PETITIONS TO BE FILED THIS WEEK FOR FEBRUARY ELECTION
With the Spring Election only a few months behind us, another election is just around the corner. We talked with Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz about the filing deadline for the February 2008 election. He said that they will begin taking petitions today and continue through November 5th. There is sTill time to pick up petitions if you’re interested in running for local offices, but you only have a week to get them filled out and turned back in.
Those offices that will appear on the ballot include the State’s Attorney’s office, Circuit Clerk’s office, Coroner’s office, some County Board seats and District Precinct Representatives.
For more information you can contact the Bond County Clerk's Office at 664-0449. The 2008 Illinois Primary Election is February 5th.
ACCIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND
Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Elm and Spring Streets in Greenville, Saturday morning at 11:48 am. The driver, of a vehicle southbound on Elm Street, was making a left turn onto Spring Street and did not see another vehicle, northbound on Elm. The front ends of both vehicles sustained damage over $500.00. Neither driver was injured
UNIT 1 BOARD APPROVES WAIVER TO DISTRICT CALENDAR
The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education met last Monday night. After returning from closed session at the end of the meeting, board members approved the intent to issue $200,000 in Working Cash bonds in 2007-2008. They also approved the waiver of Lincoln's Birthday from the District Calendar from 2008-2013, allowing students to attend school on Lincoln's birthday and observe it on President's Day. The issuance of the bonds and change to the district calendar were presented in special hearings Monday night, prior to the regular meeting.
Board members also approved the joint agreement with the Okaw Vocational Delivery System and the application for a State Library Grant, both for the 2008-09 school year. Rhonda Elam was hired as the Elementary Cheerleading Coach and it was voted to raise the rate of pay for extra-curricular bus drivers to $10 per hour.
In other business, Mulberry Grove Unit 1 administrators reported on the start-up and successful use of the "SchoolReach" program and the updates to the district website. You can visit the updated website at www.MulberryGroveUnit1.com.
FALSE ALARM FIRE CALL
Greenville firemen responded to a fire call Sunday night at about 8:30 PM, to a residence on First Street. Fortunately the call proved to be false and there was no fire. Firemen were on the scene for about 15 minutes.
SENATOR WATSON RECEIVED LEADERSHIP AWARD
State Senator Frank Watson was recently honored with the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association’s Lewis and Clark Statesman Award. This award is for outstanding leadership in support of economic development. Watson’s leadership in fighting the gross receipts tax proposals and their negative effects on Illinois businesses, as well as his continued support to investments in transportation infrastructure needs, impressed the organization.
SHERIFF'S EARNINGS FOR MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
The Bond County Sheriff's Department has released their fees and earnings for the month of September. $603 was received from inmate phone commissions and bail bond fees, nearly $1,500 was received from the Bond County Transit and $2,700 was received from federal prisoner reimbursement. A total of $8,372 was paid to the Bond County Treasurer for the month of September.
SALARY RAISED FOR POCAHONTAS ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
The Pocahontas Village Board met last Monday night and adjourned into executive session to discuss a raise for the Village Animal Control Officer, Charlie Davis. Mr. Davis brought to the board's attention the multiple trips to the animal shelter that he makes, along with feeding and caring for dogs left tied to his porch. He said that he makes every effort he can to find the owners, and takes them to the pound as a last resort. Due to the personal expense incurred by Mr. Davis, in the course of his duties, the board voted to raise his monthly pay by $100.
The drug-testing program is in place and all village employees will soon be tested. The Village Safety program is still being reviewed and should be in place in the next 3-4 months. The age that a person must be to tend bar in Pocahontas was also a concern. The Liquor Commissioner, Mayor Dave Clark, will look into the question.
Delinquent water bills are an issue again this month. Due to the increasing amount of overdue bills, shut-off will be at 30 days past due from now on. Anyone having difficulty paying their water bill is strongly encouraged to attend the meetings of the Pocahontas Village Board, to explain and ask for assistance.
In Pocahontas, hours for Trick or Treating will be from 5-8PM on Wednesday, October 31st. Please remember to wear costumes that reflect light, only go to houses with the porch lights on, cross the streets carefully and inspect your candy before consuming it.
OCTOBER TOURISM MEETING HELD THURSDAY NIGHT
David Daniken held the attention of the Greenville Tourism Committee, Thursday evening. Representing the Mid America Christmas Tree Association, he explained how Greenville would be the perfect location to hold the 2008 Summer Meeting and tree show. He requested $2,000 to help pay for advertising the event. Because the event would be the same time as the American Farm Heritage Museum Show, this would allow the professional tree growers an added benefit and give more exposure to the area. The board voted to recommend the funding request be approved before the next City Council meeting on November 13th.
Julia Jenner then discussed the Lincoln Grant, saying that it would proceed and that this year there was more money available for projects. She would keep the board informed as to the progress as it continued.
With no more old or new business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS ATTEND EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Unit 2 administrators attended the Illinois Principals Association's 36th Annual conference recently. Principals Kevin Cochrane, Gary Brauns and Bill Carpenter, along with Assistant Superintendent Jeff Streiker , traveled to the three day conference in Peoria. The group was presented with information on legal and legislative updates, as well as topics affecting schools and school administrators. Some of the topics included ISAT & PSAE testing, Special Education, Student Speech, Grade Level Transitioning, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and much more.
The Illinois Principals Association is made up of more than 4300 members. Their mission is to advance learning through effective educational leadership.
TRUNK-OR-TREAT EVENT AT UMC
The Greenville United Methodist Church Youth Group is hosting a "Trunk-or-Treat" event, for all children in the community, ages 3-10, on Wednesday, October 31st, from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, in the church parking lot, at 310 South 2nd Street. Cars, with decorated trunks, will have games and treats for the kids. Children are encouraged to come in costume.
This youth group service project provides a safe, fun and wholesome celebration for community children. For more information, call 664-1566.
SPORTS FOR MONDAY
The Greenville Comets football team beat Flora in the first round of the High School football playoffs on Friday. The Comets will next play at Duquion on Saturday at 1:00, and you can hear the live play by play action here on WGEL.
The Highland Bulldogs lost their playoff game on Saturday to Mattoon. The Bulldogs end the season 5-5.
JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Pocahontas Lady Indians will play at home against Bartelso.
OPAL E. CLANTON
Opal E. Clanton, age 86, of Greenville, passed away Saturday at her home. Funeral services for 86 year-old Opal E. Clanton will be Tuesday, October 30th, at 11:00 am, at the Campground Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in Campground Cemetery. Friends may call today (Monday) from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorials are suggested to the Campground Church or Campground Cemetery.
HOWARD C. MCINTOSH
Howard C. McIntosh, 81 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Friday at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral services for 81 year-old Howard C. McIntosh will be Tuesday, at 11:00 am, at the Donnell-Wiegand funeral home in Greenville. Interment will follow in Green Hill cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post 1180 of Mulberry Grove. Friends may call Monday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to his wife Tillie, American Legion Post 1180 or the Mt. Gilead Cemetery.
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