The Mulberry Grove Village Board unanimously passed a liquor ordinance Monday night, at their regular meeting.  Notice of the ordinance will be published and ten days thereafter, applications will be accepted for liquor licenses.


The board agreed to lease the vacant lot, south of the old maintenance shed, to the owner of the Maple Street Grill, if a mutually acceptable agreement can be reached.


Changes in fines, associated with the animal control ordinance, were discussed.  Final wording will be checked, with the village attorney, before adoption, at the next meeting.


The Mulberry Grove Cheerleaders are sponsoring a 10 K run on April 12th and requested village support, in use of designated streets.  Permission was granted with full support of board members and police will be on hand, the day of the event, to help with traffic control.


Village Police Officer Mike Koonce is participating in the "Polar Plunge" on March 1st, to raise money for the Special Olympics.  The board supported the cause with a donation of $75.00.



The Bond County Board met Wednesday morning and approved a Class E liquor license to Christy Zbinden, owner of Old School Smokers restaurant in Greenville. A Class E license means that alcohol can be served with a meal only.


Animal Control Officer Matt Willman presented information regarding a state program to assist low-income residents in spaying or neutering their pets. It would cost the county $20, of the $25 fee, paid by dog owners retrieving their pets from the pound. Board members discussed the possibility of working something out locally with the vets, rather then sending more money to the state that might not fully come back to the community.


In other business, county board members okayed a request by State's Attorney Chris Bauer that $500 from the anti-crime fund be given to a program, conducted by Pat King, for 8th grade girls. An announcement was made, that David Willis is resigning from the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. 


There will be a special public meeting, beginning at 6:30PM, on Tuesday, February 19th, in regards to county recycling. This will be held prior to the regular meeting.





The area received some much needed rainfall this week. Totals, for Greenville, according to Rain Man Rick, are as follows. For the time from Sunday through 6:00 am Thursday morning, 2.16 inches of rain were recorded at the sewer plant, 2.34 inches on 6th Street, and at the location on Idler Lane and Rt. 140, 2.2 inches of rain were recorded. 


WGEL also spoke with Jeff Leidner, of the Greenville Water Plant, concerning the effect of the rains on the lake. According to Jeff, the water level at the Governor Bond lake rose about 6 inches this week, which puts the lake above normal for this time of year. Jeff said that because the ground was frozen, most all the rain went into the lake, which is very good news for Greenville. He added that Silver Lake at Highland also rose 6-7 inches this week, as well





It's another big event, this weekend, for Aumann Auctions, as they get ready to hold a farm toy auction.  The only difference this time around is a camera crew is coming in to tape the event for television. Jane Aumann said that in addition to all the fun of the auction, RFD TV will be filming for an upcoming farm toy segment. Jane and her husband Curt have a new program called Aumann Albums.  Jane explained how much fun it is because there are so many great stories out there with rural America, regarding farming and tractors.


The RFD Network is on a variety of cable and satellite stations and runs the show Thursdays at 7PM and Sundays at 8PM. Aumann Auctions is set to tape another 13 episodes this season.





The Greenville Comets Freshman Boys basketball team was defeated in the championship game of the Hillsboro Tournament Thursday night.  They lost to Effingham with a score of 65 to 40. The freshman team’s record for the season is 10 wins, 8 losses.


Tonight in a game you will hear broadcast on WGEL, the Comets Varsity Basketball team will play Pana at home.




Jeffery R. Hampton of New Baden, formerly of Greenville, passed away Thursday.  Funeral services for 58 years old Jeffery R. Hampton will be held Saturday the 9th at 10am at the Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden.  Friends may call Friday from 4-8PM and Saturday from 9-10 at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Greenville. 




92 year-old Florence F. Rees of Greenville formerly of Du Quoin passed away Wednesday at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Mass of Christian Burial for 92 year-old Florence F. Rees will be Monday the 11th at 10am At the Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Du Quoin.  Friends may call from 5-8PM Sunday at the Searby Funeral home in Du Quion.  Burial will be in the Sacred Hearth Cemetery also in Du Quoin.  Memorials may be made to Sacred Hearth Catholic Church or the Fair Oaks Nursing Home. 



Saturday - Sunny and windy, winds from the SSW at 20-30 MPH, High - 48, Low 12

Sunday - Sunny and cold, High - 26, Low - 13


Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guests this week are Lynn Weiss with the U of I Extension in Bond County and Amy Tompkins.  Lynn and Amy will talk about February being Youth Leadership Month and the importance of leadership in youth activities, including the added benefits and opportunities. That's Public Affairs this Sunday following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.



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