06-07-2012

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CSX SELECT SITE CEREMONY

There was a ceremony Tuesday at the Donnewald Distributing Conference Room to formally introduce the Kelsey Business & Technology Park in Greenville as a CSX Railroad “Select Site.”  Select Site designation indicates a property is ready for development, all known risk factors have been identified, and potential issues resolved.  Several things are taken into consideration, including infrastructure, utility availability, environmental reviews, appropriate zoning and entitlement, air quality, rail serviceability, and proximity to highways or interstates. Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner spoke at the meeting and acknowledged the hard work of City Manager Dave Willey and Scott Lurkins, Greenville’s Economic Development Coordinator.
Mayor Gaffner said Willey and Lurkins deserved recognition for their hard work.  They led the CSX Select Site designation process internally.  Scott Lurkins was the primary contact and Mayor Gaffner said formed many relationships vital to the realm of economic development.  Dave Willey’s business experience as past National Vice-President for Enterprise gives him a unique set of skills in both the private, entrepreneurial business sector, and the public realm.  Willey is able to understand what businesses and industries are looking for.  At this time, only five locations have achieved the title of “Select Site” and Greenville is the only site in Illinois.  For more information on the CSX Select Site program, visit their website, www.csx.com.

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BOND COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY RECEIVED INQUIRES ABOUT VIDEO GAMING

The Bond County Board met Tuesday night and one of the items on the agenda was video gaming.  The state of Illinois could start allowing video gaming licenses to become available in counties and towns where it has not been prohibited by local governments.  State’s Attorney Chris Bauer told the board his office received multiple inquires about video gaming from local business that would want to offer gaming at their establishments.  The county board could take action to prohibit gaming or take no action thus allowing video gaming in Bond County following the state’s guidelines, when those gaming licenses become available.  It was said at the meeting that 1% of revenue put into the video gaming machines would come back to the county, in addition to an annual license fee that could be collected on each machine.  No vote was taken on the issue at Tuesday night’s meeting, but the topic will likely come up for further discussion at future Bond County Board Meetings. 

The board approved Denny Willman as the 5th member to the Farm Land Assessment Committee. 

 

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KIWANIS CLUB ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL

The Kiwanis Club Annual Ice Cream Social is Thursday, June 7, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville.  Tickets are $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children ages 5-12.  Children under five may eat free.  Tickets are available at Watson’s Drug Store.  The Municipal Band will play at 7:00 p.m.


WEEKEND ACTIVITIES AT CARLYLE LAKE

Many recreational activities are scheduled for visitors at Carlyle Lake.  Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, presentations entitled “Feeling Froggy, Scavenger Hunt, and Lightning” are scheduled at various amphitheaters at the campgrounds.  Water games are planned at various beach areas Saturday and Sunday and you may tour the Carlyle Lake Dam Sunday, at 10:00 a.m.  For more information on activities and opportunities at Carlyle Lake, call the project office at 594-2484.

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OBITUARIES

Beatrice M. “Bea” Kniepmann

Beatrice M. “Bea” Kniepmann, age 89, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, June 5 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 9:00 a.m. at the Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to Friends Van at Saint Joseph’s Hospital or in the form of Masses.

Dennis A. Tebbe

Dennis A. Tebbe, age 55, of St. Rose, passed away Tuesday, June 5, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Rose Church.  Burial will be in the St. Rose Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Linda Willman

Linda, Mrs. Darrell Willman, age 87, of Highland, formerly of west of Greenville, passed away Monday, June 4 at Faith Care Center.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.  Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or Highland Home.

Lora Varner Giffen

Lora Varner Giffen, age 94, of Litchfield, formerly of Sorento, passed away Wednesday, June 6.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Sorento Assembly of God Church or the Radiant Life Assembly of God Church in Litchfield.

Charles “Chop” Bennett

Charles “Chop” Bennett, age 85, of Keyesport, passed away Tuesday, June 5 at his home.  Funeral arrangements for 85 year-old Charles “Chop” Bennett are incomplete at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.


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