5-18-2011

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FINAL TOTALS FOR THE GREAT CELEBRITY PIE AUCTION 2011

The 2011 Great Celebrity Pie Auction was another huge success.  This year the fundraising total was $7,036 for the Bond County Relay for Life.  A huge thank you to all our celebrity pie auctioneers, pie bakers, and all the bidders too.  And another great fundraising total to help the fight on cancer.  This year’s total again was $7,036.


MOBILE FOOD PANTRY FOR BOND COUNTY

Saturday, May 21 a mobile food pantry for Bond County will be at the Bond County Senior Center parking lot at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine.  Families and individuals in need of food assistance are encouraged to attend this mobile food pantry.  Please bring bags, baskets, or boxes to transport food.


UNIT 2 SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO INCREASE PRICE OF MEALS

At the recent Unit 2 School Board meeting it was announced that under new federal guidelines, the ½ cup of fruit/vegetable added to the breakfast and lunch menu will create a forty cent per meal increase in district costs. The board approved an increase of 25 cents to the student breakfasts bringing the total to $1.20, an increase to student lunch costs for grades K-8 of 35 cents for a total of $1.75, and an increase for student lunches for grades 9-12 of 45 cents bringing that amount to $2.45. This passed with a 5-2 vote, with Gaffner and Daniken voting no.

The district received $810,085.54 in state aid payments for April. The state has disbursed about $8.16 million for fiscal year 2011 so far this year, and the district has received about $7.25 million of this money. Of the $902,000.00 that the state is behind in its payments to the district, $270,000.00 is for Special Education, $315,000.00 for transportation, and $238,000.00 for the early childhood block grant. The district did receive $74,000.00 of the early childhood funds in April.

The Sorento School is only one step away from becoming a designated Blue Ribbon School. The last step they are waiting for is the results of the student testing from this year. The results will not be announced until the early fall. Mr. Swingler reported to the school board that the Pocahontas School has thirty-one 8th grade students being promoted to the high school this year. This is the biggest class in a very long time. 

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AMERICORPS WEEK IN ILLINOIS IS GETTING THINGS DONE

May 14-21 is AmeriCorps Week in Illinois, devoted to “Getting Things Done.”  AmeriCorps is administered by the Serve Illinois Commission, which is operated through the Department of Human Services whose mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs.  Activities include service projects, recruitment of new participants, and thanking community supporters and partners, and AmeriCorps members, partners, staff, friends, and alums who dedicated their time and resources to performing service throughout the year.  To learn more about AmeriCorps Week activities, check the website www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

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OBITUARIES

BETTY LURETTE “LU” ORRELL

Betty Lurette "Lu" Orrell, age 76, of Carlyle, passed away Monday, May 16 at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.  Funeral services will be Thursday, at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Carlyle.  Burial will be in Lisle Cemetery in Lisle, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to the VNA-TIP Hospice. The Zieren Day Funeral Home in Carlyle is in charge of arrangements. 

GLADYS L. CLAYTON

Gladys L. Clayton, age 89, of Highland, passed away Tuesday, May 17 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.  Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery.  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 American Cancer Society or to the family.


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