10-04-2006 





TRASH PICKUP STILL NOT RESOLVED IN MULBERRY GROVE

The issue of mandatory trash pickup in Mulberry Grove still appears to be an unresolved.  Mayor Jana Willis reported at Monday’s Mulberry Grove village board meeting that they did not receive a contract from Doty Sanitation by the noon September 29 deadline.  The village had approved a bid from Doty during their July meeting and then considered a motion in their August meeting to rescind that motion to accept another bid.  Mayor Willis said she had attempted to reach Doty by phone at both of their offices but had been unsuccessful.  The board then called the village attorney Jeffrey Mollet who advised that he would contact Doty Sanitation to inquire on the status of the contract. 

Recently, vandals did extensive damage to the Mulberry Grove sewer plant and also stole some equipment.  The estimated price tag to replace one aerator, wiring, and two motors comes to around $8,000.  Village employees reported Monday night that grates stolen from the plant were recovered late last week at a residence north of Greenville. 

The animal control position was filled by the man who has held the job for many years.  The board had accepted applications for the position and the village’s personnel committee interviewed two candidates prior to the meeting.  The Mulberry board voted 4-1 in favor of retaining Gary Redfern for animal control at $250 a month for three years.  Board member Karan Belcher was the dissenting vote.

Trick or treat hours for Mulberry Grove will be from 5-8pm on October 31 for children 12 and under.


KINGSBURY BOARD APPROVES GRANT MONEY

The Kingsbury Park Board will be receiving additional money from the Illinois EPA Clean Lakes Grant Program.  KPD Director Jerry Sauerwein told the board during a special meeting Monday night that $100,000 was available but it was a 50-50 match meaning that the park district would have to match it dollar for dollar.  The board approved up to $65,000 in grant money which Sauerwein said could be matched through the KPD’s capital improvements fund or the Lem Rhoades’ donation. 

Sauerwein said there were two coves at Patriot’s Park Lake that were in need of around 12,000 yards of dredging each.  The board agreed that the southwest corner near the silt dam would be the priority.  The normal water depth in that cove is between one foot to 18 inches.  Work has been underway in recent weeks on improvements to the lake and dam and as KPD board member Shannon McGuire pointed out, now is the time to do the additional dredging while the lake level is already down.


COUNTY BOARD HEARS REQUESTS FOR SPECIAL SERVICE DISTRICT FUNDS

During a special session Tuesday morning the Bond County Board heard Special Service District budget requests from several county fire departments.  The SSD is a taxing body that collects money for the purchase of emergency equipment.  Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz presented requests from Smithboro, Mulberry Grove, Keyesport, and Shoal Creek Fire Districts for equipment ranging from pagers to finger pulse kits to stair chairs. Ed Rainey, Keyesport Firefighter, and Donald Poynter, Shoal Creek Firefighter, said that most departments are unable to receive money from the state for medical equipment.  Both indicated that the SSD along with fundraisers allow them to purchase the necessary equipment to better serve their districts.  Reitz also commented on the purchase of a new advanced life support ambulance for Bond County EMS that will be added to the FY07 budget.  He said the SSD anticipates this type of purchase once every three years.

 
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OCTOBER BRINGS L'IL PIG AND APPLE DAY TO THE GREENVILLE SQUARE

This year is the 15th annual L'il Pig and Apple Day on Saturday October 7th on the Greenville Square.  Vicki Ellsworth, Chairman of the event, says the day will start at 7 a.m. with the Farmer's Market and then continue at 9 a.m. with a performance from Flip Flop Tumbling out of Coffeen.  There will be crafts, bake sales, games, a petting zoo for the kids and Apple Butter sold by Greenville Regional Hospital.  Mikayla Roach & DB Railroad will perform at 10:30 a.m. and The Casuals Band from Granite City will be on stage at noon.  Something new this year is the 1st Annual Autumn Art Walk beginning Friday night from 6-9 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Ellsworth commented on the great attendance the past several years, as there's a lot of food, fun and entertainment for all ages.  She invites everyone to come out and have great time.


GREENVILLE MAN RECEIVES PRISON SENTENCES

22-year-old Christopher C. Johnson has received several prison sentences and a jail term on charges dating back to 2002.  Johnson was given four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on an Aggravated Battery charge and 364 days in the Bond County Jail for Criminal Damage to Property.  Those sentences are to run concurrently.  Johnson was also sentenced to 7 years in the IDOC for each count on two burglaries and one arson charge from August 2003.  The seven-year sentences will run concurrently but will be consecutive to the four-year term in the other case meaning a total of 11 years in the IDOC. The Aggravated Battery charge involved an altercation with the Pocahontas police officer while the burglaries were to motor vehicles.  Johnson had set one of the vehicles on fire leading to the Arson charge.


