09-05-2013

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ESCAPED INMATE CAPTURED IN PALESTINE, IL

Illinois DOC officials say they’ve transferred Jared Carter to a maximum security prison.  Carter walked away from the minimum security Robinson Correctional Center last Friday and was on the run for four days.  Authorities received a 911 call from someone that spotted Carter in Palestine, about seven-miles outside of Robinson.  Carter was approached by police and asked for ID to which he replied, “You know who I am”.  He was arrested without incident.  Carter, originally from Troy, IL, was serving time in Robinson for several burglaries committed in Bond and Madison Counties.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SELECTS NEW PARTNER FAMILY

A Sorento family has been selected as the new Bond County Habitat for Humanity partner family.  Melissa K. File, of Sorento, and her three daughters will play a large part in the construction of their new house.  Partner families are required to invest 200-400 hours of “sweat equity” during the building process, helping out in any way they can.  Eric Watterson, with the Bond County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, told WGEL that they are hoping to begin construction in October.

Watterson said they are always looking for donations and volunteers.  Individuals are welcome to participate in the building process, provide snacks and meals for the construction crew, or provide a donation of materials or funds.  Habitat for Humanity is a people-to-people partnership drawing families and communities together with volunteers and resources to build decent affordable housing for people in need.  For more information or to make a donation, call Watterson at 322-0080.

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THE GREAT CELEBRITY PIE AUCTION 2013 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS RAISING OVER $9,000

Today wrapped up the third and final day of the 2013 Great Celebrity Pie Auction.  This year was another huge success with $9,200 raised for the Bond County Relay for Life.  The Relay is coming up on Friday September 13th into Saturday morning at the Greenville High School track. 


A big thank you to our pie bakers this year, Jim Leitschuh from the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, Bond County Circuit Clerk Rex Catron, Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks, and Bond County Assistant State’s Attorney Dora Mann.   Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer, Greenville Junior High Principal Gary Brauns, Reverend Darryl Bolen, WGEL Farm Reporter Joe Doll, and Bond County Board Member Gerald “Spanky” McCray.  Mulberry Grove Unit 1 High School Principal Ryan Bauer, Greenville Elementary School Principal Eric Swingler, Sorento Center Principal Bill Carpenter, Greenville Code Enforcement Officer Matt Willman, Greenville Economic Development Director Scott Lurkins, and Randy Alderman from Bradford National Bank, and huge thank you to all our bidders as well. 


It was another great year for the Celebrity Pie Auction and please mark your calendar to attend this year’s Relay for Life in Bond County. 


JEWELRY SALE TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR COURTHOUSE LIGHTS

The Greenville Women’s Club, in conjunction with Premiere Jewelry, is planning another sale to help raise funds to finish the courthouse lights.  The event will be held Thursday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. at Janet Gum’s house.  Janet’s home was featured in last year’s Christmas Holiday Home Tour.  For more information on the event or to RSVP, call Gayle at 664-2149.

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CONGRESSMAN SHIMKUS TALKS ABOUT FARM BILL

Congressman John Shimkus was in town last week and stopped by the WGEL Studios.  One of the things that Shimkus discussed was the possibility of a new Farm Bill.  Shimkus said that during the last session, Congress passed the authorization language of the Farm Bill.  They did not pass the Food and Nutrition title.  Shimkus said we may not have a Farm Bill by the end of September, but he expects that the next legislative cycle will see a long term authorization of a Farm Bill.


13TH ANNUAL KASKASKIA WATERSHED ASSOCIATION SHOWCASE

The Kaskaskia Watershed Association's 13th Annual Showcase is Friday at the Kaskaskia River Marina in New Athens, Illinois.  The theme “KASKASKIA HAS IT ALL – RIVER, RECREATION, RAIL, AND ROAD” will showcase the lower reach of the Kaskaskia River from Fayetteville to the confluence of the Mississippi River.  The event is open to the public and registration and lunch begin at 11:00 a.m.  The $15.00 registration fee covers the lunch and refreshments.  For more information or to register, call Cheryl at 282-4004.


10TH ANNUAL PAWS-IN-THE-PARK COMING SOON

The Bond County Humane Society's 10th Annual Paws-in-the-Park is Saturday, September 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Patriot’s Park.  Activities and events include the Wag-n-Walk, agility course, pet photos, nail trimming and polishing, microchipping clinic, and pet contests.  There will be a police K-9 demonstration, vendor booths, adoptable animal meet & greet, and children’s activities.  Food and beverages will be available.  For more information, call Rachel at 664-4068.

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SPORTS

The Greenville Junior High Bluejays baseball team beat Alton Tuesday 5-1.  The Bluejays' record is now 10 and 4.

The Lady Comets tennis team suffered their first loss of the season to conference rival Hillsboro Tuesday, 7-2.  Abby Gaffner won her singles match and the doubles team of Katie Timmerman and Rebecca Sponsler were also victorious. 

The Greenville Lady Comets golf team competed Tuesday against Pana, Staunton, and Roxanna.  Roxanna won the competition with a 215 and Greenville shot a 246.  April Stich shot a 57, Payton Cline 58, Eryn Smith 64, and Whitney Gray 67.


OBITUARIES

Jerry D. White

Jerry D. White, age 71 of Greenville, passed away Monday.  A celebration of life for 71 year-old Jerry D. White will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Keyesport American Legion.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.


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