FOOTBALL FIELD MAY NOT BE READY FOR START OF COMETS' SEASON
The top issue, at the Monday night meeting of the Unit 2 Bond County School Board, was the update on the renovation at the High School. Honeywell representatives, Bob Fogarty and Tim Martin, assured the Board that the building renovations were on time and that only the main lobby will take a bit longer than proposed. School will open as scheduled and on time.
A representative from Gleeson Asphalt told the Board that delays, in the track and football venue, were due to inclement weather and delays from AT&T and Ameren. He told the Board that the track should be done this week but the football field will not be ready for the opening game of the season. The football team may be playing their first 2 home games or more at another venue.
The Board approved a bid from Tri-County Petroleum to be the fuel supplier for the District. The Board also approved the bid from Arthur Young Inc. of Vandalia to lease vehicles for the Drivers Education Program.
A citizen spoke to the Board about why property tax rates were rising while new housing was built, but the student population remained constant. The Board did not comment.
HOUGE HALL DEMOLITION STARTS ON GREENVILLE COLLEGE CAMPUS
According to Greenville College the demolition of Houge Hall started Monday. It’s planed to remove the catwalk from the building first and move that to the Ayers Field station. Demolition will continue from there. And a master plan for the new building is underway.
INJURY ACCIDENT ON TRAPPER AVENUE
Around 12:30 Sunday morning, Smithboro firemen and first responders and Bond County EMS responded to the scene of a one vehicle accident on Trapper Avenue just west of Mulberry Grove Road. According to Fire Chief Dale Deverick the car was in the ditch. Jessica Willis, age 16, of Mulberry Grove, was eastbound on Trapper Avenue when she went over a small hill causing her car to become airborne. She pulled to the right side of the road because her neck and back were hurting. Bond County EMS transported her to Greenville Regional Hospital and she was later ARC air lifted from Greenville Regional Hospital.
AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR ILLINOIS FARMERS
Federal disaster assistance is available to help Illinois farmers who suffered crop losses because of excessive rain and flooding this spring. The USDA has granted Governor Blagojevich's request to designate 74 Illinois counties and 17 contiguous counties, as natural disaster areas, allowing farmers to secure low-interest emergency loans to pay productions costs, refinance existing debt and cover family living expenses. Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, and St. Clair Counties are on the list. If you think you may qualify for disaster assistance, contact your local Farm Service Agency office.