7-2-2008



SIGNATURES BEING COLLECTED FOR LIQUOR REFERENDUM ON FALL BALLOT

 

 

The Greenville City Council met Monday night and accepted a low bid of 267,891 dollars from Hiar plumbing, for the project to bring sewer under the interstate to the new Sleep Inn and Suits. Sleep Inn is paying 100 thousand dollars of the cost.

 

After the meeting, we talked to City Manager Dave Willey and he told WGEL that 500 registered voters have so far signed the petition to put the sale of liquor, in City limits, on the November ballot.  That's over half the signatures needed, to bring the issue to a vote. The company gathering the signatures, has until August first, to complete the project.  They are finding about 80 percent  of the people they talked to, are signing that petition

 


FIRE MARSHAL URGES FIREWORK SAFETY

 

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more fires in the U.S. are reported on July fourth than any other day of a typical year.  More than 100 people, in Illinois, reported injuries caused by fireworks last year, even though state law prohibits their use by consumers. State Fire Marshall David Foreman warns people of the danger of fireworks in untrained hands and recommends that the best and safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch one of the many professional displays that will be held in communities throughout the state.

 

Although novelty fireworks such as snakes, sparklers and party-poppers, are not regulated by the state, Foreman wants parents to know that they can be just as dangerous as those that are regulated.  Sparklers, often considered harmless children items, burn at temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and remain hot long after the sparks have stopped.  Foreman believes the best advice he can give parents, is to keep sparklers away from young children and closely supervise older children.   

 


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SPECIAL UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

 

 

The Unit 2 Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday morning.  The main item on the agenda was discussion and approval for the new cell phone policy at the Greenville High School.  The new policy will allow students to bring their phones with them inside the school, but requires students to lock the phones in their lockers. Student may also leave them inside their cars.  High School principle Kevin Cochrane said parents had expressed their concerns about student safety after school had been dismissed and when students were on their way to and from school, and that the new policy would be an improvement for the school and students.  The new policy was approved unanimously by the board.  The board also accepted the resignation of Whitney Baldwin as an early childhood education teacher at the elementary school. 


SHED FIRE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING BRINGS OUT THREE FIRE DEPARTMENTS

 

 

Pocahontas/Old Ripley firemen were called to a large shed fire, at 5:31 Sunday morning, at the John Weber residence, on Doll's Orchard Avenue.  Greenville, Highland/Pierron, and Grantfork fire departments were also called for mutual aid. 

 

Pocahontas/Old Ripley firemen were called again at 8:52 Sunday morning to a report of the fire rekindling.  Greenville and Highland/Pierron departments were called again as well to assist with tankers and manpower.

 

According to Pocahontas/Old Ripley Fire Chief Kendall Brink, the cause of the fire is believed to be a pick-up truck parked inside the shed.  He estimated the storage shed to be almost a total lost, however, some items inside the building were saved.  Firemen were on the scene for about 2 hours for the first call and for 2 - 2 ½ hours for the re-kindle call.  There were no injuries. 

 

 

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TRAIN-CAR ACCIDENT AT CROSSING SOUTH OF LITCHFIELD

 

 

A Washville teenager was lucky as a freight train took off the front of the car she was driving Saturday, near Litchfield. According to State Police, Candice Gerhardt, age 19, was on North 9th Avenue, at the Norfolk Southern rail crossing at Old U.S. 66, approximately 2 miles south of Litchfield, when she stopped excessively close to the tracks. Shen had started to back up when the car was struck by the train. Candice Gerhardt was uninjured but ticketed for alleged unlawful approach to a railroad crossing.

 

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EARLIER WATER BIRTH AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

 

 

In a story recently released by Greenville Regional Hospital, a Greenville couple was identified as being the parents of the first infant delivered via water birth at the hospital.  Since publication of that story, the hospital was reminded of another water birth in 2002. 

 

On February 17th, 2002, Anna Marie Jackson was born, via water birth, to parents Aric and Andrea Jackson, of Greenville.  The Jacksons worked with Dr. Kendall Stephens, who delivered Anna Marie, to arrange the water birth.  A temporary water birth tub was obtained from Alton for use at Greenville Regional Hospital.


OBITUARIES

BARBARA GROSS MEYER

 

Barbara Gross Meyer, age 77, of Greenville, passed away this morning at her home.  Funeral arrangements for 77 year-old Barbara Gross Meyer are incomplete at this time at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

 


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