9-23-2010

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FIVE GUILTY PLEAS IN DOG FIGHTING CONSPIRACY

 

Five men pled guilty to their roles in a dog fighting conspiracy in the metro-east area. According to a press release from the U.S. States Attorney’s Office of Southern Illinois, Thadius Page, age 33, of Fairview Heights, Michael Williams, age 29, of Red Bud, Terrill Clark, age 33, of Georgia, Daryl Madison, age 28, of St. Louis, and Brent Cash, age 31, of Eldon, Missouri entered guilty pleas September 17 and are scheduled to be sentenced January 5, 2011. Each defendant pled guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit unlawful activities of dog fighting. The activities occurred between November 18, 2008 and April 18, 2009 in St. Clair County. Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, and three years supervised release.


BOND COUNTY UNIT TWO BUDGET

 

The Bond County Unit 2 Board met Monday night and reviewed the 2010-2011 budget. The state owed the district about $680,000 at the end of the last fiscal year that ended June 30 2010. Some monies have been received since and all monies owed the district are expected by December. The budget summary for the 2010-2011 year shows revenue of around $19,350,000.00 and expected expenditures of near $18,475,000.00 which would mean the district will have a positive balance of about $877,670.00. These numbers depend on the district receiving all the money that was allocated from the state and federal governments.

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BOND COUNTY UNIT 2 BOARD CLOSED SESSION

 

Following a closed session of the Bond County Unit 2 School Board meeting, twelve new employees were hired. Those hired include Susan Griffin part-time nurse, Kathy Beloit program aide for KRP, Scott Esker assistant track coach, Dennis Nance van driver, Rebecca Klawitter bus driver, Mark Turok van driver, Whitney Johnson reading aide, Stephanie Plant special education care aide, Jolene Keillor Wolf special education care aide, Juli Kastl tutoring program instructor, Jalyn Huber basketball cheerleading coach, and Allison Young physical education teacher.


COMBINE FIRE NORTH OF MULBERRY GROVE

 

Mulberry Grove Firefighters were called Tuesday afternoon to a report of a combine on fire north of Mulberry Grove. Mulberry Grove Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar said a combine had caught fire north of Trix Avenue near Hastings Cemetery around 3:00 p.m. Greenville Firefighters were called a few minutes later for mutual aid. The fire was extinguished and a small field fire was put out. The combine is estimated to be a total loss and firefighters were on the scene for approximately 1 ½ hours. 0

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BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITIES

 

The University of Illinois Extension has launched a new online resource tool, Building Entrepreneurial Communities, for rural community leaders.  The website is a place to share what has been learned about creating entrepreneurial communities and to celebrate what the pilot communities in western Illinois have accomplished.  To learn more about this program, check the website www.extension.illionis.edu.


COMETS FOOTBALL TEAM RANKED THIRD IN STATE

 

New polls were released Wednesday and the Greenville Comets football team is ranked third in the state in class 3A.  The Comets are 4-0 this season, and were ranked seventh in the preseason poll.  Carthage Illini is ranked number one and Willington is ranked second.  Other southern Illinois teams ranked high in class 3A include Redbud at seventh and Nashville at tenth.  In class 4A, Mater Dei is ranked second in the state.  The Greenville Comets will play their homecoming game this Friday against Alton Marquette and WGEL Radio will air the game and stream it live.  To log onto the stream go to WGEL.com and follow the link on the homepage.   


OBITUARIES

 

ROBERT BAUCHENS

 

Robert S. Bauchens, age 90, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, September 21 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.

 

RUBY CRUMP

 

Ruby M. Crump, age 87, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, September 22 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Greenville First Baptist Church. Interment will be in McKendree Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, Bond County Hospice, or the Bond County Humane Society.

 

RICHARD LEE MICNHIMER

 

Richard Lee Micnhimer, age 54, of Greenville, formerly of Mulberry Grove and Sorento, passed away Wednesday, September 22 at his home.  Funeral arrangements for 54 year-old Richard Micnhimer are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.


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