8-19-2010

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SHOAL CREEK AND GREENVILLE FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO STRUCTURE FIRE IN SORENTO

 

Shoal Creek Firefighters responded Wednesday, around 3:40 p.m., to a report of a structure fire in Sorento.  According to Shoal Creek Fire Chief Eric Ernest, the structure was a double-wide manufactured home in the 600 block of Pan Estates Avenue in Sorento.  Greenville Firefighters were called about ten minutes later for mutual aide with manpower and a pumper.  The cause of the fire is undetermined and Shoal Creek Firefighters are still investigating.  The owner was at home at the time of the fire but escaped safely.  No injuries were reported.  Ernest said the home is a total loss and the estimated damage is about $85,000.  Firefighters were on the scene for more than three hours. 

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UNIT 2 BOARD HIRES PERSONNEL AND APPROVES CONTRACTS

 

Following a closed session at the recent Unit 2 Board of Education meeting, several persons were hired for a variety of positions in the district for 2010-2011.  Carol Swanson was rehired part-time parent educator, Carol Johnson and Sue Heston part-time parent educators, Sarah Nolte KRP program aid, Mark Blankenship individual care aide at Sorento, Amy Marcoot individual care aide at Greenville Elementary, Gina Lewis special education program aide at Greenville, Jenna Battleson early education program aide at Greenville, Debra Fritch bus driver, Chad Ambuehl varsity boys track coach, and Kay Lynn Nance Title 1 teacher at Pocahontas and Sorento.  The certified and non-certified contracts were approved along with step increases for building principals and assistant principals if applicable.  A stipend, not to exceed 1% of the previous year’s salary, was approved for the building & grounds, curriculum, technology, and transportation directors and the grant coordinator.  An increase of 1% of the previous year’s salary was approved for the bookkeeper and unit office secretaries.  Two requests for additional sick days were approved and the hiring date for Dan Lappe was approved to be retroactive to July 1, 2009.  The board posted the following vacancies: an afternoon custodial position at Pocahontas, individual care aide, part-time nurse, reading aide, assistant softball coach, PE at Greenville Elementary, cook, and assistant track coach at Greenville Junior High.


GREENVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED WEDNESDAY MORNING

 

Greenville Firefighters were called around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a field fire on Dudleyville Road. According to the fire report, a brush fire had ignited a fallen tree. The fire was extinguished and firefighters were on the scene for approximately one hour.


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AUGUST AMERICAN FARM HERITAGE MUSEUM 

 

The August American Farm Heritage Museum meeting was Tuesday night. Most of the meeting was spent discussing the show in July. Attendance was down Friday and Saturday this year but Sunday was up. Overall the attendance was down around 170 people. The weather for that weekend was rainy and hot, which was a contributing factor to fewer people in attendance. Aumann Auctions has entered into a verbal agreement to hold their annual Thanksgiving auction at the museum the weekend before Thanksgiving. The board was happy to get the five year agreement and the Farm Heritage will be the food vendor for that weekend.

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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS SCHOLARSHIP

 

A local high school student recently won a scholarship from the state of Illinois. Kelcie Woker of Greenville is a recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship. Kelcie is the daughter of Craig and Jan Woker and she participates in 4-H, FFA  and shows animals at county fairs and state fairs. She was honored recently at the Illinois State Fair. The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office awarded ten scholarships and Kelcie was a winner of $2,000. Kelcie plans to pursue a degree in agricultural communications at the University of Illinois. The Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship program awards these scholarships to rural and urban students seeking degrees in a wide array of agriculture related fields.


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