There will be a new President of the Unit 2 Board of Education.  Scott Gaffner has served as president for the past few years but at the next Unit 2 meeting he will be stepping down as president.  We spoke with Unit 2 Superintendent Jeff Strieker about who the next president will be and the things that have been accomplished during Gaffner’s presidency.
Strieker told WGEL Aimee Frey told him last week that Gaffner was going to step down as president and she was going to accept the move from vice president to president.  When the Unit 2 Board of Education meets Monday, April 16, they will appoint someone to fill the vice president position.  Gaffner became president, filling in after Mike Suess finished his term as board president.  Gaffner transitioned the district through the renovation project, which involved a large number of facilities.  Gaffner made every effort to improve the technology in the district and Strieker said a great amount of thanks and appreciation was due Gaffner for his hard work as the Unit 2 School Board President.



The Greenville City Council met Tuesday night.  Mayor Allan Gaffner read a resolution of commendation for Becky Blackburn, lead dispatcher for city telecommunications.  Blackburn has been with the city 32 years and is this year’s recipient of the Gerald Turley Award, given by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.  The Turley Award, which recognizes service to the community, honored Blackburn’s tireless work on the canned food drive, the senior citizens Christmas Day dinner, the Secret Santa program and many other activities.

Much of the meeting was spent in discussion among council members and with a group of citizens in regard to several annexation ordinances.  Prior to reviewing and voting on the 33 land parcels, which are in the Ridge Avenue area and are surrounded by the city, citizens addressed concerns that annexation, and the tax increase to the city that goes with annexation, was being considered before water and sewer service was available to all those being annexed. The council approved the annexation of all 33 parcels.  Free connection fees and materials for connection were also made available to the owners as part of the annexation, providing connection was made at the time the water line was installed.
After approving the annexations, the council approved installation of a water line along Ridge Avenue at a cost of $25,000.00.  The council also voted to install a 6” water main along Forest Lane where residents experience low water pressure and have no fire hydrants.  The cost of the new line and the addition of two fire hydrants is estimated at approximately $13,000.00.

Mayor Gaffner presented three proclamations which were all approved.    One proclaimed May 19 to be "Paint the Town Purple Day" in support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. April was declared to be "Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month" and "National 911 Education Month."


Thursday, April 12, at noon, there will be a large grand opening event in Vandalia.  Tony Flowers told WGEL they will be having a Downtown Grand Opening event for Vandalia.  There are 13 new merchants and shops on the 500 block of Gallatin Street.  They plan to stretch a ribbon down both sides of the street, and the mayor will be joined by the chamber of commerce for the ribbon cutting.  All of the merchants will be on the sidewalk and anyone who wants to attend is welcome to come and check out this grand opening.



The Greenville Pregnancy Support Center is seeking donations.  Monique Brunious said the center is looking for donations of kids clothes for children ages newborn – 2 years old.  They are accepting both boys and girls clothes and are specifically asking for spring and summer fashions.  They are more in need of summer clothes for boys, however they accept all types of clothing donations.  The Pregnancy Support Center is a non-profit organization which relies entirely on the community.  The center also collects diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoos, and any other items needed for babies.  The center also needs volunteers to help run the center.  If you would like to make a donation of money, items, or time, contact the center at 664-3799.


The recent Greenville High School FFA Awards Banquet honored the many accomplishments of its members. FFA Advisor Steve Zimmerman said they recognized students and community members and had a guest speaker.  They gave out scholarships for those going into an agriculture-related field of work, in addition to a number of other awards.  Mindy Bunselmeyer was the guest speaker for the evening.  Mindy is the district coordinator for Ag Education.  Zimmerman said she did a wonderful job explaining the importance of agriculture.  Daniel Suess, Brett Woker, Kayley Woker, Teddy Langham, Kaeden Mollett, and Josh Laesch were among students honored.



Edith L. Sanders

Edith L. Sanders, age 85, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, April 11 at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

Mari Ellen Reeser

Mari Ellen Reeser, age 52, of Kandern, Germany, formerly of Greenville, passed away Sunday, April 8th in Helios Private Klinik in Muellheim, Germany.  Funeral arrangements for 52 year-old Mari Ellen Reeser are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.

Peggy Guiliacci

Peggy Guiliacci, age 65, of Sorento, passed away Tuesday, April 10 at her home.  Funeral services will be Friday, at noon, the Sorento Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Kirkland Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Sorento Food Pantry, the Sorento Baptist Church, or to the Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund.  The Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements.

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