MORE THEFTS REPORTED IN BOND COUNTY
The Bond County Sheriff's Department was notified Thursday afternoon, at 1:05 PM, of a theft of items from a residence on Conoco Road, south of Mulberry Grove. Taken were 100 sheets of tin, 2 rolls of fencing wire, 2 gates, aluminum siding and steel posts. Charges are pending on two subjects.
The Sheriff's Department received notice of another missing item at 4:02 PM Thursday. A laptop computer, valued at $1500.00 was reported missing from a residence on Cottonwood Avenue, southwest of Greenville.
ALAN GAFFNER NAMED ILLINOIS "GRASSROOTS CHAMPION"
Alan Gaffner, Director of Legislative Affairs and Volunteer Service at Greenville Regional Hospital, is one of 51 individuals receiving the 2008 Partnership for Action Grassroots Champion Award. The award is presented annually by the American Hospital Association and the Illinois Hospital Association. Only one hospital leader, from each state, is recognized annually. Gaffner was chosen because of his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of a hospital's mission, education of elected officials on how major issues impact the hospital's role in the community, and tireless efforts on behalf of the hospital and it's patients.
MULBERRY GROVE FFA MEMBERS RECOGNIZED AT ANNUAL BANQUET
Earlier this month, Mulberry Grove FFA members were recognized at the chapter's annual banquet. Amy Tompkins received the DeKalb Award. Amy Tompkins and Nick Elam received R-Farm Scholarships of $1000.00 each. Zoe Zinkgraf and Kurtis Devore earned Star Greenhand Awards. Katie Cayo, Danielle Wheldon, Kelsey Dugan and Trevor Nickel received Chapter Scholar Awards. Chapter Degrees were earned by Bryant Schneider, Anne Jett, Kylee Niepert, Danielle Wheldon, Kelsey Dugan and Megan Dugan. Bob and Pam Tompkins were presented the Honorary Chapter Degree.
Other accomplishments throughout the 2007-2008 year include: a fourth place individual finish in the Section 19 Soil Judging Contest by Travis Moore, Garrett Blankenship and Trevor Nickel - first place in sporting clay competition, Garrett Blankenship - first place individual sporting clay competition, Jamie Harris - first place individual in Liberty FFA trap shooting, and the MG FFA Greenhand Team - first place in the Section 19 Greenhand Quiz Bowl.
NATIONAL ROAD ASSOCIATION MEETS IN EFFINGHAM
The National Road Association of Illinois recently held its annual meeting, in Effingham. Projects from the past year were reviewed but much of the meeting focused on what lies ahead for the group. Executive Director John Goldsmith reported that work should begin this year installing interpretive kiosks, in participating towns, as well as construction of a welcome center, in Marshall's Harlan Hall.
Sharon Grimes and Karen Heilig, representing Bond County, were elected to the Board of Directors. Officers elected to serve the coming year are: Sheila Martin - president, Terry White - first vice-president, Belinda Roddy - second vice-president, Mae Grappenhaus - secretary, and Karen Heilig - Treasurer.
ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKS USED BY ILLINOIS STATE POLICE
Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Jerry Culp announced the use of Roadside Safety Checks to encourage motorists to arrange designated drivers and keep their consumption of alcohol within allowable limits. Police will be conducting safety checks in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Bond, and Clinton Counties during the month of April.
CONSTRUCTION ZONE SPEED ENFORCEMENT
As construction season kicks into high gear, drivers are urged to slow down in work zones. This year, four marked white photo speed enforcement vans will be active at various locations across the state. These vans are staffed by trained state troopers and are equipped with the latest in photo radar technology created to record the speed of vehicles and to capture clear images of both the driver and the license plate. Tickets from these vans will be sent by certified mail to drivers within 14 business days and court appearance is mandatory.
Along with enforcing construction zone speed limits, Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent noted that the state troopers will also be strictly enforcing violations of Scott’s Law, or the “move over” law. Drivers violate this law if they fail to slow down, and when possible, change lanes, when emergency vehicles, including highway construction vehicles with flashing lights, are on the shoulder of the road.
Illinois has decreased its work zone fatalities by more than half since 2003! Most fatal accidents are preventable if all drivers will slow down and pay attention.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
The JV Comets will play at Breese Central.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Mulberry Grove Lady Aces will host Carlyle.
The Lady Comets will play at Breese Mater Dei.
HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS
The Comets will host Mt. Vernon.
FLORENCE J. WEISS
Florence J. Weiss, age 58, of Greenville, passed away Saturday at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Funeral services for 58 year-old Florence J. Weiss will be Thursday at 10:00 am at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville with interment in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home. A prayer service is scheduled at 7:30 PM Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.
BETTY RICHARDSON BALDWIN
Betty Richardson Baldwin, age 75, of Carlyle, formerly of Greenville, passed away Sunday at her home. Funeral arrangements for 75 year-old Betty Richardson Baldwin are pending at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.
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