POCAHONTAS MAN ARCHED FROM ACCIDENT SCENE
A Pocahontas man was taken to St. Louis University Hospital following a two vehicle accident on Rt. 140 near Pokey Road Wednesday afternoon.
An ARCH helicopter lands at the accident scene on Rt. 140 Wednesday
According to Bond County Sheriff’s Deputies, 54 year old Terry E. Huber, of Pocahontas, pulled onto Rt. 140, off of Pokey Road, into the path of a vehicle driven by 82 year old Joseph E. Holzinger, of Highland. Huber was transported from the scene via ARCH helicopter. Holzinger was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s in Breese.
Photo courtesy of the Greenville Fire Protection District
CITY COUNCIL SEES POSSIBLE PLANS FOR DOWNTOWN PARK AREA
At their recent meeting, the Greenville City Council saw two proposals from PGAV Planners on what a park could look like in what is now the parking lot south of First Bank. While nothing has been decided about the future of that space, the council could decide to transform it from parking to a venue suitable for festivals and live music.
Artist renderings of proposed downtown park project
The main stumbling block in the process is the price tag. The two proposals presented each had a price tag of around one million dollars. The council will likely discuss the topic further and no decision was made.
Graphics courtesy of the City of Greenville
BOND COUNTY BOARD COVERS VARIETY OF TOPICS
In their meeting this week, the Bond County Board approved a variety of county aid projects for culvert replacements on county roads, ranging from $2,600 to $7,600.
The board appointed Kim Houchlei to the Shoal Creek Fire Protection District Board for a three year term, beginning May 1.
Permission was granted to the Greenville Women’s Club to place a banner on the courthouse lawn, celebrating the club’s 40th anniversary this year. The board also gave permission to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce to host a BBQ fundraiser on the courthouse lawn to raise funds to replace the gazebo on the square. The date for the fundraiser is to be determined.
The board approved a resolution, requesting $82,000 in federal and state money to acquire two vans for Bond County Transit.
And following discussion, the board tabled the issue of salary for the Bond County Sheriff, Clerk, and Treasurer for the 2014-2018 term. All members agreed they wanted to provide a raise for those office holders -- the question is how much, and where will the extra money come from. The board will take action in their next meeting on May 6th.
MULBERRY GROVE FFA PRESIDENT RECEIVES STATE PROFICIENCY AWARD
Mulberry Grove’s FFA president, Brett Shewe, recently received a first place award in state competition.
“On Saturday, April 5, Brett Schewe was awarded a state proficiency award in diversified ag production,” FFA Advisor Matt Elam told us. “He was the top in his area in the state. Also on that Friday night, he interviewed for State Star Farmer for this year, and he’ll find out the results at state convention in June.”
Elam said Shewe is the first Mulberry Grove student to interview for State Star Farmer in his seven years of teaching.
GHS ROBOTICS CLUB PLACES FIFTH IN BOTBALL TOURNAMENT
Greenville High School’s Robotics Club placed fifth out of 36 teams in the 7th Annual Botball Tournament hosted by SIUE Saturday. Club mentor Chris Ziemba told us how the robot-building tournament worked.
“They were given a list of challenges and a board set up in various pieces that they had to locate, they had to move, and each one was assigned a certain value of points," Ziemba told WGEL. "Each school was given a set of hardware, various pieces, both electronic and mechanical, that were used to build two robots to accomplish the set of challenges.
“They were supposed to do their own programming. They used a C-based programming language to write their own software so these robots were each autonomous -- they did their own thing.”
Ziemba said he was proud to see the club’s hard work pay off. He said events like the Botball tournament allow students to further their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
SHIMKUS ON FARM BILL FEEDBACK
Congressman John Shimkus stopped by the WGEL studios Wednesday. We asked him about many topics, one of them being the feedback he’s received from farmers in his district about the recently-passed farm bill.
“They’re very happy," Shimkus told WGEL. "The people who might not be as pleased are some of our livestock people, because of the country of origin labeling issue. But the grain commodity folks want to know what the rules of the road are and they want to know what kind of insurance packages they have to help them in what we call the risk management. Last year we had a great year, two years ago we had a drought.
“You need to know the tools that are available before you go into the fields and they’re trying to get into the fields now. And having a plan, i.e. a farm bill, passed is very helpful to them.”
Shimkus was in Greenville Wednesday, hosting office hours to visit with constituents.