05-06-2013

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NEW PRESIDENT NAMED FOR GREENVILLE COLLEGE

The Greenville College Board of Trustees elected Dr. Ivan Filby the college’s 12th president.  Dr. Filby is currently the dean of the Fermanian School of Business at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.  Prior to his position at PLNU, Filby served as professor and chair of the Management Department at Greenville College from 2005-2012.  Dr. Filby admitted he was very humbled by the search committee's decision to recommend him to be the next president of Greenville College. "It is an amazing place," he said, "and I believe we have a very exciting future indeed. We have outstanding faculty, very bright students, skilled staff and administrators and extremely loyal alumni."  Dr. Filby will officially assume his new role July 1, 2013. 

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Greenville College President Ivan Filby

 

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MANY ATTEND AGAPE DESPITE COLD RAINY WEATHER

The rainy weather did not deter crowds of people from heading to the Bond County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, to participate in Agapefest 2013.  Due to the recent rains, many attendees found themselves ankle deep in mud and water.  Many concert-goers were covered head-to-toe in purchased rain gear, while others simply duct-taped plastic trash bags to their feet.  The chilly, moist conditions were not enough to dampen the crowd’s spirit and most people enthusiastically sang along with the various performers.  More than 4000 people were expected to attend the two-day festival organized and promoted by more than 300 Greenville College students.  Agapefest is the only Christian music festival event in Illinois.


Several clever campers set up in the cattle barn in an attempt to stay dry.


The large crowd of attendees did not let the dreary weather get to them.


Members of the band Group 1 Crew during their performance at Agapefest 2013

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GAS LEAK SHUTS DOWN 4TH STREET AROUND SQUARE FOR A SHORT TIME

A gas leak at the Corner Café in downtown Greenville, shutdown Fourth Street on the square for a short time Friday evening.  Greenville Firefighters and Greenville Police responded to the scene and notified Ameren.  While police and fire personnel helped redirect traffic away from the Corner Café, Ameren shut down the gas.  An electric fan was used to air out the building and no one was hurt. 


A large fire truck blocking off the street at the intersection of 3rd and West Main Streets.


One of the vehicles blocking the road at the intersection of 3rd Street and College Avenue.


Two firefighters standing at the back entrance to the Corner Cafe.


Firefighters standing outside the Corner Cafe in Greenville.

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KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SPECIAL MEETING

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees will meet in special session Monday, May 6, at 5:00 p.m., in the Clinton Wedekemper Board Room in the Lifelong Learning Center.  The agenda includes the seating of new board members, board re-organization, bid acceptance and contractor approval for the Trenton Education Center expansion project, and a review of the Nashville Education expansion project.  

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LADY COMETS SOCCER HEADING TO POST SEASON

The Lady Comets are heading into the post-season.  Greenville High School Girls Soccer Coach Mike Young said their season started off somewhat slow.  They had three losses in their first four games but have had only three losses since.  Coach Young said the weather and several injuries held them back at first.  Once they got going, however, they seemed to hit a stride.  Coach Young said their success was due mainly to the seniors who helped lead the team.  They will play #2 seed Breese Central first in the post season.  Greenville received the #3 seed.  Coach Young said they have some work to do to prepare for that game.  Greenville narrowly lost to Breese Central early in the regular season and the post-season match-up should be a real battle.  For more information about the Lady Comets post season, call the school at 664-1370.

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AWARDS GIVEN TO SORENTO SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS

Two members of the Sorento School faculty and staff were recently recognized for their dedication to education.  Sorento School Principal Bill Carpenter said at the recent Kaskaskia Region of the Illinois Principal’s Association annual banquet, Marsha Busby and Paula Shelton, two employees at Sorento School, received awards.  Paula’s got the James Rupert Lifetime Achievement Award for dedication to education and students.  Paula is retiring at the end of the year after 39 years in the Bond County District.  Marsha received the Friends in Education Award, for dedication to students, parents, teachers, and administrators in her role as secretary at Sorento School.  Marsha has also been with the district 39 years. 

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UNIQUE ITEMS AVAILABLE AT GREEN DOOR

A huge collection of Greenville Advocates from the World War Two years is for sale at the Green Door Antique Mall at the corner of 2nd and Main Streets in Greenville. The collection comes from Tony Koonce who is very involved in local Veterans groups. Tony told WGEL a lady gave the newspapers to him a few years ago.  He had planned to go through them and make a scrapbook for World War Two veterans.  Papers from 1941 and 1943 are missing but there are newspapers from 1940 through 1945.

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OBITUARIES

James E. Plocher

James E. Plocher, age 80, of Highland, passed away Friday, May 3, at Helia Healthcare.  A Masonic service will be Monday, at 7:00 p.m., by Masonic Lodge #583 at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Masonic Lodge #583 and to the A. F. & A. M. in Highland.

Daniel Markus Tonnies

Daniel Markus Tonnies, age 87, of New Baden, passed away Friday, May 3.  A funeral Mass will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers.  Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery with full military honors.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Albers.  Memorials are suggested to Mater Dei High School or to Albers American Legion Post #1026.

James C. Welchlen

James C. Welchlen, age 87, of Marine, passed away Friday, May 3, at his home.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marine.  Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

Jack L. Smith

Jack L. Smith, age 76, of Centralia, formerly of Greenville, passed away Friday, May 3, at St. Louis University Hospital. Funeral services will Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church or Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Betty L. Kayser

Betty L. Kayser, age 85, of Edwardsville, passed away Friday, May 3, at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra.  Funeral services and visitation will be private.  Burial will be in Liberty Prairie Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Hitz Memorial Home.  Dauderman Mortuary in Hamel is in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie L. Allison

Bonnie L. Allison, age 77, of Greenville, passed away Friday, May 3, at New Athens Home for the Aged.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Pendelton Church Cemetery in Doe Run, Missouri.  Friends may call Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Homeless Larry Rice Ministries.


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