3-23-2009

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GREENVILLE REGIONAL HEALTH FAIR A SUCCESS

 

Greenville Regional Hospital put on another successful Health Fair. Ryan Mifflin said the 2009 Health Fair was a huge success from front to back and congratulates all the help that made it possible.  The community commented on how smoothly it went and it was a tremendous event.  There are hundreds of volunteers that donate their time to make this event possible.  The planning of the Health Fair starts in mid-November and runs through April.  The 2010 Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair will be the 30th annual fair.


BOND COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT REPLACEMENT

 

After the recent announcement of Bond County Unit #2 Superintendent Melanie Allyn's resignation, Assistant Superintendent Jeff Strieker has been chosen as her replacement. Strieker told us, gaining knowledge in his particular office will make for an easier transition because he has worked closely with Mrs. Allyn.  He has a great knowledge of what will be expected from him in his role as superintendent.  Strieker commented on the recent projects in the district. He said it’s a busy time with the high school renovation and the work at the elementary school. He is looking forward to the winding down of those projects and being able to get in the classrooms and watch the experts with the Bond County Unit #2 students.  Mr. Strieker will take over at the beginning of the fiscal year, July first.

 

 

 

MAIL FRAUD BY SECRETARY/TREASURER OF UNION

 

Don C. Padgett, age 39, of Granite City, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in a two-count indictment charging him with mail fraud by a secretary/treasurer of a union, and a count of criminal forfeiture.  The violation is alleged to have taken place between November 20, 2001 and May 23, 2008, in Bond County.  The indictment charges that Padgett, as the secretary/treasurer and chief financial officer of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1304, issued unauthorized checks to himself, made unauthorized purchases on the union's credit card, falsified information in the union's financial reports, and falsified reports filed with the Department of Labor.  AFGE Local 1304's members consist of correctional officers at the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville.  The charge carries a maximum statutory penalty of up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, three years supervised release, and mandatory restitution. 

 

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INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PLAN PROPOSED FOR ILLINOIS

 

Representative Ron Stephens is supporting a plan designed to bring about much needed road, bridge and school improvements and create new jobs for Illinois.  The plan will generate the needed revenue through a variety of ways, none of which require a tax increase.  In support of the plan, Stephens said, "I am firmly opposed to any tax and fee increases for capital with the economy the way it currently is.  We need to consider all other alternatives before looking at tax and fee increases.  To do anything else would be irresponsible and dangerous."  Options in the plan would generate approximately $1 billion in state revenue each year, allowing for a $12 billion bonding program for infrastructure improvement priorities.



 

IDOT DIVISION OF TRAFFIC SAFETY TO STAY IN SPRINGFIELD

 

Governor Pat Quinn announced recently that the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety would stay in Springfield.  Governor Blagojevich had announced last May that he was going to move the division to southern Illinois.  That would have forced about 140 employees to relocate to Harrisburg or give up their positions.  Governor Quinn said, "I am pleased these jobs will stay here in the capital city.  Relocating the Division of Traffic Safety would have had a detrimental impact on central Illinois' economy and operations of the division."


MAN CONVICTED ON BURGLARY CHARGES

 

25 year-old Eric Figueroa, of Hialeah, Florida was charged with alleged residential burglary and theft on August 25, 2007.  Figueroa allegedly entered Jorge and Gina Casa's home in Greenville and allegedly stole a men's watch, a computer, and women's jewelry, totaling more then $10,000.  Figueroa plead not guilty in February.  According to records at the Bond County Courthouse, he was convicted of burglary on March 18 and sentenced to five years in IDOC.  


GREENVILLE FFA BANQUET SCHEDULED

 

The Greenville FFA Chapter's Annual Parent and Member Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 PM in the Family Life Center at the First Christian Church in Greenville.   Confirmation of plans to attend are requested by March 24.


GRASS FIRE BURNS 30 ACRES

 

Smithboro Firemen responded to a fire call Wednesday afternoon at a residence on Avery Branch Road.  According to firemen on the scene and Fire Chief Dale Deverick, the resident had been burning a fence row and when the wind shifted, the fire got out of control.  By the time firemen arrived, the fire had burned a fairly large area of grass and brush.  An estimated 30 acres of grass were burned before the fire could be brought under control.  Mulberry Grove Firemen responded with manpower and equipment to provide mutual aid.  Firemen were on the scene for a little over two hours.  No injuries resulted.

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SPORTS

COMETS WIN DOUBLEHEADER

 

The Greenville Comets baseball team swept a doubleheader Saturday at home to open their season. In the first game the Comets trailed late against Sherard but pulled ahead by 1 run going into the 7th after Sherard tied it in the seventh the Comets scored in the bottom of the inning to win 7-6. In the second game the Comets scored 14 runs in the first 3 innings against Harvard and cruised to a lopsided 16-4 5 inning victory. The next broadcast of Comets baseball will be Saturday March 28th as the Comets take on Teutopolis.


OBITUARIES

EDWARD ZELLER

 

79 year-old Edward Zeller, of rural New Douglas, passed away Thursday, March 19, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for Edward Zeller will be Monday, March 23, at 11:00 AM, at Lesicko Funeral Home in New Douglas.  Burial will be in Salem Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


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