EARLY MORNING HOUSE FIRE ON WINTER AVENUE IN GREENVILLE
Greenville Firefighters responded this morning at 12:05, to a report of a fire at a residence on Winter Avenue at Third Street. According to Fire Chief Bill Johnston, the fire was confined to the kitchen but the home sustained extensive damage with smoke and water damage throughout. Damage is estimated at $30,000.00. The cause is currently unknown and an investigator from the Illinois Fire Marshal’s Office will arrive today to help determine the cause. Bill said there is nothing suspicious about the fire but the fire marshal’s office is well equipped to determine the cause of such fires. Mulberry Grove Firefighters responded at 12:31 a.m. providing mutual aid with manpower. There were no injuries and fire department personnel were on the scene about 1 ½ hours.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce September Business-After-Hours event was Thursday evening at the new Dream Weddings and Sweetest Things location on the north side of the Greenville square. Chamber Executive Director John Goldsmith said there was a really nice turnout at the event. He thinks everyone is interested in the success story behind Dream Weddings and Sweetest Things. Everyone is happy they have joined forces to provide a comprehensive service to the community. Kim Cruse from Dream Weddings said they have worked very hard on the new location and are excited to offer their services to the area. They provided many sweets, cupcakes, and other goodies for those in attendance.
DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVE STATEWIDE
The National Weather Service updated their Drought Report Thursday. Conditions have significantly improved across much of Illinois thanks to the rain from Hurricane Isaac. Jim Kramper at the National Weather Service Office in St. Louis said this drought has been referred to as a "flash drought." He explained that although the drought has been intense, it really did not start until late spring. This is somewhat different than what we normally see. Kramper said when you have a short-term drought like this and you get a major rain event, it can put a large dent in the drought conditions. The rain from Isaac lowered many areas in Illinois from extreme and exceptional drought categories to moderate and severe. Although the drought is not over, conditions have certainly improved.
BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 REPLACES “ALERT NOW” SYSTEM
Bond County Unit 2 is replacing the “Alert Now” system with a new system that will allow parents and students to receive school information via text or email. Greenville High School Principal Wendy Porter told WGEL it is just a new message system. Parents will still receive phone calls and emails just as they did before. The new program is cheaper and updates information automatically every night. Parents will be able to make changes to their information from home instead of calling during office hours. Parents will also be able to list more numbers than before for their emergency contacts.
NATIONAL ROAD ASSOCIATION HOSTS AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
The National Road Association recently hosted an American Red Cross blood drive at the St. Nicholas Church Hall in Pocahontas. Thirty-four persons registered with 27 units collected, topping their goal by two units. Kate Goestenkors received a thirteen gallon pin and Bob Walker received a blood-drop first-time donor pin.
CUB SCOUTS SIGN UP NIGHTS
Tuesday, September 11, is Cub Scout sign-up night at the Greenville Elementary School. Cub Scout Pack 4050 is having a back-to-school night for recruiting new Cub Scouts, in the Greenville Elementary School Cafeteria, at 7:00 p.m. Cup Scout Pack 4059 will be also be recruiting that night at the Mulberry Grove Elementary School, starting at 6:00 p.m. Scouting is the foremost youth program for boys, ages 7-11, and incorporates outdoor activities, sports, and academics, and helps teach ideals such as honesty, good citizenship, and respect. They participate in the annual pinewood derby, several downhill soapbox car races, rain gutter regattas, and more. This year, they will be building small rockets. For more information, call Cub Master Greg at 664-9735.
Earl “Bub” Best
Earl “Bub” Best, age 80, of Glen Carbon, formerly of Sorento, passed away Friday, at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville. Funeral services are Monday, at 11:00 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Douglas. Burial is in New Douglas Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Sorento Food Pantry or Immanuel Lutheran Church. The Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements.
Wardene Hill, age 92, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, September 8 at Breese Nursing Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Burial will be in Montrose Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Central Christian Church or to Hannah’s Play Ground in Breese.
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