WGEL Radio spoke with John Goldsmith about the classic cars that cruised through Greenville Tuesday. “This is National Travel and Tourism Week, and the National Road Association of Illinois has several events planned. Monday and Tuesday this week we had a good time traveling the road. Monday we went from Brownstown to Marshall making stops along the way promoting the road and some of our upcoming events such as the National Road Festival and our National Road website which has been revamped. Tuesday we had an even better time. The weather was perfect and we had a bit of a car cruise. We had a group from Vandalia that joined us. We left the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia about 9:00 Tuesday morning and wound our way through Bond and Madison Counties, ending at Cahokia Mounds making stops along the way. There was great response and we had a good time.




The Greenville City Council met for more than three hours Monday night.  At the meeting, Mayor Gaffner and the council expressed their gratitude to city staff for the long hours put in on the attempt to lure project Carolina to Greenville.  The council also got the latest version of the 2010-11 budget.  A few line items were discussed but a special budget meeting will be scheduled to allow council members more time to review the budget before voting on it.  City Manager Dave Wiley said he expected it to be a balanced budget for the city despite the fact that city tax revenues are down.  However, this coming year is the first year since 2007-08 that sales tax revenue is expected to rise.  Projected sales tax revenue in 2010-11 is $765,000, an approximately $70,000 boost over last year.  It was also said in the budget discussion that the state is about four months behind on payments but the city has a good fiscal reserve to keep it from having cash flow problems at this time.






At the Greenville City Council meeting this week, the council unanimously approved the concept of the Blue Jay Estates development.  Blue Jay Estates will be multiple rental complexes at the location of the old Greenville Junior High School building.  The development will include a commercial building of 8,000 square feet at the entrance off Beaumont Avenue.  The plan commission recommended approving the 8 million dollar development and now the engineering work may begin.  When that is completed, the development will come back before the city council.  It’s hoped that moving dirt and work will begin by late summer or early fall.  The development will include over 40% green space, a retention pond with fountain and two entrances and exists onto Beaumont Avenue.  KWEK Development LLC of Highland is the company working on the project. 



Osteoporosis, sometimes called the “silent disease,” is a public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans or 55 percent of people 50 years of age and older.  Osteoporosis occurs when the body loses more bone mass than it replaces, causing bones to become thin, brittle and easily broken.  Bone loss happens without symptoms and may not be detected until a fracture occurs.  To help reduce or prevent osteoporosis, get the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D, engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol.  You should talk with your doctor about bone health, have a bone density test, and take medication when appropriate.



May 9-15 is National Women’s Health Week and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold encourages women to take time for yourselves, focusing on improving your health and preventing disease.  The theme for the week is “It’s Your Time,” a nationwide initiative encouraging you to take simple steps for a healthier and happier life.  Here are some suggestions to improve your health.  Get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, an hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous activity, or a combination of both each week.  Eat a nutritious diet, visit your doctor regularly, and avoid risky behaviors such as smoking.  Pay attention to mental health including getting enough sleep and managing stress.  The IDPH and local health departments are teaming up to offer health education and screening events.  The Bond County Health Department is offering free screenings in the areas of Stroke Awareness and Risk Assessment




Roger Gerl, age 60, of Sorento, passed away Wednesday, May 12 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 60 year-old Roger Gerl will be Sunday, at 3:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.




Dorothy Miller, age 76, of Grantfork, passed away Monday, May 10 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for 76 year-old Dorothy Millers will be Friday, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lesicko (Les-i-ko) Funeral Home New Douglas.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.


SATURDAY - mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers & thunderstorms, high 70, low 56

SUNDAY - mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers & thunderstorms, high 71, low 57


It’s a special Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area news.  This week’s program features the full interview with Lisa Stephens, the Assistant City Manager and Director of Economic Development, about the loss of Project Carolina for the city of Greenville.  Stephens goes in depth about the decision to choose Missouri over Illinois.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 

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