KING OF THE WILL: SCHAUFELBERGER WINS KING OF THE HILL ON SATURDAY
Greenville High School Junior Will Schaufelberger won the Three-Point Showdown King of the Hill on Saturday afternoon. Schaufelberger made 13 out of 15 attempted three-pointers, winning over the 1A, 3A and 4A state champs by at least 4 shots. Congratulations to Will on his big win!
BOND COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS ISSUE BURN BAN UNTIL SATURDAY
Multiple fires in the county over the weekend had local departments going from one fire to the other, and the windy dry conditions have compelled the county fire chiefs to issue a burn ban in Bond County until at least March 29th. Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston said the ban will remain in effect for one week and then be reassessed on Saturday.
Friday afternoon, a fire was called in on Lake Road that started as a grass fire, then spread to a trailer. At one point, around 10 different fire departments were either on hand, providing mutual aid or standing by. Greenville, Shoal Creek, Mulberry Grove, Smithboro, Pocahontas, Hillsboro, Taylor Springs and New Douglas were all involved in extinguishing the fire. Johnston said the trailer was a complete loss but he didn’t believe anyone was living in the trailer, and no one was hurt.
Thirty minutes after the fire on Lake Road started, a timber fire was reported on Jake Town Road at 4:55 p.m. Mulberry Grove and Greenville fire fighters were called to the scene to fight that fire. At one time Friday evening, nearly every fire fighter in the county was engaged in fighting these fires.
Shoal Creek firefighters responded to a reported grass fire yesterday at 1:15 p.m. on the 400 block of Round Prairie Avenue, west of Prairie Road. Greenville Firefighters provided mutual aid at Shoal Creek’s request for a brush truck and additional man power. The two departments worked together to extinguish the fire. According to the report, firefighters were on the scene for over two hours.
GREENVILLE COMMONS DEVELOPMENT TO HOLD ADDITIONAL LINE OF CREDIT
The Greenville City Council met in a special session Thursday night. The discussion revolved around how the city can guarantee that as the Greenville Commons development progresses, the old junior high buildings will be demolished.
After a lengthy discussion, it was decided that the developer, Thomas Bow, will be required to carry a $300,000 line of credit that the city can use if either the demolition isn’t completed or if any apartment building that is started goes unfinished.
In return, the city has agreed to bear the expense of bringing the water main to the property at a cost not to exceed $20,000. The new agreement also stated the demolition of the old junior high buildings must be completed within nine months of the issuance of the first building permit. Thomas Bow told the council he’s excited and ready to start breaking ground. Bow said the old buildings have about four to five weeks worth of asbestos removal before demolition can start.
The changes to the agreement were approved in a 5-0 vote by the Greenville City Council.
HOSPITAL CEO THANKS VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING HEALTH FAIR POSSIBLE
Greenville Regional Hospital held their annual Health Fair at Greenville First United Methodist Church Friday. Hospital President & CEO Brian Nall extended his thanks to the many volunteers that made the health fair a success.
“First of all we have Charles Skorzewski that’s helped organize this year, and we’re appreciative to him and Shalom at the [First United Methodist] Church,” Nall told WGEL. “We have just numerous volunteers, probably up to 100 volunteers, helping out sporadically through the day from everything from organizing support for the volunteers, such as food support and refreshments, and then we also have all those volunteering at the booths and with registration.”
Nall also offered thanks to the nurses, doctors, and nurse practitioners who helped with the event.
FAYETTE COUNTY SCRAPES BY TO PAY EMPLOYEES
With the state three months behind on distributing funds, Fayette County is struggling to pay their employees. County Board Chairman Steve Knebel told us the county was depending on receiving money from the state to make budget.
“Due to shortfalls of state reimbursement, we were considering not being able to make payroll,” Knebel told WGEL. “We were discussing all the options we had…so it came down to we were going to either not going to make payroll or lay people off.”
Knebel said the county was able to find enough money in the general fund to make payroll this time around, but without state funding, employee pay is in jeopardy again for next period. He said if the county still has not received payment from the state, a special meeting will be called to discuss budgeting options, including the possibility of transferring funds from moneys set aside for capital improvement.
SELF RELIANCE EXPO DRAWS A CROWD
Saturday March 15th marked the first annual Owl Creek Gazette Self-Reliance Expo, bringing people to Greenville from across the country. Co-editors and publishers of the Gazette Don and Jan Stover told us those who attended the event enjoyed the vendors, speakers, live musical entertainment and delicious food.
“In between Hobo Jack and then our keynote speaker, Eustace Conway, we gave time for everyone to have a chance to sit down and enjoy good food,” Jan said. “And then also to shop with our vendors and experience what our vendors brought to the event, because they brought more than just products. They actually had their wisdom, their skills, their talents, and an expertise that is rare except at an event like this, because everything they made was homemade.”
Don & Jan Stover with keynote speaker, Eustace Conway (right).
The event featured 25 vendors and brought in around 170 people in total. About 120 attended keynote speaker Eustace Conway’s presentation. Don and Jan said they plan to hold another expo next March and are now working on plans for an outdoor event this fall. For more information on the expo and upcoming events, you can check out www.owlcreekgazette.com.
Photos courtesy of Don & Jan Stover
HIGHLAND SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEAM WINS GOLD AT STATE TOURNAMENT
The Region 2 Chargers took home the gold at the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament this month. Based in Highland, the team has players from throughout the Metro East, including Alex Lorton of Greenville, son of Lou and Margaret Lorton. Coach Marc Mitchell said the entire team played the best he’d ever seen during their two state tournament games.
The Region 2 Chargers Special Olympics Team, including Alex Lorton of Greenville (center, front)
“When I saw the team get out there in play, there was like a whole new team,” Mitchell told WGEL. “We had practiced with them after the regionals and tried to keep reinforcing how they should play defense and how they should pass the ball in, and you know, once you get in the game, you know it’s totally different. But this year, when we got to state, they did everything that we had told them to do. They were playing the defense really well. It was almost like the other team was just throwing us the ball, because everything that we had practiced, it worked for us.”
During their stay in Bloomington, Coach Mitchell said the players were able to enjoy a special ceremony and dance. He said he is extremely proud of the team for their hard work and dedication.
Photo courtesy of Marc Mitchell