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Thanks to Christine Knight for catching this megaload coming through Grayville on the way from Shawneetown to Robinson, IL

In front are Cole Neeley, Little Mister Grayville, and Alyvia Marie Rahmoeller, Little Miss Grayville. In back from left are Brynn Hickenbottom, Miss Congeniality, Mikayla Paschal, Miss Grayville, and Justinn Sexton, First Runner-Up. Photo: Navigator


Officials Break Ground for New Dollar General Store

Ground Broken For New Grayville Dollar General Store

Work should get underway “within the next week, or two weeks at most,” said Pat Boehler, one of the partners involved in Westmore Equities, a Chesterfield, Mo.-based developer of Dollar General Stores.

Westmore proposes to erect a 91,000 square-foot structure to house an expanded Dollar General. Project cost will approach $750,000, according to JoEllen Seil, Grayville City Clerk and Economic Development Coordinator.

The store is projected to employ a total of 20 workers total, with a full-time equivalent of 12 to 15 jobs—a large jump from the present employment of the downtown Dollar General.

Westmore, a “preferred developer” for Dollar General, predicts sales will increase 25 percent over what the present downtown store generates. Westmore representatives say the present location—the old Graham Hardware building—does not allow for any expansion of product lines, according to Seil.

The goal for Westmore is to divert traffic away from nearby Wal-Mart stores by  introducing new lines of merchandise, she observed.

Land for the development was provided free to Westmore by the City of Grayville. Because the Industrial Park is located within a Tax Increment Financing district, the development will generate funds for infrastructure improvements, city officials said.

Boehler noted news of the development has been enthusiastically received by Grayville residents. “Everybody is really excited,” she said.

Westmore’s presence in Grayville will likely extend beyond the Dollar General Store, she added. “We hope to bring more development to town,” she said.

The Industrial Park property owned by Westmore will eventually host a complimentary business as well, she predicted. “There are retail stores that fit well with a Dollar General Store,” she said.

                                  - The Navigator

What is the Census?

  • The census is a count of everyone living in the United States every 10 years.
  • The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
  • The next census is in 2010.
  • Your participation in the census is required by law.
  • It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
  • Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census.
  • Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year.

    The Grayville Planning Commission will be serving as the complete count committee to promote the importance of everyone being counted. 

    Watch a new video on the 2010 Census


 Madellyn Cunningham   Alysha Knackmus      Cordero Garza
      Little Miss Grayville     Miss Grayville     Little Mister Grayville

AUGUST 27, 2008

The City of Grayville received word late Tuesday (August 26th, 2008) that Governor Rod Blagojevich had signed House Bill 4137, which conveys 249 acres of state owned property back to the City of Grayville.  Mayor Henry S. Kijonka who is also the democratic candidate for Illinois’ 54th Senate District said this will allow the community to begin marketing this site for development.  Kijonka went to work on this immediately after his successful mayoral election and within days organized a meeting with Springfield officials to make the formal request that the state convey the property back to Grayville.  Former Republican State Representative Roscoe Cunningham, Former Democratic State Senator Phil Benefiel and City Attorney Jay Walden accompanied Mayor Kijonka for this meeting with Speaker Michael Madigan’s Office.  A short time after, Representative David Reis introduced the house bill that has now been signed by Governor Blagojevich.

Mayor Kijonka discussed a plan for regional marketing of the site saying neighboring communities will also benefit from this asset once developed.  His plans to use City Economic Development Coordinator JoEllen Seil in coordination with Sandra Irvine – Executive Director for the White County Economic Development Group and Brandi Stennett, City of Mt. Carmel Economic Development Director to begin marketing the site will be put into action immediately.  Mayor Kijonka said this is a new beginning for Grayville and and excellent opportunity to bring jobs and tax dollars to the Southeastern Illinois area.  

