James Mundy, the Tower Hill man whose body was found in a home in Vandalia last Saturday, had suffered “no trauma” or physical injury such as gunshot or stabbing wounds, according to the Fayette County Coroner.

Mundy’s body was found in a bedroom of the residence of William F. and Sally J. Cyrus January 22.  Sally Cyrus, age 55, and her son William Cyrus, age 30, have been charged with felonies including the alleged manufacture of methamphetamine, alleged disposal of methamphetamine waste, and alleged possession of methamphetamine.  Sally Cyrus was also charged with alleged use of a vehicle or property for the purpose of methamphetamine manufacture.

Vandalia police reported they had been to the Cyrus home where Mundy’s car was seen but were told he was not there. Friday, the police returned, along with an Illinois State Police Officer and two Fayette County Deputies, and forced their way into the home, encountering some resistance.  The home was searched but no evidence of Mundy was found. Saturday, officers spoke with Michael Cyrus, another son of Sally Cyrus, who was in Fayette County Jail after being arrested on alleged drug charges.  After initially denying any knowledge of Mundy’s whereabouts, Cyrus told officers he had last seen Mundy Wednesday and that he was sleeping. Police returned to the Cyrus home and found Mundy’s body in a bedroom between the box spring and mattress with pillows and blankets lining the bed.  Equipment for the manufacture of methamphetamine and a bag of a substance believed to be methamphetamine were found in the home. Bond for both Sally and William Cyrus has been set at $100,000.  Toxicology results for Mundy’s body are pending.


The Illinois Sheriff’s Association will award more than $53,000 in college scholarships to Illinois students pursuing higher education during the 2011-2012 academic year.  The scholarships may be applied only to tuition, books, and fees and the student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the state of Illinois.
Applications are now available at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Edwardsville. 


Greenville FFA members Daniel Suess, Jody Frey and Haley Pierce placed at the Section Public Speaking Contest.  Daniel won first place in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking, Jody placed 3rd in JV Extemporaneous Speaking, and Haley came in 3rd in Creed Speaking.  Daniel Suess will compete at the district level in April.


Governor Quinn signed legislation establishing comprehensive Medicaid reform for the state.  The law will enable the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to improve efficiency and streamline services by expanding coordinated care, improving the prescription drug program, tightening the integrity of the eligibility process, and increasing civil penalties for recipients that abuse the system. The Governor said the legislation is the result of bi-partisan commitment to protect patient health while implementing much-needed reforms and saving taxpayer's money.  The reforms are estimated to save up to $774 million over five years.


If a college education is in your child’s future, a program titled College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition, Administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, might be a way to lock in current tuition costs and put away tax-exempt contributions that will not fluctuate with the stock market. Illinois taxpayers may deduct contributions up to $10,000 per individual or $20,000 for married couples filing jointly.  The plan also offers flexible plans and affordable payment options. For more information, call toll-free at 877-877-3724.


The Bond County Health Department board had a special meeting earlier this week to discuss disposition of the old health department building.  The building has more than 11,000 square feet and has been mostly unused since the department moved to its new location on 4th street.  After discussing the matter, the board lowered the sale price on the building to $350,000.00, well below the appraised value of $450,000.00.  The board is considering all options including an auction or leasing the building.  The building has thousands of feet of storage as well as a parking lot and street parking.


The Greenville Lake Committee will meet Monday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building.  The committee will discuss an upcoming Bass Tournament with the Litchfield Bass Club.



Kristopher Huffman, age 27, of Federal Way, Washington, formerly of Greenville, passed away Thursday, January 27.  A memorial service for 27 year-old Kristopher Huffman will be Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to the Jacob Huffman Education Fund.  Young Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.


Charles E. Ray, age 86, of Donnellson, passed away Thursday, January 27 at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, at 1:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Burial will be in Clearspring Cemetery in Hillsboro.  Friends may call Tuesday, after 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice.


Robert L. “Gus” Gillespie, age 48, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, formerly of Highland, passed away Tuesday, January 28 at St. Louis University Hospital.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Alhambra.  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 Mastocytosis Society or the Turner Syndrome Foundation.


SATURDAY - partly cloudy, high 40, low 25

SUNDAY - partly sunny, high 35, low 25


Tune in for Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News.  Tom’s guest this week is local historian Kevin Kagey.  They’ll discuss the upcoming 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s departure from Springfield to Washington DC and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, along with many of the local events surrounding the anniversaries.  And Kevin will share some remarkable stories concerning Bond County men who marched off to serve their country during that terrible war.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News on WGEL Radio. 

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