03-16-2009

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POCAHONTAS HOUSE FIRE TOTAL LOSS

 

Highland-Pierron Firemen were called early Friday morning to a structure fire on Baden Avenue in rural Pocahontas.  According to the Highland Police Department, the structure was the Bill Knebel home.  According to Highland-Pierron Fire Chief Steve Plocher, the structure was a total loss.  The Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire Department provided assistance at the fire with a total of 25 firemen fighting the blaze for about three hours.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.


IMPROVEMENTS TO GREENVILLE WATER

 

At the most recent Greenville City Council meeting, City Manager Dave Willey told the council that he was going to present a different approach to improving the taste and odor of Greenville's drinking water. He promised to outline the scope of work on that new approach at a future special meeting of the Council. Also Willey said the Loves's Travel Plaza is waiting for several minor changes in their plans for construction to start this spring.

 

 

 

BUCHEIT GETS GO AHEAD FROM CITY PLANNING

 

The new Buchheit store, currently moving into the old Value City location in Greenville, asked for and got approval from the Greenville Plan Commission for four variances. The Plan Commission recommendations will be passed along to the City Council for final approval. The commission approved four variances for the new Buchheit store including allowing for two off-premise signs, with their sign on Route 127, to exceed the city height ordinance by 55 feet, and the city square foot size by 55 square feet. The commission also approved use of their parking lot to display merchandise as well as outside storage on the east side of the building.


VANDALIA STATE HOUSE RE-OPENS

 

We have these images of the Vandalia State house re-opening ceremony. 

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Pictures courtesy of John Goldsmith. 

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HEALTH FAIR 2009 COMING SOON

 

The Greenville Regional Hospital 2009 Health Fair will be March 20, from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM, at the Greenville First United Methodist Church.  The fair offers thirteen health tests, comprehensive blood tests, and a wide variety of health information materials.  Pre-registration will be March 16 at the Pocahontas Village Hall from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, at the Mulberry Grove Firehouse from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM and at the Sorento Municipal Center from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  You can also pre-register daily through March 18, from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, at the Bond County Senior Center in Greenville.  Those who have not pre-registered for a blood test will be accepted after 2:30 PM.  For more information, call 664-2777.



UNIVERISITY OF ILLINOIS EDUCATION SURVEY

 

The University of Illinois is currently conducting a survey to help shape the educational programs for the next five years. The information from this survey will be used to prioritize and design printed and web-based educational materials. The survey seeks public input related to ten broad issues and takes only about 10 to 15 minutes to complete and currently runs until March 31. To participate, call the local extension office at 664-3665 or go to the website www.extension.uiuc.edu/bond.

 


BRADFORD NATIONAL BANK GETS TOP HONOR FROM USDA

 

Bradford National Bank was recently awarded top honors by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development as A Million-Dollar Lender in Illinois for the fifth consecutive year. The recognition is made annually to lenders that excel in using the federal agency's guaranteed loan program to increase home ownership.  Bradford National Bank used Rural Development's guarantee to generate more than $1 million in affordable home loans in 2008.  Rural Development specialist Janet Fauth said, "We are extremely pleased with Bradford National Bank's achievement.  Their commitment to helping borrowers get a loan they can afford for the house they really want is not only good for the borrowers, it is good for the local economy as well."


DO NOT COUNT ON LUCK TO GET YOU HOME ST. PATRICK'S DAY

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are partnering with numerous law enforcement agencies around the state through St. Patrick's Day, to remind you to act responsibly and designate a sober driver if you plan to consume alcohol.  Roadside safety checks, saturation patrols and other impaired driving countermeasures will be employed to encourage using designated drivers and other safe driving techniques.  Remember that luck will not get you home safely this St. Patrick's Day.  Plan ahead to be safe.

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OBITUARIES

ALICE M. SCHANTZ

 

Alice M. Schantz, age 69, of Highland, passed away Thursday, March 12, at Kindred Hospital-Bay Area Tampa in Tampa, Florida.  Funeral arrangements for Alice Schantz are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.

 

MARGARET A. DERRICK

 

Margaret A. Derrick, age 83, passed away Thursday, March 12, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services for Margaret Derrick will be today, March 15, at 11:00 AM, at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery, west of Keyesport.  Memorials are suggested to the Kaskaskia College Relay For Life, the Wisetown Baptist Church or the Greenville First Christian Church.

 

BONNIE B. JONES

 

Bonnie B. Jones, age 66, of Old Ripley, passed away Friday, March 13, at Fair Oaks.  Funeral services for Bonnie B. Jones will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday at Mt. Gilead Church.  Burial will follow in Brown Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Monday at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.  Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Bond County Hospice.

 

SHELBY J. NOLTE

 

77 year-old Shelby J. Nolte, of East Alton, formerly of Smithboro passed away Friday, March 13, in Alton.  Funeral services for Shelby Nolte will be at 11:00 AM Monday at the Donnell Wiegand Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM Monday until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to New Beginnings Church in Greenville.  Shelby is the brother of Ada and Charles Thacker of Greenville.

 

ALICE C. SCOTT

 

86 year-old Alice C. Scott, of Greenville, passed away Friday, March 13, at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services for Alice Scott will be Monday at 4:00 PM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery in Pittsburg, IL.  Friends may call Monday after 3:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Greenville First Christian Church or Shriner's Hospital.


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