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 to get the word out to local veterans.  Bond County has chosen two local veterans to make the trip. Veteran Leon Mullen, accompanied by his daughter Melis Gass and veteran Fred Baumberger, accompanied by his son Craig. Fred explained that to be chosen you had to apply and that any WW II veteran is eligible. It is a one-day trip, leaving early in the morning on April 22, and returning late that night. While there, they will visit the WW II memorial and other memorials. Fred added that the United States had to win that war. If not, we would be living in a very different world. For an application for Honor Flight, co zntact County Clerk Randy Reitz's office.



The 29th annual Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair was last Friday at the Greenville First United Methodist Church. Approximately 2,800 to 3,000 people attended to help make this years fair another success. A health fair, by definition, is an event where health testing and information is made available to the community. There were many comprehensive tests performed at greatly discounted prices and several individuals credit these tests for saving their lives by detecting illnesses and diseases that showed no previous symptoms. Employees from Greenville Regional Hospital, Bond County Emergency Medical Services, Fair Oaks, Bond County Health Department and others, performed the tests. These tests included screening for prostate cancer, blood tests for kidney and liver diseases, bone density, screenings for cataracts, glaucoma and scoliosis, and many more. Many participants commented on the exceptionally short wait times for these tests. Health fair organizers credit several groups, businesses and volunteers for the successful event.





The Pocahontas Village Board met recently. Before their regular monthly meeting, they held a special public meeting. Mike Cavanagh from the West Central Development Council was present to talk to the public about the grants for which the village of Pocahontas may be eligible. Cavanagh presented this information to the board during the Feburary meeting, and the board asked for the information to be shared with the public. 


The next meeting of the Pocahontas Village Board will be Monday, April 27.





Anna Oestreich from the Bond County Senior Center recently told the Bond County Board about the stimulus package benefits that the county might receive.  It hasn’t been finally approved but the center was contacted by IDOT a few weeks ago. There is some funding available through the stimulus benefits package for equipment. Oestreich submitted a request for funding for computer equipment and vehicles, and the most costly project, a bus storage and wash facility.  IDOT has contacted the senior center with news that it is possible they will receive the funds.  This has not been finalized, but they do have the materials and they are looking at it very seriously.  The vehicle storage and wash facility project would cost $1.2 million dollars and could possibly be funded one hundred percent through the stimulus package benefits. 



With the weather changing, many residents are eager to clean up their yards and fields. One way they do this, is by controlled burns. Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnson reminds you to use common sense. For example, do not start a burn in windy conditions. If that fire leaves your property, you are liable for all the damage that fire causes, including your neighbor's house.





A "Meet the Bond County Unit 2 School Board Candidates" event sponsored by the Greenville Education Association and the Greenville Education Support Staff Association is scheduled for tonight. Ernie Oakley from Sorento school explained to WGEL that the board candidates will be introduced, along with a moderator. The moderator will ask questions of the candidates and later audience members may also ask questions. He added that if you know what you want to ask ahead of time, write it down on paper and turn it in beforehand. Refreshments will be served afterwards.


"Meet the Bond County Unit 2 School Board candidates" is tonight from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the First Christian Church in Greenville.




Lucille M. Miener, age 77, of rural Grantfork, passed away Tuesday, March 24, at her residence. Funeral services for Lucille Miener will be at 11:00 AM Friday at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will follow in Highland City Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 - 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to TIP Hospice.




Loretta C. Schwend, age 78, of Trenton, passed away Monday, March 23, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.  A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, at 10:00 AM, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Trenton.  Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Trenton.  Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and Thursday from 8:00 - 9:45 AM, at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to St. Mary of Heartland Hospice.




Pauline E. Wolters, age 86, of Aviston, passed away Tuesday, March 24.  A funeral mass will be Saturday at 10:00 AM, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in Aviston.  Friends may call Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and Saturday from 8:00 - 9:30 AM, at the Hempen Funeral Home in Aviston.




Ena D. Cassista, age 88, of Trenton, passed away Friday, March 20, at Breese Nursing Home.  A memorial service for 88 year-old Ena Cassista will be Saturday, March 28, at 10:00 AM, at Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.  Friends may call Saturday from 9:30 AM until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.




47 year-old Terry L. Thompson, of Patoka, passed away Wednesday, March 25, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.  Terry moved to Greenville in 1989 and was Director of Respiratory Therapy at Utlaut Hospital.  Funeral services for Terry L. Thompson will be Friday, at 2:00 PM, at the First Baptist Church in Patoka. Burial will be in Patoka Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Thompson family.

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