9-08-2006

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CHANGES IN PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS IN BOND COUNTY

Bond County farmland owners may be getting a change in their assessment due to the Illinois Department of Revenue's "Bulletin 8-10" program.  Prior to 2006, farmland was assessed either a yearly 10% increase or decrease.  With the implementation of this new state policy, there are no across the board increases or decreases as each farm property will be assessed individually. 

Home and property owners will experience a 6% increase in their real estate tax assessment.  This includes houses and lots but not farmland and farm buildings.  Bond County Supervisor of Assessments Don Albert told WGEL that the increase is based on the state's three-year sales ratio study.  Due to the prices that some houses and lots have sold for, the increase is needed to assure that Bond County will have a tax multiplier of 1.  Albert said the increase needed to be done at a local level or the state would have oversaw the increase. 


SECOND TAX INSTALLMENT DUE THIS WEEK

Time flies when it's time to pay taxes.  Although nearly two months have passed since the first installment was due, Bond County residents have until the end of the business day Friday to pay their second installment.  Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss told WGEL that payments can be made in her office until 4PM Friday, through the mail if postmarked no later than Friday, or at all banks in Bond County except for Midland States Bank in Greenville.  Your payment must include the proper coupon from your tax bill.  Illinois E-Pay is also an option for Internet users.  According to Weiss, a large number of taxpayers paid their entire amount prior to the July deadline rather than making two payments.  Mobile home tax bills are due October 15. 


SW ELECTRIC ANNUAL MEETING SATURDAY

The 68th annual meeting of Southwestern Electric Cooperative is Saturday at Greenville Junior High.  A free pancake and sausage breakfast will be served to members from 7-9:30 a.m.  Voting for the board of directors is from 7 to 10 a.m. with the business meeting to follow.  There will be a variety of exhibits and activities available including a junior lineman rodeo for kids. 



UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET IN CLOSED SESSION

The Unit 2 Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday.  The agenda calls for a closed session and no other business.  The meeting begins at 7:00PM in the district's administrative conference room.


BOARD OF HEALTH TO MEET MONDAY

The Bond County Board of Health is meeting Monday at 6:30PM at the Health Department.  They will discuss the budget for Fiscal Year 2007 and hear reports on flu shot fees and a West Nile update.






JESSE JAMES AND HIS VISIT TO GREENVILLE

For years, local historians have heard rumors that legendary outlaw Jesse James visited Greenville during his brief life.  A local couple made an interesting discovery earlier this summer while in western Missouri.  Randy and Tammy Stief were attending the Mid America Christmas Tree Growers meeting in Hope, Missouri and decided to visit some of the Jesse James tourist spots.  While at a museum located inside a bank that was robbed by the James and Younger Gang in February 1866, Tammy saw a picture of Jesse James.  What caught her eye was the photo’s description which claimed it was taken in 1869 in Greenville, Illinois.  The Stiefs learned that the picture was included in a book published in 1995 called “The Many Faces of Jesse James.”  They bought a copy of the book to bring home and share with friends. 

According to the book, Jesse and Frank James had a love for horse racing and attended events throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.  The authors indicate that the Greenville picture was probably taken during a trip to watch horse racing.  It’s also said to have been the sixth known photo taken of Jesse.  Local historians have never been able to verify that Jesse James was ever in Greenville but there was a very well-known horse racing track at that time just southwest of town on the property now occupied by Creative Image Restoration.  Because the site is adjacent to the railroad track, Randy Stief believes the James brothers came to Greenville by train.

During our research, WGEL has been able to verify that Frank James visited Greenville in June 1895.  An article in the Greenville Sun newspaper reported that Frank was the guest of Johnnie Huffman.  The two were returning from St. Louis where Huffman had been racing horses.  According to the Sun, a large number of people went out to meet Frank James while he was in Greenville.  The newspaper described the former outlaw as “a quiet, peaceable citizen” and a “pleasant and affable” gentleman. 

Other than the account published in the book purchased by the Stiefs, local historians are still searching for more details on Jesse James trip to Greenville.  Copies of the Greenville photo have been sold in recent months on eBay. 


SPORTS

HS FOOTBALL
The Freshman Comets were 48-0 winners over East Alton Wood River.  Brian Doll scored three touchdowns and recorded a safety while Blake Tebbe scored two and Josh Majerus and Devin Meisinger one each.

HS BASEBALL
The Mulberry Grove Aces were blanked by Altamont 10-0 on Thursday.  Mulberry was held to four hits.  The Aces were winners 13-2 over Sandoval on Wednesday.  Dustin Lindahl got the win.  Mitchell Lewis scored three runs and Jake Tompkins had a pair of doubles.

HS SOCCER
The Comets lost to Roxana 3-0.  Abe Barth had seven saves in goal.

FOOTBALL ON THE RADIO
Tonight on WGEL, the Comets are at home versus Roxana followed by our tape delay broadcast of Highland at Centralia. 





OBITUARIES

No New Local Obituaries


WEATHER

Saturday: Mostly Sunny-High: 86-Low: 72

Sunday: Partly Cloudy-High: 86-Low: 70


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM

Join us this Sunday for WGEL's Public Affairs Program.  Renee Morgan's guest this week is Jim Stever, Investigator-Victim Witness Coordinator with the Bond County State's Attorney's Office.  Jim will be talking to us about elder abuse and its growing problem in our country and our community.  That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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