01-29-2010

 




GREENVILLE TOURISM COMMITTEE PLEDGES MONEY FOR 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS

The Greenville Tourism Committee met Thursday night. The topic of conversation was the request from Jerry Sauerwein at the Kingsbury Park District. Julia Jenner, Tourism Director, explained that the Park has made a special request to help fund the 4th of July Fireworks display. The display had been manually set off but for safety reasons the Park district is converting to an electronic fireworks display. The cost doubles with this conversion.

The Tourism Committee usually donates $1000 toward the $6000 expense. Since the expense is now $12.000 Kingsbury Park is asking for more help. After much discussion the board unanimously agreed to allocate $3000 toward the Fireworks display.

The board also discussed ideas of showcasing all the museums in the area. “This would allow us to market our city as destination rather than just a stop along the way.” stated Jenner.  “We have a lot of museums in the area and we should use those to our advantage.”

John Goldsmith suggested tabling the Grant Funding recommendations until the next meeting to allow time for everyone to think about ideas and suggestions.

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TORCH RUN AND POLAR PLUNGE

 

Would you like to take a brisk bath for charity? The Annual Law Enforcement Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake will be Saturday, February 27 at the main beach. This event is a benefit for Special Olympics of Illinois. This event has grown from one location in Illinois in 1999 to 17 locations this year. Any adventurous and daring soul may participate in the plunge. Each plunger must collect a minimum of $75 in donations to support Special Olympics Programs in Illinois. To participate, contact Greenville Policeman Russ Reike at 664-2131.

 

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MADISON COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICER TO ATTEND FBI ACADEMY

 

According to Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz, Lt. Thomas Dixon, age 40, of Bethalto, has been selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Virginia. Dixon serves the Madison County Sheriff's Office as assistant chief of detectives and has been a member of the department for 14 years. The FBI Academy serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and raises law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation. The FBI Academy has been in operation since 1935 and has graduated over 15,000 law enforcement professionals.

SHIMKUS JOINS IN LAUNCHING COAL CAUCUS

 

Congressman John Shimkus has joined other coal-state members of Congress to form the Congressional Coal Caucus.  Calling coal America's most abundant and affordable energy resource, the bipartisan group has pledged to use their new caucus to provide a voice for coal communities.  "With the current debates over energy policy as well as the environment, it is more important than ever that coal interests be represented in Congress," Shimkus said.  He continued, "To ignore an abundant source of low-cost energy in our own country is absurd."  The new coalition will promote awareness of American coal along with the new technologies currently on the horizon that can help make coal use cleaner and safer.


OBITUARIES

WILLIAM THOMAS

 

William Maxwell "Butch" Thomas, age 67, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, January 26 at his residence. Funeral services for 67 year-old William "Butch" Thomas will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Hug Cemetery in Millersburg with full military honors. Visitation will be Friday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Partly Sunny, high 24, low 9: Possible 1-2 inch snow accumulation by Saturday AM

SUNDAY - Mostly Sunny, high 29, low 18


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join Tom Kennedy for Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News.  Tom’s guest this week is Larry Deutsch with Southwestern Electric Cooperative.  Tom and Larry will discuss ways to conserve energy and save money on your electric or gas bill.  It’s a money saving Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 


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