Henry S. Kijonka, Mayor

Site information:
  • Total acreage at site approximately 249 acres, sub dividable
  • The site is within the Grayville corporate boundaries and is zoned appropriately
  • Located at the Intersection of Illinois Route 1 and Interstate 64
  • Commitment from state to make site available for industrial prospects at no cost
  • Total site is 95% flat with a hill at the northeast corner
  • Soils are primarily Patton Silty Clay Loam (142) some Harco (484) and Henshaw (483) Silt Loam
  • This is a stand alone site.  A truck stop borders the south boundary of the 249 acre site, Illinois Route 1 borders the east boundary and farm ground borders the north and west boundaries.
  • This site was a State of Illinois prison construction site.  The project was halted because of budget constraints and declining prison population.  See site photo
  • Phase I Archeological Reconnaissance Survey has been completed
  • No known wetlands. As per FEMA, the site is in Zone C – not in a floodplain
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources has reviewed the site and determined that construction on the site will not impact endangered species
  • Illinois Office of Historic Preservation has determined that there are no known archeological or historical resources located in the site.
  • Geotechnical borings are available from the State of Illinois
  • No known issues that would slow development
  • Water, Sewer, Electric and Natural Gas on site
  • Constructed parking lots with 464 spaces

Illinois surprises Hoosier canoeists in 2008 paddlefest
Story and
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Paddle Fest 2008 - Saturday, August 16

City of Grayville Recognized For Water Excellence!

Julie Ann Janssen, acting chief of the Division of Oral Health for IDPH, at 76th Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association Conference, presents water excellence award to Grayville water commissioner, Jesse Houser. Grayville was one of 423 statewide recognized for having mandated levels for all 12 months of 2006. 9th year in a row to get award from IDPH and EPA.


The City of Grayville has enacted an outdoor warning siren system.  This system has two individual locations – one at the Junction of IL Rt. 1 and IL Rt. 130 and the second location is adjacent to City Hall and First Bank.

 The Tornado Warning System procedures are:

(1)    Upon receiving a confirmed report of a Doppler radar notification of any actual tornado within 20 miles of the City of Grayville, the City Tornado Warning sirens will be activated for one three minute cycle.  Immediately after activating the Tornado Warning Sirens, the Grayville Police Department will announce over the Grayville Police Department radio frequency, “A Tornado Warning is in effect for the Grayville area.”

(2)    The Grayville Police Department in conjunction with the Little Wabash Fire Protection District will make one of the following announcements over the Grayville Police Department radio frequency.

a.       This is a confirmed report of an actual sighting of a tornado followed by location and direction of travel.

b.       This is a Doppler radar report and not an actual visible sighting of a tornado. 

(3)    Upon a confirmed tornado sighting by the Little Wabash Fire Protection District weather spotters; the Warning Sirens will be activated for an additional three (3) minute cycle.  

                                         Henry S. Kijonka, Mayor

Grayville Days 2007 Pageant Winners

Little Mister
Austin Cowling

 Miss Grayville
Paige Bosecker

Little Miss Grayville
Carsyn Robinson


Grayville Days 2007- A Huge Success!
Grayville Days 2007 was deemed a huge success by its organizers. Huge crowds turned out for the five-day Labor Day weekend festival. Pictured is the throng at Saturday's free
concert by Confederate Railroad, estimated as high as 5,000.
                                                         - Photo courtesy The Navigator

September - 2006
Wabash Area Development, Inc. is now making appointments and taking applications for winter heating assistance. More information is available from your local WADI office. Grayville residents should go to the office iAlbion, the office is at 334 Industrial Drive, and the phone number is 445-2379.

Major improvements have been completed at the VA Hospital in Marion, IL. A new in-patient ward on the third floor was dedicated on Tuesday. Instead of the old open wards that housed as many as 8 patients with one shared bathroom, the new facility features rooms for one or two patients with a private bath.

