The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Thursday for their regular meeting. At the meeting Dale Bassett of Centralia was recognized by a formal resolution as the recipient of the Kaskaskia College Honorary Associate of Arts Degree. This degree is the highest honor given to a person and was created to recognize people who have given to the growth, development, and promotion of the College. The degree will be formally presented at the Kaskaskia College Commencement Ceremony on May 12. The KC Board approved a resolution approving the naming of the KC Auditorium to the Jane Knight Auditorium in recognition of a gift of $530,000 from the Joe Knight Estate. In other business the Board accepted the retirement of long-time professor Dan Stover and accepted the resignation of Tonya Odum, Lifelong Learning Specialist, and John Zimmerman, Building and Grounds Technician. The Board also approved a resolution approving April as "Community College Month", a master site plan for the new Vandalia campus, and the approval for the One Stop Project.



Greenville has been named a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. This is the 11th year Greenville has received this national recognition. Greenville has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA, which are:

A tree board, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.


The Greenville High School Student Council is currently putting on a diaper drive to help the Pregnancy Support Center. Theresa Dissen said the reason they are putting on the drive is to return the favor for the Center donating decorations for the Homecoming float.

If anyone at the high school brings in a box of diapers their name is put into a hat and at the end of the diaper drive two names will be pulled out and whoever wins get a free limousine ride and free lunch with a friend.

The drive is for teachers, faculty members, and all students at the high school. As of Wednesday two packages of diapers had already been brought in. The drive will last until May 5.


The Central Illinois Community Blood Center or CICBC held a blood drive in the hospital's Education Conference Room last Monday. 15 people were present to donate blood and 12 units were collected. Greenville Regional Hospital has been named the first self-sufficient hospital in the CICBC's southern region. Self-sufficient is granted when a community donates at least as many units of blood as the hospital in that community uses. Bond County residents will have through May 12 to participate in the CICBC's "High School Challenge". According to Director of Public Relations for CICBC, Mira Williams, The High School Challenge is a scholarship program established by the CICBC to introduce high school students to the importance of donating blood and to help a deserving high school senior continue their education after graduation. If you would like to help a local high school senior win a $1,000 scholarship attend any CICBC blood drive through May 12 and tell the registrar that you would like your donation to be credited to Unit 2 High School or any other local school of your choice.


The Lake Board meeting that was scheduled for tonight (Monday, May 1) at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled. Again, the Lake Board meeting for tonight (Monday, May 1) at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled.


The Bond County Health Board building and grounds committee met Thursday night to discuss expanding on their existing space. This meeting was in response to the Health Board asking for a building space assessment earlier this month. In this meeting the results were shared and discussed. Right now there are 6 offices for seven counselors, one R.N., one Director and 2 physicians. The lack of space was why the assessment was requested.

The added space proposed would include 7 offices for the counselors and R.N., 2 offices for the Doctors, a meeting room with a 20 person capacity, 3 group meeting rooms, 4 general offices, a kitchen and group dining room. The proposed space needed would be around four-thousand square feet. Several ideas for where to gain this space were considered including adding another floor or constructing on the lot across Spring Street from the Health Department. The zoning for this 66x99-foot lot was recently changed from residential to a Business-1. No final recommendations or decisions were made and the committee will continue examining its options.



the Mulberry Grove Junior Class hosted the Senior Class at the annual Jr.-Sr. Prom in the Elementary Gym Saturdayl. Dancing began at 7:00 PM with the coronation of King and Queen scheduled for 8:00. Six seniors were selected by their peers for the Prom Court from which a Queen and King were chosen. Queen candidates were: Samantha Belcher, Emily Brewer and Renee' Fedderson. The candidates for King were: Matt Blankenship, Cody Ennen, and Joseph Wehrle. The 2006 Prom Queen and King are Emily Brewer and Cody Ennen.

Junior class sponsors Sylvia Shea and John Paine along with members of the Junior class worked Thursday evening and Friday decorating the gym. The theme for this year's prom was "These Are The Times," with a decoration motif from the "1970's," complete with black lighted posters, lava lamps on the tables, and tie-dyed table clothes, ceiling decorations, and photo background. Katie Woodward, Junior class President, welcomed everyone to the festivities and Kelli Bloemker, Senior class President responded, expressing the gratitude of the Seniors.


The Kaskaskia College Carpentry Program Heating has been donating their time by setting concrete forms in order to pour a new concrete foundation for the Habitat for Humanity house being built on South Locust in Centralia. The carpentry and concrete class had previously laid out the house on the site, marked the dig locations and worked with the excavation equipment in determining depth of the excavation. The students then determined the top of footing and placed grade stakes to that height. Concrete was then placed to the top of the stakes. Carpentry Program Director Pete Donnelly said that this is a great experience that helps students with actual carpentry projects and also helps out a great cause.



The Varsity Comets lost 4-3 to Litchfield. Phil VonderHaar had a pair of doubles while Jason Mollett and Josh Tebbe each had RBI singles. The varsity team is now 13-7 on the season and 5-1 in conference.

The JV Comets posted a 12-2 win over Litchfield. Jay Haberer and Ky Stoecklin each had 2 hits while Ethan Willman and Dusty White each had 2 RBIs. Scott Eaton hit a two-run homerun. Eric Fohne threw a five-inning one-hitter and notched 10 K's.

The Mulberry Grove Aces lost 5-4 in 15 innings to St. Elmo on Friday. Aaron Kendall and James Lynch each threw 7 innings for the Aces. RBIs came off the bats of Josh Elam, James Lynch, Dustin Lindahl, and Matt Blankenship.

The Lady Comets have been seeded 4th in the sectional and 1st in their regional. Following a pair of wins over Staunton last week, Greenville was 13-3 overall and 7-4 in conference.

The GC Panthers swept a doubleheader from Fontbonne on Friday. GC was a 4-2 winner in the first game centerfielder Mike Malisia smacked his 4th homerun of the season. Stefan Neece had 2 RBI. In the second game, GC won 16-4 as they had 12 hits and capitalized on 5 Fontbonne errors. Zac Atkins hit his 3rd homerun and Stephen Kraft his 6th. Kraft had 6 RBI in the game. The Panthers are now 19-16 with a 15-5 conference record.

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