According to a press release from the Edwardsville Police Department, the Scott Credit Union, on State Rt. 157 in Edwardsville, was robbed Monday, at 2:11 p.m.  Edwardsville Police are seeking assistance in identifying the suspect, described as a white male, approximately 20-25 years old, six feet tall, wearing a dark green fedora, a dark green windbreaker jacket, and tan slacks.  The suspect entered the Scott Credit Union, approached a teller and handed her a note demanding money while inferring he possessed a weapon.  He fled on foot northbound across the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Anyone with information about the robbery or who can identify the suspect, please call the Edwardsville Police Department at 656-2131

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Governor Pat Quinn recently vetoed Senate Bill 9 which would have allowed Illinois’ largest electric utilities to undermine the state’s oversight and enact an estimated $70 million rate hike.  The rate hike proposed in this bill would be in addition to a $311 million rate hike Commonwealth Edison proposed to the Illinois Commerce Commission just last week.  Combined with another rate hike filed with the federal government, the two amount to an increase of about $6.00 per month for the average utility customer.  Quinn said, “I cannot support legislation that puts the profits of big electric utilities ahead of the families and businesses of Illinois.”


National Bank will soon have a new home in Hillsboro.  Bank President and CEO Harry Hutchison told WGEL their current building in Hillsboro is their main headquarters.  The building, built in 1869, is running out of room.  They have been talking about building a new main bank for two or three years.  After buying some downtown buildings and a lot of preparation work, they are now ready to begin construction on a 2-story, 22,000 square food main bank building.  It will house the current 53 employees and leave room for additional personnel.  Hutchison said they hope their new building will be the beginning of a downtown renovation for Hillsboro.  A groundbreaking ceremony was Tuesday, April 30.  For more information, call the bank at 217-532-3991.



Michelle Kulhan, daughter of Bob and Kathy Kulhan of Greenville, has a very interesting career.  Michelle told WGEL she works in the Digital Media industry in Digital Production.  She works with record labels, film companies, and brands who want to do something interesting, fun, or cool in the digital space.  This may be in the form of an event, a phone app, building a website, or connecting with youth trends.  At the Iron Man 3 premiere, Michelle helped set up the first ever simultaneous movie premiere.  The film was screened live in LA and also at a military base in Washington via the internet.  Soldiers at the base were able to ask questions of Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and other stars from the movie and were also given an opportunity to speak with family members and loved ones.  Michelle graduated from SIUE with a degree in Media and Broadcast Journalism.  She lived in London for ten years while she worked for MTV Europe.  She has since started her own consulting firm, Muki International, where she works with Skype and many other international companies.  Michelle said Greenville is home to her and she tries to visit at least once or twice a year.


The Greenville High School Robotics team recently competed against 35 other schools at the Botball Robotics tournament at SIUE.  Chris Ziemba said they finished in 3rd place in the Double Elimination Tournament.  The students were required to utilize parts provided.  They got a big box of lego's, an erector set, motors, controllers, and sensors.  They had to build two robots that would locate items on various locations on a game board and return said items to a "home" location.  The students had to write computer programs from scratch, as the robots ran completely autonomously.  Chris said he was incredibly impressed with his team and he could not be happier with their performance.  Greenville High School also received recognition for Outstanding Collaboration and Synchronization.



Math, Science, and Reading are important classes but character education is equally important for a child’s overall development.   Pocahontas Principal Jason Rakers said their Character Education Program focuses on a different word every month.  The word for May was "Respect."  Every month in the announcements, they cover things that are important to follow along with the Character Education Word of the Month as well as some skills to help students get through life and be more successful.  Two students are generally selected by the teachers and staff from each class as good examples of the Word of the Month.  The students are recognized and serve as examples for other students.  Principal Rakers said these social skills are incredibly important to a student’s development.  For more information, call the school at 669-2296.


Josh Kuusisto continues to break records in the Hammer Throw for Greenville College’s Track and Field team.  Coach Brian Patton told WGEL Josh Kuusisto is a hard working Greenville College Junior from Arizona.  He is ranked 2nd in Division 3 in the Men’s Outdoor Hammer.  At Illinois College, in the rain, Josh threw more than 200 feet for the first time.  His best throw is 201 feet and 10 inches.  Officials at the meet did not have a tape measure long enough to measure his full throw. 


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The final Kaskaskia College Music Department instrumental concert is today, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jane Knight Auditorium.  The concert and jazz bands will perform.  There is no admission charge and everyone is invited.  A reception follows.


Caregiver Connection is a monthly seminar for care providers and the topic for the May meeting is “Caregiver Tips.”  The seminar is Tuesday, May 7, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the conference room at Brookstone Estates of Vandalia.  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, call 283-9825.

SPORTS Tennis Results – GHS vs Alton Marquette  - May 6,  2013  @ GC Courts

Team Score:
Greenville      5               Alton Marquette   4

GHS came out victorious after a tough battle against Alton Marquette winning 4 out of 6 singles and 1 of three doubles.  All fou r singles victories went to the third set tiebreaker, and Greenville demonstrated a season trend of never giving up.  This put us in a great position going into the doubles matches.  All three doubles matches had very close games, but only the doubles team of Gamino & Brendel was victorious.

#1  Grant Suess lost to Brian Gebben                    0-6, 2-6
#2   Toby Gamino defeated Trevor Carpunky       3-6, 6-2, 10-7
#3 Shea Brendel defeated R.J. Hammond           2-6, 6-4, 10-7
#4 Mitch Cole defeated Luke Vest                                4-6, 6-2, 10-2
#5 Nickolai Sorensen defeated Michael Hoefert   6-1, 3-6, 10-3
#6  Zach Barber lost to Stephen Edwards         4-6, 3-6

#1  Brendel/Gamino defeated to Gebben/ Vest                             8-5
#2  Suess /Sorensen lost to Carpunky/Hammond                            2-8
#3  Cole/James Wilhite lost to Hofert/ Edwards                          5-8


Billy Stephens

Billy Stephens, age 55, of Litchfield, passed away Tuesday, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Memorial services will be Saturday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m., at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.  Friends may call Saturday, one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Colleen J. Schaefer

Colleen J. Schaefer, age 81, of Carlyle, passed away Sunday, May 5, at her home.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 1:00 p.m., at Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from noon until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Elsie Henson

Elsie Henson, age 75, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, May 5, at Alton Memorial Hospital.  A memorial service will be Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Wounded Warriors or the family.

Sylvia E. VonGerichten

Sylvia E. VonGerichten, age 91, of Highland, passed away Monday, May 6, at Highland Healthcare Center.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ.


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