08-22-2012

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I-64 INJURED AND FALLEN BENEFIT A HUGE SUCCESS

The organizers of the I-64 Injured and Fallen Workers benefit hoped to raise funds and awareness last Saturday at Pocahontas.  They were extremely successful at both. Dan Sidwell, one of the organizers, said approximately 2,000 people showed up to the benefit throughout the day.  It was a real community effort to put this benefit together and everyone had a blast.  Sidwell said he has never seen a turnout like that in Pocahontas.  He thanked everyone involved including those who made donations, worked at the event, or came to participate.  The benefit raised funds and awareness for a really great cause. Sidwell helped spread the message to everyone to be very careful in work zones, don't text or be on your cell phones to help avoid accidents.

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GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SHOWS GRAND CHAMPION AT STATE FAIR

Joshua Laesch, a 16 year-old junior at Greenville High School and a member of the Greenville FFA and Showstring 4-H Club, took Grand Champion Awards last week at the Illinois State Fair.  According to his mother Emily, Thursday, Joshua showed his four year-old Guernsey cow in the Junior Division for entrants age 21 and younger and she was the Grand Champion in that division.  Friday he showed her in the Open Show for all ages and entries and she placed Grand Champion in the Open Show.  Saturday, Joshua showed in the Supreme Champion Class for all Grand Champions of the six dairy breeds.  In the Junior Supreme Class, she was named Reserve Grand Champion which is second place in the class.  Congratulations Joshua on a great job at the Illinois State Fair.

 

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UNIT 2 SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE LESS STATE AID THAN EXPECTED

Superintendent Jeff Strieker told the unit 2 school board Monday night the projected state aid payment for fiscal year 2012-2013 is $700,000.00 less than expected. Strieker said with this decrease several funds will be in a deficit. The district received the first Bond County tax distribution August 2, of $3,777,000.00 and $26,900.00 from Montgomery County Taxes in July.

The board adopted the tentative fiscal year 2013 budget, and set the budget hearing for September 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Media Center before the regular school board meeting.

The Buildings, Grounds and Transportation committee presented items for approval. Items included a much needed re-surfacing project on Junior High Lane at a total cost of $20,166.00, the purchase of a new 2013 Freightliner bus (with trade-in of three older busses) for $46,148.00, the purchase of two newer vans for a cost of $35,785.00 and proposed giving the superintendent authority to seek bids for an 18 x 32 expansion of the transportation building.

The Board then went into executive session to discuss personnel.


NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSS WALK SIGNS

You may have noticed a few new signs around Greenville.  The city recently installed pedestrian cross walk signs at various locations around town.  Drivers are required to come to a complete stop at these crosswalk locations when a pedestrian is crossing the road.

This sign at the corner of 3rd & Main


IT DID NOT RAIN FOR LONG OR MUCH BUT EVERY LITTLE BIT IS NICE

The rain yesterday morning was not the soaking kind that is so needed in our area, but every little bit helps.  .04 fell at all three measuring stations in Greenville and .05 here at WGEL Radio. 

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OBITUARIES

Marguerite C. derNederlanden

Marguerite C. derNederlanden, age 85, of Alhambra, passed away Tuesday, August 21, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral services will be Sunday, at 6:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens South in Davie, Florida on Wednesday the 29th. Friends may call Sunday, from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Scholarships to Kanakuk Institute.

Viola C. Twenhafel   

Viola C. Twenhafel, age 83, of rural Carlyle, passed away Monday, August 20 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Funeral services will be Friday, at noon, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoffman.  Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle and Friday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School.


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