08-19-2008

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FATALITY IN KEYESPORT FIRE

 

Keyesport Firemen responded to a trailer fire, at 701 West Hayes Street in Keyesport, Sunday night at 9:30.  Greenville, Mulberry Grove and Smithboro fire departments were called a few minutes later for mutual aid.  According to the Clinton County Coroner, a 41 year-old woman was killed in the fire.  Jamie Holt of Keyesport, formerly of Greenville, was fatally injured in the fire, along with her dog. Keyesport Firemen were on the scene for over 6 ½ hours.  The cause of the fire is being investigated but is thought to have started from a candle.


FRANK WATSON ON TWO DAY SPECIAL SESSION

 

From the office of Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson, Senate Republicans were anxious to get to work once being called back to the Capitol by Governor Blagojevich for two more special sessions on August 12 and 13. They soon found out that the majority party was not in the same mindset.  On Wednesday, day two of the two day session, the majority party opted to spend the morning and afternoon at the State Fair and not come to work until well after 5:00 PM.  Once there, no progress was made on any of the topics the special session meant to address. However, the special session did bring about one positive development, a vote to reject the legislative and state official pay raises that were set to go into effect immediately. There were a number of legislative measures, passed by the General Assembly this spring, that were signed into law this week by the Governor, including the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act to redefine community colleges as a governmental entity instead of a state agency.


HOUSE FIRE IN HIGHLAND

 

Highland City Firemen responded Sunday morning, around 10:00 am, to a house on Laurel Street, in Highland.  A fire, in an upstairs bedroom, caused smoke and heat damage but no structural damage to the home.  According to Assistant Fire Chief Kerry Federer, a child playing with matches or a lighter probably caused the fire.  Firemen were on the scene for about an hour.

 


BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

 

The First Presbyterian Church sponsored an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday.  Thirty-three units were collected with 37 persons volunteering to donate blood.  James Matthews earned a two-gallon pin.


RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN

 

Last November, Ameren Illinois Utilities asked the Illinois Commerce Commission to authorize a $247 million delivery rate increase, later lowered to $207 million. The increase would mean higher bills for the company's residential electricity customers and most of its natural gas customers.  Consumer groups such as the Citizens Utility Board, AARP and the Illinois Attorney General's Office fought against the proposed rate hikes.  On Tuesday, judges filed a 360-page "proposed order" or recommendation. The judge's recommendation would give Ameren companies an overall delivery rate increase of $164 million, $43 million less than what Ameren originally requested. Jim Chilson, spokesman for Illinois Citizens Utility Board or CUB, said while they are happy for the decrease for Ameren-Cilco customers, IP and CIPS rate hike requests are unacceptable. New rates wouldn't take place until October regardless of the ICC's ruling. 




TUESDAY SPORTS

 

JUNIOR HIGH SOFTBALL

 

The Mulberry Grove Lady Eagles won another game on Monday.  The final score was 16-2 over Effingham St. Anthony.   The Lady Eagles next play today at home against St. Elmo.

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Bluejays have started their season 1-2.  The Bluejays lost 15-0 to Salem on Monday.  

 

The Mulberry Grove Eagles baseball  lost to Altamont on Monday 5-1. 

They will next play host to St. Elmo today.

 

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

 

The Greenville Lady Comets will start their season today with a match at Timber Lakes against Roxana, East Alton Wood River, Staunton and Hillsboro. 


OBITUARIES

CAROL M. GRIFFITH

 

Carol M. Griffith, age 59, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, August 9th, in Bartlett, Nebraska.  A memorial service will be Wednesday, August 20th, at 7PM, at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Friends may call Wednesday after 5:00 PM at the church.  The Young Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

FRED BIRD

 

90 year-old Fred Bird passed away on Monday at Cardinal Hill.  Funeral Services for Fred Bird, of Greenville, will be at 11:00 AM Friday, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday, at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.


 

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