The Bond County Unit 2 School Board of Education met Monday night at the Greenville High School Media Center. Every year, the board presents a tax levy and like most years, an increase in the tax levy was presented. Last year, just over 135 million dollars was assessed on property in the school district. A proposed 8% increase for 2009 would put the evaluation at just under 146 million dollars. The Unit 2 Board of Education can only estimate the final evaluation of property value. The final evaluation will be made by the county assessor.  The school district can only receive money from the actual assessed value regardless of the estimated increase.  However, if the board estimated too low of an increase, by state law, the school would only receive tax money up to their estimated valuation.  The Bond County Office of Assessment increased its equalized estimated assessed valuation 5% for the upcoming tax cycle. A“Truth in Taxation Hearing” is set for Monday, December 14 at the Greenville High School Library. The school district is still running behind in receiving state monies. The district may not receive all monies allotted to them for this fiscal year and there is some concern that general state aid next year may be reduced.





Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White urges families to spend time together reading this evening, Thursday, November 19 to celebrate Family Reading Night.  You are encouraged to turn off the television, computer, video games and other forms of entertainment and spend time reading together.  White said, "Studies have shown that reading together makes families stronger, creates a positive learning environment, and helps children develop a love for reading that can last a lifetime."


Various libraries in Illinois have activities scheduled and our own Greenville Public Library is celebrating the event with a Family Reading Night at the library, this evening starting at 6:45 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.




The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse.  The county’s budget is close to being approved.   A few numbers still need to be added, including bid prices for a new roof on the county jail.  These bids should be in by November 25, the day before Thanksgiving, and a special budget meeting, to approve the budget for next year, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse.  There was also discussion about the special service district which provides the ambulance service for the county.  It was agreed that a new ambulance should be purchased, by the end of the year, to replace an older ambulance.  The cost of the new ambulance would be drawn from an account set up to absorb these type of expenses for the emergency medical services in Bond County.  The new ambulance will likely be purchased by the end of the year.  It was also presented that if the county would directly pay for the gasoline used by the ambulances the county could save by not having to pay the federal excise tax.  The current arrangement has Greenville Regional Hospital buying the gasoline and the county reimbursing them. 


The Bond County Board declined to commit any funding for the 4th of July fireworks display at Patriot’s Park.  The Kingsbury Park District had made the request, at a previous meeting, for a $4,000 contribution, roughly one third of the projected cost of the 2010 display.  The cost of fireworks has been raising quickly over the last ten years and a new safer electronic detonation system also would raise costs. 






Wilma J. Harford, age 80, of Pocahontas, formerly of Greenville, passed away Sunday, November 15 at her home.  Graveside services for 80 year-old Wilma Harford will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice.  Young Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.




Ronald Patton age 65 of New Douglas passed away Monday, November 16th at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. A memorial service for 65 year-old Ronald Patton will be Saturday at 4PM at Highland Hope United Methodist Church in Highland. Visitation will be Saturday from 2PM to 4PM at Highland Hope United Methodist Church.




Frank S. Grzyb, age 89, of Highland, passed away Saturday, November 14 at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services for 89 year-old Frank Grzyb will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.  Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.




Elda J. Essenpreis, age 92, of Highland, passed away Sunday, November 15 at Highland Health Care Center.  Funeral services for 92 year-old Elda Essenpreis will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  Friends may call Monday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical United Church of Christ or the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

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