GOVERNOR QUINN SIGNS PLAN TO MINE AT STATE PARK
Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill allowing coal mining in a southern Illinois State Park. The law provides that 240 acres, located within Pyramid State Park near Pinkneyville, will no longer be designated part of Pyramid State Park and the Department of Natural Resources is authorized to lease the property to a private company for mining.
The law requires the private company to demonstrate the property does not include any specified protected areas and the operations must include the removal of overburden, or waste, removed to access the coal. The term of the lease is ten years with no option for renewal.
The bill was sponsored by several southern Illinois State Representatives and Senators. The law is effective immediately.
KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD HONORS ROBERT GAFFNER
At the recent Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees meeting, the board honored long-time board member Mr. Robert Gaffner of Greenville for his 36 years of dedicated service to the college. During his term as trustee, Mr. Gaffner worked to enhance educational opportunities for people in the college district, assisted in expanding outreach educational programs, and provided strong leadership in fiscal accountability.
A $20,000.00 MentorLinks Grant was recently awarded to the college. The two-year grant will be used for professional development and technical assistance in the development of a new instructional program in Geospatial Technology. The college received one of only eight MentorLink Grants awarded nationwide this year.
August 11, the Correctional Center Campus had its first graduation ceremony since 2004, presenting certificates and degrees to more than 123 graduates.
The KC Cosmetology Club hosted a charity event July 27 raising $800.00 for the American Lung Association.