GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL TALKS RECYCLING
A short agenda turned into a long Greenville City Council meeting as a debate over how the city would be conducting curb-side recycling resulted in a 3 to 2 vote to proceed with a recycling plan. The nay votes were more about how the new agreement with the city's trash contractor would work. The final agreement freezes residential and business trash rates at the current level for seven years and the contractor, the Doty Company, will furnish the recycling containers and empty them once a week for a mandatory charge of $4.25 per month per customer. The City also hopes to get some money from Bond County's tipping fee which collects a tax when refuse is deposited at any landfill in the county. And City Manager Dave Wiley was asked to form a system that could help and identify any resident who might need help paying the extra charge on their garbage bill.
In other action, the council bought a new 2-ton dump truck, annexed the former Four Seasons building and 11 and a half acres, on Route 40 just east of McDonalds, into the city and approved the appointment of John Goldsmith to the Tourism Commission.
GREENVILLE COLLEGE HOMECOMING
The Greenville College Homecoming and Parents Weekend is set for this weekend October 16-18. A Friday morning homecoming chapel will feature Greenville College Alumnus Scott Giffen. Friday night there will be a home volleyball game against Robert Morris College with a concert following. On Saturday, the President's road race starts at 8:00 a.m. Later Saturday, a men's alumni soccer game and women's alumni volleyball game are scheduled with more alumni games later in the day and the men's and women's soccer teams will host Fontbonne University. Saturday night the football team will host MacMurray College. Class reunions begin at noon Saturday in the main dining room of the Armington Center. The evening will wrap-up with a concert at 9:00 p.m. featuring student bands. For more information and a complete list of homecoming activities, call 664-6513.
MAN ARRESTED WITH GUN AT FACILITY IN MARION
A man allegedly entered the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Marion with a gun and threatened employees. According to a press release from the United States Attorney's office for the southern district of Illinois, Mark N. Harmon, age 29, of Shawneetown, was charged with one count of possession of a firearm on federal property with the intent to commit a crime. The complaint alledges that on October 9, in the early morning hours, Harmon entered the hospital with a gun and issued threats. He then left in his vehicle but was stopped by law enforcement officers. In Harmon's vehicle was a handgun, a magazine with 13 rounds of ammunition and an additional 13 rounds of loose ammunition. If convicted, Harmon faces up to five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.