FIRE CALLS IN THE COUNTY

The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department responded to a call at 4:16 PM Saturday to a brush fire on Cricket Hill Road.  The brush fire was out of control and Greenville Firemen were called a few minutes later to provide mutual aid.  The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Shoal Creek firefighters were paged Tuesday morning to a report of a D & L trash truck on fire on Main Street near the Sorento firehouse.  The driver of the truck emptied the load before the fire could spread and the fire call was canceled before the department arrived. 

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS FOOTBALL
The JV Comets lost to Hillsboro 28-22 on Monday.  Matt VonderHaar, Josh Majerus, and Dan Baumberger scored touchdowns for the JV squad who is now 3-2 on the season.

HS VOLLEYBALL
The Varsity Lady Comets lost to Wesclin on Monday 25-17, 22-25, 25-13.  Katy Gilmore had 7 points and 6 kills, Heather Alford 6 kills, and Tracy Miller 18 assists.  The JV team lost to Wesclin 25-11, 22-25, 25-20.  Hannah Groves had 14 points and 18 assists, Taylor White 4 kills.  The freshman Lady Comets fell 23-21, 21-19. 

HS GOLF
At the Effingham Regional, the Comets finished 6th with a team score of 354.  Three members of the Comets will advance to the Pana Sectional…Scott Eaton with an 84 and Jordan Wright and Adam Simmonds each with 88s.  Simmonds recorded three birdies while Eaton had 8 pars. 

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The 7th grade Lady Bluejays won 24-23 over the Pocahontas Lady Indians.  Shelby Barber, Kelley Faulkner, Tesia Snow, and Cheyenne Rogier each had 6 points for Greenville.  Claire Bost scored 8 for Pocahontas. 


OBITUARIES

ANNA M. THACKER

A. Marie Thacker, age 82 of Greenville, passed away at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Mulberry Grove, Illinois.  Visitation will be held after 5:00 p.m. Friday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  

Anna Marie is the daughter of the late Carl H. and Esther A. (Henschen) Mindrup.  She was born on August 17, 1924 in Mt. Olive, Illinois. 
Memorials to Central Christian Church or Fair Oaks Nursing Home.

JAMES O. LONG

James Ohren Long, age 82 of Pocahontas, Illinois, passed away at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 2, 2006 at his home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with interment following in Brown Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Thursday after 5:00 p.m. at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Old Ripley Church of Christ or to Bond County Hospice.

James Ohren Long, the son of Lemuel C. and Sibyle Harriet Long, was born October 16, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois.  He grew up in Chicago, graduated high school and later worked at Hall Printing in Chicago, Illinois.

March 12, 1949 he married Theresa Rose Blaskowski in Chicago.  They enjoyed 57 years of marriage together.

He is survived by his son, James Michael Long of rural Pocahontas, daughters Joanne, Mrs. Keith Branger of rural Pocahontas and a daughter Mary S., Mrs. Scott Goedecke of rural Pocahontas.  James is also survived by his brother, John C. Long of Greenville.  He was the proud grandfather of 5.

Mr. Long retired as an Operating Engineer for Shell Oil Company for 29 years.  He enjoyed traveling and hunting.
Memorials to Old Ripley Church of Christ or the Bond County Hospice.

MARY DELLA MAXWELL

Mary Della Maxwell passed away early morning Tuesday. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

MELVIN L. "IKE" ROBERTS

Melvin L. "Ike" Roberts, age 80, of Keyesport passed away Tuesday at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral Services for 80 year-old Melvin L. "Ike" Roberts will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Young Funeral Home.  Interment in McKendree Chapel Cemetery, Keyesport.  Friends may call Thursday after 9 a.m. at the funeral home.  There will be an Odd Fellows Service at 10:30 a.m.  For those who desire, memorial contributions are suggested to the Bond County Hospice or the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation.

DAVID K SMITH

David K. Smith, age 62 of rural Greenville, passed away Monday (Oct. 2) at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Memorial services for David K. Smith will be held Saturday at 11AM at the Young Funeral Home.  Friends may call from 5-8PM Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Greenville First Christian Church.

VERA M GOODSON

Vera M. Goodson, age 90 of Greenville, passed away Tuesday (Oct. 3) at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for 90-year-old Vera M. Goodson will be conducted Sunday at 2PM at Young Funeral Home.  Interment will be in Campground Cemetery.  Visitation is Saturday from 4-8PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Campground Cemetery. 


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