The Bond County Board met Tuesday night at the courthouse.  The Bond County Democrat Chairman nominated Don Albert to serve on the Board of Review.  That recommendation was voted down 3-2 by the Bond County Board, with the vote following party lines.  The three republicans on the board, Brock Willeford, Tom DeVore, and Jack Langel voted no and the two democrats Joe Whalen and Frank Lucco voted yes.  Willeford said his concern is that Don Albert is a former supervisor of assessments and if he served on the Board of Review he would be reviewing his own assessments.  Frank Lucco said the same would be true of anyone who has served on the Board of Review for any length of time since they could be asked to review an assessment they had previously reviewed in a different year.   The Board of Review has three members and the two current members are Howard Wise and Pete Peterson. With Don Albert's nomination voted down, Willeford told WGEL Radio that the board will await a second recommendation by the Democrat Chairperson. 
In other business the board appointed Brock Willeford a collective bargaining representative.  Willeford said some county employees are considering union representation and as the county board is a co-employer they need a representative for any negotiating.  Any possible agreements would still need to be voted on by the full county board. 


The Greenville City Council scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Greenville Municipal Building.  The agenda includes the 2011-2012 budget, employee health insurance, web development proposal, and an executive session.




Carlyle Lake is predicted to crest Thursday at approximately 458 feet. However, with additional precipitation in the forecast, the projected crest level could rise. Due to the high pool level, the Dam West, Coles Creek, and Dam East Spillway Campgrounds are closed. Campsites are still available at the McNair and Dam East Spillway areas.
Eldon Hazlet State Park is also closed but the Boulder, General Dean, and City of Carlyle boat ramps are currently available for launching. Several township roads around the lake are closed along with the Lakeview and Maple Grove fishing piers, Keyesport, Coles Creek, Dam West, and McNair Beaches and the Coles Creek day-use area.  As the lake continues to rise, other roads will become inundated.  Use caution when driving around the lake. Many breakwaters and other facilities have been overtopped by the water and caution should be used when boating near these and other submerged structures.


Dr. Will Boyd, Greenville City Council member and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Greenville College has written and published a book entitled “Scratching the Surface.” The book examines the spiritual journey of Elisha, a prophet of Elijah, whose name in Hebrew means “God Is Salvation.”  Boyd identifies Elisha as a risk-taker and submits that his story will help readers recognize and break away from complacency, weariness, barrenness, and lack of productivity in their lives.
The title refers to the many who Boyd says, half-heartedly embrace God’s will, merely “scratching the surface” in all they do.  He says the book is not a self-help book but rather a God-help book that will help the reader seek out God’s guidance and direction. The book may be purchased or the electronic version downloaded at Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com, or Lulu.com.




Gary T. Downs, age 63, of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, May 3 at Greenville Regional Hospital.  Funeral services will be Monday, at 11:00 a.m. at Young Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery with military honors by Greenville VFW Post 1377.  Friends may call Sunday, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Greenville First Christian Church, VFW Post 1377, or the Greenville Country Club Tree Fund.


Helen M. Becker, age 75, of Bartelso, passed away Tuesday, May 3 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.  A funeral Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso.  Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Friday, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown.  Memorials are suggested to St. Cecilia Church or the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Van T. “Junior” Causey, age 45, of Germantown, passed away Tuesday, May 3 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 12:00 p.m. at the Moss Funeral Home in Breese.  Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.  Friends may call Friday, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Community Link.

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