9-29-2008

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GAS LEAK ELM STREET

 

A gas leak was reported Saturday at 2:45PM at the 300 block of Elm St. in Greenville. The Greenville Fire Department responded to the scene and blocked off the area. Ameren arrived later and was able to cap the leak after a couple of hours. It was reported that a truck had struck and broke a gas meter causing the leak and according to an eyewitness you could hear the hissing sound and smell the gas for blocks.

 

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GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH EXCEEDED AUTHORITY

 

An Appellate Court ruled Friday that Governor Rod Blagojevich does not have the authority to arbitrarily expand a taxpayer-paid health care program, without legislative authorization. 

 

The First District Appellate Court, in Chicago, upheld a lower court's ruling that the Governor acted outside his authority when he expanded the "Family Care" program to higher-income recipients, after the legislature blocked it.

 

The court ruling means the legal challenge goes back to circuit court for trial.

 

Judge Fitzgerald Smith said " The Family Care Program, then, is in direct contradiction to the unambiguous language of the code…"


KASKASKIA COLLEGE RENOVATIONS

 

Kaskaskia College has hired a contractor and soon the renovations at the present Greenville Regional Hospital Auxillary Thrift Shop building will be underway.  We talked to Laura Wedekemper, Capital Projects Facilitator at Kaskaskia College for details. She said renovations may start as soon as the beginning of October. The awarded contractor is GRS Construction from Columbia, Illinois. The renovation should be complete in early February. Kaskaskia College is really looking forward to the cooperative effort with Greenville College, with their GOAL program as well as their unemployment agency, in that building.

 

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SALT PRICE GOES UP FOR COUNTY

 

Prices are going up for everyone, even the Highway Department. This means they will have to cut back on certain services. The Bond County Highway Department has a contract with Morton Salt. The price of salt has gone from $43 a ton to $93 a ton, for townships and counties. When the Highway Department did their 08-09 budget, they allotted a certain price for salt. County Engineer for the Highway Department, Mike McCormick says, with salt, it's a guessing game. It really depends on what the weather brings. If it's a heavy winter, the Highway Department could run out and once it's gone, it's gone.  To help deter this problem, McCormick says the department adds fly ash, the same material used on high school tracks, to stretch the use of the salt. McCormick added that depending on the weather, residents could see little or no salt on the roads during the winter months. This means slowing down and minimizing winter travel for residents in Bond County. 

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REGIONAL OFFICE OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENT

 

According to the Regional Office of Education, parents or legal guardians who provide transportation to and from school, because free transportation is not available for their children, may be eligible to receive money from the state to help offset some of the costs.  If you qualify, go to the school where each of your children is enrolled to submit claim information.  The deadline to submit the request is June 30, 2009.  For more information, contact the Regional Superintendent of Schools at 283-5011.

 

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SWITCH TO DIGITAL TV MOVING AHEAD

 

As the nation prepares to switch to digital TV in 2009, Wilmington, North Carolina switched to digital recently as a test of national readiness.  The test was successful and also useful in identifying some potential problems.  The test showed that some people, who have digital receivers, have not tried them.  Some stations are already broadcasting digital signals, so test your equipment while there is time to work out any problems.  If you need a $40.00 coupon toward the purchase of a digital receiver, call 1-888-388-2009.


 

BOND COUNTY BUS STOPS BACK TO 4TH STREET

 

All Bond County Unit 2 bus stops that were moved to 6th street due to the construction, will be moved back to 4th street as of Wednesday, October 1st. There will be NO bus stops on 6th street. They will all be moved back to 4th street as of Wednesday, October 1st.


ANNUAL RIPSON BRIDGE FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER

 

The Annual Ripson Bridge Festival will be Sunday, October 5th, from 11:00 am - 5:00 PM.  There will be country music all day with food stands, more than 100 craft stands and games for the children.  Apple butter and lye soap are made on the grounds and will be available for sale.  This is a good outing for the entire family and all proceeds are used for maintenance of the Old Ripson Bridge.  The festival is 8 miles from Rt. 140 and 5 miles from Sorento.  Look for the signs.

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SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

The Greenville Comets football team extended their winning streak to 5 games with a 35-6 win over Pana on Friday.  The Comets are now  5-0 on the season.  And you can hear every game live on WGEL Radio on Friday nights. 

 

JUNIOR HIGH SOFTBALL

 

The Mulberry Grove Lady Eagles lost twice on Saturday, but had one of the best seasons for a softball team in the history of Bond County.  The Lady Eagles took fourth place in the state of Illinois.  They finished the season 16-2 after losing to Summer Red Hill and then Downs Tri-Valley on Saturday. 

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Bluejays 8th and 7th grade teams lost in the Hillsboro Tournement over the weekend.  The 8th grade team lost 37-21, and the 7th graders lost 30-22.

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS

 

Greenville Lady Comets at St. Anthony

 

HIGH SCHOOL JV FOOTBALL

 

Greenville Comets at Pana

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

 

Mulberry Grove Aces at Windsor

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GOLF

 

Greenville Comets - South Central Conference Tournament at The Rail

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER

 

Greenville Comets at East Alton Wood River


OBITUARIES

MARY ALICE KESSINGER

 

Mary Alice Kessinger, age 87, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, September 25th, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services for Mary Alice Kessinger will be Monday, at 11:00 AM, at the Greenville First Christian Church.  Interment will follow in Union Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Greenville First Christian Church.

 

LINDA DUNN

 

60 year-old Linda Dunn, of the Pittsburg area, passed away on Thursday, September 25th. Funeral services for Linda Dunn were at 2:00 PM on Sunday, Sept 28th at the Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Interment was in Duncan Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Fund or Crown Point Church.

 

RAYMOND E. DUFFY

 

97 year-old Raymond Duffy, of Edwardsville, passed away on Saturday, September 27th, at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville. Funeral services for Raymond Duffy will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday at the Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens, in Bethalto. Burial will also be in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Alton Symphony Orchestra. The Dauderman Mortuary, in Alhanbra, is in charge of arrangements. 

 


 

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