The search for a missing Bond County man ended tragically yesterday morning.   According to Bond County Sheriff ,Jeff Brown, Reginald “Sam” Blankenship, age 73 of west of Greenville, was found on his rural property Wednesday morning.  Brown said Blankenship likely went for a walk and did not return home.  It’s unknown why Blankenship become incapacitated.  Blankenship was pronounced dead at the scene by Bond County Coroner, Alan Young, at 11:25AM on Wednesday.  Nothing that would indicate foul play was found either by the sheriff’s department or the coroner, all indications point to a tragic accident or a medical issue that lead to Blankenship’s death.  The Greenville Fire Department helped in recovering Blankenship from across a plowed field with the fire department 6 wheeled gator.  


The Greenville Police department surpassed its 2010 fundraising goal of $7,500 for the 2010 Heroes Helping Heroes Campaign for special Olympics Illinois.  Over the past 5 years the department has raised over $48,000, and Illinois was once again number 2 in the world in fundraising.  The statewide total was over $2.7 million.  A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in this year’s campaign including everyone at the Greenville PD and Officer Russ Rieke, everyone who took the annual polar plunge or volunteered at any of the many fundraising events. 


Recently the 4-H achievement program and recognition awards were given and many local 4-H participants were given awards or were recognized. Here is a list of the awards.

The Friend of 4-H award: Esther Henry, 4-H Alumni: Susan Wall, I Dare You Recipients: Kurtis Devore and Misty Holtgrave, Key Club Recipients: Kayley Woker, Lauren Hahn and Abigail Taylor, Progress Toward Goals: Dudleyville, Eagles, Liberty, Prizewinners and Showstring 4-H clubs, Standard of Excellence Award: Liberty and Eagles 4-H club.

Outstanding Members: Kurtis Devore and Katelynn Mollett, Outstanding First Year Member: Maddie McEvers and Katie Hutchison, Allison Langham Memorial Scholarship: Amy Schaufelberger, Bond County Homemaker’s Extension Association Scholarship: Elise Mills and Amber Laurent, Ken Kennedy Scholarship: Amy Thompkins,.

5th Year Leaders: Bob Johnson, Vicki Enloe, Doug Enloe, Crystal McCray, Treasurer Awards: Kurtis Devore, Mara Caldieraro, Cortney Lurkins, Haley Hinch, Lauren Robison, Secretary awards: Blake Tebbe, Katelynn Mollett and Paige Garner, 1st Year Members: Hannah Albert, Brad Beckert, Bryan Beloit, Leah Betts, Hayle Brennan, Jennifer Gora, Logan Holtgrave, Katie Hutchison, Christian Jackson, Dalton Knerrer, Nicole Larsen, Maddie McEvers, Austin Redfern, Levi Siebert and Cole Wall.

5 Year Members: Kelly File, Emily Frank, Megan Hediger, Haley Hinch, Dodie Langham, Molly Langham, Peyton Randolph, Cara Thiems, Tyler Thiems and Molly Thompson, 10 Year Members: Luyi Adesanya, Tyler carter, Michael Cripe, Cathy Guckian, Blake Tebbe and Kelcie Woker, 11 Year and Completion Members: Paige Garner and Tiffany Lurkins, Completeion Members: Tyler Carter and Ali Potthast,

Animal Science: Hollie Thole, Paige Garner, Willow Thompson, Lacy Hanratty, Kylea Vohlken, Kayley Woker, Jade Koertge, Kurtis Devore, Kelcie Woker, Lauren Robison, Rebecca Laesch, Molly Thompson, Jessica Ronat, Haley Pierce, Becky Dowell, Lauren Hahn, Megan Hediger,

Engineering and Technology: Dominic Caldieraro, Cole Wall, Willow Thompson, Aubry Thole, Kyla Klawitter, Environmental and Natural Resources: Billy Stiff, Kaeden Mollett, Food and Nutrition: Becky Dowell, Molly Thompson, Katelynn Mollett, Abigail Taylor and Morgan McEvers, Home and Family: Molly Thompson, Toni Stiff, Peyton Randolph, Abigail Taylor,

Personal Development: Dominic Caldieraro, Katie Bowden, Hollie Thole, Cortney Lurkins, Lacey Hanratty, Katelynn Mollett, Lauren Hahn, Abigail Taylor, Jessica Ronat and Katie Hutchison,
Plants and Soil: Ross Thompkins, Small Animal and Veterinary Science: Katelynn Mollett, Katie Bowden, Becky Dowell, Hannah Albert Jr .,

Illinois Holstein-Friesian Association Certificates: Mattie Carter, Tyler Carter, Haley Pierce, Joshua Laesch, Rebecca Laesch, Aubry Thole, Hollie Thole Kayla Waters, Kelsie Waters, Krista Waters, Brennam Woker and Scot Woker. The 4-H allows young people to develop their leadership skills, meet and interact with other 4-Members across the state. Congratulations to all members for earning their awards and recognitions.



The Illinois State Police will conduct roadside safety checks during the month of January in Bond, Clinton, Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties. A roadside safety check is an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public. These checks encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers, keep their limit of alcohol consumption within allowable limits or not travel in a motor vehicle after drinking. According to the ISP, alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal vehicle crashes in Illinois. These safety checks are designed to keep the roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.




A new law to protect pet owners will start soon. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, a new law will take effect on January 1st that requires pet stores to disclose an animal’s health history. Agriculture Director, Tom Jennings, said, “Consumers have a right to know where an animal was bred or whether it has chronic medical problems”.

The law requires pet stores, animal shelters and animal control to disclose the following information on or near an animal’s cage: Retail price including additional charges, breed, age, date of birth, sex, color of the animal, details of vaccinations and health history, name, address and identification of the breeder and details of any inoculation or medical treatment received while at the facility. Also consumers must receive a copy of this information at the time of the purchase. The law recognizes that animal shelters and animal controls may not have all the information because they take in strays. Again this law takes effect January 1st. 



Dorothy C. Beckmann age 86 of Germantown passed away Tuesday December 28th at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. The funeral mass will be Friday at 10am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. Visitations will be Thursday from 4 to 8pm and Friday from 8 to 9:45am at Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. Memorials may be made to the Germantown Fire Department First Responders, St. Joseph’s Hospital Lights for Scholarship, or VNA-Tip Hospice. The Germantown American Legion Auxiliary will visit the funeral home Thursday evening at 7pm.


Mark A. Weidner age 56 of New Baden passed away Tuesday December 28th at Clinton Manor Living Center in New Baden. A funeral mass will be Friday at 10am at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitations will be Friday from 9 to 10am at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Memorials may be made to Clinton Manor Living Center.

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