When the Bond County Community Unit #2 School District Board was called to order, the board immediately adjourned to closed session. After about 25 minutes, the board came back to order and announced the resignation of Superintendent Melanie Allyn, effective at the end of the school year. In her resignation letter, Ms. Allyn explained that she will retire, after serving the district for four years, because of personal reasons. The board then read a prepared statement that praised Ms. Allyn for her integrity, hard work ethic, and for charting the course toward excellence. The board then immediately approved the search for a new superintendent.


In other news, an update on the athletic facilities was presented. The track, locker rooms and bleachers should all be done before the first trackmeet. The concession stand is finished and the sodding and seeding of the athletic fields should start soon, weather permitting. Also it was reported that the school district took part in the reading-out-loud of the Gettysburg Address on Lincoln's birthday, that helped set a new Guiness Book World Record. The board approved the letting of bids for four new school buses and one van, retaining the current firm that does the audits, an increase in substitute teachers pay and policies concerning student transfers and drug testing of student athletes.



At the most recent Bond County Board meeting the city addressed the board in hopes of receiving financial assistance for the Donnewald Distributing land purchase.  The board made a suggestion to let the city forego a $40,000 payment to the county for this year only, to use toward the project.  The board discussed their hopes that Donnewald Distributing will use local companies for construction of their building.


County Highway Engineer Mike McCormick addressed the board.  Carlyle will be sponsoring a Triathalon this spring and about three miles of the path will come into Bond County.  This event will become a five year commitment.  Chairperson Jill Franks will meet with ICIT to discuss insurance and liability issues for the event.  The matter was tabled until the next meeting. 


The board has until March to decide on moving forward with Illinois County Insurance Trust. Jill Franks will meet this week with the trust company and the board will make their decision at the March meeting. 


Joe Doll was at the meeting to request a written commitment for Colt Coal Company, stating that if his land is sold it goes for fair market value.  State’s Attorney Chris Bauer has been in contact with Colt Coal’s attorney and this issue has been tabled until the next meeting.





The Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District has compiled its 2008 annual report.  Firemen Dwight Volkmar and Paul Lutz were recognized for 25 years of service to the Mulberry Grove Fire Department.  They were each presented a watch, from the Mulberry Grove Fire District.  Jay Greenwood was named Fireman of the Year and Jeremy Hopkins First Responder of the Year.


The annual report showed a total of 104 calls, which was an increase over 2007.  31 of those calls were for fires and 73 were for first responders.  Mulberry Grove Firemen were called to provide mutual aid 16 times and received mutual aid once.  Mutual aid calls were down for 2008 when compared to 2007.  The total approximate dollar value of property loss for 2008 was $66,200.00 and the average response time for fire calls was 7.71 minutes.  The Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District 2008 membership totaled 20 persons, the same as the number of first responders.




Illinois State Fire Marshal David B. Foreman reminds drivers of a new law that went into effect January 1, 2009, which protects firefighters by giving them the authority to close lanes of traffic while responding to an emergency situation.  Previously, only law enforcement officers or representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation had the jurisdiction to close lanes of traffic.  Senate Bill 2488 was inspired by the death of a Sesser Fire Protection District Firefighter, James "Shib" Miller, who was killed in 2007 while fighting a truck fire on Interstate 57.  "Shib's Law" joins "Scott's Law," from 2002, in providing protection for emergency personnel on Illinois highways.



A telephone scam, praying on the elderly, has surfaced in Bond County. According to James Stever of the Bond County State's Attorney's Office, an elderly person receives a call from someone identifying himself as their grandson. He tells the victim he is in legal trouble and does not want his parents to know. He then asks for a money order to be sent to him to help pay for legal costs. Of course he is not their grandchild. At least three incidents were reported in Bond County with one victim actually sending the money. To protect yourself from this scam, here are a few things you can do: establish a code word or phase with your grandchild, ask personal questions, if they claim to be in jail ask for the phone number and call the jail to verify, and before sending money contact other family members. If this has happened to you, contact your county State's Attorney's office.




Mildred E. "Mid" Ginther, age 98, of Highland, passed away Wednesday, February 18, at Faith Care Center in Highland.  Funeral services for Mildred Ginther will be Saturday, at 10:00 AM, at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Saturday from 9:00 - 10:00 AM, at the church. 

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