04-02-2012

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HOME FIRE IN MULBERRY GROVE

Mulberry Grove Firefighters were dispatched Monday morning at 2:34, to a residential structure fire.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the fire was at the Milton Smith home along Rt. 40 in the east edge of Mulberry Grove.  The fire started in an enclosed porch on the north side of the home and the cause is unknown.  The fire was restricted to the porch with light smoke in the house.  Firefighters were on the scene about 45 minutes and Keyesport Firefighters provided automatic mutual aid.  The owner’s daughter suffered a slight burn on her hand from the back door handle.  Parents took her to the hospital for precautionary treatment.  According to Fire Chief Volkmar, working smoke detectors provided warning to the family and possibly saved family members from serious injuries and prevented possible extensive damage to the home.


ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAYS IN GREENVILLE

The City of Greenville is sponsoring electronics recycling days Friday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the public works facility at 1307 South Fourth Street.  All electronics will be disposed of in a very secure and environmentally responsible manner.  All hard drives are sent through a physical data destruction process to ensure data security.  For more information and a list of items which will and will not be accepted, call 664-1644.

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METRO EAST UNEMPLOYMENT HIGHER THAN ONE YEAR AGO

According to information from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the February local unemployment rate fell in nine metro areas, increased in one, and was essentially unchanged in two compared to a year ago.  The February unemployment rate increased in the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area from 10.2 percent in 2011 to 10.5 percent in 2012.  The unemployment rate in Bond County fell from 10.8% in February 2011 to 10.7% in 2012.  In Clinton County the rate remained the same at 9.5%.  Madison County saw an increase from 9.7% in 2011 to 10.3 in 2012 and the St. Clair County rate rose slightly from 10.6 – 10.7%.

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ILLINOIS MUSEUMS GENERATE TWO BILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC IMPACT

Governor Pat Quinn declared March 22 to be “Illinois Museums Day” and encourages you to visit museums in your community.  According to information from the Illinois Association of Museums, Illinois museums employ more than 6,420 Illinoisans, spend more than $576 million on goods and services, and serve more than 21 million visitors each year including 3.4 million school children and 119,500 teachers.  This results in an overall economic impact to the state of about $2 billion annually.  In addition to cultural, architectural, and historic resources, we also have fabulous zoos, planetariums, botanical gardens, and children’s museums that help develop inquiry skills and creativity. 

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MCCARTER ON MURRAY CENTER CLOSURE

State Senator Kyle McCarter recently met with a group of Murray Center parents.  Ray Watt was there, and spoke with the senator on behalf of WGEL about the fight to keep the center open. McCarter told Ray he reassured the loved ones of the people who reside at the Murray Center that they are not going to make changes unless they can be certain everyone is taken care of and put in a place that is safe and truly meets their needs.  He said he will be speaking on their behalf over the next few weeks.  The families of the people at the Murray Developmental Center represent about 100 communities throughout Illinois.  Senator McCarter said he has to look at how the families will be affected by this issue.  The senator said if a safe place cannot be found for the residents of the Murray Developmental Center, the closure needs to be put on hold.

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OBITUARIES

Cletus M. “Buzz” Widmer

Cletus M. “Buzz” Widmer, age 89, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, March 28 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  A funeral Mass will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 – 10:15 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul Education Foundation.

Daniel Blunt

Daniel Blunt, age 43 of Greenville, passed away Friday, March 30 at his home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Erwin H. Kalmer

Erwin H. Kalmer, age 94, of Trenton, passed away Friday, March 30 at Countryside Manor in Aviston.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 - 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Church or to Mater Dei High School.

Lynn B. Paine

Lynn B. Paine, age 86, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Saturday, March 31 in Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Fair Oaks Nursing Home Activities Department.


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