09-24-2013



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BUSINESS TAX DISTRICT COULD BECOME A REALITY TONIGHT

The proposed Business Tax District could become a reality tonight at a special Greenville City Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.  The city would impose an extra 1% sales tax on taxable retail items inside the district, which covers the Route 127 and I-70 interchange and surrounding area.  The money collected from that extra sales tax would need to be spent inside the district on infrastructure construction and improvement, and could be used on new construction. 

At the regular Greenville City Council meeting held earlier this month many business owners located inside the district were in attendance and expressed their opposition to the new tax in a public hearing that lasted almost 2.5 hours.  Most retail items like gasoline and food at a restaurant would be subject to the new tax, others like cars and diesel fuel would not. 

Tune in to WGEL Radio tomorrow for full post-meeting coverage.      


GHS HOMECOMING ROYALTY CROWNED

Homecoming festivities at Greenville High School officially concluded Saturday night with the Homecoming Dance. GHS seniors Hollyn Beans and Will Funderburk were crowned Homecoming Queen & King at the dance.

Will Funderburk & Hollyn Beans

Photo courtesy of Greenville High School

On Friday morning, GHS students were treated to a BMX Character Education presentation called "Bring Your A-Game to School". The program was put on by Rise Above Entertainment, which is based in Detroit, and sponsored by the National Guard.

As part of the presentation, the performers did various tricks and stunts...

One performer jumped over GHS teacher, Ms. Stowers...

Photos courtesy of Katie Lynch and Juli Kastl at Greenville High School

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NANCY MACHMER NAMED CHAIR OF ILLINOIS AUXILIARY

Nancy Machmer, a member of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary, has been named Chair of the State of Illinois Auxiliary.  Boyd Vieregge, Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary President, told WGEL that at their upcoming meeting on October 2nd and 3rd, the Illinois Hospital Association Constituency on Volunteers will elect Machmer as the new Chairman.  Machmer has been involved with the organization for a number of years, including sponsoring a scholarship and serving as the Vice-Chair last year.

Boyd said this is a testament to Machmer’s hard work and willingness to be involved in both local and state Auxiliary functions.

Nancy is the first Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary member to hold a state office.  She has held many positions on the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Board, including President and Vice President.

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UNITED STATIONERS HOSTS BUSINESS BEHIND THE SCENES

United Stationers hosted a Greenville Chamber of Commerce “Business Behind the Scenes” event Thursday evening.  Steve Morgan, General Operations Manager at United Stationers, told WGEL they are a nationwide company that does $5 billion worth of business.  They do not sell locally, however, which leads many people to underestimate the scale of their work.  The Greenville facility ships business products to a region that extends east to Terre Haute, Indiana, west to Columbia, Missouri, and north to the Quad Cities.  Morgan said the “Business Behind the Scenes” event was an excellent opportunity to let people know about what they do.

United Stationers is one of the largest employers in Bond County, with approximately 210 employees.

United Stationers employees provided information and tours to Chamber of Commerce guests.


GC WELCOMES GREENVILLE NATIVE AS ONE OF TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Greenville College Board of Trustees has announced two new members; Paul Donnell, of Greenville, and Brian Johnson, of Tennessee. 

Paul Donnell, the son of Bill and Shirley Donnell of Greenville, graduated from Greenville College in 2001.  He is a licensed CPA, employed with Laureate Education, a global higher education company.  Donnell advises multi-national corporations through divestiture and capital-raising activities.  He is an avid runner and IRONMAN® triathlete.  He and his wife Audrey live in Washington, D.C.

Paul Donnell

Brian Johnson is the Assistant Provost and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Brian Johnson

 

 


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GREENVILLE TEEN WORKS ON BRICK OVEN FOR EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT

A Greenville teen has taken on a special task for his Eagle Scout project.  Taylor Hill, son of Josh and Erin Hill, has been working diligently restoring the brick oven on the west side of Patriot’s Park.  The oven was originally constructed and dedicated in 1938 by the Greenville Garden Club.  Over the past few weeks, Hill has been recruiting volunteers, raising funds, seeking donations, and guiding workers on the project.  Hill is a member of Boy Scout Troop #50

A rededication ceremony was held Sunday, just in time for the oven’s 75th anniversary.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BLESSES GROUND FOR SEVENTH HOUSE

On Saturday, Bond County Habitat for Humanity blessed the ground where their next home will be built in Sorento.  Eric Watterson, with the Bond County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, told WGEL the purpose of the ground blessing is to demonstrate that while Habitat definitely partners with people and businesses, they also partner with God to provide housing to people in need.

The home in Sorento is the seventh house for Bond County Habitat for Humanity.  Their partner family this year is the Melissa K. File family, of Sorento. 

If you would like to find out more about Habitat for Humanity, or to volunteer, call Eric Watterson at 322-0080 or search for "BC Habitat" on Facebook.

Eric Watterson, center, with the Melissa K. File family (left) and Habitat for Humanity

representatives (right) at Saturday's ground blessing ceremony.

Photo courtesy of Bond County Habitat for Humanity


BINGO BEGINS SEPTEMBER 26 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BICENTENNIAL

Monthly BINGO games begin this Thursday at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church Hall to raise funds for the Greenville Bicentennial.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and games start at 7:00.  Organization for BINGO is assisted by AMVETS and the Knights of Columbus.  The St. Lawrence Youth Mission is providing food consessions.  Games will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

For more information call 593-5325.

The Greenville Bicentennial will be celebrated in 2015.


SPORTS RESULTS

The Lady Comets volleyball team traveled to Teutopolis Monday.  The ninth grade team won in two games, the JV won in three games, and the Varsity team won in two games.


The Lady Comets tennis team defeated Vandalia Monday 5-4.  Singles winners were Kelsea Guy, Anya Thomas, Dhiral Patel, Katelyn Eller, and Emily Henderson.


OBITUARIES

Margaret A. Schomaker  

Margaret A. Schomaker, age 87, of Albers, passed away Monday.  A funeral mass will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Albers.  Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.  Friends may call today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Albers.  Memorials are suggested to St. Bernard Parish, Community Link, or Murray Parents Association.

Bernice M. Richter

Bernice M. Richter, age 89, of Aviston, passed away Monday.  A funeral mass will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the St. Vincent De Paul Society or St. Francis Parish School of Religion Program.  The Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston is in charge of arrangements.


 

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