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
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
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.
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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
- 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
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Little Miss Grayville
Miss Grayville Little Mister
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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,
acreage at site approximately 249 acres, sub dividable
site is within the Grayville corporate boundaries and is
Located at the Intersection of Illinois Route 1 and
Commitment from state to make site available for
industrial prospects at no cost
site is 95% flat with a hill at the northeast corner
are primarily Patton Silty Clay Loam (142) some Harco
(484) and Henshaw (483) Silt Loam
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
site was a State of Illinois prison construction site.
The project was halted because of budget constraints and
declining prison population. See site photo
I Archeological Reconnaissance Survey has been completed
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
known issues that would slow development
Water, Sewer, Electric and Natural Gas on site
Constructed parking lots with 464 spaces
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.
OUTDOOR WARNING SYSTEM ACTIVATED
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:
Upon receiving a confirmed report of a Doppler radar
notification of any actual tornado within 20 miles of the
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.”
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.
This is a confirmed report of an actual sighting of a
tornado followed by location and direction of travel.
This is a Doppler radar report and not an actual visible
sighting of a tornado.
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
Henry S. Kijonka, Mayor
Grayville Days 2007 Pageant Winners
Little Miss Grayville
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
- Photo courtesy The Navigator
WINTER HEATING ASSISTANCE
Wabash Area Development, Inc. is now
making appointments and taking applications for winter
More information is available from your local WADI
residents should go
to the office in Albion, 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.
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
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.
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
Ethanol Plant to be built at Grayville
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
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
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
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