BOND COUNTY BOARD MEETING
It was a short Bond County Board Meeting Tuesday night, lasting only 25 minutes, but in that time a lot was covered.
Mike McCormick was on hand to discuss business concerning the Highway Department. The construction on Museum Road is complete. The Highway Department wants to use the remaining money from the construction project to pay off the loan on the Highway Department Building. The board approved the motion, pending approval by the Building Commission.
The VFW Lady's Auxiliary requested the use of the courthouse lawn for Sunday, September 21st, at 4:00 PM, for a MIA/POW observance. The board approved their request.
The Board also approved the use of the courthouse lawn for the Awareness Walk Friday, October 17th, sponsored by The Third Judicial Court, Family Violence Prevention Council and Bond County Domestic Violence Committee. The Awareness Walk will start at noon from the Methodist Church to College Avenue to the Bond County Courthouse. The group will hold a 45-minute program on the south steps and lawn of the courthouse.
The November 4th regular meeting has been changed to Wednesday, November 5th, at 10:00 AM because of Election Day.
THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR A MISSING SORENTO MAN
83 year-old Harry V. Gwaltney, of Sorento, has been missing since he left his home Sunday morning. Gwaltney is 5'-10" tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. Gwaltney left, Sunday morning, in a 2002 brown Ford Taurus with enviornmental license plate number ETG-100, with damage on the drivers door. Bond County Sherrif, Jeff Brown said a search of the area by plane was unsucessful, but another search by plane is planned when the area flooding goes down. Brown also said that Gwaltney does not have a history of leaving home. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bond County Sheriff's Department at 664-2151.
FLOOD DAMAGE BRINGS OUT SCAM ARTISTS
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning people, with damage by recent floods, to protect themselves from home repair scam artists. These scam artists are known to swoop in after disasters, such as storms or floods, and victimize innocent people by agreeing to repair damaged property after taking money for down payments. They either do not do the work or do poor work. Tips to protect yourself include: ask to see licenses and proof of insurance, be wary of door-to-door repairmen, never give out personal information over the phone and remember you have a right to cancel a contract within 3 days. If you believe someone may be scamming you, call (800) 243-1618.