2-10-2011

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CORN AND SOYBEAN PRODUCERS COULD SEE BIG GAINS IN 2011

Crop experts say even though costs are up for gas, diesel, and crop insurance, 2011 should be a very profitable year for corn and soybean producers.  Iowa State University Farm Management Expert Steve Johnson says the key to tapping into the pot is pre-harvest marketing, locking in $5.00 corn and $13.00 soybeans.  Johnson also says farmers should understand that crop revenue protections and insurance are the most important payments farmers may make right now.


GREENVILLE BICENTENNIAL COMING UP IN 2015

At Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council discussed the upcoming Greenville Bicentennial in 2015.  John Goldsmith was on hand to urge the council to start planning early to mark the anniversary.  Greenville was founded in 1815 three years prior to Illinois becoming a state in 1818.  Goldsmith suggested a steering committee be formed this spring which would organize subcommittees to start planning a year of events to commemorate the bicentennial.  Mayor Gaffner and the council liked the idea and asked Goldsmith to put together a framework and bring it back to the council so planning could start well in advance of the anniversary.  Goldsmith and the council said they would like to see all parts of the community come together and celebrate the bicentennial.


IDLER LANE NOW A SNOW ROUTE

The Greenville City Council moved to make Idler Lane, from Route 140 to Route 127, a snow route in Greenville.  During the recent winter storm, it was determined that Idler Lane was never designated as a snow route and that parking was allowed on both sides of the street.  This made plowing that part of Idler and keeping it clear of snow or sleet more difficult and dangerous.  The snow route designation means vehicles may not be parked on that street anytime when two inches or more of snow falls or when the city government declares a snow emergency, which is what happened during the severe winter storm that hit the area recently.  The mayor, city council City Manager Dave Willey thank the city crews for the exceptional job they did in keeping the city roads clean and in plowing them under the harsh conditions.  City Manger Dave Willey said the city has obviously used a lot of salt this winter but that the city recently received a delivery of more salt so it has plenty on hand for any future storms. 

 

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GRANITE CITY MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Joseph Emil Klug, age 30, of Granite City, was sentenced recently to 32 years imprisonment for production and possession of child pornography. Forensic examination of the computer equipment recovered from Klug’s home in a November 2009 FBI search revealed that he possessed approximately 59,000 still visual depictions and 12,000 videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  Klug told the FBI that he had secretly filmed minor-aged males in various settings, including bathrooms.  The investigation revealed that this was often done using a sophisticated video camera Klug put in a backpack and sat in place for his films.  Klug had access to the children through his participation in a church youth group. Using peer-to-peer file sharing software, Klug would share his collection of child pornography with others over the internet.  During these online chats, Klug also got child pornography collections from his contacts.
In addition to his 32 year prison sentence, Klug will serve a lifetime term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

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OBITUARIES

CHARLES C. GREEN

Charles C. Green, age 71, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, February 8 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


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