12-14-2009

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VANDALIA TECHNOLOGY AND SPORTS COMPLEX PLANNERS GIVEN SEVEN MONTH EXTENSION FOR FINANCING

 

Developers of the proposed Technology and Sports Complex in Vandalia met recently with the Vandalia City Council.  The city council granted Motown, the project developer, a seven-month extension, until June 10, 2010, to acquire and present proof of financing for the project.  According to Vandalia Director of Economic Development JoAnn Sasse Givens, construction on the complex is expected to begin January 4, 2011 and be ready for business by January 2014.  The development is projected to provide 2,000 construction jobs and 900 permanent jobs.  Givens said the facility would include a Windham hotel, an arena for concerts and sporting events, basketball courts, an indoor water and surfboard park, an IMAX theater and food court.  Part of the project is a bicycle factory where Kena Cycles would be made.  Givens stressed that there will be no additional taxes for residents in the area and that all legal and consulting fees are from TIF funds and not general funds.  When completed, the complex is projected to draw 55% of attendees from out-of-state and as far away as 300 miles for scheduled attractions including concerts, conventions, conferences and sports events for pre-school to semi-pro leagues. sdc'

 

GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL

 

Tuesday night the Greenville City Council held their December meeting and completed the purchase of a new location for the City Public Works Building. We talked to Dave Willey about the move who said, “City work crews will be getting a new home in the old Frueh Trucking building, and we will be doing some remodeling to that and my guess is they will move into that facility this spring.” The council also heard from West and Company about the city audit. “We had a very good audit report and not only was the report good, I think the job that the auditors did was really helpful to city staff to produce some better management ideas on how to deal with our financials. In general, we had great reports saying that we were financially sound and our money situation was in good shape.” Wiley said. In other action, the council reopened discussion on not allowing leaf burning, and they passed a bonding resolution for Donnewald Distributing.


HIGHLAND MAN SENTENCED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

A Highland man was sentenced recently for aggravated criminal sexual assault. Jamil R. Jaber, age 21, was sentenced in Clinton County Circuit Court to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Jaber pled guilty to the sexual assault charge. The assault took place on or about January 19, 2009 in Clinton County.

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CAR STOLEN FRIDAY NIGHT

The Greenville Police Department is investigating the theft of a vehicle. According to the police report, a man parked his 1994 Ford passenger car in the rear lot of Greenville Lumber and Landscaping, at 1325 Fourth Street. The man noticed that his car was gone sometime Friday night.


SHIMKUS SUPPORTS RESOLUTION HONORING 33RD INFANTRY BRIGADE

 

Congressman John Shimkus joined his Illinois Congressional colleagues in honoring the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Illinois Army National Guard for their recent service in Afghanistan.  Eighteen members of the 33rd Brigade were killed during the deployment and 90 soldiers were wounded.  More than 4,600 awards or decorations, including 66 Purple Hearts and eight Bronze Stars for Valor, were awarded to members of the combat team.  House resolution 936 expressed gratitude to the members of the Illinois Army National Guard and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and commends the members of the 33rd Brigade Combat Team for their exemplary service. 




CLINTON COUNTY DETECTIVE HONORED

 

Detective Todd Timmermann, of the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, is one of several area police officers who received the United States Attorney Award from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.  The award is for meritorious service and acts that have materially contributed to the attainment of the highest standards of cooperative law enforcement and justice.  A special ceremony was held Wednesday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m., in the United States District Courthouse in Benton.

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OBITUARIES

RAYMOND LUBER

 

Raymond A. Luber, age 92, of Edwardsville, formerly of Pierron, passed away Thursday, December 10 at Eden Village Care Center in Glen Carbon. Funeral services for 92 year-old Raymond Luber will be Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. Visitation will be today, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church, in the form of Masses or the donor's choice.

JANE STROTHEIDE

Jane M. Strotheide, age 72, of Beaver Prairie, passed away Thursday, December 10 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese. Funeral services for 72 year-old Jane Strotheide will be Monday, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Felicitas Church in Beaver Prairie. Interment will be in St. Felicitas Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the National Kidney Foundation.

 

MARGA HOFFMANN

 

Marga L. Hoffmann, age 79, of New Baden, passed away Friday, December 11 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese. Funeral services for 79 year-old Marga Hoffmann will be Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of the arrangements.


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