05-07-2012

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GRAHAM PACKAGING TO CLOSE

According to Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman, Graham Packaging in Vandalia, formerly Brockway, will be closing later this year.  In a letter to their employees, corporate officials stated the closure was “not a reflection of the workforce, but a result of the overall company strategy of plant rationalization and optimization of its network.”  126 active hourly employees, 77 hourly employees on layoff, and 12 salaried employees will be affected by this decision.


FIRST DAY OF GREAT CELEBRITY PIE AUCITON A HUGE SUCCESS


The Great Celebrity Pie Auction to benefit the Bond County Relay for Life kicked off this morning at 7AM with Sherriff Jeff Brown, and it was a huge success.  A total of $2,200 was raised and a big thank you to all the bidders and all our first day bakers, Jeff Brown, Ryan Mifflin, Matt Willman, Scott Lurkins and Lou Lorton.  Tomorrow the auction continues with Pocahontas Principal Eric Swingler at 7AM, State’s Attorney Chris Bauer and Spanky McCray at 7:30, Randy Alderman from Bradford National Bank at 8AM and Tim Watson from Arthur Young in Vandalia at 8:30.  All proceeds go to the Bond County Relay for Life.  A fantastic first day and two more to go in this year’s Great Celebrity Pie Auction. 

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GHS 2012 PROM ROYALTY

Greenville High School crowned its 2012 prom royalty Saturday night. Katie Pollman was named prom queen and Teddy Langham prom king. Thanks to technology, last year’s prom king, a German foreign exchange student, was able to announce this year’s king over video monitor. Katie Pollman was also named Miss Congeniality and Dylan Carr was named Mr. Nice Guy. This year’s prom theme was “A Black Tie Affair.” 


GREENVILLE LAKE COMMITTEE TO MEET

The Greenville Lake Committee is scheduled to meet Monday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the municipal building.  The agenda includes open meetings training and a discussion of the 2012 season. 

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TWO-YEAR-OLD TWIN DIES AFTER FOUND SUBMERGED IN POND

In a follow-up to a story aired last week on WGEL, we reported the disappearance of two two-year-olds.  Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies responded Wednesday, May 2, after a grandmother reported her two grandsons, age two, were missing from their residence in the 3900 block of Cherokee Trail in Edwardsville.  One child was located near a pond and the other child was found submerged in the water, near the bank of the pond.  CPR was started and continued until arrival at the Edwardsville Fire Department where fire department personnel took over CPR and the child was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  The child was eventually airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital.  According to information from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Lukas Pinski, age 2, passed away at 4:36 p.m., May 5.  The case remains under investigation. 

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STATE SENATOR KYLE MCCARTER DECIDES AGAINST US CONGRESS

State Senator Kyle McCarter recently decided he would not run for US Congress.  We spoke with Senator McCarter about the reasoning behind his decision. Senator McCarter said he had a number of people asking him to run and asking him to stay in his current position.  Ultimately, he had to decide what was best for his family.  His children are grown now, but one of his kids has the opportunity to come back and work with him in his business, which is important to him.  Senator McCarter said the relationships he has been able to develop in the community are important to him as well.  He said he felt the best place for him to be was where he is right now.  He intends to continue representing the people he has come to know, because he enjoys it.

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MOTORCYCLE / DEER ACCIDENT ON MULBERRY GROVE ROAD

A Bond County Deputy, Smithboro First Responders, and Bond County EMS responded Wednesday, at 10:05 p.m., to the scene of a motorcycle accident on the Mulberry Grove Road just south of Trapper Avenue.  According to the accident report, Christopher P. Cumberland, age 49, of Mulberry Grove was northbound on the Mulberry Grove Road, on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, when a deer ran onto the road in front of him.  He swerved to miss the deer, ran off the road, hit the ditch, and was thrown from the motorcycle as it rolled over twice.  Bond County EMS took Cumberland to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries.

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STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP AT GREENVILLE EDUCATION CENTER

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Kaskaskia College is hosting a workshop entitled “Starting a Business in Illinois” Monday, May 14, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Greenville Education Center.  The fee for the non-credit class is $10.00 and pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register, call 545-3260.


TWO GREENVILLE STUDENTS HONORED WITH HEISMAN AWARD

Two of Greenville High School’s finest were recently honored with an award.  Greenville High School Principal Wendy Porter said the high school chose Brady Huber and Kelley Faulkner as their Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recipients.  The award at the high school level encourages future leadership by recognizing well balanced lifestyles at an early age.  Kelley and Brady have achieved a huge amount of success already through their involvement in academics, community service, and athletics.  Brady and Kelley will will compete with students from other schools for state and national recognition.

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OBITUARIES

Agnes W. “Aggie” Hilmes

Agnes W. “Aggie” Hilmes, age 74, of Breese, passed away Sunday, May 6, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Breese.  Burial will be in St. Dominic – St. Augustine Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Research or the donor’s choice.

Donald Lee Leidner

Donald Lee Leidner, age 30, of rural Vandalia, formerly of Patoka, passed away Friday, May 4 at his home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral home in Greenville. Burial will be in Pratt Cemetery in Patoka. Friends may call Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Easton Scott Grigg

Easton Scott Grigg, infant son of John and Monica Grigg of Sorento, passed away Thursday, May 3 at Greenville Regional Hospital. Graveside funeral services for Easton Scott Grigg will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento. The Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas R. Dasenbrock

Thomas R. Dasenbrock, age 84, of Jamestown, passed away Thursday, May 3 at Aviston Countryside Manor.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Paul United Church of Christ in Jamestown.  Burial will be in Jamestown Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Jamestown Cemetery.


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