05-09-2007




INJURY ACCIDENT CLAIMS THE LIFE OF POCAHONTAS MAN

On April 26th, at 9:53am a Pocahontas man was involved in serious accident just north of Troy. 25 year-old James R. Bourland was driving on the ramp from I-55 northbound towards I-70 eastbound in a 1993 Chevy Cavalier. A witness told the Illinois State Police that in his rearview mirror, he saw Bourland's vehicle allegedly swerve off the right shoulder, then off the left shoulder where the vehicle struck a tree. Bourland was transported to Anderson Hospital in Maryville and then ARCHed to St. Louis University, where he died this past Sunday. According to the report, Bourland was wearing a seatbelt, but his vehicle was totaled. Obituary information included in that section of the Daily.

VIETNAM TRAVELING MEMORIAL COMING TO BOND COUNTY

During the later part of next summer, Bond County will be host to a traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial. According to Tony Koonce, the American Veteran's Traveling Tribute (AVTT) travels the U.S. each year with a mission to honor, respect and remember those who served and those who are serving. The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall is an 80% size replica of the original wall in Washington D.C. It stands over 8-foot tall at it's center and spans over 370-feet in length. The names of the over 58,000 veterans who died during the war are imprinted on the wall.

Along with the Vietnam Memorial, there will also be a 9/11 memorial with the names of each person who died on Sept 11, 2001. The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall and the 9/11 Memorial are scheduled to be in Bond County during the first part of August in 2008.


COUNCIL OKAYS HIRING OF ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER

The city will soon be hiring an assistant City Manager. City Manager, Dave Willey, told the council the new assistant would be put to work on grant applications, a zoning rules re-write, and economic development to name a few duties. A salary of 55 thousand dollars plus benefits is in the new budget that the Council also passed last night.

In other business the council will be telling a developer that the city will be assuming approximately 150 thousand dollars of the cost to take city sewer south of the Interstate. That leaves the developer with about one hundred thousand of the quarter million estimate to take the sewer under I-70.

The council also approved a special use permit to allow the development of a Bed and Breakfast at the corner of Main and Locust Street, and they passed the sale agreement with Nevco Scoreboard for their new factory on 13 acres in the Industrial park.

The council tabled several issues including action on a project with Greenville College to install a pedestrian stop light at Beaumont and Ganton Circle, and the council put their stamp of approval on several nominations to boards including Elaine Kilmer and Amish Patel to Tourism, Jim Walter to Zoning and Kathy Beatty to the Band Board.

You can see the city council meeting this evening on New Wave Communications Cable Channel 3 at 6pm

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MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

New board members were sworn in to begin the Mulberry Grove Village Board Meeting Monday night. Re-elected to the board in April were: Karan Belcher, Don Smith, and Ron Hartman. Brooke Earnest was elected clerk. May is clean-up Month for the Village of Mulberry Grove. On the weekend of May 12-13, three dumpsters will be set at the old school site.

The newly passed liquor sales ordinance was discussed briefly. The village is contacting other towns of similar size to solicit guidelines for how they handle the sale of liquor and liquor licenses. Building Inspector, Russ Jernigan, reported he has been contacting property owners about keeping grass mowed. Jernigan re-emphasized, the village ordinance that states that no single wide mobile home may be placed within the village limits unless it is replacing an existing mobile home that is still owner occupied.

Police Chief, Robert Sutton, reported activity for the month of April. He noted that traffic violations have diminished and speeds have noticeably slowed in the village due to increased patrols.


PENNIES FOR PUPPIES AT GES SURPASSES GOAL

Students at the Greenville Elementary School spent the month of April raising "Pennies for Puppies" for the Bond County Humane Society. They related their Character Education word of the month, "Fairness", to the fundraiser by saying that every dog deserves a fair chance at a home. Dee Pruitt, coordinator of the event said that with each Character Ed word, they try to have the students involved with something related in the community.

The goal for the month was $400, however GES students were able to raise over $800 for the Bond County Humane Society. As a result, Principal Scott Pasley and P.E. Teacher Sandy Howard have agreed to kiss a pig at a school assembly Thursday.

 
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OLD GREENVILLE WATER RESERVOIR COMING DOWN

If you happened to be driving down 3rd Street near Franklin Avenue in Greenville on Tuesday, you might have seen a wrecking ball tearing down a concrete building. Greenville City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL that they were removing the old water reservoir, since it is no longer used. The brick building that sits right next to the reservoir used to be the old pumping station for the water system, but it hasn't been used for years.

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Willey said that they would eventually like to use that space for public works, but currently there are no plans in place.


UNIT 2 KINDERGARTEN PREVIEW NIGHT

The Greenville Elementary School will host a Kindergarten Preview night this Thursday, May 10th. Children may start Kindergarten if they are 5 years old on or before September 1, 2007. A 30 minute informational meeting will be held at 3:30PM and at 6PM in the GES cafeteria. During this time there will be a review of the requirements for Kindergarten and assistance in completing a transportation form. Parents will also receive some "Pre-Registration" information. To find out more, contact the Greenville Elementary School at 664-3117.

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MULBERRY GROVE ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FAIR

The Mulberry Grove PTO is sponsoring the Mulberry Grove Elementary School Science Fair on Thursday, May 10th at the elementary school. Students in grades Kindergarten through Sixth will register to bring a project in one of two divisions - investigations or experiments. Judging will take place Thursday, with awards being handed out for the top finishers. The MGES Science Fair will be open to the public from 3-5:30PM Thursday night. For more details, contact the school at 326-8811.


VFW BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

The VFW Post 1377 sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday, May 3rd with 35 units being collected. Matt Kapp earned a 19-gallon pin, Marlene Roethemeyer was presented a 14-gallon pin, Melba Ulmet was awarded a 13-gallon pin and Andrea Moore earned a two-gallon pin.

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WEDNESDAY SPORTS

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Lady Comets soccer defeated Breese Central 3-0 on Tuesday. Goals were scored by Rachel Zahniser, Jamie Hoag, and Niqui Reinhard. Assists went to Hoag, Zahniser, and Kelsey Spainhour. Joni Hoag and Deirdhre Jett Earned the shutout in goal.

JV won 1-0 with the game-winning goal scored by Sara Schlemper.

The Greenville Lady Comets will play at Carlinville

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

The Greenville Comets will play Southwestern

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

The Greenville Lady Comets will play at Southwestern adn the Mulberry Grove Lady Aces will host Metro East Lutheran

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

The Greenville Comets team will host Hillsboro


OBITUARIES

JACK ASHFORD

Jack Ashford, 55 of Greenville, passed away Tuesday at Greenville Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements for 55 year-old Jack Ashford are pending at the Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

VIOLET MARIE BILYEU

Violet Marie Bilyeu, age 103 of Staunton, passed away Monday, May 7th at Heritage Manor in Staunton. Funeral services for 103 -year-old Violet Marie Bilyeu will be Thursday, May 10 at 3:00 PM at the Lesicko Funeral Home in New Douglas. Interment will be in New Douglas Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before the funeral service. Memorials are suggested to Shriner's Children's Hospital.

JAMES R. "JAMIE" BOURLAND

James R. "Jamie" Bourland, age 25 of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday evening at St. Louis University Hospital. Funeral services for 25 -year-old James R. "Jamie" Bourland will be Thursday, May 10 at 10:00 AM at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Interment will be in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland. Friends may call tonight from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 AM at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

ADELE RENCH

Adele, Mrs. Claude Rench, age 93 of Mulberry Grove, passed away Tuesday at Fair Oaks. Funeral arrangements for 93 -year-old Adele Rench are incomplete at this time at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove.


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