The Kingsbury Park District scheduled a hearing on the selling of $425,000.00 in general obligation bonds.  The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 9 at the Greenville Municipal Building.  WGEL spoke with Park Director Jerry Sauerwein who said the list of improvements or repairs to be accomplished with the bond money is still in the draft stage, but does include improvements to some pipes at the pool and possibly to the lights at JC Park.  Sauerwein said the last bonds sold by the Kingsbury Park District were paid off in 2011.  The 2011 principal bond payment was $125,000.00.  The first repayment of the new bonds will be $130,000.00 in 2012.  This will mean the taxes paid by homeowners in the Kingsbury Park District will not be much higher one year over the next, however, if no new bonds were issued those taxes would go down.  Sauerwein said the board and the district are conservative with the tax money they receive.  Sauerwein also said a few citizens voiced their opinions on the 4th of July Fireworks Display at Patriot’s Park.  The celebration has been thousands of dollars in the red for years and the KPD is seeking citizen input as to whether the celebration should continue.  You can contact the KPD office at 664-4969. 


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake will be collecting used Christmas trees for the annual Christmas tree recycling project. The Corps of Engineers, along with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, uses these trees to provide an effective and economical fish habitat at Carlyle Lake. Each year, volunteers help submerge the trees in the lake as fish shelters. These fish shelters provide breeding areas, resting places, and protection. Christmas trees may be donated now through Jan. 14, 2012 at Plant Land on Old Route 50 east of Breese, Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at the Allen Branch Boat Ramp in Eldon Hazlet State Park, and at the Little Prairie Nature Trail parking lot in the West Spillway at Carlyle Lake. If you want to help put Christmas trees in the lake, call the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 618-594-2484.


Kaskaskia College is offering a “Zumba Toning” Class at the Greenville College Fitness Center, Mondays, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., beginning January 23 ending April 16.  There is a $3.00 per class Fitness Center fee for all students not currently pass holders.  The course fee is $50.00 for students under age 60.  Students age 60 and over may register at no charge.  To register or for more information, call 545-3255.




All Illinois State Police district headquarters are safe havens as designated by the Illinois Safe Haven Law.  The law provides a safe alternative to abandonment for parents who feel they cannot cope with a newborn baby.  Parents may relinquish an unharmed newborn, 30 days old or younger, to personnel at hospitals, emergency medical care facilities, police, or fire stations.  Parents may give up their child anonymously and without fear of prosecution for abandonment.  Relinquished babies will be taken to the nearest hospital, receive a health exam and needed medical care, and be adopted by a loving family.  District 11 Commander Captain Brad Parsons said, “I would rather have a trooper spend his or her shift caring for a newborn baby safely dropped off at our headquarters, than have a trooper find a newborn baby abandoned and fighting to survive.”  For more information, call 618-346-3524. 



Harry L. Mueller

Harry L. Mueller, age 87, of Highland, passed away Thursday, December 29 at Faith Care Center in Highland.  Funeral arrangements for 87 year-old Harry L. Mueller are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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