01-22-2009

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO RECEIVE NEW BACKHOE

 

The Bond County Board met in regular session Tuesday night.  The board approved the minutes and the bills from the previous month.  The County Clerk's report was approved as well.

 

County Highway Engineer Mike McCormick was at the meeting to ask the board for approval to purchase a new backhoe.  McCormick told the board that the highway department will use the current 1996 backhoe as a trade-in on a new 2009 Case backhoe.  The new machine will cost $50,980 with the trade-in serving as the first payment.  The board approved the request.


GREENVILLE NATIVE ATTENDS INAUGURATION

 

Bond County was represented Tuesday at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.  We talked to Greenville native Kat Netzler, who was one of the millions looking on as history was made in Washington DC.  Netzler, who now lives in Virginia and works for an equestrian magazine, thanked Congressman John Shimkus for helping her get three tickets to the historical event.  Two friends from Georgia planned to attend, but were unable due to car problems.  Kat gave one ticket to a friend from work and the third to a woman from Chicago.  She described the weather as miserably cold but her experience at the inauguration as "amazingly awesome."  She was part of the "sea of humanity" that jammed the mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

 

 

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VISION 20-20 PROJECT RECEIVES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GRANT

 

Vision 20-20, a region-wide effort to coordinate area resources to best promote economic growth, development and investment, is receiving a $250,000.00 Regional Innovation Grant from the U. S. Department of Labor.  The grant will be used to help define the economy of Southwestern Illinois and create a plan to encourage the growth and stabilization of area businesses.

 


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PEANUT BUTTER SALMONELLA OUTBREAK

 

Illinois State Public Health Director Dr. Damon Arnold, is urging Illinois residents to log onto the Illinois Department of Public Health web site to find the most recent Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) list of products being recalled due to a recent Salmonella outbreak. The tainted ingredient in all these products is peanut butter. The FDA says that major national brands of peanut butter in jars are not affected, but that products such as cookies, crackers and ice cream, may be affected. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, fever, nausea and dehydration. These symptoms usually appear anywhere from 6 to 72 hours after eating. For a list of these products or for more information  go to www.idph.state.il.us.


TONY LARUSSA VISITS GREENVILLE

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St. Louis Cardinal's Manager Tony LaRussa and two former Cardinals visited Greenville and spoke at the Bond County Unit #2 High School as part of the I-70 Baseball Clinic. Mike Matheny talked about catching and John Mabry talked about hitting. LaRussa spoke for over 2 hours about managing and leadership. Over 300 people attended from Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky. Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat said attendance was higher this year than ever before for the clinic.


OBITUARIES

BESSIE B. HENNINGFELD

 

74 year-old Bessie B. Henningfeld, of Whit, Illinois passed away Tuesday, January 20.  Funeral services for Bessie Henningfeld will be Friday, at 2:00 PM, at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis.  Visitation will be from Noon - 2:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Cress Hill Cemetery in Nokomis.  Memorials are suggested to the family.


ROBERT LEE SIMS

 

Robert Lee Sims, age 52, of Carbondale, formerly of Royal Lake, passed away Sunday, January 18, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.  Funeral services for Robert Sims will be Saturday, at 11:00 AM, at the Baptist Church in Royal Lake.  Interment will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post 1180.  The family will receive friends Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to the family.


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