02-07-2013

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DOZENS GATHER FOR NEW FACES AND PLACES MEETING

Dozens of local businessmen and women gathered Wednesday morning at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church Hall for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce New Faces and Places meeting.  For part of the meeting, the crowd heard from Scott Lurkins from the city of Greenville on the possible new growth on the horizon for Greenville including the latest on the Molinero plant.  Lurkins said Molinero still plans on utilizing the Greenville facility and could be in operation by summer.  More information is expected to be released in the spring concerning the new rail business to locate in the Kelsey Industrial Park.  Lurkins mentioned the possibility of new retail stores locating in Greenville. 

New chamber members and those that had moved to new positions were introduced.  Those interested in joining the Greenville Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to call the office at 664-9272. 

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Scott Lurkins speaking at the New Faces and Places Meeting

Picture from the Greenville Chamber of Commerce


FORMER MADISON COUNTY TREASURER FACES UP TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON FOR TAX SALES SCHEME

Former Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon plead guilty in US District Court Tuesday to violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.  According to the Department of Justice press release, during the tax sales conducted in 2005-2008, Bathon structured the sales in a way that eliminated competitive bidding and allowed the tax buyers to engage in price fixing by only bidding the statutory maximum interest rate of 18%. In addition to awarding properties at non-competitive interest rates, Bathon also used a seating chart to ensure his largest campaign contributors were recognized by the auctioneer as the winning bidder.  Bathon faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to one million dollars.  Bathon also faces losing his state pension under the so called “Ryan Rule” named after former Governor George Ryan who was also convicted on federal corruption charges. 

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton said, “This particular investigation is far from finished, but I will continue to investigate violators wherever they are found.”

 

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BOND COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW STILL ONLY HAS TWO MEMBERS

The Bond County Board voted twice in recent meetings to approve Wes Pourchot's appointment to the board of review, but announced at Tuesday morning’s board meeting Pourchot will not serve on the Board of Review at this time.  There is a disagreement about which political party affiliation the third board of review member should have.  According to Elmore, if the previous Bond County Board had appointed the third member of the board of review that person would have been required to be a Democrat.  However no one was appointed.  In the November 2012 election Republican Rex Catron received the most votes of any county wide official in a contested race.  That would mean the third member of the Board of Review now would be required to be a Republican.   

Elmore called both votes to approve Pourchot to the board of review, “technically flawed.”  He said State’s Attorney Chris Bauer has written to the Attorney General for an opinion on the issue of party affiliation for the third member of the Board of Review.  Elmore said he will delay appointing another member to the Board of Review until the Attorney General's opinion is received or until the appointment is necessary for the Board of Review to do their work.   


BOND COUNTY REAL STARS FUND RAISING BAZAAR

The Bond County Real Stars Baseball League for Disabled Children is having a fund raising bazaar Saturday, March 16, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the First Christian Church.  Wes Pourchot will be cooking great BBQ and there will be other food, fun, and games for all ages.  Vendors will be on hand and a silent auction is planned.  Easter pictures with live bunnies will be available.  So mark your calendar for Saturday, March 16 to attend the Bond County Real Stars Baseball League for Disabled Children fund raising bazaar, starting at 9:00 a.m., at the First Christian Church.  For more information, call 367-6114.

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OBITUARIES

Virginia C. Rinderer

Virginia C. Rinderer, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, February 3, at the Forum at Brookside in Louisville, Kentucky.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

William M. Voegele, Jr. 

William M. Voegele, Jr., age 69, of Pinellas Park, Florida, formerly of Keyesport, passed away Sunday, February 3, at Bay Pines V. A. Hospital in Bay Pines, Florida.  A Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery west of Keyesport, with full military honors.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Memorials are suggested to Suncrest Hospice in Clearwater, Florida.


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