The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department was called to an armed robbery at the Farmers’ State Bank of Hoffman Thursday, at 9:30 a.m.  The Sheriff’s Department said the suspect is a male, approximately 5’- 10” tall and weighing 180-200 lb. He was wearing a light gray hood with a dark colored mask, a blue denim jacket with an emblem on the left pocket area, dark colored pants and white tennis shoes with black soles. There were no injuries and the suspect took an undetermined amount of money. The FBI and local police agencies are assisting the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department in pursuit of the suspect. Clinton County Crime stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals involved.  Callers may remain anonymous. You may contact the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department at 618-594-4555.


Tuesday night, the Mulberry Grove Board of Education discussed possible changes to the school calendar due to using ten snow days this year.  Five days were originally built into the 2010-2011 school calendar and the board decided not to make up the other five days but to classify them as “Act of God Days.”  One of the main concerns was the missed class time in preparation for the ISAT and PSAE tests.  The state moved the testing date back a week to allow schools ample time to prepare.
Superintendent Gauch reported the district’s financial situation is still okay.  The district is receiving general state aid payments regularly.  To date, no categorical state aid payments have been received for this fiscal year. 
Mulberry Grove will host the Bond, Fayette, Effingham Spelling Bee Friday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Elementary Gym.  Elementary students participated in the Valentines for Veterans program and a Safe Driving presentation is scheduled for February 28 for high school students.
Designs for the new high school gym floor were discussed.  A final design will be presented at the March meeting.  Work on the new gym floor is scheduled to begin June 1.
The next meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 7:00 p.m.



At the most recent Kaskaskia Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved a resolution to adopt the College’s Five Year Institutional Plan, developed by students, administrators, board, and community members.  The plan charts a path to keep the college moving in the right direction to fulfill each of the ten commitments identified through the Vision 20/20 Community Engagement Project. The project includes budgeting, planning, improving quality of life throughout the college district and beyond, and actively serving educational and job training needs of the people. 


The Greenville FFA had a very successful fundraiser Tuesday night as they auctioned off students in their annual work fund raiser. About 27 students sold for a total of more than $5,000.00 to benefit Greenville FFA activities and scholarships.


The Greenville Comets Scholar Bowl team recently won the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl for the second year in a row.  Teams from ten area high schools competed.  The Comets team beat Columbia in the final round 225 – 140 for the title, a $400.00 cash prize, and the privilege of competing in the Masonic State Finals March 5 in Riverton, Illinois.




Bobbie Dixon, age 73, of Panama, passed away Wednesday, February 23 at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.  Funeral services will be Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Panama.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Panama.  Friends may call Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.


Helen Hagler, age 101, of Greenville, formerly of Pocahontas, passed away Wednesday, February 23 at Helia Healthcare.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Pocahontas.  Burial will be in Robinson Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Greenville.  Memorials are suggested to Helia Healthcare Activities Department.


Myrtle Mae Dothager, age 81, of Pittsburg, passed away Thursday, February 24 at Fayette County Hospital.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home.


SATURDAY - cloudy, high 46, low 39

SUNDAY - cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high 61, low 48


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news.  Tom’s guest this week is Ryan Mifflin from Greenville Regional Hospital.  Health Fair 2011 is Friday, March 18 at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville.  Tom and Ryan will discuss the blood tests, the great savings with the Health Fair and when and where you may register.  That’s Public Affairs, this Sunday following the noon Bond County area news. 

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