08-26-2009

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BANK OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK FRAUD

 

A former local bank officer has plead guilty to one count of bank fraud. According to the United States Attorney's Office, Michele Knebel, age 38, of Pocahontas, was employed as a Vice President and Regional Deposit Supervisor of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust when she was accused of embezzlement. Knebel admitted to transferring funds to her personal account, from 2002 through June 2008, causing a loss of approximately $174,000. Knebel also admitted to unlawfully taking funds from an account for the Highland School Charitable Foundation and from individual account holders. The bank says it has replenished the money to account holders. Knebel faces uo to 30 years in prison, up to a $1 million fine, 5 years supervised release and mandatory restitution.  Sentencing has been scheduled for December 4, 2009.


PLAN COMMISSION MEETING

 

The Greenville Plan Commission met Monday night with a light but possibly controversial agenda. Because the city is trying to set up a new TIFF District, rezoning and annexations need to be done. First, the rezoning of 26 acres along E. Bowman Industrial Drive to manufacturing was easily approved. Some public discussion of annexation of four parcels of property, from property owners, allowed the commission to explain that the city council votes on annexation, the commission just does the recommendation. City Manager Dave Willey explained, to people who attended the meeting, that their current property use could be grandfathered until they sold or improved their property. The commission then voted to recommend both measures to the city council.

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FIRE ALARM AT GREENVILLE COUNTRY CLUB

 

Greenville Firemen were called to the Greenville Country Club, at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday when a fire alarm went off. Upon arrival, it was determined that the alarm had malfunctioned and there was no fire. Firefighters were on the scene for just 10 minutes.


WHEAT FORUM IN HIGHLAND

 

There will be an Illinois Wheat Forum at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland today.  On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the educational program from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $15.00 for IWA members and $25.00 for non-members.  Advance registration is not required.  For more information, call 309-557-3662.

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ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE UNVEILS EMERGENCY CONTACT DATABASE

 

Secretary of State Jesse White recently unveiled the emergency contact database, allowing the public to voluntarily enter their emergency contact information through the Secretary of State's website.  Information for up to two family members or friends may be entered.  Illinois is the third state in the nation to establish an emergency contact database, joining Florida and Ohio.  Only law enforcement agencies will be able to access the emergency contact information once it has been entered into the database.

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SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

 

The Lady Comets tennis team won 8 of 9 matches against Roxana on Tuesday.  The Lady Comets are undefeated on the season. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

 

The Greenville Comets soccer team lost in their season opener to Hillsboro on Tuesday.  The Comets outshoot the Hilltoppers but lost the game 3-1.  Michael Schlemper scored the Comets goal assisted by Josh Morgan. 


OBITUARIES

ARTHUR F. "SKIP" MEANS

 

Arthur F. "Skip" Means, age 66, of Sorento, passed away Tuesday, August 25, at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland. Funeral services for 66 year-old Arthur "Skip" Means will be Tuesday, September 1, at 10:00 a.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra. Visitation will be Monday, August 31, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 1, from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.

 

EDWARD J. KOVACH

 

Edward J. Kovach, age 83, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, August 25, at his residence. Funeral services for 83 year-old Edward Kovach will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Meridith Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Bond County Cyclones baseball team or to Mulberry Grove Elementary School.


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