02-22-2013

 




MAJOR WINTER STORM HITS AREA

A major winter storm hit our area yesterday.  At one point, snowfall was rated at more than an inch an hour. Outside the WGEL studio, more than five inches were measured before the snow changed to sleet.  All three recording stations in Greenville had 5 inches of snow and 1/8 of an inch of ice. Interstate 70 westbound was shut down for a time due to an accident near mile marker 35.  Bond County Deputies and Pocahontas-Old Ripley EMS and Firefighters assisted Illinois State Police at the scene of the accident on Interstate 70. A Bond County Deputy responded Thursday, at 5:53 p.m., to a single-vehicle non-injury accident, due to the slick roads, on Rt.143 at Rt. 127. Snowplow trucks have been working throughout the night to clear the roads. If you have any pictures you would like to share please send them to tom@wgel.com and include your name and where the picture was taken.

The storm began as sleet, then very heavy snow, then sleet again and ended with freezing rain. Temperatures are expected to climb above freezing today to around 36 in Bond County. Tune to WGEL Radio for the latest on closings and reschedulings. Mayor Alan Gaffner told WGEL that the city employees did a great job working in shifts to clean the roads for today, and Gaffner also said thank you to Greenville City Police and their hard work during the winter storm. The National Weather Service said the highest snow total recorded yesterday was in Hannibal Missouri with 13.5 inches of snow.  

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CELEBRITY JUDGE FOR 2013 CAR SHOW

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce announced the celebrity judge for this year’s car show.  Chamber Executive Director John Goldsmith said Donna Douglas, who played Ellie Mae Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies in the 1960’s, will be this year’s celebrity judge at the Greenville Graffiti Car Show.  She will sign autographs, be a celebrity judge for the car show, and participate in a question and answer session with fans at the end of the day.  The car show is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, in downtown Greenville.  For more information, call the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.


KASSIDY ALDERMAN HITS SIX MORE THREES

Lady Comet Kassidy Alderman hit six threes at the state three point competition Thursday night.  Lady Hilltopper Kennah White advanced to the final four.  Kassidy missed advancing by only two shots.  The leader in Thursday’s round hit ten threes and the other top four made nine, eight, and eight respectively.  Congratulations to Kassidy Alderman on a great run to state in the three point competition. 


MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION ADOPTS PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS

The Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting Tuesday began with a public hearing, at 6:45 p.m., concerning the summer school lunch opt-out and holiday waiver.  Regional Superintendent of Schools Julie Wollerman presented information on the items for board consideration.

In the regular meeting at 7:00, Superintendent Mike Gauch reported the district received the first categorical state aid payment of the school year and general state aid payments are coming in on time.  If no categorical state aid payment for transportation is received, the transportation fund will borrow again next month.

Elementary Principal Annette Hartlieb said students participated in the Valentines for Veterans Program again this year and PE Teacher Mr. Justin Joiner is sponsoring a “Jump Rope for Heart” event raising money for the American Heart Association.

High School Principal Ryan Bauer congratulated 7th Grade Basketball Coach Mike Gauch and his team on finishing 3rd in the state basketball tournament.  Bauer said juniors will take a practice ACT test March 19 in preparation for the PSA-ACT test later this spring.

The board adopted the summer school lunch opt-out and holiday waiver proposals.  Due to prohibitive costs, lunch will not be offered at summer school. 

Superintendent Gauch said negotiations with the MGEA are progressing smoothly and one more meeting should complete the process.

The next meeting is Monday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m.


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CARLYLE LAKE DAM WEST BOAT RAMP CLOSED FOR POLAR PLUNGE

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge is Saturday, February 23, in the Dam West Day Use Area at Carlyle Lake.  To accommodate the Polar Plunge, the Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed from Friday, February 22, at noon through Saturday, February 23, at 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call 594-2484.  


GREENVILLE FFA WEEK ACTIVITY SCHEDULE CHANGES

Greenville FFA Week Activities scheduled this week have been changed due to hazardous winter weather conditions.  FFA Advisor Steve Zimmerman said the petting zoo will be Tuesday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  The work auction will also be Tuesday, February 26, with the meal at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria and the auction at 7:30 in the library.  For more information, call the high school at 664-1370.



OBITUARIES

William M. “Bill” Burke

William M. “Bill” Burke, age 65, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, February 20, at his home.  A memorial service will be Sunday, at 7:00 p.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 33, low 21

SUNDAY - mostly sunny, high 42, low 31


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Brian McElroy of Bond County Real Stars.  Brian and Michelle will talk about the Bond County Real Stars Program, what they do and who they help, as well as some easy ways you may help brighten a child’s day. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.

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