Illinois FINALLY OPENS WOODLAND CONSERVATION PROGRAM
If you want a tax break on your woods or hunting ground, you've got just a few weeks to get things straightened out with the state. Illinois has finally opened the Conservation Stewardship Program, which gives land owners a tax break for not disturbing wooded areas for a decade. But State Senator John Sullivan says you need to get signed-up by the end of the year.
Sullivan says as long as you're on the list you'll get credit for beating the deadline. Officials with the Illinois Department of Revenue say they don't want anyone to be caught, or confused. They're saying the sooner you enroll, the better. The information, and application is online at DNR's website.
MADISON COUNTY MAN IMPRISONED FOR CREDIT UNION ROBBERY
On Tuesday, December 17th Clarence Thomas, a 46-year-old man from Madison County was sentenced to 12 years in prison, 5 years of supervised release, and $26,802 in restitution payable to the Granite City Steel Federal Credit Union. Thomas was convicted in September of one count of aggravated robbery of a credit union and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Three co-defends previously pled guilty and have been sentenced. A fourth defendant has been convicted on related charges and is still awaiting sentencing.
SELDON L. GAFFNER
Seldon L. Gaffner, age 71, of Greenville, passed away Friday, December 21st, at Greenville Regional Hospital. In keeping with Seldon's wishes, there will be cremation with no memorial services. For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Bond County Senior Citizen's Center or Greenville Regional Hospital.
MICHELLE LANGEL FRITH
Michelle Langel Frith, age 39, of Pocahontas, passed away Saturday, December 22nd at Barnes-Jewish-Christian Hospital in St. Louis. Funeral services for 39 year-old Michelle Langel Frith will be Thursday, at 10:00 am at the First Christian Church in Greenville. Interment will follow in Brown Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday at the church. For those who desire, memorials are suggested to the Jeremy's College Fund, Brown Cemetery, Ovarian Cancer Research or the First Christian Church in Greenville.
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