03-19-2013

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POLICE STANDOFF IN TROY ENDS AFTER ALMOST 16 HOURS

An almost 16-hour standoff with police in Troy ended earlier today around 2:00 a.m.  According to Troy Police, they received a 911 call about an armed and possibly suicidal male subject in the 500 block of Woodthrush in Troy.  The as yet unnamed male barricaded himself inside and refused to surrender to police.  Troy police then started evacuation of the immediate area for the safety of local residents.  After negotiating with police for more than 12 hours the man stopped communicating with police.  Early this morning, police used a chemical irritant to force the man from the house.  The subject was then transported to the hospital for treatment of a self inflicted gunshot wound that police say he suffered prior to their arrival.  Several law enforcement agencies were involved including the ILEAS Special Response Team. 

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Pictures by local resident yesterday in Troy


CONSTRUCTION ON HARRIS AVENUE NEARLY COMPLETE

The construction on Harris Avenue is nearly complete.  The city is replacing water lines along the street.  Greenville Public Works Director Bill Grider said the new water lines are installed and all customers are hooked up to the new lines.  The old line is disconnected and out of service.  There is still some work to be done to sidewalks, roadways, and driveway entrances.  Bill said a new crew will begin working on these areas and should finish in about three weeks. For more information, call 664-1644.


BOND COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS SLIGHTLY LOWER WHEN COMPARED TO 2012

The January 2013 unemployment rate for the Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area was 10.3 percent, the same as in January 2012.  The unemployment  rate in Bond County dropped slightly from 9.9 percent in January 2012 to 9.7 percent in 2013.  Madison County showed a decline also from 10.1 in 2012 to 9.8 percent in 2013.  Two area counties showed increases.  The Clinton County rate increased from 9.2% in 2012 to 9.7% in 2013 and the St. Clair County unemployment rate increased from 10.5% to 11.0% over the same time period.


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ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME AT GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

The Greenville Comets and Lady Comets are hosting an Alumni Basketball Game Fundraiser Event Saturday, March 23, in the high school gymnasium.  Coach Todd Cantrill said this will be the first annual Comets/Lady Comets Alumni Basketball Game.  It is for all former GHS boys and girls who played basketball as seniors.  The girl’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the boys game will follow. Teams will be determined by the years the players graduated. Players who graduated in even numbered years will play those from odd numbered years. The cost to play is $20.00 per player.  Admission will be $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.  For more information, call the high school at 664-1370.


SHIMKUS TO MEET WITH CONSTITUENTS IN HIGHLAND

Congressman John Shimkus will meet local constituents in Madison County Friday, March 22, at the Highland City Hall, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  Shimkus said, “These one-on-one meetings give individuals privacy and allow them to speak honestly and openly with me about their concerns.”  Appointments are not required but are helpful in keeping wait time to a minimum.  For more information, to schedule an appointment, or if you need special accommodations, call 288-7190.   


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GRANTS AWARDED TO SCHOOL LIBRARIES

2013 District Library Program Grants have been awarded to school library media programs.  Locally, Bond County School District Unit 2 will get $1,384.50 and Mulberry Grove School District Unit 1 will get $735.50 to support reading for academics and enjoyment, library subscriptions to electronic resources, or improved technology to support student research.  


BOYS TRACK TEAM PREPARING FOR 2013 SEASON

Spring is just around the corner and spring sports teams are gearing up for a new season.  Greenville High School Boys Track Coach Harold File said they started practice about a month ago.  The weather has been pretty cold but the kids have been working hard.  They have a few returning sprinters this year.  They will compete at home against Hillsboro and Gillespie Tuesday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. They will also compete in the Litchfield Relays.  These events will give them a chance to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their team. 


ALL KPD SOCCER GAMES CANCELLED FOR THIS WEEK

All KPD soccer games have been cancelled for this week due to the condition of the fields and the weather.  Games will resume on Monday March 25th. 



OBITUARIES

Carolyn A. Creech

Carolyn A. Creech, age 71, of Alhambra, passed away Friday, March 15, at her home.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. at the Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra.  Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice.

David Cearlock

David L. Cearlock, age 57, of Vandalia, passed away Friday, March 15, at Fayette County Hospital.  A memorial service will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Mulberry Grove.  Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Mulberry Grove Building Fund or to an educational fund for Cearlock’s grandchildren.  Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia is in charge of arrangements.


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