NEW STATE SENATOR FOR 51ST DISTRICT
After interviewing 11 candidates and deliberating for hours last Saturday, the new state Senator for the 51st District is Kyle McCarter of Lebanon. McCarter was selected to succeed Senator Frank Watson who retired Feb 16.
McCarter, a businessman, was selected by the nine member 51st Senate District Legislative Committee after a day long interview process involving 11 candidates on Saturday, Feb. 21.
“This is a great opportunity to serve people. We have a lot of people hurting in this state. We have a financial crisis, people need help and they need us to sincerely listen to what’s affecting them,” said McCarter. "I am honored to serve in this position held by Frank Watson and I’m looking forward to serving, as he did, the people of this district. I can’t wait to meet all the citizens throughout this district and do my best to serve them.”
The 46-year-old McCarter lives in Lebanon, in St. Clair County. He has been a member of the St. Clair County Board since 2000 and is a small business owner of Custom Product Innovations and Custom Coating Innovations.
McCarter graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1984 with a degree in Accounting and served as a missionary in Kenya and India during the 1980’s. He is married to Victoria and they have two sons, Austin and Zachary.
HONOR FLIGHT NETWORK TO TAKE WW II VETERANS TO WASHINGTON DC
We talked with Tony Koonce about getting veterans registered to see the Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. He said the Honor Flight Network, which started in 2005, is devoted to flying World War II veterans to Washington DC to see the Veterans Memorial. Bond County Veterans organizations are promoting the program and working at getting the word to veterans so they can complete an application to make the trip. Once a veteran completes an application, it will be submitted and his/her name will be placed on a list of those slated to fly to Washington DC. Tony said all veterans on the list would eventually have the opportunity to take the Honor Flight to see the memorial.
MEN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED FRAUD IN BOND COUNTY
Two men have been charged with aggravated home repair fraud in Bond County. According to records at the Bond County Courthouse, 37 year-old John Gorman of Tipp City, Ohio and 27 year-old Leo Gorman of Aurora, Illinois have been charged with allegedly entering into an oral agreement to repair a home of an elderly Sorento woman. Gorman allegedly misrepresented the existing condition of the home, with the intent to collect $700. A preliminary hearing has been set for February 26 for John. Leo is ordered back in Bond County Court March 4.
FEDERAL INMATE AT GREENVILLE CHARGED
An inmate at the Federal Corrections Institute in Greenville was recently charged with illegal possession of contraband by a federal inmate. Alireza Hendijani, age 30, was charged after corrections officials allegedly found an ice pick type weapon in his secured personal locker in his cell. If Hendijani is convicted, he faces up to five more years of prison and/or up to $250,000 in fines. Under the law, if convicted, his new sentence will run consecutively with his current sentence.
NUMBER OF ILLINOIS FARMS INCREASE, FARMLAND DECREASES
The most recent census of Illinois farms shows an overall increase in the number of farms in the state but a decrease in the amount of farmland. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture's 2007 census, Illinois farms grew 5% from 7300 to almost 7700 while state farmland decreased by over 500,000 acres. According to a spokesman, farmland is lost every year due to variable reasons, but Illinois is still a national leader in many farm crops. Illinois leads the nation in sales of grains, oilseed, dry beans and dry peas. The state leads the nation in pumkin acreage and horseradish acreage and Mason county is the national leader in popcorn acres. There are also more minority farm owners, including Latino and women owners.
ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED FOR 5TH ANNUAL EMERGING WRITERS COMPETITION
According to Secretary of State Jesse White, entries are now being accepted for the fifth annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition for poets and short story writers. The competition consists of two categories: the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the James Jones Short Story Award. Three cash prizes will be given in each category. The competition is open to Illinois residents age 18 and over. For information on entry forms and rules, call 217-558-4029.
COMETS START REGIONAL PLAY TONIGHT
The Greenville Comets basketball team has had a great regular season and is set to start regional play tonight. The Comets will take on the Litchfield Purple Panthers at 6PM in the Pana Regional; Litchfield beat Hillsboro, 64-41, on Monday in the opening round. The Comets are the number one seed in the regional and earned a first round bye. You can hear Tonight’s Comets vs. Litchfield game right here on WGEL Radio, and because of the game there will be a shortened news schedule with no Bond County Area News at 6PM.
Dean Huddleston, age 59, of Vandalia, passed away Monday, February 23, at his home. Funeral services for Dean Huddleston will be Friday, at 11:00 AM, at the Panama United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Panama. Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.
DR. BROCK BRENTLINGER
Dr. Brock Brentlinger, age 82, passed away Thursday, February 19, in Beaumont, Texas. Dr. Brentlinger was a former Professor and Dean of Greenville College and also served as a Greenville City Councilman.
BOBBIE R. SIZEMORE
Bobbie R. Sizemore, age 81, of Highland, passed away Monday, February 23, at her home. Graveside services for Bobbie Sizemore will be Friday, at 1:00 PM, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements
MICHAEL ALLEN (Correction)
Michael Allen, age 36, of Sorento, passed away Wednesday from injuries sustained in a single vehicle accident. Memorial services for 36 year-old Michael Allen will be Saturday, March 7th, at 11:00 AM, at County Line Family Church in Donnellson. The Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento is in charge of arrangements.
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