02-29-2012

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SEVERE WEATHER HITS MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS OVERNIGHT

Severe weather hit Missouri and Illinois overnight, and put much of the WGEL listening area under watches and warnings.  The hardest hit was southern Missouri and Southern Illinois where the storms have claimed at least four lives.  3 are reported dead in or near Harrisburg Illinois according to KFVS and one more died in Buffalo Missouri.  It’s possible at the damage assessments and searches continue that the death toll from last nights’ storms could rise.  No damage was reported locally to police and the storms that hit Bond County were mild compared to what ripped through further to the south.  The next two days are sunny but windy and another shot of strong to severe weather is possible on Friday, we’ll have a full weather forecast coming up in your Bond County Area News.   


LEAP YEAR 2012

Today is Leap Day.  Leap Day happens once every four years to help adjust the time as the Earth does not travel around the sun in precisely 365 days.  In several countries, it was tradition that women could only propose during leap years.  People born on Leap Day often celebrate their birthdays February 28 or March 1, since they will only see their actual birthday once every four years.


GREENVILLE RAIN TOTALS

We got a little rain overnight and here are the rain totals for Greenville as recorded at 6:00 o’clock this morning.  One quarter inch was measured at the Sewer Plant and 21 hundredths at the station on Sixth Street and also at Idler Lane and Rt. 140.

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES LICENSES

The Greenville City Council had a special meeting Monday night.  Due to the sale of a local business, the council considered the transfer of two licenses necessary for the new owners of Jumpin Jimmy’s. City Manager Dave Willey said the Jumpin Jimmy’s store changed ownership this past week.  When that occurs, Willey said the business must re-apply for liquor and tobacco licenses.  The council voted to approve the licenses.


BIG STATE PAYMENTS TO UNIT 2 SCHOOL DISTRICT THIS MONTH

At the February Unit 2 Board of Education meeting, the treasurer’s report showed the district received a little more than one million dollars in FY 2012 payments in January.  The treasure's report also showed the state behind in its payments to the district in the amount of $769,000.00, half for KRP reimbursement and remainder for Special Education and Transportation funds.
A representative from the Ameresco Company presented a comprehensive review of all the facilities and grounds.  Some of the issues are already being looked at such as a new boiler at the high school. The analysis was done at no cost to the district. The board did vote to move ahead with the process of completion of energy efficiency grant  work with Ameresco.
The board approved an overnight stay for the Greenville Jr. High Baseball team to participate in a tournament in Pontiac and a trip to Hendersonville, Tennessee for Mr. Zimmerman and his FFA officers to attend a Chapter Visit Program.

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WINTER AWARDS NIGHT

The Winter Awards Night at Greenville High School is Thursday, March 1, in the high school gym.  Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat said they will be honoring the JV and Varsity Comets and Lady Comets basketball teams and basketball cheerleaders.  The ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. and following the awards ceremony, they will be serving light desserts in the cafeteria.  There is no charge to attend.  If you have any questions, call the high school at 664-1370.


TWO SMALL EARTHQUAKES HIT NEAR ST. LOUIS

Two very small earthquakes hit near St. Louis recently.  The closest was in Illinois, about 18 miles from St. Louis.  The 2.2 magnitude quake was centered three miles north of O'Fallon.  The other quake was a 2.0 magnitude, centered four miles west-northwest of Frohana, Missouri and 73 miles south of St. Louis.  No damage or injuries were reported in either quake.

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OBITUARIES

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