12-09-2010

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SECURITY MEASURES COMING TO BOND COUNTY COURTHOUSE

The Bond County Courthouse will soon have permanent security.  Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown said Bond County has needed courthouse security for years but due to financial issues, nothing could be done.  Those issues have been worked out and without funds coming from the general fund full-time security will now be possible.  The state’s attorney and Judge John Knight support the issue.  The north doors to the courthouse will be closed except for emergency exit and the south doors will provide entrance to the courthouse.  Inside these doors will be a metal detector with two security officers on duty at all times.  Everyone entering the building will be required to pass through the metal detector.  Further security measures will be implemented for the safety of the public and employees at the courthouse.  Security at the Courthouse Annex is planned but due to criminal and family matters heard in the courthouse, security measures are being taken there first.  The wheel chair lift at the north side of the building will still be used.  A buzzer will be installed to alert the security officers so they may respond and open the door for anyone using the lift.


MADISON COUNTY MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

Blake Joseph Young, age 41, of Bethalto, was sentenced recently to 300 months imprisonment, a lifetime term of supervised release, and fined $1250.00 and a special assessment of $200.00, for production and possession of child pornography.  Young pled guilty August 31, 2010 to the violations which, according to court documents, occurred March 21, 2010 in Alton.

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BRADFORD NATIONAL BANK TO AWARD FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS TO SENIORS

In 2011, Bradford National Bank will award four $1,000.00 scholarships, one each to a graduating senior at Greenville, Mulberry Grove, Highland, and Triad High Schools.  Guidelines and applications may be downloaded at www.BradfordBank.com.  Applications are also available at any Bradford National Bank location or from high school guidance offices.  Bank President Frank Joy said, “We feel it is important to support the local school system and equally important to provide scholarship funds to graduating high school seniors.”  Since 1999, Bradford National Bank has awarded $34,000.00 in scholarships.

 

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SMITHBORO VILLAGE BOARD TREASURER RESIGNS

At the Monday night Smithboro Village Board meeting, Mayor Kennedy read a letter of resignation from Treasurer Tina Koontz. 
Auditor Mark Burnam presented a positive review of the 2009 village audit. 
The village is enforcing warnings on water bills.  Mayor Kennedy reported all but one of the customers who had been disconnected now have water restored. 
Unanimous consent was given for installation of a new house on East Sixth Street. 
The village recently purchased a 2000 GMC one-ton dump truck with a snow plow. 


OBITUARIES

WILBERT DOTHAGER

Wilbert H. Dothager, age 89, of Mulberry Grove, passed away Tuesday, December 7 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Mulberry Grove. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery in rural Vandalia with military honors. Friends may call Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia and Saturday, one hour before the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to Fayco Enterprises in Vandalia.


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