03-14-2014




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MICHIGAN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HIGHLAND BANK ROBBERY

22 year old Ramsey Z. Fakhouri, of Troy, Michigan, pled guilty Thursday to a federal indictment charging him with bank robbery. 

According to court documents, Fakhouri and a second suspect traveled from Michigan to Highland where the other man, armed with an air gun, allegedly robbed a Bradford National Bank employee of cash she was putting in the ATM.  The total amount stolen was $25,780.

Fakhouri was arrested when he returned to the Highland Police Department, claiming images he had seen in the media were not of him.  Upon investigation by the police, he admitted that he was the driver of the getaway car.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11.


SCC NAMES COMETS TO ALL CONFERENCE TEAMS

All Conference Boys and Girls basketball teams have been announced for the South Central Conference.

Greenville’s Austin Lawrence was named to the first team, while Craig Faulkner made the second team, and Will Schaufelberger was named to the third team.

For the Lady Comets, Kassidy Alderman received a nod for the first team and Maria Reinhard was named to the second team.

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COFFEEN RESIDENTS WITHOUT POWER MUCH OF THURSDAY

Residents of Coffeen were without power for much of the day Thursday.

WGEL spoke with an Ameren representative who explained the outage in the Coffeen area was due to a faulty transformer in the Filmore substation.  Crews determined, upon investigation, that the transformer could not be repaired and they brought in a mobile transformer from Belleville.  The mobile until will be in use until the transformer can be replaced.


GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES FEBRUARY REPORT

The Greenville Police Department recently released its February 2014 report. There was one reported theft from a motor vehicle, one theft of items valued at less than $500.00, one shoplifting theft, and two reports of criminal damage to property. These totals are slightly less than those from the same time in 2013 except for thefts less than $500.00. Through February 2013, the department received nine reported thefts of items valued at less than $500.00.

There were two offenses involving juveniles and four dealing with illegal drugs. Traffic violations include four uninsured motorist, one DUI, four driver’s license offenses, 13 speeding, and one seat belt violation. Officers responded to seven traffic accidents. The department dispatched area fire districts to 86 calls. Pocahontas-Old Ripley had 28 calls, Greenville 19, Shoal Creek 13, Mulberry Grove 11, Smithboro 9, and Keyesport 6.

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CITY OF GREENVILLE LEAF VACUUMING PROGRAM TO BEGIN MONDAY

The City of Greenville will offer their leaf vacuuming program beginning Monday, March 17 and continuing through Monday, April 14, weather permitting. Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the edge of the curb or road. Leaf piles should be no higher than three feet and free of sticks and other debris. The City will compost the leaves and offer them back to residents beginning Wednesday, April 2.

Leaves can also be bagged and placed out for collection on garbage pickup day. An additional $2 will be charged for more than two bags per week.


BOARD INTERVIEWS CANDIDATES, WELCOMES MORE

The Bond County Board held a special executive session Tuesday evening to interview candidates for the position of County Highway Engineer.  Four applicants were interviewed and no action was taken following the meeting.

Applications for the position are being accepted through March 28th.

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CELEBRATED AUTHOR AND SPEAKER TO VISIT GREENVILLE COLLEGE

Greenville College will host celebrated author and speaker Rebekah Lyons on campus this month. Lyons is best known for her work on topics including womanhood, faith, mental health, leadership and calling.

Rebekah Lyons

There will be a question and answer session on Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Jo’s Java on campus. Lyons will also speak during chapel at 9:30 a.m. in Whitlock Music Center. Her visit is sponsored by the Greenville College Student Association. These events are free and open to the public. 

Photo courtesy of Greenville College


AMEREN OFFERS SPECIAL PAYMENT PLAN FOR PAST DUE BALANCES

Because record cold temperatures have caused a 20 percent increase in winter energy usage over last year, Ameren is offering options to help manage those expenses. Spokesperson for Ameren, Marcelyn Love, told us they’ve developed a special payment plan to help customers with past due balances.

From now until the end of the month, customers can set up a payment agreement with just 10 percent down and then the remaining amount will come in monthly installments,” Love told WGEL. “Beginning April 1st, customers will be required to pay 25 percent of the total amount owed before being able to establish a monthly payment plan.”

Love said Ameren also offers budget billing, a program where customers have the same amount due each month, based on a 12-month average. For more information or to enroll, call Ameren at 1-800-755-5000.

 

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GREENVILLE SNOWBIRDS PLACE IN SENIOR OLYMPICS IN FLORIDA

Greenville residents Everett & Jane Sanders spend their winters in Lakeland, FL and this year entered the Polk County Senior Olympic Games, the largest senior games in the state of Florida with over 2,500 entrants this year. Both entered swimming events. Everett won the silver medal in the Men's 50-Yard Back Stroke and Jane took home the gold in the 50-Yard Women's Back Stroke.

Photo courtesy of Elaine Kilmer


ST. JOSEPH-BREESE AUXILIARY HOSTS SUCCESSFUL BOOK SALE

The St. Joseph-Breese Auxiliary hosted another successful used book sale at the Breese American Legion February 20-23. Proceeds from the book sale brought the total sales of books sold throughout the year to $15,746.32. Many people attended to check out the more than 30,000 items including books, DVD’s, and videos. The Auxiliary is now collecting books for their 2014 sales. Donations may be left in the atrium area of the hospital’s Physician Office Building.

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GREENVILLE FFA PLACES THIRD IN CONTEST

The Greenville FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team placed third at the District Contest last week. Individually Haley Pierce was 1st place Floormember, Grant Suess was 3rd place Chairman, and Megan Hediger was 3rd place Secretary. Other floor members included Cara Thiems, Mark Ayers and Caleb Gaffner.


GREENVILLE COLLEGE CHOIR TO PERFORM AT FREE METHODIST CHURCH

The Greenville College Choir will present their annual Spring Tour Home Concert at 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. The choir consists of 44 undergraduate students from various fields of liberal arts study. For more information about the concert, call Greenville Free Methodist Church at 664-2584.



OBITUARIES

Joseph Dean Jahnssen

Joseph Dean Jahnssen, age 79, formerly of the Shawnee Neighborhood, passed away Tuesday, March 11 at the Enfield Rehabilitation Center in Enfield, IL.  Funeral services will be Monday, March 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday from noon to service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Mt. Gilead Church or Cemetery.


WEATHER

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Greenville Regional Hospital will present their annual Health Fair next Friday, March 21st at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville.  This Sunday on Public Affairs, we’ll hear from Brian Nall, Greenville Regional Hospital President & CEO, and Charles Skorzewski, Director of Physician Practices & the Laboratory at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Brian and Charles will fill us in on the details of Health Fair 2014.  Be sure to join us for Public Affairs, this Sunday right after the 12:05 Bond County Area News on WGEL.


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