The Bond County Health Board met Monday night and discussed the Tele-health monitor policies. These monitors are offered free of charge for home health clients and monitor weight, blood pressure along with other vital statistics. Patients are evaluated to see if they qualify and then are given instruction on how to use the system. Of the 16 monitors 5 are already in patients homes. The policies governing the monitors passed unanimously.

The Board voted on a policy change that would allow Home Health nurses to carry more supplies including epidermal shots. A recent law that was passed, which implemented these same changes, induced this change in policy.

The Health Board also discussed and unanimously passed a new addition to the Employee job description. This change states that all employees will be required to participate in an emergency response, drill or real event. It was also said that employees have a responsibility to their family first then to the county in an emergency situation.

In other business there have been over 360 cases of Mumps in Iowa along with cases in Kansas, Indiana and Illinois. People who are most likely to catch mumps are infants who have not had their immunizations and Adults who only had one immunization. No Bond County cases were mentioned.

There was also discussion about the whooping cough epidemic in Bond County. The cases were all said to be children in Jr. High. The problem seems to be that the vaccine is wearing off by this age and another shot may be needed. The Board will look at an estimate for the cost of vaccines for next months meeting.

The June Bond County Health Board meeting has been changed to Monday the 19th.


There have been two confirmed cases of whooping cough in Bond County, one was a junior high student and the other was a senior citizen. WGEL had incorrectly reported that this had been referred to as an "epidemic" during the health board meeting. There have been a larger number of cases statewide among junior high age students. One problem seems to be that the vaccine is wearing off by junior high age and a booster shot may be needed. The Bond County Health Board will look at an estimate for the cost of vaccines for next month's meeting. Health Department Director Maxine Barth told WGEL that unlike other parts of the state, the number of influenza cases in Bond County has also been low.


Citing the loss of around 900 pairs of pants in the last five years, the Kingsbury Park District has decided to no longer provide them for free. In recent years, the KPD had provided pants to players and coaches while team sponsors covered the cost of shirts and hats. However, with the large number of pants that have not been returned the park district will sell the remaining ones this upcoming season. The pants cost the district roughly $6.00 each for adults and $5 for children.

April 17th at 7PM will be the bid opening for the dam rehabilitation and dredging of Patriot's Park Lake. Last month the KPD board rejected the bid it had received for this project and advertised for new bids. According to KPD Director Jerry Sauerwein, eight sets of specs have been picked up for the project. The bids are due at the park district office by 4PM on April 17th.

The park board announced that Janice Barth would be the pool manager for the new season. A 10% discount is being offered to those who purchase their pool passes prior to May 1st. Sauerwein reported on recent vandalism at the pool. He said that the damage was minor and can be repaired.

You can see the video of the Kingsbury Park Board meeting tonight at 6 on Greenville Cable Channel 3.


The Greenville Public Library started renovations last Wednesday. Cindy Saylor said the library is gutting their staff office and putting in all new work stations, storage space, and will also be upgrading a half bathroom.

Saylor said the library is very happy to have the renovations done. She said the office was a "hodge podge" of old furniture and was not well organized. Saylor said that this should give the library an efficient, attractive place to do work.

Saylor also said that they are hoping the renovations only last about a week and a half, but they're not sure how long renovations will take. The library will be open from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Friday the library will be open from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The library should be open regular hours on Saturday. Materials can be returned in the drop box.


The 4th annual Bond County Historical Society Quilt Show was again the main attraction of Heritage Day. Around 250 people viewed the quilts, the special log cabin display, the quilt block contest entries, and the vendors and demonstrations. Viewers Choice of the Art Quilts was Tamara Frey from Woodlawn; Viewers Choice of Traditional Quilts was Barb Johnson from Hillsboro; and Viewers Choice of Wall Hangings was Nita Markos from Hillsboro. The raffle quilt winner was Glenda Kern from Keyesport. A group of pre-teen girls from Brownstown who are learning how to quilt were among the visitors at Saturday's show.

Over 175 people visited the Hoiles-Davis Museum and enjoyed this year's displays. Special guests were Mary Gayle Nevinger, former president of Nevco, and David Steiner of Mulberry Grove. Nevinger assisted with the Nevco display at the museum and Steiner provided the majority of the items in the Vietnam War display. Steiner also brought an all-terrain vehicle known as a "mule" that was used in Vietnam to transport wounded and supplies.

Other highlights at the museum included the Shriner's Food Stand, pony rides, artisans, and live bluegrass music in the front parlor by local musicians. Heritage Day visitors also made stops at the Bock Museum, One Room School Museum, Montrose Mausoleum, and a vintage tractor display courtesy of the Bond County Antique Machinery Club.



The Pocahontas/Old Ripley Fire Protection District was called out to a truck fire Saturday afternoon on Route 140. According to fire department officials a Ford Ranger owned by Sonny Caulk was fully engulfed in flames upon arrival around 4:45 on Saturday. The cause of the fire is not known and firefighters were back in service about 40 minutes later.


The first item for city council consideration at tonight's meeting will be a discussion with representatives from the new Health Insurance carrier as to why the company did not stand by their original premium estimate.

The Council will also be dealing with an annexation and zoning request by developer Don Rogier for land he owns near Idler lane. Also on the agenda the request to rezone the old Greenville Junior High School property to allow the classrooms to be remodeled into two bedroom apartments.


HS Baseball

The Comets won 11-5 over Mater Dei. Josh Fohne was the winning pitcher and Jason Mollett picked up his 3rd save. Fohne also hit two doubles. Chad Nelson had three hits including a key bases loaded triple. Scott Lurkins had a homerun and Craig Kniepmann tripled.

The Aces lost to Patoka 8-7. James Lynch, Mitchell Lewis, and Ethan Rickman each had 2 RBIs.



The Lady Comets lost to Hillsboro 3-0.


The Lady Panthers split with Westminster winning the first game 5-0, then losing the second 1-0. GC is at home today at 3pm against Eureka College and they invite the community to come out and enjoy the game.



Erma Jean Weiss

Graveside funeral services for 73-year-old Erma Jean Weiss of Pocahontas will be held Wednesday at the Robinson Cemetery. Visitation for Erma Jean Weiss is Wednesday from Noon until 2PM at the First Baptist Church in Pocahontas. Memorials may be made to the family. The May Funeral Home in Pocahontas is in charge of arrangements.

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