01-24-2007



UNIT 1 ADOPTS REVISIONS TO POLICY MANUAL AND RENEWS CAPSULE SEARCH

The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education met Monday night for their regular meeting.  Superintendent Greg Irwin presented the board with District business and educational activities for the month of January.  Also approved by board members was the renewed search for the Mulberry Grove High School Class of '57 time capsule.

The Unit 1 Board of Education then met in closed session to approve updates to the Board of Education Policy Manual, the District Calendar for 2007-2008 and an Intergovernmental Agreement with Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville School of Nursing allowing the college's students to complete their practicals at the district.  Also decided in the closed session was that Superintendent Irwin should develop and implement a Principal Evaluation Plan for the district. Irwin was also given the okay to develop the budget for 2007-2008. 

The board then announced that the Eighth Grade Promotion will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 7PM, and that the Senior Graduation will be Saturday, May 19 at 1PM.  The next meeting for the Unit 1 Board of Education will be February 20th.


SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING

The 61st annual meeting of the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District will be held on Friday, February 2nd at the St. Lawrence Church hall in Greenville. Dinner will be served at 6pm followed by the business meeting. The evening will conclude with a program entitled, “Raptors 101,” presented by the Illinois Raptor Center from Decatur. Four birds of prey will be featured during the program. The Illinois Raptor Center provides environmental education about native and migratory wildlife found in Illinois through its “Education on the Wing” programs. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased from any of the directors or at the Soil and Water Conservation District office in Greenville. Call 664-0555 ext. 3 for reservations or details.

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POSSIBLE LEGISLATION CHANGES IN JUVENILE CASES

During the most recent Bond County Board meeting, a letter was received from Hancock County regarding a sentencing situation for a teenage sex offender. The minor was ordered to be placed in an inpatient care facility at a cost of $300 a day for the county.  In the end, Hancock County paid over $90,000 for the treatment of the minor.  Bond County State's Attorney Chris Bauer says that in Bond County, the county has not yet had to pay for these type of services for juveniles due to the work of the probation department, court system and the inpatient providers. 

Bauer commented that Hancock County is seeking support in proposing legislation that would broaden the scope of juvenile delinquents that can be court ordered to be made wards of the Department of Children and Family Services.  They want to essentially increase the age cap from under 13 year of age up to under 15 yeas of age.  Those 15 years old and above, for the most serious offenses, would then be tried as adults.  Bauer said he doesn't see a problem with the change in legislation that Hancock County is seeking, but offers that he's not sure whether or not it will truly fix the problem.


WEATHER OBSERVERS NEEDED IN ILLINOIS

In an effort to increase the density of rainfall observations over the United States, a volunteer program needs weather observers in Illinois.  The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network already has more than 2,500 observers in 14 states.  Program coordinators for Illinois include the State Water Survey, the National Weather Service and the University of Illinois Extension Natural Resource Management team.  The nonprofit CoCoRaHS network stresses training and education for which the National Science Foundation and other contributors provide funding.  Volunteers are backyard weather observers of all ages and use low-cost measurement tools and an interactive website to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications.

There are no requirements needed in order to be a weather observer, but training is required.  A workshop will be held at the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign at 7PM on February 1.  There is no charge, but you must pre-register at 217-333-8495

 
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STATE INCREASING ITS USE OF RENEWABLE FUELS

The Governor has signed legislation requiring state agencies to purchase flexible fuel vehicles that can run on E-85, an 85 percent blend of ethanol and gasoline, or diesel-powered vehicles that run on B-5, a blend of 5 percent biodiesel and regular diesel fuel.  House Bill 4137 will increase the number of fleet vehicles that can run on environmentally friendly fuels so that Illinois government will continue to serve as a national model for “green” fleet operations.

Both the availability of biofuels and vehicles that operate on biofuels has risen as new ethanol and biodiesel plants begin production and auto manufacturers produce additional models that operate on these fuels.  Illinois will purchase E-85 flex fueled or biodiesel compatible vehicles whenever they are available to fit the business use. 

In 2006 the state ranked 14th in Ford Motor Company’s “Top 100 Alternative-Fuel Fleets” among both the public and private sectors. 

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HS BASKETBALL
The Varsity Comets lost 67-64 to Pana. Brian Atchison had 26 and Josh Patrick 11. The JV Comets won 67-44.

The Varsity Mulberry Grove Aces edged Mt. Olive 49-48 as Reuben Betts had 14 and Aaron Kendall 10.  The JV Aces also won 42-40 with Jason Clanton leading the way with 16 and Trevor Nickel 13.

JR HIGH VOLLEYBALL
The 8th grade Pocahontas Lady Indians were 25-13, 25-22 winners over the Greenville Lady Bluejays on Monday. Rickie Schuster had 15 points. Pocahontas is 3-0 with the win. The Lady Bluejays won the 7th grade contest 27-25, 22-25, 26-24.

JR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Sorento Greyhounds 7th graders play for the Divernon Regional title tonight at 6:15.


OBITUARIES

WALTER DEAN SCHUSTER

Walter Dean Shuster age 77 of Norht of Pocahontas, passed away at 6:51PM Tuesday at his residence. Graveside funeral services will be announced later. Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home is handling arrangments.

CHARLES BROWN

Charles Brown, 69 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, IL.  Funeral services for 69 year-old Charles Brown will be held Thursday at 1PM at the Bibleway House of Prayer in Mulberry Grove.  Interment in Mulberry Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call after 12 noon at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the family.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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