, who participated, donated a portion of each textbook purchased, or sold, at the bookstore to the Arbor Day Foundation. The goal of the campaign was to plant 100,000 trees in a national forest.
According to Greenville College Bookstore manager Joyce Wilson, the program rewards students for buying and selling used textbooks. She explains that on average, the cost of a used textbook is around 25% lower then a new book. Money raised will help to plant trees in the Pike & San Isabel National Forest, located in Central Southeast Colorado.