TODD EATON NAMED TO ALL-MVC SECOND TEAM
Greenville native Todd Eaton was recently named to the 2013 All-Missouri Valley Conference second team. Eaton, a junior relief pitcher at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is tied for the conference lead with nine saves in 2013. He is tied for fourth in the Valley with 25 relief appearances. He recorded a 3.18 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 28 and a third innings this season. This is Eaton’s second consecutive All-Missouri Valley Conference Team selection. Eaton is the son of Jane and Mike Eaton.
SHIMKUS ANNOUNCES POCAHONTAS FIRE GRANT
Congressman John Shimkus announced funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District. The district will received $16,625.00 in Operations and Safety funds which may be used for firefighter training, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighter wellness and fitness, and modification to fire stations and facilities.
ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS APPROVE NATURAL GAS MODERNIZATION PLAN
The Illinois State Senate recently approved legislation accelerating modernization of the state’s natural gas infrastructure and creating 150 new jobs in Central and Southern Illinois. Under the new bill, Ameren Illinois will invest an additional $330 million over ten years to strengthen the integrity, safety, and reliability of the natural gas delivery system. Richard Mark, CEO and President of Ameren Illinois, said, “This plan enhances our ability to meet the current and future needs of our gas customers while creating 150 good-paying jobs and maintaining strong consumer protections. It is a win for Illinois customers, businesses and labor – especially here in Central and Southern Illinois.” The plan now goes to the Governor’s desk for approval.