4-13-2011

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RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE FIRE NEAR DONNELLSON

Shoal Creek Firefighters were dispatched this morning at 1:17 to a report of a residential structure fire on Oak Grove Avenue in rural Donnellson.  According to Shoal Creek Firefighter Julie Leneave, the fire was at the Linda Lewis residence, a single story frame home with a basement.  The fire started in the attic and the cause is currently unknown but may have been electrical.  The home is a total loss and no injuries were reported.  Coffeen Firefighters provided mutual aid with manpower and a tanker and Greenville Firefighters also provided mutual aid with manpower and a pumper-tanker.  Firefighters were on the scene for about four and a half hours.


MULBERRY GROVE VILLAGE BOARD WELCOMES NEW BUSINESS

At the Mulberry Grove Village Board meeting Monday night, Trish Jenner shared her plans to open a “Walk-in Barbershop and Salon” at 101 Maple Street.  The new salon should be open the first part of May.  The board welcomed her business plan.
The budget committee is working on the 2011 budget due by the end of July.  The state is currently six months behind in aid payments to the village and the lack of these funds makes construction of a budget difficult.
The board plans to advertise a surplus of push mowers for sale.  Call the village office at 326-8815 after April 18 for more information.
Village Code Enforcement Officer Randy Radford reported since taking the position the first of March, he has made several building inspections and written a total of 47 ordinance infractions.  Only seven violations are being referred to the village attorney for prosecution.
The new computer and software for the village office are being installed and should be fully functional by May 1.
The next board meeting is scheduled for May 2 at 7:00 p.m.



SELLING MULBERRY GROVE HIGH SCHOOL GYM FLOOR

According to Mulberry Grove Unit 1 Superintendent Michael Gauch, Mulberry Grove School will be selling 4x4 foot sections of the high school gym floor that is being replaced this summer.  The pieces will be sold for $50.00 each and must be pre-ordered at the high school office by May 20.  Pieces will be random sections and the school will not honor requests for specific areas of the floor.


NATIONAL ROAD ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER

The National Road Association of Illinois is having its annual meeting and dinner program Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Nuby’s Steakhouse in Pocahontas.  The event is open to the public and attendees may order from Nuby’s menu.  Dessert will be provided.  The program begins at 7:30 p.m. with a brief overview of 2010 National Road Association activities followed by a special program “Travelin’ the National Road in the 1800’s.”  The association board election will follow the program.  For more information, contact John Goldsmith at 664-9343.

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PRE-CONSTRUCTION SERVICES CONTRACT AWARDED FOR NEW HIGHLAND HOSPITAL

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland awarded the pre-construction services contract for their new hospital to the joint venture team of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. of Highland and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. of St. Louis.  The team brings more than 200 years of construction and general contracting experience to the new hospital project and is meeting regularly with the project architect to align project scope to budget and estimate construction pricing.  St. Joseph’s Hospital President and CEO Peggy A. Sebastian said, “The Korte & Luitjohan/McCarthy team was selected due to their extensive hospital replacement experience, including experience with relevant projects in the state of Illinois.”  Pre-construction planning continues toward potential ground-breaking in spring 2012. 


NEW 2011 DIETARY GUIDELINES

Since 1980, the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services have released new dietary guidelines every five years.  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans not only establishes the basis for all federal nutrition programs but it also helps the consumer choose a healthy lifestyle.  Jenna Hogan, from the U of I Extension nutrition and wellness center, says, “Despite the 23 key recommendations, which include the most critical messages for the general public, the new guidelines are more simple and straightforward than in years past.”  The guidelines have updated sodium intake information, as well as recommendations on overall food intake, increasing fruits and vegetables, and other important items for good health. The new guidelines may be obtained by visiting www.cnpp.usda.gov/dietaryguidelines.htm.

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OBITUARIES

JOSEPH V. HUSTEDDE

Joseph V. Hustedde, age 91, of Breese, passed away Monday, April 11. A funeral Mass will be Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Burial will be in St. Dominic/St. Augustine Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Hempen Funeral Home in Breese.

ROBERT C. GRAFF

Robert C. Graff, age 84, of Pocahontas, passed away Saturday, April 9 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Orlando, FL. Friends may call Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.


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