02-12-2014



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VALENTINE PRIZE PACKAGE WINNER

Congratulations to Edith Gaffner, of Greenville, the winner of this year's WGEL Valentine's Prize Package.

Edith won candy from Watson's Health Mart Drug Store, a gift certificate to Will-o-the-Wind Radio Shack, flowers from Floral Designs by Cindy, a gift certificate to Sweetest Things provided by Southern OB-GYN, a steak dinner for two at Huddle House Restaurant, a gift certificate to the Country Depot at South Central FS, an oil change at Auto Pro & Tire provided by LTD Automotive in Greenville, and two tickets to see Jersey Boys at the Fox Theatre next week.

Edith said she was "the very, very luck winner...I was even surprised I got registered - the lines are always so busy! WGEL is my favorite station and it must be for many other people..."

Thanks to everyone who entered...Congratulations, Edith...and don't forget...

Valentine's Day is this Friday, February 14th!

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GREENVILLE POLICE WARN AGAINST DRIVING WITH OBSTRUCTED VIEW

When you’re running late and the windshield is covered with a layer of ice, that small square you cleared off may seem good enough, but Greenville Police Chief Lou Lorton told us driving without fully clearing off your windows is not only dangerous, it’s illegal.

“The statute is very clear,” said Lorton. “It says that no person shall drive a motor vehicle with snow, ice, moisture, or other material on any of the windows or mirrors. It’s important when you’re warming your car and scraping your windshield. Nobody likes to do that; we know that. We all don’t like that, but it’s something that must be done.

“I’ve seen where folks will drive off and have just a very small circle of view. That’s not good. You need to have the windshield clear. And you can’t have anything between the windshield and the side window that block your view. You have to be able to see your outside mirror straight ahead and both sides, left and right, as the driver, or you’re ticketed.”

Lorton said driving with an obstructed view is a petty offense for the first offense and a Class C misdemeanor for the second offense.

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MULBERRY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL GEARING UP FOR FFA WEEK

Mulberry Grove High School’s FFA Chapter is gearing up for a week of festivities for National FFA Week which officially begins February 15.

“At Mulberry we host a petting zoo and kind of an ag information day on Friday, February 21,” Mulberry Grove FFA Director Matt Elam told WGEL. “That’s the day the kids get to drive their tractors to school if they want to and bring animals for the petting zoo.

“We do a teacher/staff appreciation meal on Thursday the 20th and we have an ag Olympics with younger kids at the elementary and at the high school, so the kids get to have a little fun. They also do different themed dress up days during the week."

The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting.

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LEAPS OF LOVE TO HOLD MS. LOL PAGEANT

Leaps of Love, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving families affected by childhood cancer, will host the Ms. L.O.L. pageant in Highland this May. The pageant will feature 10 courageous men from the Highland area competing in three categories of competition: mini skirt, talent and evening gown. To help keep costs low, the organization is seeking donations. Founder and Organization President Traci Riechmann told WGEL the community can help through monetary donations but also by donating items such as flowers and decorations to help lower pageant expenses.

Riechmann said all proceeds from the pageant will help Leaps of Love advance their mission of helping families through family retreats, social events, workshops and family assistance.

The Ms. L.O.L. Pageant will be May 10 in the Highland Upper Elementary Auditorium. Tickets for the pageant are $15 each and are available for purchase at First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Highland. To make a donation or for more information, contact Traci at 410-7212.

 

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VANDALIA NATIVE JUNE SQUIBB RECEIVES OSCAR NOMINATION

Vandalia native June Squibb recently received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the critically-acclaimed movie, “Nebraska.” Squibb was born and raised in Vandalia and is known for roles in “About Schmidt” and “Scent of a Woman” and has made several television appearances. The Academy Awards will be held Sunday, March 2.


GUN DEBATE STILL HOT IN SPRINGFIELD

It looks like the gun debate is far from over in Springfield. A new bill introduced last week would require gun owners to register every gun they own. And, if they fail to do that, they won't be able to buy ammunition legally. If the bill becomes law, anyone who violates it could be charged with a Class 2 Felony, which means they could face up to seven years behind bars. 


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OBITUARIES

Mary L. York

Mary L. York, age 69, of Greenville, passed away Monday, February 10 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, also in Greenville. Friends may call Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the Greenville First Christian Church.


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