04-08-2014

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BOND COUNTY BOARD HIRES NEW HIGHWAY ENGINEER

The Bond County Board recently hired Jeremy Pestle, of Macomb, IL, as the new Bond County Highway Engineer with a unanimous vote. Pestle told WGEL he is looking forward to working for the county.

"I spent two and a half years [in McDonough County] under Dan Ratterman, a former county engineer here. I ended up going to a consultant and worked there for a while. But I missed this world here in the county environment, and look forward to seeing how it goes here."

Jeremy Pestle

Before settling the matter, Board Chairman Howard Elmore asked Pestle about his baseball affiliations. After a long pause, Pestle tactfully replied that he is too busy to follow baseball. Pestle’s hire will be finalized, pending IDOT approval, at the next Bond County Board meeting on Tuesday, April 15.


GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL COULD VOTE ON LEAF BURNING TONIGHT

The Greenville City Council is set to meet Tuesday night at 7:30PM at city hall.  The council will likely discuss and may take a vote to change the current leaf burning ordinance in the city.  The topic was tabled from the last meeting. 

Another item on the agenda includes public meetings being scheduled on the topic of occupancy permits.  The council is considering requiring an inspection of a home or apartment prior to allowing that property to be occupied.  Three public meetings will be help where the public can share their views with the council.  The meetings are planned for Thursday April 17th at Noon and 4PM and again on Tuesday April 22nd at 6PM. 

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CITY OF GREENVILLE FEELING IMPACT OF WINTER WEATHER

Even after the snow has melted, the City of Greenville is feeling the impact of this year’s extreme winter weather. Public Works Director Bill Grider told us the city depleted all but 75 tons of their 800 ton salt supply, is now 160 percent over budget for overtime pay and will continue to feel the sting well into the summer.

“The cold weather has really played a major part in the road conditions. We have a lot of roads that have swollen up and deteriorated due to the extremely cold temperatures we’ve had,” Grider told WGEL. “We’re having to spend some extra money this summer now to get the roads repaired and get them built back as they need it, with added asphalt costs and black top costs.”

Grider said other communities in the area and throughout the state are feeling the same financial impact. He said the city is now in the process of putting together the budget for the next fiscal year and may have to find ways to make up for this year’s unanticipated spending.


CATHIE WIEDENHOEFT RETIRES AFTER 16 YEARS AT NACO

NACO Printing in Greenville held a reception for Cathie Wiedenhoeft Friday. Cathie is retiring after 16 years with Naco. Last month Cathie was named as the recipient of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Turley Memorial Award.

Cathie with NACO owner Larry Deiters

Photo courtesy of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce


 
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SHOAL CREEK CHAPTER OF WTU SPONSORED HUNTER SAFETY ED COURSE

The Shoal Creek Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited sponsored an Illinois Hunter Safety Education course this month at the KVS Club near Tamalco. Class participants received a “WTU Kids on Target” package for participating and were provided lunch and beverages, courtesy of the chapter.

After taking the final exam, participants were rewarded with opportunities to shoot clay pigeons at the range. Certified Course instructors were Rick Hammond, Jack Langel, and Brett Haas, who is also a Shoal Creek Committee Member.

Photo Courtesy of the Shoal Creek Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GIVES TIPS ON HAIL SAFETY

The National Weather Service received several reports of hail, some the size of a quarter, as storms blew through the area last week. Service Hydrologist Mark Fuchs with the National Weather Service shared some tips with us on hail safety.

“You want to protect your head—that’s the big thing,” Fuchs told WGEL. “Try to stay under a shelter, or indoors, or in your vehicle, whatever it is. That’s the biggest threat. And obviously, there’s the potential property damage. Cars that are outside, you might want to get them under a carport or a garage.”

Fuchs said that safety is the highest priority in a hail storm.


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POCAHONTAS CENTER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

The Pocahontas Center has named their Students of the Month for April. The Character Education Word of the Month for April is "Fairness".

Back to Front (L to R): Gage Links, Joshua Doty, Madison Jett, Brandon King, Ian Williams,

Logan Williams, Isaiah Williams, Dakota Driemeyer, Justin Wilson, Macy Jett, Zoee Fenton, Ava Curry,

Liam McElvain, Hannah Williams, Marianna Sterkis, Aden Young, Owen Goodall.

Photo courtesy of Mike & Carol Ellsworth

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ST. JOSEPH’S IN HIGHLAND INTRODUCES TELEMEDICINE TECHNOLOGY

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland recently launched a new stroke telemedicine program that gives patients and emergency room physicians access to the expertise of an on-call neurologist. Director of Community Relations Randy Schorfheide told WGEL the new technology was already used on a few occasions last week.

“We’re partnering up with a neurology specialty physical group called C30 Telemedicine, and these neurologists are at remote sites and their double board certified in neurology and neuro-critical care, so it’s not a robot per se but what it is—it’s an interactive computer screen that provides real time audio and video, where the neurologist is in their office in another part of the country,” Schorfheide told WGEL. “And they’re able to interact with our ER physicians and the patients here at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, especially with those patients that are suffering stroke symptoms.”

Schorfheide said the stroke telemedicine technology allows physicians, nurses and patients to interact with specialists in real time through a mobile video conferencing unit placed at the patient’s bedside.


GREENVILLE BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS TO MEET WEDNESDAY

The Greenville Board of Police Commissioners is scheduled to meet Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m. at the Greenville Municipal Building. Items on the agenda include the upcoming Spring Seminar in Decatur, the annual report for the mayor, the budget submission and the election of officers.


SPORTS

On Saturday, the Lady Comets softball team won the Mulberry Grove Tournament. The Comets defeated the Mulberry Grove Aces 4-1 in the first game. April Stich and Whitney Gray had two hits apiece and Jackie Hoffmeier had a triple that drove in two runs. In the second game, the Lady Comets defeated Mater Dei 3-1. Gray and Hoffmeier had two hits each.  Gray got the win in both games.

The Lady Comets soccer team won their second round matchup of the Bulldog/Panther Tournament with Carlinville 1-0. The Lady Comets lost to Staunton 2-0 Saturday morning in the 3rd round of the Tournament. They went on to finish off the tournament that afternoon with a 4-0 win over Hillsboro. The Lady Comets finished the tournament with a 2-2 record, scoring 5 goals and allowing 5 goals.


OBITUARIES

Noah Lee Lindley

Noah Lee Lindley, son of Staci Bone and Michael Lindley of Sorento, passed away Sunday, April 6 at Greenville Regional Hospital. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Hug Cemetery in Millersburg. Friends are welcome to join the family there. The Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.


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