NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF ONE YEAR OLD ST. ELMO CHILD
The identity of the St. Elmo one year old that passed away earlier this week has been released. According to the Effingham County Coroner’s office one year old Addison Scott was brought to the St. Anthony Memorial Hospital Emergency Room by ambulance Wednesday around 11:00 a.m. and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The investigation continues and no further information has become available. The coroner’s office confirms that foul play is not suspected.
HOPE TO REPLACE GAZEBO BY SUMMER
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to replace the gazebo on the northeast corner of the courthouse square. In the recent Bond County Board Meeting, Chamber Director John Goldsmith updated the board on the progress and emphasized that his goal was to replace the gazebo with little or no cost to the county.
Goldsmith told us some progress is being made with getting the gazebo replaced. He said the project was still in the “fact finding” stage.
“We’re doing the research on the kits. There’s no doubt it’s more economical to replace the gazebo,” said Goldsmith. “We’ve had an offer from Kaskaskia College’s Building Trades program to assemble the gazebo and deliver it to the courthouse grounds at no cost.”
Goldsmith told us a local man has offered to disassemble the current gazebo and remove it from the courthouse lawn free of charge.
“We’re trying to keep the cost down as much as possible, especially knowing the challenging financial times that the Bond County Board is facing. We’d like to do this with minimal financial participation on their part and perhaps do some fundraising in the community to get it replaced.”
The gazebo was originally a gift from the Greenville Business and Professional Association and the Greenville Women’s Club. Goldsmith told the county board he hoped to have the gazebo replaced by this summer.
TRIVIA NIGHT TO SUPPORT FIREWORKS IN BOND COUNTY
The Bond County Independence Day Festival Association, the group bringing 4th of July fireworks back to Bond County, has announced their first fundraiser, a trivia night, to be held Saturday, February 1.
Patti Brooks, a member of the Association’s board and organizer of the trivia night told WGEL the event will be held at the Greenville V.F.W. Post #1377 on South Fourth Street. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and trivia begins at 7:00.
Participants are welcome to bring snacks, or Brooks says snacks will also be sold at the event. Teams can be made up of 6 to 8 people, for a fee of $100 per team.
All proceeds from the trivia night will help fund a fireworks show at Patriot’s Park this July 4th.
For more information call 664-9272.
I-70 CLINIC A SUCCESS
The Comets baseball program held their annual I-70 Coaches Clinic Monday. Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat told us it was a big success.
“Over 180 coaches were in attendance from four different states to hear speakers such as Pat Murphy, Rick Carpenter, Itchy Jones, and Gary Henderson,” Alstat told us. “It was great attendance and a great turnout and I’d like to thank all those who helped make it possible with several sponsorships and volunteers, etc., to help pull off a great event.”
Alstat said Monday’s event was their highest attendance for a year that didn’t feature Tony Larussa as the special guest. Overall, it was the third-highest attendance for the event.