11-26-2012

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MARCHING COMETS GET THIRD AT ST. LOUIS THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

The Greenville Comets Marching Band participated in the 2012 St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Mr. Ryan Thomason told WGEL last year the band got 6th place.  It was the first time they competed in the parade and they tried to learn from their judge’s notes and the other bands.  Thomason said the kids all worked very hard and they purchased Santa hats with "Comets" embroidered on them.  They also sent their drum majors to camp, which paid off big for the Marching Comets.  Drum Majors Blake Knox and Emma Richardson received the award for best overall drum majors in the parade.  The song the Comets played was called “Holly Jolly Holiday,” a mix of three different songs.  Thomason said they are excited about receiving their trophy in the mail.  The competition had no divisions. The Comets were competing against 11 other schools, including much larger schools such as Belleville West and Collinsville.

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL IN ALL TWELVE METRO AREAS

According to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, October unemployment rates fell in every metro area compared to last year and are at their lowest levels for the month since 2008.  The unemployment rate in the Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical area dropped to 8.2 percent, down from 9.7 percent in 2011.  Locally, the Bond County rate fell from 8.7 percent to 7.6 percent.  In Clinton County, the rate dropped from 7.8 – 6.8 percent, Madison County 9.3 – 7.9 percent and St. Clair County went from 10.8 – 9 percent.

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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CONTINUE INVESTIGATION OF APPARENT MURDER/SUICIDE

Illinois State Police and East St. Louis Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide at a residence on North 75th Street in East St. Louis.  According to information from the Illinois State Police at Collinsville, the St. Clair County Coroner’s office identified the deceased as Dorothy C. McCaskill, age 66, found in the front room of the residence shot several times.  Her estranged husband, Bobby G. Stewart, age 69, was found in a second floor bedroom, dead from an apparent self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.  Two firearms were recovered inside the residence.  The daughter of the two deceased persons was treated at a St. Louis area hospital for multiple gunshot wounds to the leg she suffered as she fled the residence following the shooting of her mother.  Autopsies are scheduled and the investigation continues.

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UNIQUE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS AT HOLIDAY BAZAAR JEWELRY BOOTH

One of the longest-running booths at the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar is the Jewelry Booth.  This year the booth will feature a wide variety of unique Christmas ornaments fashioned from broken pieces of jewelry.  A collection of decorative pins will also be available.  The 55th Annual Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, December 1, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Greenville Free Methodist Church.


COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

It was a big night in Greenville Saturday as the Greenville Business and Professional Association presented their Annual Come Home for Christmas complete with this year’s turning on the courthouse lights. The Bond County Courthouse will once again sparkle with thousands of lights during the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Clause arrived, carolers sang, there was a toy train display, a Christmas tree auction, hot cider, candy canes, kettle corn, and much more. The holiday season is once again in full swing in downtown Greenville. 

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Bond County Courthouse All in Lights

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Trolly Rides part of Come Home for Christmas

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CHAMBER RIBBON CUTTING

There was another Greenville Chamber of Commerce Ribbon cutting to celebrate a new business in Greenville. “Lost in the 50’s Antiques and Collectibles” is now open on the east side of the Greenville square at 112 North Second Street. The new store features vintage toys, model cars, posters, and much more all with a link to the 1950’s.


DOCTOR HAROLD GEHRIG SCHOLARSHIP         

Dr. Harold W. Gehrig believed in service and spent his life serving others through his work as veterinarian at Greenville Veterinary Clinic, his church, and a livestock and crop producer.  To commemorate his dedication to service, the Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District started the Dr. Harold W. Gehrig Memorial Scholarship for students currently enrolled in college, majoring in agriculture, natural resources, or veterinary medicine.  Applicants must be graduates of Greenville of Mulberry Grove High Schools.  Applications are due by December 31.  For more information, call the Bond County Soil & Water Conservation District office at 664-0555.

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TOLONO FINISHES SECOND IN THE STATE

Friday the team that defeated the Greenville Comets in the State Class 3A final four football playoffs met Aurora Christian in the State Final game in Champaign. Aurora Christian defeated the Tolono Unity Rockets by the score of 42 to 12 to take the State 3A Championship.


OBITUARIES

Mary E. Burke

Mary E. Burke, age 84, of Highland, passed away Friday, November 23, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Private graveside services will be Thursday, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Highland.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Joseph’s Hospital Building for Tomorrow.

Virginia E. “Ginny” Winter

Virginia E. “Ginny” Winter, age 86, of Huntsville, Arkansas, formerly of Carlyle, passed away Wednesday, November 21 at the Veteran’s Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Monday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle. 


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