03-13-2014

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COUNCIL SEES FIRST DRAFT OF OCCUPANCY PERMITS, DELAYS ACTION ON LEAF BURNING

At Tuesday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council considered the first draft of a possible occupancy permit.  City Manager Dave Willey stressed this was just the start of the process to have occupancy permits in Greenville. After getting feedback from the council, Willey said the city would schedule public hearings on the matter and talk with local realtors. Once in place, occupancy permits would be needed before occupying a home or apartment, whether as a renter or buyer.

The council decided to delay any action on the leaf burning ordinance. Councilman John Gillard suggested waiting on any possible vote concerning leaf burning until all council members could be at the meeting. Councilman Kenny Hampton was unable to attend Tuesday night. Gillard said they should wait rather than take a vote that could end in a 2-2 tie. Leaf burning will likely be back on the agenda for the April meeting.   

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GREENVILLE COLLEGE LEVELS BUILDINGS DURING CAMPUS RENOVATIONS

Greenville College leveled two houses and a shed this week after completing the necessary notifications and permits in February.

The first house to go was located at 304 E. College Avenue and served as student housing until 2013 when the school opted to house students elsewhere due to expenses associated with necessary updates. The college will use the property as green space until another use is identified.

The second house at 703 N. Elm Street was gifted to the college with the intent of tearing it down to provide a more attractive space for the school and community. The City of Greenville agreed to remove liens against the house if the college demolished it before April 1.

A shed was also leveled behind a house at 416 N. Elm Street to create additional parking for athletic events.


UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD FACING POSSIBLE BUDGET CUTS

Bond County Unit 2 School Board held a special meeting Monday where they discussed possible budget cuts for the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent Jeff Strieker told us some reasons why they must consider these cuts, including state aid and contract negotiations.

“Potential costs for that contract could reach anywhere from $250,000 to $300,000.” Strieker told WGEL. “We are also concerned about some projection information coming in on general state aid, in that our EAD in the district is going up, while at the same time our enrollment number are going down, and that suggests that we could see a reduction near $250,000.

“There is a great deal of concern pertaining to budget cuts from Springfield all throughout the state, the reduction of a billion dollars and its impact on schools, would have a significant reduction in our general state aid formula.”

Strieker said the combination of all three of these factors could mean a deficit of up to $900,000. At their meeting Monday, the school board discussed the option of riffing certified and non-certified personnel as they did last year to recoup some of the budget loss.

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SHOAL CREEK FRIENDS OF NRA PRESENT CHECK TO ACES TRAP TEAM

At their 18th annual banquet Saturday, March 8, the Shoal Creek Friends of NRA presented a large donation to Mulberry Grove Aces trap team. Don Niehaus with the chapter told us they had a packed house.

“We raised over $28,000 for the NRA Foundation,” Niehaus told WGEL. “Of course it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our underwriters and donors who donated merchandise, and I think the highlight of the night was presenting the 2014 NRA Foundation grant check to the Mulberry Grove Aces trap team in the amount of $12,000.”

Half of all proceeds from the banquet stay in the region, benefiting organizations such as the Mulberry Grove High School Aces trap team, local 4-H clubs, Boys Scouts of America Greater Saint Louis and the Mount Vernon Police Department.


SCHAUFELBERGER ADVANCES IN THREE-POINT CONTEST

After finishing second in the state his sophomore year, Greenville junior Will Schaufelberger is advancing in the three-point competition again this year.

“Will Schaufelberger was able to advance out of the sectional, and so he’s going to go shoot Thursday in Peoria at the Civic Center,” Coach Todd Cantrill told WGEL. “This is the same one as last year that he advanced all the way and finished second in the state last year. We’re very excited for Will to get another chance to go up there and represent the Comets.” 

Admission to the Boys Class 1A and 2A state final in Peoria is free of charge.

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PRIORITY CARE CHANGING NAME TO IMMEDIATE CARE 365

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese is changing the name of its non-emergency satellite location in Carlyle. Priority Care will soon become Immediate Care 365. A New Baden facility currently under construction will have the same name when it opens this summer. The two facilities will provide services once available only at large, urban medical centers. They are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on major holidays including Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information about the Immediate Care 365 facilities, call 526-5439.


GREENVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEES TO MEET TODAY

The Greenville Public Library Trustees are scheduled to meet today at 4:15 p.m. Items on the agenda include a budget work of 2014-2015, summer staffing, specifications for the library roof and bicentennial improvement.


OBITUARIES

Audrey Loretta Kolar

Audrey Loretta Kolar, age 74, formerly of Damiansville, passed away Tuesday, March 11. Funeral mass will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Damian Catholic Church in Damiansville. Burial will be in St. Damian Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Murray Parent’s Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice. The Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden is in charge of the arrangements.

Audrey is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ron; daughter, Laurie (Terry) Wohlfiel of Pewaukee, WI; and her three grandsons, Erik, Dylan and Nic, whom she affectionately called “the boys”. Also surviving is a brother, Melvin (Yvonne) Heimann of Breese, IL; sisters, Aurea (Dave) Frerker of Glen Carbon, IL, Grace Walker of Queretaro, Mexico, Donna (John) Goldman of Evanston, IL, and Lois (Rodger) Kalmer of Damiansville, IL; a brother-in-law Ralph Ottensmeier of Granville, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Bart Kolar; her brother, Lester Heimann; and her sisters, Norma Ottensmeier and Marlene Carmack.

Audrey was an advocator for her son and those who could not advocate for themselves. She patiently listened to any and all, unselfishly volunteered for her community and church, strongly stood for what she believed in, proudly supported and cared for her family members, and graciously helped anyone in any way that she could. She immensely enjoyed spending time with her family, especially “the boys”. She was the best audience for various sporting events, school activities and backyard fun. This drove her decision to leave her hometown of 65 plus years and move to Wisconsin to be closer to her immediate family. She had a heart of gold and the patience of a saint.

Rose Ambuehl     

Rose Ambuehl, age 93, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, March 12, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for 93 year-old Rose Ambuehl will be Saturday, March 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston.  Burial will be in Spangle Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. 

She and her family were Dairy Farmers and she was also a restaurant cook and cared for the children of many families throughout the years. Rose was loved and was loyal to many who knew her she was a giver.
Survivors included her Daughter: Mary Lewis of Branson, MO;
4 Grandchildren: Brad Lewis, his wife Robin, Liberty, MO; Ty Lewis, his wife Tara, Branson, MO; Christy Jones, her husband Josh, Fort Worth, TX; and Heather Berbereia, her husband Nathan, Ozark, MO;
7 Great Grandchildren: Kyle Lewis, Kali Lewis, Caleb Lewis, Kelsey Lewis, Grantham Jones, Dalton Jones, and Hayes Berbereia; Nieces, Nephews, Great and Great-Great Nieces and Nephews;
She was preceded in death by her Parents: August and Julia (Pretti) Philippi;
6 Brothers: August Jr, Eugene, Robert, Joseph, Arthur, and Robert, who died in infancy;
1 Sister: Nora Hazel Philippi;


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