11-06-2007

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CANDIDATES TO BE ON BALLOT IN FEBRUARY

 

Monday was the last day for candidates to file petitions for their names to be placed on the ballot in the February 2008 primary election.  According to Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz, those running unopposed in Bond County for re-election to their office are State's Attorney Chris Bauer, Circuit Clerk John King, and County Board District 2's Joe Whalen. 

 

Republican Incumbent Jack Langel, County Board District 4, is also up for re-election.  He is being opposed by Democratic candidate Kevin Sybert.  Democratic Incumbent Alan Young, Coroner, will be seeking another term.  He is being opposed by Republican candidate, John Donnell.

 

Out of 25 local precincts, there are 11 democrats and 18 republicans running for precinct committeemen.  The 2008 Primary Election in Illinois will be February 5, 2008.


DIVERS SEARCH CAR IN POND FOR INJURED PASSENGERS

 

Divers from an area fire department, responded to an injury accident Saturday morning around 11:15am in Montgomery County.  According to the Illinois State Police, 42 year-old Kimberly White, of Panama, was traveling eastbound on Long Bridge Trail, near Fox Hunt Trail, when her 1995 Pontiac Grand Am left the roadway for unknown reasons.  White lost control, slid sideways, rolled several times and landed in a pond.  White was ejected from the vehicle.  Divers from the Hillsboro Fire Department responded and searched the vehicle.  No other passengers were found. 

 

White was airlifted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.  As of Monday morning, she was still listed in serious condition.


TAOEP COUNSELORS AND RESOURCE OFFICER HIRED AT HIGH SCHOOL

 

It was announced at the September board meeting, that the Unit 2 School District would be receiving a TAOEP or Truants' Alternative and Optional Education Program grant, totaling almost $93,000.  WGEL spoke with Melanie Allyn who said that they have hired two part time counselors for the program…Dawn Mulholland and John Young. Greenville Police Officer Rob Westfall will be the new School Resource Officer, under a partnership with the police department and the district.

 

The goal of the program is to allow the counselors and the resource officer to examine attendance procedures and work with students who are frequently absent and truant, in the hopes of improving the graduation rate among those students.  Allyn also said that a few teachers will be attending special training on a program developed for students, who are behind in credits.

 

According to a report issued by the state Task Force on Re-Enrolling Students who dropped out of school, the jobless rate for adults who have dropped out of high school is 45%.  They are also likely to spend more than twice as many years in poverty, versus those who have a high school diploma.


50TH ANNUAL GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY MEETING

 

A packed crowd attended the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary 50th Anniversary Celebration, Friday night at Mabry's. It was 1957 when 20 Ladies, representing several Women's organizations throughout Bond County, met at the home of Ruth Joy to talk about forming an organization to help raise funds to build and maintain a hospital in Greenville. Since that meeting, the Auxiliary has raised $2.8 million including $272,000 this past year.

 

Past Presidents were honored. One of the ladies at the meeting in 1957, Julia McCracken, was recognized.  And Alan Gaffner presented a history of the organization and it's many accomplishments including current plans to move the Auxiliary Thrift Shop into the former Super Valu building.


COMETS ELITE 8 SWEATSHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE

 

The Comets are hosting Marshall this Saturday, at 2PM, in the 3rd round quarterfinals of the IHSA 3A playoffs.  And Elite 8 Comet Sweatshirts can be ordered now through noon this Wednesday.  The royal blue sweatshirts will have the boy's names on the back and Elite 8 on the front.  You can choose either a crew neck or hooded sweatshirt. 

 

Orders will be taken at the Unit 2 High School office and must be prepaid.  The sweatshirts will be delivered on Friday.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR...RINGLING BROTHERS TICKET GIVEAWAY 

Just when you thought you had seen it all, here comes the 2007 version of The Ringling Brothers Circus and WGEL has tickets to give away…many Family Packs of 4 tickets to be exact. Tune in Tuesday, November 6th for your chance to win 4 tickets to the Circus, on Thursday, November 8th, at 7pm, at the Scottrade Center in
St. Louis. When you hear the WGEL Elephant open the ticket window be the correct caller, and win, from your friends at WGEL FM 101.7.




TUESDAY SPORTS

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Mulberry Grove Junior High boys’ basketball team played Brownstown on Monday.  The 8th grade team lost 45-18, and the 7th grade team also lost, their score was 38-25. 

 

The Pocahontas Junior High boys’ 8th grade basketball team will start their season tonight against St. Paul at home.

 

The Greenville Junior High lady bluejays basketball team will play at Litchfield.      


OBITUARIES

DARRELL HEMKEN

 

Darrell Hemken, 68 of Hillsboro, passed away Sunday at his residence.  Funeral services for 68 year-old Darrell Hemken will be held Wednesday at 11am at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8PM at the funeral home.  Burial in Kirkland Cemetery, north of Sorento.


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