5-12-2006



MEDICARE PART D DEADLINE APPROACHING

Anna Oestreich says the deadline for enrolling in Medicare Part D is quickly approaching. She said that people still have the option of not enrolling in a Part D plan, but the consequences of enrolling after May 15 are that those who enroll later will incur a 1% penalty for every month not enrolled so it will be an increase to the monthly premium.

Oestreich says it is important to enroll before the deadline because the next chance to enroll will not be until later in the year. She said the next enrollment is November 15 to December 31 and coverage will not begin until January 2007. She said that means that if you are not enrolled by Monday, you are looking at a 6% to 7% penalty in your monthly premiums.

She also said that not only is that penalty added to the monthly premium, but it's not the premium for the plan picked, it is over the national average. An example she gave on how that may differ was the very lowest priced premium available to Bond County residents is $13.32 a month, but the national average is around $33.00 to $34.00 per month. So if you live in Bond County and delay in enrollment of Part D by May 15, you will pay at least 6% to 7% over the national average of $33.00 or $34.00 per month.

She says that there is no cap on the number of months the penalty can accrue. Oestreich admits that many people are hesitant to enroll because they are healthy now or do not have any regular monthly prescriptions. She compares Medicare Part D to a homeowner's fire insurance. They hope to never use it, but we never know what the future holds. Call the Bond County Senior Center at 664-1465 for more information on enrolling in Medicare Part D.





NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION

16 juniors and seniors were inducted into the Greenville High School National Honor Society Tuesday night. The National Honor Society recognizes students for academic excellence, extra-curricular activities, and service outside of the school. There was a reception after the ceremony with snacks and punch and Principal Kevin Cochran opened the evening with an introduction.

 

BOND COUNTY FAIR BOARD MEETING

The Bond County Fair Board received a report that the Agape music festival, held at the fairgrounds, was a success with a very good crowd, and they will be meeting with the Fair Board in September to make plans for next year.

The new windows have been installed in the Community Building, the West Side of the building is finished and the new siding should be installed on the north side this week. The Board decided to bring the electric into the building underground and to install new gutters. Those improvements will be financed with a five-year loan. A new sign will be installed on the building later.

The prison personnel mowing the lawn reported the mowers are in good condition and no new mowers are needed at this time.

Dick Debatin reported the new gas tank and pump have been installed. There is some erosion in the ditch carrying water from Ridge Avenue at the northeast corner of the fairgrounds that needs to be filled in and seeded.

The Fair Board Treasurer reminded board members that she needs all bills that are to be submitted with the rehab report by the next board meeting, which is scheduled for June 14.








FRIDAY SPORTS

HS SOFTBALL
The Lady Comets shutout the Lady Aces 6-0 behind Rebecca Peddicord who had 5 strikeouts. Hannah Elliott had a homerun and 2 RBI. Jessica Miller had two hits.

JR HIGH TRACK
The Conference Meet was held Tuesday at Hillsboro. The 8th grade Lady Bluejays took 3rd place while the 7th and 8th grade boys and 7th grade girls all finished in 4th place. First place finishers for Greenville were:

Seth Ferguson, 8th grade boys Hurdles

Ashley Holden, Hurdles and Tishelle Riggins, Discus; 7th grade girls

Cheyenne Stoecklin, 800 and Shanice Rice, High Jump; 8th grade girls





OBITUARIES

Millie Grizzle

Millie Grizzle of Sorento passed away Thursday at her home. Funeral services for 87 year old Millie Grizzle will be held Monday May 22nd at 11 am at United Methodist Church in Sorento will burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 pm Sunday at Perfettie Funeral Home in Sorento.

Agnes E. Craig

Agnes Edna Craig, age 92 of Mulberry Grove, Illinois, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, May 6 2006.

Funeral arrangements are by the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home Mulberry Grove Chapel.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm Tuesday May 16, 2006 at McInturff Cemetery with Rev. Ernest Flowers officiating, memorials may be made to the B.C.M.W. or to Cherry Wood Nursing home at Donnell-Wiegand.

Agnes Edna Marks, the daughter of Charles A. and Eva Spohr Marks, was born on March 12, 1914 in Vandalia, Illinois. She grew up on the Marks farm in Fayette County and attended the one room schools. Agnes and George Wesley Craig were united in marriage on January 14, 1939 in St.Louis and enjoyed over 50 years together. He preceded her in death on December 12, 1989. They are the parents of their son who survives, Jimmie Eugene Craig of Vandalia, three grandchildren. She is also survived by her youngest sister Ruth Reeves of St.Louis.
Agnes is preceded in death by her parents, her husband George, and 10 of her siblings: Clarence killed in World War I, William, Jane Roseman, Mary Sommers, George, Grace Reeter, one baby brother at birth, John, Elizabeth Horton, and Alice Cooley.Agnes was a member of the Mulberry Grove United Methodist Church.

 


WEEKEND WEATHER

Saturday: Cloudy 40% of Rain--High: 56--Low: 45

Sunday: Cloudy Showers Likely--High: 60--Low: 42


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Matt Weller with the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team. Matt will be talking to us about some of the effects methamphetamine has on people and some of the different types of production of methamphetamine.


WIN TICKETS TO DR. DOLITTLE

A legendary children's book character and popular musical are coming to the Fox Theater and your family could be there. Dr. Dolittle is the story of the man who could talk to the animals and your friends at WGEL and Mark's Heating and Cooling are giving you the chance to win a Family Fun Pack of four tickets for the Saturday May 20th 2pm performance. Tune in WGEL's Mike and John between 6 and 8am Thursday May 18th…when you hear the sound of the elephant, lion, and other wild animals, be caller #9 and you'll win the tickets. You must be 18 older to win. Employees of WGEL, Mark's Heating and Cooling, and their immediate family members are not eligible.

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