An accident in Fayette County Wednesday afternoon resulted in five people being taken to the hospital. Around 5:30 Wednesday afternoon 17-year-old Dustin Conway of Vandalia was driving south on U.S. 51 about four miles north of Vandalia. Conway was slowing down to turn left into a driveway when his car was hit from behind by 40-year-old Jeff Blackburn of Ramsey. Both Conway and Blackburn were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident and were taken to Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia for their injuries. There were three passengers in Conway's car; 17-year-old Corey Palmer of St. Peter, 17-year Byer Wemple of Ramsey, and a one-year-old infant from Ramsey. Both Palmer and Wemple were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident and were taken by Arch helicopter to a hospital Springfield. The one-year-old was in a car seat at the time of the accident and she was taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Blackburn was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and the extent of the injuries is not known.


Legislation to protect veterans from discrimination based on their veteran status passed both Houses of the Illinois General Assembly on March 27. State Representative Ron Stephens sponsored House Bill 4822 which prohibits discriminating against veterans in connection with employment, real estate transactions, access to financial credit, and the availability of public accommodations. Currently veterans are not among other groups legally protected under the Human Rights Act. Stephens said that any entity found in violation of the Human Rights Act may be fined $10,000 for the first offense, $25,000 for the second offense, and $50,000 for three or more offenses.


Heritage Day on Saturday marks the 2006 opening of the Bond County Historical Society's Hoiles-Davis Museum. This year's displays include blacksmith shops, fire departments, Nevco Scoreboard company, Watson's Drug Store, Greenville dentist Dr. L.A. Floyd, the Vietnam War, and an "Around The County" case featuring a variety of artifacts and photos. Of particular interest are a portable scoreboard made by Nevco in 1990s, an extensive display of Vietnam pieces from the Dave Steiner collection, and Dr. Floyd's x-ray machine which was said to have been the first in Bond County. Another addition to the museum is a marionette display made by local legendary artist Carson Donnell.

The museum will have special hours this Saturday from 9am until 3PM in conjunction with Heritage Day. There will be several artisans on the grounds plus live music and a Shriners food stand, pony rides, and vintage games for children. Dave Steiner will also have a Vietnam War all-terrain vehicle known as a "mule" on display. Former Nevco president Mary Gayle Nevinger will be at the museum from 9-11am to answer questions about the display and the history of the factory.


The Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum, located in the newly reconstructed Almira College House is going to have a grand re-opening on Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Almira College House was constructed in 1855 and showcases the largest single collection of works by sculptor Richard W. Bock. The Almira College House has served as the museum facility for the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum Collection since 1975. The Bock collection has over 300 plaster and bronze sculptures. The home was originally used as a classroom building until Hogue Hall was constructed. The Bock collection also contains several architectural drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright, which have only been displayed at Greenville College. On the second floor of the home is the Period Almira College room, which pays tribute to the days students used the house as a college and a home. The event is free and open to the public and will include a reception. The museum will remain open for tours until 4:00 p.m. Saturday.


A local woman has her own unique collection, thermoses. Sandy Lloyd, who, along with her husband Van, own the Rainbow House in Greenville, said she started collecting thermoses because she had always like them and had a few several years ago. Lloyd said that in an issue of "Country Living Magazine" last year an article talked about the collectability of thermoses. Lloyd said that she gets her thermoses for around $6 to $20.

Lloyd said she finds her thermoses at antique malls and yard sales. She displays some of her collection in the museum inside Rainbow House.

Computer Wash Fund Raiser

COMPUTER DIAGNOSIS & CLEAN UP Offered by Synthesys Computer Solutions
Monday April 10, 3:30 to 8:30PM at the Greenville Free Methodist Church
1367 E. St. Rt. 140 Greenville

2 Seminars Will Be Offered During The Computer Wash
- How to save hundreds of dollars using FREE Software.......6 p.m.
- How to maintain and clean your PC....................................7 p.m.

The Computer Wash & Seminars Are FREE, On a First Come, First Serve Basis

www.synthesyssolutions.com - 618-664-1420

Donations are welcome and will be used to fund a corporate mission trip to Venezuela. Synthesys will be installing a student compter lab for a school there, among other things.


A quilt show will be offered at Bond County Heritage Day on April 8.Among the events for the quilt show will be the Black Diamond Quilt Guild where demonstrations on different phases of quilting and there will be a special room called the Log Cabin Room this year where old blocks of log cabins will be featured that have many new applications. A new event offered this year will be the fabric post card sale. The post cards are made of fabric and you can mail the cards. The quilt show will be April 8 at the First United Methodist Church on Second Street from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Leona D Harris Gloyd

Leona D. Harris Gloyd, age 95, of Mulberry Grove passed away Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 at Cardinal Hill Healthcare. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 8th at 11AM at Young Funeral Home, Mulberry Grove, IL. Interment will be in South Hill Cemetery, Vandalia IL.

Friends may call tonight from 5 to 8 PM at Young Funeral Home, Mulberry Grove. Memorial contributions are suggested to Macular Degeneration International or Bond County Hospice.

Young Funeral Home Mulberry Grove is in charge of arrangements.


Saturday: Mostly Cloudy becoming Partly Cloudy with a high in the low 50's

Sunday: Mostly Sunny with a high in the low 60's


Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week will be Julie Jansen, author and speaker, who will be the featured guest at the Highland Business and Professional Women's annual meeting. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County Area News on WGEL 101.7FM.


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