12-17-2007

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KPD APPROVES 2008 LEVY AND DEVELOPMENT PRIORITY SUMMARY CONTRACT

 

The Kingsbury Park Board met last week and unanimously approved the 2008 Tax Levy, totaling $249,775.  KPD Director Jerry Sauerwein presented information regarding a Development Priority Summary Contract with E.W.R. of Fairview Heights, to identify priorities for the district and the associated costs under a 5-10 year capitol improvement program.  Board members approved the contract, with E.W.R., to perform individual interviews and public forums beginning in early 2008.

 

Sauerwein then requested a transfer of $50,000 from the General Fund to the Recreational Fund.  This lead to a discussion on the $30,000 loss associated with the pool, for the past year.  Board members agreed, that with the continued rise of the minimum wage, increased marketing is needed to cut the losses each year.  Sauerwein said there is good reason to consider changes to the evening schedule to allow for more pool parties and events.  Board members approved the fund transfer.

 

In other business, Sauerwein said he hopes to meet with Slatton's Excavating, on Friday, to continue the process of the Stream crossing and Bank Stabilization project at Patriot's Park. 


WINTER WEATHER CAUSES OUTAGES AND CANCELATIONS

 

Saturday nights storms took a toll on local power lines and substations. Southwestern Electric customers on the New Douglas substation were without power early Sunday morning. Southwestern crews worked around the problem and those customers were back on by mid morning. Shortly after 9am power went out for 398 customers of Ameren in Greenville, at about the same time some 1300 Ameren customers in Alhambra, Livingston and in the New Douglas area lost power.  By early afternoon both of those outages were repaired and back on line. Road conditions and lost power forced many Churches to cancel services and other activities Sunday. 

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KEYESPORT VILLAGE BOARD

 

The Keyesport Village Board met on Monday night and announced that Marilyn Rich has resigned from her position of Village Clerk. Applications can be picked up at the village hall and mayor Ken Carver said that  whoever is hired will finish out Rich’s term and be appointed  in April of 2009.

 

The board recently purchased stop signs to be placed around town. According to Bill Smith, the signs have been placed around the area. The board also received another request for children at play signs to be placed on Oak Street.  This issue will be discussed at the next board meeting.

 

The board talked about their hours during the Christmas holidays. They decided to be closed Christmas eve and on Christmas day. The hall will re-open on Wednesday Dec 26.


ZONING SENDS ONE RECOMMENDATION TO COUNTY BOARD

 

The County Zoning Board of Appeals met last week and passed on one recommendation to the Bond County Board.  Randy and Kimberly Strole requested a variance and Special Use Permit in order for them to place a modular home, on an existing five acres, for their parents.  The property is located in section 14 of Central Township.

 

County Zoning Board members unanimously approved the recommendation.  The County Board will vote on the request at their next meeting, Tuesday, December 18th, at 7:30PM.

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RECALLS CONTINUE AS 2007 WINDS DOWN

 

It's another week and another batch of product recalls for consumers.  2007 has been the year for consumers to be aware of what they're buying and what they might already have in their home. The most recent products and reasons for the recall are as follows:

 

Electric Toasters, showcased on QVC, reported to be a fire hazard, as the toaster can short circuit.

 

AtHome America Candles due to possible fire hazard, as the whole candle can ignite.

 

Gamenamics Inc. Air-Powered Hockey Tables due to reported burn hazard, as the table can melt.

 

Hairstyling Irons by Farouk Systems Inc. due to reported fire and burn hazards, as the iron can short circuit.

 

Fitness Quest Eclipse Elliptical Trainers due to the machine reportedly falling and causing an injury.

 

For more information on these recalls, and more, visit www.recalls.gov.


COULD WE HAVE SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS?

 

With the cold wintry weather already making an appearance over the past couple of weeks, what's the chance we could see snow on Christmas morning?  Well, out of the past 114 years in the St. Louis area, there have only been 22 Christmas mornings with one inch or more of snow on the ground.

 

According to the National Weather Service, the greatest snowfall on record for Christmas was in 1913 with 9 inches reported on the ground. With a trace or more of snowfall occurring roughly 38 times on record, the last measurable amount of snowfall reported on the ground was 5.8 inches in 2002.

 

The coldest Christmas on record was in 1983 with temperatures of 13 degrees below zero.  During that month of December, from the 21st through the 26th there were 112 straight hours of wind chills below zero, including 35 straight hours of wind chills 30 degrees or more below zero.

 

The warmest Christmas on record was in 1889 with temperatures reaching 71 degrees.  With this past history, the local area has only about a 19% chance of enjoying a good blanket of snow on the ground Christmas morning. 

 

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MADISON COUNTY REGIONAL OFFICE OF EDUCATION RECEIVES GRANT

 

The Madison County Regional Office of Education recently received a grant to aid homeless children in the county.  Dr. Robert A. Daiber told WGEL that they were pleased to receive the $60,000 McKinney-Vento Grant, and that funds have been allocated to assist children in the classrooms, as well as help families with hygiene and medical needs.

 

According to the Census Bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the poverty rate for children in Illinois in 2006 was 15.3%.  Daiber commented that with the foreclosure rate also rising, the issue of homeless children of school age in Illinois can only be expected to increase.


 

VFW BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

 

The Greenville VFW sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday afternoon.  Twenty-seven units of blood were collected.  Marjorie Cuvar was presented a two-gallon pin for having donated a total of sixteen units.


UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD DECEMBER MEETING PREVIEW

 

The Unit 2 Board of Education will meet Monday night for their regular monthly meeting.   Items on the agenda include the approval of the School and Title One Improvement plans, the FGM agreement and proposed action on board policies.  Other topics to be discussed include the superintendent's report and the Okaw AVC Building and Trades Joint agreement.

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MONDAY SPORTS

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

The Mulberry Grove Aces lost to Cowden-Herrick 43-30 on Friday.  Jason Clanton led the Aces with 16 points. 

 

JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL

 

The Greenville Junior High Bluejays beat Mulberry Grove Friday.  The final score was 41-24.  Bluejay Damon Young led the scoring with 12 points.

 

The Pocahontas Boys basketball will travel to Triad today.    


OBITUARIES

JAMES BONETTO SR.  

 

James Bonetto Sr., 92 of Panama, passed away Friday at Hillsboro Area Hospital.  Funeral services for 92 year-old James Bonetto will be Monday at 11am at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.  Burial in Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento.  Friends may call Monday from 9am until service time at the funeral home.


BLANCHE GREENWOOD

 

Blanche Greenwood, 88 of Vandalia, passed away Thursday at Fayette County Hospital.  Funeral services for 88 year-old Blanche A. Greenwood will be held today at 11am at the First Church of God in Vandalia.  Friends can call one hour prior to service time, today at the church.  Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. The Toberman Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Blanche has family members that live in northern Bond County.


 

 

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