OCTOBER GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
At Tuesday night’s October Greenville City Council meeting the council passed a new Youth Tobacco Sales Enforcement Ordinance, that will make it not just against the law for anyone under the age of 18 to buy tobacco products, but unlawful to be in possession of those products. The ordinance also requires anyone selling tobacco products in the city to purchase an annual $100 license. Police Chief, Lou Lorton, told the council that the ordinance will allow the city to keep any fines generated by violations. Tobacco retailers can be fined up to a thousand dollars for repeat violations.
The council postponed any action on an ordinance to prohibit the use of Jake brakes by large trucks until members have had a chance to research the pros and cons.
Much progress is being made on local infrastructure projects including the overpass over Route 40 into the industrial park, and the 4th street project. Dave Willey said "It's beginning to look a great deal like a bridge and the approaches need concrete to make a street a vehicle can drive on, but they are looking really good. 4th Street will hopefully be open by early next week and stripping needs to be done before that. The finish layer of asphalt is on the street, it is very smooth and It is considerably wider then it was, and it really looks good."
GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF
Greenville Regional Hospital will kick off their 50th anniversary celebration Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. You are invited to attend the ceremony that will feature individuals associated with the formation of the hospital, as well as representatives of the hospital’s governing board, administration, and medical staff. The celebration will provide an opportunity to reflect upon the history and accomplishments of the health care organization. Cake, ice cream, and punch will be served following the program. This celebration will serve as the kick-off of a year-long observance of the organization’s 50th anniversary.
FORMER KPD EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY IN BOND COUNTY COURT
In June charges were filed in Bond County Court against Jennifer Bourgeois for theft over $10,000. At the time of the theft Bourgeois was an employee of the Kingsbury Park District and the theft was of district money. Wednesday morning Bourgeois entered an open plea of guilty to the charge, a Class 1 Felony. An open plea means that no negotiated plea or sentencing agreement was in place. The sentencing for the theft is left up to the judge in the case. The crime contains a wide array of possible sentences ranging from 4-15 years in a state prison, 180 days in county jail or no jail time and up to four years of probation. A fine of up to $25,000 could be in place as well as restitution to the KPD. A sentencing hearing is set for December 1st at 1PM at the Bond County Courthouse.