VANDALIA VOTERS APPROVE BOND ISSUES
Last Tuesday voters in the Vandalia School district were asked to approve a $2.2 million bond issue on the April ballot, in which they did. One referendum was to issue $1.7 million in bonds for a working cash fund, the other for $550,000 in bonds to pay off claims against school district. Both referendums were very important to the district, according to Superintendent Rich Well. He said that with the influx of money coming in from the bonds, they will no longer be losing interest out of the operating accounts.
Well also commented that it was a good day for students in the district because before Tuesday, they were not guaranteed any after school activities. The Vandalia School Board had said all along that if the referendums didn't pass, after school activities would have to be cut. With both bond issues passing all school activities will be maintained in the district.
SPECIAL MEETING SET FOR DISCUSSING POSSIBLE CITY/COUNTY ZONING ADMINISTRATOR
During the most recent Bond County Board meeting members heard various requests from Highway Engineer Mike McCormick. Two resolutions awarding the 2007 MFT maintenance and materials were approved along with a county aid request for a culvert replacement on Sorento Avenue. An engineering agreement was also Okayed in regards to replacing a bridge on Hookdale Avenue.
Dave Walker was appointed to the Greenville Fire Protection District Board. An announcement was made to reappoint Dan Johnson to the Mulberry Grove Fire Protection board. The Greenville Ministerial Alliance requested use of the north courthouse lawn on May 3rd, the National Day of Prayer, for a prayer service. This was approved, along with the First Christian Church using the courthouse grounds for a candlelight vigil on Sunday, May 27th in honor of military personnel and veterans.
After a closed session, the Bond County Board announced that they will need to set a date to discuss the possibility of a joint City/County Zoning Administrator. Tuesday, May 24th at 7:30PM was set for that discussion.
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK
This is National Crime Victim's Rights Week. A large percentage of people have been victims of one type of crime or another. And sometimes, that particular incident can stay with a person long after the crime is over, according to Bond County State's Attorney Chris Bauer. It can be very emotionally troubling to an individual no matter what the crime. He comments that some people don’t have family near therefore, they might not have a good support system. He says that is one of the reasons his office provides the Victim/Witness program to residents.
The theme of this week's observance is "Victim's Rights: Every Victim. Every Time". The Bond County State's Attorney Victim/Witness Coordinator, James Stever helps victims recognize these rights. They include receiving notice of court proceedings, communicating with the prosecution, and making a statement to the court at sentencing. For more information on the Victim/Witness program, contact the Bond County State's Attorney's office at 664-2262.
AGAPE 2007 SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 27TH AND 28TH
Bands and music fans alike will again be heading to Greenville at the end of the Month for the 2007 AGAPE Festival. This year's event again will be held at the Bond County Fairgrounds, with the gates opening at 3PM on Friday, April 27th. Musical performances will begin at 5PM Friday night.
Just of the few of the artists scheduled for the two-day event include Jeremy Camp, News Boys, Skillet, Surrender and Falling Up. The Battle of the Bands will kick-off Saturday's performances at 10am on the Main Stage. The entire weekend will consist of music from over 20 different bands. For more information on AGAPE 2007, visit www.agapefest.com.
GRH AUXILIARY SPRING SALAD LUNCHEON
The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary will hold their annual spring salad luncheon Friday, April 27th from 11am to 1PM in the Fellowship Hall of the Greenville First United Methodist Church. For the first time the event will also feature a bake sale with a wide variety of pies, cakes, cookies, and bread.
The luncheon menu will consist of a variety of homemade salads and desserts. Arrangements for delivered meals may be made by contacting the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop at 664-2728 no later than Thursday, April 26th. The luncheon is an outgrowth of the neighborhood teas that were given over the years. Proceeds from the neighborhood teas were used for construction of the hospital.
FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT TWO FIELD FIRES OVER THE WEEK-END
Two area fire departments responded to field fires Saturday. The Greenville Fire Department was called to a field fire on Rt. 140 East of Greenville by the Country Club at 3:51 PM. They quickly extinguished the fire and were back in service by 4:15 PM. Keyesport firemen were called at 5:45 PM to provide mutual aid with a tanker truck to a field fire South of Greenville on Rt. 127 in Wheatfield Township. Dry field conditions in the area increase the possibility of fires and everyone is reminded to be careful with fires, smoking, and other activities which might lead to field fires.
UNIT 1 BOARD OF EDUCATION PREVIEW
The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education will meet Monday, April 20th at 7PM for their regular monthly meeting. Items on the agenda include the treasurer, principal and Superintendent reports.
UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD PREVIEW
The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education will meet Monday night at 7PM at the Unit Office. Items on the agenda include the Superintendent's report and the proposed and final actions on board policies. Other topics to be discussed are curriculum recommendations and the Summer Math and English program.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Lady Comets Varsity Softball team will host Hillsboro today.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
The Varsity and junior Varsity comets baseball teams will travel to Hillsboro to play today.
The Mulberry Grove Aces baseball team lost to Brownstown Friday 12-3.
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK
The Lady Comets and Comets Track teams will travel to Breese Central today for the Bi-County Track meet.
HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS
The Comets Tennis team will play at Alton Marquette today.
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TRACK
The Greenville Junior High Boys and Girls Track teams will play at Pana today.
ROMANA A. ALVERY KELLIM
Romana A. Alvery Kellim, age 59, of Pierron, passed away Tuesday in Pocahontas. Funeral Services for Romana Kellim, were held Saturday April 21st at 11:30 Am from the Laughlin Funeral Home Chapel in Troy, Illinois. Interment in Friedens Cemetery in Troy. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association
VIOLET SANDEIFER PETERSON
Violet Sandeifer Peterson, age 95, of Greenville passed away Friday, April 13 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. She was the widow of former sheriff, Woody Peterson. Funeral services for 95 year-old Violet Peterson will be Monday at 1:00 PM at the Donnell - Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will follow in Montrose Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home after Noon Monday. For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Bond County Hospice.
John Rasler, age 76, of Clewiston, Florida, formerly of Greenville, passed away Thursday, April 19 in Clewiston, Florida. Funeral services for 76 year-old John Rasler will be Tuesday, April 25 at 11:00 AM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post #1377. Friends may call this evening after 5:00 PM at the Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Greenville First Christian Church.
CHARLES ALAN SWETLAND
Charles Alan Swetland, 66 of Vandalia, passed away Thursday, at St. John Hospital. Funeral services for 66 year-old John Alan Swetland were held Sunday at 1PM at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen. Burial in Olive Hill Cemetery.
JOHN E. VANCE
John E. Vance, age 57 of New Douglas, passed away Thursday April 19th in Oakton Kentucky. Funeral Services for John E. Vance will be held Monday at 5:30pm at the Lesicko Funeral Home in New Douglas. Visitation is also Monday from 4 to time of service.
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