12-1-2008

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COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION ON SQUARE

 

Friday night the Christmas season kicked off in downtown Greenville with the lighting procession, Santa, chestnuts roasting and carolers. There were activities thoughout the City including cookies and hot chocolate and Santa at Cheri's Garden Room, glass bead making at the old Firehouse Emporium, ornament display at Watson's and more including Kevin Kaegy's toy train display.

   

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ILLINOIS COMMUNITIES WEIGHED DOWN BY NATIONAL ECONOMIC TURMOIL

 

In October, year over year unemployment rates increased in all 12 metropolitan areas in Illinois. According to data released by the U.S department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security,  it was the 18th consecutive month an increase was reported.  From October 2007 to October 2008, total payroll jobs increased in four metropolitan areas, remained stable in seven and decreased in one.  Although many areas of the state showed stable employment numbers, it is clear that the national erosion of jobs is taking its toll on Illinois. Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security Maureen O'Donnell says a federal jobs program, with an emphasis in investment infrastructure, is needed to stem job losses so that the national crisis can be addressed and corrected.  The unemployment rate in the St. Louis Metro area was up 2.1 percent from October 2007.  The national economic slowdown has had a negative impact in Metro East employment with an over-the-year decrease in mining and construction, manufacturing, professional and business services and transportation.  

 

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THE BELLS ARE RINGING

 

Tis the season to make your contribution to the red kettles.  Bell ringing for the Salvation Army is starting and will continue through Christmas Evening. To contribute locally, please drop donations off at buckets located at area businesses or send it to Frank Joy at Bradford National Bank.  On December 13th, IGA will match all money given at their store, on that day.

 

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SWORN IN

 

According to Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz, following the results of November's election, State's Attorney Chris Bauer, Circuit Clerk John King and County Coroner Alan Young will be sworn in today at 11:00 AM in the courtroom of the Bond County Courthouse.

 


CRAFT FAIR IS A GO

 

The Greenville High School Craft Fair will be held Saturday, December 13th in the High School Gym, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.  Vendors are needed. Anyone interested in participating should call Deb Wilson at 217-537-3374


BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE TO MEET

 

The Bond County Community Unit 2 Building and Grounds Committee meeting is scheduled for 12:00 PM Wednesday, December 3rd, at the old unit office conference room.

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OBITUARIES

DONALD MERRY

 

59 year-old Donald Merry of St. Louis, passed away Wednesday, November 26.  Funeral services for 59 year-old Donald Merry will be at Kutis South County Chapel on Monday, December 1, at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Lawn Cemetery.  Visitation is from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.  Donald was the son of Robert and Vida Merry, former Greenville residents.


VERNON VOLKMAR

 

Vernon Volkmar, age 81, of Donnellson, passed away Wednesday, November 26 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  Funeral services for Vernon Volkmar will be on Monday December 1, at 1:00 PM at Young Funeral Home. Interment will be in German Cemetery in Hookdale, IL.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorial c ontributions are suggested to the Greenville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.


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