03-11-2014

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ANOTHER RIDE ON THE WEATHER ROLLER COASTER

Temperatures soared into the 60s yesterday and are expected to again today. However, a low pressure system will bring cooler and wetter weather to the region tonight and Wednesday. Sharply falling temperatures will cause rain to change to snow tonight. Some locations may even experience one to two inches of accumulating snow, although the recent warm temperatures should keep the ground warm enough to limit accumulations.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service


CHOPPER SPOTTED CHOPPING TREES IN BOND COUNTY

You may have seen a strange looking helicopter hovering around Bond County this past week. Sherry Schaefer from Heritage Iron Magazine told us this chopper is one of only 20 of its kind worldwide and is specifically designed to trim trees.

“The helicopter itself is a Huey 500 MD helicopter, and it’s got what I would call 90 foot of pipe in sections that hangs from the belly,” Schaefer told WGEL. “It’s got a coupling on it, so that it can’t spin around but it hangs down. At the bottom of it is an engine actually hanging there in a cover. It’s a small Kohler engine, similar to what you’d find on a lawn mower—a big lawn mower. Then there are blades hanging on the bottom of it…all these combination of saw blades.”

Schaefer said the helicopter was commissioned by the gas company, Buckeye, to trim trees from Wood River to Terre Haute. The chopper has finished its work in Bond County and has now moved on to eastern Illinois.

Photo courtesy of Sherry Schaefer

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GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS PARKING RESTRICTIONS

The Greenville City Council will discuss adding parking restrictions to the Locust Street area between College Avenue and Beaumont at their regular March council meeting. Mayor Alan Gaffner told us more about the issue.

“In the areas where ‘no parking’ signs are not present, it’s created parking on both sides of the street and resulted in a narrow traffic lane—a narrow travel lane to the center of the street, and the city council wants to address that at its regular March meeting,” Gaffner told WGEL. “We wanted to share in advance our discussion of that topic with not only those who live on that section of Locust Street but with the community so that they would have the opportunity to be part of that discussion if they desire.”

Gaffner said the city doesn’t have the authority to make this decision without the city council creating an ordinance. The meeting is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m.


DOWN IT COMES

Crews tore down the house on the corner of College Avenue & North Spruce Street in Greenville Monday. The property is owned by Greenville College.


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GREENVILLE COLLEGE ALUMNUS MANAGING FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

After studying music business and student directing AgapeFest, Greenville College alumnus Seth England is now managing the wildly popular country music duo Florida Georgia Line. GC President Dr. Ivan Filby said England’s story exemplifies the college’s aim to be salt and light in all fields of study, not just traditional ministry.

“He’s currently managing Florida Georgia Line,” Filby told WGEL. “He signed them with the company that he works for in Nashville and he’s been in charge of them as they’ve had the biggest selling digital download in country music history, so we’re enormously proud of him. But that’s the type of story we get again and again and again.”

Filby said he also recently heard of a Greenville College graduate working in the management side of Twitter. He said the college is enormously proud of the alumni’s achievements.


FIFTY TEAMS PARTICIPATED AT COMETS SPORTS BOOSTERS THREE-ON-THREE

The Comets Sports Boosters fourth annual three-on-three basketball tournament brought its largest crowd yet with 50 teams participating on Saturday. Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat told us more about the event.

“It was a great fundraising event,” Alstat told WGEL. “Over 50 teams were here. It was open to boys and girls from grades three through eight, and again we had 50 teams here from…the metro-east—Collinsville, Troy, Edwardsville, Belleville, Effingham areas were all in attendance, a lot of Clinton County and a lot of Greenville as well. We’d like to thank Donnewald Distributing for donating our drinks for the occasion, and we appreciate all the help we had from volunteers and student helpers in our basketball programs as well.”

Preliminary totals for the fundraiser are over $4,000. Alstat said they plan to continue their tradition of three-on-three tournaments next spring.


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MULBERRY GROVE KC ACCOUNTING STUDENT WINS AT SIUC

Lorraine “Lorrie” Albert of Mulberry Grove was one of seven Kaskaskia College students who competed recently in the 16th Annual Accounting Challenge at SIU Carbondale. The challenge provides high school students and community college transfers the opportunity to visit SIU and experience the university and community. Lorrie tied for third in the competition and will receive a scholarship. 

Back row: Zachary Torbeck, Grant Rexilius, Elizabeth Boozer, and Terry Farmer 

Front row: Emily Hug, Emily Theising, Lorraine Albert

Photo courtesy of Kaskaskia College

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BOND COUNTY BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING

The Bond County Board will hold a special meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. consisting of an executive session to interview possible County Highway Engineer candidates.




OBITUARIES

None to report.


 

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