4-8-2011

 




BRIDGE PROJECT TO COST COUNTY $200,000 LESS

The Bond County Board meet Wednesday night, one day later than usual due to Tuesday’s election.  The board heard a report from Bond County Highway Engineer Doug DeLong about several upcoming projects and some now being worked on around the county.  DeLong said the Jamestown bridge replacement started the end of March with tree removal.  He explained the county can use some matching funds from the state to lower the local cost of the project by $200,000.00., a very substantial savings to the county. The board thanked DeLong for his work in getting these funds for the Jamestown project.  The Clinton/Bond County line bridge project will be opened for bid June 17 and the New Douglas bridge was recently downgraded by IDOT to a 22-ton load limit.  DeLong said in time that bridge will likely need to be replaced. 

The board approved the use of the courthouse lawn for two upcoming GBPA events.  The first is a Mother’s Day event Saturday, May 7 called "I Remember Mama" and the second is the Summer Blast Saturday, June 11 that will include the classic car show. 


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL CELEBRATES NATIONAL HEALTHCARE ACCESS PERSONNEL WEEK

Greenville Regional Hospital joined thousands of hospitals across the country this week, April 3-9, in observing National Healthcare Access Personnel Week.  Special activities at the hospital recognized contributions of staff members in the hospital’s patient registration, emergency room admission, physician offices, outpatient specialty clinic, central scheduling, financial counseling, and cashier departments.  Patient Financial Services Director Lisa Frey said, “All of us at Greenville Regional Hospital are proud of the efforts of our access department staff.  They are an important part of our hospital because of their ability to treat our patients in a caring and efficient manner during the access process.”

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Greenville Plan Commission has scheduled a public hearing on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Greenville Municipal Building concerning a request by Baldwin Enterprises, at 1701 Illinois Route 127, to approve a two-lot preliminary plat for a subdivision.  A request to rezone a parcel from M-1 to B-2 will also be considered along with a review of rezoning multiple parcels along South Elm Street from M-2 to B-2. For additional information, contact the office of the city manager at 664-1644.

EXCEL BOTTLING ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

The Teachers and Coaches Entrepreneurship Program at Kaskaskia College honored Excel Bottling of Breese Saturday night.  Accepting the award was William Meier, one of the third generation of Meiers to run the company.
WGEL spoke with Bill Meier who told us the interesting history of the business. Meier said the business was started by his grandfather and grandmother, Edward “Lefty” Meier and Catherine Meier in 1936.  Mrs. Meier’s family had been furniture and casket makers and operated those two businesses in Breese.  “Lefty” and Catherine were looking for a a business opportunity. In 1936, their opportunity came when “Lefty” received a reward for helping capture the man who had robbed the Germantown Trust and Savings Bank.  The Meiers used the $100.00 reward money to buy a bottling machine and took control of a building that Catherine’s mother owned, built in 1875 and having no heating, electricity or plumbing. The business grew through the years and “Ski” soda was added to the line in 1961.  “Frostie Root Beer” was also added and eventually the company found themselves one of the few returnable bottle manufactures left in the country. Meier said he felt honored and the award was greatly appreciated.


 

UNIT 2 BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE TO MEET

The Bond County Unit 2 Building and Grounds Committee is scheduled to meet Monday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the central office at 1008 North Hena.


OBITUARIES

BILL VASEL

Bill Vasel, age 84, of Litchfield, passed away Wednesday, April 6 at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Funeral services will be Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield. Friends may call Saturday, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers before 1:00 p.m., high 85, low 66

SUNDAY - partly sunny, high 84, low 59 with a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday night


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Tune to Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News.  Tom’s guest this week is John Goldsmith with the National Road Association.  Tom and John will discuss upcoming events on the road, how you can get involved, and places to visit on the road.  That’s this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 


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