The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has named Dr. Boyd E. McCracken the Gerald Turley award recipient for 2009.  Chairman of the Turley Award Committee Cathie Wiedenhoeft said, "Dr. McCracken has made many significant contributions to the City of Greenville."  Dr. McCracken was one of five Greenville citizens who were instrumental in getting what is now Greenville Regional Hospital built.  He has also received numerous awards and recognitions during his years of practice in the community, including the Illinois Family Doctor of the Year award in 1977.  McCracken will be the 16th recipient of the Gerald Turley Memorial award, to be presented at a special dessert reception May 14th, at 6:30 PM at Mabry's Restaurant in Greenville.



The April Greenville City Council meeting took up an ongoing subject and ended up in a split vote in favor of annexing property into the city adjacent to the new Sleep Inn. In a 3 - 2 vote, the council annexed that property. Neighbors south of Sleep Inn, talked about ground contamination that needed to be removed before any construction could happen. City Manager Dave Willey and Mayor Alan Gaffner both said the property would have to be certified clean by the Illinois EPA before any construction permit could be issued.


New increased horsepower limits on personal watercraft on Governor Bond Lake were also the subject of a split vote at last nights meeting. The council voted 4 to 1 to allow a horsepower increase to 160. The logic of the new limit is that very few new watercraft are being manufactured with the old 130 horsepower limit, and the larger units are supposed to be more stable and safer than the old ones.


A proposed TIF agreement for an expansion of Mario's Restaurant was tabled awaiting more information. The council voted a special five thousand dollar bonus for Assistant City Manager Lisa Stephens for her hard work in landing several new projects including the Donnewald Distribution Center, due to start construction in the Industrial park this summer. City manager Dave Willey talked about how the new road, that will connect Route 127 with the new Buchheit store parking lot, would cost up to 200 thousand dollars more in engineering and paperwork if state funds were used.  The council will be looking at a later date in April for a special meeting to deal with this year's budget and to swear in their two newly elected members Matt Roadman and Will Boyd.





Today is recognized as National Healthcare Decisions Day.  This is a grassroots effort to promote advanced care planning and healthcare decision-making.  The event has exceeded all expectations, with more than 450 participating organizations in all 50 states.  Nathan A. Kottkamp, chair of the National Healthcare Decision Day initiative said, "National, state and community organizations have embraced this call to action to help Americans understand the importance of making and documenting healthcare decisions."





The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees will meet tonight, Thursday, April 16.  Dinner will be served at 5:00 with the meeting to follow at 7:00 PM in the Lifelong Learning Center.  The election of board officers and seating of newly elected board members is on the agenda along with reviewing the president's report.





The special and regular Mulberry Grove Board of Education meetings, scheduled for Monday, April 20, have been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30 and 7:00 PM in the District Media Center.





82 year-old Marcellus "Weakie" Potthast, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, April 14, at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. Funeral services for Marcellus Potthast will be Friday, at 10:00 AM, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday and 8:00 - 9:30 AM Friday at the Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Pierron.




Jocelyn G. Smith, age 97, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, April 14, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services for 97 year-old Jocelyn Smith will be Sunday, at 3:00 PM, at the First Baptist Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in Smith Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to the Simple Room or the First Baptist Church.




Josephine E. Smith, age 95, of Trenton, passed away Monday, April 13, at Countryside Manor in Aviston.  A Funeral Mass of Christian burial for 95 year-old Josephine Smith will be Friday, at 11:00 AM, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM, at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Church.




Linda Lou Kimberlin, age 55, of Highland, passed away Monday, April 13, at her home.  Memorial services are scheduled for Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 PM at Kindom Hall of Jehovah Witness in Highland.  There will be no visitation.  Burial will be at a later date in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas.  Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness in Highland. 


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