06-03-2013

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FRIDAY TORNADOS CAUSE DAMAGE

Gillespie High School sustained substantial damage during Friday night’s storms.  According to the Gillespie Fire Department, the storm destroyed the north wall of the gymnasium, which was built in 1928.  The storm also took down part of the roof on the north end of the gym.  The National Weather Service conducted a storm survey on Saturday and confirmed than an EF-2 tornado passed through the Gillespie area.  They have also estimated that damaging winds at the gymnasium were at around 115 miles per hour.  Several homes were severely damaged or destroyed; some homes were even knocked off of their foundations.  The area experienced several power outages due to down power lines and trees.  According to the Fire Department, the damage seems to be centered on the north end of Gillespie.  There are no serious injuries reported.  The National Weather Service conducted several storm surveys throughout the region.  They have collected additional data which indicates that an EF-3 tornado made its way through a landfill in Roxana with estimated wind speeds at around 140 miles per hour. 

To see the track of the Gillespie tornado click the link below to the National Weather Service website.

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=survey2

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Picture of damage in Gillespie school

Picture from the National Weather Service

Tree limbs were downed in many parts of Bond County, and multiple tornado warnings were issued as the storms moved through. However the worst of the storm missed Bond County. Around 2 inches of rain fell in Greenville Friday night to Saturday morning and river flooding continues to worsen.


TEMPORARY FEDERAL ORDER HALTS CLOSING OF MURRAY CENTER

A federal judge in Chicago entered a temporary restraining order Thursday to halt the movement of residents out of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.  In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the State Department of Human Services said the judge’s ruling will only be a brief delay in closing the center.  The Department of Human Services, under the direction of Governor Pat Quinn, is in the process of closing the Murray Center and has begun moving out residents.  The Illinois House passed a resolution on Friday urging the Governor to stop the closure of the Murray Developmental Center.  The resolution passed by a vote of 105-12.

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MULTIPLE FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPOND TO BARN FIRE

Firefighters from five fire departments responded to a barn fire on Keyesport Road early Sunday around 1:23 a.m.  According to Keyesport Fire Chief Jim Golder, the barn was at 14401 Keyesport Road and contained bales of straw and hay along with some farm machinery.  Golder said the building and its contents were a complete loss.  No determination has been made to how the fire started but the investigation continues.  Firefighters from Greenville, Mulberry Grove, Wheatfield, and Carlyle Fire Districts responded with mutual aid.  Some fire fighters were on the scene almost four hours.  No one was hurt.


STRENGTHENED GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSING PROGRAM APPROVED

The Illinois General Assembly recently approved House Bill 772, strengthening the Illinois Graduated Driver Licensing Program.  The proposed legislation goes to the Governor’s desk for his approval.  If signed, people ages 18-20 who skip driver education will be required to complete a six-hour driver training and education course before applying for a driver’s license.  In 2011 and 2012, approximately half the 18-20 year-olds issued driver’s licenses had no formal driver training.  The new six-hour training requirement will include a variety of critical traffic safety components for those who do not complete a high school or commercial school driver education course.

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KASKASKIA COLLEGE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETING IN GREENVILLE

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees is having a special community engagement meeting Monday, June 3, at 6:00 p.m., at the Greenville Education Center.  The meeting is for an open discussion with the community concerning the Education Center.

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MULBERRY GROVE AMERICAN LEGION HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE

The Mulberry Grove American Legion Post 1180 hosted an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday, May 23, in the Community Building in the Mulberry Grove Park.  Nineteen persons registered with seventeen units collected.  Don Blankenship received a six-gallon pin.  

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SOUTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL TEAMS

2013 South Central Conference All-Conference baseball teams include Greenville players.  Sophomore Tyler Hutchinson was named to the first team all-conference as an infielder as well as the third team all-conference for pitching.  Junior Clint Meadows was named to the second team all-conference as an outfielder.

2013 South Central Conference All-Conference softball teams include Greenville players.  Junior Whitney Gray, Senior Heather Wernle, and Junior Emma Richardson were all named to the first team all-conference.  Junior Jackie Hoffmeier and Sophomore April Stich were named to the second team all-conference.  Senior Stephanie Gaffner was named to the third team all-conference.

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SOCIAL NETWORKING CLASS AT GREENVILLE EDUCATION CENTER

The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing Community Education is offering a class entitled “Social Networking” at the Greenville Education Center, Saturdays, June 22 and 29, from 10:00 a.m. – noon.  Students will learn to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites.  Computer and internet experience is necessary.  The fee is $20.00 for students under age 60. Students age 60 and older may register at no charge.  Space is limited, so please register early by calling the Greenville Education Center at 664-9394.

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OBITUARIES

Alexander Starko

Alexander Starko, age 52, passed away Sunday, June 2, at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

Don Speraneo   

Don Speraneo, age 73, of Greenville, passed away Friday, May 31, at his home.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 3:00 p.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to The Knights of Columbus Council #11707 Scholarship Fund, St. Lawrence Church, or to Bond County Hospice.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donna Manning

Donna Manning, age 77, of Panama, passed away Friday, May 31. Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m., at the Panama United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Panama United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama is in charge of arrangements.

Irvin Leitschuh    

Irvin Leitchuh, age 84, of rural New Douglas, passed away Thursday, May 30, at Highland Health Care Center. Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. at Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston. Burial will be in New Douglas Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Rose V. Litteken

Rose V. Litteken, age 81, of Marine, passed away Saturday, June 1, at Alhambra Care Center.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, 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 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

Thomas Giller

Thomas Giller, age 68, of Collinsville, passed away Tuesday, May 28.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 7:00 p.m., at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Friends may call Saturday, from 5:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.


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