10-21-2008

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SENATOR FRANK WATSON RECOVERS AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED

 

State Senator Frank Watson remains in a St. Louis hospital following what doctors describe as a very minor stroke.  After a full day of activity on Friday, Watson experienced noticeable discomfort. A medical visit confirmed a minor stroke.  He says he feels good. He recognizes that any stroke can be serious and is following the advice of his doctors to reduce the chance of any reoccurrence and to speed his recovery.  63 year-old  Watson expects to make a full and complete recovery following his doctor's advice.  Until the completion of additional tests, no specific timetable on his treatment is available.  Watson says he is anxious to get back to work.  Watson remains in communication with staff, as he has throughout his course of treatment over the weekend, and continues to direct activity by phone. Cards and letters can be sent to the Greenville District Office.


KASKASKIA COLLEGE HAS NEW EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS

 

The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Thursday, October 16. The Board has announced that it has finalized plans to partner with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to bring courses in elementary education to the KC campus. Plans are also underway with Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville to articulate a pre-engineering program. The Board approved a resolution approving the annual tax levy and the resolution for authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds. Among other agenda items, they approved the purchase of a portable sound system.


BOOST IN TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE BENEFITS FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

 

Low income families, finding it hard to make ends meet, got some good news recently when a nine-percent increase in the benefit amount for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) was announced.  The TANF program offers time-limited cash assistance for basic needs, such as clothing, housing, and utilities.  The program also offers services such as GED preparation, vocational training, post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation, classes in basic English, help with child care, work stipends, and job retention.  The increase in the TANF payment levels will be included in the November payments and a retroactive lump sum payment for July through October will be made to the recipient's Link card account. 

 


MULBERRY GROVE MAN BEHIND BARS FOR OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE

 

A Mulberry Grove man was convicted of giving false information to a police officer and will now spend time behind bars.  38 year-old Sean A. Callahan, of Mulberry Grove, was sentenced to 18 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections, with credit for time spent in continuous custody, for obstructing justice.  Callahan gave Officer Brian Hathaway a false name and birth date saying he was Jason Harris and his birthday was January 29, 1984.  Callahan was sentenced Wednesday, October 15, in Bond County Court.  


MAJOR SUPPORTING FORCE IN DISTRICT SCHOOLS HOLDS FOUNDATION DINNER

 

The annual Bond County Community Unit #2 Academic Foundation Dinner will be held Tuesday, October 21, in the Family Life Center of the First Christian Church at 6:00 PM. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. The Foundation continues to be a major supporting force in district schools by providing academic and vocational opportunities for students. Since its formation in 1990, the Academic Foundation has awarded over $250,000 in teacher grants. Tickets for the dinner are available at Bradford National Bank, Watson's Drug Store or any Unit 2 school. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 5-10 and children under 5 are free.


S-A-F-E CHEESEBALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE

 

Just in time for the holidays, the seventh annual great cheese ball fundraiser is in progress for SAFE - Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies.  For seven dollars you can order a 12-ounce Wisconsin cheddar cheese ball.  Each purchase is individually wrapped in a colorful package.  Please call 664-1086 on or before Friday, November 7, to place your order.  Delivery is expected November 13.




TNA WRESTLING LIVE

All the superstars of TNA wrestling will bring TNA LIVE to the Family Arena in St. Charles on Saturday, October 25, at 8:00 PM. It will be a night of unforgettable, nonstop action. TNA Wrestling LIVE, at the Family Arena, Saturday, October 25. Listen in for your chance to win on WGEL.


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