Frank Joy is this year’s Gerald Turley Memorial Award winner.  This year’s Turley honoree began working part-time at Bradford National Bank in 1970, became a full-time employee in 1973, and was bank president in 1993.  Under his guidance, the bank has grown to four locations and $250 million in total assets.  Frank has served 30 years on the Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors, 20 years on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, is treasurer for the Bond County Salvation Army, and has served on many community boards and associations.  Frank will receive the honor later this spring at a ceremony hosted by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about the Gerald Turley Memorial Award, call the chamber office at 664-9272.


The 2013 All South Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes Home Team Fundraiser Banquet will be Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Armington Center at Greenville College.  Ish Smith of the local FCA said there is no charge for the banquet, however attendees will be able to make a donation if they wish.  This year’s guest speaker is legendary University of Nebraska Football Coach Tom Osborne.  Smith said Osborne is one of the top coaches in the history of college football.  He has written several books on leadership, faith, and football.  In addition to his incredible achievements in sports and academics, Osborne also served in the United States Congress for six years.  For more information about the banquet or to make a reservation, call the FCA office at 664-1747.



The Greenville City Council met Tuesday.  The meeting started with a Unit 2 Character Education presentation from Jay Winter, Brad Turner, Chris Bauer and Lorna Stowers.  The topic for the monthly presentation was Caring, but the big topic was the schools’ anti-bullying campaign. 

The council heard a presentation by NewWave Communication.  Rural Broadband Investments is buying NewWave. Company representatives said there will be no change in anything except ownership.  Bills, rates, where you pay and who you call with problems will not change.  The council approved the transfer of the cable franchise.
The council discussed a Zoning Board of Appeals recommendation regarding a Carlisle Syntec variance request to allow an 80 ft. tower which is 20 ft. higher than code.  The variance was approved.

The city received an inquiry about the possibility of the city selling a small parcel of property on Governor Bond Lake.  Willey said the council needs to determine if there is any interest in selling property at the lake and if there is interest, what the procedures would be for selling the property as outlined by state statute.  The council asked Willey to prepare a map showing property owned, the approximate value of it and some of the parcels that might be helpful to keep.

The council discussed a question regarding electrical aggregation.  If aggregation is passed in the April referendum, the city has the option to collect fees that might amount to $15,000.00, intended to offset increased costs.  Willey said he believes there will not be significant ongoing costs and recommended the savings remain with the consumer. If costs do increase, the issue could be revisited whenever future contracts for pricing were renewed.  The council agreed.


Congratulations to the Greenville Comets Scholar Bowl Team for their amazing season which ended Saturday at Sectionals.  Coach Jay Winter said the Comets won their first two matches against Collinsville and Mt. Vernon but were defeated by Carbondale, who now advances to the state finals.  Coach Winter gives credit to his students for dedicating so much time and effort to the team.  Although they will lose several talented seniors this year, Coach Winter said they have a strong JV team and have high hopes for the team next year.  The Comets finished the season with a record of 58-34.


At the recent Patoka Village Board meeting, the board opened three bids for a nine acre tract of land, previously advertised for sale.  Chris Murray’s bid of $27,550.00 was accepted.

A cemetery fund raiser event is scheduled for Sunday, April 7.  A fish and chicken buffet dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Patoka Civic Center.

This year’s Arbor Day event is Saturday, April 27, at the Patoka Park.  The focus will be replacement of several trees that have died or have been cut down.

There will be one more meeting to discuss electric aggregation.  The meeting is Wednesday, March 13, at 4:00 p.m., in the Village Hall Conference Room.



Sandy Stanley

Sandy R. Stanley, age 52, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, March 12, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  No funeral services are planned.  Friends may call Sunday, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Marine.  Memorials are suggested to the Siteman Cancer Center.

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