The Greenville City Council passed a development agreement with Dust and Son Auto Supply to use TIF money to assist with the expense of demolishing and rebuilding the Greenville Auto Parts store on Third Street.  The agreement allows for up to $100,000 of TIF money to be used in the project.  The city’s Economic Development Director, Scott Lurkins, told the council that he hopes the actual expenditure is closer to the $60,000-70,000 range.  He added that the process to bring about this agreement took nearly two years.  The buildings to be demolished include the current Greenville Auto Parts store and the Senior Center.  When construction is done, a new 8,000 square foot retail and distribution center will be built.   The site will also have an open area ready for further development.  Lurkins said when the new site is completed a second store of about 10,000 square feet could fit in the open space. 

Councilman Mike Heath asked if the agreement is expected to create new jobs.  City Manager Dave Wiley said that one or two new jobs may be created, but that the development of a second store on that site would be more likely to create new jobs.  Lurkins pointed out that the new site would have utilities and parking ready to go for a possible new business.  Wiley also said that currently there is around $290,000 of TIF Funds available.  When completed, the new Auto Parts store will likely double the amount of property tax paid to the city from that location.  Demolition could start as early as August but won’t start until the Senior Center has moved to its new location on Harris Avenue.  Lurkins said the county should not go a day without having an open senior center.  Demolition will start with the Senior Center, then construction will begin on the new retail store. After that construction is complete the demolition of the old auto parts store will start.  The project should be completed by March 1, 2014. 


The Illinois House and Senate overrode the Governor’s amendatory veto of House Bill 183 Tuesday, which originally passed with overwhelming bipartisan support during the spring session. 

State Senator Kyle McCarter said that this is a great day for law-abiding gun owners in the State of Illinois.  This makes Illinois the 50th and final state in the US to adopt a concealed carry law.  He added that there was an amendment placed on the bill that he was not in favor of; posting requirements will not be made for places that are off-limits for those carrying a concealed firearm.  Senator McCarter said that just like any other law, posting makes sense.
State Representative John Cavaletto said, “It’s a shame that we’ve had to jump through so many hoops in order to fully exercise our Second Amendment rights.”  He added, “Once the legislation goes into effect, the State Police will begin the process of implementing it and getting ready to issue permits.  It’ll take a little bit of time for that to happen, but the heavy lifting will be finished.”




We got some rain Wednesday morning. Officially here in Greenville as of 6:00 o'clock this morning, 65 hundredths of an inch were recorded at the Sewer Plant, 54 hundredths at the station on Sixth Street, and 51 hundredths at Idler Lane and Rt. 140. Much heavier ran fell around Mulberry Grove, Smithboro and Vandalia. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Bond, Montgomer and Fayette Counties. Over 3 inches of rain fell in Vandalia and up to 4 inches of rain fell in Northwest Fayette County.


Dr. Ivan Filby was recently named Greenville College’s 12th President.  Dr. Filby told WGEL that as a first time president, there’s a lot to learn.  He added that it’s very exciting, meaningful work.  He is excited to be returning to Greenville College.  He began teaching at Greenville College in 2005 and taught for 7.5 years.  Most recently, Dr. Filby has been living and working in San Diego, California.  He said that he couldn’t have left sunny California for any institution other than Greenville.  Dr. Filby said that this is a time of transition, which allows for reflection, redirection, and a re-evaluation of what the college’s mission truly is.  Dr. Filby said that he feels called to his position at Greenville College and that he is excited to see what God will do.  The fall semester begins at Greenville College on Wednesday, August 28.


On Friday, July 12th, there will be a ribbon cutting for the new Bond County Transit Building in Greenville.  According to Anna Oestreich, they have moved the transit operation into the new facility, located at 102 W. Bowman.  The brief ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at noon and will be followed by light refreshments.  The public is invited to attend this event. 

Oestreich told WGEL that they will be having an open house at a later date; at this time there are still some minor interior issues which need to be finished up.  The new facility will continue to allow Bond County residents to access education, employment, medical services, nutrition, shopping, and allow them to improve the quality of life in the county.



Members of the community are invited to a meeting to discuss the 2014 Greenville Fireworks and Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at the Bradford Community Building.  Greenville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, John Goldsmith, told WGEL that this will be a meeting to explore the interest in the fireworks and festival for 2014.  Although it is not the first committee meeting, Goldsmith said that they are hoping to form the committee and find individuals who are interested in raising funds and planning the festival.  Goldsmith added that they are taking this very seriously; many people were sad that there were no fireworks this year.  Members of the Greenville City Council and Kingsbury Park District have been invited to the meeting, which is also open to the public.  For more information on the meeting, call Goldsmith at 664-9272.



George M. Luber, Jr.

George M. Luber, Jr., age 81 of Pocahontas, passed away on Saturday at Highland Healthcare Center.  A funeral mass of Christian burial will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland, and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Association, or in the form of masses.

George was born May 6, 1932, to George and Alvina (Nee Frey) Luber, in Rural Pocahontas, IL.  On August 7, 1954 he married Susanne R. “Sue” Hug, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL. 

He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Pocahontas, IL and a member of Bond County Soil and Water District.  George was a retired factory worker and farmer, having worked at Rock-Tenn (now Jefferson Smurfit), General Steel, Granite City, IL, and in his younger years Artex and Highland Machine and Screw, Highland, IL.

He is survived by his wife, Susanne “Sue” Luber, Pocahontas, IL; 2 sons, Andrew (Patricia) Luber, Carlock, IL and Patrick (Jennifer Nelson) Luber, Grand Forks, ND; 1 granddaughter, Elizabeth Luber, Champaign, IL; 1 brother, Kenneth (Sandy) Luber, Troy, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alvina Luber; 2 sisters, Loretta Kantner and Mildred Cox; 6 brothers, Ray, Herb, Omar, Jerome, Paul and Ivan Luber.

Dallas Dean Melton

Services for Dallas Dean Melton will be held Friday at 7PM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Visitation will be Friday starting at 4PM also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Payne Cemetery.

Dallas Dean Melton passed away at St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, MO.  He is survived by his children Mike (Beth) Melton, Beth (John) Frueh, Deanna (Barrett) Jacob, and Della (David) McCarthy, his brother Garry (Brenda) Melton, and five grandchildren. 
He grew up in Tamalco and Millersburg.  He had worked at A.O. Smith, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carlisle Syntec Systems and farmed.  Most recently he had ushered at Wrigley Field in Chicago for The Chicago Cubs until a couple of years ago.  He was a member of The Highland Knights of Columbus.
Memorial contributions are suggested to The American Heritage Railroad or Payne Cemetery.

Margaret M. Childs

Margaret M. Childs, age 77 of Highland, passed away on Tuesday at Breese Caring First Nursing Home.  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

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