COUNTY BOARD SWEARS IN THREE MEMBERS
The Bond County Board met Tuesday morning at the courthouse. New members Brock Willeford and Tom DeVore and returning member Frank Lucco were sworn in for their terms on the board. The two new members were also elected to board leadership with Willeford as Chairperson and Tom DeVore as Vice Chairperson. 18 Bond County Board Committee appointments were also announced. Four new committees were created including redistricting, budget reconciliation for FY 2011, coal committee, and property tax committee. WGEL spoke with Willeford about two of the new committees. Willeford said he will chair the property tax committee which will look at the process of property tax assessments in Bond County. 2012 is a quad year when all parcels are reevaluated. Willeford said Tom DeVore will chair the coal committee. The goal of this committee is to investigate coal rights in the county and the current leases on those rights. Willeford said this committee is not going to meet with any coal companies but will gather information for the board about leases to coal rights in the county.
Bond County Circuit Clerk John King officially announced his retirement after 14 years. King’s last day will be January 31, 2011. The board thanked King for his years of service. Now the Bond County Republican Central Committee will nominate a replacement for the board to consider. The board also accepted the resignation of Shirley Sussenbach as treasurer of the Reno Bethel Cemetery Board.
MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD AMENDS WATER ORDINANCE
The Mulberry Grove Village Board met Monday night and took action to amend the water ordinance. The village attorney will approve amendment wording before adoption.
Full and part-time employee’s Christmas bonuses were discussed and approved. Friday, December 24 is the Christmas holiday for village employees.
The board continues to investigate the purchase of a new lawn mower.
The next meeting will be January 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
BOND COUNTY COURTHOUSE TO BE SCENE OF OUR COMMON GROUND PLAY
At Tuesday’s Bond County Board meeting the board unanimously approved a request for Our Common Ground to stage a play for three days in February at the county courtroom. The play is an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16th.” Judge John Knight was at the meeting and said he did not object to the staging of the play since Our Common Ground is a non-profit group. The courtroom does require security and it was agreed that the Bond County Sheriff’s Department would provide security with reimbursement from Our Common Ground for the costs.
2010 KING AND QUEEN CROWNED AT MULBERRY GROVE HOMECOMING
At the Mulberry Grove Homecoming Saturday night, Ashley Smith, daughter of Catherine and Milton Smith was crowned Queen and Allen Tompkins, son of Pamela and Robert Tompkins was crowned King. Other senior queen candidates in the homecoming coronation were Joanna Brewer, Kathreen Cayo, Kayla Johnson, Jennifer Kendall, and Zoe Zinkgraf. Senior king candidates included Brandon Barringer, Harlen Steed, Kurtis Devore, Jacob Willis, and Doniton Nelson. Junior, sophomore, and freshman classes were represented in the coronation court. The entire court performed the traditional “Coronation Waltz” for the enjoyment of the audience. Performing during the coronation program were Kathleen Roach who sang a solo, and the musical group “Country Clan” of Newton Albert, Cody Donaldson, and Lorraine Albert. Haley Nesbit was crowned Junior High School Princess and the new Prince is Damian Latham. A student dance followed the coronation ceremony.
Nancy Fiscus Haston, age 62, of Greenville, formerly of Mulberry Grove and Vandalia, passed away Sunday, December 5 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Burial will be at a later date in Fair Lawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Mulberry Grove. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.
RUTH S. NAGEL
Ruth S. Nagel, age 87, of Highland, passed away Monday, December 6 at Highland Health Care Center. Funeral services will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Highland Historical Society, Highland Optimist Club Scholarship Fund, or Faith Countryside Homes.
WILBERT J. “WILLIE” KNEBEL
Wilbert J. “Willie” Knebel, age 83, of Pierron, passed away Monday, December 6 at Faith Care Center in Highland. Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice.
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