06-24-2013

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HEAVY RAINS IN GREENVILLE

Showers and thunderstorms moved through the WGEL listening area this weekend.  Official rain totals for Greenville show 2.09 inches Sunday morning and 1.31 inches this morning at the Sewer Plant for a weekend total of 3.4 inches.  The station on Sixth Street showed 2.22 inches Sunday and 1.27 this morning for a total of 3.49 inches and at Idler Lane and Rt. 140, a little less rain with 1.3 inches Sunday and 1.06 this morning for a weekend total of 2.36 inches.  Some of the rain this weekend was heavy and some fields are flooded.  There is a chance for more rain this afternoon and tonight.


LESS THAN OPTIMAL FINANCIAL OUTLOOK FOR UNIT 2

Howard Crouse from PMA Financial Network gave a presentation at the recent Unit #2 School Board meeting.  Superintendent Jeff Strieker said although the overall financial outlook for the next 3-5 years is not optimal, the upcoming fiscal year appears to be setting up adequately.  Strieker said a major concern is that the school district relies on more than half of their revenue from the state.  The past few years, their general state aid has been prorated. Next year it is expected to be prorated at 89%.  Strieker said they are looking at a reduction of several hundred thousand dollars due to a significant increase in the EAV within the school district and decline in enrollment.  Strieker said while they expect to collect more from local property taxes, the board of education will not maximize their tax rate.  They are leveeing amounts in the areas most needed and trying to provide some breaks to tax payers in some funds where they might have a positive financial balance at the end of the fiscal year.  For more information, call the Superintendent’s Office at 664-0170.

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WOMEN’S CLUB HOSTS COURTHOUSE LIGHTING PROJECT FUND RAISER
 
The Greenville Women’s Club is hosting a fund raising benefit Friday, June 28, at the home of John Donnell.  The casual festive evening starts at 5:30 p.m. with food and entertainment.  The cost is $12.50 per person and tickets are available at Watson’s Drug Store, Bradford Bank, and Sweetest Things.  Please purchase your tickets by today.  Proceeds go to the courthouse lighting project.  For more information, call 664-0431.

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SHAKE & BAKE METH PRODUCTION
 
Illinois State Police officials are warning of a new method of methamphetamine production.  Sgt. Don Payton, Statewide Clandestine Laboratory Coordinator for Illinois State Police, told WGEL the old method of methamphetamine manufacturing has not gone away completely.  Methamphetamine producers have removed the anhydrous ammonia from the process and are using sodium hydroxide and ammonium nitrate instead.  The combination of these and other chemicals such as exposed lithium strips from batteries creates a very dangerous combination prone to explosions.  According to Sgt. Payton, there are eight methamphetamine response teams located around the state which can help if you encounter some of these discarded methamphetamine manufacturing materials.  For more information, visit IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov/methnet.

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GRH AUXILIARY SETS RECORD WITH 2013 BOOK FAIR PROCEEDS

The 30th annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair, last weekend, set a record with proceeds of $16,784.00 – a 5% increase over the record set last year.  At the start of the book fair, there were 42,400 items in stock.  Approximately 50% of the items offered for purchase are sold each year.  Remaining books are sent to a company in Indianapolis that supplies items to Amazon where they are listed and sold on the internet.  The Hospital Auxiliary receives a commission throughout the year when the books are purchased. 

The auxiliary accepts donations of books for the Book Fair year round.  Donations may be taken to the Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop on South Fourth Street or placed in the barrel in the lobby of Greenville Regional Hospital.

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CRIMESTOPPERS SEEKING INFO REGARDING CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

The Macoupin/Montgomery Crimestoppers is seeking information regarding criminal damage to property.  Several vehicles and public property in Farmersville have recently been vandalized.  An unknown individual or group wrote “K E” on several vehicles with chalk and spray painted “K E” on sidewalks last week.  Several vehicles also had miscellaneous liquids poured into their fuel tanks.

If you have any information that would help solve this crime, or any other crime, go to the Crimestoppers website to email a tip at www.macmontcrimestoppers.com.  You may also text a tip by entering 722TIP and your message to CRIMES (274637) or call Crimestoppers at 800-352-0136.

Any information leading to an arrest is eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward.


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Mike Greenwood with John Sumlin at LTD Automotive this Saturday during their Grand Opening


KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES PREVIEW

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees will meet Monday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Clinton Wedekemper Board Room.  Items on the agenda include approval of salaries for the 2013-2014 school year, discussion of several resolutions, approval of two new program certificates, and a Vandalia Campus Phase II Design Update.


 

GREENVILLE PLAN COMMISSION SCHEDULES PUBLIC HEARING

The Greenville Plan Commission scheduled a public hearing for Monday, June 24, at 7:00 p.m., at the Greenville Municipal Building.  The hearing is to review and recommend a proposed Unified Development Code.  For more information, call the city manager at 664-1644.

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OBITUARIES

Joseph J. Haas

Joseph J. Haas, age 95, of Trenton, passed away Friday, June 21, at Aviston Countryside Manor.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.  Friends may call today, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Knights of Columbus services are tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Church or to Parkinson’s Research.

Gerald Nuby

Gerald Nuby, age 94, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, June 20, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 2:00 p.m., at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Carol L. “Lit” Anderson

Carol L. “Lit” Anderson, age 59, of Highland, passed away Thursday, June 20, at St. Louis University Hospital.  A memorial Mass will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Marine.  Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. or Thursday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery.

David J. Kreke   

David J. Kreke, age 53, of Bartelso, passed away Saturday, June 22, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso.  Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Harold P. Thurnau     

Harold P. Thurnau, age 90, of St. Jacob, passed away Sunday, June 23, at Faith Countryside Home in Highland.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 9:00 a.m., at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Keystone Cemetery in St. Jacob.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Jacob Fire Department, Madison County Fireman Association, or Faith Countryside Homes.

Jim Schumacher

Jim Schumacher, age 54, of St. Rose, passed away Saturday, June 22, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Rose Catholic Church.  Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Rose Church Memorial Fund, Carlyle Health Care Center Activity Fund, or the donor’s choice.

Raymond W. Walter

Raymond W. Walter, age 90, of Highland, passed away Saturday, June 22, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m., at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery also in Highland.  Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to Highland Home or the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.


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