04-03-2009

 




CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES WANT MORE FOR GREENVILLE

 

A large crowd gathered Monday night to hear from five candidates competing for three Greenville City Council seats in next Tuesday's election. Marshall Mollett, Will Boyd and Roger Sanders are competing for two 4-year terms. Each candidate spoke about their opinions on Greenville's needs. Roger Sanders expressed the need to shop in Greenville for items such as, furniture, household goods, sporting goods, etc. He would also like more nighttime activities for socialization such as more restaurants. Marshall Mollett pointed out the need for another grocery store and that more trade needs to happen in Greenville. The Candidates Forum was sponsored by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RISE

 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security released unemployment figures that showed an increase to levels not seen for almost 20 years. Across the state, all 12 metropolitan areas showed an increase. From February 2008 to February 2009, the St. Louis Metropolitan area unemployment rate increased from 7% to 9.4%.  Local counties also showed marked increases. Bond County unemployment rates increased from 6.9% to 9.5%, Clinton County from 7.1 to 8.6, Macoupin County 8.5 to 9.7%, and St. Clair County 7.5 to 9.6%. IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell said. "A capital bill would help create jobs throughout the state."



ILLINOIS SENATE PASSES BILLS

 

The Illinois State Senate has recently acted on more than 100 bills and will send them on to the House of Representatives by April 3. Among these bills were legislation to extend the time period for enforcement of an eviction judgement from 90 to 120 days, after entry of the order, and a law allowing trucks to go 65 mph on rural interstates. The recruitment of a minor into a street gang would become a criminal offense and employers would be required to grant public employees leave for any training or duty required by the U.S. Armed Forces and employers will pay the difference in salary between the government salary and their military salary. These bills and dozens more will be before the House of Representatives.


BOND COUNTY HABITAT HOOPS

 

Bond County Habitat for Humanity is holding an event this Saturday. Habitat for Humanity Bond County Chapter will hold a Charity basketball game, with “Student All Stars” taking on coaches and staff at the Greenville High School Gym, Saturday, April 4th at 7:00 PM.  There will be a three-point and a slam dunk contest.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at all Bond County Unit #2 Schools or at Watson's Drug Store.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE OFFERS MORE IN GREENVILLE

 

The doors are open at 209 North 3rd Street, the home of Kaskaskia College in Greenville. To find out what is offered at the new location, we talked to Kaskaskia Dean of Corporate Training and Continuing Education Tanya Odham.

 

The center is much bigger then the old center with a media room open for the public.  Greenville College will hold classes in the facility and there is a huge computer and work room for the Greenville College and the City of Greenville.  Kaskaskia College will offer more general education classes.

 

A dedication and open house is planned for late May.

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KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT FINDS DONOR

 

When Kirn Wildhaber found out he was in need of a kidney, he didn't have to look too far for a donor. Nathan Grider was surprised but eager to help.

 

Nathan and Kirn have been friends for a long time. Just days before Wildhaber was to marry Nathan’s sister, in October 2008, Kirn experienced flu-like symptoms.  he went to the hospital and found out he had complete kidney failure. When it came time to look for donors, Nathan, along with Kirn’s 3 sisters and Kirn’s aunt volunteered.  Nathan was the closest match.   

Nathan and Kirn will be going to Barnes Hospital to schedule the surgery.  A date has yet to be set, but Grider said they are aiming for mid-May.   


OBITUARIES

BARBARA A. SCHMITT

 

Barbara A. Schmitt, age 69, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, March 31 at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.  A memorial Mass for 69 year-old Barbara A. Schmitt will be Monday at 10:00 AM, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday from 3:30 - 7:00 PM and Monday from 8:00 - 9:30 AM, at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to Masses.

 

NANCY A. DIEBERT

 

Nancy A. Diebert, age 71, of Edwardsville, passed away Wednesday, April 1 at Edwardsville Nursing and Rehabilitation.  Funeral arrangements for Nancy Diebert are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Partly cloudy, high 61, low 38

SUNDAY - 80% chance of thunderstorms, high 57, low 33


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for Public Affairs.  Our guest this week is Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown.  He'll give you tips on protecting yourself and more details on an upcoming self-defense seminar.  That's Public Affairs this Sunday following your noon Bond County Area news.


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