12-07-2011

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GREENVILLE COLLEGE RELEASES DECISION TO RAZE BASS-MOLLETT HOUSE AND ARCHER HALL

The Greenville College Board of Trustees released their decision to raze the Bass-Mollett House and Archer Hall.  The press release from the college said the initial projections for restoring the buildings in a timely matter could exceed 2.5 million dollars.  Greenville College Board Member Dennis Fenton said, “Our decision was very difficult.  While we appreciate the historical significance of the buildings, we will always focus resources first and foremost on our students.”   The press release did not give a specific timeframe for the demolishment of the two buildings, however, it did say the college will look to use both properties for the benefit of the students and the community.  The Bass-Mollett house was built in 1892 and Greenville College has owned the house for more than 20 years.   Just last year the Bass-Mollett house was placed on the top ten list of endangered historical sites by Landmark Illinois, a non-profit group that advocates historic preservation in Illinois. 


HELP FINISH PAYING FOR COURTHOUSE LIGHTS WITH HOUSE TOUR

The Bond County Courthouse is lit but the job is not quite finished.  We spoke to Gayle Wise from the Greenville Women’s Club about a fun way that you may help them finish the job. Wise said the courthouse lights look beautiful but she urges you to continue buying tickets for the Holiday House Tour as they are a few thousand dollars short of paying for the lights.  If you buy your house tour tickets early, you save $2.00 per ticket.  During the house tour, participants will enjoy the Greenville College Chamber Singers, a nutcracker collection, historic toys, Civil War Christmas letters, and much more.  All proceeds from the House Tour, December 11, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., will go toward the courthouse lights.  Tickets are available at Watson’s Drug Store, the downtown Bradford National Bank, and Adam’s Brothers Coffee Shop.  If you have any questions, contact Gayle at 664-2149.


TOURISM OFFICE OFFERS GRANT APPLICANT WORKSHOP

The Greenville Office of Tourism is offering a workshop Thursday, December 8, at 5:00 p.m. at the Greenville Municipal Building, for organizations requesting tourism funds in 2012.  We spoke with Tourism Director John Goldsmith who said over the past year, the Greenville Tourism Board has made some revisions to the funding guidelines regarding those who request and obtain Greenville Tourism funds.  There’s a big learning curve here as folks are getting used to the new rules and regulations which includes the proof of performance, proof of match, and the final paperwork determining what qualifies for tourism funding and what does not.  The Tourism Board decided the easiest thing to do would be to offer a free workshop for anyone who anticipates requesting tourism funds in 2012.  Come to the workshop which is expected to last 30-45 minutes and get all the information you need about the paperwork and funding.  For more information, call 664-9272.

 

 

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BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING PREVIEW

The Bond County Board is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the courthouse.  Items on the agenda include the Mulberry Grove Sanitation Board, Special Service District appointments, and a health insurance contract discussion.  Tune to WGEL Radio for full post-meeting coverage. 


NOVEMBER RAIN AND SNOW STATISTICS

Greenville received an average of 5.17 inches of rain this November.  When compared with statistics from the past 44 years, November 2011 rainfall totals are above average with only fifteen years having more rain.  The least amount of rain fell in 1976 when Greenville got just two tenths of an inch.  Nine and a half inches is the most rain, coming in November 1985.  Records of November snowfalls show 9.3 inches in 1975 and 10.2 inches in 1980.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION IN GREENVILLE

Kaskaskia College New Student Orientation for students beginning classes during the spring 2012 semester is Wednesday, December 7, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Greenville Education Center.  Students attending receive information about college services, how to make the transition into college, and how to be a successful student.  New students are encouraged to participate.  Reservations are requested and there is no charge to attend.  For more information or to register, call 545-3063.

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OBITUARIES

Richard "Dick" Schoendienst

Richard "Dick" Schoendienst, age 64, of Belcamp, Maryland, formerly of Carlyle, passed away Sunday, December 4 at the Senator Bob Hooper House in Forest Hill, Maryland.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to Amyloidosis Support Group Incorporated or Ducks Unlimited.

Kay M. Roland

Kay M. Roland, age 94, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, December 4 at Helia Healthcare.  Private funeral services will in Monee, Illinois and there will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association or to the American Heart Association.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.


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