12-21-2006


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DR. CHARLES DAISY RETIRES

After 43 years of service to Greenville Regional Hospital and Bond County, Dr. Charles Daisy announced his retirement earlier this year.   Daisy graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1961 and completed a one-year rotation internship at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago.  Greenville was the first stop on Daisy's trip in looking for a hometown close to a metropolitan area.  After a visit with Dr. Boyd E. McCracken, Daisy realized that Greenville had a significant potential for growth with it's newest addition, Utlaut Memorial Hospital. 

Daisy relocated to Greenville in 1963 with his wife Donna and began practicing with Dr. Max Fraenkel at Greenville Medical Associates.  Former hospital administrator, Don Wise said that Daisy was a leader among medical staff, served as their president several times, spent over 20 year's on the hospital's board of directors and was the first true liaison between the board and hospital staff.  Wise said that Daisy had a lot to do with the success of Greenville Regional Hospital.

Daisy currently resides in Naples, Florida where he is recuperating from complications related to knee surgery.  He said that due to the medical situation that occurred, he was unable to make the retirement exodus as traditionally as he would have liked to do.  Daisy commented that he misses his patients and would like to thank the greater Bond County Community for thinking of him.



UTLUT MEMORIAL FOUNDTION LAUNCHES YEAR END APPEAL

Utlaut Memorial Foundation has launched a year end appeal called “Giving Thanks, Enhancing Care” to raise funds that will enhance patient safety through the purchase of new equipment and technological systems. Frank Joy, Greenville Regional Hospital board member and member of the Advancement Board, is serving as chairman of the Year End Appeal. Several items are targeted for purchase through the appeal. All are part of Greenville Regional Hospital’s annual Tactical Plan that focuses on particular areas of need. The appeal assists the hospital to purchase items that cannot be purchased through regular operating revenues according to Jim Hayes, hospital President and CEO. The goal for the year end appeal is $50,000. To date, more than $20,000 has been raised. This year, the hospital has invested $1.23 million in major medical equipment purchases, renovation and modernization and information technology equipment. The hospital has also provided $591,000 in health care assistance to people who cannot afford to pay their bills for treatment and care.



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ZONING RECOMMENDATIONS AND COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS AT COUNTY

At the Bond County Board meeting Tuesday night, Howard Elmore presented three recommendations from the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Members approved the requests for special use permits for Melvin and Ellen Tedrick and Richard Zbinden to place manufactured homes on their properties; and for Donna Conlee to establish a rural business on her property called Haul for Hire.  Also okayed by the board was two 2007 MFT maintenance and materials resolutions presented by Mike McCormick; one for various county roads, the other for road districts.  The appointment and support of Ed McMillian as a representative to the SWIDA board passed, along with the appointment of William L. Traylor to the Bond County Housing Authority Board.

Bond County States Attorney Chris Bauer asked the board to allow the continued operation of the Office of the State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor to assist with things such as cases, training and labor negotiations.  The board approved this request.  Lena Kueckelhan asked the board to allow for extended business hours at Scott's Package Liquor till 10PM on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve; this was okayed by a vote of 3-1. In other business, the Bond County Board approved the Sheriff's monthly, semi-annual and annual report, the County Clerk's report and the holiday schedule was finally approved for 2007. 


ZONING BOARD HEARS VARIANCE REQUEST

The Greenville Zoning Board of Appeals has voted to recommend a zoning variance request they received Tuesday night.  John Joiner of Joiner Investments Incorporated is seeking a variance to allow a parking lot within the required 25-foot setback.  The parking lot will be located on a lot on East Harris Avenue that is currently zoned M-1.  It will not require rezoning just the variance.  The city is also requesting that it be a sealed parking lot.  The city council will have the final vote on the variance. 

Zoning board chairman Randy McKean announced that he would be stepping down from the board sometime in the next few months.  There are currently three vacancies on the zoning board. 


MULBERRY GROVE BOARD OF EDUCATION DECEMBER MEETING

The Mulberry Grove Community Unit School District #1 Board of Education met Monday night and approved the '06 Tax Levy as presented.  The board had earlier conducted a Truth in Taxation Hearing.

Items approved following a closed session were the hiring of Kristen Donahue as Lady Eagles junior high volleyball coach and the amendment to the district calendar to reflect the use of one emergency day, with the new closing day for students May 24, 2007.  Members then okayed the superintendent's writing of a memorandum of understanding which establishes a stipend for MGHS scholastic bowl coaches for the 2006-07 school year.  They also approved the placement of interest earned on the retirement of the district's $375,000 bond to be permanently transferred to the Operations and Building Maintenance (OBM) fund.

The Mulberry Grove Board of Education will meet for a special study session on January 16, 2007.  Their next regular meeting will be Monday, January 22, 2007.


RAIN TOTALS

Rain totals for the city of Greenville from 6am Wednesday through 6am today were 1.1 inches at the wastewater treatment plant on Route 40, .96 at 6th Street, and 1.04 at Idler Lane.


THURSDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
In a rescheduled game, the Varsity Mulberry Grove Aces lost to Windsor 58-54.  Aaron Kendall had 17 points and Reuben Betts 16.  Kendall also had 5 assists and Betts 10 rebounds.  The JV Aces won 51-47.  Jason Kendall scored 16, Bobby Coates 12, and Jacob Tompkins 11.

HILLSBORO COACH HONORED BY CHICAGO BEARS

Hillsboro Hilltoppers Coach Rich Stewart was recently honored by the Chicago Bears at their training facility in Waukegan.  The recognition came because Stewart had been selected as Illinois High School Coach of the Week following the fifth week of the football season.  He was given a plaque and met with Bears coaches and players.  Additionally, the Hillsboro football program was given $1,500. 


OBITUARIES

None to Report



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