The Bond County board held it's regular meeting this week at the Bond County Courthouse.  A big topic of recent meetings, including one very well attended special meeting, has been a possible tipping fee for landfills in Bond County.  This money would then be used to fund recycling in Bond County.  At this week's meeting, the board unanimously passed a tipping fee of 1/27 of a cent per ton waste.  The fee will soon start being collected, and since the amount of money that will continually be collected is uncertain, there is no specific program planned.  The board is also forming an advisory panel to help with any programs and ideas on the most effective way to use any money collected. 


A new face at Bond county board meetings is a bond county deputy.  Starting last meeting, a deputy will be at every meeting for security.  Since the recent shooting at Kirkwood, Missouri, many government meetings have taken extra security measures.  



The Mulberry Grove Village Board met in regular session Monday night, March 3rd, at 7:00 PM.  The board approved changes in fines associated with infractions of the village animal control ordinance.  The fine for each offense will now be $150.00 plus court costs.


The city lot south of the old maintenance shed, located at 105 South Maple Street, is available for purchase.  Sealed bids will be accepted at the Village Hall or may be mailed to: PO Box 8, Mulberry Grove, IL 62262.  Bids must be received by 4:30 PM, March 28, 2008.


The next scheduled Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting is April 6, 2008, at 7:00 PM.



All Southwestern Electric members have had power restored after the server winter weather earlier this week.  The outages were in Fayette and Effingham counties, and at its most sever, more than 500 members were without power.  The area heaviest hit was south of I-70 and east of Route 51 in Fayette County.  Linemen from Bond and Madison counties helped in restoring power, including working late into the night on Wednesday.  Many of the outages were due to ice accumulating on the power lines, then the wind would catch the ice and raise the lines into the air.  Often this up and down motion can leave a great many lines on the ground. 



The Bond County Sheriff's department has released its January 2008 report.  The department paid a total amount of $9,001.28 to the Bond County Treasurer for the month.  In January crime statistics, there were no residential or auto thefts in the county and 4 non-residential burglaries, which is one less than the same time frame in 2007.  Despite the harsh winter weather the Bond County Sheriff's department worked fewer automobile accidents in January 08 than 07.  This January, there were 28 accidents in the county compared with 32 last January.  The Sheriff's department issued 285 speeding tickets during the month. The majority of speeding tickets were issued by the I-70 patrol. 



When you make your plans for this weekend, make sure to include the time change early Sunday morning.  At 2am Sunday morning, clocks will move ahead to 3am.  The easiest way to remember is to move your clocks ahead when you go to bed on Saturday night.  Also, time change is the perfect opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Again we will spring forward one hour this Sunday, at 2am. 




Pauline Worthy Arias, age 81, of Miami, Florida, formerly of Alton, passed away Tuesday March 4th, at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center.  Funeral services for 81 year-old Pauline Worthy Arias will be Tuesday at 11am at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Visitation will be from 4-8PM Monday the 10th, also at the funeral home.  Interment will be in McInturff Cemetery.  Pauline has many family members in the Greenville and Bond County area.  


SATURDAY - Sunny, high 30, low 15

SUNDAY - Cloudy, high 40, low 28.



Join us this Sunday for WGEL’s Public Affairs Program. Our guest this week is Health Communications Specialist with the CDC, Dagney Olivarus.  Dagney will talk to us about what you need to know when the power goes out, some food safety tips, how to prepare for power outages and what is the biggest concern during power outages. That's Public Affairs, this Sunday, following our noon Bond County Area News here on WGEL.

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