The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse and heard the recommendation of the insurance committee on a new way of offering insurance to county employees.  While the benefits and coverage for employees will remain the same, how the county pays for those benefits will change.  The plan will have a very high deductible of $30,000 per employee .  This deductible will keep the premium payments to the county very low. The county will buy re-insurance to provide a cap in the total expense of possible claims.  The fixed cost to the county will be $214,966 with an additional estimated $355,000 in claims costs.  However, the total amount spent by the county in premiums and claims will not exceed $659,504 due to the re-insurance.  The cap amount is nearly the same amount as the insurance premium that would have been paid by the county had they decided to stay with the current insurance provider.  The new plan could save the county thousands of dollars during a year when claims are low and won’t cost the county more when claims are high because of the cap on total expenditures.  The new plan will also include a wellness program designed to help employees catch and treat health conditions through low cost health tests.  The new insurance plan was approved unanimously by the board, but the final numbers are still subject to possible change until mid-November when the paper work is completed by the provider. 





During the most recent Kingsbury Park District Board meeting, one member announced, at the end of a three-hour executive session, that he was resigning from the board.  It was confirmed that a letter to the park district, was received from Aiden Monsrud.  Monsrud was elected in the spring of 2009.  The board will likely formally accept the resignation and go forward with finding a replacement at the next KPD meeting, scheduled for November 9. 




Greenville Police and Bond County EMS responded to an accident Tuesday evening at 6:51.  According to the accident report, Steven D. Donnan, age 51, of Greenville, was northbound on Beaumont Avenue when his 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle ran off the right side of the road.  Donnan lost control of the motorcycle in some loose rocks.  The bike struck a mailbox, a utility pole and then a stop sign, coming to rest on the stop sign.  Donnan was thrown from the bike and located about eighteen feet away.  Bond County EMS transported Donnan to Greenville Regional Hospital where he was treated and released.     




Vandalia city officials recently received news that their National Road Interpretive Center has been awarded a 6-figure grant. The Grant through the Federal Highway Administration National Scenic Byways Program is in the amount of $101,750. This grant will cover the creation of interpretive panels and displays, but not operational costs. This money will help the Interpretive Center continue to develop. Because Vandalia was the original terminus of the Historic National Road, it is the ideal location for the Interpretive Center. The city of Vandalia owns and provided the historic Sonnemann Lumber building, located at 106 South 5th Street, to house the center. The center officially opened this year on February 12 and is open for visitation Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment. To schedule a tour, call 283-1534.





Two Alton residents were sentenced this week following their guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute and posses with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine. According to the United State's Attorney's press release, Terrell Porter, age 30, Telly Lewis, age 33, and a third person, traveled out-of-state to buy the drugs with the intent to return to sell them. The three were pulled over by an Effingham County Sheriff's Deputy and the marij uana and cocaine were found in the vehicle's trunk. Porter was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, eight years supervised release, a $400 fine and a $100 special assessment. Lewis was sentenced to 151 months imprisonment, four years supervised release, a $500 fine and a $100 special assessment. They were sentenced to a federal prison and there is no parole. No information was n released on the third person involved.




Shirley M. Loomis, age 75, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, October 20 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for 75 year-old Shirley Loomis will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hope Lutheran Church in Highland.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery in Pocahontas.  Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

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