04-28-2010

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FIRE DESTROYS HOME IN MULBERRY GROVE

 

Mulberry Grove Firemen responded to a structure fire, at 1890 Old Park Avenue, Tuesday morning just after 5:30.  Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar told WGEL that the house was fully engulfed by the time firemen arrived and the house is a complete loss.  When firemen arrived, the roof of the home was already nearly completely destroyed.  No one was living in the house as some renovations were being done and no one was hurt in the fire.  Volkmar said the cause of the fire is undetermined but not in anyway suspicious in nature.  Firemen fought the blaze most of the morning and were on the scene until after 9:00 a.m.  A passerby saw the smoke and called 911.  Greenville and Keyesport Fire Departments provided mutual aid.       


FORMER GREENVILLE COLLEGE GRADUATE HONORED

 

A former Greenville College graduate, who went on to become a general manager in the NBA, was honored by the NBA recently. John Hammond, a 1976 graduate of Greenville College, was recently announced as the NBA Executive of the Year. Hammond is the Milwaukee Bucks General Manager and the first person from that organization to win the award. Hammond was voted to the Greenville College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. Hammond overcame adversity while at the college when his teammate and best friend Scott Burgess died while on the basketball floor during their freshman season. Hammond now joins such hall-of-famers as Jerry West and Red Auerbach who also received this award.

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GREENVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FUNDRAISER

 

The Greenville Public Library held a fundraiser last week at the Bradford Room. A packed house heard a presentation from local historian Kevin Kaegy. Kevin talked about the books he helped write about the history of Bond County and the 1814 battle of Hills Fort. He also regaled the audience with the story of Tom Higgins who was, as Kevin put it, our area's Davey Crockett. Higgins was even known to fight a duel using only rocks. Kaegy said he was glad for the opportunity to help out the Library at the fundraiser. Proceeds go toward the Summer Reading Program.

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SCIENCE FAIR COMING UP AT MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL

 

The Mulberry Grove Elementary School will present MGES Science Night this Thursday, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the school.  Projects and booths will be set up in the gym and library and the starlab will be available for touring every fifteen minutes in the cafeteria.  Students will show their science fair projects and refreshments will be served.  The community is welcome to attend. 

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CAVES CLOSED TO SLOW SPREAD OF BAT DISEASE

 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is closing state-owned and managed caves that support bat populations as part of a national effort to slow the spread of the mysterious white-nose syndrome affecting bats in the northeastern United States.  White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a new wildlife disease of unknown origin that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats across the northeastern US during the past three years and continues to spread.  It has recently been detected in Missouri and threatens to spread to Illinois. Evidence indicates human activity in caves may assist the spread of WNS.  The closure will be in effect until further notice.  For more information on WNS, call 217-782-6384.


OBITUARIES

DEBBIE SWETT

 

Debbie Swett, age 50, of Sorento, passed away Monday, April 26 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Funeral services for 50 year-old Debbie Swett will be Friday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.


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