12-20-2011



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FAYETTE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES UP FOR CLOSURE

The Fayette County Department of Human Services Office in Vandalia is scheduled to close December 27. We spoke with Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman who said they are looking at moving the current DHS Office from its current home in Vandalia to Centralia, Illinois.  Gottman believes this will cause a lot of hardship for a lot of the people who use the facility.  There are a number of elderly, disabled, and low income individuals who use the Vandalia DHS Office.  Vandalia is in an area with 9% unemployment and Gottman does not understand how the state government can come in and close one of the most used facilities in down-state Illinois.  If the Vandalia office moves to Centralia, people utilizing the facility could have as much as a 120 mile round-trip.  Gottman asks citizens to call the Governor’s office to voice their disapproval of the move.  Gottman told WGEL Clinton County’s office is also up for closure, however the Illinois-operated office in Davenport, Iowa is still open for business.


FUNDRAISING CONTINUES FOR THE COURTHOUSE LIGHTING

Fundraising continues for the courthouse lighting project.  The lights were turned on the day after Thanksgiving and have been very popular.  We spoke with Barb Smith of the Greenville Women’s Club about the continuing fundraising effort. She said lights you see now on the courthouse cost $28,500.00 in labor and materials.  They still need to raise about $5000.00 to pay for what is currently on the building.  This amount they still owe is about the same as the additional labor increase due to having to pay prevailing wage.  That doubled the labor cost and presented an unexpected expense. Only the west side of the building has the beautiful window touch and they would like to finish the east side the same way which will cost about $1,900.00-$2,000.00.  Window accents to the south and north entrances are also planned. This means the Women’s Club is looking to raise an additional $4,000.00 - $6,000.00 to finish the job.  They hope to have everything paid for by the end of this year, or at least by the time the lights are turned off in January.


GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO NOT RAISE LEVY

The December Greenville City Council meeting was Tuesday, December 13 and after much discussion, the council voted not to increase the city’s property tax levy for the coming year. They did vote to increase fines for parking offences. A parking ticket will now cost $10.00 and illegal parking in a handicapped parking place will cost $250.00. City Manager Dave Willey said the new fees would go into effect after new paperwork has been printed, probably in a few weeks. Greenville resident Stephan Neese is the new Greenville police officer. A large crowd was on hand at the start of the meeting to protest the upcoming demolition of the Bass Mollett house by Greenville College. Supporters of saving the house asked the city to reconsider granting the college a permit to demolish the building. Representatives of Greenville College were on hand to explain that razing the building was considered necessary to enhance their mission to provide for the education of their students. They also talked about how the college has obtained all the permits and EPA approval to proceed with the demolition.


Prairie Farms

KIDWELL 70TH ANNIVERSARY

70 years ago, December 17, 1941, rural Donnellson couple Vance and Marian Kidwell became husband and wife. But to hear Vance tell it, there were some complications that might have delayed the ceremony. Vance told us December 7, 1941, Marian came up so they could make their wedding plans at Christmas.  The landlady’s son kept coming in saying Pearl Harbor had been bombed.  They had not heard of it and had other things on their minds.  That night, when Vance went to put Marian on the train, things began to sink in.  Tuesday, Vance received his draft notice.  He wrote Marian and told her it looked like the wedding was off.  December 15, Vance came home and had a telephone call from Marian who said she was coming up in the morning and they were going to get married. WGEL sends congratulations to Vance and Marian Kidwell on their 70th wedding anniversary.


UNIT 2 STUDENTS CHRISTMAS VACATION DAYS ANNOUNCED

According to Unit 2 Superintendent Jeff Strieker, Unit 2 students will have a full day of attendance Wednesday, December 21.  Students will not be in attendance December 22 – January 3.  Regular school hours resume Wednesday, January 4.




OBITUARIES

Carol C. Calzaretta

Carol C. Calzaretta, age 39, of Glendale Heights, formerly of Trenton, passed away Friday, December 16.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John United Church of Christ in Trenton.  Burial will be in Trenton Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.

Derek J. “DJ” Stein

Derek J. “DJ” Stein, age 24, of Breese, passed away Saturday, December 17 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 6:00 p.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Friends may call Thursday, from 3:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

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