WRONG WAY ON INTERSTATE ACCIDENT CLAIMS TWO LIVES
The Illinois State Police are investigating a head on collision on Interstate 64 near the Washington and Clinton County line. According to ISP Robert Cesares age 39 of St. Louis was driving eastbound on I-64 in a Chevrolet car and crossed the median just before 5AM Wednesday morning. The Cesares car collided head first with a Semi driven by Jessica Williams age 29 of Old Town Florida, heading westbound. Cesares and Williams were killed in the crash. After being hit the semi traveled off the roadway and struck an embankment and caught fire. Jessica Williams was trapped inside the vehicle and the fire was the cause of death. Lucas Williams, Jessica’s husband, was a passenger in the semi was transported to St. John’s Mercy Hospital for treatment of multiple burns and serious injuries. The Illinois State Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash.
BOY SCOUTS HELP FEED THE HUNGRY
If you received your "Boy Scouts Help Feed the Hungry" door hanger last Saturday, this coming Saturday is the day area scouts will be picking up your donations of food. Boy Scout Leader and former Bond County Treasurer Bill Johnson said this Saturday is the finale for Scouting for Food. The boys will be out in numbers to collect the food bags. If you did not receive a door hanger or the scouts missed your home, take your food bags to the Greenville Police Department. They are responsible for putting the boxes together. Please include only nonperishable food items with no glass jars. Please place your bag in plain view from the street so scouts will not miss it. We will be collecting bags Saturday, November 20 after 9:00 a.m.
MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION REDUCES TAXES
The Mulberry Grove Board of Education took action Monday night to reduce the tax levied for 2010 by $112,000.00, which is the first payment for school improvements due in 2012. Due to receipt of a DCEO grant of $75,000.00 and other expected grants, the first payment will be paid with district funds. As promised, district taxpayers will pay no new taxes. Superintendent Mike Gauch presented the tax levy abatement proposal at a special 6:45 p.m. meeting.
School music teacher Jessica Boese and two parents of music students presented the idea of a Music Booster Club. The board showed positive support for the idea and suggested parents, Boese, and school administrators work together on the details.
Elementary Principal Annette Hartlieb and Jr./Sr. High Principal Ryan Bauer reviewed SAT and PSAE scores, from spring 2010, in their reports. Scores showed student improvement in all areas.
The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 20 in the district library. A Truth in Taxation Hearing is set for 6:45 p.m. with the regular meeting at 7:00.
HARVEY A BIG SUCCESS AT GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Greenville High School students recently performed the play “Harvey,” about a simple-minded man who likes to help people but also has an invisible friend that happens to be a six foot rabbit. WGEL talked with director Austin Kastl about the success of this year’s play. Kastl said more than 500 people came to see the play. The funniest moment he remembers is that when during a rehearsal, Zach Barber, who played the judge, had to wear so much spray on his hear to look gray, when he took off his hat the dust went all over the place and the rehearsal had to be stopped because everyone was laughing so hard. Other cast members are Will Florian, Savannah Brown, Shelby Danosky, Katie Pollman, Hollyn Beans, Whitney Utlaut, Sean Pope, Dellon Sanders, Toby Gamino, Amy Disch, and Blake Knox.