The Greenville City Council met Tuesday night. Video Gaming was discussed. Lenny Rakers with Grand River Jackpot and Lance Griffith of B & B Amusement spoke for the gaming industry.  They explained how various gaming locations would operate and addressed questions on restrictions to access of gaming rooms, establishments allowed to have machines, and the income that would be generated to the city. The Video Gaming Ordinance was passed. It restricts the Video Gaming Terminals or VGT’s geographically, to an area south of a line 500 feet north of State Route 40. It further restricts the VGT’s to bars, restaurants, truck stops, and fraternal/veteran organizations which have a liquor license.  This means no video gaming downtown or anywhere more than 500 feet north of Rt. 40.   

The council passed a proposal to remove the old water plant building and decided to purchase a new John Deer Flex Wing Mower. They agreed to a new Pureline Service agreement, expected to save the city $5,000.00 per year on its Chlorine Dioxide use for the city’s water supply. It changes the charge to a fixed price as opposed to a usage charge.


Bond County Deputies responded to the scene of a one-car accident Wednesday, at 8:24 a.m.  According to the accident report, James D. Harris, age 48, of Mulberry Grove, was southbound on the Red Ball Trail, approximately 1/8th of a mile north of Eighteenth Avenue.  Harris said he was distracted by his passenger, 45 year-old Angelia M. Harris, also of Mulberry Grove, which caused him to go off of the right hand side of the road.  Harris' car then went across the road towards the left side of the road and flipped approximately three times.  Both occupants said they were not wearing their seatbelts.  Bond County EMS took them to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment.



According to Matt Willman with the City of Greenville, Governor Bond Lake is abnormally low for this time of year but nothing to be concerned about at this time.  Due to the lack of rain and humidity, the lake has been losing as much as a half inch of water a day. However, at this time no water conservation orders have been issued.  Willman told WGEL at the end of this month, if conditions have not improved, they will evaluate the lake’s levels and decide whether or not any sort of conservation order should be enacted.


Greenville Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 4:49 p.m., to a report of a yard fire at a residence on Blue Street. It was determined children had been playing with fireworks in the front yard and the fireworks ignited grass in the yard and a tree. Firefighters put out the flames and wet down the area. Damage was estimated at $700.00. They were on the scene about 35 minutes.


Air conditioners have been working full blast the past few days.  Stacey Shangraw from Ameren Illinois said if it is possible, turn up your air conditioner thermostat a few degrees.  Try to reduce the use of heat-creating appliances by cooking outdoors or hanging your clothes outside to dry instead of using your ovens or dryers.  Keep your blinds, curtains,  and shades closed during the day to reduce effects of solar heating.  Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs is another way to be more efficient.  Approximately 90% of the energy used in an incandescent bulb is in the form of heat and 10% is light. 



Mary C. Lauer  

Mary C. Lauer, age 93, of New Baden, passed away Wednesday, July 11.  A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in New Baden.  Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to Resurrection Cemetery or to the Clinton Manor Activity Fund.

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