WEST NILE VIRUS RISK REMINDER
The Bond County Health Department reminds you of the risk of West Nile virus, a disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Most people infected with West Nile have no symptoms and some have a mild illness called West Nile Fever that requires no treatment. Others develop a severe disease called West Nile Encephalitis or West Nile Meningitis which is the inflammation of the brain or the area around the brain. Symptoms include headache, high fever, stiff neck, confusion, convulsions, coma, and paralysis. The disease may be fatal and there is no known treatment or vaccine to prevent it. The best way to prevent West Nile virus is avoid getting mosquito bites. Wear protective clothing outdoors, avoid being outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and drain or remove standing water around your home so mosquitoes cannot breed.
MAKE SUMMER SPECIAL WITH FAMILY TRADITIONS
Do you have childhood memories of traditional activities your family did in the summer? Maybe your family went camping, attended a family reunion, or went for a picnic on the 4th of July. As a parent, what traditions are you establishing with your family? Traditions are special activities or ways of doing things that are repeated nightly, weekly, monthly, or yearly. The only condition is that you choose something that interests everyone in your family. Togetherness does not need to cost extra money it is simply giving time to each other. Plan some special family time this summer. Maybe some of the activities you do this year will become family traditions.
COMETS DRAMATIC WIN MAKES THEM REGIONAL CHAMPS
The Greenville High School boy’s baseball team, behind Andrew Maurer’s walk off grand slam, rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Wesclin 12-10 to win the Regional Championship game at Greenville. The Warriors broke a 7-7 tie with 3 runs in the top of the seventh before the Comets made the dramatic comeback to win. The Comets next play in the Alton Marquette Sectional on Wednesday at 4:30pm. The Comets will either play against Metro-East Lutheran or Alton Marquette, who play for the Regional championship on Monday. We will have the Comets game live, here on WGEL this Wednesday at 4:30.
ASHLEY HOLDEN DOES WELL AT STATE TRACK MEET
Lady Comet, Junior Ashley Holden, placed in three events at the State track meet Saturday, Ashley was 2nd in the long jump, 5th in the 300 meter hurdles and 7th in the 100 meter hurdles. The Lady Comets as a team finished 16th. Jena Hemann of Breese Central won all four events that she was entered in. Jena won the long jump, high jump, triple jump and the 100 meter dash. Breese Central finished 5th as a team.
DEWITT BLANKENSHIP SR
DeWitt “Jack” Blankenship Sr., age 78 of Donnellson, passed away Saturday, May 22nd at Hillsboro Area Hospital. Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 1pm at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Burial will be in Waveland Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 1306 of Taylor Springs. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11am until the time of service.
HENRY "SONNY" BIMES
Henry E. “Sonny” Bimes, age 68 of Greenville, passed away Friday May 21st at St. Louis University Medical Center. Funeral services will be Monday at 10am at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. A private burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation was held Sunday at Young Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Woburn Baptist Church or the Kevin DiGiammarino Scholarship for Christian Education.
ROBERTA JOYCE SIDENER
Roberta Joyce Sidener, age 75, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, May 23 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services for 75 year-old Roberta Sidener will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Alhambra. Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.
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