The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse.  The board approved several road projects and bids around the county.  Bond County Highway Engineer Mike McCormick presented information to the board about a rip rap project that will be starting sometime in 2010 on Carlyle Lake.  The project will mean a haul agreement between the contractor and Bond County will be presented soon.  The rip rap project will mean equipment weighing over 100,000 pounds will be brought to the lake through Bond County, and the haul agreement protects the county from being financially responsible for any damage done to the roads by the heavy equipment. 


The board also considered a request by the Shoal Creek Fire Protection District.  Shoal Creek had asked the board that the old ambulance, that will be replaced soon, be given to the fire district.  The ambulance would have an estimated $2,500 trade-in value.  The board discussed the matter and is likely to come to a decision at the next board meeting.



After the recent announcement from Governor Pat Quinn and the Obama administration about housing the Guantanamo detainees at the Thompson Correctional Center in northern Illinois, Illinois Representative Ron Stephens voiced his opposition. Stephens says, "The terrorist detainees should stay in Guantanamo. We have enough problems in our state right now not involving terrorists." Stephens is concerned that having the detainees might cause other terrorists to carry out evil acts in Illinois. He added that the transfer of the detainees might create a host of constitutional problems. Stephens was also critical of the Governor's plan to release current inmates early. He added, "Our Governor doesn't seem to know how to properly run a prison system."





It's still eight days before Christmas and the Salvation Army is marching toward its goal for 2009.  Wayne Pierce told WGEL Radio that as of Wednesday, 12,383 dollars had been collected, including 1,000 dollars from Capri IGA.  The bell ringers will be out until Christmas Eve and the Salvation Army is hoping to raise $16,000 before the last bell rings. 




There is new royalty at Mulberry Grove High School. On Saturday, the Mulberry Grove Homecoming Queen and King were crowned. Senior Skylee Taylor, of Mulberry Grove, is the new Queen and crowned King was senior Taylor Mosley also of Mulberry Grove. They replace retiring Queen and King, Jamie Harris and Chris Thomas. The homecoming basketball game was Friday night and the dance and coronation was Saturday night in the high school g ymnasium.





A truth in taxation hearing for the Mulberry Grove Board of Education was convened Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.  Superintendent Mike Gauch presented the proposed tax levy amount for 2010 based upon a seven percent estimated increase in the district's estimated assessed valuation.


The regular meeting started at 7:00 p.m.  Representatives from Johnson Controls presented updated costs and designs for proposed remodeling projects.  The board will decide which projects to pursue before finalizing a contract. Mulberry Grove has been chosen to receive a $75,000.00 federal grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Development for thermal efficiency improvements. 


Superintendent Gauch reported Illinois is approximately $95,000 behind in state funding payments to Mulberry Grove Unit 1. If funds are not released soon, the amount could double by the end of December.  The cost to send students to the OKAW Vocational Center may increase next year due to its funding crunch.  Negotiations with the MGEA will continue in good faith, trusting that funding will be received.  However, an agreement will not be finalized until state funding amounts are known.


Following an executive session, the board instructed Mr. Gauch to investigate and develop a plan to offset a possible funding deficit from the state.  Karen Clark was hired to be head junior high girls volleyball coach for 2009-2010 and Teresa Tompkins assistant junior high girls volleyball coach. 


The next board meeting will be Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.




Jeanette M. Taylor, age 83 of Trenton passed away Tuesday, December 15th at her residence. Funeral services for 83 year-old Jeanette Taylor will be Friday at 11am at St. Jacob United church of Christ in St. Jacob. Burial will be in Keystone Cemetery in St. Jacob. Visitation will be Thursday from 4PM to 8PM at Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Friday from 10am to 11am at St. Jacob United Church of Christ.




Theda E. Drake, age 71, of rural Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, December 16 at Aviston Countryside Manor Nursing Home.  Funeral services for 71 year-old Theda Drake will be Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Greene Cemetery.  Friends may call Saturday, from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Aviston Countryside Manor Nursing Home or to Greene Cemetery.

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