FAIR BOARD APPROVES DERBY FOR OCTOBER 27TH
The Bond County Fair Board met last week. The treasurer reported that no state money had been received yet, but there was a good balance on hand and a motion was passed to approve the report and pay the bills. Tony Koonce was present to discuss plans for the Vietnam Wall, to be displayed during the 2008 Fair. It will be escorted, to the fair grounds, by a parade of probably 1,000 motorcycles. Tentative plans are to have the opening and closing ceremonies at the grandstand, and the Bond County Fair Board agreed that their schedule is flexible and that they plan to do whatever they need to do, to accommodate the Vietnam Wall.
There will be a demolition derby at the fairgrounds, October 27th. The state has approved the $1,000 for racetrack rehabilitation. The application of limestone will be delayed until after the demolition derby. The board approved the use of the fairgrounds at the last meeting for a haunted house, but the sponsors have decided not to hold the event. Two persons, Matt Mollett and Wendy White, were added to the voting member list.
A proposed by-law change will be presented at the annual meeting in December that, if approved, would reduce the number of fair board members from 15 to 12. A nominating committee of Randy Ostrom, Brook Earnest and Jerry Mollett was appointed. The next Bond County Fair Board meeting will be November 14th.
FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO CONTROL BURN AND LINES DOWN
The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District was paged to a fire, right behind a pole barn, on Shawnee Road, around 1:30PM Wednesday afternoon. It was unsure whether or not the pole barn itself was on fire as well. Greenville firefighters were requested for mutual aid, manpower and a tanker truck. A short time later, the call was canceled due to the fire being a controlled burn.
And the Smithboro Fire Protection District was paged to power lines across the roadway, near 1637 Hookdale Lane, around 1:45PM. Dispatch advised the firefighters that Ameren had been contacted.
UNIT 2 CLOSED SESSION ACTIONS
Following a closed session Monday night, the Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education took action to hire several individuals. Dawn Mulholland and John Young were hired, each to serve as half time counselor for the 2007-2008 school year. Their salaries will be funded by the TAOEP. Anne Langham was hired to be the Junior High School volleyball coach. And Debbie Runyon was hired as a full-time special education program aide.
The board approved a $2500 annual stipend to Gary Brauns as the Bond County Community Unit 2 Curriculum/Testing Coordinator, and a $2500 annual stipend to Bill Carpenter as the Bond County Community Unit 2 Title 1 Coordinator.
NINE APPLICANTS SO FAR IN 2007 FOR LEM RHODES CANCER FOUNDATION
The Lem Rhodes Cancer Foundation is a community effort, to support Bond county residents who are battling cancer, by providing funds to offset costs associated with items, not covered by insurance. The foundation’s board of directors recently welcomed new member Bill Bays, minister of the Tamalco Christian Church, to the board.
So far this year, nine applications have been received which is up from seven applicants in 2006. All 2007 applications were approved and applicants have been provided with a variety of assistance. Applications are reviewed at monthly board meetings and on an as-needed bases. To apply for assistance or to make a tax-deductible contribution, contact 664-1230, extension 3017.
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