HOME ON WOBURN AVENUE TOTAL LOSS IN FIRE
According to Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston, no one was home at the house on Woburn Avenue in rural Bond County when fire was first reported at 5:34 Friday afternoon. The home of Robert and Teresa Speraneo was a total loss. Greenville firefighters were on the scene for about two and half hours and Smithboro Firefighters were called for mutual aid. Robert and Teresa Speraneo were both at work at the time and the last person at the home left about 1:30 Friday afternoon. No personal injuries were reported but two family dogs perished in the fire. According to Chief Johnston they have not determined the cause of the fire but he added it was not suspicious.
ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM CONTINUES AT POCAHONTAS CENTER
Students at the Pocahontas School participate in the Accelerated Reader Program in which they read books and take tests to reach higher point clubs. Ashley Moore is now in the 700 point club, Alyssa Moore and Kayla DeSherlia have attained the 500 point club, we find A.J. Eades in the 400 point club, and Allyson Leitschuh, Crystal Lovsey, Taylor Zobrist, Conner Kutz, and Kurt Weiss are members of the 300 point club. Many Pocahontas students are actively involved in the Accelerated Reader Program.
BOND COUNTY 4-H COUNTYWIDE COOKOUT SCHEDULED
Bond County 4-H Clubs are having a Countywide Cookout Monday, April 25 at the Thrift Shop parking lot in Greenville from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The menu includes pork burgers, pork chops, brats, bottled water, and soda. Local businesses may pre-order deliveries. Request forms are available at the Extension office and should be faxed to 664-9277 by Friday, April 22. Proceeds will go toward 2010-2011 Bond County 4-H programming fees. For more information, call the Extension office at 664-3665.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE MONTH
According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the February unemployment rate fell in every county in Illinois for an unprecedented third consecutive month.
Unemployment rates also fell in every metropolitan area for a record sixth consecutive month, something not seen since 1984. IDES Director
Maureen O’Donnell said, “Even though the employment rate could tick up in the coming months as the growing economy encourages others to re-energize their job search, the trend shows our outlook is improving and Illinois is moving in the right direction.”
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for a job. A person ineligible for unemployment benefits will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they continue to look for work.
MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND – HIDDEN LAKE WINERY
Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston is hosting a Military Appreciation Weekend April 8-10 to honor members of our armed forces. Hidden
Lake Winery owner Dale Holbrook is creating a sculpture of Staff Sergeant Joshua A. Melton, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, along with a memorial wall to honor all fallen Illinois soldiers. Activities include welcome reception dinner, a tribute to fallen soldiers, the dedication of Holbrook’s statue, two dinners and a Sunday brunch, a lakeside patio concert, and a silent auction.
Proceeds from the dinners and silent auction will be donated to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
Reservations are required. For more information, call 618-228-9111 or go to the website, www.hiddenlakewinery.com
ANN M. MYERS
Ann M. Myers, age 56, of Vandalia, formerly of Mulberry Grove, passed away Sunday, April 3 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services will be Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville. Burial will be in Mulberry Grove Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. A prayer service is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to Ann’s family.
BRENDA RENEA BRYANT
Brenda Renea Bryant, age 45, of Ocalla, Florida, formerly of Greenville, passed away Friday, April 1 at her home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
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