4-6-2006




BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING

Tuesday morning at the Bond County Board Meeting Highway Engineer Mike McCormick requested that the Board allow the release of checks before approval of bills at the meetings. He said that checks are only cut twice a month and sometimes they cannot be released for one to three weeks before vendors, who do work for the county, can get paid. Chairperson Jill Franks said that she would have to check with State's Attorney Chris Bauer on McCormick's request. The Board approved funding for culvert replacement on First Avenue in Talmalco Township and for Baumann Road in Burgess Township. In other business, McCormick brought the 2006 oil letting numbers before the Board. McCormick said the costs are about 12% higher this year than last year. He also announced the winter weight limits will come off of rural roads on April 15.

The Board approved a request from Pocahontas/Old Ripley Fire Protection District to re-appoint Jerry Landolt to another three-year term as trustee.

In other business, there was a notice of Salary Setting for upcoming elected offices and County Clerk Randy Reitz said this has to be done 180 days before a person takes office so the Board is wanting to have this completed before the second meeting in May.


MADIGAN WARNS CONSUMERS TO REMAIN ALERT FOR "STORM CHASERS" WHO FOLLOW BAD WEATHER

As a result of the storms and tornadoes that have hit the area recently Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging all Illinoisans affected by the severe weather to protect themselves from home repair con artists eager to exploit natural disasters for personal profit. Madigan is warning consumers and businesses to resist the desire to act too hastily in trying to get their live and property back to normal. Be careful before contracting to have damaged or destroyed property rebuilt and not to rush in to contractual agreements or make large down payments. Some tips to help protect you from dishonest contractors is:


· Do not pay cash
· Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust
· Ask to see required state or local permits or licenses
· Shop around for the best deal and get written estimates from several contractors
· Get all terms of a contract in writing and obtain a copy of the signed contract and never make full payment until all work has been completed to your satisfaction
· You have the right to cancel within three business days if you sign a contract based on a salesman who comes to your home

If suspicious storm chasers begin soliciting in your area contact the local law enforcement or Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office at 1-800-243-0618.




CAR STOLEN THEN RECOVERED

April Stevenson of Greenville told city police that her 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier was stolen while parked on St. John Street. Stevenson said she had only been away from the car for five minutes when it was taken. Officers later found the car in a parking lot at Main and Elm Streets. A 15--year-old male juvenile was arrested for his alleged involvement in the theft.

Police also told WGEL that they recovered a 1988 Chervolet Spectrum owned by Louis Barth that was reported stolen on Tuesday. The car was found along the railroad tracks near Elm Street. The car had sustained major interior and exterior damage. Officers are trying to determine if the two cases are related.

 


LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES

The Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area showed a slight decrease in the rate of unemployment from 6.6% in February 2005 to 6.4% in February 2006. Payrolls boosted by over 3,400 jobs over the year. Local numbers were:

Bond County 6.7% down from 7.2%

Clinton County 6.1% down from 6.5%

Madison County 6.1% down from 6.2%




FIRE DEPARTMENT KEPT BUSY

The Greenville Fire Protection District was called out Wednesday morning to a fire alarm sounding at Carlisle Syntec on Route 40 in Greenville. A sprinkler head was accidentally hit and that is what caused the alarm to sound. After finding no fire, firefighters were back in service less than five minutes later.

The Greenville Fire Protection District was also called out to Aaron's Lane. A dryer plug had bent and forced into an electric socket and was not grounded which caused the dryer to smoke. After finding no other damage firefighters were back in service about 35 minutes later.

MULBERRY GROVE AGAIN CONSIDERING MANDATORY TRASH PICKUP

The topic of mandatory trash pickup for Mulberry Grove residents surfaced again Monday night during the village board meeting. Based on complaints from village residents about the amount of trash and junk in some yards, the board talked about establishing a clean-up day. Contracting with a trash-hauling service for mandatory pickup was also considered. The Mulberry Grove board has visited this issue in the past and even went so far as the solicit bids from area trash-haulers but never took any action.

Sunday night's thunderstorm knocked out power for Mulberry residents until 3:30 Monday afternoon. The outage also affected the village hall where employees were unable to open the electric bay door to pull out their truck. With the help of some extra arms, they were finally able to get the door open. The board agreed to purchase a generator and flood lights in the event of another extended outage.

The Mulberry Grove board is still considering a proposed revision to its mobile home ordinance. The new version is based on one used in Sorento. The issue has been on the table for several months with no action yet taken.

And the board voted in favor of a raise for the village's full-time employees.

EASTER EGG HUNT AND EASTER MEAT SHOOT

 

An Easter Meat Shoot and Easter Egg Hunt are being held this Sunday April 9th at the KVS Club north of Keyesport. The shoot begins at noon with the egg hunt at 2pm. Everyone is welcome. Call 749-5441 for more information.




SPORTS

THURSDAY SPORTS

HS BASEBALL
The Comets defeated Patoka 17-1. Scott Eaton was the winning pitcher. Ethan Willman had a three run double while Scott Lurkins had 4 RBIs and Josh Tebbe 3 RBIs.

The Aces lost to Metro East Lutheran 18-8 on Wednesday. James Lynch and Dustin Lindahl each had 2 RBIs.

HS SOCCER
The Lady Comets lost 8-0 to Litchfield. Katie Bohle had 3 saves and Deirdhre Jett 8 saves in goal for Greenville.

JR HIGH TRACK
The Bluejays and Lady Bluejays had a meet Tuesday against Hillsboro and Pocahontas/Sorento. Greenville's boys and girls 7th and 8th grades all finished 2nd. Individual first place finishers for Greenville were:

Adam Stroud, hurdles; Gavin Heitzig, 1600; Todd Eaton, High Jump and Long Jump; Joe Dierkes, Discus; Shanice Rice, 100, High Jump and Long Jump; Joni Hoag, Long Jump; Mallory Smith, High Jump; and the 8th grade girls 4 x 100 team and the 8th grade boys 4 x 200 team.


 





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