11-07-2007

GO COMETS



ACADEMIC FOUNDATION AWARDS $15,000 IN TEACHER GRANTS

 

The meeting Monday evening, of the Academic Foundation of Bond County Community Unit 2 was held at Mabry's Restaurant, with a large crowd that included those attending the meeting, the High School Jazz Band, Second Grade Greenville Elementary students and their parents.

 

Carla Stampfli presented an award to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Broom in appreciation of the Broom Family Scholarship fund. Lester Harnetiaux received the 2007 Service Award, and the Sorento School was recognized for having the most teachers present.  Pat Potthast presented the teacher grants approved, which totaled $15,424.  Some requests may be funded later. The financial report showed a balance on hand in the endowment fund of $200,277 and in the general fund of $34,186. 

 

In the past 17 years, the foundation has funded $218,891 in teacher grants and sponsored 5 annual scholarships.  Board members elected for another term were Kelly Richardson, Don Dillon and Pat Potthast.  New board members elected were Jim Keaster, Randy Alderman, Dwight Jollivette and Tom Stampfli.  Officers nominated for election, by the board, were Jim Keaster for President; Don Dillon, Vice President; Jan Woker, Secretary and Kelly Richardson, Treasurer.


ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MET MONDAY NIGHT

 

Boat docks on Governor Bond Lake were the main topic on Monday night’s agenda of the Greenville Zoning Board of Appeals. Two Variances to build boat docks were passed along for City Council Consideration.

 

One of the variances was to improve an already existing dock that did not meet the current ordinance to have at least 100 feet of shoreline, the second variance dealt with two separate landowners who wished to build a two slip boat dock to service their adjacent lots.

 

The board also approved, for Council consideration, a variance in front yard setback on Killarney Drive to allow construction of a roof over an existing porch. In one other action, the board voted not to recommend an addition within the rear yard setback for a house on Hena Street.


COUNTY BOARD APPROVES IDOT RESOLUTION AND BUDGET AMENDMENTS

 

The Bond County Board met Tuesday morning and voted to accept the County Maintenance Resolution between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the County Highway Department.  The resolution states the estimated amount appropriated for 2008 from the Motor Fuel Tax allotment for maintenance on county or state highways, which is $410,000.  Mike McCormick then told board members that all signs and posts, received from the sign grant, have been delivered to each jurisdiction and an application has been filed for major bridge funding for the Hillcrest Bridge, north of Pocahontas.

 

Maxine Barth, Director of the Bond County Health Department, was present to explain the need for certain budget amendments for 2007.  Board members unanimously approved the requested changes.  In other business, the Sheriff's Fees were approved along with the County Clerk's report.  With no approval on the proposed budget, the meeting was recessed until the November 20th meeting. You can see the Bond County Board meeting in it's entirety, tonight at 6PM, on New Wave Cable Channel 3.

 

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LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT MRSA

 

With the recent increased cases of the MRSA across the country and in several schools, local districts are taking extra precautions to prevent the transmission of the drug-resistant staph infection among students and athletes.  According to Unit 2 Superintendent Melanie Allyn, the district has been taking extra precautions since September. The custodial staff is keeping a closer eye on lockers rooms and the weight room in making sure that the equipment is being disinfected and personal hygiene items are not being shared. District personnel have also been made aware of preventative MRSA practices. 

 

In Hillsboro, Superintendent Donald L. Burton said that letters were sent home with each student identifying the new practices at school buildings. Everyone is being encouraged to step up their hand washing and anyone with an open wound is to be evaluated by the school nurse.

 

Last month, several schools closed their doors as more and more cases of students with MRSA were being reported. Nearly 25-30% of the U.S. population carries the staph bacteria in their bodies or on their skin. But MRSA affects about 1% of that group and is more dangerous because it is drug resistant.


DELINQUENT SALE HELD LAST WEEK IN BOND COUNTY

 

The delinquent tax sale for Bond County was held last Wednesday.  According to Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss, 190 parcels were sold, with the majority selling at 3%.  This year, there were around $220,000 in unpaid taxes still owed.  During the sale, tax buyers bid on the interest rate which they will charge the homeowners to pay off their taxes.

 

According to Weiss, tax sales are an advantage to taxing districts, as it's the only thing that keeps them from falling short on their budgeted revenue.  The delinquent tax sale is not a property sale, but a sale of the unpaid taxes that were due in September.  The sale is held every year at the end of October.

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ADVANCED TICKETS FOR SATURDAY'S COMETS FOOTBALL GAME 

Advanced tickets for the Comets Football game, this Saturday, will be available at the Unit 2 High School office this Tuesday through Thursday from 8am-3:30PM each day and on Friday from 8am-3PM.  The IHSA ticket price for the Elite 8 game is $6.

 

The Comets will take on Marshall this Saturday, at home, at 2PM.


SHIMKUS SEEKS RE-ELECTION

 

This week, Congressman John Shimkus announced his intention to seek re-election to the United State House of Representatives from Illinois' 19th District.  Shimkus filed October 29th, to be on the ballot in the February 5th, 2008 primary election.  He is seeking his seventh term in Congress.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR...ANOTHER WIN FOR THE COMETS FOOTBALL TEAM 

The Comets football team’s great season marches on.  The Comets beat Duquoin last Saturday, and are now set to face Marshall on Saturday the 10th, at 2pm.  The game is in Greenville, and you can hear it live on WGEL with Kent Kesner and Mike O’Boyle.  The comets are 11-0, so far this season, and ranked first in their playoff bracket.  Make plans to tune in this Saturday, kick-off is at 2pm here on WGEL.  And you can pick up your FREE GO COMETS posters at WGEL Studios or at NACO Printing in Greenville.  Show your Comet Pride.

 

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Lady Bluejays played Litchfield on Tuesday.  The 8th grade team lost 44-22 with Rachel Sponsler as the leading scorer with 8 points.  The 7th grade team lost 29-12. 

 

The Bluejays boys’ basketball teams played Carlyle on Tuesday.  The 8th grade team lost 50-34, and the 7th grade team lost as well.  The 7th grade team’s record is 1-2, and the game against Carlyle was the first in the 8th grade team’s season. 


OBITUARIES

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