3-23-2011

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CITY COUNCIL ELECTION

Tuesday, March 29, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum, at the Bradford Room starting at 7:00 p.m., regarding the two city council positions to be filled this year.  There are four candidates running for those two positions and they will be asked questions by various chamber of commerce members on issues important to Greenville.  Two of the candidates, Kenny Hampton and Matt Roadman, are incumbents running for re-election.  Donald H. Stover and John P. Gillard are also on the ballot. 

The April 5th election day is quickly approaching but early voting is offered now. Bond County Clerk Reitz invites you to come to his office, located at 203 West College, to vote early at your convenience.


AMERICAN FARM HERITAGE MUSEUM RAILROAD EXPANDS

When activities get started at the American Farm Heritage Museum this year, there will be some new equipment helping run the museum’s railroad.  WGEL talked to the man in charge of the railroad David Kessinger who said they are excited to have the loop completed and to have electricity going to their car barn, allowing maintenance on the trains.  He said they hope to give train rides the first Saturday of every month.  With electricity to the car barn, they hope to be able to host birthday parties and company gatherings.  David went on to say they are well underway on restoration of their coal-fired steam engine locomotive.  They leased two additional engines, one to be used and the other for display and more track has been purchased for future expansion. The American Farm Heritage Museum is located just south of Greenville off Route 127. 

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MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL BOARD MEETS

At the regular Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting Monday, Superintendent Mike Gauch presented the treasurer’s report and noted the district is still financially fit.  The treasurer’s report shows the district to be eight percent better currently than a year ago.  No categorical state aid payments have been received for this fiscal year and the district may need to transfer funds to meet obligations.

Music teacher Jessica Boese shared by-laws and financial management plans for the new music booster organization.  Upon board approval, they are ready to begin activities. Elementary and Jr/Sr Principals reported ISAT testing is completed. $5,500.00 was allocated to purchase a new floor finishing machine.  The new machine will be usable on the new high school gym floor and will be more economical to operate than current older machines. Negotiations between the board and teacher’s organization will begin soon and the employee recognition dinner is set for May 7 at the Greenville Country Club starting at 6:00 p.m.  The next meeting is April 18 at 7:00 p.m.


CITY OF GREENVILLE CEMETERY BOARD TO MEET

The City of Greenville Cemetery Board is scheduled to meet Friday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m. at the Greenville Municipal Building.  The agenda includes an evaluation of the status of board vacancies, changes in mowing service, updates on the Montrose and Lansing Cemeteries, and the Memorial Day program.


LAPTOP GRANT WAS AWARDED TO BOND COUNTY COMM. SCHOOL  DISTRICT 2

At the recent Bond County Unit 2 School Board meeting, it was announced that the Unit 2 Elementary Schools were awarded a total of $228,750.00 in grant funds to purchase Netbooks for grades 3-5. This will allow all students to have a mini computer for these grades. The grant also provides for professional development.

The board accepted the resignations of Laura Ganzer-Kapp as girls tennis coach at the high school and Harold File as boy’s basketball coach at the Pocahontas Center.

The treasurer's report showed that $715,444.00 was received in state aid for the month. The district has received $5,149,896.81 of the $6,299,005.17 in state payments for fiscal year 2011. The state is behind $1.15 million, $200,000.00 for Special Education, $310,000.00 for transportation, and $420,000.00 for the Early Childhood Block Grant.  Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor Mike Wilhite told the board that since switching over to Vanguard Energy Services from Ameren, there was an immediate savings of 15% on natural gas service. Strieker said electric and gas service is well below budgeted amounts.

Eighth grade graduation ceremonies for Greenville Jr. High is May 26 at 6:00 p.m., Pocahontas Center is May 24 at 6:00 p.m., and Sorento Center is May 25 at 6:00 p.m. The board then went into executive session.

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SPORTS

FIRST TOURNAMENT VERY SUCCESSFUL

Greenville High School Sports Director Joe Alstat said the Comets Sports Boosters 1st Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament was a success. 40 teams participated and several Comets athletes and boosters helped out at the tournament. Revenue is still being counted but it is estimated that the Boosters made upwards of $3000.00. There are still t-shirts being sold for $3.00 each. If you are interested, call Joe Alstat at 664-5580.


OBITUARIES

CYRILLA A. “TOOTS” ESSENPRIES

Cyrilla A. “Toots” Essenpries, age 83, of Breese, passed away Tuesday, March 22. A funeral Mass will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the American Cancer Society.

JEANNE COOK

Jeanne Cook, age 57, of Coffeen, passed away Tuesday, March 22 at Hillsboro Health Care Center. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen. Burial will be in Myers Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


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