02-26-2014



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UNIT 2 SETS GRADUATION DATE AND LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

At this week’s Unit 2 School Board meeting the board set May 23 as this year’s graduation date along with June 5 as the last day of student attendance. Because of the amount of snow days used this year the board approved school to be in session Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, April 22. These were both days the district planned to have off.

The board approved the Varsity Girls Tennis team to take an overnight trip to Cincinnati, OH to watch a professional tennis tournament and the FFA student officers to take an overnight trip to Indiana for a chapter visit program.

The district received a little over $800,000 in payments in January and it was noted by Superintendent Strieker that of the just over $5.1 million due the district from the state, all but $470,000 has been received.

Board Vice President Scott Gaffner told the board the maintenance grant that was applied for was not awarded to the district. The district is still up for an energy efficient grant that would be in the amount of $50,000 that would help go towards the new HVAC system that is needed for the high school media area.

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KPD APPROVES BONDS

In a meeting Monday night the Kingsbury Park District approved $401,000 in bonds.  KPD Director Jerry Sauerwein previously told WGEL some of the bond money will go to matching funds to apply for grants to acquire land.

“In our Master Plan it talks about an outdoor complex as well as an indoor complex,” said Sauerwein.  “If you’re looking at a piece of ground, the acreage that’s been talked about is around 60 acres.  That would be primarily for your outdoor complex.  I think the driving force of that is the lack of soccer space, or flat space to play soccer or flag football, or even expanding into some other areas.  Having these conversations and looking at land for several years now…the exact location hasn’t been revealed yet and we’re still in negotiations for both parcels, or possibly three different parcels.”

Part of the bond money will also be used for maintenance issues at Jaycee Park and the KPD pool and possibly to purchase a new truck for the park district.

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GREENVILLE MAN WINS ELLEN SHOW COSTUME CONTEST

More than 1,000 University of Illinois and Parkland College students will make a cameo appearance on the “Ellen” show today…including one from Greenville.

19 year old Tad Logullo, son of Jon and Stephanie Logullo, of Greenville, is a Mechanical Engineering major at the U of I.  He told us he participated in – and won – a costume contest Ellen held on campus Monday.

“I was sitting in class and everyone was mentioning how Ellen might be on campus,” said Tad.  "They also mentioned there may be a movie costume contest.  I realized I still had my Halloween costume in the closet – The Joker – so I ran home and put it on and showed up.  Ellen DeGeneres was on a live chat and picked out who had the best costume.  I won, it was kind of awesome.”

Tad Logullo as the Heath Ledger version of The Joker

Tad being filmed for today's episode of "Ellen"

You can see Tad on the Ellen show this afternoon.  He’ll be flown out to Los Angeles this weekend to be in the audience of her post-Oscar special, which will air Monday afternoon. 

Photos courtesy of Tad Logullo


BOND COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY CONTINUES TO MEET ORIGINAL GOAL

The Bond County Humane Society recently announced the number of adoptions completed in 2013. Humane Society Representative Rachel Hunsdorfer said the organization has consistently met its original adoption goal.

“When we started the organization, our goal was to adopt out 10 animals a month, and we continue to do that,” Hunsdorfer told WGEL. “We adopted out 87 cats or kittens and 53 dogs or puppies last year.”

Hunsdorfer said the Humane Society is always in need of volunteers and animal foster homes. For more information on how to help, call the center at 664-4068.


FAMILY CELEBRATES BOY SCOUT TRADITION AT EAGLE SCOUT CEREMONY

For Taylor Hill of rural Greenville, Boy Scouting is a family tradition. Hill was recently awarded his Eagle Scout, the highest award given in the Boy Scouts. His uncle, Bud Carpenter, also an Eagle Scout, led Hill in the oath and candlelight ceremony. Carpenter told WGEL Hill started in Cubs as a young boy, made the goal to become Eagle and accomplished that goal.

(L to R) James Carpenter, Taylor Hill, and Bud Carpenter

For his Eagle Scout project, Hill refurbished and reconstructed the stone oven in Patriot’s Park, with help from friends and family. Hill’s grandfather, James Carpenter, was also recognized during the ceremony for 35 years of leadership with the Boy Scouts.

Photo courtesy of Josh Hill

 

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MADISON COUNTY FORMING HEROIN TASK FORCE

In response to a string of heroin overdose deaths and the continuing epidemic of heroin addiction in Madison County, Sheriff Bob Hertz and State’s Attorney Tom Biggons have announced the formation of a Task Force to study the effectiveness of past efforts to fight the problem, assess the current status of the program in Madison County, and develop a future plan of action to help reduce addiction and save lives.

Among those initially being asked to join the task force are Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn, US Attorney Steve Wigginton, local police chiefs, addiction treatment providers, representatives from the Madison County Probation and Drug Court, local healthcare providers, and representatives from federal law enforcement agencies.

A task force organizational meeting has been scheduled for this Thursday, with the first public information session to be held Friday, March 7th at 1:00 p.m. in the Madison County Board Room in Edwardsville. 


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OBITUARIES

Maurice Lee “Shorty” Tompkins     

Maurice Lee “Shorty” Tompkins, age 70, of Vandalia, passed away Monday, February 24, at his home.  Memorial services for 70 year-old Maurice Lee “Shorty” Tompkins will be Saturday, March 1, at 11:00 a.m., at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Paralyzed Veterans of America. 


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