4-13-2007

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REFERENDUMS ON NEXT WEEKS BALLOT

Next week Voters in the Vandalia School District will be asked to approve a $2.2 million bond issue on the April ballot. There are two questions on the ballot. The first asks if the Vandalia Board of Education should be authorized to issue $1.7 million in bonds for a working cash fund. The other asks if they should be authorized to issue $550,000 in bonds for the purpose of paying claims against school district. If the referendum doesn't pass, the board has been directed to implement a $400,000 budget cut from the next fiscal year, that will involve cutting a number of school activities.

Another referendum has also made it on the ballot. In the Village of Mulberry Grove, voters are being asked whether the sale at retail of alcohol liquor should be prohibited in the village of Mulberry Grove. Residents had previously tried to get the referendum on the ballot last fall, but those circulating petitions missed the deadline. This time, the petitions were turned in and the Mulberry Grove Village Board approved the question to be brought to voters.


CUB SCOUT PACK COLLECTING BOOKS FOR CHERYL'S WISH

A local Cub Scout pack's service project will be helping children who are sick and in the hospital. Pocahontas Cub Scout Pack 60 will be collecting new and like new books for Cheryl's Wish. Cheryl Johnson, an employee at Christian North East Hospital in St. Louis, started the book program by giving books to child patients and their siblings who come to the hospital.

Kim Cruse, coordinator of the project for Pocahontas Cub Scout Pack 60, says that this is a great opportunity to help out kids who need comfort during a rough time, and books are wonderful gifts. They will be collecting books this Saturday, April 14th from 10am-2PM at the Capri IGA in Greenville and Fresh Words in Highland. For more information, contact Kim at 531-3926.

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING MAILBOX DAMAGE AND THEFT

Andy Potthast of Greenville reported the Bond County Sheriff's Department Wednesday morning that sometime between midnight and 5:00 AM Wednesday, someone had damaged his mailbox. The mailbox and post were valued at $130.00. The BCSD is investigating.

Paula Atkinson of N. Church Street in Mulberry Grove advised the Bond County Sheriff's Department that sometime between 6:30 PM on Tuesday and 3:00 PM Wednesday, her son's blue and silver 24 inch 18 speed NEXT brand bike was taken from their residence. The bike was valued at approximately $125.00. This incident is still under investigation.


KEYESPORT VILLAGE BOARD

The Keyesport Village Board met on Monday night and voted 5-1 to pass a motion keeping the Budget and Appropriation the same as last year. Penny Sanders had the only no vote from the trustees. The Motor Fuel Budget the village submitted for the fiscal year of 07-08 was accepted by IDOT.

Tricia Rich approached the board to ask why she was charged $150 for her water to be tapped and turned on, when other residents only paid $25. The board questioned the matter and decided to give her a refund of $125.

Its official, the Keyesport annual trash pick-up date has been set for the village. The date is Tuesday May 15. They ask that no tires, lumber, paint, yard waste, or oil be placed outside for pickup during that week.

The board went into executive session for about 15 minutes and on return to open session Mayor Ken Carver announced that Attorney Brock Williford will be hired for a one year contract. Brock is taking the place of Pat Schaufelberger who was the previous Attorney for the village.




APRIL FAIR BOARD MEETING

At the Bond County Fair Board meeting Wednesday, it was reported that good news was received about the fair electric bill. A notice was received that all bills had been paid and the fair had a $7,000 credit. The good news did not last long, as a telephone call determined that the computers that do the power company billing had made an error and there is no $7,000 credit.

The portable bleachers purchased last month will be delivered soon and will need to be assembled. There will be free admission to the fair grounds Wednesday of the fair, but there will be a charge for a grandstand seat to watch the garden tractor pull. A water leak near the northeast corner of the 4H building needs to be repaired.

And the Agape contract still must be signed. The fair board will require Agape to use Z & Z Electric for their electric needs on the fairgrounds. Approval was given for the Greenville Tumblers to begin the use of the community building when school starts. The grass will be allowed to grow around the horse arena for a hay crop before the fair. A motion was then approved to rent lights for the horse arena, the same as last year.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL AUXILIARY MEETING

Members of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary and community residents are invited to attend the auxiliary's quarterly general membership meeting on Monday, April 16th at 7PM in the Community Room at the hospital. The meeting will consist of reports regarding volunteer service opportunities and recent fundraising activities.

A light dinner will be served, free of charge, at 6:30PM. Members of the auxiliary who plan to attend the dinner are asked to RSVP by 5PM today April 13th. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 664-1230 ext. 3003




SPORTS

LADY COMETS SOCCER

Varsity Lady Comets defeated Hillsboro 1-0 on Thursday night. Niqui Reinhard scored the lone goal and Deirdhre Jett recorded the shutout. The Junior Varsity Lady Comets also won 7-0 over Hillsboro.

LADY COMETS SOFTBALL

The Varsity and JV teams will travel to Litchfield for a game that starts at 4:30PM.

COMETS BASEBALL

The Varsity and JV teams will host Litchfield today at 4:30PM

COMETS/LADY COMETS TRACK

The Comets and Lady Comets Track teams will travel to East Alton Wood River for a meet starting at 4PM today.


OBITUARIES

FREDERICK C. "FREDDIE" BRIGGS

Frederick C. "Freddie" Briggs, 83 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Wednesday at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services for 83 year-old Frederick C. "Freddie" Briggs will be Saturday at 1:00 PM at the Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Interment will be in Greenhill Cemetery in VanBurensburg, IL with military honors by American Legion Post #1180. Friends may call Saturday after 11:00 AM at Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Memorial contributions are suggested to American Legion Post #1180.

DONALD WILSON

Donald Wilson, age 86 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Thursday evening at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements for Donald Wilson are incomplete at this time. Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove in charge of arrangements.


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Cloudy 40% of Rain High: 59 Low: 40

Sunday: Partly Cloudy High: 62 Low: 42


PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROMO

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Executive Director of SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) Carolyn Daniels. Carolyn will tell us what she has learned over the past 21 years about sex offenders and she’ll also tell us how SAFE has grown over the years and helped the lives of many people. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


 

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