FIRE DESTROYS BARN ON HUNTER SCHOOL AVENUE
30 Firefighters from 6 different departments responded to a fully involved barn fire at 1356 Hunter School Avenue this morning just after 1:00 a.m. The Barn is owned by Villa-Rosa Inc. When firefighters arrived, the two story barn was fully involved. In all, 5 tankers and one pumper were used to fight the fire, and damage was assessed at around $200,000 according to the Greenville Fire Protection District fire report. According to the owners, the barn housed one skid steer loader and some old bedding straw. The cause is undetermined and no one was hurt. Firefighters from Greenville, Wheatfield, Keyesport, Highland-Pierron, Mulberry Grove, and Smithboro all responded to the scene. Fire fighters were on the scene for nearly 5 hours, fighting the fire and keeping it from rekindling.
Photo courtesy of Callie Durborow
Photo courtesy of Callie Durborow
GREENVILLE SENDS HELP TO MT. OLIVE AFTER TORNADO
An EF-2 tornado hit downtown Mt. Olive Monday night just after 10:00 p.m., causing substantial damage to trees and buildings. The City of Greenville’s Public Works Department is lending a helping hand to assist with the cleanup. Greenville Public Works Director Bill Grider told WGEL that he contacted the Police Department in Mt. Olive late Tuesday night and informed them that Greenville would be willing to help if needed. Early Wednesday morning, a representative from Mt. Olive called him back and let him know that they could use the help. Greenville brought chainsaws, a couple of trucks, and 7 people to help clean up the town. They worked mainly on the Main Street area and in the park. Bill told WGEL that they hauled away approximately 80 dump trucks full of brush and debris. There is still a lot of cleaning that needs to be done before they get things back to normal.
JOB ELIMINATIONS ANNOUNCED AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Greenville Regional Hospital announced yesterday the letting go of 12 staff members. In a statement, Hospital Board Chairman Jeff Mollet, sited the soaring costs, dwindling revenues and delayed payments from the state as the main reasons behind the layoffs. Mollet said that the hospital has lost $430,000 in funding this year and is expected to lose another $852,000 in funding next year. The layoffs will help recover about $400,000 of that money annually. Mollet also said that the positions eliminated were not directly related to patient care, and did include salaried employees, hourly workers and directors. According to Mollet’s statement “Although painful, these reductions are needed for the hospital to survive and continue serving as a vital resource for so many in our community.”The positions eliminated were not identified in the press release.
ISP DISTRICT 11 OFFICIALS REMAINING VIGILANT DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Illinois State Police District 11 officials are reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The Memorial Day holiday is one of the busiest travel periods for motorists. In addition to the statewide “Click it or Ticket” safety campaign running Friday, May 24th through Monday, May 27th, District 11 will push for zero fatalities by enforcing the four most common traffic violations: Speeding, DUI, seat belts, and distracted driving. Law enforcement officers are also emphasizing the importance of motorcycle safety and proper protective gear.
MEMORIAL DAY ACTIVITIES IN GREENVILLE 2013
There are several activities planned in the Greenville area in honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th. Tony Koonce told WGEL that the VFW began putting flags on the graves around town on Wednesday. Friday evening the AMVETS will be putting up the Avenue of Flags around Greenville. Monday morning, services will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial. There will be a flag-changing ceremony and they will recognize the new bricks added to the memorial. Immediately following, the Marine Corps League will organize a parade that will assemble in front of the DeMoulin Museum. The parade will march to Montrose Cemetery for the Memorial Day Services, which will begin at 10:00 a.m. The service will consist of
the Star Spangled Banner played by the Greenville Municipal Band, directed by Chris Woods. Invocation will be given by Mac Hughey, Commander of the Greenville American Legion Post. Following the Invocation will be the Pledge of Allegiance. Veteran Bill Kendall will recite General John Logan’s Orders Creating Memorial Day. John Coleman will read the Gettysburg Address. Scott Spencer, of Greenville, will give a Memorial Day Address. The Veterans Firing Squad will perform a 21-Gun Salute followed by “Taps” and “Taps – Echo” by Howard Wise. Malcolm Hughey will conclude the services with a Benediction. In case of inclement weather, the services will be moved indoors to the First United Methodist Church on Second Street.
GREENVILLE AMVETS AND DUDLEYVILLE 4-H HOSTING COOKOUT
The Greenville AMVETS Post #140 and the Dudleyville 4-H Club will host their annual cookout Friday, May 24th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop parking lot. Wes Pourchot will be cooking pork burgers, brats, and pork chops. To place an order call 410-8946.
MULBERRY GROVE MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES
American Legion Post #1180 of Mulberry Grove will begin its Memorial Day services Saturday, May 25th at 8:00 a.m. at Mulberry Grove and Taylor Cemeteries. Flags will be placed at every Veteran’s grave. There will also be 42 flags raised in the village. The avenue of flags around the Mulberry Grove cemetery will be raised Sunday, May 26th at 8:00 a.m., weather permitting. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday with opening prayer by Reverend Randy Whitehead. The guest speaker is retired Army Major General Wayne Erk, followed by roll call, 21-gun salute, “Taps”, and a closing prayer.
MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION IN POCAHONTAS 2013
The Pocahontas Area Memorial Day Celebration will be held Monday, May 27th at Pocahontas City Park. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Attendees are asked to please bring their lawn chairs. In the event of bad weather, the service will be moved to the United Methodist Church.
KEYESPORT MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES 2013
Memorial Day Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27th at McKendree Cemetery, west of Keyesport. A dinner will follow the services at American Legion Post #1994 in Keyesport. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.
William L. “Bill” Winkler
William L. “Bill” Winkler, age 85 of Trenton, passed away on Wednesday, May 22nd at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton. Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Trenton American Legion Baseball Program.
Hannah M. Meyer
Hannah M. Meyer, age 83 of Greenville, passed away on Tuesday, May 21st at Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. Burial will be in German Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the St. Peter’s United Church of Christ or to German Cemetery.
Saturday: Partly Sunny 30% of Rain High: 71 Low: 55----50% of Rain Saturday Night
Sunday: Partly Cloudy 50% of Rain High: 74 Low: 57-----Rain Chance continues Sunday night and Monday
Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. Michelle’s guest this week is recently announced Greenville College President, Dr. Ivan Filby. Dr. Filby and Michelle will talk about his past, where he’s from and where he’s been, his new position as College President, and the future of Greenville College. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News here at WGEL.
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