ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE ON WGEL
Bond County residents will have the option to vote on many issues in today's election.
Bond County residents will elect four 4-year term Bond County Community Unit School District #2 board members. Candidates are Jay Young, Christopher Slatton, Larry Sayler, Sara McPeak, Jeff Moore, Robert “Vern” Brewer, Aimee R. Frey and Vance Daniken.
Voters will have the opportunity to change the liquor ban in the Village of Sorento. On today's ballot, residents will be asked, "Shall the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor be prohibited in the Village of Sorento?" Voting "yes" means the voter would like alcohol to be prohibited. A "no" vote will lift the prohibition of alcohol in the Village of Sorento.
In Greenville, two 4-year term spots are open for city council. One unexpired term for the council will be on the ballot.
Donnellson, Mulberry Grove and Pocahontas Village residents will be electing a village president and trustees.
Pleasant Mound residents will be voting on a township highway commissioner and township trustees.
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MAN SENTENCED FOR BREAKING INTO HIGH SCHOOL
According to records at the Bond County Courthouse, 20 year-old John A. White, of Greenville, was charged with burglary for entering Bond County Community Unit #2 High School on February 7th or 8th. White was charged with two counts of alleged burglary, alleged criminal damage to property including doors, electronic equipment and copy machines, with damage in excess of $300. He was also charged with one count of alleged criminal damage to government supported property. On April 2, White plead guilty to one count of burglary and was sentenced to five years in IDOC followed by two years supervised release. All other charges were dismissed.
GRANT HELPS SORENTO FOOD PANTRY
The Sorento food pantry has recently received a grant with which to purchase needed food items. Director Teresa Bourdouris said the grant was from the Springfield Dioceses as part of their Operation Rice Bowl collection, taken during the Lenten season, to help with local food and housing needs. 25% of the money collected goes to local food pantries. Teresa said the Sorento food pantry is currently in need of canned meat products and canned vegetables such as beets, spinach and sauerkraut.
GREENVILLE HOSPITAL STAFF AT NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Greenville Regional Hospital physical therapists Mike Irving and Doug Merrell were recently invited by Dr. John Yetter, Medical Director of the St. Louis Sports Commission, to provide services at the NCAA Wrestling championships in St. Louis. Irving and Merrell provided training room services and treatment to the athletes participating in the tournament, March 19 - 21, at the Scottrade Center.
CHILDREN AND CELL PHONES DISTRUPT POLICE WORK
Local officials report phone call hang-ups, from children playing with old cell phones, on a daily basis. April is National 911 Education Month. Local police remind parents not to let children play with old cell phones. Many people don't know that the law mandates that even old, deactivated cell phones, with no associated service plan, must be able to call 9-1-1. An old cell phone may seem to be the perfect free toy, but you should remove the battery before allowing children to play with it. Consider donating any unwanted retired wireless devices to a charitable program that can safely recycle them.
INCREASE IN FOOD STAMP BENEFITS
The State of Illinois will receive $890 million in federal money to increase food stamp benefits for over 600,000 families. In addition, the state also expects to receive $11.5 million for the Emergency Food Assistance Program from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also known as the Stimulus Package. Illinois has already ordered 3.5 million pounds of food for the food banks. Governor Pat Quinn has announced that next year's budget will also dedicate $1 million to the food banks. Current Illinois citizens enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see an increase in their monthly benefits of up to 13.6 percent for five years.
CARL R. A. RICE
Carl R. A. Rice, age 87, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, April 4, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services, for Carl Rice, will be at 10:30 AM Tuesday, at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Free Methodist Church.
EDNA J. SEEFELDT-DEUTSCHMANN
Edna J. Seefeldt-Deutschmann, age 98, of Highland, passed away Saturday, April 4, at Lebanon Care Center. Funeral services for 98 year-old Edna Seefeldt-Deutschmann will be Wednesday, at 10:00 AM, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 8:30 - 9:30 AM, at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to Masses, St. Paul Education Foundation, or Heartland Hospice.
DORIS L. GARNER
Doris L. Garner, age 74, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday, April 5, at her home. In accordance with her wishes, private family services will be held. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Diabetes Association. The Young Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove is handling the arrangements.
75 year-old Norma File of Alhambra, formerly of Sorento, passed away Monday, April 6, in Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra. Funeral arrangements are pending with Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento.
RUTH E. HUG
Ruth E. Hug, age 85, formerly of Highland, passed away Sunday, April 5, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Funeral arrangements for Ruth Hug are pending at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.
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