The Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Board of Education met recently.  The board faces some possibly major financial difficulties due to lack of state funding.  Superintendent Mike Gauch reported that the second categorical state aid payment was received but it arrived July 1, too late to be included in the fiscal year 2010 budget.  The money will be reflected in the new budget.  Gauch anticipates a budget with the transportation fund $150,000.00 - $180,000.00 in the red and the education fund $10,000.00 in the hole.  He added the operations and maintenance fund is broke and the working cash balance is down about $40,000.00.  Gauch said he is worried about the future but that the Unit 1 District will still be okay and using reserves.


The board approved elementary and high school handbook changes for the 2010-2011 school year.  A cell phone policy is now in place for the Mulberry Grove Elementary School.  The new policy includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, pagers, MP3 players, and other personal communication devices which might be disruptive in the classroom.  The policy includes penalties for possession of these items.  For the first offense, the item will be taken to the office where the student may pick it up at the end of the day.  For the second offense, the student may still pick up the item and a parent or guardian will be called.  The third and subsequent offenses require the parent or guardian to pick up the item at the office and the student will be assigned an after-school detention with the principal.  Two changes were approved for the high school handbook.  The district now requires four credits of Language Arts for graduation, the current state requirement for the subject.  The other change is in regard to a student’s adequate progress.  To participate in school events such as prom, homecoming, and field trips, students must now be passing a minimum of twenty credit hours per week, not including PE or Driver’s Ed, and have no out-of-school suspensions for the school year.  This matches the IHSA requirement for student athletes to compete in interscholastic contests. 





Rampart Range, an indoor shooting facility in Pocahontas, is having a grand opening

this Saturday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. There will be free giveaways with no purchase necessary and tours of the facility. Free gun rentals and free food will be offered during the grand opening.


The 7,500 square foot building has ten shooting lanes and a filtered air system. Each person has side protection with their own circuit controls and lighting systems.  There is also a large classroom that seats up to twenty people.  Basic handgun and rifle courses as well as advanced courses are available.


Rampart Range is located at 800 W. Johnson St. in Pocahontas behind Schuster Repair.  For more information, contact Range Master Mark Owensby at 669-2401.  



The Bond County Board approved the rezoning of land in Old Riply Township, not far from Pocahontas, for future use as a winery and bed and breakfast.  The one concern was how patrons would get to the facility when it’s built and open next year.  The rezoning was passed on the condition that a new road be built providing access to the winery. 


The board scheduled a budget meeting for July 29 at 2:00 p.m.  According to information at the meeting, the state still owes the county over a quarter of a million dollars and while the money is expected to arrive, the time of it's payment is not known. 






Kelsey A. Wessel, age 20, of Columbia, MO, formerly of Alhambra, passed away Thursday, July 22. A funeral Mass for 20 year-old Kelsey Wessel will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Grantfork. Visitation will be Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Dauderman Mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the family.




Flo Ann Buehler, age 82, of Carlyle, passed away Thursday, July 22. A Mass of Christian burial for 82 year-old Flo Ann Buehler will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at Zieren Day Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Church Baptismal Fountain Fund.


SATURDAY - HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8:00 P.M. - mostly sunny with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high 98, low 73

SUNDAY - mostly cloudy, high 88, low 68


This Sunday on Public Affairs after the noon Bond County area news, Steve Lancey talks with Erin Pallasch a Pharmacist with the Illinois Poison Center. This very informative discussion will deal with how to tell if your child has been poisoned, what to do and what not to do. Also what common household items that you thought were safe but may be poisons, and more. That’s Public Affairs this Sunday after the noon Bond County area news here on WGEL.


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