Monday is Memorial Day and there are several observances going on around Bond County. 


The Greenville local veteran’s organizations will have the changing of the Flags at the Veterans Memorial on the Square at 9am and recognize the new memorial bricks. The Marine Corps League will conduct a parade afterwards starting from the Old American Legion Hall, now the DeMoulin Museum, to Montrose Cemetery, there the local veteran’s organization and VFW will hold a ceremony starting at 10am. The Greenville Municipal Band will play at 10:00 a.m. at Montrose Cemetery. Transportation will be available to the cemetery for those who are unable to make the trip.


American Legion Post 1180 of Mulberry Grove will begin Memorial Day services Saturday, May 29 at 8:00 a.m. at the Mulberry Grove and Taylor Cemeteries.  Flags will be placed on every veteran’s grave and 42 flags will be raised in the Village of Mulberry Grove.  The Avenue of Flags at the Mulberry Grove Cemetery will be raised at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, May 30, weather permitting.  A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday.


The American Legion and Auxiliary Post 1994 will sponsor a Memorial Day Service Monday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. at McKendree Chapel Cemetery in rural Keyesport.


There will be a Memorial Day Celebration at the Pocahontas Veteran’s Memorial Monday, May 31 starting at 11:00 a.m. Bring your own lawn chair and if it rains the celebration will be moved to the Methodist Church in Pocahontas.


VFW Post 1377 in Greenville will hold the 8th annual Memorial Day fish fry Monday, May 31 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults for dinner or $3.50 for a fish sandwich only and carry outs will be available by calling 664-1615.



Most of us love the taste of barbeque and barbequing the food ourselves, but some precautions must be taken. As we move into the peak season for outdoor cooking, the Illinois State Fire Marshal reminds you of barbeque fire safety.  Gas grills are now used about one and a half times more often than charcoal grills, but they account for five times as many fires.  The leading cause of gas grill fires is a leak or break in the hoses.  Use a light soap and water solution to check for gas leaks.  If you should smell gas at any time while cooking, get away from the grill immediately and call the fire department.  The leading cause of charcoal grill fires is a flammable material too close to the grill.  Here are some grilling safety guidelines.  Always use grills in outdoor areas, at least ten feet from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves.  Maintain at least a three-foot “kid-free zone” around your grill and use long handled grilling tools.  Remove grease build-up and never leave the grill unattended. 





The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police plan to intensify their efforts to reach unbuckled motorists over the Memorial Day weekend.  Law enforcement officers will conduct hundreds of safety belt enforcement zones and other patrols for the heavily-traveled holiday weekend.  Remember to buckle up for safety.



Warmer weather leads to more motorcycles on the roads and with motorcycles outnumbered 205 – 1 and smaller than cars and trucks, they are often difficult to see.  According to information from the Illinois State Police, motorcycles make up four percent of motor vehicles in Illinois, but in 2008 they accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.  To be more visible, motorcyclists should make sure the headlight works and should keep it on at all times.  Reflective strips or decals on motorcycles and clothing help make them more visible.  Use turn signals and flash the brake light when slowing down.  Be aware of blind spots in cars and trucks and if a motorist doesn’t see you, use your horn. 



“Run WITH the Law” is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois which encourages young people to get involved and support the cause.  Students from schools throughout the Metro East are teaming up with school resource police officers, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and others for the inaugural event Saturday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m., beginning with a ceremony at the Triad High School Sports Complex.  For more information on Special Olympics Illinois or the “Run WITH the Law” event, call 1-800-394-0562.




Lucille Emma M. Kuhn Egan, age 85, of Hamel, passed away Wednesday, May 26 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  A memorial service for 85 year-old Lucille Kuhn Egan will be Thursday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m. at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Hamel.  Private burial services are planned and there will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to the Immanuel United Church of Christ.




Robert “Butch” Handegan, age 70, of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, May 26 at his home.  Funeral services for 70 year-old Robert “Butch” Handegan will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.  Interment will be in Robinson Cemetery with full military honors by the American Legion of Pocahontas.  The family will receive friends Friday, from 4:00 - 8:99 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Pocahontas American Legion or Robinson Cemetery. 


SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high 85, low 65

SUNDAY - partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, high 87, low 67

MONDAY - mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, high 83, low 61


With the Memorial Day weekend here and with so much rain behind us and more in the forecast it’s important to stay safe on the roadways.  Join Tom Kennedy and Illinois State Trooper Mike Link this Sunday for Public Affairs after the Noon Bond County Area News.  Tom and Mike will discuss what to do and what not to do in those very dangerous and stressful driving situations. 

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