5-12-2011

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Greenville City Council met Tuesday night at the Greenville Municipal Building.  The council unanimously approved the 2011/2012 budget which City Manager Dave Willey said is a balanced budget in all major funds. Utility rates and sewer charges are going up.  Information indicates there will be a regular May 1 consumer price increase adjustment. The rates are changed each May 1 to reflect 80% of the CPI.  This year’s adjustment will be 2.15%. The 2011/2012 budget has been changed so the sewer budget is separate from the water budget.  The council said doing this has caused a need for a rate increase to balance the sewer budget. The first 2,000 gallons will now cost $10.95 rather than $10.44, a 5% increase, and each 1,000 gallons over 2,000 will cost $5.92 instead of $5.22, a 13.4% increase. New council member John Gillard asked the group to consider a system that will allow quick and reliable feedback to citizens regarding complaints.  The council agreed to address such a system in future meetings.

 

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ROCKET TEAM NATIONAL CHALLENGE EVENT

The Mulberry Grove Science Engineering and Technology club, organized under 4-H, has qualified as 1 of 100 teams to compete in the 9th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge May 14 at Plains, Virginia.  Only two teams from Illinois qualified. Members of the club include Mulberry Grove High School students Scott Larson and Whitney Groves.  William Bader, from Hillsboro High School is also on the team.  WGEL spoke with club sponsor John Paine about this great achievement. The TARC is the world’s largest student model rocketry contest and awards more than $60,000 in prizes and scholarships.  In addition, the winner earns a chance to attend the International Air Show in Paris. Teams must design their rocket to fly to exactly 750 ft. with a total flight time of 40-45 seconds.  The rocket must then deploy a parachute to return it and a compartment, which holds an altimeter and a raw chicken egg, back to earth safely without so much as a crack in the egg. Members are still raising funds and are accepting donations to cover the travel costs to Virginia and help pay for rocket equipment. Anyone wanting to assist the team may contact the U of I Extension office in Greenville at 664-3665.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE RECOGNIZED FOR FINANCIAL REPORTING

For the third straight year, Kaskaskia College has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

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OBITUARIES

DOLORES A. SCHROEDER

Dolores A. “Peppy” Schroeder, age 79, of Germantown, passed away Wednesday, May 11 at her home. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. Memorials are suggested to the VNA TIP Hospice or to the donor’s choice.

WALTER COMPTON

Walter Compton, age 80, of Sorento, passed away Tuesday, May 10 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Burial will be in Waveland Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 12:00 noon until service time at the funeral home.

AGNES L. KNEBEL

Agnes L. Knebel, age 79, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, May 10 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. A funeral Mass will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Pierron. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or in the form of Masses.


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