3-30-2006 




DERRICKS FILE FOR NEW TRIAL


A Greenville couple who lost their lawsuit against the Bond County Fair Association has filed for a new trial. Terry and Doug Derrick were seeking $50,000 from the Fair Association for injuries sustained by Terry in a July 1998 "Celebrity Penning Event" at the Bond County Fair. On Thursday, a Bond County jury deliberated for three hours before coming back with a unanimous ruling in favor of the Fair Association. On Monday, Daniel F. Goggin, attorney for the Derricks, filed a motion for a new trial. A date has not been set for a hearing on the motion by Judge Harrison.



BOND COUNTY GIRL SCOUTS HONOR FIRST GIRL BORN DURING GIRL SCOUT WEEK

Girl Scouts throughout Bond County made donations of various baby items and presented their gifts to the first baby born at Greenville Regional Hospital during National Girl Scout Week earlier this month. Jayden Jayci Renay Edwards was born to Vance Edwards and Brittany Rokita of Greenville on March 18, the final day of Girl Scout Week. Gift items were a diaper wreath, photo album, clothing, a gift card to an area store, and additional miscellaneous items.

 




ACTIONS TAKEN AT THE POCAHONTAS VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

A representative for the Methodist Church asked what would be required by the Board for the creation of a parking lot for the church. They are considering a parking lot between the church and the rectory or behind the north church. The village attorney, Kevin Sybert said they must meet with the village building inspector to acquire a certificate of compliance.

The Little League would like to construct a swinging gate at both ends of the park to stop traffic through the park during ballgames. After some discussion, it was decided that the Little League should get with the park board to decide what kind of gate it is to be and bring the specs back before the board. There was also discussion about filling in the ditch between the ball diamond and Lenjo’s. No resolution was reached at last night’s meeting.

The board was asked to put $3000.00 in the budget for new christmas decorations for the village. Consideration for new flooring for portions of the Village Hall, and a new flag for the park was requested.

The National Road Association was granted permission to hold city wide yard sales and a craft sale on Father’s Day, June 17.

The owners of the property at 601 Blaine were back in court this month and found in contempt. They were ordered to complete a comprehensive clean up by March 27, and to give the village building inspector access to inspect the clean up. The property has until the next board meeting to complete the cleanup to the satisfaction of the inspector.

The board voted to renew the contract for the village employees for a term of 3 years with no changes being made. The contract includes a cost of living raise.

April 11th has been slated for Spring Curb clean up. Some of the restrictions include a 90 lb limit, no contruction materials, no paint or paint cans unless they are clean and dry, and no yard waste.

The park will be opening soon and there was some discussion to update the plumbing in the park rest rooms. No action was taken.

The next meeting will be April 24th at 7 p.m.

 


VANDALIA CITY COUNCIL TO REVIEW ORDINANCE

A sales tax referendum in Vandalia was passed at last Tuesday's Primary Election. This was Vandalia's third try at passing the referendum with the revenue to be earmarked for infrastructure improvements and tonight the Vandalia City Council will meet in special session to discuss the sales tax increase that residents approved. The council will review an ordinance imposing a "non-home rule municipal retailer' occupation tax" and the council is expected to vote on that ordinance. If the council approves the ordinance it would allow the city to meet the April 1 deadline. That means that the city could begin collecting the new sales tax monies on July 1. If it does not meet the deadline the collection of the new sales tax monies would not begin until January 1 of next year.



RAMSEY HOLDING 45TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY SALE

The Ramsey Lions Club is holding its 45th Annual Community Sale this Saturday and the Village of Ramsey is expecting a standing-room-only crowd. The four-block sale will be held in Lions Park and starts at 9:00 a.m. with the sale of household items. Licensed vehicle auctions start at 9:30 a.m., lawn and garden items will be sold at 10:00 a.m., and farm equipment sales are scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. Farm machinery may be dropped off now and Lions Club members and other volunteers will receive miscellaneous items during daylight hours through Friday. Because of environmental laws tires, containers with liquids, mirrors, and windows and doors cannot be accepted.

PRESIDENT DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER FOR ILLINOIS

The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has said that federal disaster aid has been made available for Illinois to help people and communities recover from the effects of the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred in March. R. David Paulison, Acting Director of FEMA, said the assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued for the State of Illinois by President Bush. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance on Thursday (3/30) by registering online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. The phone line will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

 




SPORTS

THURSDAY SPORTS

HS BASEBALL
The Comets were 6-4 winners over Bethalto Civic Memorial. Danny Leitschuh got the win and Jason Mollett the save. Brett Walker had an RBI triple. Chad Nelson contributed an RBI double.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL
The Lady Panthers took a doubleheader from Lincoln Christian 13-2 and 8-1.

SCHEDULE

HS BASEBALL
The Aces go to Beecher City

HS TRACK
The Comets go to Litchfield




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