06-10-2009



 

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ANOTHER HURDLE JUMPED ON THE PATH TO HOPEFULLY ATTRACT NEW COMPANY

 

At last month's Greenville City Council and Smithboro Village Board meetings, a 130 acre land de-annexation by Smithboro and annexation by Greenville was done to help possibly lure a large industrial plant to Greenville.  Assistant City Manager Lisa Stephens told WGEL that Greenville is one big step closer to landing that plant. Stephens said that Greenville is now the lone Illinois site left for consideration of the new plant. The other site in the running is in Missouri. The plant is a heavy industrial plant that, according to Stephens, may employ from 125 to 200 persons and create up to 600 temporary jobs for the area. She added that this is a $125 to $300 million dollar product investment that can possibly spin off other companies for Bond County. Stephens thanked the State of Illinois, local officials, Smithboro Trustee's and citizens for all their help. She believes Greenville's site, near railroad lines, and with other incentives, gives the town  a very good shot at landing this plant. A final decision is expected in the next 30 to 60 days.

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IT’S TIME FOR THE TORCH RUN

 

The torch run is coming back to Bond County Thursday.  WGEL spoke to Greenville Police Office Russ Reike about the run and the accompanying fundraiser to support Illinois Special Olympics. Reike explained that the run starts on Thursday, at 11:10 in the morning, at the Southwestern Electric parking lot. Runners from local law enforcement agencies will be involved with taking the torch through the city of Greenville. The run will cover approximately 3 to 3 ½ miles and will end at the courthouse lawn on the north side of the square. Starting at 10:30 AM, they will hold a BBQ fundraiser on the courthouse lawn selling hamburgers, bratwurst and hotdogs with the proceeds going to Special Olympics of Illinois.


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THUNDERSTORM AND TORNADO DAMAGE IN ST. CLAIR COUNTY

 

Thunderstorms and tornadoes moved through the southern part of the WGEL listening area Monday evening and night.  According to Mr. Don Feher, Assistant Coordinator of the Emergency Management Agency for St. Clair County, the two communities hardest hit were Shiloh and Mascoutah.  In Shiloh, several roofs were damaged with shingles blown off, guttering blown from homes, and several trees down.  Three homes received extensive damage and the roof on a fourth home was blown off in Mascoutah.  At least six sheds and outbuildings were damaged.  Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.

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AN IOWA MAN FACES FELONY CHARGE IN BOND COUNTY COURT

 

Richard Yeater, age 69, of Bettendorf, Iowa, faces a class 2 felony charge in Bond County Court.  It’s alleged that Yeater was in possession of a 1995 Chevy that he knew was stolen.  The charge is unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.  Bail was set at $75,000 and a preliminary hearing is set for July 2. 

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HOT WEATHER AND VEHICLES - DEADLY COMBINATION FOR KIDS

 

Heat is much more dangerous to children than to adults.  When left in a hot vehicle, a young child's core body temperature may increase three to five times faster than that of an adult, possibly causing permanent injury or death.  Safe Kids USA and General Motors created the "Never Leave Your Child Alone" program to educate families on the dangers kids face in hot vehicles.  Teach children not to play in, on, or around vehicles.  Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.  Always lock a vehicle's doors and trunk, especially at home. And place something that you will need at your next stop, such as a purse, your lunch, gym bag, or briefcase, on the floor of the backseat where the child is sitting.  This simple act could help prevent you from accidentally forgetting a child.  For more information, call 618-651-2757.

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OBITUARIES

EILEEN NEATHERY

 

Eileen Neathery, age 78, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Saturday, June 6 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville. Graveside funeral services for 78 year-old Eileen Neathery will be this morning at 11:00 at Liberty Cemetery in Brownstown. Visitation will be this morning from 10:00 - 11:00 at Liberty Christian Church north of Brownstown. Memorials may be made to Liberty Cemetery, First Christian Church or Bond County Hospice. Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


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