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RESIGNATIONS ACCEPTED AND APPOINTMENTS MADE AT COUNTY BOARD

Two resignations were approved at the Bond County Board meeting Tuesday. County Zoning Administrator, Howard Elmore's last day will be April 30th. Board members voted to advertise for the position and accept resumes at the County Clerk's office through April 20th. County Board members then announced and approved a request by Sheriff Jeff Brown to appoint Chief Deputy Jim Leitschuh as the replacement for Stephanie Hays on the 911 board, due to her submitted resignation.

Other appointments to various boards included Dave Breiner as a trustee to the Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Protection District and Orville Mettler to the Three County Public Water District.


FIRST GIRL BORN AT GREENVILLE REGIONAL DURING GIRL SCOUT WEEK

Part of the activities of National Girl Scout Week, March 11-17th, in Bond County was recognizing the first baby girl born at Greenville Regional Hospital. Girl Scouts troops in Greenville, Pocahontas, Sorento and Mulberry Grove donated various baby items including blankets, diapers, bottles, toys, and clothes.

Kydin Marie Benson was born to proud parents Kyle Benson and Shandin Mongold, both of Hillsboro, Thursday March 15th. Kydin weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches. Paternal grandparents are Jeff and Nancy Benson, of Greenville and Tina Benson of Panama. Maternal Grandparents are Paul and Michelle Mongold, of Hillsboro.

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Several representatives from various Bond County Girl Scout Troops were at Greenville Regional Hospital to present the gifts to Kydin and her parents.

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VOICE OVER IP PHONES AND 911 CALLS

In November, Bond County's 911 system went on-line to receive Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls placed over the Internet. There are currently several residents in the county who use this type of service. According to 911 Coordinator Alan Davis, when a customer registers the phone, an actual address has to be associated with the service. The phone, however, can be used anywhere in the world with a computer and an Internet connection. This can cause a problem when calling 911.

And that's what happened to a St. Clair County 911 Dispatcher recently, when she quickly realized that a frantic caller on the 911 line was not in the surrounding area. The call was coming from Seoul, Korea. The family had registered the Voice Over IP phone in O'Fallon, prior to military service oversees, and didn't change the registered address. Through various departments and military channels, the Korean National Police were eventually contacted, and responded to render assistance to the caller.

Davis says this can happen anywhere at anytime. He comments that consumers need to remember to change the registered address of the phone, if they're moving, so if 911 assistance is ever needed, the call is placed to the correct center.

LOCAL CHILDREN DONATE DECORATIONS TO SENIOR CENTER

PathLight students at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church made sand crosses for table decorations and door prizes for the Bond County Senior Center as an early Easter celebration. PathLight students are first through sixth graders who meet every Wednesday afternoon to make crafts for shut-ins and study the Word of God.

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PathLight Students at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church


MAJOR DAMAGE TO ATTIC CAUSED BY FIRE

The Mulberry Grove Fire District responded to a report of smoke coming from a house around 1:45PM Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters responded to 401 E. North Street in Mulberry Grove to find flames and heavy smoke coming out of the eaves of the home's attic. Greenville Fire District was paged for manpower and a pumper truck.

Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar told WGEL that there was significant damage to the attic and minor damage to some rooms on the main floor. Firefighters were on scene for about two hours.


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BUSINESSES CLOSED FOR GOOD FRIDAY

Today, Friday April the 6th, begins the Easter Holiday weekend with Good Friday. Offices that will be closed on Good Friday include the courthouse, all county and all city offices.


SPORTS

DESIGNER OF CHIEF ILLINIWEK LOGO WANTS IT BACK

The man who helped to create Chief Illiniwek's image says that if the University of Illinois doesn't want it, then he'll gladly have it back. According to Metro News Source, graphic designer Jack Davis has sent a letter to the U of I requesting to regain control of the image he created in 1980. Davis' lawyers say he has a good legal claim to the logo. Lawyers for the U of I say they want more "clarification" on the claim. The University of Illinois voted earlier this year to end its use of the chief and all images and referenced to him. The NCAA and many Native American groups have called the chief offensive and racist.


OBITUARIES

EUNICE PEARL "PUG" OBERMARK

Eunice Pearl "Pug" Obermark, 88 of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, April 4th at her residence. Graveside services for 88 year-old Eunice Pearl Obermark will be conducted Saturday at 11am at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family. The Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.


WEATHER

FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FOR FRIDAY OVERNIGHT

SATURDAY: Partly Cloudy Cold High: 41 Low: 20

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny Cold: 45 Low: 22


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest is Immediate Past President of IDEA Kathy Jobin. Kathy will talk to us about underage drinking in America and why she feels it is a big problem. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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