02-14-2014

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

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ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON RT. 140 SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

A Bond County Sheriff’s Deputy, Pocahontas-Old Ripley EMS, and Pocahontas-Old Ripley Firefighters responded Thursday, at 8:09 p.m., to a single-vehicle accident on Rt. 140 just east of Terrapin Ridge Road.  According to the accident report, Thomas G. Cook, age 60, of Benld, Illinois was eastbound on Rt. 140 in a 1989 Chevrolet when he saw a deer or dog in the road and he swerved to avoid the animal.  He drove off the right side of the road at a left hand curve and his vehicle struck a tree.  Pocahontas-Old Ripley EMS took Cook to Greenville Regional Hospital.

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CITY HELPS FAST-RITE GET FAST INTERNET

The Greenville City Council voted on Tuesday to help Fast-Rite, the distribution company that will soon occupy the old Maredy Building in the industrial park, obtain the faster internet service they need to function at that location. City Manager Dave Willey said Fast-Rite will start with about 15 employees very soon in the Greenville area, and over time as many as 40 will work at the Greenville location. Willey also said that Fast-Rite received no other incentive help to choose Greenville as its location. The council voted 5-0 to spend just under $11,000 to extend fiber optics to near the Fast-Rite building. 

The board also approved the repairs needed to the Buchheit building, which the city owns. During the blizzard of 2014 and the rain that followed, problems with the roof appeared. 

This photo shows a gap in the roof over Buchheit

The council voted to approve Korte Company to perform the repairs at the estimated cost of $140,607 in a 5-0 vote.  The final cost could be less than the estimate depending on any permanent damage done to the roof purlins. According to Willey, if the purlins bounce back and don’t need further support or replacement, then the cost will be lower. The city’s insurance policy should cover most, if not all, of the cost of repairs. Buchheit remains open and the building is perfectly safe to shop in. Most of the repairs will be made while the store is closed at night as to not interfere with shopping.

Photo courtesy of the City of Greenville

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GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL TO BEGIN FFA WEEK SOON

National FFA Week officially begins this year on February 15 and runs through February 22. Greenville High School’s FFA Chapter has big plans for the week. FFA Advisor Steve Zimmerman told us about the purpose of FFA Week and about some of their plans.

“It’s just to give a chance for students to be recognized and to do different activities to recognize the FFA and the importance of agriculture here in our state in the United States,” Zimmerman said. “Thursday we have our barnyard zoo, and it will be going on from 8:45 until 2:30, and we’ll have several different species of farm animals here at the shop and we’ll also have some ag literacy activities that the elementary kids will be doing and we usually have about six or seven hundred kids come through.”

Zimmerman said they will also hold the annual work auction with a meal on Thursday evening where FFA members will be auctioned off for an eight-hour day of work. The meal and auction will be held in the high school cafeteria and gym.

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FAIR OAKS CELEBRATES VALENTINE'S DAY

Fair Oaks in Greenville celebrated Valentine's Day Thursday afternoon. Their party included a performance by The Misfits, a group of local musicians who performed love songs, country and gospel tunes, and took requests.

L to R: “The Misfits”... Lanny Largent, Tom Rankin, Bobby Elliott, Gordon “Finny” Buvarskis, and Kevin Bricker. Also pictured, Fair Oaks resident Alfonso Buvarskis.

L to R: Fair Oaks Staff... Sharon Simpson, Interim Director of Nurses; Betty Bays, Social Service Coordinator; Sami Thacker, Certified Nursing Assistant; Tracy Casey, Administrative Assistant; and Glenn Miller, Administrator

Photos courtesy of Fair Oaks

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GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL OFFERS INSURANCE HELP

Greenville Regional Hospital is now offering counseling to help navigate the eligibility and enrollment process through the Illinois’ Health Insurance Exchange. Financial Counselor Teresa Eyman told us several people have already used this service.

“We have a couple of what we call certified application counselors here at the hospital,” Eyman said. “We’ll go through all the different types of plans and pick out what would be best for you and your family.”

Counselors will also be available to answer questions regarding the health exchange at the Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair on March 21. Open enrollment on the insurance exchange ends March 31. To make an appointment to meet with a counselor, call 664-1230 ext. 3051.

 

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GFPD PROVIDED SAME NUMBER OF ASSISTS AS RECEIVED IN 2013

The Greenville Fire Protection District discussed mutual aid at their recent annual appreciation banquet. Their records showed the district provided the same number of mutual assists as they received in 2013.

“We have mutual aid with the people here in the county, and it was exactly even this year. We received mutual aid 24 times and we gave mutual aid 24 times,” Fire Chief Bill Johnston told WGEL. “As far as I’m concerned, I like that. It’s just the way the fire service is anymore …We have less and less firefighters so we’re more dependent on our neighbors.”

Johnston said one of the most memorable moments of the year was assisting Smithboro with a train derailment.

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HHS DANCE TEAM WINS ONE STATE COMPETITION, OFF TO NEXT

The Highland High School Dance team recently won the state championship title at the IHSA state competition. Coach Michelle Deets told us their team will be off to another state competition this Saturday.

“For IHSA, we’re only allowed to bring one routine and compete that one routine against everybody else’s. We have a jazz routine, and we competed against a hip hop, a kick, a lyrical. So for IHSA, which is the one we won two weeks ago, it was all genres of dance competing against each other for that state title,” Deets said. “In the other organization we compete in, which is IDTA, it’s broken down into categories, so that’s where we’ll be competing this coming Saturday.”

Deets said she is very proud of the hard work and commitment the members of the dance team have shown and said that’s a large part of their success.



OBITUARIES

None to report.


WEATHER

A fast-moving storm system will affect the region through this afternoon. Accumulations for most of the area will be between 1 and 3 inches. The heaviest accumulations of snow should be across portions of south-central Illinois where 3-4 inches are expected. Warm-up still appears likely next week with temperatures climbing well above normal for the first time in months.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join Ryan Mifflin for Public Affairs this Sunday afternoon. He will be joined by Greenville High School students Grant Suess, Haley Pierce, and Megan Hediger - all officers in the Greenville Chapter of the FFA. Sunday kicks off National FFA Week and Ryan will talk with Grant, Haley, and Megan about the FFA, their many activities, and how their involvement in the organization helps prepare them for the future. You can catch Public Affairs right after the Bond County Area News at 12:05 Sunday afternoon on WGEL 101.7 FM.

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