03-18-2009

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BOND COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION PICKS REPLACEMENT

 

The Bond County Community Unit #2 Board of Education met Monday night March 16. The biggest news of the meeting was the hiring of Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Jeff Strieker to replace Superintendent Melanie Allyn. Mr. Strieker will take over the duties after the end of the school year. Mrs. Allyn had announced her resignation last month, and the board, in a prepared statement, said they think this will be the smoothest way to transfer leadership. Strieker’s salary, as superintendent, will be $115,000.  No announcements were made on who will fill Strieker’s current position.

 

In other matters, Mr. Strieker addressed the board with concerns about state funding. According to his information, the state is running an 8 - 10 billion dollar deficit. This has caused the state to be very late on its funding payments to schools, including Bond County. He also said that the district may not get all the funding that was allocated. After his report, there was a lengthy discussion on purchasing four new school buses. Even with uncertainty of funds, the board said improving the bus fleet was vitally important and the bid to purchase the buses was approved. In a bit of good news, the athletic fields have been sodded and only fencing, bleachers and cosmetic improvements need to be done. The Greenville High School baseball team will have its first home game this Saturday.


STUDENTS AUCTIONED OFF IN MULBERRY GROVE

 

The Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter will be holding a work auction to raise money for the organization.  The FFA members will be auctioned off for 8 hours of work to the highest bidder.  The money raised will go toward conventions and conferences.  FFA Reporter Danielle Weldon says last year they held a work auction and raised a good deal of money.  The event will be Thursday, March 19, in the Mulberry Grove Elementary Gymnasium.


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LOCAL MAN IN LIVESTOCK AUCTIONEER CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Andrew McDowell, of Vandalia, will compete in the 46th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Fergus Falls, Minnesota on June 13.  McDowell will compete with 32 others to determine the top auctioneer for 2009. The contest will be an actual sale of about 4000 cattle and is sponsored and conducted by the Livestock Marketing Association of Kansas City, Missouri.

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UTLAUT MEMORIAL GOLF SCRAMBLE

 

The sixth annual Utlaut Memorial Foundation Charitable Golf Scramble will be Friday, May 8, at Governor's Run Golf Course in Carlyle. Lunch will precede the event at 11:30 AM and the scramble will tee-off with a 1:00 PM shotgun start. The proceeds will benefit Greenville Regional Hospital and Fair Oaks nursing facility. Teams will consist of four golfers with entry fees of $125 each or a team fee of $500. This year will include a Million Dollar Hole-in-One contest and team and attendance prizes will be awarded. To register, contact Ryan Mifflin at Greenville Regional Hospital at 618-664-1230 ext. 3006.

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OBITUARIES

JAMES HALL

 

James Hall, age 85, of Litchfield, formerly of Sorento, passed away Monday, March 16, at Heritage Manor in Litchfield.  Funeral services for 85 year-old James Hall will be Thursday at 10:00 AM, at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.  Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.  Friends may call Wednesday from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

 

KENNETH E. MICHAEL

 

Kenneth E. Michael, age 84, of Highland, passed away Monday, March 16, at Cambridge House in Maryville, Illinois.  Funeral arrangements for Kenneth Michael are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.


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