Last month, Carlisle SynTec announced their plan to add the manufacturing of PVC roofing material to their Greenville facility.  The addition of the PVC manufacturing will add jobs and infrastructure to the existing plant.  According to Greenville Economic Development Coordinator Scott Lurkins, the first year of setting up the new manufacturing will bring an additional 25 jobs to Carlisle SynTec along with an additional $25 million investment in the Greenville facility.  More jobs and investment are expected to follow once the initial process is completed and production begins.  PVC roofing material is expected to be ready to ship in the first quarter of 2014.   



The Greenville City Council met Tuesday and approved the street overlay project for the Downtown Square.  The city received an excellent price from the state and the project is in the city budget.  The overlay is scheduled for July.

The council approved the application for a low-interest, Illinois EPA loan for a Harris Avenue water main project.  The loan is for $700,000.00 at 2.2% and 25% of the loan principle will be forgiven by the state as the loan is repaid.  The $58,000.00 to pay for the construction engineering for the project, which will be paid from the IEPA loan, was also approved.

The council voted to extend the Utility Consultant Service.  In the 24 months the consultant has been advising the city regarding plan selection and other savings, the city saved nearly $78,000.00 with consultant fees of approximately $11,000.00.  The agreement is extended to April 2013.

After agreeing on 5 of the 6 revisions to the Liquor Control Ordinance, the council discussed the differences between Class B and Class C licenses and differences in the rules regarding outdoor signage for each.  Under the current ordinance, a license holder selling gasoline may not display liquor signage outside the business.  Businesses not selling gasoline may display the signage.  Council members expressed a variety of opinions on the matter.  City Manager, Dave Willey, was instructed to bring two revisions of the ordinance to the next meeting, one disallowing all outdoor signage and one allowing all signage.

The council continued last month’s discussion on the new state laws regarding video gaming.  The city currently has a ban on gambling but there is still some question as to whether banning the gaming would cause state funding issues in the future and whether the state might pass legislation overriding local bans as they did with the Lottery.  The discussion will continue next month.

The council voted not to lease a new vehicle used by the city manager and other city employees.

Following an executive session, the council voted to accept a proposal regarding the Fraternal Order of Police contract which will phase in employee contributions for insurance at 5% during this policy period and 10% in the next policy period.




The Greenville Graffiti Car Show is Saturday, June 16 with many activities planned. Greenville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Goldsmith said registration is from 9:00 a.m. - noon, with judging beginning at noon.  Food booths will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., with awards at 3:00.  Mickey Mouse and Spongebob will be there from 10:00 a.m. - noon and Bo Hopkins and Candy Clark, two of the actors from the movie "American Graffiti," will be signing autographs from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Rams Cheerleaders will be doing free autographs and pictures from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  After the car show, there will be a free showing of the movie "American Graffiti" at the Globe Theater, starting at 4:30.  At 4:00 before the movie, there will be a special question and answer session with Hopkins and Clark. 

Sh-Boom, the very popular oldies band from St. Louis, will be playing at the Bradford National Bank parking lot, from 5:00 - 8:00.  For more information, call the Greenville Tourism/Chamber Office at 664-9272.


Students at Mulberry Grove Elementary will soon be seeing the fruits of their labor.  P.E. teacher Justin Joiner said they started the garden for the P.E. program.  Money raised through produce sales will be used to purchase P.E. equipment, and help teach students how to eat healthy.  They hope to show the kids there are tasty and healthy alternatives to snack and junk foods.  The students brought in plants they wanted to taste or see grow.  Joiner said they have a little bit of everything including eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, corn, turnips, and radishes.  For more information about the garden, call the school at 326-8811.


A handicapped accessible playground in Breese will be name “Hannah’s Playground” in honor of Hannah Berndsen who passed away in January at the age of seven.  The fund raising campaign kicks off Saturday, June 23, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Breese Northside Park East Pavilion.  There will be free popcorn and soda, kids games, a bags tournament at 2:30, and a dance following at the Breese Legion with proceeds benefiting Hannah’s Playground, Clinton County Special Olympics, and Community Link.  For more information, call 304-2779.



Ruth A. Cherry

Ruth A. Cherry, age 50, of Salem, passed away Tuesday, June 12 at Doctor’s Nursing & Rehab Center in Salem.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Highland Southern Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger funeral home and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Challenge Unlimited or Community Link in Breese.

Elizabeth Mollett

Elizabeth Mollett, age 84, of north of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, June 13 at Helia Health Care.  Funeral arrangements for 84 year-old Elizabeth Mollett are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

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