The Grayville Library Boosters, Inc.
The Illinois 510c3 non profit corp. are working towards funding a new library and learning center for Grayville and the surrounding community. Their goal is to raise $300,000 in three years. As of 4-28-06 the Boosters have raised $159,710.  The property for the site of the new library was generously donated by Integra Bank NA  The Grayville Library Boosters invite you to join them in leaving a lasting legacy for Grayville's history and to provide a solid learning foundation for our children. Your donations are essential in funding the new Library / Museum Building. Under the Internal Revenue Code, 100% of your gift is tax deductible. The Boosters would like to thank you in advance for your donation! Please make donations the:  Grayville Library Boosters, Inc.
122 S. Court,  Grayville, IL. 62844

March 30, 2006 Ten finalists have been named in the annual Wayne-White Electric Youth to Washington Essay Contest. The finalists are Travis Thompson, Josh Gray and Ilesha Rhodes of Grayville, Jennifer Brinkley, Ben Lemmon and Dylan Bowman of Norris City, Jessica South of Enfield, Kent Kiefer of Dahlgren, Rachel Campbell of McLeansboro and Elizabeth Bierman of Carmi. The finalists will attend the Illinois Electric Co-op Youth Day in Springfield April 5.

New Police Cars
  March - 2006 | Two new 2006 Dodge Chargers have been striped and are now in service along a black unmarked vehicle.

Jr. Bison win regional title
The Grayville seventh grade volleyball team came from behind to capture the Illinois Elementary Association Class 7A regional championship in Albion Thursday.

The Bison, coached by Kim Milligan and Tricia DiMaggio, dropped the first game of the match, 17-21, to West Salem (a feeder program for Edwards County High School), then came back to win the next two, 21-17, 21-14.

News Summary
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi has announced plans to build a $5.1 million, 49-unit senior adult supportive living facility. Groundbreaking for the facility has been set for April 2006.

Old-time country music star Little Jimmy Dickens will headline this year's Bluegrass Festival in Grayville. The festival is set for Aug. 4-6 at the city's park.

Grayville Police Report 2005

Ethanol Plant to be built at Grayville

A local company plans to construct a fuel ethanol plant on Grayville's south side as well as restore rail lines through the area to serve the plant.

The project was announced Friday, October 7th, 2005, afternoon by Ed Bailey of Browns, chief executive officer and president of Illini Cropland & Energy, and the company's vice president, Allen Wilson of Fairfield, at the site of the ethanol plant just east of the Super 8 motel south of Grayville. Joining them was Mike Bryan, CEO of Colorado-based BBI International, a consulting firm to the renewable fuels industry, which conducted the feasibility study for the project and will guide development of the new plant.

The size of the plant is "yet to be determined," Bryan said, but he estimated it to cost between $75 and $100 million, producing 60 to 75 million gallons of fuel ethanol each year. When completed, the plant will employ "someplace around 50 people," Bryan said. Construction will take from 12 to 14 months and will create 50 to 100 construction jobs, he said. It will be constructed on an 80-acre site Bailey purchased earlier this year from SJD Farms, based in Evansville, Ind. Total annual revenue for the plant will be $80 to $120 million, depending on
the size of the plant, with 20 percent of that coming from the production of high-quality distiller's grain for a number of agricultural purposes, Bryan

The plant will use between 20 and 30 million bushels of corn per year. Bailey said he anticipates development of a distribution center at the site to handle the outflow of the plant's products.

Bryan said it will take 16 to 21 months before IC&E is ready to break ground at the site. "Basically, it's a 2 1/2-year project until there's steam coming out of the stack," he said. Bailey said there is no timetable for restoration of the rail line, the first phase of which will run from the Norfolk-Southern line at Browns to the plant site at Grayville. The second phase will entail reconstruction of the old Illinois Central bridge across the Wabash River to reach the CSX line at Poseyville, Ind. A section of the bridge caved in during last January's record flood.

Bailey said he has received permission from the federal Surface Transportation Board to reclaim the right-of-way for rail use. Part of the property constituting the old Indiana Hi-Rail system was held by the Indiana Trails Fund for use as a bicycle trail.

Bailey praised the White County Economic Development Group as well as the City of Grayville and the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission for their assistance with the project.

Among those on hand for the announcement were WEDG Executive Director JoEllen Seil and her assistant, Sandra Irvine, Grayville Mayor Joe Bisch and GWRPC Executive Director Brandi Stennett.





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