Commercial Metals Company, a Micro Steel Plant, planning a 150 million dollar facility has chosen New Florence, Missouri over Greenville for its new location. WGEL talked to Assistant City Manager, and lead person working on that project for Greenville, Lisa Stephens who explained the final decision.


"I was notified recently that regrettably Greenville did not get selected for the project we have always referred to as Project Carolina. The project is a micro steel mill and possibly rebar facility.They are known as Commercial Metal Company, a global company with their corporate headquarters based in Dallas, TX. This would have been a micro steel mill plant based on recycled metals. It would not have been a fully integrated type of facility like down in Granite City. It would have been the complete opposite of that. But never the less, we did not get selected. The company officials told me that it definitely wasn’t for lack of trying and that they never have seen a better or more impressive package. The site that won out was in Missouri. They said the market potential is better near the southwest region. They were also concerned about the utility cost for electricity and gas and with the unfavorable political climate that exists in Illinois. This company wanted to invest $150 million in our region. I really did think we had a very good chance of persuading them to make that investment here and to choose Greenville. I really thought we had a good chance of getting them.”





The Kaskaskia College Athletic Department and student athletes were honored recently with the DHS Volunteer of the Year Award presented by the Department of Human Services.  The award recognizes the volunteer work of more than 100 KC athletes at the Murray Development Center.  The Blue Devils basketball team recently assisted the Murray athletes in their practice for the Special Olympics spring games.  KC Athletic Director Mitch Koester thanked Murray Center Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Cavitt for her nomination and said athletes at KC will continue to give back to the community through volunteer work whenever they have the opportunity.





The Sorento PTO has purchased two all-weather benches for the school.  The benches will be installed near the front entrance as a place for parents and visitors to rest and relax as they wait for children at the end of the day.  Thanks to the PTO for their generous purchase and support in demonstration of the community spirit at the Sorento School.




Elmer E. Bradley, age 68, of Marine, passed away Saturday, May 8 at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Funeral services for 68 year-old Elmer Bradley will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine. Burial will be in Valley View Memorial Gardens in Edwardsville.  Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Discovery Family Church, or Marine Lions Club.




William F. “Bill” Holshouser, age 84, of Highland, passed away Sunday, May 9 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral services for 84 year-old William Holshouser will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland. In keeping with his wishes, his body is being donated to St. Louis University School of Medicine.  Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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