03-15-2013

 




GREENVILLE LAUNCHES DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT GRANT

According to Greenville Economic Development Director Scott Lurkins, the city is continuing a grant program to improve the facade of downtown Greenville.  The Downtown Improvement and Renovation Grant Program seeks to increase the economic vitality and dynamic nature of downtown Greenville by improving the facade of buildings, improving appropriate signage, increasing the availability and convenience of downtown parking, and maintaining the overall historic significance of downtown Greenville.  The program will offer a 50/50 matching grant up to $2,500.00 to eligible business and property owners within the Downtown Central Redevelopment TIF District.  Projects will be awarded on a competitive basis following an internal review.  A more detailed description of the new grant program, requirements, and application criteria are located on the City website at www.GreenvilleIllinois.com under the economic development department.   

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FINAL PERFORMANCES OF GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOLS SPRING MUSICAL

The final performances of Greenville High School’s spring production of The Music Man are Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, at 7:00 p.m., at the High School.  Shawn Cox said the show setting is a small town in Iowa in 1912.  It is about a less-than-honorable traveling salesman who comes to town attempting to sell a boys band.  During the course of the show, he falls in love with the town piano teacher/librarian who changes him for the better.  The show features the songs 76 Trombones, Trouble, and Till There Was You.  Tickets are available at Watson’s Drug Store or at the High School office.  For more information, call the school at 664-1370.


ILLINOIS SENATE HONORS TROOPER KYLE DEATHERAGE

It was a somber day in Springfield yesterday as the Illinois Senate paid tribute to Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage, who was killed in the line of duty last November.  Senator Kyle McCarter sponsored a Senate Resolution honoring the trooper.  During a ceremony at the capitol, Senator McCarter said Trooper Deatherage’s death was a tragic loss.  32 year-old Deatherage was killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 55, north of Litchfield.  Trooper Deatherage’s family was present at the ceremony.  The Senate also had a moment of silence in his honor.


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BOND COUNTY REAL STARS FUND RAISING BAZAAR TOMORROW

The Bond County Real Stars Baseball League for Disabled Children is having a fund raising bazaar tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church.  Brian McElroy said Wes Pourchot will be cooking great BBQ and there will be other food, fun, and games for all ages.  Several vendors will be on hand and Easter pictures with live bunnies will be available.  For more information, call 367-6114.


GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WYSE TEAM MEMBER ADVANCES TO STATE

The Greenville High School WYSE team recently competed at the sectional competition.  Team sponsor Marsha Disch said they did quite well at the sectional competition.  They had three students advance from regionals, Seth Lohman, Hayden File, and Madi Calvin.  Madi placed 3rd in Mathematics, while Hayden placed 1st in Chemistry and 2nd in Mathematics.  Hayden will continue on to the state competition Wednesday, April 10, at the University of Illinois. According to Disch, approximately 22 students competed in the chemistry and mathematics sections of the sectional.

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WOODWORKING SHOP FIRE NEAR HIGHLAND

Highland-Pierron Firefighters responded Wednesday, at 7:07 a.m., to a report of smoke coming from a garage at a residence on Hill Road.  According to Fire Chief Steve Plocher, when firefighters arrived, there was smoke coming from the eaves of a garage woodworking shop.  Damage was limited to a work bench and some tools.  There was also smoke damage to the building.  Damage is estimated at approximately $5,000.00.  The cause of the fire was spontaneous combustion due to oily rags left in a pile on the work bench.  There were no injuries and firefighters were on the scene about an hour.



OBITUARIES

Arlene E. Kirsch

Arlene E. Kirsch, age 85, of St. Jacob, passed away Thursday, March 14, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


WEATHER

SATURDAY - mostly cloudy, high 50, low 33

SUNDAY - mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers, high 42, low 36


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio.  Michelle’s guest this week is Ryan Mifflin, Director of Marketing, Communication, and Advancement at Greenville Regional Hospital.  They will talk about the upcoming Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair, some of the tests and information available this year, and how you may pre-register.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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