During this first part of March we are reminded of the severe weather that rolls through our area each year. Jim Kramper, Warning Coordinator Meteorologist, with the National Weather Service explains how thunderstorms are the biggest hazard we face in this part of the country as they are capable of producing large hail, damaging wind, flood waters and tornadoes, in a matter of minutes when the conditions are just right.

Kramper says that all tornadoes are potentially dangerous and even the smaller ones can have winds up to 100 mph. The National Weather Service will issue a severe weather watch when they believe that something might develop in the next few hours. A severe weather warning means that they are seeing something on the radar or they have reports of current severe activity.

Kramper reminds everyone that the key is to listen to all information provided by the National Weather Service and the media and to know the geography of your surrounding area. This way you will know how close a storm is and how you might be affected. He comments that it's his job to pinpoint severe weather and try and tell residents where the storm is going and what it might do, but then it's up to you to decide whether or not it is heading straight for you and if you need to head to safety.

Illinois Severe Weather Awareness Week runs through March 10th. The statewide drill is Tuesday, March 6th at 10am. In Illinois severe thunderstorms frequently occur in the late afternoon or evening; in 2006 there were a record 124 tornadoes reported throughout the state; and flooding is the number one severe weather killer nationwide. For more information visit www.state.il.us/iema/



Although mandatory trash pickup for the village of Mulberry Grove has been underway since the beginning of the year, residents continue to have questions about the service. According to one of the board members, a resident asked why his trash was not being picked up. The trash is being left in a fifty gallon barrel which exceeds the size allowed in the contract with Doty Sanitation. Each Mulberry resident was sent a letter outlining trash pickup limits: four thirty-gallon bags or four thirty-gallon cans not to exceed fifty pounds per can.

Mayor Jana Willis reported that she had been contacted by a resident concerning a disaster shelter in the village. Willis said at one time the Mulberry Grove First Baptist Church had been given that designation. The mayor said she will determine if that site is still available for a shelter.

The Mulberry board focused much of its Monday night meeting on questions raised by a resident wanting to purchase 8 acres from a family member. The land is located on the county line and is in the village limits. The issue regards county versus village zoning ordinances and if they allow that much land to be purchased and if two homes can be located on the same property. The board was in consensus that they could see no problem with the purchase and the construction of a second house.

Mulberry Grove Police Chief Robert Sutton reported that February had been quiet with 16 traffic stops made and 11 citations written. There were three ordinance warnings issued with a couple in the process of being filed through the village attorney. The evening closed with a ten minute closed session to discuss personnel but no action was taken.



Greenville Regional Hospital will present Health Fair 2007, Friday March 23rd from 7am-5PM at the Greenville First United Methodist Church, located at 310 South Second Street. Over 40 national, state and local organizations and exhibitors will be participating. Thirteen free health tests and a wide variety of health information will be available. Nursery facilities and childcare services will be offered.

A comprehensive blood test, which includes a complete blood chemistry, a cardiac profile, an anemia test, a complete blood count, tests for kidney and liver diseases as well as other illnesses will be offered for $30, which is a savings of 95% of the normal cost. A special price of only $40 will be charged for men wanting both the comprehensive blood test and the Prostate-Specific Antigen blood test.

Those planning to have a blood test performed should not eat for at least 12 hours before the test, except for water, black coffee or plain tea. Prescribed medication should continue to be taken. Results of the blood test will be mailed to each participant in four to six weeks. Pre-registration for Health Fair 2007 begins Monday, March 12th.


The Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Bond Madison Water Company will be held tonight (Tuesday) 7:30PM at the St. Nicholas Hall in Pocahontas. There will be a report on the operation of the water company and a report on plans for Phase 5. Bond and Madison County Directors will be elected along with the opportunity for bulk users to elect a representative. Also on the agenda is a proposed by-law change to reduce the quorum required to conduct the Annual Meeting and a resolution to approve additional Rural Development funding for Phase 5.





Paul M. Adams, 98 of Vandalia, passed away Saturday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral services for Paul M. Adams will be held today (Tuesday) at 11am at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial in Fairview Park Cemetery in Saint John, KS later in the week. Memorials are suggested to the Parkview Free Methodist Church. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia.


Graveside services for 77 year-old Virginia Hoover, of Vandalia, will be held today (Tuesday) at 10am at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held one hour before the graveside services at the Holt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Memorials in memory of 77 year-old Virginia Hoover may be made to the donors choice.

Thelma O. Frueh

Thelma O. Frueh, age 89 of Greenville, passed away at 1:28 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2007 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Elmer Fenton officiating. Interment will follow in Brown Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Reno Bethel Presbyterian Church, Fair Oaks Nursing Home or Brown Cemetery. Thelma O. Frueh, the daughter of the late Silas M. and Margaret (Long) Massey, was born August 3, 1917 in Panama, Illinois. She grew up on the family farm south of Sorento, IL and attended the public schools there. September 28, 1938 she was united in marriage to William V. Frueh in Nashville, Illinois.

They moved to their farm in 1939 and continued to live and work there for the remainder of their lives. Thelma enjoyed working on the farm, helping her husband and raising their children. They enjoyed over 50 years of marriage until William's passing on May 24, 1993.

Thelma loved her family, she is survived by their children; Carl W. Frueh (Emma Sue) of Greenville and Carole, Mrs. Mark Harlow of Aberdeen, SD and preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Anne Frueh on June 29, 1990. Loving grandmother of 5; Keith W. Frueh, Sue Ann Frueh Nelson, Michael C. Harlow, Michelle Harlow Kjer and Margaret C. Harlow. Great - grandmother to 4; Afton Nelson, Brock Nelson, Madison Kjer and Charles Kjer. Mrs. Frueh was one of 9 children; surviving are; June Small of Arlington Heights, IL; Marge Bean of Las Vegas, NV; Velda Ingles of Woodriver, IL and Virginia McReaken of Edwardsville, IL.

She was preceded in death by Marie Carlson, Patricia Spoto, Ellen Kombrink and Silas Massey, Jr. Thelma was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church at Reno, member of the Home Extension and Round Prairie Jolly Workers.


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