05-16-2013

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GARAGE FIRE ON SUGARLOAF ROAD
 
Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters responded at 6:56 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a garage fire on Sugarloaf Road in rural Pocahontas.  Greenville Firefighters provided mutual aid with a tanker truck and manpower.  According to Greenville Fireman Travis Neer, the owners of the residence reportedly heard a "pop" and went outside to investigate.  They saw smoke coming from the three-car garage.  There were three vehicles and one motorcycle in the garage.  Neer said one of the vehicles, an older truck recently redone, was lost in the blaze.  The garage suffered extensive smoke damage.  No one was in the garage and no injuries were reported.  The Fire Marshall is currently investigating the cause of the fire.  The Smithboro, Shoal Creek, and Highland/Pierron Fire Departments were called to provide mutual aid and tankers but all were cancelled en route.  Firemen were on the scene about one and a half hours.


GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Greenville City Council met Tuesday night at the Municipal Building.  The audience filled every seat and the council took care of the business that brought most of them as the first matter of business.

The council heard from students who were recently involved in the Comet Give Back Day. Student spoke of the great feeling of having fun doing something constructive and meeting other students. Approximately 150 students and nearly 20 teachers, staff, and parents participated.

Mayor Gaffner presented Lee O’Connor with a proclamation expressing the gratitude of the city for his efforts at The Simple Room.  O’Connor is moving from the Greenville area after seven years at The Simple Room. 

City Clerk Sue Ann Nelson administered the oath of office to Council Members Roger Sanders and Mike Heath and Mayor Alan Gaffner.

The council approved a contract for $38,500.00 for construction observation services for the Hena Street sanitary sewer replacement project.

The council discussed spending $44,000.00 to prepare and asphalt the South and Second Street parking lot.  

The council approved an expenditure of $10,850.00 for a traffic study at Rt. 140 and Woburn Road, US 40 and Wolf Industrial Park and the intersection of Samuel W. Andrews Drive and Idler Lane.  The study will provide information regarding the construction of a road connecting the Industrial Park and Rt. 140.

 

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FEDEX GROUND DISTRIBUTION CENTER TO BE BUILT IN SAUGET

Governor Pat Quinn announced Tuesday, May 14, FedEx Corporation will invest $23.5 million to build a new FedEx Ground Distribution Center in Sauget, Illinois.  The 181,000 square-foot facility will create 25 full-time and 150 part-time jobs.  It is scheduled to open at Sauget Industrial Parkway in August 2014.  FedEx Ground Regional Vice President, Scott Burns said the site was selected for its ease of access to major highways, its proximity to customers’ distribution centers, and its strong local workforce for recruiting employees.  Once fully operational, the new facility will process 10,000 packages an hour.  FedEx Ground currently operates 16 facilities in Illinois.

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ONE GHS GOING TO STATE & ANOTHER BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD

The Greenville High School Girls Track team recently competed at the 2A Sectional event.  Coach Alison Hall said the competition was at Chatham-Glenwood High School, hosted by Jacksonville.  Jordie File set the new school record in the 2-mile.  Coach Hall said she has been a hard worker all season and has been improving her long-distance running all year.  Mattie Carter qualified for state in the pole vault event.  She is the first ever Greenville 2A qualifier for state.  The State Final Track Meet will be at Eastern Illinois University Thursday through Saturday, May 16-18.


LOCAL GIRL HONORED BY ILLINOIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Alyse Deverick Bennett, daughter of Dale and Connie Deverick of Smithboro, a Mulberry Grove High School graduate and a December 2012 graduate of Eastern Illinois University was recently honored by the Illinois State Historical Society.  Alyse majored in History at Eastern and participated in a History class group project during the fall 2012 semester.  The group researched the Free Masons Lodge, collecting much information and many artifacts.  Their exhibit entitled “Building a Brotherhood – Free Masons in Central Illinois” was on display in the EIU Library for more than a month.  The exhibit was housed in 8-9 display cases, each approximately 3’ x 6’.  Illinois State Historical Society President Mark Jorgensen acknowledged the exceptional work of the students in researching and displaying information on the Masons organization.

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LOCAL GIRL RECEIVES IAA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Kelcie Woker, daughter of Craig and Jan Woker, received one of three $7,500.00 IAA Foundation General Scholarships for 2013-2014.  The general scholarships go to individuals for the study of agriculture, agribusiness, or an ag-related major at an accredited university, college, or community college in Illinois.  Kelcie is majoring in Ag Communications at UIUC.  Congratulations Kelcie.


OBITUARIES

Scott E. Tarpley

Scott E. Tarpley, age 59, of rural Keyesport, passed away Friday, May 10, at his home.  An informal celebration of life will be Friday, at 7:00 p.m., at his home at 1940 Apricot Avenue.  Memorials are suggested to the Bond County Humane Society.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.


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