10-12-2011

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MCCARTER SUPPORTS US ROUTE 50 IMPROVEMENTS

State Senator Kyle McCarter believes improving and upgrading U.S. Highway 50 though Illinois will mean safer travel and economic growth for the southern portion of the state. Senator McCarter met with fellow legislators and area business and community leaders Tuesday, October 4 in Breese where he vowed to fight for tax dollars from the state and national governments to fund the project. The U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition is crafting a resolution to present to the Illinois Legislature asking for support for the proposal. Plans are to upgrade and improve the highway with four lanes from Vincennes, Indiana to O’Fallon, Illinois where it will link up with Interstate 64, providing a major transportation artery across the state. While there are a number of local communities along the highway with concerns about the impact of the improvements on cities and towns that cater to travelers, McCarter is confident strong local leadership will lead to reasonable alternatives.

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GREENVILLE COLLEGE HOMECOMING PARADE – 2011

The Greenville College Homecoming Spirit Parade begins Friday at 4:00 p.m.  We spoke with Director of Alumni Relations, Pam Taylor who is excited to be bringing the parade back to the area.  There has not been a Homecoming Spirit Parade for several years, possibly since the 1960’s.  There will be a pep band and a small marching band, as well as the Greenville High School marching band. The parade begins at the United Methodist Church parking lot on Second Street and travels north to College Avenue.  The parade will then travel east on College, north on Eastern Avenue, and then west on Oak Street before returning to campus for a pep rally on Scott Field. For additional information about the parade and other homecoming activities, go to www.greenville.edu/homecoming or call 664-6513.

 

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EMERALD ASH BORER DISCOVERED IN TWO MORE ILLINOIS COUNTIES

The emerald ash borer beetle has been detected in DeWitt and Stark Counties in Illinois, bringing the total number of Illinois counties with known infestations to 22.  The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia.  Its larvae burrow into the bark of ash trees, causing the trees to starve and eventually die.  Since first confirmed in the Midwest in 2002, more than 25 million ash trees have been felled by the beetle.  To help prevent the spread of the beetle, do not transport firewood or untreated wood products outside their county of origin.  For more information, check the website www.IllinoisEAB.com.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SPONSOR BLOOD DRIVE

The Knights of Columbus Council #11707 sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive Monday at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.  Twenty persons registered with fifteen units collected.  Charles Dothager received a three-gallon pin, Nancy Hanratty a two-gallon pin, and Cory Elam a blood drop pin as a first-time donor.


OBITUARIES

Myrna Kathryn Alexander

Myrna Kathryn Alexander, age 95, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, October 11 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.  A memorial service will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Carlyle First United Methodist Church.



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