04-09-2014



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WARMER TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK

Look for warmer temperatures today and tomorrow. Highs will range from the low 60s to near 70 today then warm into the upper 60s to mid-70s on Thursday. There is a chance of rain on Thursday night and Friday across parts of Missouri and Illinois.

CITY WIDE YARD SALES TO BE HELD IN MAY

The City of Greenville is coordinating the second annual City Wide Yard Sale to be held Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4. The city will provide maps showing locations, hours and some items available for all participating sales free of charge. Jody Weiss with the city told us how to get your yard sale listed.

“Registration forms can be picked up at the City of Greenville Municipal Building, the Chamber of Commerce office or the Greenville Public Library,” Weiss told WGEL. “Forms must be returned to the Municipal Building by 5:00 Monday, April 28th in order to be included on the map. The yard sale maps will be available beginning Thursday, May 1st at the Municipal Building, Greenville Police Department, the Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Public Library.”

Weiss said forms can also be downloaded at the city’s website, www.greenvilleillinois.com. For more information, contact the municipal building at 664-1644.

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GREENVILLE FFA SCORES WELL FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

The Greenville FFA Dairy Judging Team placed first at their Section Contest on Friday. Individually, Brennan Woker was first overall, Josh Laesch was third and Haley Pierce was eighth. Other team members were Austin File, Andy Cruthis, Mark Ayers, and Ashley Manning. Brennan, Josh, Haley, Austin, and Andy will now compete at the State Contest at the end of April.  

Congratulations also to Greenville FFA President Grant Suess. Grant won first place in the FFA State Proficiency Awards in Agriculture Communications on Saturday.

Grant Suess (left) and Greenville FFA Advisor Steve Zimmerman

Photo courtesy of Illinois Association FFA


BOND COUNTY HOSPICE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Bond County Hospice is currently seeking volunteers. Volunteer Coordinator Karen File told us about some different ways to help.

“After training, they can actually see patients,” File told WGEL. “The purpose of going into the home of course is to take care of the patient, but we also look out for the care taker. We kind of keep an eye on them to make sure they’re not too stressed, that they’re getting some sleep.

“So, our volunteers usually go in one or two times a week, send cards, phone calls. You meet the patient—you will kind of assess their needs at that point and the caretaker’s needs. You can do light house cleaning, bake cookies, just visit, read a book to them—there’s just a whole lot of things they can do. It’s not limited to anything.”

File said volunteers can also help around the office with paperwork and sending cards. Volunteers can be any age and training will be provided. To learn more, call Karen at 664-5020.

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HIGHLAND STUDENTS COMPETE AT STATE LEVEL

Two Highland students finished strong in the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association's state bowling finals this past weekend. Highland Middle School bowler Emma Schuster had high game of the day for the girls. Emma bowled a 187 game 1; 247 game 2; 159 game 3; 183 game 4; 155 game 5; and a 147 game 6. At the end of the day, Emma walked away with 3rd place, an average of 215 and a total of 1,078 pins knocked down. HMS student Brandon Munie finished 12th in the boys competition.

Emma Schuster and Brandon Munie

Photo courtesy of Highland Middle School


BOND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HOLD ANNUAL QUILT SHOW IN MAY

The Bond County Historical Society will hold their 12th Annual Quilt Show on Saturday, May 3 at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. Jan Eyman with the Quilter’s Club told us they will accept submissions until April 20.

“It’s a chance for people to show their quilts. We have a viewer’s choice in each area, and the areas include hand-quilted, machine-quilted, antique, wall, or baby quilt,” Eyman told WGEL. “We do have a featured quilter from Bond County, and this year it’s Oleta Schaufelberger of Greenville.

The Quilt Show will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost for admission is $3. For more information on the show or to pre-register a quilt entry, call Jan at 326-7343.


IDNR CREATES NEW RULE TO HELP REDUCE FERAL SWINE POPULATION

In an attempt to reduce the population of feral swine in the state, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is now regulating the release, transportation and harvest of the animals. Chris Young with the IDNR told us the new rule makes it illegal to hunt or shoot feral swine outside of the firearm, muzzleloader, later-winter antlerless and CWD deer seasons. During those seasons, if a hunter is legally hunting deer and sees a wild hog, they are allowed to shoot it.

“We are trying very hard to control the numbers of wild pigs—or feral swine—that are found in Illinois because they’re very destructive to wildlife habitats. They breed prolifically, and they eat just about everything and by rooting, they’re very destructive to habitats,” Young told WGEL. “So we don’t want them spreading in Illinois, we don’t want to create a demand for the animals if people think they come here to hunt them. We don’t want to create a business that’s around hog hunting.

“So the idea is, yes, we want our hunters to help us control the population, but we want them to do it during the firearm deer season, that way we can hopefully keep a culture of wild hog hunting from developing in Illinois.”

Hunters who encounter wild hogs when deer hunting are required to report the harvest of feral swine. They will then be allowed to keep the meat if they desire. Landowners who see wild hogs on their property are asked to call the IDNR staff for assistance in removing the swine at no charge. To report feral swine, call Doug Dufford at 815-369-2414.

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