12-07-2009

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FORMER MADISON COUNTY EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH THEFT

 

A former Madison County employee has been charged with felony theft after allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars. According to a press release from the Madison County Board, Zita Lee, of Collinsville, was indicted for stealing $31, 237 in permit fees while serving as the departmental bookkeeper of the Planning and Development Department.  Lee covered the thefts by depositing checks from grants awarded by the state and federal government. Lee resigned prior to the discovery of the missing money. The missing money was discovered during an audit. After it was determined that Lee allegedly took the money, a warrant was issued for Lee's arrest and she was taken into custody Wednesday.

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CONTRACTOR FOR PROPOSED VANDALIA SPORTS COMPLEX WANTS MORE TIME

 

A Michigan-based company that has proposed to build a $300 million dollar sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia, will meet with the Vandalia City Council tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the city hall. Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. is expected to ask for more time to provide proof of financing for the project. According to Vandalia Director of Economic Development Joann Sasse-Givens, Motown's CEO Kenneth Bardwell will present to the council, proof of financing with a letter of intent from Tandoc Enterprises Inc. of Chicago and ask the city give him time to finalize the financing. Sasse-Givens says she expects the deadline will be sometime in May or June of 2010. Bardwell is also expected to present several other scenerios for financing the project if the deal with Tandoc falls through. The original agreement was to have Motown reimburse the city up to $250,000 in expenses and legal bills and Bardwell is expected to bring a check for reimbursement of $17,500 to the meeting. 

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ASIAN CARP KILL AND CLEAN-UP


Illinois environmental officials are unsure if their extensive efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes have been successful.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources tried to prevent the carp, which can weigh up to 100-pounds, from entering Lake Michigan by pouring 2200 gallons of toxins into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on Wednesday.  However, only one Asian carp was among the hundreds pulled from the poisoned waters. Officials say they still expect more dead carp to show up. Many Michigan volunteers are expected to clean up as much as 200 thousand pounds of dead carp, in Illinois, over the next few days.




CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR TO FEATURE HISTORIC NATIONAL ROAD ART AND ARCHITECURE AWARD SITES

 

Four of the five houses on the 2009 Christmas House Tour, promoted by the Greenville Women's Club, will display a special Art and Architecture Award bronze plaque presented by the National Road Association.  The five homes on the tour are the George Von Weise home, the Gregory and Dawn Pennington home, the Almira House/Bock Museum, the Louie and Sandra Wall home, and the James and Audrey Walter home.  The house tour will be Sunday, December 13, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at Watson's, G.E.T. Video, and the Old Firehouse Emporium/Ten Talents.  Advance tickets are $6.00 and those purchased the day of the tour will be $8.00.  Entertainment and refreshments are planned at various locations on the tour. 

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SPORTS

GREENVILLE 8TH GRADE GIRLS WIN REGIONAL

 

Another Greenville sports team has done something that they have never done before. The Greenville 8th grade girls basketball team beat Vandalia 25-21 last week to win the regional. This is the first time in Greenville Junior High history that the girls have won a regional. They will play Litchfield for the sectional title on Wednesday.


OBITUARIES

IRENE RAY

 

Irene Ray, age 98, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, December 5 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services for 98 year-old Irene Ray will be Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from noon until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice. 


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