RECOMMENDATIONS BY ZONING BOARD APPROVED AND BUDGET MEETINGS SCHEDULED
At the Bond County Board meeting Tuesday night, Howard Elmore presented a recommendation from the zoning board to grant a special use permit to Tom & Joanie Hentz. It will allow them to operate an outfitter, taxidermy and firearm related business on their property on the corner of Rt. 140 and Shawnee Road. The property covers around 200 acres, with two more pieces of land to the north and west. Several community representatives were present to voice concerns over safety, noise, and impacted property value for surrounding land. After rounds of discussion, a motion was made to approve the zoning board's recommendations with additional amendments and was passed by the county board with a vote of 4 to 1. They also passed a motion to renew Ron Jarrett's term on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
In other business, Mike McCormick, Highway Engineer requested county aid for a bridge on Albert Ave, a yearly county maintenance resolution and budget adjustments for the remainder of the year. All requests were approved by the board. An announcement was then made to fill seats on the Sugg Cemetery Board. Named were Barbara Haller Winters and Jimmy Markey, for which the appointments will be made at the next regular meeting.
Special meetings were set for next Tuesday the 28th and Wednesday the 29th at 7PM to finalize the budget. And a plaque of appreciation was given to Dorrine Price by the other board members for her work the last two years.
UNIT 1 BOARD HIRES TWO COACHES
The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 School Board Tuesday night approved the hiring of two coaches. John Barnes was named assistant junior high basketball coach and Aristede Ephron as the elementary basketball coach. The evening opened with a Truth in Taxation Hearing to review the Unit 1’s annual tax levy. The Mulberry Grove School Board have proposed a total property tax levy of $947,377 which marks a 5.9% increase over last year.
In other action, the board approved requests by the Shriners and Masons of Mulberry Grove for use of the school grounds for an Easter egg hunt in April.
STEERING COMMITTEE FINALIZING PLANS FOR 49TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
The 49th Annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar Steering Committee has been hard at work since the beginning of summer, and they are about to see the fruits of their labor. The annual fundraising event will be held Saturday, December 2 from 9am – 2pm at the Greenville Free Methodist Church on Route 140. 27 booths will offer a wide variety of unique items at this year’s bazaar, including Christmas decorations, crafts, gift items, antiques, and more. Another popular attraction is the auction, which begins at 11:30am. Volunteers are still needed to help set up for the bazaar and remove items afterward. Set-up is from 8am – 9pm November 30 and December 1. Removal of items begins at 2pm on Saturday, December 2. For information on making donations or volunteering contact Sharon Moyer at 664-0410.
SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICES CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
All Secretary of State offices and facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 34 for Thanksgiving. The Greenville Secretary of State office will resume normal business hours Saturday, November 25.
GRANBERG PICKS UP VOTES IN FINAL TOTAL
The race for the Illinois House of Representatives seat in the 107th District is still tight but not as much as it was prior to Tuesday’s election canvas. At the end of the November 7th election, incumbent Democrat Kurt Granberg had a 114 vote lead over challenger John Cavaletto. The 107th District is comprised of portions of Clinton, Fayette, Jefferson, and Marion Counties.
Clerks in those counties tallied the late absentee and provisional ballots Tuesday and then conducted the canvas. Each candidate picked up some additional votes but when all of the numbers were tallied, Granberg held a 126 margin over Cavaletto. Granberg’s greatest gain came in Marion County where he added 16 votes. The finals were 16,633 for Granberg and 16,507 for Cavaletto. A spokesman for John Cavaletto told WGEL that they are still reviewing the numbers and a decision on requesting a recount is forthcoming.
CONTROL BURN LEADS TO GRASS FIRE
Greenville Fire Department responded to a page Wednesday afternoon around 3:15PM to Peach Ave on a report of a grass fire out of control heading near a propane tank. Fire fighters arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to the tank. The cause of the fire was determined to be an out of control trash fire that ignited some leaves. Fire fighters were back in service 45 minutes later.
FIRE IN KITCHEN DESTROYS TRAILER IN KEYESPORT
Keyesport Fire Protection District responded to a report of a trailer on fire on First Ave in Keyesport Wednesday around 2:15PM. Mulberry Grove Fire District was also paged for mutual aid. Keyesport Fire Chief Duane Wiegman told WGEL that the owner, Anita Hensley, was not home as the fire is believed to have originated in the kitchen. The 25'x45' trailer with additions and garage has very extensive smoke and water damage and probably a total loss. Fire fighters were on scene for more than two hours.
NEWS SCHEDULE SHORTENED
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, WGEL will run a shortened news schedule on today. Our last Bond County newscast is at 12:05. There will be morning Clinton and Highland info but no afternoon reports. WGEL's normal news schedule will resume on Friday.
COMETS FOOTBALL HONORS ANNOUNCED
On the heels of their Elite 8 finish in Class 3A and a 10-2 record, the Comets football team award winners have been announced. Josh Hulvey was named MVP and Top Rusher with 1,481 yards. He was also selected to the IHSA Class 3A All-State Team. Other honorees included:
Michael Bradley, Top Tackler (107), and Defensive Scout Team
Josh Fohne, Top Lineman
Derek Atchison, Top Wide Receiver (273 yards and 4 TDs)
Jim Romack, Most Improved
Tyler Turok, Offensive Scout Team
As a team, the Comets offense scored 409 points and allowed 164. The offense scored 51 touchdowns on the ground and 6 TDs on passes. The defense had three touchdowns, two safeties, and 30 sacks.