5-20-2010

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BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

 

The Bond County Unit 2 Board of Education met Monday night at the Greenville High School Media Center. Part of the meeting concerned funds coming to the district from the state. As of Monday, the state still owed the district more than 1.2 million dollars, but these balances should improve with the state restructuring how it makes its payments. A lengthy part of the meeting was dedicated to the proposal for two practice or alternative football fields to be built north of the soccer field. Much of the discussion dealt with the way the water drainage would be affected and how much money the district would have to invest to maintain these fields. Jr. Comets President Jerry Gaffner was very adamant about how these fields would benefit not only the Jr. Comets football program but also other junior high and high school sports. The board approved the proposal to move forward with the project but this may change at the next board meeting. The junior high will send 13 track athletes to the state track meet in Peoria and an evaluation of asbestos in all district buildings will be coming soon.

 

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DEMOULIN MUSEUM ATTRACTS 500TH VISITOR

 

Friday, May 14, Jacob Gouge, age 15, a Greenville High School student earned the distinction of being the 500th visitor to the DeMoulin Museum.  Teacher Todd Cantrill’s classes had toured the museum throughout the day.  Gouge received a T-shirt, postcard set, and a bumper sticker.  Organizers had hoped to attract 500 visitors in the first year and are thrilled with hitting the milestone after being open only two months.  The museum is open Friday, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Special tours may be arranged by calling 664-4115.

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BOND COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY DINNER

 

The Bond County Historical Society dinner meeting will be Tuesday, May 25 at Funderburks’s Restaurant in Pocahontas. John Coleman from the Historical Society spoke to WGEL about the special guest speakers for the evening. They are going to have dinner at 6:00 p.m. and a program at 7:00. The person doing the program is Bill Nunns. Nunns is an author of several books on Southern Illinois and the St. Louis area. He has a new book out, “The Big Book of St. Louis and Southern Illinois Crimes.” He will talk about the book and he is bringing along a guest who is a reformed bank robber who actually spent 26 years in prison and speaks against his life of crime.

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SHIMKUS OPPOSES NEW FEDERAL TAX

 

Congressman John Shimkus is opposed to a value added tax (VAT) that some in Washington have discussed as a way to reduce the federal deficit.  Shimkus co-signed a letter to the co-chairs of the National Commission of Fiscal Responsibility and Reform against a VAT.  Shimkus said, “I do not believe raising taxes or creating new ones, like a VAT, are how we should be going about balancing our federal deficit.  First we need to stop spending so much, not finding ways to raise additional money just to keep spending more and more.”  A value added tax is like a sales tax, but it is collected at each level of a transaction, not just on the final sale to a consumer.  Thus coal sold to a steel mill is taxed, steel sold t a pipe maker is taxed, and the pipe sold to a contractor is taxed.  The commission was created by the President to come up with ways to balance the federal budget.

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COMETS BASEBALL TEAM WILL PLAY FOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Greenville Comets boys baseball team scored 2 first inning runs Wednesday afternoon against Carlyle and those proved to be the winning runs in the Comets 4-0 win over the Indians in the Regional game played at Greenville. The Comets will next play in the Regional Championship game Saturday at noon against the winner of today’s game between Trenton-Wesclin and Hillsboro, weather permitting. WGEL will carry the Comets championship game live. Kent Kesner will have the play by play at noon Saturday.


LADY ACES HEADING TO REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Mulberry Grove Lady Aces softball team is heading to the Regional Championship game after a victory over Ramsey.  The Lady Aces won 5-1 over Ramsey in the Nokomis Regional and now advanced to the Regional Championship.  The championship game is scheduled for Friday weather permitting against Nokomis.  If the Lady Aces beat Nokomis they advance to the Sectional which will be held at Mulberry Grove.  Good Luck to the Lady Aces. 

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