04-17-2013

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ALHAMBRA BANK ROBBED TUESDAY AFTERNOON

The National Bank in Alhambra was robbed Tuesday, at 1:43 p.m., according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.  According to a bank employee, a male subject entered through the front door holding a handgun and demanding money.  An undetermined amount of money was taken and the suspect fled on foot.  No one at the bank was injured.  A K-9 unit from Collinsville responded as did the Illinois State Police.  The FBI is also involved in the investigation.  A photo image of the suspect is in today's WGEL Daily from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.  The suspect is described as a male, wearing a gray hoodie, white hat, and dark pants.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 692-6087.  The local Alhambra School was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon due to the armed robbery. 

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FCA DINNER

The All-South Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes annual home team banquet was Monday night at the Greenville College Armington Center.  FCA leaders Tom Morgan and Ish Smith presented leadership awards to area coaches and athletes. The keynote speaker was retired University of Nebraska Football Coach Tom Osborne who shared with the large crowd the importance of FCA in developing a spiritual foundation in life and in athletics.  To learn more about the work of the All-South Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes go to www.allsouthillinoisfca.com.

Tom Morgan speaks to the crowd at the annual All-South Illinois Fellowship of Christian
Athletes home team banquet Monday night.

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KPD BOARD VOTES TO SCRAP FIREWORKS DISPLAY

The Kingsbury Park District Board met Monday night and voted 4-1 not to have a fireworks display at Patriot’s Park this 4th of July.  The show had become more and more expensive over the years when the display had to go electronic for the sake of safety.  The 2011 fireworks display cost about $12,000.00.  The 2012 firework display was cancelled due to the draught.  Board member David Oestreich made the motion to not have the fireworks this year saying “In an ideal world, it’s something we would all like to have, but the district can’t keep losing $10,000.00 year after year.”  In past years, donation barrels have been put out at Patriots Park to help pay for the fireworks but donations averaged only about $800.00 per year according to Park District Director Jerry Sauerwein.  Sauerwein  said the City of Greenville donated $3,000.00 annually toward the fireworks. He said the quote for this year’s fireworks was again around $12,000.00.  The board passed the motion to not have the fireworks display in a 4-1 vote with Oestreich, Anthony Macon, Dennis Warren and Shannon McGuire voting yes and CJ Meyer voting no.


PRESENTATION ON GREENVILLE VISIONARIES

Two visionary leaders from Greenville’s past will be given center stage at a presentation to benefit the Greenville Library Summer Reading program. John Coleman and John Goldsmith are presenting "Greenville Visionaries"Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m., in the Bradford Room.  John Goldsmith said the program will focus on William S. Wait, who helped bring the first railroad to Bond County, and Ed DeMoulin, a four-term Greenville mayor who advocated many improvements in the city and founded the DeMoulin Company.  The cost is $8.00 per person and refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information or tickets, call the library.

 

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COMETS GAME AT BUSCH STADIUM

The Greenville Comets took on Edwardsville Saturday at Busch Stadium after the Cardinals-Brewers game.  Athletic Director Joe Alstat said the Comets lost to the Tigers at their second appearance at Busch Stadium.  Despite the loss, the team had a great time. The replay board was used and the Cardinals PA Announcer announced the game.  Alstat thanked everyone who bought tickets.  The Comets Sports Boosters Ford Test-Drive-One-For-Your-School fundraiser is Saturday, May 11.  Their cafeteria garage sale is the same day at which they will be selling hardware, power tools, and other items.  For more information on the fund raisers, call the athletic department at 664-5580.


SOCIAL NETWORKING CLASS AT GREENVILLE EDUCATION CENTER

The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing Community Education is offering a Social Networking class at the Greenville Education Center.  The class is Saturdays, April 20 and 27, from 10:00 a.m. – noon.  The fee is $20.00 for students under age 60 and students age 60 and older may register without charge.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register, call 664-9394.


OBITUARIES

Elvin G. Bennefiel, Sr.

Elvin G. Bennefiel, Sr., age 82, of Newbry, South Carolina, formerly of north of Greenville, passed away Friday, April 12, in South Carolina.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery with full military honors by Mulberry Grove American Legion Post #1180.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Elaine Diekemper

Elaine Diekemper, age 70, of rural Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, April 16, at Caring First Nursing Home in Breese.  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.


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