3-30-2011

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BOND COUNTY TRANSIT STARTS NEW FACILITY

The construction of a new Bond County Transit building is in the first stages of implementation.  WGEL spoke with Bond County Senior Center Director, Anna Oestreich, about the project. Oestreich said the Bond County Senior Center, on behalf of the Bond County Board, published a request for proposal for the construction of a facility that will house the personnel and equipment for Bond County Transit here in Greenville. Oestreich said eighteen entities attended a pre-bid meeting March 21 and expressed interest in presenting a proposal.  After the meeting, two more companies expressed interest.  She said the deadline for presenting a proposal is 4:00 p.m. April 8. This initial phase is for architectural design and construction management only.  The facility, which will have 1,500 square feet of office space and indoor parking for ten vehicles has a spending cap of $1.4 million and is to be located on Bowman Industrial Drive.



2010 CENSUS DATA RELEASED

Information from the 2010 U.S. Census shows population is up in Illinois and the U.S. Illinois population has increased from 5.6 million people in 1910 to 12.8 million in 2010.  That is a total increase of 7.2 million, or a change of 129%.
U.S. population, for the same periods, increased from 92.2 million to 308.7 million, or a change of 235%. Illinois population, as a percentage of the whole U.S. population, has been decreasing, hitting its high mark in 1930 and its low mark in the 2010 census just completed. Between 2000 and 2010, the makeup of the population has changed.  The U.S. shows White population up 5.7%, Black or African American population up 12.3% and Hispanic or Latino population up 43.0%.  The same categories in Illinois show White population up 0.6%, Black or African American population down 0.6% and Hispanic or Latino population up 32.5%. Other races also show an increase since the last census but represent less than 10% of the total population, each.

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KASKASKIA COLLEGE OFFERS WORKSHOP FOR VETERANS ON HOW TO START A BUSINESS IN ILLINOIS

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Kaskaskia College is offering a workshop for veterans and soon-to-be veterans on how to start a business in Illinois.  The workshop is Thursday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Hew Baden, located at 105 East Illinois Avenue.  There is no charge and lunch will be provided.  Registration is required by April 8.  If you plan to attend or need more information, call 545-3246.

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OBITUARIES

BRUCE E. BRACKEN

Bruce E. Bracken, age 53, of Pierron, passed away Wednesday, March 23 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. A memorial service will be Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

SHIRLEY JENE HUSTEDDE

Shirley Jene Hustedde, age 76, of rural Trenton, passed away Monday, March 28. A funeral Mass will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston. Burial will be private at a later date. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston.

VIRGINIA CROMEANS

Virginia Cromeans, age 88, of Granite City, passed away Monday, March 28 at Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granite City.  Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, one hour before service time at the funeral home.

DEWEY L. LIEURANCE

Dewey L. Lieurance, age 86, of Greenville, formerly of Granite City, passed away Monday, March 28 at Barnes Hospital.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:30 a.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Edwardsville.  Friends may call Friday, after 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville First United Methodist Church.


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