6-4-2007


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TAX BILLS WILL BE COMING IN THE MAIL

It's getting close to that time of year again, time for homeowners to pay their taxes. Bond County Treasurer Katie Weiss says residents should get their tax bills early this week. The first installment is due in July, with the second payment due in September.

If you have your yearly taxes paid out of your mortgage's escrow account, and you receive your tax bill from the Bond Treasurer's Office, forward it to your mortgage company. They should send you a copy of the paid bill in two weeks. Late payments after July are charged a fee. Weiss reminds residents that if taxes aren't paid in full by September 9th, then a tax sale is held in October. If you have questions regarding your taxes, contact the Bond County Treasurer's Office at 664-0618.

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IF YOU NEED A PASSPORT, APPLY FOR ONE NOW

Those who have made plans to travel in the coming months, or are thinking about booking a trip, should consider applying for a passport now. Even those who will be flying to Canada and Mexico will need a passport. According to Congressman John Shimkus, his office has helped several people over the past few weeks who have not received their passports in a timely manner. The current passport processing time is 14 weeks, up from 8 weeks just a few months ago. Even the expedited passport services are seeing an increase of up to 5 weeks for passports to arrive.

According to the Bond County Circuit Clerk's Office, there have been many more residents coming in and filling out passport applications over the last few months. And to date, they've received 204 new passport applications from residents. It's suggested that those who travel occasionally, should still go ahead and get their passport as soon as you can, and for those who's passport's are set to expire, re-apply as soon as possible. For more details on getting a passport, or the new destinations that will require passports at the beginning of next year, visit www.travel.state.gov.

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ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKS THROUGHOUT JUNE

The Illinois State Police in District 11 have announced the use of Roadside Safety Checks throughout the month of June. According to Acting Commander, Jerry Culp,the safety checks are an effective tool in generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public to get designated drivers and keep their consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits. The roadside safety checks will take place throughout the entire Metro-East area, including Bond, Madison and Clinton counties during June.


RAIN TOTALS FOR MAY

According to the city of Greenville rain gauges, the month of May brought in the second highest amount of precipitation so far this year. There were 3.61 inches of rain reported at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Route 40, 3.03 inches at 6th Street, and 3.01 inches of rain at Route 140 and Idler Lane. The ten-year May average for rain is 5.52 inches of rainfall. Out of 31 days in May, 14 of them saw some rain. The wettest day of the month was May 9th with nearly 1 inch of rain just for that day.

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RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING

There's still time to organize a team or just volunteer for this year's Relay for Life. There will be a meeting Monday, June 4th at 7PM at the First Christian Church. And a reminder for those that are already team or committee leaders, your meeting starts at 6PM Monday night at the church.

The Relay for Life this year will be held at the Bond County Fair Grounds and will run Friday at 6PM though Saturday at 6am on September 14th and 15th. All money raised by the event stays in Illinois. Last year over 100 individuals in the area were helped with transportation, treatment and personal care items from Relay for Life money. To find out more, contact Nancy Royer Green at 664-9598.


TIPS TO STAY SAFE AT CARNIVALS AND AMUSEMENT PARKS

With summer just around the corner and millions of people expected to make their way to popular amusement parks, festivals, street fairs and carnivals, the Illinois Department of Labor is reminding families of tips on how to state safe while have a good time.

Make sure the ride has the current 2007 permit sticker issued by IDOL. If you don't see one affixed to the ride, ask to see it before you get on. Don't assume that a child will be safe if you hold on to them and talk to your children so that they know what to expect of the ride. Always remember that if a child is scared of the ride, then it's probably not a good idea to put them on it. Make sure to read and follow all posted rules and regulations, including weight and height restrictions.

The IDOL inspects all rides that are open to the public, before they are permitted to operate. They are required to do these inspections once a year. The law also says that any person who operates an amusement ride, must have a permit from the Department of Labor. If you find a ride that has not been inspected or suspect someone of operating a ride illegally, call the IDOL at 217-782-9347.

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OBITUARIES

WILLIAM "BILL" MERRY

William "Bill" Merry, 76 of Effingham and formerly of Greenville, passed away Thursday at the Lakeland Health and Rehabilitation Center in Effingham. Funeral services for William "Bill" Merry were held Sunday at 3PM at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. William "Bill" Merry was born January 23, 1031 in Greenville, Illinois. He was the youngest, and the only son of Lyman Forest and Wava (Davis) Merry. He was raised on a farm outside of Greenville. He joined the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and served on the U.S.S. Toledo. He was discharged in 1955. Mr. Merry returned to Greenville and worked in construction, mainly in the Jefferson City, MO. area, where he was a member of the Laborers Union of Missouri, until he retired. He lived in Greenville until January of 2006. Due to health problems, he was admitted to the Lakeland Health and Rehabilitation Center, Effingham, Illinois. William "Bill" Merry was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his three sisters: Dorothy Voyles of Moline, IL., Pauline McNamara of Colorado Springs, CO. and Betty Elam of Effingham, IL. His aunt Flora Schaffner of Highland, IL. and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials to the American Lung Association or the donor's choice.


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