9-10-2009

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FIRE AT MILLY'S BAR & GRILL IN KEYESPORT

 

Keyesport Firemen were called at 2:34 Wednesday morning to a report of a fire at Milly's Bar & Grill in Keyesport.  Mulberry Grove Firemen were also paged to provide mutual aid with manpower and a tanker truck.  According to Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the building was fully involved when firemen arrived.  The building is a complete loss with major damage throughout.  A great portion of the roof had collopased causing fireman to cut a hole in the building to gain entrance and fight the fire.  The fire was so hot that a motel, located next to Miley's, had siding melt away and fall off the building.  While there was at least one person inside the motel at the time, no one was hurt, and it did not catch fire according to Keyesport Fire Chief Dwayn Weigman.

 

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL TALKS RECYCLING AND TREE TRIMMING

 

City Manager Dave Willey asked for and was granted a 30 day extension to research any new ideas on city-wide recycling. The council voted 3 to 2 to not allow a variance to the city's sign ordinance to allow a billboard at the old Camps Amoco location. The council voted to restructure their tax incentive plan for Tri-Ford to accelerate sales tax rebates to the Ford dealership that were agreed upon as an incentive for opening the dealership in 2007. So far due to slow sales, Tri-Ford has only received about half the expected savings dating back to when the incentive was first agreed upon. The city will soon be trimming trees near roads and alleys due to right-of-way and safety concerns and Mayor Alan Gaffner let the city manager know he did not want a repeat of the last time trees were trimmed resulting in many property owner complaints. City Works Director Bill Grider told the council, this time the city's plan was to only trim three feet back from the road and up to 14 feet to allow clearance for tall trucks and buses.

 

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ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECK RESULTS

 

The Illinois State Police conducted a roadside safety check this past Friday at Illinois Route 15 and Pocket Road.  The detail resulted in a total of 45 written and warning citations. Included were three arrests for DUI, one open alcohol violation, 16 suspended or revoked license violations, two child restraint violations and two warrant arrests. There was also an arrest for unlawful use of a weapon.


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VANDALIA PRISON LAYOFFS

 

If Governor Pat Quinn proceeds with his proposed layoff of state workers, Vandalia Prison may lose 129 employees. Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman recently talked with the Governor, explaining that the Vandalia Prison is the only self-sustaining prison facility in Illinois and provides needed goods to other prisons in the state. An economic analysis, completed last year, showed that per capita income of Fayette County residents ranked 97th out of 102 counties in the state. Gottman said, "When you rank 97th, the thought of losing another 129 jobs will be devastating to the area." The Vandalia Correctional Facility is the largest employer in the city, employing 450 people who work or live in and around Vandalia.

 

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SMALL FIRE IN MOBILE HOME

 

Greenville Firemen responded to a call, at about 11:30 Tuesday night, to a mobile home on White Street in the Friendly City Mobile Home Court.  According to First Captain Jim Sutton, the fire was small and was contained in the living room area.  A Greenville Police Officer was on the scene and removed a smoldering item from the home just before firemen arrived.  Firemen cleared smoke from the home.  There was only minor damage and the cause of the fire is undetermined.  No injuries resulted and the occupant was back in the home when firemen left.  They were on the scene for about an hour.

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OBITUARIES

THOMAS M. "MURPH" MURPHY

 

Thomas M. "Murph" Murphy, age 47, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, September 6th at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Funeral Services for 47 year-old Thomas Murphy will be Friday at 11:00 a.m., at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery in Old Ripley. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Association.

 

ROBERT E. "BOB" CRIPE

 

Robert E. "Bob" Cripe, age 83, of Pleasant Mound, passed away Wednesday, September 9 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 83 year-old Bob Cripe will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Noffsinger Cemetery with graveside military rites by Mulberry Grove American Legion Post 1180.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or the Pleasant Mound Community Center.

 

HILBERT E. "HIB" SCHUMACHER

 

Hilbert E. "Hib" Schumacher, age 85, of Hamel, passed away Monday, September 7 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Funeral services for 85 year-old Hilbert Schumacher will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel.  Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. 


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