08-14-2012

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GREENVILLE FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO TRUCK TIRE FIRE

Greenville Firefighters responded today, at 5:06 a.m., to a report of a tire fire on a semi truck.  According to the fire report, a tire on a semi truck blew out and friction ignited the tire.  The truck was westbound on I-70 at the 41 mile marker and pulled off the highway onto the off ramp.  Firefighters arrived to find tires on fire.  They extinguished the fire and were on the scene about an hour.  No injuries were reported and damage is estimated at approximately $5,000.00.


TRAFFIC SAFETY REMINDERS FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

With the start of another school year, Safety Education Officer Trooper Doug Francis reminds parents and drivers of safety tips to keep everyone safe.  If your child walks to school, plan the route to and from school and keep it as simple as possible.  Minimize the number of street crossings and walk the route with your child before the school year starts.  Remind your child to look both ways before crossing the street and walk with other children. 

Children should know important phone numbers.  Print the numbers on a business card, laminate it and put it in your child’s wallet or back pack.  When riding a bicycle to school, obey all traffic laws.  When transporting children, make sure everyone wears a seat belt.  Children on a school bus should sit down, face forward, and keep arms and heads inside the bus.  When getting on and off the bus, do not linger in the ten foot area around the bus, called the “Danger Zone,” where children are most likely to be injured because the driver cannot see them.  Having a safe school year requires everyone to think safety.


MULBERRY GROVE FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO POWER POLE FIRE

Mulberry Grove Firefighters responded Monday, at 8:05 a.m., to a report of a power pole fire on Sewer Plant Road at the Sewer Plant.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the fire was restricted to the pole which will probably need replacing.  The cause of the fire is unknown and firefighters were on the scene about half an hour.


MORE PEOPLE VISIT ILLINOIS IN 2011

According to information from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, the number of visitors to Illinois in 2011 increased 10.2 percent over 2010.  Statewide, 93.3 million people visited Illinois in 2011, surpassing the previous record of 91 million in 2006.  Chicago hosted 1,199,000 overseas visitors in 2011 and the Illinois tourism industry generated nearly $31.8 billion in revenue in 2011.


SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS GROWTH ALLIANCE TO MEET

The South Central Illinois Growth Alliance is scheduled to meet Wednesday, August 22, at the Bradford Bank Community Building.  Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting following.  The guest speaker is Mary DeMarco from ConEdison Solutions.  She will talk about energy efficiency in Illinois with special emphasis on incentives, grants, and economic benefits for communities.  Following the meeting, attendees will tour the DeMoulin Museum.  No planning meeting is scheduled prior to this regular meeting.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by email to sciga@kaskaskia.edu.


GREENVILLE CEMETERY BOARD TO MEET

The Greenville Cemetery Board is scheduled to meet Friday, August 17, at 10:30 a.m., at the Montrose Cemetery Mausoleum.  The agenda includes a discussion for use of the remaining funds from Lindley Monument settlement, inspection of the mausoleum, review of road work at Montrose Cemetery, inspection of the cemetery, and recommendations to the city manager.


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EMERGENCY DROUGHT TELENET FOR HORSE OWNERS

Area horse owners are invited to participate in a free informational, question and answer telenet session, sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, to help understand your options during this year’s drought.  The 1 ½ - two-hour session is Tuesday, August 21, starting at 6:00 p.m.  There is no fee but pre-registration is requested by August 20.  Participants must have a phone, email, computer, and internet access.  Call-in details will be provided upon registration.  For more information or to register, call Ellen at 815-732-2191. 

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OBITUARIES

Cornelius G. “Cornie” Renschen

Cornelius G. “Cornie” Renschen, age 82, of Breese passed away Sunday, August 12 at Country Side Manor in Aviston. A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic / St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 - 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese. Breese American Legion services will be Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Mae L. Laws

Mae L. Laws, age 90, of Keyesport, passed away Sunday, August 12 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville. Graveside services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport. Friends are asked to gather at the cemetery. Memorials are suggested to McKendree Chapel Cemetery or to the Keyesport Methodist Church.

Laura Slatton Zeller Plunkett

Laura Slatton Zeller Plunkett, age 51, of near Mettlerville, passed away Monday, August 13, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.  Funeral arrangements for 51 year-old Laura Slatton Zeller Plunkett are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


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