4-27-2011

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IMPACT OF US-COLUMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson, a grain and livestock farmer from Seneca, returned recently from a 10-day market study tour to Brazil, Panama, and Columbia.  Nelson met with officials of those countries regarding the passage of free trade agreements which have been stalled. WGEL spoke with Nelson who said a compelling case was made about market share continuing to erode based on the trade agreement the South American countries have with Canada.  He said to hear and see first-hand what has been a very good trading relationship with Columbia and Panama was eye-opening.  Governmental and agricultural factions of the countries expressed desire to do business with the United States but they need to see some action, and see it fairly quickly, or we’re going to watch those markets continue to go to other countries. Nelson said, given the indication by the Obama administration that they have resolved the issues to their liking, hopefully these agreements will go to Congress soon for discussion and passage so we can recapture some of the markets we are losing.


 

FREE BUSINESS WEBSITES FROM CITY OF GREENVILLE

The City of Greenville is preparing to offer local businesses a way to develop their own web pages that will link to the city website.  WGEL spoke with Greenville’s Economic Development Coordinator Scott Lurkins who said Shops QA is a business-driven online database that will allow local businesses to register with the city and manage their own information via a link on the city website.  Lurkins said the businesses would have their own interactive micro-website that they manage themselves.  The opportunity is being offered at no cost to city businesses and advertising will be available to both businesses and community groups.  Residents will be able to join mailing lists to get updates on businesses, sale information, or coupons. Lurkins said the database is still being developed so it is not available from the city website at this time but should be available very soon. The city will host some seminars, planned for mid-May, regarding the development of the websites and how to make them suit the businesses’ needs. 


INTERSTATE 70 LANE CLOSURERS NEAR POCAHONTAS

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, starting Monday, April 25, there will be intermittent daytime lane closures on Interstate 70 at the Sugarloaf Road overpass east of Pocahontas to repair an overhead beam in the bridge.  The westbound lane will be closed during the day and traffic will be guided through the work zone by flaggers, traffic control devices, and traffic control signing.  If you have questions about the project, call 618-346-3350. 

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UNIT 2 BOARD ACTION FOLLOWING CLOSED SESSION

Following a closed session of the Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education, several persons were hired.  The board hired Shelly Sasse three-hour food service personnel employee, James Majerus district technology service, Quinton Hammann physical education teacher at the Pocahontas and Sorento Centers, and Dan Niemerg business manager.

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WATT SOLUTIONS KITS AVAILABLE AT LIBRARY

Ameren Illinois is working with libraries throughout our area to make the Kill-A-Watt EZ device available for check out.  The easy-to-use tool measures the electricity needed to operate a variety of household appliances and calculates the cost of that power.  All you have to do is plug your appliance into the device and it will allow you to see what it is costing you. The Greenville Public Library is among those where the device may be checked out just like a book. Having a better understanding of your home energy efficiency puts the power in your hands to use less and spend less on your utility bill.  Making every kilowatt count benefits the environment as well as your household budget.


OBITUARIES

RUTH C. HASELHORST

Ruth C. Haselhorst, age 76, of Trenton, passed away Tuesday, April 26 at Faith Countryside in Highland.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial for 76 year-old Ruth C. Haselhorst will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 – 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Trenton VFW Auxiliary will have services Thursday, at 7:30 p.m.   Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, St. Mary’s Church, or the St. Joseph’s Hospital Lights for Scholarship.

KARLA E. MELOSI

Karla E. Melosi, age 74, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, April 24 at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

MARY E. GRISSOM

Mary E. Grissom, age 93, of Ramsey, passed away Monday, April 25 at Prairie Rose Health Care Center in Pana.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:30 a.m. at the Miller Funeral Home in Ramsey.  Burial will be in Ramsey Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

JOHN C. LONG

John C. Long, age 84, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, April 26 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery with full military honors.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Mulberry Grove Church of Christ.

LORETTA BEYES  

Loretta Beyes, age 88, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, April 26 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services for 88 year-old Loretta Beyes will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia.  Friends may call Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle or the charity of the donor’s choice.


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