The City of Greenville's leaf vacuuming program will begin Monday, November 2 and continue through Friday, December 18.  Rake your leaves to the edge of the curb or road so the vacuum can reach them.  Keep piles no higher than three feet and free of sticks, brush or other debris.  Leaves may be bagged and placed for collection on your garbage pickup day.  You may also set your bagged leaves out on Monday for the city to pick up.  Leaf burning season will be from Sunday, November 1 - Thursday, December 31.  Burning is permitted only on private property on Mondays and Thursdays and the first and third weekends of the month from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For more information on the leaf disposal program, call 664-1644.



October’s Kingsbury Park district meeting was held this past Monday night. In the directors report, Jerry Sauerwein told the board he was approached by Carl Breehne who wanted to donate a carport to be used at Breehne Park. The board tabled the matter to discuss further in a committee meeting. Sauerwein also went over a few improvements that were needed at the skateboard park which included a sidewalk and stairs that would lead to the park.


Patriots Park had been restocked with trout. The first batch that was brought in, over half of the fish died. Since then a second batch was brought and the lake is stocked at about two thirds the normal capacity.


The board then went into executive session to discuss land acquisition and personnel. After a lengthy session the board came back and adjourned




According to Secretary of State Jesse White, teen driving deaths in Illinois have dropped by more than 50 percent since Illinois' graduated driver licensing (GDL) law took effect in 2008.


155 Illinois teens, age 16-19, were killed in automobile crashes in 2007. In 2008, that number dropped to 93.  Automobile crashes in the first nine months of 2007 resulted in 127 teen deaths while during the same time period in 2009, 60 teens were killed, a reduction of 52.7 percent. 


White said, "I am pleased this law is working as we intended."  The new law better prepares novice drivers by giving them more time to obtain valuable driving experience while under the watchful eye of a parent or guardian, limiting in-car distractions, and avoiding traffic convictions.  State and national traffic safety organizations have praised Illinois' stronger GDL law as one of the best in the nation.





Greenville Firemen responded to a fire alarm Thursday morning, at Burrett Hall on east College Avenue.  Upon arrival, firemen found no fire.  According to the report, the alarm was due to a smoke scare.  Firemen were on the scene for only about fifteen minutes.



At the most recent Bond County Unit 2 School Board meeting, a lengthy discussion was held about the condition of the new football field. A Board member brought up that people may be upset that the field is not completed to specifications and wants those responsible to help pay to repair the field. The issue came to light after torrential rains in the area before the Greenville and Roxana football game. After the game, it was determined that the field was too tore up to let the Greenville Junior Comets play on the field that weekend. Then more rain came during the next week, and the Junior Comets were again not allowed to play on the high school field. According to Superintendent, Jeff Strieker, it would have caused more damage to the field to allow the Junior Comets to play there, especially considering that the high school Comets will likely play home playoff games.


During the meeting a report was given about the final renovations to the district. The light switches were replaced in the new AG building, some doors need to be replaced and some plumbing work needs to be done. The board did recommend for the junior high baseball team to have an overnight stay in Joliet, IL. They also approved an agreement with the Okaw Valley Area Vocational Center.



At the Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting recently, the board received the auditor’s report for 2008-2009.  The recommendation by the auditor that a second district employee be designated to review monthly bank statements and records was adopted.  Superintendent Mike Gauch will assume that responsibility.   The auditor’s report showed no discrepancies and was approved.


Estimates are being sought for major building repairs including a new high school gym roof, new windows and roofs for the Ag and Industrial Arts shops and classrooms, and heating and air conditioning in the junior/senior high school.  More information will be shared at the next meeting. 


Following a closed session, Brian Cook was hired to be the elementary basketball coach.


The next board meeting will be Monday, November 23 with a tentative levy hearing at 6:45 and the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m.





Wanda Scott age 87 of Greenville passed away on Thursday October 22nd at Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Greenville.  Visitation for 87 year old Wanda Scott will be Monday from 4-8pm at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11am also at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church. 




Betty J. Denahy, age 82, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, October 20 at St. Louis University.  Funeral services for 82 year-old Betty Denahy will be Friday, at 2:00 p.m. at Saints Philip and James Catholic Church in Grand Mound, Iowa.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery also in Grand Mound.  Friends may call Friday, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the Saints Philip and James Catholic Church in Iowa.


Saturday: Partly Cloudy turning Mostly Sunny High: 60 Low: 45

Sunday: Partly Cloudy %50 of Rain High: 58 Low: 42


Join Tom this Sunday following your Noon Bond County Area News for Public Affairs.  Tom’s guest this week is Mitzi Spainhour, Mammography Technologist at Greenville Regional Hospital.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Tom and Mitzi discuss how best to catch the disease early and how often tests should be performed.  That’s Public Affairs following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 

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