9-24-2009

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SPECIAL SMITHBORO FIRE DISTRICT BOARD MEETING

 

The Smithboro Fire District Board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m., at the Smithboro Firehouse.  This is an information-sharing meeting in preparation for the hearing Tuesday, October 6 at 1:45 p.m. at the Bond County Courthouse, in relation to the petition concerning the possible combination of the Smithboro and Mulberry Grove Fire Districts. 

 

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WILSON MEMORABILIA FOR AUCTION ON ARTWALK

 

Gretchen Wilson is donating items for a silent auction at the, Our Common Ground ArtWalk, Friday, September 25, from 5:00 p.m. until midnight.  Gretchen's memorabilia will be on display at the Northcott House, 123 College Avenue, during the hours of the ArtWalk.  All proceeds from Gretchen's items will go to Our Common Ground.

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OCTOBER IS INFANT MORTALITY AWARENESS MONTH

 

With the United States ranking an all-time low 29th in the world for infant mortality, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Office of Community Health and Prevention joins the rest of the nation in a campaign to increase the awareness of the high rate of infant mortality.  IDHS Secretary Carol L. Adams said, "IDHS is committed to providing quality and adequate prenatal and primary care to women and infants throughout Illinois."  IDHS will host four workshops in October for professionals and providers to increase awareness and improve maternal and child health in Illinois. 

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SHIMKUS VOTES TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

 

United States Representative John Shimkus was one of many Congressmen who voted to extend unemployment benefits for states with unemployment rates above 8.5%, which includes Illinois. The bill adds another 13 weeks of federal unemployment benefits and some people might get as much as 92 total weeks of unemployment benefits. The bill passed the House Tuesday and now goes to the Senate for action. 


OBITUARIES

CLARA M. BARNES

 

Clara M. Barnes, age 98, of Highland, passed away Monday, September 21, at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.  A memorial Mass for 98 year-old Clara Barnes will be Monday, September 28, at 11:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to Missionaries of Charity Soup Kitchen.  The Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

 

DOROTHY BLISS

 

Dorothy O. Bliss, age 100 of Hillsboro passed away Friday, September 18th at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services for 100 year-old  Dorothy Bliss will be Saturday, September 26th at 1PM at First Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5PM to 7PM at First Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro.


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