9-22-2008

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MISSING SORENTO MAN SWEPT AWAY BY FLOOD WATER

 

83 year-old Harry Gwaltney, of Sorento, missing since a storm hit Bond County Sunday September 14th, was found this Sunday afternoon by two hunters who were preparing their deer stand near Power Avenue close to the old Propelex plant in rural Northern Bond County. Fears that Gwaltney had been swept away in the high waters caused by the storm were confirmed when he was found dead inside his car in a creek bed with his seat belt buckled.  The car was about a quarter mile from where the road crosses the creek. 


AIG INSURANCE CUSTOMERS PROTECTED BY ILLINOIS LAW

 

Following the federal government's action this week to take over American International Group, Inc., Illinois regulators are working to prevent a negative impact on Illinois insurance policy holders.  AIG, Inc. is a federally regulated legal entity and federal regulators will oversee its reorganization.  Dean Martinez, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, said,

"Illinois families and businesses who have insurance policies with an AIG company should know that we will make sure the company acts responsibly and meets its financial obligations to its customers."

 

Illinois regulators monitor insurance companies to make sure they stay fiscally sound. Illinois law requires insurance companies to use conservative accounting rules and maintain sufficient reserves to pay claims.  The state also mandates quarterly reporting of assets, liabilities, and investments and annual CPA audits. Through these measures, Illinois makes sure that insurance companies can handle losses in down-market cycles.


LOCAL MAN DONATES BONE MARROW, FINDS MATCH

 

A local man took part in the bone marrow drive in January, at Greenville College. He just recently was matched with someone in need. Stu Snow of Greenville talked to us about his experience. He told us he went to the bone marrow drive and they took a cotton swab to the inside of his cheek. Just from that, they could test his marrow and see if he would match up with a patient in need. He did. So this past week, Snow went to St. Louis University to have his bone marrow taken. He said they took a liter and a half of blood and bone marrow from his hip, while he was asleep, so he didn't feel much pain.  Snow will not find out who he donated to but does know it's going to a boy with leukemia.  If you'd like to find out more on how you can donate bone marrow, please contact www.marrow.org.     

 

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BOND COUNTY CROP SURVEY COMPLETED

 

The 8TH Annual Bond County Crop Survey was completed last week with four teams checking the crops.  Results of the survey show an average corn yield expected of 138.95 bushels per acre.  Samplings ranged from 90 - 210 bushels per acre, which is up from the 2007 average of 121.3.  The soybean crop average yield is expected to be 40.29 bushels per acre with samplings ranging between 30 -57 bushels per acre.  Soybean yields are also up from the 2007 average of 30.6 bushels per acre.  Survey results showed yield damage due to the wind and rain we received over the weekend. 

 

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KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

 

At the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees meeting, Thursday, September 18th, Tim Hood, Vice President of Instructional Services reported that the KC Illinois Small Business Development Center was recently presented two Guidance for Growth Awards by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  The awards are in the categories of Economic Impact and Consulting Hours.  These are the highest awards presented to a Small Business Development Center, in the State of Illinois.

 

The Board approved the renovation and restroom contractors for the new Greenville Education Center for a total of $1,281,000.00, the adoption of the annual budget for 2008-2009, and the concept and location for a Veteran's Tribute to be constructed on the campus.

 

Irina Newmann, of Vandalia, was hired as the new Instructional Design and Distance Learning Specialist, Linda Still, of Centralia, as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Career and Technical Education, and Gina Ash, of Belleveille, as the Director of the Education Program at the Centralia Correctional Center.

 

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LINCOLN LEGACY LEARNING KITS AVAILABLE AT SOME LIBRARIES

 

Thanks to a grant from the Illinois State Library, 40 Lincoln Legacy Learning Kits are now available at several Illinois public libraries, free of charge, to educators.  Each kit contains a curriculum guide, activity booklet, laminated images, reproduction artifacts, hands-on materials, books, posters and other items pertaining to one of four topics.  The four topics are: The Abraham Lincoln Biography Reading Kit, Mary Todd Lincoln Kit, Civil War Soldiers Kit, and Slavery in Illinois Kit.  Locally, these kits may be found at the Evans Public Library in Vandalia.

 


 

911 BOARD GREETS NEW EMPLOYEE

 

The 911 Board met Thursday morning at the Bond County Courthouse.  The board greeted Kelly Lar, the new administrative assistant to 911 Coordinator Alan Davis.  The board also received the 911 part of the county audit.  No issues were found by the auditor, relating to 911.  Over $500 in repairs were necessary to fix the lightning damage caused last month.  A state grant has been approved for $15,000 to improve security around the 911 communications center.  This will allow for the purchase of cameras and other security equipment at no cost to the county or 911.  The next 911 board meeting will be October 9th, at 9:00 AM, at the courthouse. 


GREENVILLE HOSPITAL AWAKE

 

Greenville Regional Hospital's Sleep Disorders Center will present an AWAKE presentation Wednesday, Sept. 24th, in the hospital's community room. AWAKE, which stands for Alert, Well and Keeping Energy, is designed for individuals with sleep disorders. The presentation will discuss signs, symptoms and treatment options. The most common sleep disorder is sleep apnea. Symptoms can include snoring, a choking sensation when sleeping, a pause in breathing and always feeling tired. These AWAKE meetings are held quarterly. Admission is free, reservations are not required and refreshments will be served.

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SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

The Greenville Comets remained undefeated with a 14-7 win over Vandalia on Friday.  The Comets are now 4-0 on the season.  The Comets Junior Varsity team will play at Vandalia.

 

JUNIOR HIGH SOFTBALL

 

The Mulberry Grove Junior High School Lady Eagles are on their way to the state championship tournament. Saturday afternoon they won their Sectional with an 8 to 7 victory over Edinburg. The Lady Eagles will play Springfield Christ the King at 2:30pm at champion fields in Normal, Friday the 26th.

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL

 

Saturday the Greenville Junior High Bluejays baseball team defeated the number one seed Alton 6 to 5 in the regional tournament. Staunton beat Cahokia and Greenville will play Staunton for the Regional Championship at 4:30 today in Greenville.

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

 

The Lady Comets varsity team beat Pana on Thursday and improved their overall record to 6-3, the JV team lost to Pana in three games. 

 

Mulberry Grove Lady Aces host Patoka

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GOLF

 

Greenville Comets at Litchfield

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER

 

Greenville Comets at Litchfield

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF

 

Greenville Lady Comets host East Alton Wood River and Pana

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS

 

Greenville Lady Comets host Vandalia

 

JUNIOR COMETS FOOTBALL

 

The Junior Comets football team beat Pana on Saturday, the score was 7-6. 


OBITUARIES

WILLIAM KNEBEL

 

58 year-old William "Bill" Knebel, of Pocahontas, passed away on Thursday, September 18th, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.  Funeral Arrangements are pending at the Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

 

HELEN ROYER UPTON

 

95 yr old Helen Royer Upton of Greenville passed away Saturday Sept. 20th in Henderson KY. Funeral services for Helen Royer Upton will be noon Tuesday Sept. 22nd at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 4:00PM untill 8:00PM at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.


 

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