01-22-2014



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70 M.P.H. ARRIVES IN BOND COUNTY

The new 70 m.p.h. signs on I-70 have made their way to the WGEL listening area. This one is posted just west of the 45 mile marker outside of Greenville. Not all of the signs in the area have been changed yet, though, and some areas of the St. Louis Metro East will remain at 65 m.p.h.

Remember, whatever the posted speed limit says, that's the speed you're legally bound to!


TEMPERATURE UPS AND DOWNS...AGAIN

After a brief warm up today, another cold front will move through the region, bringing frigid Arctic air to the area once again. The roller coaster will continue as temperatures warm back up to near normal for the weekend.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

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ROOF REPLACEMENT AT THRIFT SHOP

You may have noticed some work being done on the roof at the Greenville Regional Hospital Thrift Shop recently.  Auxiliary President Boyd Vieregge told us crews are busy replacing the entire roof on the building. 

Lots of equipment and materials, ready to be put to use at the Thrift Shop.

Vieregge said the roof has been in need of attention for several years as it has developed many leaks over time.  Vieregge said the project should take about ten days, depending on the elements, and that the new roof should last a long time.

The shop was closed Tuesday due to the weather, but otherwise, Vieregge said the store should remain open throughout the roof replacement work.


KPD COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS HEARING DATE

At the Monday night Kingsbury Park District committee meeting it was decided to recommend the board set a date for a bond hearing at the next regular board meeting, scheduled for February 10. One of the projects the bond monies could be used for is land acquisition.

Park District Director Jerry Sauerwein told the committee that he was still waiting to hear about two grants. One grant could be used for outside projects up to $800,000 with the park district matching 50%. The second grant could be used for indoor or outdoor projects that would include building structures, with an 80/20 match, with the park district paying the 20%.  Sauerwein told the committee that the soccer numbers keep going up and there is a great need for additional room for fields.

Other projects funded by the possible bonds could include the purchase of a new truck, concrete around the field house at Jaycee Park, curbing at the back of the field house, line upgrades, and a new liner for the pool.  Sauerwein expressed an interest in an 18-hole disc golf course at Patriots Park.

All upgrades except land acquisition would be around $182,000.

The committee also expressed an interest in finding more activities for youth and adults.

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STUDY TO DETERMINE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COUNTY FAIRS

County fairs throughout Illinois are joining forces to determine just how much of an impact the fairs have on the local economy.  Mercer County Fair Board President Roger Grundstrom says having a dollar amount will be helpful when it comes to planning. 

“You know, it’s nice to have a dollar amount when you’re talking budgets and you’re looking to possibly, hopefully, in the future get an increase in some funding,” said Grundstrom.  “…and it’s nice to be able to put a dollar amount with what the county fair does for each of the communities.”

Grundstrom says all of the fairs are chipping in to get an economic impact study.  The University of Illinois Extension will conduct the study.  They’ll select a cross section of small, large, rural, and urban fairs to gather the results.  The study will take place over the next year.


BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

The Village of Pocahontas recently hosted an American Red Cross blood drive in the St. Nicholas Church Hall.  26 people registered and 24 units were collected.  Ronald Nichols received a 13-gallon pin, Mary Gaffner a 10-gallon pin, Vanessa Maroon an 8-gallon pin, and Charlie Kalous a 2-gallon pin.  Jason Springston got a blood-drop pin as a first-time donor.

Greenville VFW Post 1377 also hosted an American Red Cross blood drive recently.  66 people registered and 57 units were collected, exceeding the goal of 37 units.  Marlene Roethemeyer received an 18-gallon pin, Gary Willman and Mark Gasser, Sr. 11-gallon pins, Dale Feltmeyer and Brent Whittaker 9-gallon pins, Hope Washburn a 6-gallon pin, Bobbie Suess a 4-gallon pin, Jennifer Mesnard a 3-gallon pin, and Jack Langel and Joseph Gruen 2-gallon pins.  First-time donors Ashley Zurliene and Rick Hilliard received blood-drop pins.

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SPOTTER TRAINING CLASS IN HIGHLAND RESCHEDULED

The Spotter Training Weather Safety Class in Highland, originally scheduled for January 14, has been rescheduled for tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m.  The class will be at Highland Middle School.  For more information, call 636-441-8467.


SPORTS RESULTS

The Lady Comets basketball team improved their season record to 13-5 with a win over Altamont Tuesday night.  The final score was 64-34.  The JV team won as well. 

The Greenville Junior High Bluejays basketball team is playing in the 66th annual James Burke Memorial Tournament.  The Bluejays lost their first game 44-35 vs Carlyle.  The Bluejays beat Aviston in their second tournament game 40-32 and will play Salem this Friday at 5PM in the consolation bracket championship.    


OBITUARIES

Randy L. Jacobs

Randy L. Jacobs, age 56, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, January 21 at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral arrangements are pending at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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