9-23-2011

 




ILLINOIS WOMAN INFECTED IN LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, an Illinois woman is among 35 persons in ten states infected in the listeriosis outbreak linked to Rocky Ford cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms in Colorado.  The 82 year-old woman became ill September 7 after eating a cantaloupe purchased at a store where the recalled fruit was sold.  Twenty-eight persons have been hospitalized and four deaths have been reported.  Symptoms include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.  Pregnant women may also develop fever, chills, back pain, and flu-like illness.  If you think you may be ill due to eating these cantaloupes, contact your doctor immediately.  For more information on listeriosis, check the website, www.fda.gov.


SEVENTH ANNUAL AUTUMN ARTWALK TODAY

Our Common Ground’s 7th Annual Autumn ArtWalk is today, from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. around the square in downtown Greenville.  This year’s event will highlight hometown artists who have taken top awards in their respective fields.  They include a chef, a creamery, an artist, and a musician.  Two stages will keep the music going throughout the evening with a special stage for teens in the Bradford Bank parking lot.  Come enjoy the music, artisans’ exhibits, wine tasting, gourmet foods, and a film festival at the Mavis Gallery.  To learn more, check the website at www.ocgart.org.


SEPTEMBER UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Greenville High School teacher Virginia Larson presented an outline about a new Robotics club. She asked for partial funding to help get the club going and the board approved $2,500.00.

Gary Brauns and Meg File shared information about 2011 testing. Sorento, Pocahontas, and Greenville Jr. High made Adequate Yearly Progress status but Greenville Elementary did not, because of sub groups. High School Principal Wendy Porter was present with ACT and PSAE reports for students who graduated in 2011. Both tests showed the high school exceeded state standards.

Last week Sorento Principal Bill Carpenter received word Sorento Elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon School. The board approved expenses of not more than $7,000.00, for Carpenter and two of his staff to go to Washington D.C. to receive the award at a national reception and banquet.

 

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TREE KILLING BEETLE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

The Emerald Ash Borer beetle was recently found just north of Salem in Marion County and at the Green Creek Rest Area on Interstate 57 in Effingham County.  This metallic-green beetle, native to Asia, has been found in counties farther North in Illinois, however the recent findings indicate they may be moving south.  The Illinois Department of Agriculture issued a quarantine to help limit the spread of the beetle.  The Emerald Ash Borer’s larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die. To limit the spread of these beetles, the Department of Agriculture asks you to burn firewood in the county of its origin.  Firewood could potentially be contaminated with the larvae and moving the firewood could allow the beetles to spread.

LANE CLOSURES ON INTERSTATE 70 WEST OF ROUTE 4

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there will be lane closures in the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 70, two miles west of Rt. 4 beginning Monday, September 26, weather permitting, for pavement repairs.  Signing and traffic control devices will aid motorists through the work zones.  Repairs should be completed by November 15.  If you have questions or concerns, call 618-346-3350.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE SPORTS SEEKING TEAMS FOR SHOOT-OUT

The Kaskaskia College Sports Association is seeking for junior high boys basketball teams to participate in its Grade School Shoot-out Saturday, October 15.  Each team will play one game and the entry fee is $45.00.  Team members receive a T-shirt and a team picture.  For more information, call Cathy at 545-3182.


GREENVILLE COMETS RANKED #1 IN THE STATE FOR CLASS 3A FOOTBALL

The Greenville High School Comets varsity football team is ranked #1 in the state in class 3A for the first time in the school’s history.  The Comets were ranked #3 last week and moved ahead of Decatur St. Teresa, who was in the #2 spot last week. The Comets face 7th ranked Alton-Marquette tonight in Alton.  WGEL will have the play-by-play action starting at 7:00 p.m. at 101.7 FM.



OBITUARIES

Stephen Philip Willey

Stephen Philip Willey, age 18, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, September 20.  A funeral Mass for 18 year-old Stephen Philip Willey will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier College Church, located at 3628 Lindell Blvd at Grand Avenue at St. Louis University in St. Louis.  Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Bopp Chapel, located at 10610 Manchester Road in Kirkwood.  Memorials are suggested to the Stephen P. Willey Scholarship Fund.

George C. Wilkerson, Sr.

George C. Wilkerson, Sr., age 78, of Fillmore, formerly of Keyesport, passed away Thursday, September 1 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.  A celebration of life ceremony will be Saturday, at 3:00 p.m. at the Ramsey State Park Equestrian Campground.  Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors.  Memorials are suggested to the Ramsey Saddle Club.  The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

 


WEATHER

SATURDAY - partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers, high 65, low 46

SUNDAY - partly sunny, high 67, low 48

 


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area news.  Tom’s guest this week is Illinois State Trooper Mike Link.  Tom and Mike will discuss how to stay safe on the roadways this coming winter and what to do if you find yourself on a snow or ice-covered road.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area news on WGEL. 

 


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