1-23 -2009





At the most recent Bond County Board meeting, members from the American Farm Heritage Museum were on hand to discuss future plans for the museum.  The goal of the museum committee members is to have running water put in using the accepted and approved water grant.  Once a sprinkler system is installed, the museum will have the opportunity to be part of the Smithsonian Association.  The museum has also received $10,000 from Dupont. The Farm Heritage Board has considered using that money to move the one room schoolhouse in Greenville to the museum grounds, giving the schoolhouse more exposure. 


The Farm Heritage Museum members brought up another topic that made for a long discussion. Ollie Schaefer informed the county board that he had received a request from the Keystone Pipeline Company to use the museum grounds as their temporary headquarters while they install the pipeline.  The pipeline company offered to spread seven acres of rock in the museum parking lot as a bonus for letting them use the land. The only concern the board had was that the road leading into the museum has a weight limit and may not be able to hold the pipeline equipment.  The board advised Shaeffer to have the pipeline representatives call County Highway Engineer Mike McCormick to discuss possible options.






Thursday morning at 3:42, Mulberry Grove Firemen were called to the Michael Meyer residence on North Street in Mulberry Grove to a report of a shed fire.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, flames were shooting from the doors of the 30 x 30, pole barn style garage when they arrived.  The building contained a demo car and various engines and parts.  The building and contents are considered a total loss.  The cause of the fire is not known.  Firemen were on the scene for 2 ½ - 3 hours.



According to Investigator James Stever, a recent attempted home repair scam has taken place on Old Ripley Road south of Sorento.  Two men in a light gray van stopped at a rural home and one of the men climbed on the roof and stated he was fixing the lightening rods.  After the man came down he presented the owner with a bill for $700.  The owner refused to pay and threatened to call the police. Both men left the scene in a hurry.  On the bill is the name John Green with a fake P.O Box in Belleville.


Another scam occurred east of Sorento on Tuesday, January 13th.  Two men came to a residence. One advised the owner his father had installed the lightening rods on the home and he was there to check them.  The rods were under warranty and there would be no cost to repair the wiring except labor involved.  Later, they stated they needed to repair the wiring. The owner of the home was shown a black spot and was presented a bill for $745.  The owner was advised they would return in three days with paper work for the owner to complete and send to the insurance company.  The owner paid the men by check and they have not returned with the paperwork.  The bill was signed by John Green of Litchfield. 


A light gray regular sized van with a ladder on the top was used in both cases.





The Greenville City Council will hold a special meeting tonight for two executive sessions to buy and sell real estate and discuss pending litigation.  In open session, the council plans to make revisions to the new City Liquor Control Ordinance.  The meeting will be tonight at 5:30.




88 year-old Dorothy Nuby, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, January 21, at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for Dorothy Nuby will be Saturday, January 24, at 11:00 AM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will be in Mount Auburn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 -7:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or the American Cancer Society.



Edith Edwards, age 100, of Blytheville, Arkansas, formerly of the Mulberry Grove area, passed away Wednesday, January 21, at Heritage Square Nursing Center in Blytheville.  Funeral services for 100 year-old Edith Edwards will be Friday at 1:30 PM at the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville.  The family will receive visitors from 5:00 - 7:00 PM Thursday, at the funeral home.  A graveside service will be Saturday, January 24, at 1:30 PM, at Noffsinger Cemetery south of Mulberry Grove.


SATURDAY - Mostly sunny, high 24, low 12

SUNDAY - Cloudy, high 26, low 16


Join us this Sunday for Public Affairs. Our Guest this week is Illinois State Trooper Ralph Timmons. He'll tell us how to stay safe on the roadways in winter weather. He'll also give us tips to remember if an accident does occur. It's Public Affairs this Sunday following your Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL.

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