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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

There will be several Memorial Day activities throughout Bond County this weekend.

On Saturday the Mulberry Grove American Legion Post 1180 will be placing flags at every Veteran's grave at 8am at the Mulberry Grove and Taylor cemeteries. There will also be 42 flags raised in the village of Mulberry Grove. The Avenue of Flags around the Mulberry Grove Cemetery will be raised on the poles Sunday at 8am. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2PM Sunday at the Mulberry Grove Cemetery with an opening prayer, 21-gun salute and Taps.

This Sunday, the Robinson Cemetery, north of Pocahontas, is hosting a Memorial Day Service at 2PM. The Pocahontas American Legion Post 1104 will provide the color guard for the service. Reverend Tom Hoffman will be the guest speaker. The Memorial Day celebration continues on Monday at the Veteran's Memorial in Pocahontas beginning at 11am.

Churches in the community will have a candlelight vigil and prayer service on Sunday at 9PM on the west side of the courthouse lawn. In case of rain, the services will be held at the First Christian Church in the Family Life Center.

On Monday, Memorial Day activities will continue on the Courthouse Lawn at the Bond County Veteran's Memorial at 9am. There will be short Changing of the Flags by members of the American Legion Post 282, VFW Post 1377, Lincoln Land Leathernecks Detachment 1174, AMVETS Post 140 and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Following the recognition of the ten new memorial bricks, Elmer Fenton will give a closing prayer.

At 9:40am there will be a parade leaving the First United Methodist Church to join the ceremony at Montrose Cemetery at 10am. The guest speaker is Reverend Charles Reed from the First Baptist Church. Following the laying of the wreaths on the graves a 21-gun salute will be provided by VFW Post 1377. Howard Wise will then play Taps.


UNIT 2 BOARD HIRES ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

During Monday nights Unit 2 Board of Education meeting, Key Club President Katie Martin and Vice President Ashley Marcello with their sponsor Mrs. Mary Stice provided information on this year's club activities. Members spent a day last month at the Salvation Army Headquarters volunteering their time and efforts with the organization.

And Elaine Westbrooks, Greenville Elementary School Librarian provided details on the recent regional meeting hosted in Greenville. Librarians from Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties came together to discuss and share current books and research.

After returning from closes session, the Unit 2 School Board approved the hiring of Joe Alstat as the Athletic Director/Teacher for the 2007-2008 school year along with the hiring of Elizabeth Miller as High School Special Education teacher, pending certification approval.


BOND COUNTY TO RECEIVE GRANTS FOR HOUSING REHABILITATION

In an announcement made Wednesday, Bond County will once again be the recipient of housing rehabilitation grants. Almost $700,000 will go towards residences in Greenville with over $200,000 going to homes in Sorento. This will be the 4th round of housing rehabilitation grants for Greenville. A pre-selected south east portion of Greenville was included in the grant application.

Funding for the grants are part of the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP). The program is targeted to assist low-to-moderate income residents by creating job opportunities and improving the quality of their living environment. In Greenville, 14 owner occupied home will be assisted, along with 13 homes in Sorento.

SEATBELT CHECKS CONTINUE THROUGHOUT GREENVILLE

Greenville Police were once again checking seatbelts Wednesday afternoon throughout town. Checkpoints were set up at 4th and Franklin and again at Idler and Butternut. A total of 13 citations for no seatbelts were issued at both locations.

The "Click It or Ticket" National Campaign continues through June 3rd. Drivers can expect to come across one or more of the enforcement zones in the next week and half. There will also be special nighttime checkpoints as well. The campaign is designed to remind residents that buckling up saves lives.


LOCAL OFFICES CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY

Several offices will be closed in honor of Memorial Day, Monday May 28th. This includes Greenville City Hall, all Bond County and Courthouse offices, the Greenville Post Office, The Greenville Public Library, area banks and area schools.


TUNE INTO WGEL FOR

NASCAR TICKET GIVEAWAY

8 Tickets, 2 Races 1 Winner, it is the WGEL NASCAR Giveaway, and it’s your chance to win four tickets to the NASCAR race on July 14 and July 15th at Chicagoland speedway in Joliet Illinois. 1 lucky winner will win all 8 tickets, and you can register to win, no purchase necessary, at McDonald’s restaurant in Greenville and Highland, Chubby Chassis and Scott’s Package Store. You can register until June 29th and we’ll draw the winner the week of July 2nd.




SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL ALL CONFERENCE ATHLETES

Greenville Comets Lady Soccer team members named to the All Conference first team were Jamie Hoag and Rachel Zahniser, named to the second team was Ashley Shellman and Kelsey Spainhour received a Honorable Mention.

Greenville Comets baseball players named to the First Team All Conference were Josh Fohne, Jason Mollett and Eric Fohne. Jay Haberer also received a Honorable Mention.

Greenville Comets Softball players named to the All Conference Team were Hannah Bingham, Rebecca Peddicord, Jessica Miller, Teresa Force, Kara Morrill, Trista Stevenson and Tracy Miller. Honorable Mention went to Kay Koonce.

Wednesday Night Golf League

After three weeks of play the Depot Team and Elliott's Towing are tied for the league lead. Third Week Low Gross Score went to Jason Knight with a 36 and three tied for Low Net Score at 32, they were Terry Donaldson, Aaron Duff and Tad Flowers.


OBITUARIES

RUBY M. KIRCHER

Ruby M. Kircher, age 83, of Greenville and formerly of Millersburg passed away Wednesday at Cardinal Hill Healthcare. Private graveside services for 83 -year-old Ruby M. Kircher will be Saturday, May 26 at the Hug Cemetery in Millersburg. Friends may call this evening from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and Saturday from 8:00 - 9:00 AM at the May Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Memorials are suggested to the Hug Cemetery or Cardinal Hill Resident Activity Fund.


WEATHER

Saturday: Partly Cloudy 50% of Rain High: 81 Low: 65

Sunday: Partly Cloudy 30-40% of Rain High: 85 Low: 69


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

May is Osteoporosis Month and be sure to join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Renee Morgan’s guest this week is Joyce Fikri with the St. Louis Area Dairy Council. Joyce will tell us what can cause Osteoporosis and she will give us tips on how we can help prevent ourselves from developing the disease. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.


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