03-31-2009

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STATES VIE FOR SHARE OF CLEAN COAL CASH

 

According to the Wall Street Journal, the federal government is once again dangling billions of dollars for "clean coal" projects, sparking a high-stakes lobbying effort among different states, trying to snare some of the cash for local projects.  The recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act designates $3.4 billion in federal funding for investment in pioneering clean coal technology.  Among those trying to secure funding is FutureGen, a power plant in Mattoon, Illinois.

 


LOCAL FARM BUREAU BIO-DIESEL REFINERY

 

Local Farm Bureau members are participating in a new campaign called, "Plant to Power."  Just recently, the Randolph County Farm Bureau, in Sparta, began manufacturing its first batch of bio-diesel fuel.  Farm Bureau Manager Ryan Ford told WGEL that the process uses cooking oil from restaurants and schools, which has been used and is usually thrown away.  The process, called a "Bio Reactor," breaks down the used oil through a chemical reaction, turning it back into 100% bio-diesel.  The plan is for students in Agriculture, Chemistry, and Physics classes to work together with the project to learn about recycling energy, producing clean energy, and renewable fuels.  The Randolph County Farm Bureau started building their "Bio Reactor" in October 2008.  Ford said it should be ready to be placed in a school by April 2009.


NATIONAL ROAD ASSOCIATION TO MEET IN EFFINGHAM

 

The National Road Association of Illinois annual meeting will be Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30 PM in the council chambers at Effingham City Hall.  Executive Director John Goldsmith said the meeting would include an overview of 2008 activities, a preview of events and plans for 2009, and conclude with the election of board members and officers.  A meal is planned, prior to the meeting, at 5:30 PM at Niemerg's Restaurant in Effingham.  This informal gathering allows members to visit and share about activities in their communities.  All National Road Association members and persons interested in joining the association are welcome.

 


SEVENTH ANNUAL BOND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUILT SHOW

 

The Seventh Annual Bond County Historical Society Quilt Show is planned for Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church Hall.  Martha McCracken told WGEL a quilt block contest is planned which will be judged in early April.  Quilts will be judged in three categories; hand quilted, machine quilted, and wall quilts.  Winners will be on display at the show.  Postcard size quilts will also be available for purchase at the show.  These are just miniature quilts, which Martha said may be sent through the mail.  They hope to have about a hundred quilts on display for the show.  There is a $2.00 admission charge.


LOCAL LAWMAKERS PLEASED PRESIDENT RECONSIDERING VETERANS HEALTHCARE

 

Local Illinois State Republican Representatives, Ron Stephens, Jim Watson and Don Moffitt have expressed their relief that President Obama has reconsidered his plan to require private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of soldiers, injured in military service. The President's plan would have required private insurance companies to reimburse the Department of Veteran Affairs for medical treatment of soldiers. Currently any service related injuries are treated and paid for by the government. The President had proposed the plan as a way to raise $540 million from the companies. The lawmakers expressed their concerns, citing possible problems that this plan could raise private insurance payments to soldiers, possibly resulting in higher unemployment to veterans. Small companies might avoid hiring them because of health insurance needs. They also noted that the insurance companies did not send these soldiers off to war. Both Stephens and Watson have sponsored legislation that would assist veterans in receiving care.


LIBRARY HOURS CHANGE

 

Greenville Public Library will be changing their hours starting April 1st.  Monday and Tuesday they will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Wednesday and Thursday they will be open from noon to 8:00 PM, Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and Saturday from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The new library hours begin April 1st.





OBITUARIES

DOROTHY GRIFFITHS

 

Dorothy Griffiths, age 95, of Sorento, passed away Sunday, March 29, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services for 95 year-old Dorothy Griffiths will be Thursday, at 11:00 AM, at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be at Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


 

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