02-02-2009

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STATE SENATOR FRANK WATSON RESIGNS FROM SENATE WILL FOCUS ON HEALTH

 

Greenville State Senator, Frank Watson, announced today that he would leave the Illinois Senate as of February 16th.  Frank told WGEL that he feels, following the stroke he suffered last fail, he will not be able to spend the time and energy necessary to properly serve his constituents.  Senator Watson commented he knows when it's time to go, and he has seen many public officials stay too long. He was first elected to the Senate in 1982 following 4 years in the Illinois house. For the last 6 years Frank was Minority Republican Leader in the Senate.

 

Republican Party County Chairman in the nine counties of the 51st district will vote on Frank's replacement.


COMPANY WILL BRING JOBS TO GREENVILLE

 

At the recent special Greenville City Council meeting, the council purchased the former Value City facility and then turned around and passed a long term lease for that 72 thousand square foot retail building to Buchheit stores of Missouri. Greenville will be the sixth Buchheit farm store, the third in Illinois. Greenville's new Buchheit store will employ 40 to 50 people. The company will be open for business this summer.  Their lease payments to the city will be roughly equal to the bank payments the city will make to own the facility plus Greenville will retain three and a half acres to the west of the store for future development. The city council gave it's OK to the deal, purchasing the building and land from the Baldwin family for 1.7 million dollars.  Both Mayor Alan Gaffner and City Manager Dave Willey recognized the work of assistant City Manager Lisa Stephens for bringing the new Buchheit store to Greenville.

 

 

 

SHIMKUS OPPOSES HIGH -PRICED STIMULUS

 

Congressman John Shimkus voted against the Democrat's so-called stimulus bill last week due to the more than $1 trillion cost and the unnecessary spending.  Shimkus said, "I fully appreciate the need for a federal stimulus package and could support a reasonably priced one that focused on tax cuts and infrastructure projects.  Unfortunately, this bill goes way beyond those job-creating aspects."  As an alternative, Shimkus has cosponsored the Economic Recovery and Middle Class Tax Relief Act designed to support families through tax relief, provide economic relief for American businesses and entrepreneurs, and save future generations from a crushing debt burden.

 

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STATE POLICE INTERDICTION LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES

 

An Illinois State Police highway drug interdiction last week in Montgomery County lead to drug charges for a Wisconsin driver.  During the interdiction, a 2008 van bearing Wisconsin registration was stopped.  The Trooper noticed the smell of raw cannabis and a K-9 unit from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department was called.  When the K-9 alerted on the vehicle, the driver, Roberta Albrecht, age 54, of Wisconsin, admitted to officers that she had a small case of cannabis and she also had a legalized permit to posses the cannabis in California.  Officers told her the permit is not legal in Illinois. She and her van were transported to District 18 headquarters for further investigation.  Five suitcases were found in the van containing approximately 83 pounds of cannabis, having a street value of about one million dollars.  Albrecht was charged with one count of alleged manufacturing and delivery of cannabis, and one count of possession of cannabis.  The charges are a Class X Felony, punishable by 6 - 30 years in prison and up to a $200,000 fine.  Albrecht is being held in the Montgomery County Jail.




SUPERINTENDENT RESIGNS FROM MULBERRY GROVE

 

Mulberry Grove Superintendent Greg Irwin is resigning at the end of the 2009 school year.  He is very proud of what he has been a part of during the years with the school district.  Irwin expects to be moving once the school year is completed in mid-June. He’ll be heading to Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District in Vermillion County south of Danville.  The district is about three times the size of Mulberry Grove. It is a familiar area for him as he started his teaching career in 1982 in that community. He’s anxious to move back to family and friends but will miss a great number of friends he has made in Mulberry Grove over the years.


PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP OFFERED

 

The Greenville Regional Hospital Educational Department will host its monthly Parkinson's Disease Support Group Monday, February 9, at 1:00 PM in the hospital community room.  Tai Chi instructor Jerry Wild will present a special presentation during the meeting explaining how tai chi can serve as an alternative therapy to combat the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.  Registration is not required and there is no fee. Refreshments will be served.

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SPORTS

COMETS WIN AGAIN

 

The Greenville High School boys Basketball Comets came back from 10 points down to beat Waltonville 68-63 Saturday night at the Pinkneyville Shoot-out. The Comets beat a top 10 1A team and improved to 17-3 for the season. They next play at Staunton Tuesday night. Listen to the game live right here on WGEL.


OBITUARIES

TONY HAMBY

 

Tony Hamby, age 84, of Walshville, passed away Thursday, January 29th, at St. Francis Hospital.  Funeral services for Tony Hamby will be today, at 10:00 AM, at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.


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