At 7:40 Thursday morning, a 2005 Ford Mustang, driven by Tonya L. Dickerson, age 41, of Sorento, was eastbound on Willow Street in Sorento when it was struck on the passenger side by a 1992 Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Kimberly D. Knight, age 39, of Panama. There was damage to the front of the Lumina and the passenger side of the Mustang.  According to the Bond County Sheriff’s Department, Knight said she did not see Dickerson’s vehicle until it was already in the intersection. Bond County EMS transported three passengers from Dickerson’s vehicle,  Haley Dickerson, age 7, Hannah Stoops, age 6, and Marissa Stoops, age 10, all of Sorento, to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


The American Legion Post 1180 pancake and sausage breakfast will be Saturday, March 19 from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Mulberry Grove Elementary cafeteria. Donations are suggested at $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12


Individuals process information in different ways and those that are able to identify which learning styles work best for them may be able to improve their learning experiences.  According to University of Illinois Extension Youth Development Educator Jessie Crews, “Individuals, parents and educators who are familiar with learning styles can often improve the quality of the educational process by developing strategies to capitalize on their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.” In the past, many assumed that intelligence was more or less set at birth and could be quantified by IQ tests.  However, Crews says that intelligence can be taught, learned, and improved at any age and at almost any ability level. The Illinois 4-H program provides an opportunity for youth to learn through a variety of strategies.  4-H members participate in individual and group learning experiences that best meet their needs. For more information about 4-H in Illinois and how to involve youth in 4-H learning experiences or to enroll in 4-H, call the Extension office at 664-3665.  May 1 is the deadline for enrollment.



The team of cake bakers or cake artists at “Patty Cakes” in Highland has twice competed on television cake competitions and have won both times and they are about to give it another try. “Patty Cakes” owner Pat Jacoby and her team competed on The Learning Channel’s “Ultimate Cake-Off” competition and have won the top prize twice and now the business will compete in another competition on The Food Network.  Husband and wife team Eric and Patty Woller will lead the effort for “The Food Network Challenge”, competing against three other teams for a grand prize of $10,000.00.  WGEL spoke with Patty Woller who, along with her husband, came to cake competition from a career in design and scenic carpentry in the theme park industry about bringing the extreme to cake baking. The program will be a feature of TLC’s new season this fall.


At the Greenville Tourism meeting, Jan Eyman spoke about the Bond County Historical Society’s Quilt Show, April 2 at the Free Methodist Church. This is the ninth year for the show which will have at least 100 quilts on display and six vendors. The board unanimously voted to give the quilt show $500.00 to help with advertising expenses. 
City Manager Dave Willey said next years tourism budget needed to be approved before the April city council meeting.   The next meeting would have some time devoted to plan events for the upcoming bicentennial.


The Greenville Regional Hospital Health Fair 2011 is Friday, March 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville. This year marks the 31st year for the event and more than 40 national, state, and local organizations and exhibitors will participate.  The health fair will offer several tests, free of charge, including cataract screening, hearing, vision, glaucoma, body-fat composition, pulmonary function, and oral health screening.  For the first time, digital foot scans and spinal muscle tension testing will be available at no cost. For more information on Health Fair 2011, contact Melissa Stricker at 664-1230, extension 3060.



Delbert D. “Dean” Giller, Sr., age 82, of Pocahontas, passed away Tuesday, March 8 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services are Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Jamestown Cemetery in Breese.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the family.


Edward. J. Schroeder, age 84, of Germantown, passed away Thursday, March 10. A funeral Mass will be Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Germantown. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.


Lois M. Beckert, age 90, of Greenville, passed away Thursday, March 10 at Fair Oaks Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday, after 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice or the Greenville First Christian Church.


SATURDAY - mostly sunny, high near 56, low 33

Sunday - partly sunny, high near 49, low 30


Tune into Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News.  Tom’s guest this week is Ron Marshal Manager of the Bond County Farm Bureau.  Tom and Ron will discuss farm safety, some of the more common places accidents can happen on the farm, and how to share the road with farm equipment.  That’s Public Affairs this Sunday following the Noon Bond County Area News. 

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